My wife and I love coupons. I am constantly on the prowl for discounts and love the new wave of online coupon sites like Groupon, Living Social, and the like. I have honestly become a bit overwhelmed though trying to sift through all of the discounts and deals that are filling up my e mail inbox. The solution is a site called The Deal Map which aggregates deals and discounts from all of the leading sites and even maps them out for you! There is also a Deal Map app for iPhone users, which is very handy if you need to find a deal while you are away from your desktop computer. It employs the social element of web 2.0 as users post the deals to the site as they discover them.
The Billion Dollar Business Of Online Coupons
Google attempted to purchase Groupon for a reported $6 billion and they were turned down. Wow, a company less than two years old getting an offer like that (and they were in a position to say no!). Google is expected to launch its own daily deals company later this year.
Search For Deals With Mobile bing From Microsoft
Access bing from your mobile browser (www.m.bing.com) and use the new ‘deals’ tab to find discounts for your area. I love these mobile apps that allow you to see the deals near you on a map. This is a great innovation for both consumers and businesses. When doing a standard search in the bing desktop browser, expect to see local deals highlighted in your results. For example, type in Dallas Italian restaurant and see your list of results and any discount offers. This type of integration of coupons in search results will be hitting all of the major search engines this year.
Dealery.com is yet another one stop daily deal aggregator that is very easy to use. Just select your location and the screen is instantly filled with your daily deals. Another site similar to this one is Yipit.
The Race Is On To Cash In On Online Deals
Yahoo will be using its Yahoo Local Service to get into the daily deals business and the chatter within the online world is that everyone wants to jump on this bandwagon. I am all for it and see this as nothing but a big win-win for consumers and businesses alike, especially in this tough economy. When it comes to more coupons, I have only one comment, "bring it on."
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