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Who’s doing what? Refresher on private sales & group buying for the travel category

Hot on the tail of a $40 million round of funding last week, Bloomspot have now started a new email called “Bloomspot Travel”. Even I am having a hard time keeping up with who is doing what in the private sales and group buying space in this category. Here is a refresher on some of […]

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Groupon Getaways: What luxury hotels need to know about group buying sites

Groupon knows what it’s doing.  It’s no surprise they partnered with Expedia to create Groupon Getaways.  I do wonder though, how the industry is faring with this.  The hotels featured in these offers are surprisingly good for the consumer, and the hotels involved may fill rooms, but I also wonder if they thought about maintaining […]

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Ripening in the wine e-commerce industry: Will the VC graveyard turn around?

In the last few years, technology has changed the way America buys things. Yesterday’s New York Times article about Groupon’s success, Funny or Die: Groupon’s Fate Hinges on Words, once again highlights how tech companies are changing the way America buys. In only a few years, Google, Facebook, Groupon, Gilt Groupe and thousands of clones […]

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As seen on American Express OPEN Forum: 5 Biggest Mistakes Small Businesses Make With Group-Buying Sites

I’m thrilled to be a guest contributor to American Express’s small business site, OPEN Forum. I wrote this article specifically to help small business owners avoid the mistakes I have seen so many times through working with group buying and local deals sites. Apr 21, 2011 -Group-buying or local deal sites like Groupon are meant […]

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Top new apps to watch revealed at New York Tech Meetup

New York’s tech community and entrepreneurs turn out in full force at NYTM Last night’s New York Tech Meetup reminded me, once again, just how much talent and energy there is in this city of ideas. For these idea-generators, getting up to demo their startup is a chance at success. They’re looking for the tech […]

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Who is cooking up the best dining deals? Top sites catering to the sophisticated palate

If you’re anything like me, your inbox is probably full of opportunities that inspire you to eat out, travel and shop. With so many sites for restaurant deals popping up, diners have no reason to pay full price again. The same is true for restaurants when it comes to how they approach marketing.  The influx […]

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VIDEO: $4 million to $45 million in revenue in only 5 years: Gary Vaynerchuk explains why social media works

If anyone says it like it is when it comes to business and social media it is Gary Vaynerchuk. (@garyvee)  Believe it or not, Gary’s first book, “Crush It” was a huge turning point for me and it actually inspired me to leave my job and follow my dreams.  That is when I launched Sugarfly. Largely […]

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What does Google Offers mean for other group buying sites?

We all heard the news this week from Google confirming the launch of Google Offers – likely to be the biggest Groupon clone of them all. Google is planning to work with businesses on promotional deals and email a new offer daily to customers. With Google Places they do have have a substantial list of […]

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The next biggest thing to happen to online shopping: Private sales sites

Now that everyone seems to be talking about Groupon, let’s switch gears and talk about the other hottest category online right now: private sales sites. Many of you are familiar with these sites but I thought it would be a good time for a post about it. Private sales sites are invitation-only communities that many […]

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Groupon: Fastest growing company ever “redefines travel”

To say that Groupon has taken the group buying space by storm over the past two years would be an understatement. It is a phenomenon that has swept across the US and the world and has defined the “group buying” market. It is impossible not to be impressed by these numbers. In the past 10 […]

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