How to View Google Offers Near You

google offers leakLast week, Google sort-of confirmed to  Mashable about the existence of Google Offers by reporting that:

Google is communicating with small businesses to enlist their support and participation in a test of a pre-paid offers/vouchers program. This initiative is part of an ongoing effort at Google to make new products, such as the recent Offer Ads beta, that connect businesses with customers in new ways. We do not have more details to share at this time, but will keep you posted.

Today (01/27/11), Google Offers had a soft launch.

Learn the trick to view the Google Offers in your area!

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Review of the Online Group Buying Industry

Group buying is a trend that had incredibly growth throughout 2010. Group buying, which refers to social buying or collective buying as well, is the buying an offer which has been significantly reduced, due to the fact that it is only valid if enough buyers are found.

From the graph above, you can take a look at the number of monthly unique visitors from the top 2 group buying websites in North America:  LivingSocial, and Groupon. As you can see, another player in the group buying industry, Tippr, does not even come close to the number of monthly unique visitors from LivingSocial and Groupon throughout the period April to December 2010. Here is a short review of these 2 key players in the online group buying industry.

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