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Google Offers–Just Another Groupon?

Last week I wrote a post about Google Local Portal in Portland.  If you’ve already read it, you might have seen mention of Google’s new service for businesses: Google Offers.  Google Offers appears to be similar to Groupon and other discount offering services — it allows you, as a small business owner, to get your business “in front of thousands of customers in your area looking for amazing deals on the best places to eat, shop and play.”

Google hasn’t given too much detail, but they have setup a group of “Google Offers specialists” to call or email.  They will “ask all the right questions about your business to help create an attractive offer that is best for you”.  Then, as with similar services, an offer will be emailed to subscribers in your area.

It’s unclear whether or not these Offers will be integrated into regular Google Local search or their integrated search results pages.  I can’t imagine that these Offer icons won’t begin to show on maps and next to Places search results in the near future, but I can’t find an example of that anywhere.  Feel free to add a link in comments if you are able to.

Here are the cities that have Offers, and those that are coming soon:

Also, Google has produced videos aimed both at businesses and consumers.  Links below.

Google Offers for Businesses
Google Offers for Consumers

Want to sign up?  Click this link to have Google contact you to participate in Google Offers BETA.

There has been some discussion on whether or not using these deal sites can be a successful endeavor for auto dealerships.  To me, unless they integrate fully with Google search results, Google Offers is just another Groupon.  Do you think Google Offers will be any different from Groupon and others?

Author Ali Amirrezvani

DealerOn CEO and Co-Founder Ali Co-founded DealerOn in 2004 with his brother and Partner, Amir. Ali with 20+ years of experience is considered one of the top minds of Digital Marketing in the industry and a frequently sought public speaker at NADA, Digital Dealer and other industry forums. Ali is focused on achieving growth by directing the company to develop and acquire best of breed products and services, strategic partnerships and being instrumental in attracting and signing up large Auto Groups. Email Ali

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