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Exclusives

  • Hawaii News Now Dominates Islands’ Social Media

    Raycom's Hawaii News Now, the digital presence that rolls up its CBS, MyNetworkTV and NBC affiliates, is Honolulu's commanding leader on social media according to Shareablee data. Nicole Bento, its digital content director, says Facebook has become essential as the leading platform for its news brand, and Facebook Live is now a key tool there.  More | Add comment
  • Don’t Even Think About Dropping Your User Comments

    Ron Stitt argues that killing user commenting on publishers’ owned-and-operated sites is about the worst move they can make, as it sabotages one of their best means of engagement. That engagement has a big impact on KPIs like low bounce rates and extended time on site, he says.  More | Comments (2)
  • Beacons Maturing Into Viable Sales Strategy

    Beacons are moving away from the experimental phase and into profitable sales strategy deployment. Matthew Davis describes two recent campaigns that showed this maturation in action as location-based marketing led to a dramatic uptick in click-through rates.   More | Add comment
  • WBRC Tops Birmingham’s Social Media Scene

    Raycom’s WBRC is Birmingham, Ala.’s clear leader among local media on social media performance according to Shareablee data. Shannon Maze, its news director, says Facebook is a crucial driver, as 66% of its web and mobile sessions start there. More | Add comment
  • Executive Changes At Publicis, Optimizely And Scorpion Marketing

    In her biweekly roundup of career moves, Kelly Benish looks at new faces at RocketSpace, ADP and more, anniversaries at iProspect, Affinity Express and beyond and numerous opportunities at companies including Dealer.com and Reelio.  More | Add comment
  • In Shreveport, La., KSLA Rules On Social Media

    Raycom-owned KSLA paces well ahead of its nearest competitor on social media performance among local media outlets, according to data from Shareablee. It boasts almost a million social actions over the last six months and also leads the market in overall fans/followers. More | Add comment
  • Lexington’s WLEX Leads Social Media By A Nose

    It’s a tight race on social media among local outlets in Lexington, Ky., where Cordillera’s WLEX leads the market in overall actions according to Shareablee data. Gray’s WKYT follows close behind, and passes for the lead on total fans/followers. More | Add comment
  • WPRO-AM Leads Providence-New Bedford Social Media

    WPRO, a Cumulus-owned station, holds a commanding lead over its local competition on social media according to data from Shareablee. The talk station boasts both the market’s highest number of social actions in the last six months and the most fans/followers.  More | Add comment
  • We’re All Accountable For Sales

    GateHouse Media’s Jason Taylor is a sales dynamo who has long been inspiring publishers. Here, Mary M. Collins channels some of his recent advice for sales teams from holding daily meetings to ride-alongs, content quizzes and always keeping a commitment to meaningful training.    More | Add comment
  • WPTV Tops On Social in West Palm

    Scripps-owned WPTV laps its closest competitor in terms of total social actions over the last six months according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley reports that the station has adopted an aggressive Facebook video strategy, using Facebook Live to complement its broadcasts, while major local events like the Orlando shooting underscored the platform's utility.  More | Add comment
  • Papers Must Use Data To Shape Their Monetization Plans

    Troubled newspapers can’t afford a one-size solution to their monetization strategy, Arvid Tchivzhel and Taohang Zhang argue. Rather, the answers lie in their first-party data, which can show them how to maximize total net revenue from both advertising and subscription revenue. More | Add comment
  • Facebook Propels WLBT To Social Leadership

    Raycom-owned WLBT has a commanding lead on social media among its local competitors in Jackson, Miss. according to Shareablee data. Paul Greeley looks at the station’s Facebook playbook, which is helping drive such strong engagement.  More | Comments (1)
  • WCTI Leads Greenville, N.C. Social Media

    Bonten-owned WCTI holds a solid lead on local media competition among its Greenville, N.C. peers on social, according to data from Shareablee over the last six months. Gray’s WITN, meanwhile, captured the highest number of fans/followers on social.    More | Comments (3)
  • K-LOVE Dominates Fort Smith, Ark. Social

    Among local media on social in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark., Christian radio broadcaster K-LOVE rules by orders of magnitude according to Shareablee data. Only Tribune-owned KSFM comes remotely close in terms of total social actions over the last six months.  More | Add comment
  • WTVF Wins Nashville Social Media

    Scripps’ WTVF topped local media in social media actions over the past six months, but it’s in a close race with Meredith-owned WSMV, which bested it in terms of overall fans/followers according to Shareablee data. More | Add comment
  • In Knoxville, Radio Trounces TV On Social

    When it comes to performance on social media among local media outlets, TV and newspapers don’t hold a candle to radio. WIMZ-FM, a classic rock station, annihilates all comers on total social actions according to Shareablee data, while Scripps’ WKHT, better known as Hot 104.5, commands the vast majority of fans/followers. More | Comments (1)
  • ‘Tags Over Titles’ A Key Lesson For Publisher Videos

    Colorado’s Ballantine Communications has been aggressively producing video content for its newspapers. One of the most important takeaways, says CEO Doug Bennett, is that audiences gravitate to the topics they’re interested in far more than navigating a limited and prescribed slate of online “shows.”   More | Add comment
  • How To Build Your Digital-Age Newsroom

    Ron Stitt lays out a modern vision for the local TV newsroom staffed by multi-tasking, highly productive staffers serving up much more relevant, engaging content (and a lot more of it). Getting there, however, involves completely refiguring budgets and personnel, plus the willingness to do so.  More | Comments (1)
  • Video, Pot Show Promise For Denver Post

    Newsroom morale may have sunk with cutbacks and leadership departures at Digital First’s flagship Denver Post, but Reid Wicoff, its digital sales chief, says its struggles are inspiring innovation. Video — via its nascent DPTV effort — has been a boon, he tells NetNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp, and so has its pot vertical, The Cannabist. In an exclusive interview, he says digital now accounts for almost a third of the paper’s overall revenue.  More | Add comment
  • Now On Media’s CMS Checklist: Distributed Publishing, Monetization

    Many media companies are pushing back against monolithic content management systems, opting for a more flexible set of tools and more APIs. In this special report, Angela Misri looks at how integration with distributed publishing platforms, greater mobility and even monetization tools have risen to the top of media’s CMS needs and their providers’ roadmaps.   More | Comments (5)

Special Reports

Daily Deals
Groupon Buys ideeli For $43 Million
Associated Press, Jan 15, 2014, 8:01 AM EST
Daily Deals
For Groupon, iPad Is Passport To Global Markets
Chicago Business Journal, Dec 23, 2013, 12:11 PM EST
Daily Deals
Groupon Wavers With Core Issues In Question
MarketWatch, Nov 27, 2013, 1:36 PM EST
Deals
LivingSocial Back Online After Website Outage
The Washington Post, Nov 14, 2013, 3:12 PM EST
Business
Groupon Buys Korean Deals Site For $260M
Street Fight, Nov 8, 2013, 2:21 PM EST
Daily Deals
Groupon Needs To Put Doubts To Rest
Chicago Tribune, Oct 1, 2013, 7:25 AM EDT
If Groupon remained far from its $20 initial public offering price from 2011, its shares last week nonetheless were trading at almost five times their all-time low of $2.60 hit 10 months earlier. But this welcome, newly upbeat storyline for the nearly 5-year-old daily deals and marketing go-between has been put on pause, at least momentarily, by Groupon's inability to completely close its previous chapter. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Deals Still Lucrative For Local Media
NetNewsCheck, Oct 1, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT
Despite Groupon's post-IPO troubles and repeated dismissals of the deals space as dead, local media companies are still turning to daily deals as a viable revenue source. "The deals space has leveled off," says Patrick Dillon, president and co-founder of Deal Current. "Now, it's going to start growing again." Full Story | Add comment
Daily Deals
Groupon's India Mktg Campaign: $20K Of Onions
Quartz, Sep 5, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT
Daily Deals
Groupon's Last Great Hope
Crain's Chicago Business, Aug 26, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT
Eric Lefkofsky, Groupon's new CEO, has brought the daily deals company back from the brink after taking over when CEO Andrew Mason was fired earlier this year. Under Lefkofsky, morale is improving, turnover is slowing and the company's financials appear headed in the right direction. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Groupon Launches Global Marketing Effort
Chicago Tribune, Aug 21, 2013, 7:05 AM EDT
Business/Daily Deals
Groupon's Surge: Mobile Is A Treasure Chest
PandoDaily, Aug 9, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT
At Groupon and Facebook, mobile is changing the way investors and others are viewing their outlooks. For these companies, monetizing mobile users isn’t simply a necessity as consumers migrate to mobile devices, it’s an opportunity to turn around business models that had been underwhelming investors for a while. Link | Add comment
Quarterly Report
Groupon Boosts Sales; Lefkofsky To Be CEO
The Wall Street Journal, Aug 8, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT
Groupon said its second-quarter revenue grew 7% thanks to a surge in North American sales, and named Co-CEO Eric Lefkofsky as sole chief of the company. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Groupon Loses Mobile Head David Katz
TechCrunch, Jul 30, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT
David Katz, Groupon's VP and GM of consumer mobile, is leaving the company at the end of next month and taking up a position as senior VP and GM of mobile for Fanatics, the sports apparel commerce site. Link | Add comment
Paywalls and Pay Strategies
Would 'Group Buying' Spur Readers To Pay?
PaidContent, Jul 12, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT
While everyone is trying to figure out a way to monetize online content via paywalls, John Battelle of Federated Media wonders whether a "group buying" approach — a per-article paywall that gets cheaper as more people sign up and say they want to read it — would work better by giving readers an incentive to sign up. Link | Add comment
Business/Online Coupons
Will RetailMeNot IPO Succeed After Groupon Fiasco?
Quartz, Jul 9, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT
Deals
Groupon's Stock Has Doubled Since Mason's Exit
Mashable, Jul 3, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT
Daily Deals
Groupon Takes Aim At High-End Customers
USA Today, Jul 1, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT
People
Ex-Groupon CEO Mason To Make Music Album
The Wall Street Journal, Jun 28, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT
Daily Deals
Study: Daily Deals Still Get Restaurant-Goers Dining
eMarketer, Jun 25, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT
CrowdCheck: Daily Deals
Experiential Deals Can Be Hit For Local Media
NetNewsCheck, Jun 20, 2013, 7:05 AM EDT
With the deals space focusing on unique opportunities such as concerts, sporting events and theater deals, local media companies find themselves perfectly positioned to use the recreation and event categories to showcase their market know-how. "Local media companies know their markets better than anyone through existing relationships with outdoor concert venues and activity centers," says Second Street's Matt Chaney. "These relationships are key as event organizers and venue managers look to unload unsold inventory quickly. Local deals sites are the perfect vehicles for this kind of last-minute inventory clearance." Full Story | Add comment
Deals
Groupon Pivots Amid Management Upheaval
Advertising Age, Jun 19, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT
Deals
LivingSocial Closing Seattle Office
Forbes, Jun 18, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT
Deals
Groupon On Mission To Be An Mobile Giant
Crain's Chicago Business, Jun 10, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT
Groupon now says nearly half the sales in its core North American business are done on mobile devices, and it could be the first big e-commerce player to get the majority of its revenue from mobile. Link | Add comment
Deals
ForkFly Rolls Out Private Label, Directory Services
NetNewsCheck, Jun 6, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT
Commentary: Daily Deals
Local Media Bring Unique Strengths To Deals
Second Street, May 30, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT
Matt Chaney, Second Street's director of affiliate deals success: "When it comes to deals, all local media companies have certain advantages over deals pureplays and national sites. Media companies are local, trustworthy, and connected, with deep roots in the community. Featuring a deal on a media site is an unspoken endorsement from a trusted source of local information, which is not the case for national deals sites with no connection to your community in particular." Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Groupon, Amex Invest In Payments Startup SumUp
The Next Web, May 29, 2013, 8:38 AM EDT
Groupon Debuts App For On-Site Mobile Payments
TechCrunch, May 14, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT
LivingSocial Doubles Down On Events Business
Washington Business Journal, May 13, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT
NimbleCommerce Debuts Deal Analysis Tools
NetNewsCheck, Mar 26, 2013, 6:46 AM EDT
The new merchant analyzer tool mines the company’s own data and outside data to gauge potential deal performance in a given market, while a location analyzer surveys an area’s deals landscape, mapping out estimated sales, the number of deals and the revenue generated by them for a comparative analysis. Full Story | Comments (2)
CrowdCheck
Groupon’s Mason Is Out, But Deals Aren’t
NetNewsCheck, Mar 15, 2013, 6:34 AM EDT
The daily deals arena may have had some well-publicized knockouts lately, including the firing of Groupon founder and CEO Andrew Mason, but that doesn't mean that deals don't hold a wealth of opportunities for local media. Matt Coen, president and co-founder of Second Street: "Local media companies are well positioned to own a large piece of the deals market thanks to their unique assets of loyal audiences and established brands, local sales forces and multimedia promotional reach. Today, it has become apparent that local media companies enjoy another key advantage over pureplays: economies of scale." Full Story | Add comment
Daily Deals
Monster Offers, WOWIO For Strategic Partnership
NetNewsCheck, Mar 14, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT
McClatchy: Still Value In Deals, Reselling
NetNewsCheck, Mar 12, 2013, 6:46 AM EDT
Newspaper publisher McClatchy this year plans to keep pushing its DealSaver product,expand its digital services arm and renegotiate its place in the Yahoo consortium, according to the company's interactive chief Chris Hendricks. One thing the company doesn't have in the works is a major video play: “We are really in our research and vetting stage,” Hendricks said. “We’re not known as being a video type of outlet, so we have to change people’s mindsets about us on that." Full Story | Add comment
Groupon Said To Eye Outsiders In CEO Search
Bloomberg, Mar 6, 2013, 2:30 PM EST
Daily deals company Groupon is reported to be looking at external candidates to replace former CEO Andrew Mason, who was ousted last week. Groupon board members Eric Lefkofsky and Ted Leonsis, who are running the company during the transition, have been ruled out as candidates, said Groupon spokesman Paul Taaffe. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Groupon's Problem Is Not CEO, It's Biz Model
Seeking Alpha, Mar 4, 2013, 8:18 AM EST
Groupon fails because the small businesses offering the discounts end up losing money. Business owners have no incentive to list deals through Groupon. In fact, it would end up hurting the business by doing so. So why would a business owner renew a deal on Groupon? Link | Add comment
Groupon
Mason's Exit Good For Investors, Not Staff
USA Today, Mar 1, 2013, 5:49 PM EST
John Shinal: "Now, with Mason gone, Groupon's long-suffering shareholders may finally be able to look forward to better days. Many Groupon employees, however, likely won't have the benefit of the same opportunity. With the departure of a CEO whose most obvious talents included hiring as many workers — and selling as much Groupon stock — as fast as possible, the company will almost certainly begin laying people off." Link | Add comment
Reaction To Andrew Mason's Groupon Exit
NetNewsCheck, Mar 1, 2013, 5:59 AM EST
The firing of Groupon founder and CEO Andrew Mason garnered plenty of comments on Twitter. Many of the posts lauded Mason's departure letter as "charming" and "honest," but beyond those posts, comments ran the gamut of emotion from love to hate. Full Story | Add comment
Andrew Mason Out As Groupon CEO
The Wall Street Journal, Mar 1, 2013, 6:50 AM EST
Daily deals company Groupon has ousted founder Andrew Mason as its CEO. Co-founder Eric Lefkofsky will join Ted Leonsis, vice chairman of the company, as co-CEOs as an interim basis. The announcement follows Wednesday's poor fourth quarter report. Link | Add comment
Quarterly Report
Groupon Stock Drops 24% On Earnings Miss
Reuters, Feb 27, 2013, 6:26 PM EST
Groupon lost almost a quarter of its market value on Wednesday after the company began to take a smaller cut of revenue on daily deals, sacrificing revenue and profits to attract and keep merchants. "This raises questions about how these guys are going to be able to scale the business," said Tom White, an analyst at Macquarie. "The forecast is underwhelming." Link | Add comment
Groupon App Gets New Search Function
iClarified, Feb 27, 2013, 3:23 PM EST
Can Groupon Revive Daily Deals And Itself?
Marketplace, Feb 27, 2013, 3:21 PM EST
As Groupon gets ready to announce its fourth-quarter earnings this afternoon, the daily deals company is hoping its recent shift in approach will pay off. Link | Add comment
