OpenCal on life after Groupon acquisition

The way Simon Vallee and Arash Shiva describe it, it was almost a relief when Groupon Inc. bought the online appointment booking business they'd spent three years bootstrapping into a viable business located

Published on: April 9th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Video Rewind: Restaurant boosts awareness with Groupon

After an initial group buying craze in Canada, things have cooled off for the industry a bit, but many businesses are still using the services to attract new customers.Many businesses running successful daily

Published on: January 31st, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

Group Buying: how your daily deal could succeed

Is group buying still a thing?The fad that Groupon started in 2008 inspired a flock of fast followers also getting in on the so-called daily deals business and soon enough inboxes everywhere were

Published on: January 31st, 2012 Brian Jackson

7 favourite BlackBerry apps for 2011

Navigating an app store can be tricky, with vague descriptions, dubious user reviews, and sometimes buggy apps. We searched for the best apps available.Chat Across IM Services IMO ChatInstant Messenger (free)If you have

Published on: December 7th, 2011 Armando Rodriguez and Ginny Mies

3 reasons Foursquare is a great business marketing tool

Geolocation service Foursquare is on the rise. Founded in 2009, by this week it has registered over a half million merchants, after counting 10 million users in June. Foursquare is trying to define

Published on: July 11th, 2011 Ilie Mitaru

‘Daily deals’ portals face survival of the fittest crunch time

The rise of daily deals aggregator Web sites is helping bargain hunters find sweet deals online, but the outlook for many of those sites will sour over the next year, analysts warn. Inspired

Published on: June 30th, 2011 Christine Wong

How Groupon’s IPO will change the deals site

A not-so-quick flip through Groupon's 269-page IPO prospectus turns up some clues as to what ordinary people in search of deals can expect from Groupon after the deal site raises an estimated $750

Published on: June 6th, 2011 Lisa Greim

Group deals deluge could lead to

Only a year after Groupon rocketed out of nowhere to become the Internet's hot new thing--spawning hundreds of copycats--the hottest, newest thing is Groupon fatigue. People who complain about too many daily deals

Published on: May 16th, 2011 Lisa Greim

Facebook Deals 2.0:

Facebook's anticipated 'Groupon-killer' offering group-based local coupon deals reportedly launches on Tuesday in five pilot cities in the U.S. including Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego and San Francisco. The service is called Facebook Deals--the old

Published on: April 27th, 2011 Ian Paul

Facebook and Google plot to disrupt group buying momentum

With the launch of Facebook Deals in Canada and Google’s addition of location-based check-ins through Latitude, the group buying trend may find itself disrupted just as its hitting its stride. Group buying services

Published on: February 2nd, 2011 Brian Jackson

Group buying sites mature as huge market size becomes clear

As the packed-to-the-brim shopping malls on Boxing Day promise to remind us this weekend, shoppers love a bargain. That’s the crux of what’s inspired the many sites looking to cash in on the

Published on: December 21st, 2010 Brian Jackson

Groupon groupies in Toronto

The social buying site Groupon is once more in the spotlight thanks to its recent purchase by search giant Google.ITBusiness.ca has been tracking Groupon and the group buying craze for some time. In

Published on: December 7th, 2010 ITBusiness Staff

5 scary Groupon nightmares and how to avoid them

The Groupon coupon service is hot right now--not only with customers who love getting deep discounts, but also with businesses looking to appeal to the site's vast database of potential clients. Groupon and

Published on: December 7th, 2010 Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

Google’s $5 billion offer for Groupon is no discount, analysts say

Google would be overspending if it paid north of US$5 billion to acquire online coupon provider Groupon, according to various industry analysts.While Groupon would give Google a boost in local advertising and make

Published on: December 1st, 2010 Juan Carlos Perez