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Musical Acts Welcome the Chance to Sell Tickets on Groupon - Posted September 12, 2014
The Source. #Power30 #SOURCE360 http://t.co/uMK15e412M pic.twitter.com/LUVKMSFLLs -- We Dem Boyz (@wizkhalifa) September 12, 2014   With the music industry focused le... [AgencySpy]

The Most Pampered City in America (According to Groupon) - Posted August 1, 2014
In order to promote its Beauty Week, group discount club and coupon startup Groupon, released a list of most pampered cities in America according to coupon usage. The rankings are based on how much each cities have spent on Groupon deals for pampering - haircuts and coloring, nails, facials, teeth whitening... [SocialTimes.com]

Social Media Newsfeed: Sharknado 2 Social Media Reaction | Yelp Profit - Posted July 31, 2014
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly]  Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook And Parse: One Year Together - Posted April 28, 2014
Last Friday marked the one-year anniversary of Facebook's acquisition of mobile application-development platform Parse, and the social n... [AllFacebook]

New CTO For HootSuite - Posted April 16, 2014
Former Groupon Vice President of Product and Technology Ajai Sehgal joined social relationship platform ... [AllFacebook]

Yes, Groupon Trolled Everyone with Its 'Alexander Hamilton' President's Day Campaign - Posted February 17, 2014
To the many, many media outlets that covered Groupon's Friday press release announcing its decision to run a President's Day campaign ... [PRNewser]

Groupon Goes Medieval on Amazon's Drones - Posted December 13, 2013
Proving Groupon still has some of the old magic, check out their response to Amazon's buzzy announcement on the use of drones for rapid shipping. "Groupon is about great deals, great service, and Medieval catapults," said un-chyroned dude spokesperson. They may not win the game of thrones, but they play well. (h/t Gennady... [PRNewser]

Holiday Shopping & Social Media: 5 Fantastic Campaigns - Posted November 29, 2013
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday ... It's almost like social media was created to promote deals during the holiday shopping season. The post-Thanksgiving shopping season starts earlier every year. There were many people camped out days before in traditional Black Frid... [AllFacebook]

Social Media Newsfeed: Twitter IPO | Groupon Acquisition - Posted November 8, 2013
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly]  Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

FanTree Allows Athletes, Celebrities To Sell Gear Via Flash Sales, Recognize Top Fans Via Facebook - Posted August 7, 2013
U.S. Men's National Soccer Team and Sunderland... [AllFacebook]

LivingSocial Kills Events Business, Lays Off Staff - Posted July 16, 2013
The bleeding continued today at daily deals platform LivingSocial, as the Washington, D.C.-based company closed down its New York office and 86ed it... [AllFacebook]

LivingSocial Kills Events Business, Lays Off Staff - Posted July 16, 2013
The bleeding continued today at daily deals platform LivingSocial, as the Washington, D.C.-based company closed down its New York office and 86ed it... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Launches Discount Reservations at Upscale Venues - Posted July 1, 2013
Groupon today launched Reserve, a platform that allows users to get discounts at upscale restaurants by booking at off-peak times. The feature, which is live in 10 major U.S. metropolitan markets, puts Groupon into indirect competition with OpenTable. The discount re... [SocialTimes.com]

Former Oregon Gubernatorial Candidate Pleads Guilty To Facebook IPO-Related Fraud - Posted June 25, 2013
Florida-based fund manager and former Oregon gubernatorial candidate Craig Berkman pleaded guilty Tues... [Lost Remote]

Former Oregon Gubernatorial Candidate Pleads Guilty To Facebook IPO-Related Fraud - Posted June 25, 2013
Florida-based fund manager and former Oregon gubernatorial candidate Craig Berkman pleaded guilty Tues... [AllFacebook]

Americans No Longer the Center of the Online Universe, and Other Surprises From Mary Meeker's Epic Slide Deck - Posted May 29, 2013
Four-fifths of the largest Internet properties in the world are owned by American companies, but the same proportion of their users are outside the United States, Kleiner Perkins venture investor Mary Meeker said... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Will Be More Focused on Local Businesses, Lefkofsky Promises - Posted May 8, 2013
In his first call as acting co-CEO, Eric Lefkofsky promised the company would be more focused, emphasizing its ability to deliver local business deals in a variety of markets. "At times as an organization, we've spread ourselves too thin," he said, reflecting on Groupon's i... [SocialTimes.com]

