All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘daily deals’

Groupon Recalls Fake, Possibly Holey Condoms

Groupon Australia has admitted that it sold a bunch of counterfeit condoms that may, in fact, be full of holes. The condoms were sold between March 12 and April 10. If you do the math, and it’s not a hard one, you’ll realize there’s a good chance many of these holey condoms have been deployed already. According to the Australian …

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LivingSocial Taps eBay Exec for CEO

Daily deals company LivingSocial has just poached an eBay exec to be their next CEO, following January’s announcement that longtime head Tim O’Shaughnessy would be resigning. Your new LivingSocial CEO is Gautam Thakar. Thakar was eBay advertising General Manager since January of 2013, and has served as the CEO of (eBay-owned) Shopping.com since 2011. “We knew we wanted a new …

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LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy Is Resigning

The CEO of one of the top daily deals companies in the world has announced that he will be stepping down, effective as soon as a suitable replacement is found. Tim O’Shaughnessy said that he has given his all to the company and is “100% convinced” of its future success in a post made Friday morning. “Like you, I have …

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LivingSocial Still Down, Now Delaying Email Distribution

Daily deals site LivingSocial has been down for more than a day, and the company is blaming it on an internal issue. LivingSocial.com went down Tuesday afternoon, as did all LivingSocial mobile apps. Although the website says that it is temporarily down of maintenance, the company is revealing that there was in fact a problem that caused the outage. According …

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Google Offers Come to Google+ with the Ability to Save and Share from the Stream

Google has just announced that it’s deals platform, Google Offers, is about to get some enhanced visibility inside Google+. Starting today, with a initial test run of a handful of brands, Google+ users will be able to see, save and share Offers from their stream. “Millions of people follow brands they love on Google+ to keep tabs on them, get …

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LivingSocial Hacked: 50M+ Emails & Passwords, but No Credit Card Info

Daily deals site LivingSocial is the latest major tech company to fall victim to hackers. According to the Washington D.C.-based company, the hack exposed over 50 million users’ email addresses, passwords, birthdates, and more – but no financial information. All Things D obtained an internal memo that explains the nature of the attack: We recently experienced a cyber-attack on our …

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LivingSocial’s Starbucks Deal is the Best-Selling Daily Deal of All Time

I didn’t buy LivingSocial’s Starbucks deal yesterday. That makes me a weirdo because apparently, everyone else did. According to daily deals aggregator Yipit, we have a new king of the daily deals. Wednesday’s $5 for $10 worth of Starbucks offer shattered records, selling 1.5 million gift cards in sum. That means that LivingSocial’s Starbucks deal is now officially the most …

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eBay Launches New Daily Deals Blog

eBay is looking to promote items from their top sellers with the introduction of a new Daily Deals Blog. And if you love getting products on the cheap, it’s definitely one to add to your feeds. From the new Daily Deals blog: Every day, we will feature several items from top sellers discounted up to 90% off! From must-have home …

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LivingSocial Gets Outrageous $23 Million Tax Break

LivingSocial has been doing very well for itself. In fact, it is time for the daily deals provider to expand its operations, and they contemplated moving headquarters outside its current Washington, D.C. home. Fortunately, the D.C. City Council and many local business professionals want to do something to entice them to stay. Members of the business community and state legislator …

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Groupon Reportedly Axes Porn-Based Deals

According to a group of anti-porn activists, Groupon has stopped doing business with companies that “promote pornography,” although it’s unclear exactly what qualifies as promoting pornography. One thing that definitely qualifies is a deal that the company offered back in April involving a giant castle that currently serves as a porn studio for the website Kink.com. Kink.com specializes in certain …

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Groupon Is Taking 2,000 “Campers” to Chicago

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Startups.Com is Calling It Quits After One Year

Startups.com regrets to inform you that their daily deals website is on the way out. According to founder Gonzo Arzuaga, “unfortunately we couldn’t make a go of it”. An email was sent out to mail list subscribers explaining his disappointment. Apparently, the site set lofty goals for itself and was unable to fulfill them. Arzuaga comments: “We didn’t achieve the …

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Groupon Names New International SVP

Groupon has named a new senior vice president of International. Veit Dengler, Australian native and former executive at Proctor & Gamble and McKinsey, will fill the shoes. Dengler is a Harvard graduate and also spent time at Dell where he served as head of Russian and Eastern European operations. Dengler comments on his new role at Groupon: “Groupon is changing …

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LivingSocial Drops A Cleveland Steamer For Only $69

I’m a 20-something male, so sometimes things that are said in a completely innocuous manner and setting can still make me chuckle like a fifth-grader. I’ll be the first to admit that my mind usually does a faceplant right in the gutter whenever I hear something even remotely unsavory. But really, this can’t just be me. Today’s LivingSocial deal on …

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91% Remain Loyal To Business After Daily Deal [STUDY]

Daily deals are not the best initiative for every small business. Since the rise in popularity of services like Groupon and LivingSocial, we’ve heard various stories from businesses slamming the model. Some small businesses have reported bad experiences running a daily deal – with some complaining about how it fails to turn a profit and others complaining that the daily …

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Groupon Thailand Launches As The Company’s 48th Country

