deals

  • No Name, No Email, No Problem: nFluence Media Raises $3M For Anonymous Deal-Targeting Tech

    No Name, No Email, No Problem: nFluence Media Raises $3M For Anonymous Deal-Targeting Tech

    Seattle and London-based nFluence Media emerged from two years of stealth mode to announce it has raised $3 million for a deal-targeting technology whose first application will be a daily deal aggregating iPhone app, due out later this month. However, the company is not necessarily just another player in the overly crowded “daily deals” space. Instead, the technology being funded… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Get Yourself A Thing-O-Matic For $999

    CrunchDeals: Get Yourself A Thing-O-Matic For $999

    Makerbot’s Thing-O-Matic is pretty pricey – $1,299 for the kit and $2,500 for the assembled kit – but (and this is my professional opinion) it is amazing and everyone in the world should own one. That said, Fab.com has a special deal on Thing-O-Matics this week – $999 for the kit and $2,000 for the assembled device – one of the first and biggest discounts ever on… Read More

  • DealFind Launches Its Version Of Groupon Now: “Everyday Deals”

    DealFind Launches Its Version Of Groupon Now: “Everyday Deals”

    Toronto-based deal provider Dealfind is on the move, having recently gone mobile, and, as of today, is launching something called “Everyday Deals.” The feature is somewhat similar to GrouponNow in that it allows you to find deals you can buy and use right now. But really, the site is more of a deals database, where deals are searchable by location, category and redeemable time. Read More

  • Why So Many M&A Deals Fail

    Why So Many M&A Deals Fail

    While some M&A deals turn out to be great successes, it’s no surprise that a lot of mergers and acquisitions fail.  The obvious factors explaining the failures include culture clashes or founders leaving – taking the DNA with them in the process. But M&A is more art than science, and the reasons why so many deals fail to deliver on their 1+1=3 promise are complex.  Here… Read More

  • How Can Local Businesses Avoid The Horror And Structure More Effective Daily Deals?

    How Can Local Businesses Avoid The Horror And Structure More Effective Daily Deals?

    Couponing has been around forever, but the popularity of digital offers, daily deals, and group buying is fairly new. We’ve gone through the honeymoon period, watched the meteoric rise of Groupon, its overvaluation, IPO — and thankfully, through it all, we’ve seen increasing scrutiny on the space, especially over just how profitable daily deals actually are for local businesses. Read More

  • Moms Love Daily Deals: Plum District Raises $20 Million, Acquires Chatterfly & DoodleDeals

    Moms Love Daily Deals: Plum District Raises $20 Million, Acquires Chatterfly & DoodleDeals

    Plum District, a daily deals site for moms, is announcing today it has closed $20 million in Series C financing led by General Catalyst Partners, bringing its total funding amount to $30 million. The company is also announcing it has acquired two other startups: the newly launched mobile loyalty platform Chatterfly and a direct competitor, DoodleDeals, a daily deals service for parents. Read More

  • Google+ To Take On Foursquare With Upcoming “Check-in Offers” Feature

    Google+ To Take On Foursquare With Upcoming “Check-in Offers” Feature

    It looks like Google+ is adding a feature that will allow users to “check-in” via the Google+ mobile application in order to receive a time-sensitive deal or discount. This feature is mentioned in Google Places’s help documentation, but has not yet been made available to business owners using the Google Places service. Read More

  • “LivingSocial Plus”: A Monthly Subscription Model That Could Improve Deal Site Retention

    “LivingSocial Plus”: A Monthly Subscription Model That Could Improve Deal Site Retention

    In an effort to get customers buying pre-paid deals more regularly, LivingSocial has launched a new subscription service called “LivingSocial Plus”. For $20 a month, members get $25 in “Deal Bucks” credits that are automatically applied to their next purchase as well as access to closed deals. LivingSocial is cleverly pitching buyers on Plus with a checkout graphic… Read More

  • Now In 70 U.S. & Canadian Markets, Dealfind Goes Mobile

    Now In 70 U.S. & Canadian Markets, Dealfind Goes Mobile

    Toronto-based deal provider Dealfind, which recently became one of the first half-dozen or so partners to be featured within Google Offers, is now available as its own standalone mobile application. The new app works on both iPhone and Android, allowing deal hunters to locate, purchase and store offers on their mobile phone. Read More

  • Amazon Announces Holiday Daily Deals Site, “Flurry Deals”

    Amazon Announces Holiday Daily Deals Site, “Flurry Deals”

    It’s Cyber Monday all month long, at least according to Amazon, which announced its new holiday deals vertical this morning, residing at www.amazon.com/flurrydeals. The site currently features decently discounted items as an extension of the Cyber Monday promotion. But starting this Sunday, Amazon will begin offering category-specific daily deals. It’s even providing an email… Read More