VP Departure Offers More Evidence That Groupon Is Dumping Goods - Posted May 7, 2013
After just a year as the head of Groupon's Goods division, Faisal Masud is leaving the company to lead global e-commerce at office supply retailer Staples. Kal Raman, Grou... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Pushes Into Local Search With Updated Mobile Apps - Posted April 23, 2013
Groupon today launched updates to its iOS and Android mobile apps that put local search front and center. "Search is a critical part of Groupon's product strategy. Most Groupon mercha... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon, Zynga and Pandora Are Giants of the Small Screen - Posted March 25, 2013
Groupon, Zynga and Pandora a much bigger portion of their traffic from mobile users than any of the other top 50 digital properties, according to comScore's first ... [SocialTimes.com]

SEC Nails Florida Finance Manager With Fraud Charges For Not Delivering Pre-IPO Facebook Shares - Posted March 19, 2013
Craig Berkman, a finance manager in Florida and former Or... [Lost Remote]

Can Your Facebook Likes Give Away Your Identity? - Posted March 12, 2013
Many Facebook users worry about their personal identities being compromised on the social network through unfortunate photos or tag... [AllFacebook]

Customer Service Via Facebook, Twitter Becoming More Mainstream - Posted March 7, 2013
Customer service via social ... [AllFacebook]

Groupon in No Rush to Replace Mason, CFO Says - Posted March 5, 2013
Groupon feels no urgency to replace founder and fired CEO Andrew Mason an... [SocialTimes.com]

Veteran Food Publicist Says Restaurants Need Better PR Strategies - Posted March 1, 2013
In the wake of the Groupon collapse, lots of people in the restaurant industry are wondering what's next. According to PR/food veteran Ellen Malloy, the answer is simple: Instead of... [PRNewser]

Fired Groupon CEO's Farewell Message: PR Win? - Posted March 1, 2013
In case you haven't heard, long-struggling daily deals leader Groupon finally dumped its controversial CEO Andrew Mason yesterday. But we have to say that his "resignation letter" was the most amusing pseudo-press release we read this we... [PRNewser]

Groupon to Replace CEO Andrew Mason - Posted February 28, 2013
[caption id="attachment_120227" align="alignleft" width="148"] Photo: Aaron Fulkerson via Wikimedia Commons[/caption] Andrew Mason will no longer be the chief executive of Groupon, the company announced today. Stock in the daily deal business had fallen more than 20 p... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Stocks Tumble on News of Weak Quarter - Posted February 27, 2013
Groupon reported a $0.12 adjusted loss per share today, missing analyst expectations and sending its stock tumbling after hours. Although the Chicago-based company narrowed its operating lo... [SocialTimes.com]

Sheryl Sandberg, Peter Thiel, Mail.ru Group Involved In Notable Facebook Stock Transactions - Posted February 26, 2013
Facebook shares were involved in some large transactions in recent days, with moves by Chief Operating Officer ... [AllFacebook]

LivingSocial Secures Much Needed Funding - Posted February 20, 2013
LivingSocial has raised $110 million in additional funding from existing investors, according to a ... [SocialTimes.com]

Infographic: Billion-Dollar Startups - Posted February 11, 2013
Price tags for social media companies have skyrocketed since Facebook debuted in 2004. These startups were valued at a billion dollars or more. This infographic from staff.com compares the company founding dates, estimated value, number of employees, and total capital raised for 13 companies from Facebook through Instagram. Facebook's market value is... [SocialTimes.com]

OpenTable Acquires Foodspotting, Encourages Users to Keep Playing With Their Dinner - Posted January 29, 2013
Last week we told you that some fancy-pants New York City restaurants have begun pushing back against the "Instagramming your meal" trend by discouraging amateur photographers from breaking out their iPhones dur... [PRNewser]

Groupon Shows Merchants the Money With Deals Profits Reporting - Posted January 16, 2013
For the first time, Groupon is showing the small businesses that sponsor its deals how much money the offers make for them. The company began serving up a Merchant Impact Report in its Merchant Cent... [SocialTimes.com]

Social Media Newsfeed: Ex-Redditor Dies | Golden Globes Live-Tweets - Posted January 14, 2013
 Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Acquires Location Service Startup Glassmap - Posted January 11, 2013
Groupon has acquired the Y Combinator-backed startup Glassmap, whose business products target deals to customers nearby. The deal was announced by Glassmap on Friday, and terms were not disclosed. "Groupon has revolutionized how people today use technology to interact with the real world, and that's why we're so exci... [AllFacebook]