Daily Deals powerhouse Groupon has just announced another expansion, as they are launching their service in Thailand. According to the company, the new office will be located in the heart of Bangkok. Thailand will be the 47th country outside the United States where Groupon has launched their service. “We are very excited to expand the benefits of Groupon to customers …

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Skyrim Arrow In The Knee Shirt Brings Back Dead Horse Meme

I used to think this joke was funny. Then, like most denizens of the interwebs, I saw it everywhere and it lost any semblance of humor. Then, I saw this shirt – and I’m pretty sure that I want it. Skyrim players will immediately recognize the joke contained in today’s deal of the day at woot.com’s spin-off site for daily …

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CES 2012: PriceGrabber Launches DealGrabber To Find Local Deals

Daily deal programs like Groupon, LivingSocial, and the like have been gaining significantly in popularity recently. These sorts of services offer amazing deals on a wide variety of products and services. Navigating and sorting through all the deals that these sorts of programs offer is not always easy, though. Whether its an inbox full of emails, each with different deals, …

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Facebook Daily Deals Marketplaces Incorporates Google Maps To Find Local Deals

The Daily Deals Agency announced today that they’ve launched a pretty handy tool on Facebook that allows you to search for local deals via interactive Google maps. It’s a handy integration of Facebook’s network of businesses with Google’s expansive and detailed Maps app. From the press release: Existing entirely within the Facebook ecosystem, the Company’s unique marketplace pages provide access …

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Groupon’s Advertising Practices Under Scrutiny In The UK

Top daily deals service Groupon is no stranger to controversy – whether it be related to their early November IPO, or charges from small businesses about the efficacy of the service. But now Groupon faces problems across the pond as the Office of Fair Trading, the UK’s consumer and competition agency, is set to launch an investigation into the company’s …

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Living Social Offers 5 Big Macs & Fries For $13, Twitter Doesn’t Approve

Most of you are probably familiar with Living Social, they offer a new deal each day to their members. Well today they’ve put out the largest national fast food daily deal – ever. The deal is a $13 voucher booklet, redeemable for five individual Big Macs and five individual large french fries. Snagging this deal will net you a savings …

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday Deals Announced By LivingSocial

LivingSocial wants to extend the biggest holiday shopping day of the year into the biggest daily deals period of the year, as they have announced a string of new deals set to begin early Friday morning. Beginning at 5am, LivingSocial will begin the Black Friday deals, and from there will continue into Saturday, Sunday and into Cyber Monday. There will …

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Groupon: The Movie Tackles Daily Deals Obsession

Does getting everything at 50% off amount to the new American Dream? This, and other questions will be thoughtfully explored in Groupon: The Movie, a film whose parody trailer has just been released by female-centric comedy group Comediva. The trailer for the (fake) film references other new-classic films with “American Dream” motifs like Requiem for a Dream and American Beauty. …

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Google Offers App For Android Brings Deals On The Go

Google has just unveiled their new Google Offers mobile app for Android devices, making their burgeoning daily deals service accessible on the go. The new Offers app has a few key features, most importantly the ability to view the daily deals and make purchases on the spot. The app also provides daily deal notifications, to remind you to check out …

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Groupon IPO Raises $700 Million, Priced At $20 A Share

Daily deals powerhouse Groupon has priced its Initial Public Offering at $20 a share, a move that will raise $700 million for the barely 3-year-old startup. This IPO values the company at around $12.8 billion. The oversubscribed company added five million shares to its offering, upping the figure from 30 million shares sold to 35 million shares sold. This still …

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New Deal Service Hopes to Shake-Up How Daily Deals Work

The daily deals’ space has been really getting pounded lately. The daily deal leaders, namely Groupon and LivingSocial, have specifically been getting a lot of negative press. Both companies have been accused of inflating their discounts. Groupon has also been facing a lot of turmoil in regards to its IPO and the fact that its own sales staff filed a lawsuit against it.

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A Deal is Not Always Such a Great Deal

Thumbtack.com put out some research last week suggesting that many daily deals in the local services industry are priced equal to or higher than the average local price of the service. In other words, the deal isn’t always much of a deal. Since that study, the site has done some more digging, placing phone calls to various businesses that have …

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Email & Daily Deals: Segmentation, Deliverability & Timing

Email continues to thrive as a major marketing channel, and few current trends drive this point further home than that of daily deals. Email’s not the only channel where daily deals convert, but it’s the primary hub for conversions. We had an interesting discussion with Emily Keye, Marketing Strategist of email/mobile/social marketing platform provider Bronto Software about daily deals conversions …

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Google Offers Is Doing Quite Well

Reports related to the daily deals industry in general haven’t been incredibly flattering in recent weeks, but it looks like the future might be bright in this space for Google. As you may recall, Google tried to buy Groupon last year, but Groupon turned down the offer (reported to have been in the ballpark of $6 billion). It’s been a …

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6 Predictions about Daily Deals

As the drama continues to build in the daily deal industry, one can’t help but wonder about the future of the current phenomenon. The leader of the pack, Groupon, has specifically had its share of negative press lately involving legal trouble from its own employees and a delay in its IPO.

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