Posts Tagged ‘LivingSocial’

OMG, Social Deals Have Come to Mid-Market: Get 50% Off to Try Out the Passion Cafe on 6th Near Market

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Your Passion Cafe is making a go of it in the Mid-Market.

Proof of that is today’s LivingSocial deal: Pay $10 now to get $20 worth of food and drink.

See? 

Here’s the bar upstairs, from when I snuck up there during a weekend morning political fundraiser back in the day.

Imagine yourself having suds on the roof.

And if you don’t want to do this deal, ask about their Theatre Specials – the current one involves Billy Elliot at the Orpheum

All right, see you on 6th Street, right near Taco’s Sandwiches.

Today’s $1 LivingSocial “Instant Deals” Lunchtime Kickoff is Actually Pretty Good – See What’s Left Right Now If You Want

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Remember yesterday? I do, good times.

Anyway, this post from July 12th, 2011 foretold of LivingSocial’s “Instant Deals” Lunchtime Kickoff in the 415 and, well, now it’s here.

Something like this looks to be a fair bargain:

But act fast before the better deals in your area are gone. And this is for today, July 13th, only.

Just saying, Bro.

Ah, memories:

“Remember back in the day, back when those social deals were good deals? I do. It was the Golden Age of Groupon – it lasted for about three months last year.

Remember Visa Day, when you could get a second 50% off deal paid for by Visa and then you referred a couple friends to get yet another 50% off deal at a decent place? Good times.

Anyway, LivingSocial wants you to download their smartphone app (and I guess you can get in on this via a PC as well) so that you can get in on the big $1 lunch special on July 13th, 2011 all over San Francisco. I cautiously endorse this offer and beseech you to seal the deal tomorrow AM just after your manservant wakes you from your slumber by gently rapping on your bedroom door.

And then, come lunchtime, you’ll be as happy as a Golden Gate Park squirrel with its own peanut butter samwich:

All the deets:

LivingSocial Instant Deals to Enter San Francisco and Entice Eaters With $1 Lunch

Instant Deals Expanding to Third Major U.S. Market in Three Months

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2011 – LivingSocial today announced plans to tempt diners with $1 San Francisco treats from more than 100 local merchants on July 13 to celebrate the city’s launch of LivingSocial Instant Deals. Earlier this year, LivingSocial was the first to market with this breakthrough in local commerce, enabling consumers to find immediate deals at nearby restaurants and attractions. Once the fun of $1 lunch day is done,LivingSocial Instant Deals will continue serving up scrumptious Instant Deals offers to help those who live or visit The Golden Gate City find the best local values.

On Wednesday, July 13, eager eaters in San Francisco will need only a free LivingSocial account and a smartphone with the LivingSocial app or a computer to partake in Dollar Lunch Day. Starting just after sunrise, members can log into the app or go online to www.livingsocial.com/instant, select Instant Deals and marvel at a mass of $1 lunch offers within walking distance.

LivingSocial $1 lunch vouchers will be available for purchase beginning at 6:00 a.m. PT and will be available for redemption from 11:00 a.m. PT to 2:00 p.m. PT(1) on Wednesday, July 13, only.

How to nab the best bargains by the Bay:

   –  Step One: Download the latest version of the LivingSocial mobile application(2) to your iPhone, iPad or Android device. When the app opens, click on Instant Deals. Or, visit the LivingSocial Instant Deals website and select “San Francisco” as your city.
   –  Step Two: Take your pick from the list of available Instant Deals near your current coordinates, and pay one dollar per voucher.
   –  Step Three: Hoof it to the merchant location and display your Instant Deals voucher on your mobile device (or print a hard copy from your computer) at check-out.

Drum roll, please. Take a gander at just a few of the fine establishments who are signed on for San Francisco’s $1 lunch day:

   –  Bistro Burger
   –  San Francisco Soup Company (Multiple Locations)
   –  Kyoto Sushi
   –  Kennedy’s Irish Pub & Curry House
   –  And many more!

More deets after the jump.

San Francisco is the third LivingSocial Instant Deals rollout this year. In March, LivingSocial Instant Deals was introduced in Washington, D.C. and a month later more than 27,000 $1 lunch vouchers were sold within a 14-mile area. In June, LivingSocial members purchased more than 15,000 $1 lunch vouchers within approximately four square miles in Midtown Manhattan celebrating the arrival of Instant Deals in New York City.

