Home  › Marketing › Strategies
screen-shot-2011-10-27-at-2

Google Mirrors Facebook's Deals Aggregation Strategy

  |  October 27, 2011   |  Comments

Hopes personalization moves sales needle for Offers.

Google evidently believes better targeting will turn a deals strategy previously tried - and abandoned - by Facebook into a winner. Mirroring the social network's move in April to aggregate deals through more than 10 partners, Google today announced distribution relationships with 14 brands like Kgbdeals, Gilt City, Tippr, and Plum District.

Google is now sending five deals per day to Offers subscribers - some are originating from Google's sales team while others are from the new partners. "Yesterday, you would've only seen one deal there," Nitin Mangtani, group product director for Google Offers, told ClickZ News.

What separates the Mountain View, CA-based company's effort at deals aggregation from Facebook's four-month failure lies in an offers preference center reported by ClickZ earlier this month. Google began testing a segmentation feature that allows people signing up for Google Offers to obtain more personalized deals. People signing up for offers can use a check box to select subcategories within five main categories: things to do, places to go, shopping, health & beauty, and services. For instance, for things to do, a consumer can select a sporting events subcategory while opting out of arts offers, or vice-versa. The test is over, and the feature has gone live across the deals platform.

"We now have this rich diversity of offers," Mangtani explained. "But at the same point, we only want to send the offers that they really care about."

The personalization targeting won't be limited to what consumers see in their email, he said. Mangtani said users of Google's Shopper app will also only see deals that reflect what they opted to receive.

Partners Should Help Google Soften Sales Force Cost

Procuring a boots-on-the-ground national sales force was one of the main obstacles Facebook endured in its brief challenge to daily deals leaders Groupon and LivingSocial. While four-month-old Google Offers seems to have gotten off to a nice start, the same sales force questions still linger.

While the 14 new partners will broker their deals with local merchants that appear via Google Offers, Mangtani wouldn't characterize the development as one meant to circumvent the overhead cost of employing a bigger sales force. He said the initiative has dedicated boots on the ground in each of the 19 markets it's live in so far. (Google plans on adding 23 more markets in the coming months.)

"We have an amazing sales force, and we continue to expand," Mangtani said. "This is not a change in direction there. What we are doing is complementing the kind of deals we can source on our own."

At the same time, Kgbdeals CEO Patrick Albus commented that the aggregation partners like his company will enable Google to quickly ramp up its number of offers without sending cost through the roof. Albus's firm serves 20 U.S. markets and has a sales force of 50 people in addition to a telemarketing operation that outreaches to local merchants.

"I don't know what Google's long-term strategy is," he said. "But by partnering with us, we give them the deals and they can focus on the touchpoints with the consumers."

The other deals partners announced today by Google are ReachDeals, Tippr, Zozi, GolfNow, Dealfind, HomeRun, Juice in the City, Mamapedia, Active.com, DoodleDeals, and Schwaggle. A number of the brands, including Albus's Kgbdeals, were launch partners with Facebook back in April. The CEO sounded optimistic about the Google relationship.

"Partnering with the No. 1 Internet company in the world is a great way for us to grow our footprint," Albus said. "We look forward to having a long and healthy partnership."

Google also unveiled a payment integration utilizing Google Checkout. People who have entered a credit card into Checkout will be able to buy Offers by simply logging into their Google or Gmail account before clicking the purchase button.

Tags:

ClickZ Live San Francisco This Year's Premier Digital Marketing Event is #CZLSF
ClickZ Live San Francisco (Aug 11-14) brings together the industry's leading practitioners and marketing strategists to deliver 4 days of educational sessions and training workshops. From Data-Driven Marketing to Social, Mobile, Display, Search and Email, this year's comprehensive agenda will help you maximize your marketing efforts and ROI. Register today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christopher Heine

Christopher Heine was a senior writer for ClickZ through June 2012. He covered social media, sports/entertainment marketing, retail, and more. Heine's work has also appeared via Mashable, Brandweek, DM News, MarketingSherpa, and other tech- and ad-centric publications. USA Today, Bloomberg Radio, and The Los Angeles Times have cited him as an expert journalist.

COMMENTSCommenting policy

comments powered by Disqus

Get the ClickZ Marketing newsletter delivered to you. Subscribe today!

COMMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Featured White Papers

BigDoor: The Marketers Guide to Customer Loyalty

The Marketer's Guide to Customer Loyalty
Customer loyalty is imperative to success, but fostering and maintaining loyalty takes a lot of work. This guide is here to help marketers build, execute, and maintain a successful loyalty initiative.

Marin Software: The Multiplier Effect of Integrating Search & Social Advertising

The Multiplier Effect of Integrating Search & Social Advertising
Latest research reveals 68% higher revenue per conversion for marketers who integrate their search & social advertising. In addition to the research results, this whitepaper also outlines 5 strategies and 15 tactics you can use to better integrate your search and social campaigns.

WEBINARS

    Information currently unavailable

Jobs

    • Interactive Product Manager
      Interactive Product Manager (Western Governors University) - Salt Lake CityWestern Governors University, one of the 20 largest universities...
    • SEO Senior Analyst
      SEO Senior Analyst (University of Phoenix (Apollo Education Group)) - San FranciscoSEO Senior Analyst   Position Summary...
    • SEM & Biddable Media Manager
      SEM & Biddable Media Manager (Kepler Group LLC) - New YorkAs an Optimization & Innovation Manager at Kepler Group, you will be on the bleeding...