Groupon Acquires Location Service Startup Glassmap - Posted January 11, 2013
Groupon has acquired the Y Combinator-backed startup Glassmap, whose business products target deals to customers nearby. The deal was announced by Glassmap on Friday, and terms were not disclosed. "Groupon has revolutionized how people today use technology to interact with the real world, and that's why we're so exci... [SocialTimes.com]

Cute Animal Pics and Daily Deals, Together at Last - Posted January 10, 2013
Designed for people who have more social networks than they know what to do with, CHNL is a media aggregator that puts all your friends' article links, cat videos, etc. from different social sites onto one page. Today, the company has announced a new integration with daily dea... [SocialTimes.com]

Marketers: Stop Trying to Make 'Poke' and 'Snapchat' Happen - Posted January 9, 2013
Are Snapchat and Facebook's Poke the latest Instagram-style visual branding ... [PRNewser]

Groupon Continues to Build Out Goods Business With CommerceInterface Acquisition - Posted December 21, 2012
Groupon acquired CommerceInterface, which provides tools that help companies create and track programs manage sales and follow-through with online and retail customers, showing continued focus on its $1.5-billion Groupon Goods program. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Utah-based CommerceInterface currently services m... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Is a Local Business Engine, Says Embattled CEO Andrew Mason - Posted December 11, 2012
[caption id="attachment_111559" align="alignleft" width="241"] Photo: Aaron Fulkerson via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]In an on-stage interview in San Francisco in which he declined to address questions about wheth... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook Adds 'Apps For Gift Ideas' Section To App Center - Posted December 7, 2012
... [AllFacebook]

Facebook Marketing: Beyond The Like - Posted December 4, 2012
Repeat after us: Facebook marketing is about more than just ... [AllFacebook]

Andrew Mason to Remain CEO of Groupon - Posted November 30, 2012
Rumors that Groupon's board will be replacing founder and CEO Andrew Mason have been laid to rest. Following a company board meeting on Thursday, it was decided that Mason will continue to serve as chief executive ... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon CEO Andrew Mason Responds to Rumors that He'll Be Replaced - Posted November 28, 2012
Groupon founder and CEO Andrew Mason says that he isn't surprised that Groupon's board is talking about replacing him, saying "I care far more about the business than about being the CEO." Mason was interviewed at the Business Insider Ignition conference in New York, and was asked point blank by Henry B... [SocialTimes.com]

Questions Circulate About Andrew Mason's Future as Groupon CEO - Posted November 27, 2012
Andrew Mason, co-founder and CEO of Groupon, had been scheduled to give a talk called "The Future of Groupon and Local Commerce" at Business Insider's Ignition conference today. The chat was cancelled, possibly because Mason's own future at Groupon is uncertain. AllThingsD's Kara Swisher is ... [AllFacebook]

Hedge Fund Buys 9.9% Stake in Groupon - Posted November 19, 2012
Tiger Global Management hedge fund has bought a 9.9 percent share in Groupon, according to papers filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filings indicate that the investment fund won't seek corporate changes at Groupon. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Launches Concept Store in Hong Kong - Posted November 19, 2012
Groupon today opened a Concept Store in Hong Kong, offering customers a place to pick up products they've bought through Groupon or test the products before buying them, the company announced today. The Concept Store will "bridg[e] the gap between online and the offline worl... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Expands Searchable Deals Database - Posted November 15, 2012
Groupon will offer a searchable database of deals, including both Now deals that have one-day validity and standard deals, which sell for a single day but can be used for up to a year. A... [SocialTimes.com]

Relative Newcomer Tapped for Groupon COO - Posted November 14, 2012
Kal Raman, who joined Groupon in April as senior vice president of global sales and operations, has been promoted to chief operating officer. The company hasn't had a COO since September of last year, when Margo Georgiadis left the company on the eve of its IPO to ... [AllFacebook]

Groupon Begins Offering Free Two-Way Shipping on Goods - Posted November 13, 2012
Groupon has begun offering free two-way shipping on most Groupon Goods, the company said yesterday. It also launched holiday and toy catalogs. The move shows Groupon capitalizing on the holiday shopping season to dive... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Begins Offering Free Two-Way Shipping on Goods - Posted November 13, 2012
Groupon has begun offering free two-way shipping on most Groupon Goods, the company said yesterday. It also launched holiday and toy catalogs. The move shows Groupon capitalizing on the holiday shopping season to dive... [AllFacebook]

