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A location-aware platform, Spreedle will allow businesses to target buyers in their vicinity and set their own schedules for posting digital vouchers, deciding for how long and for how many customers the deal is valid. Can this Sydney start-up make a splash in the Groupon market?
Gabby Leibovich has established himself at the forefront of the online deals industry in Australia with two very popular sites, CatchOfTheDay and Scoopon. In this podcast, Leibovich explains the business model that he believes has allowed him to weather the GFC and pinpoints the challenges that traditional, physical department stores must now face.
Australian online department store, CatchOfTheDay, has local supermarket big kahunas firmly in its sights. CatchOfTheDay trialled the discounted groceries model for 12 months before launching GroceryRun. The company offered groceries as part of a two-day event each month. It sold, on average, two grocery items a second, netting more than $1 million in just 48 hours.
Daily deals remain on a tear as innovation adds spice to the sector. First there were deal sites like Scoopon and Cudo. Then came the deal aggregators like AllTheDeals and BargainDesk. Now here is a deal aggregator with a local twist – a la BargainDesk meets Foursquare, if you will.
The group buying market has matured quickly. But is it ready to go to school? The man taking the concept of group buying to campuses is Majilesh, a young software engineer fresh from a stint at the world’s largest provider of educational services, Kaplan. It’s fair to say his young startup, CrowdStudy, is venturing into uncharted territory.
Do the crème de la crème crave for Scoopons? Not exactly. But Agenda, an innovative startup founded by Blake Hutchison, believes even the rich might drool at the sight of similar discounts, only it would be for high dining, exotic spas, luxury brands, business class travel and, perhaps, rare experiences.
A Melbourne hairdressing salon was in dire need of a quick, low-cost marketing plan. Although the daily deals phenomenon is still new and coming of age, Jo Macdermott decided to take a punt on the online discount model as a quick way to boost sales. As she reveals here, the final results surprised even her.
Gabby Leibovich, co-founder of the discount buying sites CatchoftheDay.com.au and Scoopon.com.au, will be our guest entrepreneur at the latest Entrepreneurs' Night Out in Melbourne on Tuesday, 14 June. If you're a Victoria-based business owner with a passion for ideas and success, this night's for you! (We guarantee you won't find a better deal this side of Scoopon.)
Collective-buying behemoth Groupon is coming to Australia and is now hiring. The company that triggered Australia's recent obsession with deal-sites, such as Ouffer, Cudo and recently acquired Spreets, will initially be trading under the name StarDeals and is rumoured to be considering former MySpace HQ to set up shop in Sydney.
Last week, I posted a story that asked Anthill readers to suggest new revenue streams. The post was triggered by a theft (and the loss of some expensive equipment). The surprising flood of responses to this post, received by phone, email, tweets, Facebook messages and, of course, your comments had me both thrilled and alarmed. It also got me thinking.
ABC Shop, Aunty's web storefront, was the overall winner in Australia's inaugural Online Retail Industry Awards. Another big winner was Shoes of Prey, which walked away with three awards -- Best New Online Retailer, Most Innovative Online Retailer and Best Online Marketing Initiative.