“We are excited to launch LivingSocial Instant Deals in a city known for both cutting-edge technology and fantastic food,” said Tim O’Shaughnessy, CEO and co-founder of LivingSocial. “Dollar Lunch Day is a perfect way to bring foodies, early adopters and LivingSocial members together to scour old stomping grounds and discover new favorites throughout San Francisco.”

As the source for handpicked deals at a great value, LivingSocial invests in members and merchants in every market in which the company operates. Merchants are aligned with a local, knowledgeable contact who lives, works and plays in their city. Sales and marketing personnel work closely with merchants to craft deals and determine the most profitable and marketable offer structure.

LivingSocial Instant Deals revolutionizes the way merchants market their businesses and consumers discover the best experiences in their neighborhood. Local merchants work with LivingSocial’s team of on-the-ground local commerce experts to craft deals and optimize traffic through their doors. Unlike LivingSocial daily deals, which are live for 24 hours, Instant Deals are live for a short period of time, providing increased opportunity for businesses to enhance their customer base.

LivingSocial plans to roll-out Instant Deals in more U.S. locations soon. For a full list of LivingSocial cities or to subscribe, go to livingsocial.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/livingsocial, or join us on Facebook atfacebook.com/livingsocial.

About LivingSocial

LivingSocial adds surprise to every calendar with handpicked daily deals you can share with friends. Members enjoy at least 50 percent off on the coolest, local experiences. Local business owners get an easy and cost effective marketing tool to attract new, loyal customers. In 2010, one of the fastest growing companies in the space expanded withLivingSocial Escapes offering a “vacation in a box” for easy weekend trips at great value. Based in Washington, D.C., the international company has saved nearly 39 million subscribers more than half a billion dollars in more than 20 countries on 6 continents.

(1)  Offerings and hours of operation may vary by location and the price tag includes sales tax (gratuities not included.)

(2)  Members must download the latest version of the mobile application

LivingSocial Appears To Be Offering a Decent Deal for Lunch Tomorrow: $1 Deals at Various Restaurants

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Remember back in the day, back when those social deals were good deals? I do. It was the Golden Age of Groupon – it lasted for about three months last year.

Remember Visa Day, when you could get a second 50% off deal paid for by Visa and then you referred a couple friends to get yet another 50% off deal at a decent place? Good times.

Anyway, LivingSocial wants you to download their smartphone app (and I guess you can get in on this via a PC as well) so that you can get in on the big $1 lunch special on July 13th, 2011 all over San Francisco. I cautiously endorse this offer and beseech you to seal the deal tomorrow AM just after your manservant wakes you from your slumber by gently rapping on your bedroom door.

And then, come lunchtime, you’ll be as happy as a Golden Gate Park squirrel with its own peanut butter samwich:

 

All the deets:

LivingSocial Instant Deals to Enter San Francisco and Entice Eaters With $1 Lunch

Instant Deals Expanding to Third Major U.S. Market in Three Months

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2011 – LivingSocial today announced plans to tempt diners with $1 San Francisco treats from more than 100 local merchants on July 13 to celebrate the city’s launch of LivingSocial Instant Deals. Earlier this year, LivingSocial was the first to market with this breakthrough in local commerce, enabling consumers to find immediate deals at nearby restaurants and attractions. Once the fun of $1 lunch day is done,LivingSocial Instant Deals will continue serving up scrumptious Instant Deals offers to help those who live or visit The Golden Gate City find the best local values.

On Wednesday, July 13, eager eaters in San Francisco will need only a free LivingSocial account and a smartphone with the LivingSocial app or a computer to partake in Dollar Lunch Day. Starting just after sunrise, members can log into the app or go online to www.livingsocial.com/instant, select Instant Deals and marvel at a mass of $1 lunch offers within walking distance.

LivingSocial $1 lunch vouchers will be available for purchase beginning at 6:00 a.m. PT and will be available for redemption from 11:00 a.m. PT to 2:00 p.m. PT(1) on Wednesday, July 13, only.

How to nab the best bargains by the Bay:

   –  Step One: Download the latest version of the LivingSocial mobile application(2) to your iPhone, iPad or Android device. When the app opens, click on Instant Deals. Or, visit the LivingSocial Instant Deals website and select “San Francisco” as your city.
   –  Step Two: Take your pick from the list of available Instant Deals near your current coordinates, and pay one dollar per voucher.
   –  Step Three: Hoof it to the merchant location and display your Instant Deals voucher on your mobile device (or print a hard copy from your computer) at check-out.

