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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Ocala, Daytona Beach... is Palm Coast next for Groupon?

Launched in November 2008, Groupon features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in more than 300+ markets.  This highly successful "Deals Website/Portal" recently announced the addition of Deals in Ocala, FL this week:

Groupon is an easy way to get huge discounts while discovering fun activities in your city. Groupon's daily deals consist of restaurants, spas, massages, theaters, hotels, and a whole lot more, in hundreds of cities across the country.

Groupon is also about to launch in Daytona Beach, and the website's Daytona Beach page is already live:

Groupon's local representative in Volusia County, Phil Rapisardo has an active twitter account under @GrouponPhil, and he's talking about possibilities and launch there:

The agressive expansion and selection of Ocala and Daytona Beach brings up the question: "Is Groupon launching in Palm Coast, FL soon?" -- Indeed, population, demographics, and consumer-purchasing-power-wise Palm Coast, Florida may be a natural next step for Groupon's expansion in Central Florida.  

In December 2010, Groupon has reportedly rejected Google’s massive $6 billion acquisition offer and intends to stay independent.   As a hugely successful coupon website, Groupon is said to be considering an initial public offering (IPO) in 2011.  The company is reportedly meeting with securities firms interested in handling the sale, according to various sources on the web.

Groupon's business model, and the power of Collective Buying, at discounts generally greater than 50%, makes it attractive for consumers and businesses alike.  Here's Groupon's pitch to businesses, as to why they should feature their deals through them:

Have you been following Groupon?  Do you subscribe to any deals in any of the cities?  Have you made a purchase?  Please share your opinion in the comments below...

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