Which Shopping Apps Want The Most Facebook Information? - Posted November 13, 2012
People looking to get a jump on their Christmas shopping (and be done before Black Friday) have probably noticed how several retailers offer simple connect to Facebook options. But which shops and applications require crucial information from your Facebook account? Social security firm ... [AllFacebook]

Groupon Reports Lackluster Earnings - Posted November 8, 2012
Groupon brought in $568.6 million in revenue in the third quarter 2012, the company said today. Although revenue was up 32 percent from the same quarter of last year, it failed to meet analyst expectations, sending the stock tumbling 15 percent in after-hours trading. The company returned adjusted earnings per shar... [SocialTimes.com]

The PR Dangers of Automated Messaging - Posted November 8, 2012
We can understand why the Romney/Ryan campaign might forget to cancel the obviously automated publication of its official victory website after Tuesday's election. In this case, the team... [PRNewser]

Groupon's Suneel Gupta Talks About What He's Learned From the Company's Failures - Posted October 22, 2012
Speaking at FailCon in San Francisco this morning, Suneel Gupta, the VP of product development at Groupon, listed some of Groupon's failures and suggested how the company could have done better. Gupta admitted that the company's lackluster stock price leaves Gr... [SocialTimes.com]

Man Cops To $11 Million Scam Involving Fake Facebook, Groupon Stock - Posted October 2, 2012
Before several key investors were dumping their Facebook stock, one Florida man made millions of dollars off his shares. Too bad they didn... [AllFacebook]

Social Media Newsfeed: Twitter and IFTTT | Facebook Updates | YouTube Ruling - Posted September 21, 2012
 Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Forbes 'Richest' List: No More Social Media Moguls? - Posted September 20, 2012
This week Forbes released the 30th anniversary edition of its "Forbes 400: The Richest Peo... [PRNewser]

Groupon Helps Merchants Take Credit Cards - Posted September 20, 2012
Groupon has added a credit card swiper to its merchants app. Much like Square, the daily deal site will give you a plug-in device to turn your iPhone into a point of sale terminal, while still serving as a scanner for ... [SocialTimes.com]

Facebook Doesn't Make Cut For Nasdaq 100 Index, But Will Be Added To Nasdaq Q-50 Index - Posted September 18, 2012
Nasdaq announced that Facebook will not yet be included in its ... [AllFacebook]

Did 'Goods' Just Make Groupon Worse, or Warehouse Clubs Better? [Infographic] - Posted August 22, 2012
The good news is that Groupon's newest product, Groupon Goods, showed the most growth in the second quarter of 2012. The bad news is that inventory costs made the profit margins smaller than they were for daily deals on spa treatments and restaurant meals. In response, Reuters reports that Barclays Capital... [SocialTimes.com]

5WPR Goes High Fashion, Scores Giutzy - Posted August 15, 2012
Industry Updates: Top-25 firm 5WPR ... [PRNewser]

Groupon Reports $46.5 Million Profit in Second Quarter - Posted August 13, 2012
Groupon raked in $568.3 million in revenue in the second quarter of 2012, bringing the daily deal site's earnings up 45 percent year-over-year. The company finished out the quarter with a $46.5 million operating income, compared to a $101 million operating loss in the second quarter of 2011. The company cited... [AllFacebook]

Groupon Reports $46.5 Million Profit in Second Quarter - Posted August 13, 2012
Groupon raked in $568.3 million in revenue in the second quarter of 2012, bringing the daily deal site's earnings up 45 percent year-over-year. The company finished out the quarter with a $46.5 million operating income, compared to a $101 million operating loss in the second quarter of 2011. The company cited... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Deals with Declining Employee Morale - Posted August 13, 2012
Despite exceeding analysts' expectations in the first quarter, Groupon's stock is trading at 63 percent below its initial public offering price of $20 per share. To add injury to insult, the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Groupon's sales force may be jumping ship as well. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Amid Mixed Picture For VC Investments, Silk Gets More Seed Funding - Posted August 1, 2012
Just as reports are coming in that venture-backed companies based in Europe recently have raised more money but in a fewer number of deals, word comes from the team at Amsterdam-based Silk that its latest seed round has brought in an additional $1.6 million. According to new analysis fr... [semanticweb.com]

Social Media Newsfeed: Google+ Liked | LivingSocial | HootSuite Autoschedule - Posted July 18, 2012
 Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Pay It Forward Friday: Groupon Grassroots - Posted July 13, 2012
We know Groupon has gotten some bad press . . . okay, a ton of it - but did you know they have a subdivision entirely focused on doing good? Yup. Check it out. ... [10,000 Words]