Google Offers Taps NimbleCommerce Network
NetNewsCheck, Feb 27, 2013, 9:00 AM EST
The technology partnership gives e-commerce publishers using the NimbleNetwork deal-sharing marketplace one-click access to Google Offers. Full Story | Comments (3)
The Benefits of Groupon Therapy
The Wall Street Journal, Feb 26, 2013, 3:33 PM EST
A key risk for Groupon's business model has always been that, for many users, its daily-deal emails quickly start to feel like spam. Now, Groupon has made some changes to that model — leaving deals on its site longer, letting merchants tweak their offers and letting users search for deals — and its making the service more appealing to customers and investors. Wall Street Journal subscribers can read the full story here. | Add comment
LivingSocial Raises $110M From Investors
NetNewsCheck, Feb 22, 2013, 7:35 AM EST
LivingSocial has raised an additional $110 million in funding from some of the company's previous investors, according to a memo from the CEO sent to employees. Those investors have received 7.5% of the daily deals company's equity. The company was worth about $1.5 billion in the recent funding round, less than a quarter its value in December 2011, according to a Bloomberg report. The company also denied a report from research firm PrivCo that it took the investment in the form of debt, saying quotes in that story attributed to a senior executive were "fiction." | Add comment
Daily Deals
Report: 10 Sites Claim 90% Of China's Deals Biz
The Next Web, Feb 19, 2013, 3:06 PM EST
Daily Deals
Denver Post Inks Analytics Deal With Monster Offers
NetNewsCheck, Feb 13, 2013, 4:16 PM EST
commentary
Deal Current's Dillon: Daily Deals Aren't Bad
PandoDaily, Feb 11, 2013, 12:15 PM EST
Patrick Dillon, Deal Current president and co-founder, has five reasons daily deals are a good solution for publishers and merchants, including breakiong into the digital coupon arena: "Google Adwords and Facebook’s advertising platforms work great for the large and savvy merchant. Local merchants are still in search of an advertising outlet that costs nothing upfront and only costs money when customers take action." Link | Add comment
Deal Current Debuts Performance-Based Coupons
BIA/Kelsey, Jan 30, 2013, 4:04 PM EST
Groupon Puts Gun-Related Deals On Hold
AOL Daily Finance, Jan 22, 2013, 7:42 AM EST
Groupon spokeswoman Julie Mossler: "All scheduled and current gun-related deals featured on Groupon North America, including shooting ranges, conceal-and-carry and clay shooting, have been placed on hiatus while we review internal standards that shape the deal inventory we feature." The move has sparked one gun-shop owner to call for a boycott of the daily deals company. Link | Add comment
Groupon Buys Location-Aware Service Glassmap
TechCrunch, Jan 14, 2013, 11:18 AM EST
Groupon CEO Mason Fights To Keep His Job
Bloomberg Businessweek, Jan 11, 2013, 3:38 PM EST
After Andrew Mason founded Groupon in 2008, companies like Google and LivingSocial rushed to imitate the daily deal business he created. Less than five years later, the allure of discounted spa packages and wine-tasting classes has faded. With the company's board and other co-founders losing patience, Mason is betting on early-stage, low-margin businesses to turn Groupon around — and save his job. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals A Mixed Bag For Newspapers
Ebyline Blog, Jan 2, 2013, 1:59 PM EST
As newspapers struggle to attract new readers and adopt new revenue streams, some are emulating daily deal sites like Groupon or LivingSocial and selling their own deals. Given the headwinds facing daily deals companies, have newspapers arrived too late to a losing game, or do their strong advertiser relationships give them a leg up on Silicon Valley? Link | Add comment
Chase Buys Local Deals Startup Bloomspot
TechCrunch, Dec 21, 2012, 12:30 PM EST
Groupon Couldn't Help SD Chargers Avoid Blackout
USA Today, Dec 18, 2012, 3:39 PM EST
Groupon Adds 'Nearby' Feature To iPad App
TechCrunch, Dec 14, 2012, 11:18 AM EST
Daily deals purveyor Groupon this week launched a new version of its iPad app, which allows users to search for and redeem deals close to them through its new "nearby" service. Link | Add comment
At Groupon, Google Rumor Drives Uncertainty
MarketWatch, Dec 11, 2012, 8:13 AM EST
BIA/Kelsey ILM West: 12
BIA Kelsey: Deals Still Aim for $5.5B By 2016
NetNewsCheck, Dec 6, 2012, 7:17 AM EST
Despite recent woes, the deals industry is far from dead, according to BIA/Kelsey's Peter Krasilovsky, speaking at ILM West 2012. Krasilovsky says deals are entering their next act, combining deals with loyalty and rewards programs, and expects the industry to hit $5.5 billion by 2016. Full Story | Add comment
LivingSocial Low On Cash, Will Amazon Help?
PandoDaily, Dec 5, 2012, 3:12 PM EST
Groupon Streamlines Its Food Operations
TechCrunch, Dec 5, 2012, 8:40 AM EST
Groupon CEO Mason To Stay After Board Review
Bloomberg Businessweek, Nov 30, 2012, 3:54 PM EST
LivingSocial Expected To Lay Off 400 In U.S.
Washington Business Journal, Nov 30, 2012, 8:20 AM EST
Groupon Wants To Be Local Deals Searcher
SearchEngineLand, Nov 20, 2012, 7:44 AM EST
Greg Sterling on Groupon's Local Marketplace: "This is part of Groupon’s larger product diversification plan away from push email marketing. In another way of looking at it Groupon is making a bid to become a local deals search engine, a destination where consumers go to look for local offers and deals." Link | Add comment
Pro-Palestinian Hackers Shut Groupon Israel Site
Reuters, Nov 20, 2012, 7:29 AM EST
Hedge Fund Buys 9.9% Stake In Groupon
Chicago Tribune, Nov 20, 2012, 7:27 AM EST
Shares of Groupon are up in premarket trading after hedge fund Tiger Global disclosed it bought a 9.9% stake in the online deals company. Tiger Global said in a regulatory filing that it owns 65 million shares of Groupon. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Groupon Emphasizes Always-On Deals
All Things Digital, Nov 16, 2012, 10:45 AM EST
Groupon this week rolled out a new deal structure and homepage redesign that will allow consumers to search and find offers for things they are immediately interested in buying, instead of having to wait for a coupon to arrive in their in-box. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Deals Site Zulily Raises $85M From Andreessen
GigaOM, Nov 16, 2012, 10:23 AM EST
Groupon Promotes Kal Raman To COO
All Things Digital, Nov 15, 2012, 3:22 PM EST
Groupon Goods Rolls Out Free Shipping
Chicago Tribune, Nov 13, 2012, 3:59 PM EST
Groupon Inc. said Monday that it is offering free standard shipping and returns for the discounted products that it sells through Groupon Goods. Link | Add comment
Groupon Fights For Life As Daily Deals Fade
Chicago Tribune, Nov 12, 2012, 8:33 AM EST
Groupon and its compatriots in the much-hyped daily deals business were supposed to change the very nature of small-business advertising. Instead, it is the daily deal vendors that are racing to change as evidence mounts that their business model is fundamentally flawed. Link | Add comment
Groupon Stock Sees Major Drop, Sales Slow
MediaPost, Nov 9, 2012, 3:35 PM EST
Groupon is doing more business than ever in mobile, but slowing revenue growth overall in the third quarter pushed the company’s stock well below $3 a share Friday — down 86% from its IPO price of $20. Link | Add comment
Groupon Reports Net Loss In Third Quarter
Chicago Tribune, Nov 9, 2012, 8:31 AM EST
Groupon Inc. posted a net loss in the third quarter, missing Wall Street expectations and prompting company executives to reassure investors that they are addressing problems in Europe. The report sent the deals company's shares tumbling more than 15% in after-hours trading. Link | Add comment
Groupon Confirms Small Number Of Layoffs
MarketWatch, Nov 8, 2012, 3:04 PM EST
Groupon on Thursday afternoon confirmed that the company had laid off 80 employees as part of an effort to use "technology to increase productivity through automation." Business Insider first reported the layoffs earlier in the day. Link | Add comment
Groupon Investors Sour Ahead Of Results
MarketWatch, Nov 8, 2012, 8:23 AM EST
Analysts surveyed by FactSet estimate Groupon will report a third-quarter profit of 4 cents a share, on $591 million in revenue. Despite expectations for strong double-digit growth on the top line, investors have largely soured on the stock. Link | Add comment
Yelp Has Head Start In Pulling In Local Dollars
PandoDaily, Nov 2, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT
With Groupon and LivingSocial grasping to offer "anything but" daily deals and Foursquare facing an uphill battle with revenue, Yelp appears to have the biggest head start when it comes to attracting local business marketing dollars. Link | Add comment
Groupon Stock Hits All-Time Low
Mashable, Nov 2, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT
Groupon is ending its first year as a public company on a down note. The company’s stock fell below $4 a share for the first time in early trading Friday, hitting a new all-time low of $3.85 a share, just ahead of the one-year anniversary of its IPO this Sunday. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals Companies Fall To Earth
The Wall Street Journal, Oct 31, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT
In December 2010, Amazon invested $175 million for a minority stake in daily-deal site LivingSocial, right around the time rival Groupon turned down a $6 billion buyout offer from Google. The next big thing in selling online had arrived. Yet last week Amazon wrote down the value of its LivingSocial stake by $169 million, and Groupon's stock is down more than 75% from its initial public offering price of $20 a year ago. Apart from the cash on its balance sheet, Groupon is worth less than $2 billion. Pretty quick fall from grace. Link | Add comment
Groupon IPO: One Year Later
What We've Learned From Groupon's IPO
Crain's Chicago Business, Oct 26, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT
With the Nov. 4 anniversary of Groupon's IPO approaching — and share prices trading at nearly 80% below the IPO price — it's time to examine the lessons it holds for all those who expected things to be so much better for the Chicago-based deals company. Link | Add comment
Amazon Loss Puts Spotlight On LivingSocial
Reuters, Oct 26, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT
Amazon.com's first quarterly net loss in more than five years on Thursday highlights the trials of LivingSocial, Groupon's closest rival in the daily deal industry. Link | Add comment
Analyst Lowers Groupon Revenue Estimates
Chicago Sun-Times, Oct 16, 2012, 8:35 AM EDT
Edward Woo, senior research analyst at Ascendiant Capital Markets, on Monday lowered his estimates for Groupon’s revenue based on the Chicago-based daily deal site’s staff turnover, increased investments in other companies and fierce competition and slowing sales in the daily-deal marketplace. Link | Add comment
Groupon In Talks With Agencies For Ad Campaign
Crain's Chicago Business, Oct 12, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT
Groupon Still Hungry For Start-Up Deals
The Wall Street Journal, Oct 11, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT
The daily deals company bought eight venture-backed companies in first nine months of this year, making it the most active acquirer of them, surpassing Facebook, which bought six, according to data from Dow Jones VentureSource. Link | Add comment
EBay Tests Deals On Local Services
Reuters, Oct 11, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT
EBay Inc has been quietly testing an online marketplace for deals on local services, expanding into a multibillion-dollar market currently led by Groupon Inc. Link | Add comment
Groupon Rolls Out Breadcrumb iPad App
TechCrunch, Oct 10, 2012, 8:34 AM EDT
Four months after buying restaurant-focused, point-of-sale app Breadcrumb, Groupon is putting the acquisition to work in its bid to grow its local commerce business. Today it is launching the iPad app nationwide across the U.S., following a limited pilot in New York — and is throwing in an iPad for those interested in trying it out. Link | Add comment
As Groupon Struggles, Some Of Its Talent Exits
Chicago Sun-Times, Sep 26, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT
Groupon Buys Restaurant Reservation Site Savored
The New York Times, Sep 25, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT
Daily Deals
Deal Current Network Raises Funding
NetNewsCheck, Sep 24, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT
The company will receive a financial boost from private equity fund Canal Partners and angel investor group Tech Coast Angels to use to boost sales and marketing and advance its technology. Full Story | Add comment
Groupon Looks To Streamline, Job Cuts Loom
Crain's Chicago Business, Sep 24, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT
Kal Raman, Groupon's senior VP of global sales and operations, is speeding the move to automate mundane tasks and eliminating jobs at a four-year-old company that until now has relied more on people than technology. Link | Add comment
SMB Digital Marketing 2012
Deals Shifts To Loyalty, Transaction Marketing
BIA/Kelsey, Sep 19, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT
The success of the deals space and emergence of big data has opened the door to transactional marketing that drives new revenue for businesses. Key revenue streams are emerging such as monthly/annual fees, commissions for loyalty business, bounties for new customers and mark-ups on transactional fees. Link | Add comment
Groupon Shares Slip On Worry Over Demand
Chicago Tribune, Sep 18, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT
Groupon Inc. shares finished down nearly 10% on Monday on concern about merchant demand for the company's daily deals. The decline triggered the Nasdaq short-sale circuit-breaker, which limits the price at which a stock can be sold short to prevent manipulation. Link | Add comment
Thrillist Taps Blanchard As Chief Content Officer
MediaPost, Sep 13, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT
Daily Deals: Not Dead Yet
Inc., Sep 7, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT
The daily deal business has managed to generate bold proclamations, soaring valuations, maddening scrutiny, and — most recently — positively dire predictions. New data suggests that while the explosive growth may be over, the industry is hardly on its deathbed. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Starbucks Deal Breaks Record
Mashable, Sep 7, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT
LivingSocial's offer for 50% off a $10 Starbucks virtual gift card is the best-selling daily deal of all time, according to LivingSocial. A total of 1.5 million gift cards were sold. Link | Add comment
Gannett Buys Loyalty Program App [Updated]
NetNewsCheck, Sep 6, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT
With acqiuisition of Mobestream Media's Key Ring, Gannett  brings consumer rewards into the Digital Marketing Services fold, adding to its current arsenal of Deal Chicken, Clipper Magazine and ShopLocal. Full Story | Add comment
Big Cos. Hurt By 'Demand Geneneration' Ads
PandoDaily, Aug 29, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT
On the surface, Yahoo, Facebook and Groupon appear to have a different set of problems, but there is one common thread running through their woes: All three companies monetize their users via “Demand Generation” advertising. Link | Add comment
Blue Calypso Sues Living Social Over Patents
CNET, Aug 28, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT
Blue Calypso, a marketing company that sued Groupon earlier this month, has brought a similar patent infringement suit against deals company Living Social. Link | Add comment
Groupon Stock Slide Weighs On LivingSocial
The Washington Post, Aug 27, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT
Though LivingSocial has faced less scrutiny as a private company, analysts say that Groupon’s woes have a direct impact on perceptions of the company’s value when it inevitably goes public or looks to raise more capital. Link | Add comment
Mobile Traffic Tops Desktop For Deals Sites
MediaPost, Aug 23, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT
Mobile traffic for Groupon and LivingSocial now exceeds that on the desktop, according to comScore. Including traffic from its mobile site and Groupon Now app, Groupon in July drew 17.8 million unique visitors compared to 12.4 million on the PC-based Web. Likewise, LivingSocial had total mobile traffic of 8.8 million versus 7.3 million on the desktop. Link | Add comment
Hyperlocal Deals Site Plum District Lays Off Up To 36
TechCrunch, Aug 20, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT
Early Groupon Investors Have Dumped The Stock
Business Insider, Aug 20, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT
Groupon Shifts To Local Mobile Commerce
Mobile Marketer, Aug 15, 2012, 7:49 AM EDT
With growth in its daily deals business slowing, Groupon is looking to turn itself into a local mobile commerce powerhouse by selling merchandise directly to consumers. Link | Add comment
Groupon Sales Low As Deal Demand Dims
Bloomberg Businessweek, Aug 14, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT
Groupon Inc. shares plunged 23% to a record low after the largest daily-deal website reported second-quarter revenue that missed estimates as economic weakness in Europe curbed online coupon sales. Link | Add comment
Groupon Reps Strained By Work, Pay Shifts
The Wall Street Journal, Aug 13, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT
Deals company Groupon is facing a new hurdle: sales reps who may want to leave the company. Any issues with its sales force are troublesome for Groupon, since salespeople form the backbone of the company. Roughly 45% of the Web company's more than 12,000 employees are in sales, and they are responsible for signing up local businesses to offer daily deals and other products. WSJ subscribers can read the full story here. Full Story | Add comment
LivingSocial To Pull Out Of Middle East
The National, Aug 13, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT
Hoffman: Groupon Made Errors Going Public
PandoDaily, Aug 10, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT
Reid Hoffman, who was an early investor in Groupon, said that the deals site's founder Andrew Mason and his team failed to address a number of standard items on the pre-IPO checklist. Link | Add comment
Conde Nast Digital Head Named Gilt City Prez
The Sacramento Bee, Aug 10, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT
Gilt Groupe's luxury experience site, Gilt City, named former president of Conde Nast Digital Sarah Chubb as president of Gilt City.