  • Presentify.me Turns Unused Groupons Into Gifts

    Presentify.me Turns Unused Groupons Into Gifts

    Looking for a last-minute holiday gift? How about that Groupon you never used? Daily deal vouchers wouldn’t actually make bad presents if there was a way to gift them that didn’t involve an email printout tucked into a card. That’s where Presentify.me, which turns deal vouchers into attractive gift certificates, can help. Read More

  • Daily Deal Aggregator Yipit Comes To iPhone

    Daily Deal Aggregator Yipit Comes To iPhone

    The daily deal aggregation service Yipit is launching its own iPhone application today, allowing users to track deals from over 800 sources, including Groupon, LivingSocial, Gilt City and others. In this new mobile format, the service becomes a lot more useful, and not just because it saves you the hassle of dealing what increasingly feels like deal spam email. Beyond Yipit’s… Read More

  • Groupon Gets Into The Holiday Spirit With 2nd Annual “Grouponicus”

    Groupon Gets Into The Holiday Spirit With 2nd Annual “Grouponicus”

    Forget Festivus, today sees the return of the real fake holiday Grouponicus. The site from daily deal giant Groupon is back for the second time with a wide selection of curated deals Groupon users can buy for their friends as holiday gifts. Last year, Grouponicus was available to 15 cities, but today’s launch sees Grouponicus in 41 cities across the U.S. and Canada, including big… Read More

  • BiteHunter Raises $800K For Real-Time Dining Deals

    BiteHunter Raises $800K For Real-Time Dining Deals

    BiteHunter, the new mobile app for finding nearby dining deals, has just completed a $800,000 funding round. The round was led by angel investors Avraham Kadar, M.D. and Eyal Chomsky. The funding will be used to provide additional resources for the development of new features, an expansion to other platforms, and ongoing maintenance of BiteHunter’s deals database. Read More

  • Womply’s New Deals Startup Loads Local Offers Onto Your Credit Cards

    Womply’s New Deals Startup Loads Local Offers Onto Your Credit Cards

    Womply’s “Efortless Offers” is a new offers platform that links local merchants’ discounts to all major credit and debit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Live now in the D.C. area, with plans to roll out to five additional markets by early January, the service feels like a daily deal site for consumers, but works like… Read More

  • Gilt City, A Subsidiary Of Gilt Groupe, Officially Acquires BuyWithMe

    Gilt City, A Subsidiary Of Gilt Groupe, Officially Acquires BuyWithMe

    Confirming earlier reports, luxury deals site Gilt City, a subsidiary of Gilt Groupe, Inc., is acquiring the assets of failed daily deals site BuyWithMe, after the latter saw massive layoffs following its failure to raise additional funding. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Former members of BuyWithMe will now have access to all of Gilt’s offerings, including… Read More

  • LivingSocial’s North American Expansion Brings Deals To 20 New Markets

    LivingSocial’s North American Expansion Brings Deals To 20 New Markets

    Daily deal outfit LivingSocial has just announced an expansion to 20 additional markets in North America, mainly U.S. cities, plus one town in Ontario, Canada. In some cases, the new cities are getting access to LivingSocial’s core Daily Deals product, while in other cases, the addition brings the company’s family deals service, LivingSocial Families, to the area. Read More

  • Google Offers Partners With 14 Deal Providers, Becoming A One-Stop Shop For Hometown Deals

    Google Offers Partners With 14 Deal Providers, Becoming A One-Stop Shop For Hometown Deals

    Google has just announced a set of new partnerships with over a dozen niche daily deal providers, which will now be integrated into the Google Offers service, both on the Web and in the Google Shopper mobile applications for iOS and Android. The new Google Offers partners include Dealfind, DoodleDeals, Gilt City, GolfNow, HomeRun, JuiceInTheCity, kgbdeals, Mamapedia, PlumDistrict, PopSugar… Read More

  • Priceline Jumps Into Daily Deals Space (Actually, Nightly Deals Space)

    Priceline Jumps Into Daily Deals Space (Actually, Nightly Deals Space)

    Travel discounter Priceline.com is launching a new daily deals service aimed at helping users find cheap hotel rooms. (Or maybe it would be more accurate to call it a “nightly” deals service?) Starting today, same-day offers for heavily discounted hotel rooms will become available in Priceline’s “Hotel & Rental Car Negotiator” app at 11 AM local time and can… Read More

  • Google Offers Expands to Austin, Boston, D.C., Denver And Seattle

    Google Offers Expands to Austin, Boston, D.C., Denver And Seattle

    After its debut in June of this year, Google’s deals service Google Offers is now expanding to five more cities: Austin, Boston, D.C., Denver and Seattle. It’s already up-and-running in the original test market of Portland, plus the Bay Area and New York City. As of today, each of the new cities has at least one offer available, including those for local restaurants, retail… Read More

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