Wishpond Looks To Carve Facebook Offers Niche With Social Offers - Posted June 22, 2012
Brands looking to provide offers via Facebook can now do so with a little Canadian f... [AllFacebook]

Groupon Rallies Again on Morgan Stanley Upgrade - Posted June 18, 2012
Groupon, who had been suffering from a steady decline since February, has rallied for the second day in a row on the news... [SocialTimes.com]

Top 5 Television Ads for Social Media Sites - Posted June 11, 2012
On Sunday, Twitter aired its first-ever television commercial during the 2012 Pocono 400 NASCAR race. It was a first for Twitter, but not a first for social media. Other sites, including Groupon, LivingSocial, and Google+ have also put their money on big-ticket ads during major television events. 5. Twitter's commercial features professional... [SocialTimes.com]

Is Facebook's Poor Stock Performance Dragging Other Social Networks Along With It? - Posted May 30, 2012
Facebook's stock was down 9.81 percent as of Tuesday afternoon, sending ripples of disappointment through the investment community as shareholders are trying to figure out what to do now that the world's largest social network has failed to deliver massive returns in its first few weeks on the stock market. Meanwhile,... [SocialTimes.com]

Not All Caught Up In Facebook Stock Fervor - Posted May 15, 2012
Amid the flurry of excitement, some skeptics have reared their heads about the Facebook ... [AllFacebook]

Bing Goes Social | Facebook-Instagram Probe | Twitter Followers Stop Almost-Suicide - Posted May 11, 2012
 Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

INFOGRAPHIC: Facebook IPO Vs. Other Tech IPOs - Posted May 10, 2012
Social media agency Banyan Branch compared the upcoming Faceb... [AllFacebook]

Groupon Hires Two Execs, CEO Drinks Beer - Posted April 27, 2012
Groupon announced today that it has hired Faisal Masud former eBay exec as head of the company's relatively new and somewhat successful Groupon Goods unit. Yesterday, ... [AgencySpy]

Google Drive Unveiled | Facebook May Delay IPO | Groupon Seeks Directors - Posted April 25, 2012
 Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Acquires Ditto.me Team - Posted April 17, 2012
Groupon, the purveyor of group-based local deals, has acquired Ditto, a company that helps users connect with other local and interested users about entertainment and food options. Ditto is currently an iPhone application, and it sounds like Groupon is acquiring the Ditto team but have plans to shut down Ditto... [SocialTimes.com]

Pinterest Co-Founder Exits | Groupon's Stock Drops | Tumblr's Facebook Integration - Posted April 3, 2012
Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. Welcome to the Morning Social Media Newsfeed! Here, we... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Stock Drops 12% As Customer Refunds Increase - Posted April 2, 2012
While other IPOs such as LinkedIn and YELP have had tremendous recent success, social buying startup Groupon has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride and it looks like they just went over a steep drop. The stock... [SocialTimes.com]

Stieg Larsson Box Set Gets a Groupon Deal - Posted March 7, 2012
Groupon has posted a special box set deal for fans of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. For $29 plus $5 for shipping, readers can get all three books in hardcover along with the 85-page b... [GalleyCat]

Groupon Enhances Social Travel with Acquisition of Uptake - Posted February 29, 2012
Group buying innovators Groupon have acquired Uptake, a service dedicated to pairing together the "advice and recommendations from the people you trust most." It's a social travel website that lets you log in to Facebook and figure out who has been to the places you're interested in and ask those... [SocialTimes.com]

Would You Pay $30 for a VIP Membership to Groupon? - Posted February 16, 2012
Groupon is testing out a VIP membership on a select group of Groupon enthusiasts for $30 a year. Would you pay for first dibs on deals and reservations, access to sold-out and expired deals, and store credit for unused Groupons any time? It's not as crazy as it sounds. Flash sale... [SocialTimes.com]

Former Agency Head Paul Taaffe Joins Groupon - Posted February 9, 2012
Paul Taaffe, who served as chairman and CEO of the pre-rebrand Hill & Knowlton, has joined Groupon to head up the company's PR function. Or improve it, if y... [AgencySpy]

Roll Call: Walmart Exec Joins H+K, Groupon Exec Joins Weber, and More - Posted February 9, 2012
George Shelton has been named SVP at Hill + Knowlton Strategies, leading the reputation management and corporate practice starting Februar... [PRNewser]