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Daily Deals Are Coming To Your Car
Wired, Aug 9, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT
Daily deal app Roximity has launched in the Apple App Store, and what sets it apart from other location-aware Groupon-style apps is its ability to integrate with your car — assuming it's a Ford. Link | Add comment
Groupon Q2 Preview: On Path To Profitability
Seeking Alpha, Aug 6, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT
Jiang Zhang: "Groupon is the clear leader among group-buying sites because the company has first mover advantage, strong network effect, robust infrastructure, unrivaled scale, and superior technology, compared with the other group-buy clones." Link | Add comment
Commentary
Should eBay Make A Bid For Groupon?
Business Insider, Jul 31, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT
Owen Thomas suggests that eBay CEO John Donahoe should consider buying deals service Groupon: "While you wouldn't think of eBay and Groupon as having much overlap, in a lot of those small-business services, eBay is going to be bumping heads with Groupon more and more." Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Loses $93 In Second Quarter
GigaOM, Jul 30, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT
The Seattle-based retail and Web services company reported its earnings earlier this week and in its 10-Q revealed that during the for the second quarter of 2012, LivingSocial lost $93 million on sales of $138 million. Link | Add comment
Why Groupon May Surprise The Bears
Seeking Alpha, Jul 27, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT
Sankrant Sanu: "As an avid Groupon user, I find businesses advertising repeatedly in Groupon. Now, I find that those places are full of Groupon-driven traffic, and I do not see it declining much. Applying the Peter Lynch principle of 'investing in what you know,' Groupon may still be the best daily deal." Link | Add comment
Gilt To Offer Local Deals Through MasterCard
All Things Digital, Jul 26, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT
The nonexclusive partnership will allow MasterCard to offer its users more deals for restaurants, concerts tickets and travel, and give Gilt City access to a new audience by getting in front of some of the card issuer’s millions of users. Link | Add comment
Study: Daily Deals Might Be 'Sustainable'
Street Fight, Jul 16, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT
Utpal Dholakia, author of a recent study from Rice Universtiy that found daily deal performance has increased over the past year: "My assumption here is that if you have run a bunch of deals and want to run more in the future, this marketing program works for your business." Link | Add comment
The Education Of Andrew Mason
Bloomberg Businessweek, Jul 13, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason took a part time job with a small Japanese restaurant in Chicago to get a better idea of what makes local merchants tick. Link | Add comment
Groupon Stock Hits Lowest Level Since IPO
Associated Press, Jul 12, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT
The daily deals company's stock hit an all-time low of $7.72 on Wednesday, far below its IPO price of $20. In June, traffic to Groupon was down 15% from June 2011. Full Story | Add comment
Daily Deals
For Some Businesses, Deals Have Dark Side
NPR, Jul 6, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT
Groupon and Living Social have sold tens of millions of daily deals and are now a major force in retail. But they rely heavily on getting businesses to offer their goods and services at deep discounts. In exchange, businesses hope for payoff in the form of return customers. Link | Add comment
Groupon Opens Concept Store In Singapore
CNET, Jul 6, 2012, 7:50 AM EDT
Groupon Singapore CEO Karl Chong told CNET Asia that the shop is an avenue for shoppers to redeem their purchased goods instantly, as well as a way for the company to get to know its customers. Link | Add comment
Study: Positive Signs For Daily Deal Space
MediaPost, Jul 5, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT
The daily deal space has lost the attention of many in the media and research community. Forrester, for one, recently projected minimal success for such sites. A new study funded by Rice University, however, portrays a strong sector with no signs slowing down. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Experiments With 'Location'
All Things Digital, Jul 2, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT
LivingSocial took the daily deals business offline four months ago when it opened the doors to a state-of-the art building in Washington, D.C., called 918 F Street. While it’s too early to call the clubhouse a success, there are some signs that the concept is starting to pay off. Link | Add comment
Groupon Finds Customer Emails In Google Results
TechCrunch, Jun 29, 2012, 8:28 AM EDT
Apple To Feature Yelp Check-Ins In iPhone Maps App
Bloomberg, Jun 26, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT
Loyalty-Card Startups Challenge Groupon
Bloomberg Businessweek, Jun 26, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT
Small businesses can use loyalty-card programs — which are linked to credit cards and allow merchants to provide discounts or rewards every time consumers buy — to collect data on when customers shop, how often they return and how much they spend, making them more valuable than Groupon or LivingSocial coupons. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Steers Clear Of IPO
The Wall Street Journal, Jun 21, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT
Deals site LivingSocial is opting not to follow the same route as competitor Groupon and launch an IPO. CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy told The Wall Street Journal that the company has no immediate plans to file for an initial public offering, citing a flush revenue stream from its coupon business and the lessons learned from other tech IPOs. WSJ subscribers can read the full report here. | Add comment
Commentary
Essentials Of Deals Success For Local Media
Street Fight, Jun 13, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT
Matt Coen, CEO of Second Street Media, lays out five fundamentals to deals success, including: database growth, engagement, sales focus, deal quality and evolving the model. Link | Add comment
Groupon Will Name Your Baby 'Clembough' For $1K
Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 13, 2012, 7:10 AM EDT
Daily Deals Special Report, Part II
Deal Industry Shifts To Better Targeting, Malls
NetNewsCheck, Jun 12, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT
Deals providers are partnering with credit card company loyalty programs to better track and target the frequent customers at the core of their business. Media companies are also experimenting with deal malls, according to Part 2 of NetNewsCheck's special report on the deals industry, while analyst Gordon Borrell warns there’s one more competitor to watch out for: yellow pages/local search companies. Full Story | Add comment
Daily Deals Special Report, Part I
Media Companies Poised For Deals Growth
NetNewsCheck, Jun 11, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT
In part one of a two-part special report on the deals industry, NetNewsCheck examines how media companies are taking less than 10% of the deals market but are well positioned to be pulling in much more and take on Groupon and Living Social, the big pureplays currently dominating the deals arena. Full Story | Add comment
Signpost Inks Deals Pact With MNG, JRC
Portfolio.com, May 25, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT
Local advertising platform Signpost has sealed a deal to provide local merchant-provided deal content to Digital First Media, which manages two of the largest U.S. newspaper companies, MediaNews Group and the Journal Register Co. Link | Add comment
Groupon Offers Settlement For Gift-Card Suits
Chicago Sun-Times, May 25, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT
Daily deals site Groupon has offered a settlement to customers who filed lawsuits claiming that their Groupons had unlawful and undisclosed expiration dates or restrictions on when the deals could be redeemed. Link | Add comment
Mirth Offers Local Deals Without Side Effects
TechCrunch, May 22, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT
A new deals company called Mirth promises to offer local deals for SMBs without the side effects that come along with Groupon deals by integrating with loyalty card system CardSpring. Link | Add comment
Second Street: Social Still Key Deals Driver
BIA/Kelsey, May 22, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT
Are Deals still being driven by shares, posts, likes and other social media features in an era of Groupon and Living Social Super Bowl ads? Yes, definitely, according to Second Street Media, which held a webinar with The Washington Post last week to discuss social media and deals strategies. Link | Add comment
FINRA Probes Groupon Stock Spike
The Wall Street Journal, May 22, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is investigating trading in Groupon that sent the daily deals company's stock soaring hours before a favorable earnings announcement Monday, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. WSJ subscribers can read the full report here. | Add comment
Groupon Taps Amazon Exec To Open Seattle Office
All Things Digital, May 17, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT
NimbleCommerce, ViralNinjas Team On Viral Effort
NetNewsCheck, May 17, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT
Amex App Bases Deals On Payment History
Mashable, May 15, 2012, 3:39 PM EDT
American Express has launched an iPhone app feature that blasts daily deals offers to consumers based on their purchase history and location. Link | Add comment
Groupon Gets A Poorly Titled CBS Sitcom
Vanity Fair, May 15, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT
Quarterly Report
Customer Growth Helps Groupon Cut Losses
Associated Press, May 15, 2012, 7:09 AM EDT
Groupon posted a smaller net loss and higher revenue than expected in the first quarter, primarily due to increased demand from a growing customer base. Full Story | Add comment
Google Offers To Start Appearing On Maps
All Things Digital, May 11, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT
Google has started to integrate Groupon-like offers into Google Maps, and it’s not stopping there. The company said consumers will start seeing offers for restaurants, spas and other services on a variety of Google properties soon. Link | Add comment
CityPockets Demise Shows Deals Shakeout
GigaOM, May 11, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT
CityPockets, a New York-based startup that organizes daily deals and provides a secondary market for them, announcement this week that it was shutting down and pivoting to a new opportunity in social couponing, seems to be the latest sign of an industry in turmoil. Link | Add comment
Can Groupon Rewards Alter Local Commerce
Fast Company, May 11, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT
This week's nationwide launch of the Groupon Rewards customer loyalty program was the latest step in the Chicago company's attempt to move away from its identity as solely a purveyor of deals and toward being known as a provider of a range of services for local merchants. Link | Add comment
Groupon CEO: Moving Fast Key To Success
Associated Press, May 8, 2012, 7:29 AM EDT
Andrew Mason told Groupon shareholders Monday that the company's goal is to become the operating system for local commerce and it is moving quickly to reach that goal before any of its competitors. Full Story | Add comment
How Flash Deals Site Gilt Was Built
American Express Open Forum, May 3, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT
Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, founders of the flash deals site Gilt Groupe, discuss how they started the site and built it into a thriving business. Link | Add comment
Groupon Adds Amex CFO Daniel Henry To Board
PaidContent, May 1, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT
LivingSocial Buys Ordering System Provider Onosys
Bloomberg, Apr 30, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT
Report: Groupon To Seek New Directors
Bloomberg, Apr 25, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT
Groupon is seeking to hire at least two new directors to its board as it attempts to regain investor confidence following a restatement of revenue last month, according to a report. Link | Add comment
Can Groupon Regain Investor Confidence
All Things Digital, Apr 23, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT
Tricia Duryee: "Groupon is now learning that its original business does not work across just any segment, especially to more discerning customers of its higher-level and more expensive offerings." Link | Add comment
Commentary
Will Refunds Be The Death Of Groupon?
MSNBC, Apr 20, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT
Rick Aristotle Munarriz on Groupon refunds: "It can't be a good sign if its customer service staff is so swamped that it's falling behind here. Are refund requests like mine pouring in?" Link | Add comment
Vacanti: Flash Offers Will Drive Deals Growth
Street Fight, Apr 19, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT
Yipit CEO Vin Vacanti, speaking at the Daily Deals Summit Wednesday, laid out a trajectory for the deals space, in which Gilt-like flash offers would drive much of the industry’s growth. Link | Add comment
Analyst: Groupon Bleak Today, Future Bright
The New York Observer, Apr 18, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT
Stifel Nicolaus managing director Jordan Rohan: “There will be a brighter day in the future. I’m not so sure in the near term for the stock–I wouldn’t own shares today — but I can see as the facts change, as we clear out of this period of disillusionment, that it will stabilize and turn higher in the future.” Link | Add comment
Groupon Buys Social Recommender Ditto.me
TechCrunch, Apr 17, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT
How Gilt Change Shopping
WNYC, Apr 13, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT
Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founders of Gilt Groupe discuss how their business changed the way we shop — and what it says about consumer culture today. (Audio) Link | Add comment
New Groupon Suit Targets Execs
PaidContent, Apr 10, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT
The latest complaint is a so-called “derivative suit” in which shareholders seek to stand in Groupon’s shoes and enforce the company’s rights against CEO Andrew Mason and other executives. Link | Add comment
What Does Bad Press Mean For Groupon?
VentureBeat, Apr 9, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT
Rocky Agrawal: "The right way to think about Groupon is as a currency. Such constant bad press could create a confidence crisis in the Groupon currency. Small businesses who do the most basic due diligence will see the negative news and refuse to run new deals. It will exacerbate Groupon’s adverse selection problem, meaning only shakier and shakier businesses will run Groupons, increasing Groupon’s refund liabilities." Link | Add comment
Investors Sue Groupon Over Accounting
PaidContent, Apr 4, 2012, 8:38 AM EDT
A Chicago man has filed a lawsuit seeking compensation on behalf of shareholders who were allegedly tricked into buying Groupon stock at artificially high  prices. Link | Add comment
SEC Probes Groupon
NetNewsCheck, Apr 3, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT
The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into Groupon's revision of its fourth quarter results, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The probe is currently at a preliminary stage and the SEC has yet to determine if it will launch a formal investigation, the report said. WSJ subscribers can read the full report here. | Add comment
Groupon: Q4 Was Weaker Than Reported
Associated Press, Apr 2, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT
Daily deals company Groupon on Friday said its fourth-quarter loss was bigger than it reported because it needed to increase the amount of money it sets aside for refunds. Full Story | Add comment
LivingSocial Co-Founder, Pres Steps Down
StartupStats, Mar 30, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT
Eddie Frederick, president and co-founder of LivingSocial, has stepped down from the board, company CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy announced yesterday. Link | Add comment
Cumulus Taps NimbleCommerce For Deals
NetNewsCheck, Mar 29, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT
Radio company Cumulus Media has selected NimbleCommerce to power its SweetJack daily deals program. SweetJackis available on nearly 1,400 radio stations and websites nationwide. Full Story | Add comment
Targeted Deals Boost Savings.com Open Rates 14%
Marketing Sherpa, Mar 28, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT
BIA/Kelsey ILM East: 12
'Big Data' Shifts Local Deals To Loyalty
BIA/Kelsey, Mar 27, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT
A panel of daily deals executives told atendees of BIA/Kelsey's ILM East conference Monday that deals companies need to move beyond customer acquisition and toward retention. Link | Add comment
Groupon Buys Biz Services Firm FeeFighters
TechCrunch, Mar 26, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT
FeeFighters, a three-year old comparison shopping site for credit card processors, is announcing today it has been acquired by Groupon. The Chicago-based startup, which provides businesses with a way to find the best merchant account provider for their needs, has also been offering businesses other tools such as its new payment gateway called Samurai. Link | Add comment
GrouponNow Lags, But Travel Deals Take Off
Crain's Chicago Business, Mar 22, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT
Hyperlocal deals product GrouponNow, which launched last May, accounts for just 1% of the company's North American gross billings, but its Groupon Getaways travel deals now account for 10% to 15% of North American billings. Link | Add comment
2011 Local M&A Saw Most Activity In Deals
Street Fight, Mar 21, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT
2011 was an intensely active year for the local marketing and commerce M&A market, with 186 transactions logged — up 40% from 2010. Groupon, Google, LivingSocial and eBay led the way in acquisitions, gobbling up smaller companies in a move to further solidify their position in the local marketing arena. Link | Add comment
Amazon's Edge Over Groupon: Its Customers
All Things Digital, Mar 21, 2012, 8:38 AM EDT
Over the past year, Amazon has slowly been entering the daily deals space, aiming to go up against industry-leading Groupon. One of Amazon’s advantages in getting merchants to work with them over a competitor is its scale. Link | Add comment
Groupon Scheduler Part Of Tech Ambitions
All Things Digital, Mar 19, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT
The roll out of its new Scheduler shows Groupon doesn’t want to be known as just a deals company, it wants to be a tech company for local merchants. Link | Add comment
Groupon Warned For Breaching UK Regs
MediaPost, Mar 16, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT
The Office of Fair Trading — Britain’s equivalent of the Federal Trade Commission — says that Groupon has breached consumer regulations on a wide range of occasions, and has been given a three month deadline to fix its wrongdoing, or face legal action. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial To Launch Its First Credit Card
Reuters, Mar 2, 2012, 10:04 AM EST
LivingSocial, the second-largest daily deal company, plans to launch its first credit card in coming months to help merchants attract repeat customers, CFO John Bax said on Thursday. Link | Add comment
Deals Sites Give Boost To Mag Circ Growth
Advertising Age, Feb 28, 2012, 3:33 PM EST
Daily deal sites, such as Groupon, LivingSocial or Fab.com, have become a growing part of magazine publishers digital-marketing strategies to boost print-subscription rates. Link | Add comment
Infographic
Yelp: From Scrappy Startup To $100M IPO
Mashable, Feb 23, 2012, 3:54 PM EST
Yelp, about to hit the marketplace with a $100 million IPO on March 2, has proven itself over the long haul with steady user and revenue growth since 2005. Link | Add comment
Groupon Gets Location Data With Hyperpublic
Street Fight, Feb 21, 2012, 8:23 AM EST
The deals company recently announced the acquisition of two-year-old company Hyperpublic. Hyperpublic’s API, until now publicly available, was filled with all sorts of location-specific data that companies could use to build hyperlocal apps and websites. Link | Add comment
Groupon CEO: Quiet Period Toughened Us Up
Buisness Insider, Feb 17, 2012, 2:46 PM EST
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason: "The most culturally disruptive part was the quiet period after S-1. That was a good learning experience for the company, good preparation for the inherent volatility of the stock market. I think we were toughened up during the quiet period, now we're back to business as usual." Link | Add comment
Leonsis: Groupon's Bigger Than A City Guide
BIA/Kelsey, Feb 14, 2012, 2:40 PM EST
Ted Leonsis, Groupon vice chair and American Express board member, speaking at BIA/Kelsey's pre-ILM East webinar said Groupon is a “much bigger idea” than a simple directory or city guide or newspaper, added Leonsis. “It creates marketplaces for socially astute audiences” — an effort that Leonsis dubs “curated commerce.” Link | Add comment
6 White-Label Deal Platforms For Publishers
Street Fight, Feb 14, 2012, 8:36 AM EST
An increasing number of local publishers are turning to white label platforms — such as Group Commerce, Analog Analytics, NimbleCommerce, Powered By Tippr, Deal Co-op and ChompOn — to create their own deals offerings. Link | Add comment
Scoutmob Add Local Content Layer
Street Fight, Feb 10, 2012, 2:54 PM EST
Deals service Scoutmob this week added a layer of hyperlocal content to run alongside its selection of local offers. The company plans to tag the content with location data and apply it to the same mapping interface that displays deals. Link | Add comment
Window Is Closing For LivingSocial IPO
Business Insider, Feb 9, 2012, 3:04 PM EST
According to some investors, the window for a possible LivingSocial public offering is about to close, which might force the company to sell. Link | Add comment
Groupon Stock Plunges On Growth Worries
Associated Press, Feb 9, 2012, 2:28 PM EST
Groupon Stock dropped 14% today on a fourth quarter earnings report that despite surpassing Wall Street's revenue expectations raised doubts from analysts about the daily deals company's potential for future growth. Full Story | Add comment
How Groupon Is Failing With Ad Agencies
Business Insider, Feb 9, 2012, 2:28 PM EST
Since July 2011, Groupon has had a full-time executive whose job is to persuade Madison Avenue to get on board with daily deals and include them in their clients' regular branding campaigns.The problem is that no agency has yet signed on. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial CEO: 80% Will Do More Deals
Business Insider, Feb 8, 2012, 3:56 PM EST
Tim O'Shaughnessy, LivingSocial CEO: "We don't always bat 1.000, we don't nail it every single time, but the merchants we ask to run again accept 80% of the time." Link | Add comment
Yelp Advertising Unfair To SMBs
VentureBeat, Feb 7, 2012, 3:45 PM EST
At a time when much online advertising is being sold for 60 cents per thousand impressions (CPMs), Yelp is charging some local advertisers $600 per 1,000 impressions. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial CEO: We're Not Like Groupon
TechCrunch, Jan 30, 2012, 3:33 PM EST
LivingSocial CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy wants the deals site to "be viewed much more as the local commerce platform," and says lumping his site with Groupon is a mistake. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Hits 5,000 Employees
TechCrunch, Jan 30, 2012, 3:16 PM EST
Commentary
Consolidation Means Growing Up For Deals
Street Fight, Jan 27, 2012, 2:45 PM EST
Steven Jocbs on what Gilt Groupe's recent round of layoffs could mean for the daily deals industry: "It appears for now, that the honeymoon period is over, and the deals space is finally coming back to the hard reality of the street. The industry isn’t dying; it’s finally maturing." Link | Add comment
SmartDigital Kiosks In Chicago Offer Groupon Deals
Business Insider, Jan 26, 2012, 7:35 AM EST
Groupon Boosts Mobile Plans With Mertado
Mobile Commerce Daily, Jan 24, 2012, 8:20 AM EST
Groupon has acquired social shopping site Mertado.com in an effort to boost its mobile offerings as more consumers shop via their mobile devices. Link | Add comment
Gilt Groupe Cuts 10% Of Staff And Two Execs
All Things Digital, Jan 23, 2012, 3:33 PM EST
Gilt Groupe, a luxury e-commerce and flash sales site, has trimmed roughly 10% — up to 90 — of its employees, including some of its management team. Link | Add comment
Mason Defends Groupon On '60 Minutes'
CBS News, Jan 17, 2012, 4:53 PM EST
