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About Group Buying (Local Deal) Websites

Group Buying websites, also called “daily deal” or “local deal” websites are online portals that connect local businesses offering discounted products and services with local consumers looking for great offers. Most Group Buying websites offer advertising opportunities for a wide range of local merchants, including¬† restaurants, entertainment venues, salons, gyms, and other local services and retail establishments. Group Buying websites can present an excellent opportunity for local businesses to reach a large number of local customers and potentially increase their customer base by offering a great one-time deal. Typically, Local Deal platforms do not charge up front for merchants to advertise their deals. Instead, pricing is based on a revenue share model, in which 50% is the industry standard. While Group Buying portals can be a very effective channel for local business to attract a high volume of new customers, the high revenue share on top of already deeply discounted deals can make this type of advertising difficult to turn a profit on. Business owners that use this method of advertising should to be prepared for a high influx of customers, an initial profit loss, and should have a strong customer retention plan in place to help recover the initial expenses. Since the initial success of the Group Buying trail blazers Groupon and Living Social, several other major players have entered the Group Buying and Local Deal market, including Amazon (Amazon Local), Google (Google Offers), and Yelp (Yelp Deals). Countless other local Group Buying and Local Deal websites have also entered this emerging market. Listed below for user reviews and comparison are the Current TOP Group Buying Websites for Merchants to advertise local deals on.

See also: Group Buying Wikipedia Description or Deal of the day Wikipedia Description

Local Deal/Group Buying Websites

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Date Listed:November 11, 2012

Price:50% reveune share

About:Launched in November of 2008, Groupon (www.groupon.com) is the most widely used and arguably most successful Local Group Buying/Deal portals, serving hundreds of local markets and over 48 countries. Groupon features daily deals in more »

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Date Listed:November 13, 2012

Price:40% revenue share

About:Originally founded as the Hungry Machine in 2007, Living Social (www.LivingSocial.com) is currently one of the most most popular and successful local group buying/deal portals online. Living Social offers daily local deals on things more »

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Date Listed:November 15, 2012

Price:30% revenue share deals, 10% gift certificates

About:Yelp is one of the most widely visited and trusted local business search and review portals online, receiving more than 84 million visitors and serving hundreds of local markets all over the country. Along more »

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Date Listed:November 15, 2012

Price:Revenue Share (not published)

About:Amazon's local deal portal, Amazon Local (local.amazon.com) was released in 2011 and has emerged as another viable option for businesses looking to tap the local Group Buying marketplace. As the most popular retail establishment more »

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Date Listed:November 15, 2012

Price:Revenue Share (not published)

About:Google Offers (www.google.com/offers) is Google's local deal portal, connecting consumers with local businesses offering discounted deals. Established in May of 2011, Google Offers has quickly emerged as a viable option in the Group Buying more »

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Date Listed:November 16, 2012

Price:50% reveune share

About:Founded in July of 2009, Deal Find (www.dealfind.com) has emerged as a popular local deal portal in North America, serving over 70 cities (40 of which are in the United States). Besides just discounted more »

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Date Listed:November 16, 2012

Price:Revenue Share (not published)

About:Launched in February of 2010, Tippr (www.tippr.com) is another collective group buying portal, growing in popularity throughout the United States. Since its launch, Tippr has expanded to serve nearly 30 of the largest US more »

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Date Listed:December 26, 2013

Price:Free or sponsored 'deal' listing

About:Deals.Woot (Deals.Woot.com) is the community sourced daily deals division of Woot (www.woot.com). Woot is a leading daily deal website established in 2004 and later acquired by Amazon in 2010. Woot Deals are a collection more »

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