Local commerce is already becoming more personalized, more localized and more real-time. I now search for coupons before I go out on a Friday night.
How does this impact Groupon and investor ardor for the daily deal site? Well, we all know that Groupon has moved quickly into localized and personalized deals. And the rise of advertising-driven mobile and immediately-local online dating sites (and their rapid adoption and acceptance) points out yet another amazingly perfect application for a timely deal offering. Searching for a date on the train home from work? Great? Well, these four bars are offering two-for-one drink specials to couples who come in and flash the coupon or QR code. Or Vito’s Italian Risotteria will throw in a 25% meal discount if you buy some vino. Piacerre!
What I am getting at here is that investors are betting on a brighter future for Groupon based on two things. First, local commerce is already becoming more personalized, more localized and more real-time. I now search for coupons before I go out to eat on a Friday night. I may not find one but I search. I never did before. And I respond to offers from places that I love and would vigorously respond to offers in real time. Pizza at A16 on a Monday night? Done and done.
And Groupon is moving in that direction. Second, the rise of mobile dating and the movement to a handset-dominated view of the world introduces huge opportunities for local marketing driven through the handset in real-time to accommodate last-minute whims and wishes and changes in plans. As people become more accustomed to filtering their last-minute lives through the digital lens, then the opportunities to reach them in this transactional state — almost like when they are searching on a search engine —increases. Granted, Groupon is not a mobile dating site. Yet. But this exercise just underscores how ripe the opportunities are for Groupon and how much the trend is wind at their backs — a fair wind that surely investors love to feel blowing across their wallets.