Groupon Acquires Campfire Labs -- Could They Possibly Spin Off a Small Business Solutions Division? - Posted December 29, 2011
Groupon, the easiest way to get a massage at 50% off, has purchased Campfire Labs, according to a TechCrunch report from yesterday. The surprise is that Campfire labs still hadn't launched... [SocialTimes.com]

PayPal Launching Mobile Daily Deals Service to Battle Groupon and LivingSocial - Posted December 15, 2011
PayPal, owned by eBay, is going head to head with Groupon and LivingSocial by unveiling a plan to offer coupons to its massive base of 103 million users. With Groupon recently having gone public and hovering a little under it's IPO price of $25 and holding a market cap of... [SocialTimes.com]

How You Know a Company Is Not Ready for an IPO [CHECKLIST] - Posted December 6, 2011
Zynga's about to go public. Groupon and Angie's List just did. And, until the middle of August, social media and ... [SocialTimes.com]

The Funny Trailer You Have to See -- Groupon: The Movie [Video] - Posted December 6, 2011
Have you seen the trailer for Groupon, the Movie? It's a comedy video made by Emily McGregor from the comedy group Comediva, and definitely strikes the right note about the addictive quality of Groupons. I'm sure all of you out there know somebody who's obsessed with storing up Groupons... [SocialTimes.com]

The Real Reason So Many Web Companies Are Filing for IPOs - Posted December 5, 2011
There are more than 200 companies in the IPO pipeline, many entering at a time when the IPO market was ugly (namely Q3 2011). A lot of money has been spent preparing to go public, even in a market that doesn't favor it. ... [SocialTimes.com]

IPO Market Roundup: 10 Social Media Sector Companies to Watch - Posted December 5, 2011
Groupon, Angie's List, Pandora, Zillow, LinkedIn ... it's been an interesting year for social media IPOs so far. And, there are more on the way. Zynga is set to go public in the next two weeks, and there are plenty of other inte... [SocialTimes.com]

1 In 4 Small Biz Hate Social Media, Love Facebook - Posted October 25, 2011
One-quarter of small business owners hate social media, but they love Facebook -- or better to say they hate it the least. A recent survey by iContact f... [Lost Remote]

There's Only One Place to Go for Social Media Stock Trading - Posted October 3, 2011
According to Peter Barris, managing general partner of New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm, secondary markets for shares in private companies are a "sideshow". At the Dow Jo... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Co-Founders Among the Buyers of Wrigley Building - Posted September 21, 2011
Last August, I wrote about Groupon co-founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell intent on purchasing Chicago's Wrigley Building. It is official. The building has been sold to a consortium of investors including Zeller Realty... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Turns to Citydeal Team to Rectify Slow Growth - Posted August 25, 2011
[caption id="attachment_75780" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Christopher Muhr"][/caption] Groupon needs to boost its domestic sales ahead of its public offering. The daily deals website is turning to executives from Citydeal, the European business it purchased last year, to rectify the slowing growth in its domestic business. ... [SocialTimes.com]

Infolinks Introduces Self-Service Semantic Advertising - Posted August 22, 2011
Online advertising that leverages semantic technology is expanding to the do-it-yourself model. Infolinks today is launching its self-service in-text advertising marketplace. The company says the service is designed to speed advertisers' ability to create in-text ad campaigns, which work in the Infolin... [AllTwitter]

Alberta Initiates Investigation of Groupon's Expiration Dates - Posted August 16, 2011
Groupon received another thorn in its side this week when the government of Alberta initiated an investigation into the company's business. Alberta is determining how to treat Groupon's expiration date policy, and some of their ideas seem a bit odd. Almost all the coupons sold by Groupon have expiration dates... [SocialTimes.com]

Elevator Pitch: Is Yipit the Next Big Thing? [Video] - Posted August 12, 2011
In the latest episode of MediabistroTV's "Elevator Pitch," host Alan Meckler sizes up ... [SocialTimes.com]

How Much Money is Groupon Losing? Too Much? - Posted August 12, 2011
The popular daily deals site, known as Groupon, is losing an incredible amount of money as indicated by its financial statements submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In the first three months of this year, the company had a net loss of $103 million. Plus, for the whole year of... [SocialTimes.com]

Elevator Pitch: Is Yipit the Next Big Thing? - Posted August 11, 2011
In the latest episode of MediabistroTV's "Elevator Pitch," host Alan Meckler sizes up ... [PRNewser]

