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Study Reveals Brand Marketers Mostly Clueless And Inept At Localization

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E-commerce in the US was worth something approaching $300 billion (comScore says $289 billion) in 2012. Offline commerce (goods + services) was worth at least $7 trillion according to US government figures. Local commerce is thus roughly 25x the value of e-commerce. Driving people into local stores... Please visit Marketing...
Study Reveals Brand Marketers Mostly Clueless And Inept At Localization
Showrooming: Retailers Fight Back With New-Fangled Apps & Old-School Marketing

LivingSocial CEO: Lumping Us With Groupon Is Like Lumping eBay With Amazon

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The local commerce industry as represented by daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial is still barely learning to walk, even though Groupon has 10,000 employees and LivingSocial has 5,000. While the two companies look nearly identical today, don’t be surprised if they diverge. LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy reminded me...
LivingSocial CEO: Lumping Us With Groupon Is Like Lumping eBay With Amazon
Boutiika's new features give offline boutiques an online edge

Yiftee Raises $850K For Local Business-Focused Gifting Service

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Yiftee, a gifting service that aims to drive business to local merchants, has raised $850,000 in seed funding from Scott Cook, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and other angel investors. Similar to other gifting apps, Yiftee allows you to give gifts to friends via a mobile app. However, all gifts on the...
Yiftee Raises $850K For Local Business-Focused Gifting Service

Qype, The Yelp Of Europe, Reaches 860,000 Places Reviewed And Expands Its Daily Deals Service

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Just as we get news of some consolidation in the local content market in the UK, some news of expansion, too: Qype, the Yelp of Europe (and Yelp’s closest competitor in the region), today announced that the number of places reviewed on its site has reached 860,000, with the number...
Qype, The Yelp Of Europe, Reaches 860,000 Places Reviewed And Expands Its Daily Deals Service
Groupon goes after loyalty with nationwide rollout of Rewards

Groupon Squares Up To Rivals With Groupon POS, An iPad App And Dashboard For On-Site, Mobile Payments

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Groupon is once again expanding its portfolio of mobile payment services, putting it in closer competition with the likes of Square and PayPal’s here targeting local merchants: today it has released Groupon POS, which appears to be an iPad-specific version of its mobile payments service aimed at local merchants, working...
Groupon Squares Up To Rivals With Groupon POS, An iPad App And Dashboard For On-Site, Mobile Payments

Groupon's Andrew Mason Says No Regrets on Moving Too Fast

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In a letter to shareholders today, Groupon CEO Andrew Mason addresses the company’s bumpy road, calling it “an unfortunate side effect of our unprecedented growth.” In three years, Groupon has grown to 11,000 employees in 48 countries, and in the past year alone, has acquired 11 companies and launched 11...
Groupon's Andrew Mason Says No Regrets on Moving Too Fast

LivingSocial Experiments With Daily Deals, and It's Like a Virtual Club Med

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LivingSocial took the daily deals business offline four months ago when it opened the doors to a state-of-the art building in Washington, D.C. called 918 F Street. In that short time, the venue has hosted 50 kinds of events, ranging from a three-hour iPhone photography class that was followed by a...
LivingSocial Experiments With Daily Deals, and It's Like a Virtual Club Med

Groupon's Mason: I "can't talk the stock up back to 20 bucks"

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“Is the board going to fire you tomorrow?” was the first thing Business Insider’s Henry Blodget asked Groupon CEO Andrew Mason at the Business Insider Ignition conference Wednesday, amid reports that Mason may be pushed out of his role as CEO. AllThingsD and other media outlets reported Tuesday that “discussions...
Groupon's Mason: I "can't talk the stock up back to 20 bucks"
Paper, Bricks & Cash Will Die: The Inevitable Evolution Of Local Commerce

Rumgr brings community to its local commerce mobile app

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Local commerce app Rumgr recently released its first major update since its launch in February, adding new social features in hopes to become a player in the mobile social commerce market. Rumgr is an iPhone-only app that allows users to buy and sell new and used goods on mobile. The...
Rumgr brings community to its local commerce mobile app

Groupon shares tumble to new low after lock-up expires

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Deal or not, plenty of Groupon insiders are opting to unload shares in their first opportunity since the company’s public debut, and they’re helping to send Groupon’s share price tumbling to new lows Friday. Groupon, which debuted on the NASDAQ in November, is trading down nearly 10 percent today,...
Groupon shares tumble to new low after lock-up expires
Why Andrew Mason is still wrong about Groupon’s prospects

Groupon Acquires Breadcrumb's Slice Of The Point-Of-Sale Market

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News updates all day from your Fast Company editors.Groupon has just acquired Breadcrumb, a small startup that builds point-of-sale systems for iOS devices, the company announced on its blog today. Groupon said Breadcrumb will continue to service existing customers, but the company's team, including founder and CEO Seth Harris, will...
Groupon Acquires Breadcrumb's Slice Of The Point-Of-Sale Market

With new Storefronts, Zaarly shows off its marketplace of talented local people for hire

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If you’re looking for a peer-to-peer marketplace trying to take on Craigslist in local commerce, there’s no shortage of startups that fit the bill. HipSwap, OfferUp, Grabio and more are all angling to be the new local marketplace for a more mobile and social crowd. And, since launching in 2011,...
With new Storefronts, Zaarly shows off its marketplace of talented local people for hire

FORMER GROUPON-LIVING SOCIAL CUSTOMER: Today Is The Happiest Day Of My Life--The Coupons Finally Expired!

