Google Buys Dealmap; Validation for Aggregators?

Google has acquired Dealmap, a deals aggregator and exchange, and will presumably use it to complement its own sourcing of deals for Google Offers, the daily deal site now in New York, The Bay Area and Portland and coming soon to Austin, Boston, Denver, Seattle and Washington, DC. Terms were not disclosed. Dealmap, a 15 person company, … Read more

Deals 3D: CEO Steven Boal on Power of E-Coupons

While deals are getting most of the attention right now, coupons remain a substantially larger player in the promotions business, says Steven Boal, CEO of, who was keynoting at BIA/Kelsey’s Deals 3D conference this week in San Francisco. Boal notes that deals and coupons have very similar demographics. They’re both heavily used by women, for instance. But … Read more’s Spreebird Solidifies Deals Strategy; Buys Destination Site

Aiming to be a Top 5 deals site by the end of next year, today announced that it has bought southern California’s Screamin’ Daily Deals to provide the infrastructure for its Spreebird daily deals site. The site has been purchased for $12.5 in stock, cash and relief of debt , with two year, performance-based earn-outs possibly bringing the … Read more

Groupon, Live Nation Team up for ‘The Live Email’

Groupon has moved closer to CEO Andrew Mason’s vision of being a “city guide” via “GrouponLive,” a new events source featuring various Live Nation events. “The Live email”, featuring last minute discounts, is being sent out to Ticketmaster’s regular opt-in list. It is also available to users who go to the site. Live Nation says GrouponLive will be … Read more

Living Social CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy to Step Down: End of an Era

Living Social CEO and co-founder Tim O’Shaughnessy announced today on the company blog that he is stepping down. He will stay until a new CEO is found and installed – a process that he “hopes” will be completed during the first half of 2014. O’Shaughnessy previously worked at AOL, and transformed Living Social from its origins as a … Read more

AnyPerk Expands Concept of Employer Driven Discount Clubs

We like the idea of using corporations as a distribution base for media and services. In the 1990s, The Family Education Network built a great newsletter business distributed in corporate lobbies. The concept’s been widely extended with the addition of email and the ability to more effectively target employees based on different criteria. NextJump, for instance, … Read more

Gannett’s ‘Deal Chicken’ Goes it Alone in Arizona

The deal a day model thrives on the power of its email list, sales channels, promotion, clever copywriting and vendor selection. Newspapers and TV stations should be especially well positioned to leverage these strengths, right? Many, in fact, are diving in to deal a day via partner relationships with Groupon and LivingSocial, or vendor relationships with the likes of Deal … Read more

Microsoft’s Jorgensen: ‘We Are Building Our Muscles’ in Card Linked Space

Card Linked Offers (CLOs) represent a potentially rich opportunity for online and mobile promotions and loyalty. But a lot of work needs to be done before the segment gets seriously underway. Speaking at the inaugural conference of the CardlinX Association April 7 in Las Vegas, Microsoft GM of Local Advertising Erik Jorgensen noted there are significant opportunities to connect … Read more

The Amazon Influence: Living Social Beta Tests Premium Membership Program

Amazon’s a sleeper bet to really shake up local commerce . But what does that look like? For sure, we see the pieces being assembled…the focus on Amazon Stores, the $175 million Living Social Investment, the Kindle Fire rollout, the expansion of Amazon Prime to include access to a range of content, the build up of Amazon Transactions. … Read more