Elevator Pitch: Is Yipit the Next Big Thing? - Posted August 11, 2011
In the latest episode of MediabistroTV's "Elevator Pitch," host Alan Meckler sizes up ... [TVNewser]

Elevator Pitch: Is Yipit the Next Big Thing? - Posted August 11, 2011
In the latest episode of MediabistroTV's "Elevator Pitch," host Alan Meckler sizes up ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Elevator Pitch: Is Yipit the Next Big Thing? - Posted August 11, 2011
In the latest episode of MediabistroTV's "Elevator Pitch," host Alan Meckler sizes up ... [FishbowlNY]

Elevator Pitch: Is Yipit the Next Big Thing? - Posted August 11, 2011
In the latest episode of MediabistroTV's Elevator Pitch, host Alan Meckler sizes... [FishbowlLA]

BIG MONEY: Social Media and Consumer Web Dominate SecondMarket Action - Posted July 27, 2011
Where is all the money going? Well, it's easy to find out on SecondMarket these days. The New York-based marketplace for private company stock has just released its second-quarter/first-half results. To check out the infographics from the SecondMarket report, take a look at the slideshow immediately below. Then, dig deeper into... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon's Indian Partner Accidentally Publishes User Database to Google - Posted July 5, 2011
[caption id="attachment_69284" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="thetechjump"][/caption] "A few hours and tweaks later, this database came up," Australian security consultant Daniel Grzelak told Risky.Biz. "I started scrolling and scrolling and I couldn't get to the... [SocialTimes.com]

Is LivingSocial Talking to Bankers About an IPO? - Posted June 30, 2011
Groupon isn't the only social deals company looking to move from Main Street to Wall Street. According to Reuters, LivingSocial is getting ready to make the plunge into pu... [SocialTimes.com]

Does Pandora IPO Mark the End of the New Tech Bubble? - Posted June 17, 2011
[caption id="attachment_22863" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Photo: Richard Drew, AP"][/caption] By late Thursday Pandora became the latest in a series of Internet companies to ... [PRNewser]

Five Reasons a $100 billion Facebook Valuation is Nuts - Posted June 13, 2011
Facebook is inching closer to an initial public offering. Today, AllFacebook notes a speculative CNBC report that pegs the social network's valuation, in the event of an ... [SocialTimes.com]

Quirkiness is a Cheap Way to Virality - Posted June 13, 2011
The roads to virality of the great internet startups that consume our everyday lives, like Facebook, Twitter and Groupon to name a few, have been less conventional than the roads to a similar result experienced by traditional startup businesses. These gre... [SocialTimes.com]

Ten facts about the Groupon IPO that you need to know - Posted June 2, 2011
We all knew a wave of web IPOs was coming. LinkedIn's was the first, and there have been ... [SocialTimes.com]

Australian Groupon Foe Raises Funding at Valuation of $200 Million - Posted May 25, 2011
CatchOfTheDay, an Australian online retailing group, operates e-commerce site CatchOfTheDay.com.au and daily deal site Scoopon.com.au. The social shopping platform raised an undisclosed amount of funding. Estimates are around $80 million, valuing the company at $200 million. You may recall Scoopon as the reason for G... [SocialTimes.com]

Spin the Agencies of Record - Posted May 24, 2011
Skyy Spirits has chosen Alison Brod PR as its AOR for Skyy Vodka and Skyy Infusions, the brand's fruit-flavored vodkas, providing consumer PR, event support, and online awareness. The firm will also work with the X-Rated Fusion and ... [PRNewser]

Using Groupon in Your PR Campaign - Posted May 10, 2011
Groupon is hot, and news today that the company wanted to file its IPO this week with a $25 billion valuation speaks to that. So does the number of Groupon-like companies and programs that have spawned over past months. But as many publicists know, jumping on boa... [PRNewser]

Groupon: We're Totally Not Friends With Him. Really. - Posted April 29, 2011
Groupon has snarkily announced it did not drop its advertisements from NBC's The Apprentice ... [PRNewser]

Social Shopping App TreatFeed Raises $4.5 Million - Posted April 22, 2011
Another social shopping application received some major funding this week. TreatFeed, a startup that is the cross between Groupon and Yelp, raised $5.4 million in funding led by Norwest Venture Partners. TreatFeed, a word of mouth rewards system, is the creation of Brett Markinson and Konstantin Glasmacher. You might recognize those names... [SocialTimes.com]