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason on the accounting tricks that the company pulled prior to its IPO, which Lesley Stahl called a "bush league mistake": "There are things we would have done differently and we would have loved to avoid."
Link | Add comment
WRAL Relaunches SaveCity Deals Program
NetNewsCheck, Jan 13, 2012, 3:26 PM EST
The new iteration of the Capitol Broadcasting-owned Raleigh-Durham TV station's SaveCity daily deals program will not require users to pay upfront and will only charge businesses based on user interest. Full Story | Add comment
Daily Dealer Fab.com Buys FashionStake
MediaPost, Jan 13, 2012, 2:05 PM EST
Can Groupon Win In Europe With DT Deal?
PaidContent, Jan 10, 2012, 12:45 PM EST
Groupon Passes On Super Bowl Ads
Crain's Chicago Business, Jan 6, 2012, 11:43 AM EST
Chicago-based daily deals provider Groupon is opting not to buy advertising time during this year's Super Bowl. Groupon sparked controversy with its ads during last year's game, which many called offensive. Link | Add comment
Groupon Still Chasing $25B Mirage
Forbes, Jan 6, 2012, 8:29 AM EST
While Groupon has had its share of mistakes, including criticism of its accounting metrics, as well as PR mishaps, a couple of scenarios could propel the deals company closer to its original expected valuation $25 billion. Link | Add comment
Commentary
How Groupon Will Expand In 2012
Street Fight, Jan 3, 2012, 3:26 PM EST
Jeremy Mims, co-founder of OwnLocal: "Andrew Mason and company are far too smart to rest on their laurels. Saying Groupon is only daily deals and can never be anything else is vastly underestimating this team. Groupon’s future will look far more diverse than many pundits are giving them credit for." Link | Add comment
SEC Probed Groupon About Mason Memo
VentureBeat, Dec 30, 2011, 1:15 PM EST
The agency questioned Groupon CEO Andrew Mason about a memo to employees with potentially market-conditioning statements prior to the deals site's IPO. Link | Add comment
Report: Groupon Lacks Cash For Data Center
The New York Observer, Dec 20, 2011, 3:42 PM EST
The deals company ended up raising $700 million from its IPO, but according to a report in The New York Observer, there still isn't enough cash on hand to make critical structural improvements the company needs to grow. Groupon is shelling out millions every month on hosting costs, and paying a premium to third parties. Link | Add comment
Commentary
3 Reasons PayPal Deals Could Hurt Groupon
Daily Deal Media, Dec 20, 2011, 3:42 PM EST
Michael Essany on PayPal's recently announced daily deals initiative: "If [PayPal's] exceptional plan in theory becomes an equally exceptional reality in practice, Groupon could quickly find itself to be the top dog that became the lame duck of daily deals." Link | Add comment
Dealfind Launches Deals Site For Moms
Daily Deal Media, Dec 19, 2011, 2:57 PM EST
Analysts' Reports Are Cool On Groupon
All Things Digital, Dec 15, 2011, 3:48 PM EST
Most of the analysts’ evaluations were concerned about risks, such as the company’s short operating history, the prospects for growth now that it has gotten so large and intense competition coming from peers such as LivingSocial, Amazon and Google. Link | Add comment
Chicago Deals Companies Continue Acquisitions
Chicago Tribune, Dec 15, 2011, 3:10 PM EST
Groupon Goes Around The World With Flight Offer
Daily Deal Media, Dec 15, 2011, 3:06 PM EST
PayPal Plans Entry Into Deals Space
Daily Deal Media, Dec 15, 2011, 3:02 PM EST
The eBay-owned payment service is partnering with nearly 200 U.S. merchantson a mobile deals venture that will serve up offers as users pass by stores. Link | Add comment
New Site To Offer Groupon-Style Deals On eBooks
PaidContent, Dec 15, 2011, 8:17 AM EST
BIA/Kelsey ILM West 2011
Belo's Weir: Quality Will Keep Deals Alive
NetNewsCheck, Dec 13, 2011, 8:06 PM EST
Belo GM of interactive Joe Weir and a panel of media and daily deals executives told ILM West attendees that the crowded deals space needs to improve deal quality and find different ways to reach consumers to keep them coming back. Full Story | Add comment
Deals Need Better Structure To Survive
TechCrunch, Dec 12, 2011, 2:49 PM EST
TechCrunch's Rip Empson: "There may not be a cure-all model, but for the space to remain healthy going forward, it’s important to pose some prescriptions for merchants on how to structure daily deals so that they can get the most out of them." Link | Add comment
Behind The Charges Against Groupon
PaidContent, Dec 9, 2011, 3:02 PM EST
The latest lawsuit against daily deals leader Groupon turns on charges that the company “intentionally accessed and altered” email accounts in order to alter the digital version of its contract with a small business owner. Link | Add comment
Groupon In Talks To Buy App Maker Clever Sense
TechCrunch, Dec 9, 2011, 10:36 AM EST
Groupon Now Lets Users Book Appointments
Mashable, Dec 8, 2011, 3:34 PM EST
Groupon's new Scheduler feature lets customers independently book appointments with small businesses online, even if those appointments are not associated with a Groupon deal. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Halfway Through Funding Round
All Things Digital, Dec 8, 2011, 3:34 PM EST
Daily deals site LivingSocial has secured $176 million in a new round of funding that could swell to as much as $400 million. The funding is intended to give the company flexibility to decide when the time is right for its IPO. Link | Add comment
Fisher Rolls Out Daily Deals Site In Seattle
NetNewsCheck, Dec 6, 2011, 3:29 PM EST
SeattleNow.com will offer the region's shoppers daily deals, local coupon offers and discounts to area restaurants, as well as discounts to several national retailers. Full Story | Add comment
Clear Channel, Cumulus Team On Daily Deals
NetNewsCheck, Dec 5, 2011, 8:33 AM EST
Cumulus Media's daily deals platform SweetJack will expand its footprint to about 1,400 radio stations and websites across the country. The company's 570 stations will also be featured on Clear Channel's iHeartRadio digital platform. Full Story | Add comment
NimbleCommerce: Locals Can Beat Groupon
Street Fight, Dec 2, 2011, 3:58 PM EST
NimbleCommerce CEO Prashant Nedungadi: "In smaller neighborhoods, it is easier for a neighborhood size blog to succeed vs. a Groupon, because they have feet on the street and relationships with the merchants. In smaller neighborhoods, the community also tends to be loyal to neighborhood publishers." Link | Add comment
Groupon Fourth Quarter Off To A Strong Start
Reuters, Dec 1, 2011, 4:09 PM EST
Groupon's fourth quarter got off to a strong start in October as the largest daily deal company's growth outpaced that of its closest rival, LivingSocial, according to industry data tracker Yipit. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Yelp IPO Will Test Flaws In Its Biz Model
Harvard Business Review, Nov 30, 2011, 3:17 PM EST
Groupon Stock Tumble Continues
Crain's Chicago Business, Nov 28, 2011, 4:03 PM EST
The Chicago-based daily-deal company's stock was at $14.91 in late Monday trading, down $1.84 for the day. Groupon's shares debuted at $20 on Nov. 4 and traded as high as $31.14 on the first day, but have been on a skid since last week. Link | Add comment
Groupon's Andrew Mason No Longer A Billionaire
Forbes, Nov 28, 2011, 3:54 PM EST
Study: 56% Of People Still Dig Daily Deals
ReadWriteWeb, Nov 28, 2011, 3:46 PM EST
Even though Groupon's stock has dropped 35% below its original IPO price, a new survey from LinkShare found that 56% of people would still buy from a brand they didn't recognize if the deal arrived at the right time. Link | Add comment
Groupon Stock Falls Below IPO Price
Associated Press, Nov 23, 2011, 2:27 PM EST
Groupon share plunged 14% to $17.28 — below its IPO price of $20 — as investors reassess the challenges facing the still-unprofitable online deals company in a shaky economy. Full Story | Add comment
Patch, Others Plan Holiday Guides, Deals
Street Fight, Nov 23, 2011, 1:44 PM EST
With the start of the holiday season, many local sites and daily deals sites are planning on luring users with a plethora of shopping guides and holiday deals. Mark Josephson, senior VP of revenue for Patch: "As it relates to local commerce, these are logical times for our partners to be more active in their marketing efforts." Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Close To Closing Funding Round
The Wall Street Journal, Nov 23, 2011, 8:51 AM EST
Daily deals site LivingSocial is waiting for "a couple of big shoes to drop" before closing its latest funding round that is expected to pull in more than $200 million. Link | Add comment
As Deals Evolve, SMBs Still Have Doubts
Huffington Post, Nov 23, 2011, 8:45 AM EST
With Groupon's recent IPO success and LivingSocial nearing the close of a big funding round, Wall Street seems to have offered some validation to the daily deals model, but many small-business owners still have doubts. Link | Add comment
Commentary
What The Groupon IPO Means For Daily Deals
Street Fight, Nov 21, 2011, 2:28 PM EST
Martin Tobias, founder and CEO of Tippr, says that history shows that Groupon's recent IPO success is good news for the daily deals industry: "While red flags remain about Groupon’s specific business model, a successful IPO of the industry leader forces the market to recognize it and other players. Case and point: Internet search." Link | Add comment
Yelp Files For $100M Initial Public Offering
CNNMoney.com, Nov 17, 2011, 4:45 PM EST
San Francisco-based business reviews and deals site Yelp Thursday filed to raise up to $100 million in a public offering. For the first nine months of 2011, Yelp had a net loss of $7.6 million on sales of $58.4 million. Link | Add comment
Eight Newspapers Team On Deals Initiative
NetNewsCheck, Nov 17, 2011, 3:40 PM EST
Eight newspaper publishers — Advance Digital, A.H. Belo, Cox Media Group, Gannett, Hearst Corp., MediaNews Group, McClatchy and The Washington Post Co. — are taking on Groupon and other deals sites by launching an online deals platform, called Find n Save. Full Story | Add comment
Holidays Could Bring In $100M For Deals Sites
Bloomberg, Nov 17, 2011, 9:55 AM EST
Groupon
, Living Social and other daily-deal sites are vying for as much as $100 million in online-coupon sales this holiday season as shoppers look to the Web for discounted gifts, according to estimates from Yipit. Link | Add comment
Deals
Living Social Trends: Mags Hot During Q3
Street Fight, Nov 17, 2011, 9:39 AM EST
The deals site's report showed that magazines showed the most improvement during the summer, with subscriptions sold improving 236% since spring. Link | Add comment
Spotzot Lands $2.2M For Mobile Coupon Effort
TechCrunch, Nov 17, 2011, 8:44 AM EST
LivingSocial Launches 'Room Service' Food Effort
All Things Digital, Nov 15, 2011, 12:39 PM EST
Groupon Counters Google By Personalizing
Chicago Sun-Times, Nov 10, 2011, 8:41 AM EST
Just as Google started offering local online deals Wednesday, Groupon countered by introducing a feature that lets users prioritize deals based on their locations and circumstances.
Link | Add comment
Commentary: Groupon IPO
Groupon Trials Don't Faze Social Media Fans
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Nov 8, 2011, 12:43 PM EST
David Nicklaus: "Groupon created an artificial scarcity of shares by selling only 5% of itself in the IPO. According to Bloomberg, that's the smallest slice offered by an Internet company in the past decade. With so few shares available, and such high interest in social media, the big first-day gain should have been no surprise." Link | Add comment
Groupon Sued Over Mobile Commerce Patent
PaidContent, Nov 8, 2011, 12:34 PM EST
California-based Hothand yesterday filed a lawsuit claiming the daily-deal site’s mobile shopping apps infringe its location technology. The company has also filed a similar suit against Yelp. Link | Add comment
Gily City Effort Blends Commerce, Edit
Street Fight, Nov 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EST
Ben Widdicombe, editor in chief of Gilt City's new City Unlisted project that pairs content with commerce: "There will always be those stand-alone media brands that will have absolute integrity like The New York Times but, the reality is that they are occupying a smaller portion of the media landscape." Link | Add comment
Forrester study
Daily Deals Industry Faces Challenges Ahead
The Wall Street Journal, Nov 7, 2011, 3:12 PM EST
Forrester Research e-commerce analyst Sucharita Mulpuru says in a new report that daily deal sites “face challenges that threaten to slow down, if not end their businesses.” Link | Add comment
Groupon Boosts Chicago Morale, Tech Profile
Bloomberg Businessweek, Nov 7, 2011, 8:15 AM EST
In little more than two years, Groupon's total employees have surged to more than 10,000 from 37. Hundreds of those workers live in the Chicago area, a modest boost to a local economy where the most recent unemployment rate was 10.5% compared with 9% in October for the nation. Groupon's growth also has raised the city's profile with technology investors. Link | Add comment
Test Follows IPO For Groupon's Lefkofsky
Bloomberg Businessweek, Nov 7, 2011, 8:01 AM EST
The daily deals company's executive chairman Eric Lefkofsky now needs to demonstrate that he can provide the oversight the company needs to fend off bigger rivals while chasing profitability. Link | Add comment
Groupon Ends First Day Of Trading Up 31%
The Wall Street Journal, Nov 4, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT
Daily deals site Groupon closed at $26.11 a share in its first day of trading on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, up 30.6% from its initial-public-offering price of $20. Link | Add comment
Groupon Is Biggest IPO Since Google
Reuters, Nov 4, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT
Groupon raised $700 million after increasing the size of its initial public offering, becoming the largest IPO by a U.S. Internet company since Google raised $1.7 billion in 2004. Link | Add comment
Google Set To Launch New Discount Service
BusinessDay, Nov 4, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT
Google plans to unveil the first US discount for its daily-deals service today with an offer from retailer Recreational Equipment as it targets Groupon and LivingSocial. Link | Add comment
Groupon IPO Raises $700M At $20 Per Share
Associated Press, Nov 4, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT
Daily Deals company Groupon officially hit the trading floor of the Nasdaq Stock Market this morning, raising about $700 million with its intial public offering priced at $20 per share. Full Story | Add comment
Leonsis: Deep Verticals Next Up For Social
Street Fight, Nov 3, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT
Ted Leonsis, chairman and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment (which owns the Washington Capitals hockey team) and a Groupon board member: "Right now we have broad-based publishing for “social” like Facebook, like Groupon, like Twitter. I think we will start to see deep verticalization. We saw that in search and all of a sudden travel has deep verticals like Kayak.  So, I think we will start to see the age of the specialists instead of the generalists and social media interests that are deep, going into vertical industries and markets and niches." Link | Add comment
Commentary
The Bloom Is Off Groupon's IPO Rose
BIA/Kelsey, Nov 3, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT
BIA/Kelsey's Peter Krasilovsky reassesses Groupon prior to its scheduled Nov. 4 IPO: "The bloom has come off for a number of reasons. Groupon has almost no barriers to entry and has had to contend with dozens and dozens of copy cats — apparently 600 at the peak. The glut of services has led to consumer and merchant overload, and perhaps fatigue." Link | Add comment
ReachLocal Kills Bizzy, Takes $3.3M Loss
Street Fight, Nov 3, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT
ReachLocal will be shutting down location-based recommendation service Bizzy in mid-November, marking a major turn of momentum in the local recommendation space. Link | Add comment
DailyDeals.com Focuses on E-Retail Offers
ClickZ, Nov 2, 2011, 7:47 AM EDT
DailyDeals.com, launching today, focuses on Internet retailers — rather than brick-and-mortar shops — distinguishes its business model from Groupon, LivingSocial and Google Offers. Link | Add comment
Infographic: The Daily Deal Divide
Customers Love Daily Deals, Merchants Don't
Mashable, Nov 2, 2011, 7:29 AM EDT
The daily deals industry feeds into U.S. consumers' love of bargains. But deals have garnered mixed reviews from merchants, who complain that the deals don't encourage repeat business or increased spending. Mashable explores the daily deal disconnect with an infographic. Link | Add comment
Groupon: From Fast Start To Rocky Future
Business Insider, Nov 1, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT
Groupon, once the talk of the tech world, has gone from media darling to being attacked from all sides on the rocky road to its initial public offering. Business Insider's Nicholas Carlson gives an in-depth look into the deals company and its founder Andrew Mason. Link | Add comment
Gilt City Helps Google With Luxury Shoppers
PaidContent, Oct 28, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT
Google is collaborating with discount luxury network Gilt City as it looks to expand its Google Offers deals service. The partnership comes as the search giant has been adding a number of new coupon features and retailers to its mobile payments product, Google Wallet. Link | Add comment
Report: Gilt Groupe Buying BuyWithMe
The New York Observer, Oct 28, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT
According to a report from The New York Observer, Gilt Groupe is in the final stages of acquiring the troubled daily deal site BuyWithMe, which laid off more than half its staff last week to sweeten the deal for potential buyers. Link | Add comment
NBCU Shopping Guide Moves To DailyCandy
PaidContent, Oct 27, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT
A year after NBC Universal's local division launched shopping guide network The Feast, the property is being handed over to its Comcast sibling, lifestyle e-newsletter and deals network DailyCandy. Link | Add comment
Street Fight Summit
Yipit’s Vacanti: Groupon’s Bubble Has Burst
Street Fight, Oct 26, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT
Vinicius Vacanti, co-founder of Yipit says that while the Groupon valuation bubble might have burst, the daily deals industry and the big players in it are alive and well. Link | Add comment
BuyWithMe Hit By Groupon Clone Backlash
All Things Digital, Oct 26, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT
BuyWithMe, one of the early contenders in the daily deals space, has laid off a significant portion of its staff and is now in limbo as it gets more difficult to raise capital. Link | Add comment
Street Fight Summit
Deals Providers Look For A Better Biz Model
Portfolio.com, Oct 26, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT
At Street Fight's first annual summit yesterday, panelists discussed ways to evolve the daily deals business to address some of the original model's perceived flaws. Link | Add comment
Street Fight Summit
Hyperlocals Regard Groupon With Love, Hate
Forbes, Oct 26, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT
Hyperlocal news sites regard Groupon and other daily deal services with a mixture of love (for flooding their coffers with ad dollars) and dread (for competing with their own deal offerings). Gary Cowan, senior VP of product and marketing for Datasphere, on working with Groupon: “It’s kind of like a credit card, or giving a three-year-old a gun. It can be dangerous in the wrong hands.” Link | Add comment
Groupon’s Latest Value Raises Doubt
The New York Times, Oct 25, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT
As Groupon CEO Andrew Mason crisscrosses the country this week on an I.P.O. road show for his company, he is hoping to convince investors that Groupon is indeed the next Amazon, and that the naysayers are wrong. But the company's recently reduced valuation — in the $10 billion-to-$11 billion range — may still be too high. Link | Add comment
Groupon Becomes Its Own Hot, Discount Deal
TechCrunch, Oct 25, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT
With the Groupon roadshow underway and the countdown to its IPO expected to culminate on Nov. 4, the long-anticipated arrival of the daily deals giant on the public markets is almost at hand. But the journey hasn't been without its fair share of hiccups. Link | Add comment
Groupon Mobile Play Off To Poor Start
Yipit, Oct 24, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT
Groupon Now!, the mobile service that the company is touting as the future of Groupon, generated just $1 million of gross billings in September, despite being available in 25 markets — only $40k per market. Link | Add comment
Commentary: Daily Deals
Deals Biz Is Race To Own Local, Not Coupons
Street Fight, Oct 24, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT
Street Fight's Rick Robinson: "The daily deals are just a foot in the door to the broader hyperlocal market. With mobile fully established as a viable means for communicating with customers wherever they are this race is only more obvious. If you think the end game of Groupon and LivingSocial and their aggressive cousins is to sell coupons I think you’ve not been paying close enough attention. Whatever territory and mindshare the likes of Patch have, Goup-Social wants." Link | Add comment
Mason Is Star In Groupon Investor Pitch Video
The New York Times, Oct 21, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT
Andrew Mason, the 30-year-old founder and CEO of Groupon, cleaned up his act to take center stage in the company's IPO roadshow video presentation. The clip, released today, is the prelude to Groupon’s upcoming two-week tour, when it will travel the country to pitch investors on its offering. Link | Add comment
What Deals Sites Could Learn From Woot
Street Fight, Oct 21, 2011, 8:35 AM EDT
In the wake of layoffs at deals provider BuyWithMe, Street Fight's Alex Salkever takes a look at Woot, a deals company that was actually finding success in the deals space prior to its acquisition by Amazon.
Woot did an amazing job in the daily deals space before getting acquired by Amazon last year.
Link | Add comment
Groupon Lowers Expectations For IPO
Associated Press, Oct 21, 2011, 7:45 AM EDT
The daily deals provider has lowered the amount it expects to make from its Nov. 4 initial public offering of 30 million shares to $478.8 million — down from its earlier projection of $750 million. Full Story | Add comment
Daily Deals
Deal Current, Mobile Spinach Ink Partnership
NetNewsCheck, Oct 19, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT
The new partnership will give Deal Current clients access to Mobile Spinach's inventory of local advertisers. Full Story | Add comment
Clear Channel, LivingSocial Ink Deals Pact
NetNewsCheck, Oct 19, 2011, 7:52 AM EDT
The No. 2 deals site has signed an agreement to be the exclusive daily deals provider for the Clear Channel's 500 radio stations, putting LivingSocial's deals in front of 80 million listeners each week. Full Story | Add comment
Groupon Gaffes Raise Red Flags At SEC
The New York Times, Oct 18, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT
Groupon's triple-digit growth has slowed, slicing Groupon's valuation in half — if not more. Analysts now suggest the valuation will be lucky to be more than $10 billion. A series of accounting and disclosure gaffes have brought the attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission, raising questions about the company's credibility. Link | Add comment
Yelp Helps Local Restaurants Beat Big Chains
Street Fight, Oct 14, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT
Q&A with Jeremy Stoppelman
Yelp: We Want To Be Amazon-Like For Local
San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 13, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT
Jeremy Stoppleman, CEO of review site Yelp: "One of the challenges of buying local advertising is, how do you know if it worked? How do you know if it's got value? We're moving toward an e-commerce experience for local, an Amazon-like experience for local. It really closes the loop for local businesses." Link | Add comment
Deals Industry Enters Consolidation Mode
Street Fight, Oct 11, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT
Given Groupon's and LivingSocial's ongoing acquisition spree and the departures of Facebook and Yelp from the deals game, it seems like the consolidation of the daily deals industry is already beginning to happen. Link | Add comment
Groupon Raises Veil On Voucher Data
All Things Digital, Oct 11, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT
Groupon will no longer display how many vouchers consumers have purchased, in an attempt to make it more difficult to guess from the outside how well its business is doing. Link | Add comment
Microsoft Nears Launch Of Bing Daily Deals
TechCrunch, Oct 11, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT
Microsoft appears to be readying the formal launch of a Bing-branded daily deals website powered by white-label group buying platform service provider Tippr. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Borrell Survey: Consumers Do Love Deals
