Snapdeal Acquires Wishpicker

Mophie Lawsuit vs LivingSocial Invalidated

LivingSocial Indonesia Rebrands as Ensogo

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Groupon Trending Down Heading into 2015

groupon-grpnIt has been a rough year for Groupon on Wall Street.  Back-to-back bad quarters have the stock down more than 37%. It fell below expectations in February and May. In October the quarterly results were better than expected, but did not help the stock recover from the six month decline.

Interest in Groupon tends to be based on potential rather than performance. LivingSocial, Groupon’s chief rival in the daily deal market, recently announced a huge round of layoff’s

The goods business accounts for half of Groupon’s revenue while local commerce makes up 80%…

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Snapdeal Acquires Wishpicker

snapdealSnapdeal – one of the largest e-commerce businesses in India – acquired gift recommendation tech platform Wishpicker. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. This is Snapdeal’s fifth acquisition and follows the April purchase of Doozton.

Dootzon – a fashion product discovery site – has since been integrated into the Snapdeal website. It matches shoppers wit products they are likely to buy. Snapdeal has also acquired Grabbon, esportsbuy.com, and Shopo.in.

Its direct competitors include Amazon India and Flipkart. The companies compete for shoppers as e-commerce quickly grows in India. It is…

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Mophie Lawsuit vs LivingSocial Invalidated

mophie-lawsuit-livingsocialA lawsuit filed against LivingSocial by Mophie, claiming patent infringement, has been tossed out. In Los Angeles, a Federal Judge invalidated U.S. Patent No. 8,367,235 held by Mophie, Inc.  The claims of the patent were found by the judge to be too indefinite.

Mophie is a mobile accessory designer and manufacturer with a patent called “Battery Pack, Holster, and Extendible Processing and Interface Platform for Mobile Devices.”  The patent was issued on February 5, 2013.

Representing LivingSocial, Dariush Adli, Founder and President of Adli Law Group, stated:

“We are not surprised by this decision, which…

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LivingSocial Indonesia Rebrands as Ensogo

ensogoLivingSocial in Indonesia has been rebranded as Ensogo. The user interface has also changed. It now has eight product sections which include Food, Things to Do, Beauty, and Travel.

The LivingSocial Indonesia Twitter account also redirects to Ensogo ID, but there does not seem to be a Facebook fan page bearing the new name. Its Android app invites users to download Ensogo from Google Play.

The FAQ page on the new Ensogo website states that the company is using the same name across all Southeast Asian markets in an effort to strengthen the…

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Middle East Digital Group Acquires Cobone.com

coboneCobone.com – a Dubai-based daily deal website – has been acquired by Middle East Digital Group only one year after being acquired by Tiger Global Management. The 2013 deal was worth between $20m and $40m for Jabbar Internet Group. Middle East Digital Group has not disclosed the purchase amount, and also has ExpatWoman.com in its portfolio.

Cobone was founded by Paul Kenny in 2010 and has become a well-known coupon website in the UAE region, also serving Saudi Arabia. Cobone sold 2.6 million coupons to date to 500,000 users, and has outlasted…

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Groupon Opens Pop-up Store

8-14-groupon_logo_320x245Groupon is opening pop-up stores in Australia to make quick shopping and pre-Christmas delivery possible for consumers. The company will use a store on Elizabeth Street, welcoming consumers to purchase and collect merchandise, or place online orders and return for pick-up.

The store is offering 70% off of 20 click-and-collect products. This offer will be extended to 30 more products nearing Christmas Day. The physical locations are expected to give Groupon an added presence, according to Groupon Australia chief executive Alistair Venn.

EBay, a Groupon competitor, is also launching a store in the…

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4 Tips for Improving SEO

seo-tips-2015It is impossible to master SEO or LSEO because they are constantly changing, growing, and evolving. Search engines all have their own algorithms which make the process even more difficult. Google is the most popular search engine in the world, so it is often the go-to SEO. 

Even with the ever-changing landscape of SEO, we can stay informed and use common sense to determine where SEO is going. It is time to start planning SEO strategy for 2015. This year brought mobile readiness, responsive design, and going local to the forefront,…

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Groupon Sells 40,000 Ugly Sweaters

ugly-sweaters-grouponThe ugly sweater trend isn’t going away, at least not for 40,000+ consumers who purchased ugly sweaters on Groupon since October.

Spokesman Nicolas Halliwell stated last Friday that the coupon site has run about two dozen ugly sweater deals since October.

At one point between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, ugly sweaters were top sellers on the site. 

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LivingSocial Cuts 400 Jobs

LivingSocialLogo-1Gautam Thaker, Chief Executive of LivingSocial – a seven-year-old online deal marketplace based in Washington, D.C. – announced mid-November that it would cut 20% of its workforce. The elimination of 400 staff members will reduce the company’s staffing to 1,600 worldwide and 400 in D.C. It will directly affect 100 D.C. employees.

At its highest, LivingSocial employment numbers were over 4,000. The job cuts are related to the need to reduce costs and close some of the foreign market units. With company assets spread too thin, according to Thakar, it is necessary…

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LivingSocial to Launch Connect for Merchants

livingsocial-connectLivingSocial announced the release Connect – a CRM-like communications toolkit – for small businesses using their platform. The addition will include tools to tailor social media communication, personalize deal offers, and email using the Merchant Center marketing platform. Users will also be able to re-engage customers by sending free offers and deals. Living Social is also including real time promotion tracking and direct customer communication which will greatly benefit merchants.

Vice president of product management Kerry Lenahan said, “Small and large businesses alike turn to LivingSocial for introductions to high quality customers. With…

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