Online shoppers get ready:
world's fastest-growing coupon site arrives in Oz
For those who love grabbing a bargain from the latest coupon websites, there is a new arrival in Australia that's set to add even more excitement to the industry. LivingSocial.com is the fastest-growing coupon site in the world and has just launched in Australia.
As testimony to its huge popularity, on 21 January in the US this year, LivingSocial sold 1 million coupons ($10 for a $20 Amazon voucher) within 24 hours! In Australia Living Social is now offering up to 91% off city deals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, with more cities coming soon.
Living Social's Australian launch is being managed by popular site Jump On It (www.JumpOnIt.com). CEO Colin Fabig says Living Social has already made a name for itself by offering exclusive prices at the hottest restaurants and bars, luxury pampering packages, fitness classes and more.
"The Australian launch of Living Social is great news for anyone who loves a bargain. Coupons are a great way to save on activities and Living Social chooses only the best venues then negotiates unbelievable offers for our members," says Colin.
"The aim is to get people out and about in their city without sending them into the red. And who doesn't want that?"
Deals so far have included 54% off a three course meal and wine at Good Food Guide award winning restaurant Fouveaux, 51% off yoga classes at over 300 studios across Australia, 83% off a non surgical facelift at Sydney's Advanced Dermatology clinic and 53% off a mini break at Ramada Harvey Bay resort.
Jump On It and Living Social will work together to offer shoppers a choice of targeted deals. Already, 1.2 million Australians have signed up to receive email, Facebook and Twitter notification of deals listed on the two sites.
Colin says the number of coupon sites in the Australian market is a win for consumers who can shop around for a deal to suit their needs each day.
"The choice and variety of sites means people could easily avoid paying full price for goods and services ever again. At Jump On It and Living Social we only offer deals on the very best of the city," says Colin.
"What's not to love about dining at award winning restaurants, signing up to personal training for under $50 or treating an unsuspecting relative to an adventure ride on Sydney Harbour?," he says.
How Living Social.com works:
Living Social works by negotiating 'below cost' deals with merchants for coveted experiences in major cities. From day spas and spray tans to fine dining, yoga classes to water sports, Living Social offers one highly discounted and exclusive deal in each city. Buyers have only 24 hours to secure the discounts. Coupons are bought online individually, but a minimum number of people need to buy the deal before it is activated. Buyers are then charged on their credit cards and instantly emailed their coupons.
Living Social is the world's fastest growing coupon site. It has a presence in over 125 cities and over 12 million subscribers to its email database. In Australia alone over 1.2million shoppers have already signed up to Living Social's database and over 40,000 coupons have been sold.
Deals have included:
• 54% off a three course meal and wine at Good Food Guide award winning restaurant Foveaux in Sydney's Surry Hills;
• 51% off yoga classes at over 300 studios across Australia;
• 83% off a non surgical facelift at Sydney's Advanced Dermatology clinic;
• 53% off a mini break at Ramada Harvey Bay resort;
• 51% off cocktails and sea food at Sydney's Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel: 1,462 coupons sold
• 53% off a full body pampering package at L'amour de Beaute, Prahran: 406 coupons sold
• 53% off an all day waterpark pass at Just 4 Fun Aqua Park in Perth: 838 coupons sold
• 60% off a back massage and facial package at Adelaide's Cheeky Skin day spa: 507 coupons sold
• 59% off an Asian food platter and bottle of sparkling wine at Siana Valley restaurant in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley: 750 coupons sold