Google Offers

  • Google Offers And Boingo Bring Free WiFi To Manhattan This Summer

    Google Offers And Boingo Bring Free WiFi To Manhattan This Summer

    In a world where limits go down and pricing goes up, there’s nothing better than free connectivity. Boingo Wireless, in collaboration with Google Offers, is bringing free WiFi to over 200 locations in New York City this summer. The partnership lasts from June 25 to September 7, 2012, and if I didn’t already mention this, it’s entirely free. Read More

  • Google Finally Launches A Native iPhone App For Google Offers

    Google Finally Launches A Native iPhone App For Google Offers

    Google today launched a native iPhone version of its Google Offers app. Unsurprisingly, the app is very similar to the Google Offers Android app, which the company launched last November. With the new app, Google Offers users in the U.S. will be able to buy deals right from the app and find nearby deals while they are on the go. They can also use deals they have already bought right from… Read More

  • Google Quietly Launches Groupon Now-Like Free Google Offers Across The U.S.

    Google Quietly Launches Groupon Now-Like Free Google Offers Across The U.S.

    Google today announced its latest update for Google Maps for Android with support for Google Offers. One interesting piece of this announcement that stood out was that Google Maps for Android users now get access to free Google Offers – think coupons for a free coffee or dessert – through the app. Turns out, that’s actually just a small part of a wider update to Google Offers. Read More

  • Google Offers Partners With Signpost, The “AdSense For Local Commerce”

    Google Offers Partners With Signpost, The “AdSense For Local Commerce”

    Today, Google is announcing a partnership with a NY-based company called Signpost, which will now run deals on the Google Offers website and in subscriber emails. Signpost, which has $1 million in seed funding from Google Ventures, Spark Capital and other angels, has been flying under the radar in the local deals space. The company recently tripled its employee base and now claims revenue has… Read More

  • Patent Troll Sues Google, Groupon

    Patent Troll Sues Google, Groupon

    Sigh. Here we go again. A patent troll called Mount Hamilton Partners has filed two separate patent infringement lawsuits against daily deals juggernaut Groupon and Google, which also operates a digital couponing business called Google Offers. Mount Hamilton Partners, which purports to be an ‘investor in technology companies’ on its website, garnered headlines about two and a… 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

  • Google Buys German Groupon Clone DailyDeal

    Google Buys German Groupon Clone DailyDeal

    DailyDeal.de, a German Groupon clone launched in Berlin in December 2009, has been acquired by Google, the company says in a message on its website (see below). TheNextWeb reported the acquisition first (in English, at least). Google hasn’t yet announced or confirmed the acquisition. DailyDeal did not disclose the financial terms of the agreement. Read More

  • 160-Year-Old American Express Out-Innovates Google and Groupon

    160-Year-Old American Express Out-Innovates Google and Groupon

    This morning American Express is launching a new deals platform in partnership with Facebook that should make big waves in the payments and offers space. With the new platform, merchants will be able to target deals at American Express cardholders on the Facebook platform. Initial launch partners include H&M, Sports Authority, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sheraton, Westin, Travelocity and… Read More

  • Foursquare’s New Deal Partnerships Are No Big Deal

    Foursquare’s New Deal Partnerships Are No Big Deal

    Foursquare this morning announced distribution partnerships with daily deal providers LivingSocial, Gilt City, zozi, BuyWithMe and AT&T. Missing from the list are Groupon, Yelp and Google Offers. With these deals, Foursquare is attempting to solve two problems: liquidity in deals and its own lack of a revenue model. Read More

  • Google Offers Beta Expanded From Portland To New York And The SF Bay Area

    Google Offers Beta Expanded From Portland To New York And The SF Bay Area

    Following the debut of Google Offers, currently in beta, in Portland last month, Google is today launching deals for New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. Also starting later today, you can purchase, view and redeem a Google Offer of the day with the free mobile application Google Shopper 2.0 for Android. Read More

  • Google Offers Versus Groupon: The Portland Throwdown

    Google Offers just finished its first month. Google has been testing its Groupon compete in Portland and I’ve been closely tracking the results. Doing a head-to-head comparison like this is a bit difficult because the two companies run deals differently. Groupon runs multiple deals each day. Many Groupon deals span multiple days, with some running for three days. Google Offers on… Read More

  • Why I Want Google Offers And The Entire Daily Deals Business To Die

    There has been a lot of excitement about the daily deal being the next big thing in online marketing. It’s actually just a clever repackaging of old ideas. Google’s entrance into the space with Google Offers gives the daily deal business a legitimacy it doesn’t deserve. There is a false perception that Internet magic is why these daily deals are so cheap. Most accounts in… Read More

  • Google Offers Is A Cheap Knockoff

    Google’s recently released Offers product is showing mixed success in Portland, its first market. In this post I will try to look at both the good and the bad of Google Offers. As I point out below, they get an A- for effort, but a C for originality. Since launch, the offers have included discounted coffee, pool table time, a Lebanese restaurant, tanning services and a pedicab brewery tour. Read More

  • Why Daily Deals Are Becoming A Raw Deal

    Why Daily Deals Are Becoming A Raw Deal

    In the wake of Groupon’s IPO filing, it’s worth looking at the fundamentals of the offer. Growth numbers to date have been phenomenal. But is it a business that can last? We love daily deals for a simple reason: the deals have been outstanding. If revenue growth in the first Internet bubble was about selling a dollar for 50 cents, growth in the daily deals business has been… Read More

  • Google Wallet On iPhone, WP7, RIM: "We Will Partner With Everyone" (But Will *They*?)

    Google Wallet On iPhone, WP7, RIM: "We Will Partner With Everyone" (But Will *They*?)

    Today, during their Google Wallet/Offers unveiling at the NYC headquarters, Google touted the openness of their new system. Naturally, someone asked a question about what this meant for other, non-Android phone? “In terms of iPhone, RIM, Microsoft — we will partner with everyone,” Google VP of Commerce Stephanie Tilenius said. Of course, that depends on two things: 1)… Read More

  • Google Unveils Wallet And Offers: An Open Platform For Mobile Payments

    Google Unveils Wallet And Offers: An Open Platform For Mobile Payments

    We’re here at Google’s massive New York City HQ (they own an entire block) for what Google was calling a “partner event” but everyone knew was really an “NFC event”. Sure enough, Stephanie Tilenius, Google’s VP of Commerce, has taken the stage to announce Google Wallet and Google Offers. Right off the bat, Tilenius wanted to make it clear that this… Read More

  • A Sneak Peek At Google Offers (Courtesy Of Google Search)

    A Sneak Peek At Google Offers (Courtesy Of Google Search)

    Google’s $6 billion bid for Groupon didn’t work out, but it wasting no time preparing its own competing Google Offers local advertising product. The first hints of Google Offers came out last week. Google confirmed it, calling it a “test of a pre-paid offers/vouchers program,” but offered no further details. Well, we have further details, courtesy of Google’s… Read More