Group buying Archives


Coupon Sites Playing a Game of Search Arbitrage — and Should They Be Stopped?

Tweet I got an email today from Sports Authority and clicked through to their site. I decided to buy some discounted running shoes and before I checked out, like every other red-blooded American consumer, I searched on “Sports Authority Coupon Codes.” When I did this I got a list of high ranking coupon/deal sites, including […]

Groupon Using Whole Foods Deal to Push Local Search Makeover

Tweet As I’ve discussed multiple times Groupon is seeking to reinvent itself as a marketplace, even a kind of local search engine. To that end it appears to be using a popular deal ($5 for $10) from Whole Foods to introduce people to the idea that you can search for stuff on Groupon. I clicked […]

Classifieds Site LiveDeal Rises from Ashes, Now a Restaurant-Deals Site

Tweet At a time when the conventional wisdom says the “deals market” is on life support along comes LiveDeal to launch a deals marketplace the restaurant vertical. It’s certainly a provocative, contrarian move. Originally a classifieds 2.0 and local directory site from way back when (2006 – 2008) it essentially disappeared. I had forgotten the […]

What’s the Endgame for LivingSocial?

Tweet Last week LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy resigned from the site he co-founded (as a community of social lists before it became a deals site in 2009). The company posted his email to employees announcing his resignation: Like you, I have given my all to the mission of this company. And I remain 100% convinced the […]

Groupon Morphs into (Local) Deals Search Site

Tweet LivingSocial and Groupon are evolving away from their original push email models, though email remains a critical channel for both. Accordingly Groupon unveiled a major website and mobile redesign that complete the company’s transition from a “group buying” model to a deals “marketplace” with local search at the center. Daily Deal sites largely collapsed […]

Catalina Buys ‘Certain Assets’ of Local Offer Network

Tweet Late last week I received a curious press release with the headline, “Local Offer Network Announces Sale to Catalina of Certain Assets.” I tried unsuccessfully to talk to Local Offer Network CEO Dan Hess to gain more insight. There was no purchase price disclosed or other terms. Following the collapse of the daily deals market, […]

Another Deal Victim: Local Auto Detailing Shop Goes Under

Tweet I thought these stories were a thing of the past. Today I got an email from an auto-detailing company in my area, from whom I’d bought a daily deal months ago. The email said the deal put them out of business. The deal apparently sold so many units they couldn’t service everyone before the […]

ZOZI Follows Groupon into Online Booking, Payments

Tweet Last week deals provider ZOZI announced ZOZI Advance, a new booking/scheduling/payments tool for SMBs that was based on a Q4 2012 acquisition. That acquisition was motivated in part by the contraction of the deals market and, undoubtedly, by the diversification of market leader Groupon into booking and payments. ZOZI sees its deals business driving […]

Nimble Commerce and Group Commerce Merge to Create Mega-Promotions Network

Tweet Consolidation: it’s what’s happening. This morning Nimble Commerce and Group Commerce announced a merger that will create an international commerce and promotions network. Deal terms weren’t disclosed. According to the press release the combined company will have: [M]ore than 100 marquee publishers and media companies in 14 countries including: Cumulus Media, Digital First Media, […]

Survey: Deals Most Effective Tool for Customer Acquisition

Tweet The much-maligned daily deals segment gets a bit of a reprieve from a new survey by Constant Contact, whose respondents identified “deals” as the most effective new customer acquisition tool among a range of choices. However 82% of SMBs said their main source of new business was “referrals” (presumably word of mouth, which can be boosted by […]