Stephanie Miles | Street Fight - Part 39

For Seattle’s Garage Billiards, Lots of Daily Deal Offers

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For Seattle’s Garage Billiards, Lots of Daily Deal Offers

Since running a campaign with LivingSocial last year, Garage Billiards co-owner Mike Bitondo says he’s been inundated with offers from every coupon site under the sun. Together with his business partners, Jill Young-Rosenast and Alex Rosenast, Bitondo remains picky about which companies he’ll work with, and generally makes his decisions based on what kinds of revenue splits they’re willing to offer…

Austin Bakeshop’s Groupons Reward Existing Customers, Entice Newbies

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Austin Bakeshop’s Groupons Reward Existing Customers, Entice Newbies

When newspaper and magazine ads failed to deliver the customers she’d hoped for, Olivia O’Neal turned to the web. As the co-owner of Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, O’Neal has used group coupons and positive online reviews on sites like Yelp to help turn her from-scratch bakery into a dessert destination for foodies in Austin.

Atlanta Chef Reaches Diners on as Many Platforms as Possible

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Atlanta Chef Reaches Diners on as Many Platforms as Possible

When he’s not in the kitchen at one of Atlanta’s top steakhouses, McKendrick’s Steakhouse executive chef Thomas Minchella is busy managing his restaurant’s Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare accounts, along with his personal social media accounts and a company blog. He aims to keep his messages authentic and can’t stand it when celebrity chefs hire outside companies to do their tweeting for them…

For Portland’s Bar Method, Groupon Was Key to Exposure

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For Portland’s Bar Method, Groupon Was Key to Exposure

Denise Burchard and Meghann Markham weren’t sure how to reach potential customers when they opened Bar Method Portland in 2010, so they turned to Groupon for help (because “we’re old. We think Facebook is hard. Even Twitter is scary”). The daily deals website gave them exposure to the specific demographic they were targeting, and helped turn Bar Method into one of the most popular exercise studios in town.

A Chicago Retailer is Skeptical of Services Like Groupon

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A Chicago Retailer is Skeptical of Services Like Groupon

Shelley Young is the chef and founder behind The Chopping Block, a recreational cooking school and retail store in Chicago. Since opening her doors in 1997, Young has seen a dramatic change in the advertising landscape. Whereas she once employed a publicist, she now manages multiple social media accounts in-house and offers check-in specials on Foursquare. She remains skeptical about the long-term viability of daily discount sites.

Boulder’s Om Time Yoga: ‘Inspiring Content’ Works

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Boulder’s Om Time Yoga: ‘Inspiring Content’ Works

For Shannon Paige Schneider, marketing locally to customers of Om Time Yoga, the popular yoga studio she founded in Boulder, Colorado, is about connecting. Schneider has found that her clients respond more to inspiring online content – which she posts daily on Facebook and Twitter – than daily deals and web-based promotions. Schneider recently responded by email to questions from Street Fight for its series of conversations with local retailers.

Roger Smith Hotel: Social Media Beats Location-Based, for Now

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Roger Smith Hotel: Social Media Beats Location-Based, for Now

If you’ve been to the Roger Smith Hotel in Manhattan, you know it’s hip. And it’s the same online. The “Twitter hotel,” as it’s known, has developed a cult following online thanks to social media maven Adam Wallace, director of digital marketing. Wallace recently spoke to Street Fight for its series of conversations with local businesses.