Posted by Dale Buss on March 1, 2013 09:04 AM
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Posted by Dale Buss on July 17, 2012 12:58 PM
Things seem to be a lot more serious at Groupon headquarters in Chicago these days. There are more accountants and lawyers, and fun-loving CEO Andrew Mason is cracking fewer jokes, according to a profile in Bloomberg Businessweek magazine.
That's because at least two very serious things are going on at the originator of the online-enabled, locally based discount deal. First, Groupon is straining to cope with growth expectations now that later-coming rivals such as LivingSocial, Yelp and others have mimicked its local deals business model.
But second, Mason and company have become very deliberate about advancing his plan to elevate Groupon above its competition — and to ensure its long-term future and robust growth — by becoming a key digital partner to small businesses across the range of their application needs. That means not just helping them produce a quick glut of customers responding to a Groupon-advertised coupon but also becoming what Mason calls "the operating sytem for local commerce" with tools such as loyalty programs, scheduling software, and potentially a credit-card payment service.Continue reading...
social media watch
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 21, 2011 01:00 PM
Groupon’s meteoric rise is probably already a B-school case study.
The startup, with 30-year-old Andrew Mason at the helm, emails a whopping 70 million deal-of-the-day promotions to subscribers world-wide. The next stage, according to a company profile in Bloomberg Businessweek magazine: skipping email and going straight to users cellphones with Groupon Now, a new mobile app that offers deals based on time of day and the user's location at that moment.
It's a development that could define the near future of local commerce.Continue reading...