NetNewsCheck, Oct 10, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT
According to a new survey from Borrell Associates, some 44% have signed up for four or more email lists and 91% said they were likely to register for more deals. Full Story | Add comment
Daily Dealer ZooGrab To Launch In Sacramento
Daily Deal Media, Oct 10, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT
LivingSocial Preps For TicketMonster Buy
Daily Deal Media, Oct 10, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT
The No. 2 daily deals provider, LivingSocial has issued $143 million in equity to acquire South Korean deals site TicketMonster. According to an SEC filing, the sale was "made in connection with a business combination transaction, such as a merger, acquisition or exchange offer." Link | Add comment
A Look Inside Groupon's Chicago Office
Daily Deal Media, Oct 10, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT
Daily Deal Media's Boyan Josic toured Groupon's Chicago offices. The deals site's director of communications Julie Ann Mossler: "We're not hanging our hat on creating [the deals space], we're hanging our hat on innovating it."
Link | Add comment
Foursquare: We Want To Help SMBs Engage
BIA/Kelsey, Oct 7, 2011, 8:28 AM EDT
Foursquare head of business development Tristan Walker at BIA/Kelsey's Deals 3D conference: "We want to be the best tool for merchants to engage and communicate with their customers."
Link | Add comment
Study: Daily Deals May Hurt A Business's Rep
Street Fight, Oct 7, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT
A recent study from Boston University found that offering deals through services such as Groupon and LivingSocial may augment Yelp reviews in number, but that those additional reviews tended to reduce the company’s Yelp score by 10%.. Link | Add comment
Gilt Groupe Promotes Andrew Page To President
All Things Digital, Oct 5, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT
Groupon, Sensis Execs Join ILM Asia Lineup
BIA/Kelsey, Oct 5, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT
Textbook Rental Co. Chegg Adds Daily Deals
PaidContent, Oct 4, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT
Commentary
Groupon Still Challenged Even After Rewards
Street Fight, Oct 3, 2011, 11:58 AM EDT
Derek Webster, founder and CEO of LocalBonus: "Groupon Rewards promises increased visibility into whether Groupon customers are coming back to their store. This increased transparency is a step in the right direction, but it's hard to say whether merchants will be happy with what they see." Link | Add comment
DeBiase: Golden Age Still To Come For Deals
DailyDeal Media, Sep 29, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT
Dean DeBiase, chairman and CEO of Entertainment.com, told attendees at the Daily Deal Media Forum that despite what pundits have been saying, the Golden Age of the daily deal is not over, in fact, it has not even begun. Link | Add comment
Groupon Adds Customer Loyalty Program
Associated Press, Sep 28, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT
Daily deals service Groupon is adding a new rewards program that will give consumers who spend enough money to qualify an 80% discount instead of the usual 50% markdown. Full Story | Add comment
Thrillist: 2.5M Users Via Editorial, Clothes, Deals
BIA/Kelsey, Sep 28, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT
Groupon Slapped With A New Lawsuit
PaidContent, Sep 27, 2011, 5:32 AM EDT
In a Chicago federal court filing last week, a woman representing a group of employees who reviewing the terms of the transactions between Groupon and merchants claimed the deals site broke federal and state law by failing to pay overtime to those who worked over 40 hours a week. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Microsoft’s Bing To Aggregate Deals
DailyDeal Media, Sep 26, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT
Daily Deals
Groupon COO Georgiadis Leaves For Google
USA Today, Sep 26, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT
Chicago-based Groupon on Friday said chief operating officer Margo Georgiadis is returning to former employer Google. The move came as Groupon cut in half its previously stated revenue. Link | Add comment
BIA/Kelsey DMS 2011
What You Didn’t Know About Groupon
BIA/Kelsey, Sep 22, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT
Groupon regional sales manager Brett Truka admitted that the daily deals provider itself continues to gather important learnings that shape new, best practices. Link | Add comment
Tippr Affiliate Net: An ‘AdSense for Deals’
Street Fight, Sep 22, 2011, 8:35 AM EDT
Group-buying service Tippr has announced the launch of an affiliate network program today to supplement the company's featured white-label product. Link | Add comment
AT&Ti Deals Set For 10 Markets By Q4
BIA/Kelsey, Sep 21, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT
AT&T Interactive Deals are now in Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles, and will likely be launching deals offerings in 10 markets by the fourth quarter of 2011, according to AT&Ti vice president of business development Todd Rose, who was speaking at DMS '11 in Denver. Link | Add comment
WKYC Cleveland Debuts DealChicken
TVNewsCheck, Sep 20, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT
The Gannett NBC affiliate launched the DealChicken daily deals service as part of the company's nationwide rollout of the new service. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Why Local Media Can Dominate Daily Deals
Street Fight, Sep 20, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT
Matt Coen, president and co-founder of Second Street: "Unlike their competitors, local media companies do not need to embark on multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns to establish themselves. They already command large and relevant audiences that are interacting with their brands every day." Link | Add comment
Daily Deals Market Starts To Shake Out
The Wall Street Journal, Sep 19, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT
Nearly one-third of all daily-deal sites nationwide -- or 170 of 530 -- have shut down or been sold so far this year, according to daily-deal-site aggregator Yipit.com. Link | Add comment
Google Buys Groupon Clone, Lauches Wallet
PaidContent, Sep 19, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT
Google has bought the German Groupon clone Daily Deal and it has started rolling out its mobile payment service, Google Wallet, in an effort to create revenue streams beyond advertising. Link | Add comment
Radio Show 2011
Panel: Radio Should Take Advantage Of Deals
NetNewsCheck, Sep 16, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT
Groupon is making a lot of key mistakes in the daily deals space creating an opportunity for radio companies, Jacob's Media president Fred Jacobs said during a Thursday panel at the NAB-RAB's annual Radio Show. Full Story | Add comment
Daily Deals Sites Multiplying, If Not Thriving
Philly.com, Sep 16, 2011, 7:20 AM EDT
The daily deals industry began as almost a novelty but has grown to more than 600 companies and is now under intense scrutiny since some of the major players are seeking to sell stock. Link | Add comment
Groupon Back On Track For Its IPO
The New York Times, Sep 15, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT
After postponing presentations to potential investors early this month, the online coupon giant is now aiming to go public in late October or early November. Link | Add comment
Inergize, Adpay Launch News Synergy Deals
NetNewsCheck, Sep 14, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT
The app allows local media companies to geo-fence coupons, discounts and deals by neighborhood, population density and market wide, as well as organize deals by day part. Full Story | Add comment
Deals Net Shooger Taps Localeze Biz Listings
NetNewsCheck, Sep 13, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT
Shooger's mobile offerings will include Localeze's local business listings, allowing consumers can easily connect with and find businesses. Full Story | Add comment
Groupon Sales Team Files Class-Action Suit
PaidContent, Sep 9, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT
Earlier this week came reports that Groupon, suddenly unpopular with users and investors, is considering shelving its long-expected IPO. Now comes more bad news -- the daily deals site's own employees have filed a class-action suit against the company. Link | Add comment
Daily Deal Media Conference 2011
BuyWithMe's Moss: Deal Margins Can Hold
Daily Deal Media, Sep 9, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT
BuyWithMe founder Andrew Moss thinks that daily deals margins will hold, but merchants will increase the amount of restrictions they put on those deals, he said at the Daily Deal Media Conference. Link | Add comment
What Pubs Can Learn From Online Retailers
PaidContent, Sep 9, 2011, 6:18 AM EDT
Gilt Groupe chairman Susan Lyne: "There are lots of things that merge between media businesses and 2.0 commerce. We’re all competition for each other in that we’ve got limited time to spend on something besides work and family.” Link | Add comment
What A Delay Would Mean For Groupon IPO
The Local Onliner, Sep 8, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT
Peter Krasilovsky: "A delay might allow Groupon to add heft from new programs that are important to the company’s future, such as Groupon Getaways travel, and the GrouponNow 'instant deals' program." Link | Add comment
Daily Deals Biz Begins Shift To Version 2.0
Street Fight, Sep 7, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT
Daily deals have worked well for some merchants, but for many, the 50% off deal has been a bad and/or costly experience they're not eager to repeat. Now the market is begining to adjust. Link | Add comment
Groupon's IPO Plans Are In Flux
The Wall Street Journal, Sep 7, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT
The daily deals site, which is expected to fetch a $20 billion valuation upon its stock-market debut, canceled its investor roadshow and is reevaluating plans for an initial public offering in the face of stock-market volatility, said a person familiar with the matter. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals Sites Lose Luster
USA Today, Sep 1, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT
Overall visits to daily deals sites were down 25% last week compared with the second week in June, says Web tracker Experian Hitwise. Research from analytic company Compete showed Groupon had its first month-over-month drop in traffic this year in July, while tracker ComScore said this week that both Groupon and LivingSocial were down last week from their top weeks in June. Link | Add comment
Groupon, PEHub Blog In Fight Over Post
PEHub.com, Sep 1, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT
Commentary
Is Daily Deals Era Nearing Its End?
Mashable, Aug 31, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT
Mashable editor at large Ben Parr on Facebook and Yelp leaving the daily deals space: "It seems clear that the golden age of daily deals has passed. The question is: which companies will survive its inevitable collapse?" Link | Add comment
Groupon VP Exits Over Co's Response To Critics
Business Insider, Aug 31, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT
WFMY Greensboro Teams With DealChicken
TVNewsCheck, Aug 31, 2011, 6:59 AM EDT
CBS affiliate WFMY Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C., has launched daily deals site DealChicken as part of a larger rollout by parent company Gannett Co. to more than 50 markets across the U.S. by the end of 2011. Link | Add comment
Yelp Rethinks Its Daily Deals Service
PaidContent, Aug 30, 2011, 8:29 AM EDT
Commentary
Why Facebook Killed Deals
Street Fight, Aug 30, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT
Doug Stephens: "Facebook might have simply found the deal space overcrowded. Between Groupon, LivingSocial, Yelp, and what seems like a daily stream of new entrants, there’s very little novelty left in the daily deal phenomenon." Link | Add comment
Leaked Groupon Memo Could Hurt IPO
Business Insider, Aug 29, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT
A Groupon internal e-mail leaked to All Things Digital's Kara Swisher could violate the SEC's "quiet period" rules, which prevent companies from saying much in the months leading up to their IPO. Link | Add comment
Facebook Dumps Deals After Four Months
Reuters, Aug 29, 2011, 7:43 AM EDT
Facebook is getting out of the daily deals business after four months of testing, a move that may ease some competitive pressure on industry leaders Groupon and LivingSocial. Link | Add comment
Amazon Local Launches Deals In New York
Portfolio.com, Aug 26, 2011, 7:58 AM EDT
Amazon, which entered the daily deals market in June with a level of stealth that belies its name by making its debut in Boise, Idaho, announced yesterday that it is rolling out its deal offerings in Manhattan and Brooklyn via its AmazonLocal site. Link | Add comment
Amazon Launches Kindle Daily Deals
PaidContent, Aug 24, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT
Amazon is bringing flash sales to the Kindle Store. Today the company launched Kindle Daily Deal, which offers a discount on one Kindle book each day. The first chosen title, a children's book, could hint at Amazon's upcoming tablet plans. Link | Add comment
Will Groupon Give Up On China Venture?
Business Insider, Aug 24, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT
Gaopeng, Groupon's China venture, is a disaster. The best outcome may be some kind of face saving deal with Tencent to prevent it from becoming a world-class embarrassment. Link | Add comment
BuyWithMe Snags Patch.com EVP Away From AOL
TechCrunch, Aug 24, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT
Gilt Brings Exclusive Sales To Facebook
Mashable, Aug 22, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT
Commentary
Bloomspot Guarantees And Deals' Future
Street Fight, Aug 19, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT
Alex Salkever on Bloomspot's guarantee of profitability for daily deals: "This is a clear signal that the daily deals business will quickly morph into something else and that the balance of power has shifted to the merchants." Link | Add comment
Groupon Tells Congress Why It Tracks Users
All Things Digital, Aug 19, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT
Groupon has not only faced questions about its controversial accounting practices, but is now also having to respond to questions from members of Congress about its privacy policies. Link | Add comment
JiWire Report
Study: Location Sharing Big For Deal Seekers
BIA/Kelsey, Aug 19, 2011, 7:50 AM EDT
According to JiWire's latest Insight report, 53% of its U.S. users will share their location in exchange for relevant content, including nearby deals. Link | Add comment
Groupon Running Low On Cash
Business Insider, Aug 18, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT
Deal Chicken To Launch In Grand Rapids
NetNewsCheck, Aug 15, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT
Gannett television station WZZM is rolling out the company's Deal Chicken daily deals service in Grand Rapids, Mich., next week. Full Story | Add comment
The 10 Most Successful LivingSocial Deals
Business Insider, Aug 15, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT
The daily deals service's top sellers include a deal for a $20 Amazon.com gift card that sold nearly 1.2 million units and generated $11.6 million. Link | Add comment
Gilt Groupe Shifts Its Model
The New York Times, Aug 15, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT
Is Groupon's Valuation Too Good To Be True?
Slate, Aug 12, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT
Wall Street seems poised to reward Groupon with an initial public offering valuing the company at as much as $30 billion. But are all these big numbers based on questionable metrics? And can the deals service really keep up the soar-away growth justifying that fantastic valuation? Link | Add comment
Groupon IPO Could Be In Trouble
New York Post, Aug 11, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT
Groupon filed an amended S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It marked the ninth change to the prospectus since June, when Groupon first announced its intention to go public. The updated filing could spell trouble for the company's IPO, showing that it continues to spend heavily to boost its remarkable revenue. Link | Add comment
Borrell Associates Survey
Daily Deals Drive Local Mobile Ad Spending
NetNewsCheck, Aug 11, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT
The increase in the use of smartphones and other mobile devices has sent local mobile ad spending soaring. Daily deals and mobile coupon have been the big driver in the space, with the amount spent by local businesses expected to triple this year, according to a new survey from Borrell Associates.     Full Story | Add comment
Quarterly Report
Groupon Q2 Rev Up 906%, But Income Falls
Direct Marketing News, Aug 10, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT
Groupon earned $878 million in second-quarter 2011 revenue, an increase of 906% compared with the prior year. However, the company reported a $102.7 million net loss in the period. The deals service has not posted a profit since the first quarter of 2010. Link | Add comment
Is Local Deals Biz Headed For Segmentation?
Street Fight, Aug 10, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT
The crowded daily deals industry appears to be headed toward dividing into three major segments: distribution, exchanges, and merchant specialists. Link | Add comment
Patch Doles Out Daily Deals In Small Towns
Street Fight, Aug 10, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT
AOL's hyperlocal network Patch is rolling out its own deals platform in over 800 of its communities. Patchco-founder Jon Brod thinks the company has an advantage by targeting smaller communities that the big daily deals players may have overlooked. Link | Add comment
Gilt Groupe Clothing Site Has Editorial Component
PaidContent, Aug 9, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT
At LivingSocial, You Get Deals, It Gets Riches
The Washington Post, Aug 9, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT
Two years after its big bet on the vouchers business, LivingSocial is preparing for an initial public stock offering that analysts say could raise $1 billion. Link | Add comment
Groupon Reaches 115M Subscribers
Reuters, Aug 8, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT
Groupon subscribers have more than doubled to 115 million so far this year, according to a person familiar with the situation. Subscribers are up about 38% since March 31. Link | Add comment
Local.com Secures $12M Revolving Credit Facility
DailyDeal Media, Aug 8, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT
Groupon Buys Software Development Startup Obtiva
TechCrunch, Aug 4, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT
Kate Maxwell Named EIC For Gilt Groupe Travel Site
The New York Observer, Aug 4, 2011, 7:30 AM EDT
Second Street Bows Facebook Contest Platform
NetNewsCheck, Aug 3, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT
LivingSocial Buys South Korea’s TicketMonster
PaidContent, Aug 2, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT
DealChicken Launches In Denver
NetNewsCheck, Aug 2, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT
Gannett Co.'s Denver NBC affiliate KUSA launched the DealChicken daily deals service as part of the company's nationwide rollout of the new service. Full Story | Comments (1)
Rue La La Launches Local Deals In Chicago
Chicago Tribune, Aug 2, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT
Rue La La, an online flash-sales company partly owned by eBay Inc., is expanding its local offers business, stepping up competition with Groupon and LivingSocial. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Foursquare, Groupon Hook Up For Deals
Mashable, Jul 29, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT
Foursquare users in the U.S. and Canada will start to see Groupon's daily deals in the Explore tab of the application and on Foursquare.com. Link | Add comment
Yelp Beefs Up Its Executive Ranks
The Wall Street Journal, Jul 29, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT
Groupon Accounting Prolonging SEC Review
CNBC, Jul 28, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT
Concerns from the Securities and Exchange Commission about Groupon’s accounting metrics are prolonging the company’s pre-initial public offering document review, according to people familiar with the matter. The Internet group-discount site is now eyeing a mid to late-September debut. Link | Add comment
Gannett: Deal Chicken To Be A ‘Top 3 Player’
BIA/Kelsey, Jul 28, 2011, 7:54 AM EDT
Gannett Digital head Josh Resnick expects the company's new Deal Chicken daily deals service to eventually become a top 3 player in each of its markets. Link | Add comment
Deal Chicken Rolls Out In 9 More Markets
MediaPost, Jul 27, 2011, 12:38 PM EDT
Gannett has rolled out daily deal offering Deal Chicken in nine more markets this week. Joining Phoenix, where the service had its soft launch, are Cincinnati; Detroit; Indianapolis; Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn.; Reno, Nev.; Rochester, N.Y.; St. Louis; and Washington, D.C. Link | Add comment
BIA/Kelsey Deals 3D Wrap-Up
Daily Deals Biz Headed For Big Changes
PaidContent, Jul 26, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT
By this time next year, you may be finding the best daily deals via search and social networks rather than email blasts -- and you could be redeeming the deals with a swipe of your credit card rather than a computer printout. Link | Add comment
Case Study: Running Deals With a Local Publisher
Hyperlocal Pubs Are Important To Small Biz
Street Fight, Jul 26, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT
Renae Click, a local business owner in Austin, Texas, who opted to work with a local hyperlocal publisher rather than a national company: "The only concrete way to measure the success of the [daily deal] campaign is by the number of people who purchased the deal, how many people actually used their vouchers, and how much they spent on the shopping trip." Link | Add comment
Gilt City Offers Target Local Elite
Street Fight, Jul 25, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT
Nate Richardson, Gilt City president: "Our growth will be more measured than people that are doing the fast food of what we’re doing. We’re going to be careful not to do things just for a quick hit; we want to be in relationships for our brands for a long time." Link | Add comment
Groupon Running Ads On NYT OOH Screens
ClickZ, Jul 25, 2011, 8:28 AM EDT
In an effort to reach more consumers, Groupon's local offers have been appearing via The New York Times' digital out-of-home screens in major cities since May 16. Link | Add comment
Groupon, LivingSocial, Other Deal Sites Sued
The Next Web, Jul 22, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT
Popular group-buying and booking service websites including Groupon, LivingSocial and OpenTable have been sued in the Virginia Eastern District Court by little-known company SellerBid Inc. for infringing on patents that relate to the offering of goods and services at discounted prices. Link | Comments (1)
Time Warner Cable Launches Deals In Texas
Austin Business Journal, Jul 21, 2011, 7:24 AM EDT
Time Warner Cable has rolled out its new ClickedIn daily deals offering in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas. The company is also donating up to 3% of proceeds from coupons to local charities. Link | Add comment
BIA/Kelsey Deals 3D
'Local' Is Key to Expanding Deals Industry
NetNewsCheck, Jul 20, 2011, 7:06 AM EDT
Local newspapers and television and radio stations are bit players in the burgeoning daily deals industry, but they have a distinct advantage as they expand their efforts in this sector: their community connections and local sales forces. Full Story | Add comment
Facebook, Amex Link On Deals Service
NetNewsCheck, Jul 19, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT
American Express and Facebook have teamed up on "Link, Like, Love," a socially-curated deals service that delivers deals to American Express cardmembers based on their likes, interests and social connections and those of their Facebook friends. Full Story | Add comment
WashPo's Pizza Daily Deal Takes Off
NetNewsCheck, Jul 19, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT
A daily deal for a free Papa Johns pizza from The Washington Post's Capitol Deal site garnered 30,000 customers within its first three hours. Full Story | Add comment
BIA/Kelsey Deals 3D
AT&T Takes On Groupon In Deals Space
Fierce Mobile, Jul 19, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT
AT&T Interactive announced the launch of Deal of the Day, its entrant into the daily deals space. The service is currently available in the Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth and Atlanta markets via AT&T Interactive's YP.com platform. Link | Add comment
BIA/Kelsey Deals 3D
Deals Can Tap Into Trillions Of Local Dollars
NetNewsCheck, Jul 19, 2011, 7:12 AM EDT
