Category Archives: livingsocial

Are LivingSocial, Google Offers and the rest as bad as Groupon?

IMPORTANT: Please see this page to see my current interests in Groupon. Whenever I get into Groupon mode, people ask me about how LivingSocial and Google Offers are different from Groupon. In many ways, they are the same. Any model … Continue reading

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Groupon, LivingSocial and daily deals – consumer FAQ

Judging from the queries that come to this blog, there are a lot of questions that consumers have about daily deals from Groupon and LivingSocial. If you are a merchant and are interested in learning about the merchant experience, see … Continue reading

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Groupon, LivingSocial and daily deals – merchant FAQ

Judging from the queries that come to this blog, there are a lot of questions that merchants have about daily deals from Groupon and LivingSocial. If you are a consumer and are interested in learning about the consumer experience, see the Groupon … Continue reading

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LivingSocial testing new subscription service

LivingSocial is testing a new subscription service called LivingSocial Plus. For $20 a month, subscribers will receive $25 in Deal Bucks good on LivingSocial purchases. $5 is good only in that month, the remaining $20 can be carried over for … Continue reading

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LivingSocial tries yet another model

LivingSocial announced a new product today as part of its Instant service. It will allow users in the DC area to order food online for delivery. A premium offering allows users to order food like they order room service, complete … Continue reading

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Amazon automatically unsubscribing users from AmazonLocal list

Amazon is automatically unsubscribing some users from its AmazonLocal daily deals mailing list. Deal fatigue, the idea that consumers are tiring of daily deal emails, has been one of the longstanding concerns with the daily deals space. Amazon’s move is … Continue reading

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Groupon and LivingSocial get half off deals they won’t like: their traffic

Traffic to leading daily deal sites Groupon and LivingSocial has fallen often a cliff in the last few months, according to data from Compete. Since June, unique visitors to Groupon have fallen more than 50% from 33.7 million to 15.8 … Continue reading

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Why I agree 100% with Groupon on obfuscating its Deal Counter numbers

Groupon announced on its blog yesterday that it’s going to obfuscate the numbers shown in its Deal Counter, which shows how many of each deal sold. It’s the right move for Groupon. I noticed this in action several weeks ago … Continue reading

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The economics of LivingSocial/Whole Foods-like deals

As expected, today’s LivingSocial offer of $20 Whole Foods gift card vouchers sold out at 1 million vouchers sold. This is a great marketing move that created buzz around the Internet, for a while was the top term on U.S. … Continue reading

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Roundup of my Groupon and daily deals coverage

If you have experiences — good or bad — that you’d like to share, email dailydeals@agrawals.org. I also maintain a companion blog focused on sharing Groupon, LivingSocial and other deal experiences. Start here Why Groupon Is Poised For Collapse Deal-a-day … Continue reading

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