Drum roll, please. Take a gander at just a few of the fine establishments who are signed on for San Francisco’s $1 lunch day:

   –  Bistro Burger
   –  San Francisco Soup Company (Multiple Locations)
   –  Kyoto Sushi
   –  Kennedy’s Irish Pub & Curry House
   –  And many more!

More deets after the jump.

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Should “That Takes The Cake” Cupcakes on Union Be Allowed to Offer Group-On Type Deals Anymore?

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

I don’t know, LivingSocial has this deal today, but isn’t this the same store that had major problems last year with a Group-On offer they had?

Yes it is.

Hey, That Takes the Cake Store, weren’t you guys acting pretty cheesily last year? Aren’t you horrible local businesspeople? Yes and yes.

They were horribly rude about redeeming my Groupon. I can tell from other reviews that I’m not the only one. The whole point of participating in Groupon as a loss leader is to get new customers to try you, and come back. By treating me like shit, you just ate $20 only to ensure I will never return. Nice work. This city is practically infested with cupcake places; I don’t need to patronize one with awful customer service. Also, their “cocktail” cupcakes are GROSS. Blech.”

Karma Police, arrest this store.

P.S. Cupcakes are on their way out, haven’t you heard?

OMG, It’s “VISA Free Deal” Day – $80 Worth of Food at Tokyo Gogo in the Mission for Just $20!

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Here’s what you do, you buy a $40 credit at four-star Yelp-rated Tokyo Gogo for $20 on your Visa Card, and then you choose the person you want to receive another $40 credit at four-star Yelp-rated Tokyo Gogo.

That’s it. Now, you’re not allowed to take your friend to scarf down $80 worth of fish in one sitting, so that’s the catch, if you’d call it that. You’d need to invite your friend on one night and then s/he could pay you pack another night. (Oh, and if you refer three friends who fork over their $20, then you get another $40 credit to give to someone else. Quite iterative, non?

Otherwise, today’s deal is the sweetest social deal I’ve seen since Tsunami a few months back.

“Limit 3 per person, buy as many as you’d like as gifts • Limit 1 per party of 4 people (maximum of 2 vouchers can be used for parties of 8 or more people) • Gratuity not included (Be nice and tip on the pre-discounted total!) • Dine-in only (not valid for takeout or delivery) • Not valid during happy hour • Other conditions apply • Promotional value expires on 04/08/11″

Enjoy!

Discounted Choco, Today Only! Will Charles Chocolates End Up Replacing Schmidt and Scharffen Berger?

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Appears as if Charles Chocolates is putting down roots – look for their new and improved flagship store in early 2011 at the Westfield Mall on Market near Union Sqaure.

Perhaps the new construction will make up for our recently shutdown luxury/artisanal chocolate factories – you know, Joseph Schmidt Confections in the Mission and  Scharffen Berger in Berkeley?

We Can Only Hope.

Now, I’ve never tasted the Charles Chocolates, but I was tempted by today’s one-day-only deal, where you pay $25 to get a $50 credit either for use in the store or online.

(Speaking of nevers, I’ve never had an issue with any type of Living Social kind of deal, but be sure to tell me if you do, like if you end up in a That Takes the Cake Cupcakes / Groupon kind of fiasco.)

Enjoy.

Group-Buying Websites are All the Rage in the 415 – $4 Movie Tickets are Back

Friday, May 21st, 2010

I’ll tell you, the kids these days, they want to get a deal, but they want their friends in on it to. Or something. I’m not sure how all it all works, but all’s I know is that I don’t see the downside to forking over four bones, waiting for a letter in the post and then going to an AMC theater like Metreon or AMC Van Ness to catch a movie.

You’ll party cause it’s priced like 1999 (or earlier). Speaking of which, I’ll remember that year as the era of the WebVan – the things were double-parked all over town. Anyway, they would pick up your choice of DVD or videotape at BlockBuster, deliver it to you, and then pick it up a few days later, all for free! Of course you still had to pay the rental fee, but you had to wonder how the transaction made money. (It didn’t, actually. I think the investors got 1% of their investment back, by selling off the vans and the Herman Miller chairs, an icon of the era. ) 

Anyway, check out this kgb Deal, comrade. (They’re saying $4 is the 1989 price to see a movie. I forget, but it sounds credible.) KGB is a new outfit, so I assume that they’re offering a good deal to make a splash.

In Soviet Russia, KGB deal with you, but in America, KGB give you deal. America, what a country!

Check the deets – they’re only mailing out to bay area addresses.

IMO, this is a good, albeit small, deal.

Choose wisely.