While the daily deals business is expected to hit $6 billion by 2015, its potential is nearly unlimited as companies look to tap into a $5 trillion local commerce marketplace around the globe. Full Story | Comments (1)
Hearst Magazines Launch Daily Deals
All Things Digital, Jul 18, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT
Hearst-owned magazines, using a platform built for big media publishers by Group Commerce, are invading Groupon's territory with the launch of group-buying discounts , starting off with Road & Track and Car and Driver. Link | Add comment
Get-It Social Coupons Roll Out In 5 Markets
NetNewsCheck, Jul 15, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT
Social commerce solutions provider Greenlink Networks today launched a new social couponing service in San Diego; Atlanta; Las Vegas; Kansas City, Kan.; and Portland, Ore. Full Story | Add comment
SoBiz10 Enters ‘Consumer Driven Deals' Space
BIA/Kelsey, Jul 15, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT
BIA/Kelsey Report
Local Entering Second Act With Mobile
BIA/Kelsey, Jul 14, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT
Local deals have been reinvented over the past few years by Groupon and its group buying model, but that model is shifting as it collides with the powerful momentum behind mobile. Link | Add comment
What Businesses Do Daily Deals Benefit Most?
Street Fight, Jul 13, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT
Local.com Acquires Screamin’ Daily Deals
TechCrunch, Jul 11, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT
Online local media company Local.com today announced that it has acquired Screamin' Media Group, the company behind daily deals site Screamin' Daily Deals. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Picks Banks That Will Lead $1B IPO
PaidContent, Jul 11, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT
Commentary
Deals Sites Find Strength In Niches
Street Fight, Jul 11, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT
Justin Cener, founder of sports tickets deals site Crowd Seats: "Perhaps the greatest advantage niche daily deal sites have is the ability to tailor the services they offer to meet the needs of their niche." Link | Add comment
LevelUp Challenges Groupon's Deals Model
Associated Press, Jul 11, 2011, 6:38 AM EDT
A new site called LevelUp believes it has a way for restaurants, nail salons and other local businesses to keep people coming back. To drum up repeat business, the company offers consumers a series of three deals, each better than the one before. LevelUp is trying to persuade skeptical merchants to offer great deals by taking none of the revenue in the first round. After that, LevelUp takes 25%. Link | Add comment
BIA/Kelsey Deals 3D
Mobile Execs To Address Deals' Next Phase
NetNewsCheck, Jul 8, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT
Foursquare, Loopt, Shopkick and Yelp executives are scheduled to talk about the next phase of daily deals during BIA/Kelsey's Deals 3D conference later this month. Full Story | Add comment
Boston.com Assesses Its Deals Service
Street Fight, Jul 8, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT
Mike Wallace, Boston.com executive director of digital advertising, on the future of the site's one-month-old deals service: "We want to be able to deploy our deals platform via syndication ... but we also want to generate those deals into real-time display advertisements, which we can host not only on Boston.com but syndicate throughout the web via real-time bidding." Link | Add comment
Andrew Mason: The Man Behind Groupon
Vanity Fair, Jul 7, 2011, 7:23 AM EDT
Online deals service Groupon has had a meteoric rise and is now prepping for an IPO that could value the company at around $20 billion. At the center of it all is its idiosyncratic 30-year-old founder and CEO Andrew Mason. “As we get bigger, instead of being like most companies, conforming and becoming more normal, we want to become weirder,” Mason told Vanity Fair. Link | Add comment
Infographic
Which Groupon Promotions Get Results?
Harvard Business Review, Jul 1, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT
Commentary
Can Groupon Succeed in China?
Forbes, Jul 1, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT
Yelp Brings Local Deals To Mobile
TechCrunch, Jun 30, 2011, 8:06 AM EDT
Yelp yesterday rolled out its new mobile local deals service for its iPhone and Android apps, which will allow users to find nearby deals and redeem them instantly. Link | Add comment
Facebook Deals Expands to 3 More Cities
Mashable, Jun 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT
Facebook Deals is expanding its pilot program to three more cities -- Charlotte, St. Louis and Minneapolis. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Talks IPO; Seeks $15B Valuation
All Things Digital, Jun 29, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT
LivingSocial, the second-largest deals site after Groupon, is talking to bankers this week about filing for an intial public offering. The company is said to be seeking up to $1 billion in capital in a deal that could value the company at $10 to $15 billion. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Are Mobile Apps The Future Of Daily Deals?
DailyDeal Media, Jun 29, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT
DailyDeal Media's Kris Ashton: "While Groupon Now isn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last mobile app for the daily deals and group buying industry it may represent a moment in time when reality showed us just how much we rely on mobile devices for the basics in everyday life." Link | Add comment
Razgaitis: Mobile Is ‘Key Catalyst’ In Deals
Street Fight, Jun 28, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT
ReachDeal's Rich Razgaitis: "Clearly the world is moving to mobile. Clearly that’s going to be a key catalyst. Certainly it’s moving to hyperlocal and all those things we’re only on the forefront of." Link | Add comment
Commentary
Pirzad-Allaei: Daily Deals Can Be Lucrative
TechCrunch, Jun 27, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT
Arash Pirzad-Allaei, co-founder of KASA Capital: "While Groupon may sometimes structure lousy deals for merchants, it doesn’t mean the entire daily deal business model isn’t sustainable or beneficial for small businesses. When done right, the daily deal can actually be very lucrative for everyone involved: Merchants, customers and the daily deal sites themselves." Link | Add comment
The Secret Details Of Google's Groupon-Killer
Business Insider, Jun 27, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT
Google Offers has a few key advantages over other deal providers that could shake up the deals industry and force Groupon, at least, to change the terms of its deals. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Buys Sites In Asia, Middle East
TechCrunch, Jun 27, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT
Daily deals service LivingSocial has purchased DealKeren (Indonesia), its parent company Ensogo (Thailand) and (the Middle East). Link | Add comment
31% Of Daily Deal Users Are New Customers
MediaPost, Jun 24, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT
Groupon and other daily deals sites are bringing in new customers -- but they are also giving deals to existing customers who might otherwise have paid full price, according to a study from customer satisfaction measurement company ForeSee Results. Link | Add comment
Groupon Shows Slow But Steady Gains In China
DailyDeal Media, Jun 24, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT
Gannett Expands 'Deal Chicken' Program
Street Fight, Jun 24, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT
Gannett's Deal Chicken, which launched last fall with little fanfare and in just one market, Phoenix, is set to expand, with a recent announcement of growth into another Gannett market, Louisville, and many more in the coming months. Link | Add comment
Loopt, ChompOn Launch U-Deals
BIA/Kelsey, Jun 23, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT
Yipit Raises $6 Million In Funding
TechCrunch, Jun 22, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT
CT Stations Open Buying, Selling, Deals Site
TVNewsCheck, Jun 22, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT
Connecticut television stations WTIC and WCCT's CTShopsHere.com offers local Hartford and national deals, money saving tips and lets consumers buy and sell. Link | Add comment
Groupon Responds To Bashers Via Its Blog
Groupon Blog, Jun 21, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT
Groupon, in the midst of the SEC-mandated quiet period that prevents it from saying "anything to the press that may make the company look 'good,' 'successful,' or 'not currently on fire,' responded to the "hazing" the company has been taking in the press lately. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Will Groceries Be A Good Fit For Groupon
BIA/Kelsey, Jun 21, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT
Peter Krasilovsky on Groupon's efforts to enter the grocery coupon space: "It’s really about driving traffic into the stores. And the groceries might be willing to pay for that, especially if they can steer consumers to take out dining items, which are their high margin plays, and also provide a a linkage with their loyalty cards." Link | Add comment
Commentary
Google Offers: Not Quite A 'Groupon Killer'
Street Fight, Jun 20, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT
BIA/Kelsey's Michael Boland: "Offers will be similar to Groupon in some ways, but its economics and mobile integration are quite different. Comparisons aside, the real story is how Offers plugs into Google’s massive distribution network of search, Gmail, mobile and about 26 other products." Link | Add comment
Thrillist Puts Twist On Daily Deals Offerings
Advertising Age, Jun 17, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT
Unlike some daily-deal entrants from the media sector, mens e-letter Thrillist has a distinct editorial voice to project and specific demographic to target. Link | Add comment
Google To Launch Offers In NY, SF
Business Insider, Jun 17, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT
Google is now planning to launch its new "Groupon killer" deals service Offers in New York and San Francisco next month. Link | Add comment
Ex-Grouponer: Co. Used High-Pressure Tactics
TechCrunch, Jun 17, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT
Market Sharing Targets B2B Deals Market
BIA/Kelsey, Jun 16, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT
Commentary
Could The Deals Space Be Worth Trillions?
BIA/Kelsey, Jun 16, 2011, 7:17 AM EDT
Neal Polachek: "The U.S. economy is about $15 trillion. SMBs account for something in the order of $5 trillion. So if the deals space does serve as a new foundation for commerce, as [Yipit co-founder Jim] Moran and others suggest, we are, in fact, talking trillions not billions." Link | Add comment
NextJump Launches Deals Site OO.com
BIA/Kelsey, Jun 15, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT
NextJump has launched a beta version of OO.com, a consumer-facing destination site that seeks to leverage its relationships with merchants, national marketers and local marketing entities including Living Social, Restaurant.com and now, Grubhub. Link | Add comment
T-Mobile Enters Daily Deal Arena
MediaPost, Jun 15, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT
T-Mobile USA is the latest company, and first major wireless carrier, to seize on the daily deals craze with a new Android application that aggregates offers from hundreds of group buying services. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Why Groupon Is Poised For Collapse
TechCrunch, Jun 15, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT
Entrepreneur Rocky Agrawal: "Groupon is not an Internet marketing business so much as it is the equivalent of a loan sharking business. ... In many cases, running a Groupon can be a terrible financial decision for merchants. Groupon’s financials also raise questions about its ongoing viability. Buying Groupon stock could be as bad a deal for investors as running a Groupon offer is for merchants." Link | Add comment
Patch-Amex Deal Takes Aim At Groupon
Bnet, Jun 14, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT
AOL's Patch this week inked a deal with American Express's Serve digital payment platform that will allow readers to redeem local merchant promotions online or in person with an appropriate Amex card. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals Rescuing Local Ad Market
The Wall Street Journal, Jun 14, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT
To win in the fast-growing digital advertising market, Web companies such as Facebook, Google and Groupon are increasingly wooing mom-and-pop businesses. Link | Add comment
Groupon, Tech Firm To Intro Interactive TV
Chicago Tribune, Jun 14, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT
A New Jersey technology company, icueTV, is teaming up with Groupon to show off a new form of interactive television that allows viewers to request more information about an advertiser. Link | Add comment
NY Papers, Analog Analytics Team On Deals
NetNewsCheck, Jun 14, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT
Finger Lakes Media Group upstate New York newspapers The Observer and Review&Express have signed daily deals white label solutions provider Analog Analytics to help them create a deals offering. Full Story | Add comment
Groupon, Living Social Differ In Strategy, Aud
MediaPost, Jun 13, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT
Groupon and LivingSocial are often mentioned in the same sentence, like Facebook and Twitter, as the two biggest players in the booming daily deals space. But new data from comScore underscores some of the differences in how they approach the market and how people use the dueling group-buying services. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Edmunds To Launch Groupon-Type Channel
MediaPost, Jun 13, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT
Edmunds.com is testing out the Groupon daily deal model on big ticket purchases: namely cars. The auto research and shopping site currently is testing its new deals program, Edmunds Exclusives, in Los Angeles, with plans to roll it out nationally. Link | Add comment
Small Biz Owner Regrets Groupon Discount
TechCrunch, Jun 10, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT
Jesse Burke, the owner of a Portland, Ore., cafe, regrets her decision to run a Groupon deal that ended up losing nearly $8,000 for her business. TechCrunch sat with Burke to get the full story.
Link | Add comment
BIA/Kelsey Announces Deals 3D Speaker Lineup
BIA/Kelsey, Jun 10, 2011, 6:45 AM EDT
Fab.com, Deal Site For Designed Goods, Launches
All Things Digital, Jun 9, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT
Daily Deals
Baltimore Eateries Mixed On Groupon
The Baltimore Sun, Jun 9, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT
Restaurants are a key industry for Groupon, but many want nothing to do with the company. And its no different in Balitmore, where restaurateurs say the Groupon experience is sweet and sour. To try to win them over, Groupon is already sharply cutting the percentage that it takes from each coupon sale, according to eatery proprietors. Link | Add comment
Groupon Warned For Misleading UK Promotions
PaidContent, Jun 8, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT
Groupon Tests Supermarket Loyalty Cards
Advertising Age, Jun 7, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT
Groupon is joining two Boston marketing-services and analytics firms to get deeper into the traditional grocery coupon business with a test today by Springfield, Mass.-based Big Y in a program that uses loyalty cards. Link | Add comment
Miami Herald Launches Daily Deals Service
Miami Herald, Jun 7, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT
The Miami Herald on Monday launched an in-house local daily deals service on the McClatchy Co.-owned Deal Saver Web site. The paper follows McClatchy stablemate The Fresno (Calif.) Bee onto DealSaver.com. The site will eventually become the home for deals from all of McClatchy's newspapers. Link | Add comment
8 Questions About The Groupon IPO
BIA/Kelsey, Jun 7, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT
Groupon is gearing up for its upcoming initial public offering, but questions of profitability and sustainability are still swirling around the daily deals service. Link | Add comment
Boston.com Launches Daily Deals Service
eMedia Vitals, Jun 6, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT
The Boston Globe's Boston.com recently launched its own Boston Deals offering, which provides daily group-buying discounts for the newspaper's readers. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Low Deals Marketing Could Hurt Hyperlocal
Forbes, Jun 6, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT
Jeff Bercovici on Groupon's IPO filing that lowered marketing costs to claim profitability: "If the coupon market, once divvied up, is relatively stable, and Groupon and LivingSocial and all the other me-too players can cut way back on their marketing budgets in a year or two ... it’s going to put a major hurt on the burgeoning ecosystem of hyperlocal news sites." Link | Add comment
Groupon Chair: We'll Be 'Highly Profitable'
Bloomberg, Jun 6, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT
Groupon chairman Eric Lefkofsky said he expects the money-losing daily-coupon provider, which filed on June 2 to sell shares to the public, to be “wildly profitable.” Link | Add comment
Commentary
Why Groupon is Worth $25 Billion Dollars
Steve Cheney, Jun 6, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT
Consultant and entrpreneur Steve Cheney: "So the real end-goal for daily deal sites is in assembling a marketplace and exchange that has enough inventory and users to support these types of new online to offline behaviors at massive scale. And if Groupon doesn't figure it out, someone else will. There is way more money to be made in offline commerce than there is in online commerce." Link | Add comment
Mo. Paper Uses Daily Deal For Tornado Relief
NetNewsCheck, Jun 6, 2011, 7:14 AM EDT
The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, the Heart of Missouri United Way and daily deals solutions provider Analog Analytics teamed to create a daily deal that allowed Daily Tribune readers to donate $10 to relief efforts for the victims of the tornado that hit Joplin, Mo. last month. Full Story | Add comment
Commentary
Why Investors Might Pass On Groupon IPO
Short Logic, Jun 3, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT
David Heinemeier Hansson: "At the moment, it’s costing them $1.43 to make $1, and it doesn’t look like it’s getting any cheaper. They’re already projected to make close to $3 billion in revenue this year. If you can’t figure out how to make money on 3 billion in revenue, when exactly will the profit magic be found? 10 billion? 50 billion?" Link | Add comment
Amazon Launches Local Deals Service
MediaPost, Jun 3, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT
Amazon invested $175 million in LivingSocial last year, and yesterday it cemented a place in its own daily deals space by launching into the first local offering through AmazonLocal.  Link | Add comment
Commentary
For Groupon, What's Next After IPO
Street Fight, Jun 3, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT
Laura Rich: "The daily deals game is hardly won, with Groupon and its main competitor, LivingSocial, together owning just a single-digit share of the $150 billion ad market. The key to these companies' future likely lies not in what they do today but how they leverage the relationships they're developing." Link | Add comment
Groupon Files For $750M IPO
PaidContent, Jun 3, 2011, 8:06 AM EDT
Deals service Groupon has filed with the SEC for its initial public offering. The number of shares and the price range have yet to be determined, but the initial filing is for $750 million. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Writing About A Groupon IPO When You Don't Care
Financial Times, Jun 3, 2011, 7:06 AM EDT
LivingSocial French Buy Challenges Groupon
All Things Digital, Jun 1, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT
LivingSocial is trying to take a piece of Groupon's business in France -- the group deals leader's strongest European market -- with the acquisition of French daily deal site Dealissime.com. Link | Add comment
Groupon's Fate Hinges On Writers' Jokes, Pitches
The New York Times, May 31, 2011, 7:50 AM EDT
Loopt, Groupon Now Partner In Chicago
TechCrunch, May 20, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT
Groupon Now Promo Offers $1 Lunch Deals
DailyDeal Media, May 20, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT
To promote the launch of location-based service Groupon Now, the daily deals site today is offering $1 lunch deals for hundreds of merchants in the Chicago area. Link | Add comment
Second Street Taps Chaney For Deals Role
NetNewsCheck, May 19, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT
Gilt Groupe Launches Ad-Less Online Food Mag
Mashable, May 19, 2011, 7:10 AM EDT
Little Room For Big Groupon Clones
Business Insider, May 17, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT
LivingSocial CEO and co-founder Tim O'Shaughnessy said the reason that there are so few big players in the daily deals arena is thatthere's no barrier to entry for deals sites, but there is a barrier to scale. Link | Add comment
DailyDealTime.com Announces June Launch
DailyDeal Media, May 17, 2011, 7:36 AM EDT
Commentary
How To Run A Daily Deals Site
DailyDeal Media, May 17, 2011, 6:56 AM EDT
Daily Deals
Canada's Dealfind Raises $31 Million
DailyDeal Media, May 17, 2011, 6:54 AM EDT
Groupon Takes Page From Netflix Playbook
Street Fight, May 13, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT
With Groupon Now, the daily deals service is turning to mobile and following the Netflix strategy of finding a better sales mechanism after seeing the declining value of its existing one. Link | Add comment
Groupon Pushed For IPO This Week
All Things Digital, May 11, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT
According to a report in All Things Digital, Social buying platform Groupon was pressing to file for its expected IPO as soon as this week, even before its bankers had a chance to review the deal. Link | Add comment
BIA/Kelsey Launches Daily Deals Event
BIA/Kelsey, May 11, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT
The consulting firm is launching a new event, "Deals 3D: The New Local Value Chain," set for July 18-19 in San Francisco, that will delve into the daily deals space. Link | Add comment
Crowded Coupon Industry Competes For Users
Today.com, May 10, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT
Gilt Groupe Raises $138M, Expands Japan Presence
PaidContent, May 10, 2011, 7:26 AM EDT
Groupon, Live Nation Form Online Mart For Event Tix
TechCrunch, May 9, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT
JiWire Raises $20M For Location-Based Advertising
BIA/Kelsey, May 9, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT
Facebook: We Don't Compete With Groupon
Fast Company, May 6, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT
Facebook Director of Local Emily White denies that its new Deals service is invading Groupon's turf, saying the social network is not interested in deals for deals' sake, but in deals that enable people to do things together. Link | Add comment
Gtrot Opens Local Daily Deals To Out-Of-Towners
BIA/Kelsey, May 6, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT
A Day In The Life Of A Group-Buying Salesperson
All Things Digital, May 3, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT
Livingsocial Sued Over Coupon Expiration Dates
DailyDeal Media, May 3, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT
AT&T Readies Groupon Challenger
Mashable, May 3, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT
AT&T Monday began pre-registration to consumers in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth for a service via the company's yp.com that will send daily deals to consumers. Link | Add comment
Portland Exercise Studio Makes Good With Groupon
Street Fight, May 3, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT
New York Magazine E-Letter To Aggregate Deals
PaidContent, May 2, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT
Infographic: Daily Deals By The Numbers
Online MBA, May 2, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT
LivingSocial Expands Into 9 New Markets
DailyDeal Media, Apr 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT
LivingSocial has announced its expansion into nine new U.S. markets including Lexington, Ky.; Providence, R.I.; Cobb County, Ga.; Buckhead, Ga.; the southwestern suburbs of Chicago; South Denver; the eastside of Cleveland; Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; and the MetroWest area of Boston. Link | Add comment
Nielsen study
Deals Sites Users Likely Affluent, Women
Nielsen Wire, Apr 27, 2011, 4:07 PM EDT
Research firm Nielsen found that more than two-thirds of users of daily deals sites Groupon and LivingSocial are feamale and are more likely to be affluent than the average Web user. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Facebook Deals Won't Kill Groupon, LivSoc