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A few months ago, we ran a horror story from a customer of the daily deal companies (specifically, Living Social). The customer, who runs a restaurant, had developed his theory about these companies the hard way--by trying them. What he concluded was that the daily-deal companies did not attract people...
FORMER GROUPON-LIVING SOCIAL CUSTOMER: Today Is The Happiest Day Of My Life--The Coupons Finally Expired!

Groupon Buys CommerceInterface To Improve How Vendors Sell On Groupon Goods, And Beyond

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Groupon wants to be the king of local commerce, but with Groupon Goods it has a platform for online sales that compete with the likes of Amazon to sell goods from everyone everywhere. Today, it put another link into the second of these strategies with the acquisition of CommerceInterface, a...
Groupon Buys CommerceInterface To Improve How Vendors Sell On Groupon Goods, And Beyond

Groupon Streamlines Its Food Operations: Mike DeLuca Now VP Of Savored As Well As Breadcrumb

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Groupon got put through the meat-grinder last week as founder and CEO Andrew Mason defended himself and managed to hold onto his role after another terrible earnings quarter. Now Groupon is getting down to the business of streamlining: Mike DeLuca, the VP of sales for Groupon’s restaurant reservation system Savored (just...
Groupon Streamlines Its Food Operations: Mike DeLuca Now VP Of Savored As Well As Breadcrumb

Groupon Shares Suffer As eBay Enters The Daily Deals Business (EBAY, GRPN)

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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 10 (Reuters) - EBay Inc has quietly launched an online marketplace for deals on local services, taking on Groupon Inc and expanding into a potentially big category. Called eBay Lifestyle Deals, the offers are being run in a limited number of urban areas, including the San Francisco...
Groupon Shares Suffer As eBay Enters The Daily Deals Business (EBAY, GRPN)

Bharti Airtel, SoftBank and Yahoo Japan to launch mobile Web portal in India this month

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Mobile operators Bharti Airtel and Japan’s SoftBank are set to launch a joint mobile Internet portal later this month in India, becoming the second service to be introduced from the duo’s joint initiative, Bharti SoftBank (BSB). The new service — called BSY — will lean on the expertise and know-how of...
Bharti Airtel, SoftBank and Yahoo Japan to launch mobile Web portal in India this month

Hey, Some Good News for Groupon, For Once

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The old economics. Well, well, will you look at that: Long-suffering Groupon finally had a good day. Q1 results are in, and the AP reports that revenues are up and losses slimming. Of course, after that mortifying Q4 earnings revision, the company badly needed things to go well. Maybe they're getting...
Hey, Some Good News for Groupon, For Once

This Guy Is Now Totally In Charge Of Google's Assault On Microsoft (GOOG, MSFT)

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Google exec Sundar Pichai spoke very clearly and intelligently about Google Apps and the company's enterprise business at the Goldman Sachs Technology conference in San Francisco It was kind of striking. After all, Pichai is the Chrome guy. What does he know about Apps? In Larry Page's big reorg...
This Guy Is Now Totally In Charge Of Google's Assault On Microsoft (GOOG, MSFT)
With Zaarly Anywhere, What You See Online Is What You Can Get

BII REPORT: Here's The Key To Making Mobile and Social Work

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Skyrocketing social networking and mobile usage has led many to speculate on the key business model for mobile-social services.   The most common answer is local commerce. But, checking in is not becoming a mainstream activity (see chart) and local couponing experiments aren't working so well.  In a research report from BI Intelligence, we analyze...
BII REPORT: Here's The Key To Making Mobile and Social Work

Swipely Expands Its Credit Card-Based Loyalty System With Reputation Monitoring And Campaign Tracking

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Swipely, a startup that allows local businesses to manage customer loyalty programs using credit card purchase data, is announcing new features so those businesses can measure the impact that their online efforts have on in-store sales. First, there’s a new capability called Campaign Insights. Founder and CEO Angus Davis said...
Swipely Expands Its Credit Card-Based Loyalty System With Reputation Monitoring And Campaign Tracking

Four Reasons Why Andreessen Horowitz Is Investing $10 Million in Belly

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Andreessen Horowitz has invested $10 million into Belly, a Chicago-based company that is building a loyalty network for retailers that will replace punch cards with a mobile rewards program. Since launching in August, Belly has signed up 1,400 merchants in eight markets and is adding an average of 100 more merchants each...
Four Reasons Why Andreessen Horowitz Is Investing $10 Million in Belly

eBay Now offers same-day delivery from local retailers

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eBay is trying to revolutionize local commerce. Its new product, eBay Now, promises consumers same-day delivery of products found at local retailers. It weaves together eBay’s acquisition of Milo.com and its launch of PayPal Here in a way that makes ordering a hard drive much easier than ordering a pizza. And...
eBay Now offers same-day delivery from local retailers

Pedestrian Map App, Lumatic, Raises $800K From Joi Ito And 500 Startups

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All the major map apps like Google Maps, Bing Maps, and Mapquest have walking directions as a standard feature, but the folks at Lumatic don’t think they are good enough. It is creating mobile maps designed for pedestrians, cyclists, and people who use public transit. Originally a TechStars company called...
Pedestrian Map App, Lumatic, Raises $800K From Joi Ito And 500 Startups
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