Great Time to be a Geek - Posted April 22, 2011
When was the last time you heard the term "hiring boom" anywhere, in any context? It's been forever, right? Well here come perks like foosball tables, free cappuccino, and onsite dry cleaning again, because we here in the San Francisco Bay Area are at the center of a tech jobs bo... [PRNewser]

23 Million Americans Bought From Online Deal Sites - Posted April 22, 2011
In the past year, 23 million Americans or 10 percent of the adult population purchased a coupon from an online site such as Groupon or LivingSocial, according to a survey conducted for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants by Harris Interactive. The results reflect the beginning of ... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Goes Whrrl With Pelago - Posted April 20, 2011
The social shopping company, Groupon acquired Pelago, maker of local discovery app Whrrl. The acquisition is official April 30, 2011, which means Whrrl will no longer exist. And Groupon will expand its format base outside the daily deals to more mobile and personalized discounts. Whrrl users have no need to worry... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Lands in New Zealand - Posted April 12, 2011
Groupon New Zealand is revving up their engines for a launch in the near future, although a specific date has not been set. The kiwi site is up and only accepting sign-ups with a $10 voucher as an incentive for every friend you sign up. You can earn as much as... [SocialTimes.com]

Two-Thirds of the U.S. Consumers Download Coupons - Posted April 12, 2011
More than two-thirds of U.S. consumers say they have downloaded a printable coupon from a Web site, according to a new report from marketing research firm Morpace. While printable online coupons have been part of retailers' incentive strategies for a few years,... [SocialTimes.com]

Biometrics, Social Media Among the Latest Research Trends - Posted March 24, 2011
[caption id="attachment_17936" align="alignleft" width="270" caption="L to R: Ted McConnell, ARF; Lee Brown, Groupon; and Naveen Selvadurai, foursquare. Photo: Nancy Lazarus"][/caption] Social media's growing role in research was a visible theme throughout the ARF/Advertis... [PRNewser]

Roll Call: Carmichael Lynch Spong, UVA, StyleCaster, Groupon and More - Posted March 23, 2011
Lori Robinson will join Carmichael Lynch Spong effective April 4 as senior principal and director of the New York office. Robinson will be responsible for client oversight, marketing, operations, staffing, and business development. She'll report to firm MD ... [PRNewser]

BI Survey Finds Consumers Really Like Discounts - Posted March 22, 2011
Business Insider has done a survey of consumers' Groupon-ing habits, finding that 72 percent of the people using Groupon are also using ... [PRNewser]

Beware the Bubble - Posted March 15, 2011
Billion dollar valuations for Twitter and Groupon "mathematically insane," according to IAC founder and chairman Barry Diller. Diller addressed a packed house at the SXSW conference i... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Offers Dr. Seuss Discount - Posted March 14, 2011
Want a discount with your green eggs and ham? Groupon is offering a 67 percent savings on art from Seuss Prints. Seuss Prints reproduces... [GalleyCat]

Groupon Super Bowl Ads: Fun or Flop? - Posted February 7, 2011
During one of the Super Bowl's many commercial breaks on Sunday, viewers were treated to a string of controversial ads from Groupon, the two-year-old group buying startup that has been r... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Raises Nearly $1 Billion - Posted January 11, 2011
After walking away from a Google buyout offer last year, group buying service Groupon announced that it has raised $950 mi... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Groupon to Go Public By the End of 2011? - Posted December 30, 2010
The New York Times DealBook blog is reporting that Groupon has new institutional investors and could go public by the end of next year. Fi... [PRNewser]

The Once and Future Groupon - Posted December 7, 2010
Another day, an... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Google Exploring Groupon Buyout - Posted November 19, 2010
Google is in negotiations with group shopping startup Groupon over a possible buyout, according to a report Friday. The asking price is well above the $2-3 billion rumored to have been offe... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Study: Groupon Great for Consumers, Businesses Not So Much - Posted October 5, 2010
Cut-rate deals offered by group buying startups such as Groupon are great for consumers: Half off lattes and airbrush tanning sessions? Count me in. But a new study claims that the group buying phenomenon is not quite the panacea... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

Study: Groupon Great for Consumers, Businesses Not So Much - Posted October 5, 2010
Cut-rate deals offered by group buying startups such as Groupon are great for consumers: Half off lattes and airbrush tanning sessions? Count me in. But a new study claims that the group buying phenomenon is not quite the panacea for participating businesses. Nearly a third (32%) of the 150 busines... [SocialTimes.com]

Groupon Faces Growing Pains - Posted September 17, 2010
White hot group buying startup Groupon faced a wave of criticism this week after... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

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