Yipit, Apr 27, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT
Yipit co-founder and CEO Vinicius Vacanti: "To sell a user a deal, you need to have both business authority (is this a good business?) and deal authority (is this a good deal?). Business authority is easy to get by citing third-party reviews like Yelp. But, deal authority is harder. Groupon has it because consumers understand that they are being grouped together. Why should they trust a Facebook deal?" Link | Add comment
DIY Deals Platform Tabblr Launches
Street Fight, Apr 27, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT
Chicago-based deals site Tabblr has launched in an effort to find a better profit balance for local merchants who are trying to draw in potential consumers. Link | Add comment
UK's Times Adds New Subs With Groupon
PaidContent, Apr 26, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT
Times Newspapers in the United Kingdom has added nearly 2% more digital subscribers in the last three days, after discounting its online rates by 70% in a deal through Groupon. Link | Add comment
Facebook Deals Launches In Five Markets
Agence France-Presse, Apr 26, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT
On the heels of last week's rollout of Google Offers, Facebook is launching its own daily deals service in five cities: San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas, Austin and Atlanta. Link | Add comment
Former Yahoo Execs Launch Daily Deals Site
MediaPost, Apr 26, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT
Former Yahoo executives Nick Weir, Usama Fayyad and Hunter Madsen have formed new daily deals site ChoozOn, which allows consumers to create their own personal deal network with friends, stores, brands, product categories and loyalty programs. The site is planning a summer launch. Link | Add comment
Daily Deal Brings In $366K For SD Paper
NetNewsCheck, Apr 22, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT
The San Diego Union-Tribune generates a record $366,035 with a daily deal offering a 60% discount on summer camp, making April the top grossing month in the program's history. Full Story | Comments (1)
Next Jump, Chicago Mag Partner On Deals Offer
BIA/Kelsey, Apr 22, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT
General Mills Tests Deals In SF, Minneapolis
ClickZ, Apr 22, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT
Deals
Groupon Buys Pelago; Files To Raise $6M
TechCrunch, Apr 22, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT
Daily deals service Groupon this week bought Pelago, the creator of location-based service Whrrl, and filed with the SEC to raise another $6 million in funding. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Google Offers Rolls Out In NY, SF, Portland
The Wall Street Journal, Apr 21, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT
Google's rival to daily-deal services such as Groupon and LivingSocial, called Google Offers, officially launched today in New York City, the Bay Area and Portland. Link | Add comment
Groupon Pushes Mobile App Development
BIA/Kelsey, Apr 21, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT
At Where 2.0 in Santa Clara, Calif., vice president and general manager Mihir Shah said the company has put together “a really large team” in Palo Alto in an effort to build a major tech presence on the back of Mobility, a mobile services firm purchased last year. Link | Add comment
Groupon Hires Google VP Georgiadis As COO
PaidContent, Apr 21, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT
Chicago Retailer Skeptical Of Groupon-Like Services
Street Fight, Apr 20, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT
Digital Coupons Bridge TV, Mobile, Retail
MediaPost, Apr 20, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT
IntoNow is launching a version of the daily deal that allows people to tag TV ads and receive coupons for free products on mobile devices redeemable through local stores. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Family Edition Adds 14 Markets
Daily Deal Media, Apr 20, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT
Gannett To Launch Daily Deals Nationwide
PaidContent, Apr 18, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT
Gannett CEO Craig Dubow during a conference call with investors highlighted the company's local digital marketing programs, particularly around the hot trend of online daily deals. The local digital programs will be rolled out nationwide: DoubleTake, a Groupon-like experiment begun at Clipper Magazine, followed by Daily Check-In. Link | Add comment
Facebook Eyes Social Daily Deals
Internet Retailer, Apr 18, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT
Facebook Deals -- which will launch within the next few weeks in Atlanta, Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco and Austin, Texas -- will use the power of the social Web to distinguish its service from competitors such as Groupon and LivingSocial. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Could Payoff Big For Steve Case
Bloomberg, Apr 18, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT
America Online co-founder Steve Case, who has recast himself as a venture capitalist, is expecting his early investment in LivingSocial will pay big dividends for him and the daily deals service. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Eyes Live Entertainment
All Things Digital, Apr 18, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT
In a Q&A with All Things Digital, LivingSocial's Doug Miller talked about the company's vacation deals and hinted that the deals player may be mulling the opportunities available in the live entertainment space. Link | Add comment
Groupon IPO May Value Co. At $15B-$20B
Reuters, Apr 15, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT
Groupon is likely to pick Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to lead a second-half initial public offering that could value the daily deals site at $15 billion to $20 billion. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Offers Dollar Menu In DC
All Things Digital, Apr 13, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT
Scoutmob Launches In 10 New Cities
Business Insider, Apr 13, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT
Atlanta-based deals startup Scoutmob has announced that it is expanding to 10 more cities. The company also said that it has raised $1.5 million in financing from New Atlantic Ventures. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals Might Be Headed Toward Bubble
BIA/Kelsey, Apr 13, 2011, 7:18 AM EDT
At last week's Daily Deal Summit in New York, industry experts said the deals space is more sophisticated than first thought and the question of whether its explosion is leading Silicon Valley toward the brink of a tech bubble requires more than a “yes” or “no” answer. Link | Add comment
ReachLocal Expands to New Zealand
BIA/Kelsey, Apr 8, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT
Groupon Tests Real Estate Waters In Chicago
Crain's Chicago Business, Apr 8, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT
Groupon Inc. is offering its first-ever deal related to real estate. The offer, from residential brokerage Dream Town Realty, costs $25 for $1,000 cash back at closing for new customers who buy or sell any piece of property for $150,000 or more in the next year. Link | Add comment
SD Paper Boosts Deals With DiscoverSD Buy
NetNewsCheck, Apr 8, 2011, 7:23 AM EDT
The San Diego Union-Tribune has bolstered its own daily deals program with the acquisition of arts and entertainment portal DiscoverSD.com and its Insider Hook Up group deals program. Full Story | Add comment
Facebook Groupon Clone Close To Launching
Business Insider, Apr 7, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT
LivingSocial Expects $1B In Revenue In 2011
All Things Digital, Apr 5, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT
LivingSocial Raises $400M For Expansion
The New York Times, Apr 5, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT
Daily Deals Platform Shoutback To Exhibit At NAB
NetNewsCheck, Apr 4, 2011, 4:07 PM EDT
Daily Deal Model Brings New Opps For B2B Cos.
Mobile Commerce Daily, Mar 31, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT
Ruth Reichl To Run Gilt Groupe Food Site
The New York Observer, Mar 30, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT
Groupon Battling Expiration Date Issues
PaidContent, Mar 30, 2011, 7:19 AM EDT
Groupon has been sued in federal court 12 times so far in 2011 -- nine of those suits concern expiration dates. Many of the lawsuits are so similar, it appears some of the lawyers working in this space are actually copying each other's complaints, word for word. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Raises $2.9 Million
Vator.tv, Mar 29, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT
Commentary
Solomon Exit Could Be Sign Of Groupon IPO
Daily Deal Media, Mar 29, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT
Daily Deal Media's Kris Ashton speculates on a larger meaning behind the departure of Groupon COO Rob Solomon: "Could Rob Solomon be vacating his spot to make room for a team member from whatever company takes them public?" Link | Add comment
Kudos Tweaks Daily Deal Model
MediaPost, Mar 29, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT
Newport Enters Deals Arena With Groupigg
NetNewsCheck, Mar 29, 2011, 7:08 AM EDT
Newport Television will use Groupigg's white-label technology to provide daily deals to viewers of Newport’s 50 TV stations in 22 markets across the country. Full Story | Add comment
Closely.com Moves Deals Away From Mass Market
BIA/Kelsey, Mar 28, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT
Daily Deals
OC Register Sets Record With $188K Deal
NetNewsCheck, Mar 28, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT
An OCRegister.com daily deal featuring a trip to Catalina Island sold 5,457 tickets in 24 hours and generated about $188,000 in sales -- both single-day records. Full Story | Add comment
Groupon Is Becoming A Lawsuit Magnet
PaidContent, Mar 28, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT
Mob Manager Helps Handle Groupon-Related Traffic
Fast Company, Mar 25, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT
BIA/Kelsey ILM East: 11
Gilt City Prospers With High-End Deals
BIA/Kelsey, Mar 25, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT
Gilt City CEO Nate Richardson, speaking at ILM East, said his site has differentiated itself from other deals sites by marrying good deals with highly curated lifestyle items and services. Link | Add comment
Class Action Suit Against Groupon In Seattle
KING5.com, Mar 24, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT
Groupon Revenue Dips In February
TechCrunch, Mar 24, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT
Daily Deals Market to Explode This Year
The Street, Mar 24, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT
Burned By Deals Craze, Small Biz Gets Savvy
The Wall Street Journal, Mar 24, 2011, 9:21 AM EDT
The small businesses that feed daily deals sites are getting more sophisticated in how they structure their offers, and with whom. With a glut of Groupon clones competing for  attention, merchants are negotiating better revenue splits and tweaking the fine print of their offerings to make deals work in their favor. That, in turn, could tighten margins in what has been a fast-growing business. Link | Add comment
McClatchy Starts Selling Its Own Daily Deals
Advertising Age, Mar 24, 2011, 6:50 AM EDT
Newspaper company McClatchy, which is partnering with Groupon to offer deals on its Web sites, has decided to also get into the social coupon business itself. Link | Add comment
BIA/Kelsey ILM East: 11
Deals Dominate Talk On ILM East's Last Day
NetNewsCheck, Mar 23, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT
Daily deals ,and matching them with the proper audiences,was the theme running through a series of panel sessions on the last day of BIA/Kelsey's Interactive Local Media East conference in Boston. Full Story | Comments (1)
Groupon Prez Rob Solomon Steps Down
Bloomberg, Mar 23, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT
Groupon Sued For False Advertising On Google
MediaPost, Mar 23, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT
Groupon's Mason Could Be The Next Zuckerberg
Fast Company, Mar 22, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT
Aussie Publisher Fairfax Launches Deals Offering
PaidContent, Mar 21, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT
Hearst Papers Add Daily Deals
PaidContent, Mar 21, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT
Newspaper chain Hearst Corp. has teamed with white label daily deals service Analog Analytics to offer daily deals in many of its local markets. SeattlePi.com will be the first Hearst-owned property to offer the option to its advertisers. Link | Add comment
Thrillist Mingles Commerce And Content
The New York Times, Mar 21, 2011, 7:46 AM EDT
The Web site Thrillist publishes daily e-mails aimed at a young, male audience, with tips about activities in various cities. But along with that content, it offers separate e-mails selling clothes and deals at local businesses, melding commerce and content in ways that have long made traditional publications bristle. Link | Add comment
Groupon: We Trusted Ad Agency Too Much
Advertising Age, Mar 21, 2011, 7:34 AM EDT
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason is now blaming ad agency CP&B and himself for trusting it as an ad partner after the daily deals site hit a sour note with viewers of its Super Bowl ads. Link | Add comment
Groupon’s Move Away From Local Could Be A Risk
Marketing Week, Mar 18, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT
'Groupon Now' Mobile App Launches
Mashable, Mar 18, 2011, 7:56 AM EDT
Groupon is launching a new mobile application, Groupon Now. When a user opens up the smartphone app, they will be presented with just two buttons: “I’m hungry” and “I’m bored.” Clicking either button will open up a list of time-specific daily deals, based on their location. Link | Add comment
Groupon Eyeing IPO Valuation Of $25B
Bloomberg, Mar 17, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT
Groupon has held talks with banks about an initial public offering that would value the online-coupon company at as much as $25 billion, according to a report. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Matches $5 Donations To Japan
BIA/Kelsey, Mar 17, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT
LivingSocial is matching registered members' $5 donations to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund "for a total contribution of up to $2 million," the company said. Link | Comments (1)
Groupon In Trouble With Mass. Booze Board
The Boston Globe, Mar 17, 2011, 7:59 AM EDT
Daily deal site Groupon said it is re-evaluating its policies after the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission informed the company that deals for some Massachusetts restaurants may not be in compliance with state liquor laws and regulations. Link | Add comment
Groupon Plans Facebook Ad Blitz
TechCrunch, Mar 16, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT
With Facebook planning its own deals offering, Groupon has tapped a startup called AdParlor to exclusively manage their advertising spend on Facebook. Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Seeks Funding At $2B Valuation
Bloomberg, Mar 16, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT
LivingSocial, the second-largest Web site devoted to daily coupons, is close to raising as much as $400 million in funding that would value the company at more than $2 billion. Link | Add comment
To Groupon Or Not To Groupon?
PSFK.com, Mar 16, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT
Group Commerce Pushes Group Deal Efforts
MediaPost, Mar 14, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT
Group Commerce CEO Jonty Kelt is on a mission to turn every Web publisher into a Groupon-like deal service. Kelt is out to prove that publishers have "connections with unique audiences" that hold a key advantage over Groupon and its many clones. Link | Add comment
Facebook Planning Groupon-Inspired Service
Bloomberg, Mar 14, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT
Facebook plans to test a Groupon-inspired service that provides discount offers. The service -- which will get started in San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas, Atlanta and Austin, Texas -- will be part of Facebook's existing Deals program and will work with businesses to spotlight deals and encourage users to share them with friends. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
LivingSocial Adds Two New Markets
NetNewsCheck, Mar 10, 2011, 8:16 AM EST
Deals service LivingSocial today announced that it is expanding into two new markets: the San Francisco Bay Peninsula and Sugar Land/Katy, Texas. With the expansion, LivingSocial is now available in more than 200 markets and has more than 20 million subscribers worldwide. "With this launch, we're now offering deals on unique local experiences to more people in Northern California, Nevada and Southeast Texas," LivingSocial CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy said in a release. | Add comment
Meredith Launches Daily Deals Service
Min Online, Mar 10, 2011, 8:07 AM EST
Meredith entered the daily deal waters this week with the its new Parents Deals site and e-mail program powered by white label deals provider Group Commerce. Link | Add comment
Groupon Faces Another Suit Over Expirations
BusinessWeek, Mar 9, 2011, 2:40 PM EST
Group deals service Groupon was sued Tuesday by a Minnesota man who alleges the expiration dates on the company's discounts are deceptive and illegal. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis said federal and state laws prohibit companies from selling or issuing gift certificates with expiration dates. Last week, a similar suit was filed in the Illinois Northern District Court.  Link | Add comment
NBC Runs Video Ads On LivingSocial
ClickZ, Mar 8, 2011, 4:05 PM EST
Daily Deals
Some Retailers Eat Losses Via Discount Sites
BusinessWeek, Mar 8, 2011, 4:04 PM EST
Small retailers that partner with Groupon and with such competitors as LivingSocial and BuyWithMe need to be aware of the risks in teaming up with them. Link | Add comment
AT&T To Enter Daily Deals Arena
PaidContent, Mar 7, 2011, 8:14 AM EST
AT&T plans to offer daily deals in local markets via its YP.com directory site. AT&T has an existing local advertising business that it will be able to leverage: YP.com gets more than 23 million unique visitors per month, and the company’s online ad sales totaled more than $1 billion in 2010. Link | Add comment
Papers Took Too Long To Copy Groupon
GigaOM, Mar 3, 2011, 6:59 AM EST
The New York Times' new Groupon-like service, TimesLimited, raises the question: What took it so long? Daily deals and group deals seem like a natural  space for newspapers, but the industry as a whole has been relatively late to the table. GigaOm's Matthew Ingram believes it may be too late for papers to catch up: "The problem now is that Groupon and LivingSocial have become such behemoths ... that they can offer a size and scale newspapers can’t hope to compete with." Link | Add comment
NYT Launching Groupon Clone This Month
All Things Digital, Mar 2, 2011, 12:30 PM EST
The New York Times is readying TimesLimited, its own Groupon/Gilt City-like e-commerce offering, which will launch at the end of this month. The service won’t require a minimum number of buyers for any particular offer, but they will be limited to a certain time limit. Link | Add comment
Groupon Stake Pushes Greylock Fund To $1B
Bloomberg, Mar 2, 2011, 8:18 AM EST
Groupon Sued Over Deal Expiration Dates
Chicago Sun-Times, Mar 2, 2011, 8:15 AM EST
A potential class action lawsuit was filed in federal court Tuesday against Chicago-based Groupon, claiming the discounted gift certificate website issues coupons with illegal expiration dates. Link | Add comment
DealFind.com Pulls In $632K On One Daily Deal
DailyDeal Media, Mar 2, 2011, 8:10 AM EST
Groupon Super Bowl Spots Only Boost Traffic 3%
Fast Company, Mar 2, 2011, 6:48 AM EST
Review Site Qype Buy's Germany's Cooldeals
TechCrunch, Mar 1, 2011, 3:36 PM EST
Ted Leonsis Steps Up Groupon Backing
Washington Business Journal, Feb 28, 2011, 3:53 PM EST
Groupon Revenue Hit $760M In 2010
The Wall Street Journal, Feb 28, 2011, 8:35 AM EST
Groupon revealed it generated $760 million in revenue in 2010 ($475 million in U.S.), 51 million subscribers, and expanded to 35 countries and 4,150 employees, according to an internal memo leaked to The Wall Street Journal. Link | Add comment
Groupon Officially Launches China Service
Bloomberg, Feb 28, 2011, 8:10 AM EST
Groupon has launched Gaopeng.com, its online group-buying service in China. The site will initially cover Beijing and Shanghai before expanding to other Chinese cities. Tencent Holdings, China's biggest Internet company, and Yunfeng Capital, a private equity fund started by Alibaba Group Holding Chairman Jack Ma, are other investors in Gaopeng. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
ShopSavvy Teams with Groupon
NetNewsCheck.com, Feb 23, 2011, 4:14 PM EST
ShopSavvy, which delivers targeted offers and advertising to mobile shoppers based on location and user interest, is partnering with Groupon to deliver daily deals to the mobile shopping companion's users. Full Story | Add comment
WeedMaps Launches Groupon Clone For Stoners
Fast Company, Feb 22, 2011, 8:43 AM EST
Group Deals
Groupon Nears Launch In China
The Wall Street Journal, Feb 21, 2011, 8:32 AM EST
Deals site Groupon appears to be making preparations to start operations in China, a move that could shake up the market for group buying, even though challenges lie ahead for the company. Link | Add comment
Nordstrom Buys 'Flash Sale' Site HauteLook
The Wall Street Journal, Feb 21, 2011, 8:29 AM EST
Aiming to gain a foothold in the hot market for "flash sales," department store giant Nordstrom agreed to buy online retailer HauteLook for as much as $270 million in stock. Link | Add comment
Gilt Seeks $80M-$100M From Investors
Business Insider, Feb 21, 2011, 8:29 AM EST
Private-sale site Gilt Groupe is raising $80-$100 million from private-market investors, according to a report. The deal will likely value Gilt at around $1 billion. Link | Add comment
Local.com Buys Rich Media Ad Firm Rovion
OC Metro, Feb 18, 2011, 8:39 AM EST
Local business search engine Local.com announced that it will acquire the assets of Boston-based ad firm Rovion for $1.5 million, plus an additional $7 million if certain milestones are achieved over the next three years. Rovion sells, creates, delivers and tracks rich media advertising, such as animated and video platforms for regional and national brands. Link | Add comment
Groupon Eyes Hulu CEO To Head Worldwide Ops
DailyDeal Media, Feb 17, 2011, 4:36 PM EST
LivingSocial Hit With Class Action Suit
DailyDeal Media, Feb 17, 2011, 3:45 PM EST
LivingSocial has been hit with a law suit claiming that they are violating consumer protection laws by including expiration dates on their “certificates,” or vouchers, and that the site is cheating customers out of leftover funds. Link | Add comment
Groupon Faces Big Trouble In China
TechCrunch, Feb 17, 2011, 8:42 AM EST
Tencent and Groupon’s China group buying joint venture, Gaopeng.com, is having a tough time, according to press reports from China. The site went live for a day, then Tencent balked and pulled it back down. Other reports paint a chaotic picture of rapid hiring, little due diligence and money being thrown around. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Groupon Goes To Russia Via Social Net
PaidContent, Feb 16, 2011, 3:36 PM EST
Groupon, which is in the middle of an internationalisation phase, is going in to Russia in partnership with Odnoklassniki (Classmates), one of its main social networks. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
ReachLocal Buys Daily Deal Site DealOn
The New York Times, Feb 16, 2011, 3:36 PM EST
ReachLocal, which helps small businesses navigate the confusing maze of online and mobile advertising options, announced Tuesday that it was acquiring DealOn, a daily deal site, for $10 million. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Yahoo Explores Deals Offering For Papers
ClickZ, Feb 16, 2011, 8:17 AM EST
Yahoo is looking into the possibility of expanding its current partnerships with newspaper publishers -- including Gannett -- into the daily deals space. Link | Add comment
CitySearch, Groupon Team Up On Mobile App
ClickZ, Feb 15, 2011, 7:34 AM EST
Citysearch is launching a location-based deals app on Tuesday that incorporates offers from its platform along with those running on Groupon. Link | Add comment
Facebook Deals Helps NBA Team Connect
Mashable, Feb 14, 2011, 3:54 PM EST
The NBA's Golden State Warriors, one of the launch partners for the Facebook Deals service, has offered 23 check-in deals, amassing nearly 17,000 total check-ins, about 740 check-ins per game. Link | Add comment
Groupon Faces Growing Pains In Japan
The New York Times, Feb 14, 2011, 8:14 AM EST
