Coupon clipping is becoming a thing of the past. With new websites and technologies popping up every where you can catch a great deal from anywhere without ever having to pull out a pair of scissors. These technologies range from mobile coupons to daily deal sites. Here are a few favorites:
Daily Deals Sites
Living Social and Groupon are probably the two most popular deals sites right now. They specialize in group deals from local shops and restaurants, but have a lot to offer for everyone. The catch is that deals are available for one deal only and have a limited amount available. Once they’re gone they’re gone. These type of deals have been extremely successful with small and local businesses because they are often great deals the are hard to pass up. Not to mention the fact that it forces the consumer to make a quick decision or impulse buy.
Lots of business have started eliminating the use of paper coupons and replacing them with mobile coupons. Often times these come in the form of text messages. You can sign up for the deals by texting a number and when a deal comes up it will be texted right to your phone. All you have to do is show the text message to the cashier to claim your coupon! Target is one of the more well known brands that has begun using mobile deals to share specials with it’s customers. Other startups and services like MobileCoupons.com.
Location based applications are all the rage right now. From FourSquare to Facebook places, people love to check in and let everyone know where they are and who’s around to meet up. Businesses have found a way to cash in on this trend by offering deals to customers who check in at their location. Many business also offer exclusive perks for customers who become the mayor.