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Groupon’s IPO as Vindication

Written on
November 3rd 2011
Author
Byrne Hobart

DIGITAL DUE DILIGENCE – It’s a little bit surprising that basically every mainstream critique of Groupon over the last few months was completely wrong. Groupon was blasted for having an unsustainable, commoditized business. Their no. 3 competitor BuyWithMe just laid off most of its staff and engineered a quick sale to Gilt ... more...

Why the Demise of the ‘Groupon Clones’ Isn’t a Bad Thing

Written on
October 20th 2011
Author
Jay Weintraub

JAY WEINTRAUB - Expect in the next couple of weeks to hear of at least one major change in the deal space that will signal very clearly the deep consolidation to come. (And, it has nothing to do with the recent update that Groupon will soon begin its roadshow looking ... more...

Were I a Groupon Bear (and It’s Hard Not to Be One These Days)….

Written on
September 16th 2011
Author
Jay Weintraub

JAY WEINTRAUB – Web guys like me have been evaluating internet traffic for years. I’m on the wrong side of 30 by some investors’ criteria, but on the right side of that number to recall what happened in the early days of web advertising and the issues that could potentially ... more...

Too Big to Fail or Too Big to Succeed, Part 2

Written on
September 16th 2011
Author
DM Confidential

DM CONFIDENTIAL – Last week we found ourselves comparing two unlikely companies, Yahoo! and Groupon, not so much for any inherent similarities but because timing brought them together in the news. Yahoo! fired its chief executive and finds itself potentially up for sale, while Groupon’s CEO is under pressure and ... more...

The Mobile Deal Space

Written on
August 26th 2011
Author
DM Confidential

DM CONFIDENTIAL – The web deal space has operated as a direct response machine. Buy ads, send them to an email sign-up, optimize email yield. It’s a push driven-driven model that depends on user scale in a given market to turn a single blast into thousands of purchased coupons for ... more...

Groupon’s Revised S-1 Doesn’t Float Well in Choppy Market

Written on
August 10th 2011
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – Apparently the latest stock market turmoil has brought the town tech-bubble criers out from under their rocks, particularly since public Internet-based companies seen as market bellwethers for the social media revolution have taken a hit. In particular, the stock of business-oriented social network LinkedIn (LNKD) has been riding a royal ... more...

Is Mobile Really The Next Frontier for Daily Deals?

Written on
August 9th 2011
Author
Jay Weintraub

JAY WEINTRAUB – Mobile doesn’t work like the web. Today, I spoke with KimaLabs, ex-Amazon guys and makers of some cool mobile commerce apps. They’ve been thinking about and operating in mobile a lot longer than I have and explained that mobile is a much more ADD user experience. It’s all ... more...

Groupon Getting Friendly With Foursquare

Written on
May 23rd 2011
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – I was a little surprised last week when Groupon announced it had partnered with location-based mobile social network Loopt, serving location-relevant and time-limited Groupon Now deals to consumers through Loopt’s push-notification-based Rewards Alert system. Last month Groupon purchased Pelago, maker of Loopt competitor Whirrl, so I was expecting ... more...

PeopleDeals Sweetens the Coupon With Every Share

Written on
April 26th 2011
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – They say sharing is caring, so when sharing a lot can seriously boost a discount, shouldn’t you care more? PeopleString officially launched social coupon platform PeopleDeals, currently a stand-alone web portal and a Facebook app, though we were promised iOS and Android apps will appear in the coming weeks. ... more...

OfferedApp Gives Away Paid Apps Through Offer Marketing

Written on
April 26th 2011
Author
Gavin Dunaway

ADOTAS – Everybody wants to be like Groupon these days — even Facebook, which just re-imagined its Deals product to be a group-buying service. Just-launched mobile-app distributor OfferedApp — developed by the founders of performance advertising network Cactus Media and app developer MobaTech — is also riding the daily deal ... more...