Groupon's missteps in Japan and an increase in the number of copycat sites in foreign markets have exposed some of the hurdles the Chicago-based group deals service is facing overseas as it tries to grow internationally. Link | Add comment
Groupon Pulls Valentine's Bait And Switch
TechCrunch, Feb 11, 2011, 3:47 PM EST
Groupon offered users throughout the U.S. a $20 off coupon for flowers Valentine's Day from FTD. Purchasers were directed to a special URL to purchase the flowers, where the price was shown as $50 before the $20 coupon. But FTD's regular site listed $40 for the same item, meaning Groupon users only really got $10 off, not $20. TechCrunch's Michael Arrington: "Sour deals like this hurt Groupon’s brand, because burned customers won’t be so eager to check out the new daily deals. They’ll just assume it’s a scam, and ignore it all." Link | Add comment
Groupon Pulls TV Ads Off The Air
NetNewsCheck, Feb 11, 2011, 8:00 AM EST
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason in a blog post Thursday said the daily deals service is pulling its controversial television ads off the air. The ads, which debuted on Super Bowl Sunday, immediately sparked controversy, offending many viewers by seemingly trivializing serious human rights and environmental issues. Mason wrote: "We hate that we offended people, and we’re very sorry that we did -- it’s the last thing we wanted. We’ve listened to your feedback, and since we don’t see the point in continuing to anger people, we’re pulling the ads." | Add comment
Groupon Moves To OpenX Global Publisher Platform
MediaPost, Feb 9, 2011, 10:13 AM EST
LivingSocial Rolls Out Mobile Apps
Yahoo News, Feb 9, 2011, 8:27 AM EST
LivingSocial this week released iPhone, iPad and Android apps that broadcast daily deals in a user's city. The move comes about two weeks after Groupon released a mobile app for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry platforms. Link | Add comment
Groupon Changing Offensive Super Bowl Ads
DailyDeal Media, Feb 9, 2011, 8:21 AM EST
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason Mason said the company is tweaking the end of its maligned Super Bowl ads to make clearer the call for donations to charities supporting the issues the ads send up. But he defended the spots against criticism that they made light of serious humanitarian and environmental issues. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Secondary Market for Daily Deals Heats Up
Mashable, Feb 9, 2011, 8:10 AM EST
The market for reselling purchased deals that people can’t use is just starting to heat up, with sites such as Lifesta, CoupRecoup, DealsGoRound and Dealigee appearing in the past 12 months marketplaces for these “used” deals. Link | Add comment
Chewpons Launches South Fla. Deals Service
NetNewsCheck, Feb 9, 2011, 8:04 AM EST
Daily Deals
Groupon CFO: 'I Don't See Any Limits'
NetNewsCheck, Feb 8, 2011, 3:56 PM EST
Groupon chief financial officer Jason Child in a Q&A with DailyFinance said he doesn't see any limits for the company's growth. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Groupon Launches In San Angelo, Texas
NetNewsCheck, Feb 8, 2011, 3:52 PM EST
Daily Deals
LivingSocial Launches Valentine's 'FlirtFest'
NetNewsCheck, Feb 8, 2011, 3:56 PM EST
LivingSocial today is launching its first annual "FlirtFest," which runs through Feb. 14 in 11 markets nationwide and presents a series of Valentine's Day-themed deals to users. Full Story | Add comment
Daily Deals
Consumers, Merchants Flock To Deal Sites
San Jose Mercury News, Feb 8, 2011, 8:26 AM EST
The explosion of online deal-of-the-day sites is giving consumers instant access to bargains and providing merchants with a new way to drum up business. And they have become one of the hottest online business models as countless companies scramble to offer up their own deal sites, from industry leaders Groupon and LivingSocial to Yelp, a galaxy of startups and newspapers. Link | Add comment
OfficeArrow A Groupon For Business
Inc., Feb 8, 2011, 8:21 AM EST
Groupon Ad May Have Tarnished Site's Image
Mobile Marketer, Feb 8, 2011, 7:47 AM EST
Groupon's $3 million Super Bowl TV commercial that started out like a message about human rights in Tibet and then undercut that message, confused and offended viewers and may have ultimately hurt the brand's image. Link | Add comment
Groupon Super Bowl Ad Hits A Sour Note
PaidContent, Feb 7, 2011, 8:44 AM EST
Groupon hit the air Super Bowl Sunday with its first TV commercial, but the Twitterverse was immediately aflame with criticism for the apparent insensitivity of the spot, which started off sounding like a public awareness campaign about Tibet and human rights, but ended with actor Timothy Hutton lauding the deal he got through Groupon for a Tibetan restaurant. A later ad featuring actress Elizabeth Hurley put destruction of the rainforest on the same level as a Brazilian wax. Link | Add comment
Groupon Snags Last-Minute Super Bowl Ad
Advertising Age, Feb 3, 2011, 3:24 PM EST
Less than a month ago, Groupon was shut out of the Super Bowl and was planning on only pre-game and post-game commercials. Now it has secured a single spot in Fox's broadcast of Super Bowl XLV this weekend. Link | Add comment
TipCity To Roll Out Flash Deals
BIA/Kelsey, Feb 2, 2011, 3:30 PM EST
San Diego-based TipCity is set to offer subscriptions starting at $99 per month to restaurants and bars for time-sensitive Flash deals that show up on the TipCity site, or come in via Twitter or e-mail. Link | Add comment
location-based deals
LivingSocial To Add Real-Time Discounts
All Things Digital, Feb 1, 2011, 3:13 PM EST
Over the next couple of weeks, LivingSocial will be adding real-time discounts to its mobile applications to enable consumers to search for discounts at nearby restaurants on the fly, according to published reports. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
First Look At Groupon, JiWire Hyperlocal Play
BIA/Kelsey, Feb 1, 2011, 2:57 PM EST
In December, Groupon and JiWire announced a deal that allows the group deals service to use JiWire’s network to automatically determine a user’s location and deliver locally-relevant deals. BIA/Kelsey got a sneak peek at the new location-based service. Link | Add comment
Groupon Suit Could Threaten Coupon Apps
Mobile Marketer, Feb 1, 2011, 8:57 AM EST
Mobile coupons have proven to be an effective tool for brands and retailers, but the most recent lawsuit against group deals service Groupon -- which alleges that Groupon and its retail clients issue “gift certificates [that] are sold and issued with expiration dates that are deceptive” -- could have a negative impact on the growth of local mobile advertising and couponing. Link | Add comment
Suit: Groupon, Merchants Cheat Consumers
DailyDeal Media, Jan 31, 2011, 8:32 AM EST
Last week Anthony Ferreira of California filed a class action suit in federal court in the Southern District of California against Groupon, citing that the Chicago-based company issues Groupon “gift certificates” with relatively short expiration dates, knowing that many consumers will not use the gift certificates prior to that expiration date. Link | Add comment
Groupon Steals Yahoo Mobile VP Michael Shim
DailyDeal Media, Jan 31, 2011, 8:25 AM EST
LivingSocial: We're Set To Overtake Groupon
CNET, Jan 28, 2011, 3:24 PM EST
LivingSocial CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy in a Q&A with CNET said the No. 2 group deals site has added more than 6 million new members this month and that it could overtake Groupon this year: "We've been taking U.S. market share pretty much every month for quite some time now and are on track to pass [Groupon] in the U.S. in 2011." Link | Add comment
Mihir Shah: Groupon Well Suited For Mobile
MediaPost, Jan 28, 2011, 2:09 PM EST
Groupon vice president and general manager of mobile Mihir Shah in a Q&A with MediaPost on the group deals site's mobile offerings: "Our whole product is about making that quick purchase decision and then printing it out and redeeming it. ... It's probably even better suited to mobile -- you arrive in a new city, you just pop out your app, you can see what the deals are that day and maybe you can buy one and use it immediately." Link | Add comment
Group Deals
LivingSocial Closes Gap With Groupon
Mashable, Jan 28, 2011, 8:43 AM EST
LivingSocial’s traffic skyrocketed last week with a little help from Amazon, closing the gap between it and group-buying leader Groupon. New data from Hitwise Intelligence shows that last week LivingSocial garnered 0.018% of all U.S. visits on the Web, an 80% increase from 0.010%. Groupon, on the other hand, actually dropped by 20% to 0.035% market share of U.S. visits. Link | Add comment
Groupon To Expand Local Sales Staff
ClickZ, Jan 27, 2011, 4:03 PM EST
Group deals site Groupon will invest part of the $950 million it raised earlier this month to expand its U.S. sales force. The company is currently advertising over 50 sales and business development roles nationwide as it seeks to expand its presence in local markets. Link | Add comment
Group Buying
Facebook Tests Group-Buying Play
Mashable, Jan 27, 2011, 8:34 AM EST
Facebook is currently testing a new feature called “Buy With Friends,” which allows users to get discounts on virtual goods purchased by their friends. Users make an in-app purchases using Facebook’s currency, Facebook Credits, and share it in their newsfeed. When friends see the purchases, they can buy the same items at a discount directly in the newsfeed. Link | Comments (1)
A Sneak Peak At Google Offers
TechCrunch, Jan 25, 2011, 3:35 PM EST
Google's new coupon service already has local merchants signing up in droves. According to TechCrunch, Google Offers does not appear to be a group-buying discount service, rather a straightforward, self-serve local advertising service. Link | Add comment
Local.com Creates ‘Social Buying’ Division
BIA/Kelsey, Jan 25, 2011, 8:15 AM EST
Local.com, which reaches 22 million unique visitors via its destination site and network, announced that it has created a separate social buying business unit. The new unit, which will roll out its first products in mid-2011, is being built on the back of iTwango, a deals service it acquired in late December. Link | Add comment
Andrew Mason at DLD
Groupon Wants To Be Amazon For Local
Mashable, Jan 25, 2011, 7:55 AM EST
Groupon founder and CEO Andrew Mason during a session at the Digital, Life, Design conference in Munich, Germany, said: “We’d like to become what Amazon has become for products, we want to become this for local." Below is video of the entire "Local Markets" panel session featuring Mason and Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley.
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Commentary
Is Groupon The New 'Jesus Startup'?
Dave Troy, Jan 24, 2011, 3:46 PM EST
Software developer Dave Troy: "Groupon has emerged as the 'Jesus Startup' of 2010-2011. The industry always needs one, and they tend to conform to an archetype and have a mythical story: the visionary CEO who experiences a remarkable rise to greatness. For this story and for these 15 minutes, we have Andrew Mason, the humorous and self-deprecating everyman." Link | Add comment
AdMob Mobile Net To Feed Google Offers
MediaPost, Jan 24, 2011, 2:42 PM EST
Google on Friday revealed where the 2 billion daily requests in the AdMob network originate, providing insight into how the company will distribute daily deals from its Groupon-like service, Google Offers. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Mason: Groupon Not Fully Commited To IPO
BusinessWeek, Jan 24, 2011, 8:07 AM EST
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason said the group deals site’s commitment to launching an IPO this year is "less than 100%." Mason, speaking at the Digital-Life-Design conference in Munich, added, "An IPO is something we are considering, but we’re just trying to learn more about the option at this point and understand the benefits and drawbacks." Link | Add comment
U.S. Entrepreneurs Launch French Groupon Clone
TechCrunch, Jan 21, 2011, 2:55 PM EST
Daily Deals
Google To Launch Its Own Groupon Clone
Mashable, Jan 21, 2011, 7:43 AM EST
Nearly two months after Google's attempted $6 billion takeover bid of Groupon fell through, the Internet giant is launching its own daily deals offering, "Google Offers." Link | Add comment
Group Deals
LivingSocial Amazon Deal Grabs Attention
The Wall Street Journal, Jan 19, 2011, 3:54 PM EST
LivingSocial, the local deals competitor to Groupon, made waves on Wednesday with what has already become the biggest deal in the company’s history: 50% off a $20 gift card for shopping on Amazon.com. Link | Add comment
Group Deals
Groupon Experiencing Growing Pains
Los Angeles Times, Jan 19, 2011, 3:54 PM EST
The latest ripples of dissent suggest -- despite the head-spinning Wall Street valuations -- that the group deals phenom Groupon may be something less than a sure thing. And it's certainly not a great fit for all of the merchants struggling to win and hold on to new customers in a stalled economy. Link | Add comment
Groupon Employs More Than 4,500 Worldwide
Business Insider, Jan 19, 2011, 6:34 AM EST
Groupon Clone Offers Discount At Scores In NY
Business Insider, Jan 18, 2011, 4:04 PM EST
Microsoft Using Groupon To Sell Windows Phone
TechCrunch, Jan 18, 2011, 3:57 PM EST
Groupon CEO Apologizes To Japanese Customers
TechCrunch, Jan 17, 2011, 3:38 PM EST
USA, Gilt Groupe Team On 'White Collar' Promo
Broadcasting & Cable, Jan 14, 2011, 3:36 PM EST
Group Deals
How Groupon Spawned A Legion Of Imitators
Slate, Jan 14, 2011, 2:27 PM EST
Group deals sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial have taken off in the past year -- growing 610% between August 2009 and August 2010, according to Experian Hitwise. With Groupon's success, a myriad of sites have popped up on the national and local scene. Slate's Annie Lowrey: "Analysts predict massive growth in deal-based, location-based, and social-network-based ads—and through multiple channels. So maybe it's better to think of group coupons not as a product distributed by a few companies, but as a method of advertising." Link | Add comment
LivingSocial Brings Coupons To Snohomish, Wash.
The Daily Herald, Jan 14, 2011, 7:31 AM EST
Groupon Planning IPO, Values Itself At $15B
The New York Times, Jan 14, 2011, 7:23 AM EST
Groupon is pushing ahead with plans for its initial public offering, a debut that could value the company at $15 billion or more. Link | Add comment
BuyWithMe Hires Jim Crowley As CEO
All Things Digital, Jan 13, 2011, 8:22 AM EST
Daily Deals
LivingSocial Buys Into Overseas Deals Site
PaidContent, Jan 13, 2011, 8:16 AM EST
Just one day after Groupon announced its plans to expand abroad, competitor LivingSocial said it would be testing international deals waters as well, buying a stake in Spanish company Let's Bonus, which operates in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Argentino, and Mexico. Link | Add comment
Group Deals
Groupon Buys Into Israel, South Africa, India
TechCrunch, Jan 11, 2011, 8:57 AM EST
Group deals site Groupon today announced that it has acquired international deals sites SoSasta (India), Grouper (Israel) and Twangoo (South Africa). Link | Add comment
Groupon Finally Closes Nearly $1B Financing
All Things Digital, Jan 10, 2011, 3:51 PM EST
Hearst Backs Discount Food Site VillageVines
PaidContent, Jan 10, 2011, 3:47 PM EST
Groupon Readies Its First Television Ad
Advertising Age, Jan 10, 2011, 8:15 AM EST
Group deals site Groupon is turning to traditional TV advertising, including pregame spots on the Feb. 6 broadcast of Super Bowl XLV, to connect with a wider swath of consumers. Link | Add comment
Commentary: Daily Deals
Why LivingSocial Snubbed Aggregators
BIA/Kelsey, Jan 10, 2011, 7:53 AM EST
Jed Williams: "With new deal-a-day sites surfacing constantly and more white label providers recruiting publishers to 'get in the game,' the noise level will only rise. As a result, the role of the aggregator becomes more pronounced. For second tier and niche sites, having access to an aggregator’s network is crucial. For top dogs such as Groupon and LivingSocial, the competitive tension heightens." Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
Thrillist Targets Men With Deals Service
PaidContent, Jan 7, 2011, 8:33 AM EST
Men’s lifestyle e-newsletter Thrillist is looking for a balanced approach between serving up promotions with merchants that also can be considered content alongside its reviews. The answer is Thrillist Rewards. Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
TownHog: Local Sites Have Better Audiences
BIA/Kelsey, Jan 7, 2011, 8:13 AM EST
Josh Tretakoff, vice president of business development for San Francisco-based deals service TownHog, says local media sites have higher quality audiences for deals because they are visiting the media site to discover new things: "They are not there for the deal. They are a self-selecting group." Link | Add comment
Daily Deals
LivingSocial Dumps Deal Aggregators
Business Insider, Jan 6, 2011, 2:42 PM EST
LivingSocial, the second-biggest daily deal company behind Groupon, is cutting deal aggregators, such as Yipit and Dealsurf, out of its affiliate program starting tomorrow. Link | Add comment
AOL Taps Eric Singleton To Run Its Groupon Clone
Business Insider, Jan 5, 2011, 8:37 AM EST
Gilt City Focuses On Luxury Local Deals
BIA/Kelsey, Jan 3, 2011, 3:19 PM EST
Luxury deals site Gilt City, which launched last year in New York, is now in six U.S. cities -- New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles -- and Tokyo and is expected to add 10 to 15 more cities in 2011. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Web Commerce Firms Not Really Social
All Things Digital, Dec 31, 2010, 6:44 AM EST
Liz Gannes: "Sites like Gilt are supposedly exclusive discount fashion communities, but the reality is they will take anyone who will pay. Groupon is a glorified email list. ... Linking social with commerce is tricky. Besides user reviews and accounts, which have been around forever, much of social commerce is very basic." Link | Add comment
Deals No. 1 Growth Area For San Diego Paper
BIA/Kelsey, Dec 30, 2010, 3:15 PM EST
For The San Diego Union Tribune, deals were the No. 1 avenue to new revenue growth in 2010. Link | Add comment
Groupon Already Closed On Half Of Funding
TechCrunch, Dec 30, 2010, 7:20 AM EST
Groupon 's latest funding round to raise nearly $1 billion, which was reported yesterday, is actually already half over. So far, Digital Sky Technologies, Fidelity and Morgan Stanley have invested in the group deals site. Link | Add comment
Groupon Files For $950M Funding Round
Reuters, Dec 29, 2010, 8:14 AM EST
Group deals site Groupon has been authorized to raise up to $950 million in what would be the biggest round of equity financing by any company since Pixar in 1995. The company said in filing with the state of Delaware that it intended to sell shares at $31.59 each. That price would value Groupon at between $6.4 billion and $7.8 billion, depending on the number of shares issued. Link | Add comment
Dartmouth Prof: Groupon's Mason A Bad CEO
NPR, Dec 27, 2010, 4:04 PM EST
Dartmouth business professor Sydney Finkelstein told NPR that Andrew Mason's decision to turn down Google's $6 million offer put him near the top of the list of worst CEO's of 2010. Link | Add comment
Groupon Adds Roanoke To Its Roster
The Roanoke Times, Dec 23, 2010, 3:52 PM EST
Groupon will bring its daily deals platform to small businesses in the Roanoke, Va., area. The group deals site now has a presence in more than 300 markets globally. Link | Add comment
Google Eyes Groupon Alternatives
New York Post, Dec 23, 2010, 3:48 PM EST
Google, whose $6 billion buyout offer was spurned by online coupon site Groupon, is in talks with much smaller rivals of the two-year-old firm, according to the New York Post. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Pubs Can Outdo Groupon At Local Ad Share
Online Journalism Review, Dec 23, 2010, 8:47 AM EST
Robert Niles: "There's no need for any news publisher to be afraid of something such as Groupon. Every great idea can be improved upon. And, more importantly, every great execution of an idea could be executed even better." Link | Add comment
Commentary
What Groupon Should Do Next
Business Insider, Dec 22, 2010, 2:40 PM EST
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry: "To decide what Groupon should do next, it should keep in mind what it is: the best-ever advertising platform for small and medium businesses. Its job is to serve small and medium businesses to reach consumers better and more cost-effectively. Or to put it more succinctly, its mission is to help small businesses get the most out of the Internet." Link | Add comment
Groupon Hires Amazon's Jason Child As CFO
PaidContent, Dec 21, 2010, 8:17 AM EST
Groupon Trains Writers At Its 'Academy'
The Atlantic, Dec 21, 2010, 7:43 AM EST
With a team of experienced editors, a new program called Groupon Academy, and a vigorous -- but rewarding -- recruiting process, the Web-based coupon company is investing significant time into teaching and training its writers. Some 40% of Groupon's writers have prior journalism experience, 70% were creative writers and 20% wrote marketing or business copy and the company has hired 40 writers in the last six months. Link | Add comment
Commentary: Group Deals
Hyperlocal Deals Sites Bring Big Exposure
ClickZ, Dec 17, 2010, 8:54 AM EST
Groupon's success has spurred a boom in deals sites and aggregators that represent a small number of limited-time, hyperlocal, group-buying opportunities primarily for offline businesses. NetPlus Marketing CEO Robin Neifield: "Part of the benefit to the smaller, local businesses is in the advertising reach and effectiveness. The e-mails get opened, the sites get visited, the tweets get noticed and retweeted, the offers are relevant (at least geographically), and the heretofore unknown business gets legitimized by association with the deal site." Link | Add comment
Group Deals
BuyWithMe Likely To Seek More Funding
All Things Digital, Dec 15, 2010, 8:27 AM EST
BuyWithMe interim president David Wolfe acknowledges that a hiring spree is necessary to catch up to its nearest rivals, Groupon and LivingSocial, and that the company will likely need more capital to continue its aggressive expansion plans: “The intent will be to raise more money; it’s a probable event.” Link | Add comment
Groupon Tests Geo-Fenced Advertising
ClickZ, Dec 15, 2010, 7:25 AM EST
Group deals site Groupon, beauty products marketer Clinique, Hewlett-Packard and retailer Ritz Camera are launch partners for JiWire's new "Compass" platform that serves mobile ads to viewers when they are in a locale with product or store availability. The platform's ads can be viewed on devices such as iPads, smartphones, or laptops when users enter a geo-fenced area. Link | Add comment
DealOn Set To Automate Ad Network Role
MediaPost, Dec 14, 2010, 3:19 PM EST
DealOn, a group-buying Web site and deal distribution network, has spent the past year building a platform called OfferEx designed to connect media sites with companies that want to offer deals and discounts to consumers. Link | Add comment
BuyWithMe CEO Cheryl Rosner Steps Down
Business Insider, Dec 14, 2010, 2:30 PM EST
Cheryl Rosner, the CEO of BuyWithMe, generally thought of as the third largest player in the group deals space behind Groupon and LivingSocial, has stepped down. Link | Add comment
Commentary
Google, Groupon And Value On The Internet
The New Yorker, Dec 14, 2010, 8:14 AM EST
James Surowiecki: Is Groupon, "as CEO Andrew Mason suggested recently, a company that’s going to transform the way local business works? Or is it just another overpriced flash in the pan? The answer, most probably, is neither." Link | Add comment
Google-Groupon
Antitrust Concerns Killed $6B Deal
Business Insider, Dec 9, 2010, 8:58 AM EST
Groupon board members shot down Google's $6 billion offer to buy the company because of antitrust concerns, according to a Business Insider. The report says the view on Groupon's board was that a Google-Groupon merger would draw more regulatory scrutiny than any other deal Google has ever done. Link | Add comment
Group Deals
Alliance Aids Media Cos. With Deals Efforts
NetNewsCheck, Dec 8, 2010, 3:27 PM EST
Group-buying platform NimbleCommerce and location-based advertising platform Adility have teamed up to help interested media companies launch their own group-deals services. Full Story | Add comment
Group Deals
Groupon Taps JiWire For Help In 'Hoods
ClickZ, Dec 8, 2010, 2:58 PM EST
Groupon has partnered with mobile network JiWire to narrow its daily deals platform from city-wide to target specific neighborhoods. JiWire offers the group deals site the ability to target mobile display ads to users in a small, specific geographical areas, as well as in a range of products based around its network of more than 30,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots and partnerships with 40 network providers. Link | Add comment
Group Buying
Other Players Could Move In Deals Space
CNBC, Dec 7, 2010, 7:01 AM EST
Google's recent attempt to buy Groupon and Amazon's $175 million investment in LivingSocial has generated buzz for group buying site and its rivals. Companies like Microsoft, AOL and Gannett could benefit from scooping up some of the other deals sites such as SocialBuy, Tippr and BuyWithMe. Link | Add comment

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