The Hungry Local team are taking the Group Buying model to a new level. For them, it’s not just about massive discounts and impulse purchases. They wanted to create a community feel about their business and it looks like they’re doing a great job. After a long chat with their founder – Tom Spink – it became abundantly clear that Hungry Local is built upon a simple idea…”empowering the customer”.
Hungry Local use the same, familiar model wit time sensitive offers up to 90% off but combine this with their focus on providing information on “what to do and see in your area”.
When asked about this, Tom was very clear, “we want to provide our community with more than just a “daily deal”, we want them to know about what’s going on in their area, discover hidden gems and experience things that they might miss out on otherwise, and if we can save them money in the process – even better”
As Hungry Local get set to launch their service across the UK, I look forward to working closely with Tom and the rest of the team to offer Buyometric members the same great benefits and help spread the word up and down the country.
With all the fantastic new Daily Deal and Group Buying businesses starting up, it was only a matter of time before someone I knew set something up. So when I heard about Savvy Mummys and saw the name of the founder I was straight on the phone. Savvy Mummys is a great concept – it takes the existing group buying model, but targets a very specific niche – as the name would suggest – expectant, new and more experienced mums can expect to find a fantastic array of discounted offers that really do target those things that mums need, want and deserve. Savvy Mummys was founded by Ali Harriss and a few other University friends. I spoke to Ali and got the following response:
” We’re part of a big group of Uni friends living in Clapham (AKA Nappy Valley), and we’re at that age where one by one we’re all walking up the aisle, having babies and buying prams. Being the entrepreneurial group that we are, we wanted to set something up together that would offer value to us, our families and our friends.”
Well, I can certainly say that they’ve created a gem, it’s targeted, relevant and genuinely useful, and the response they’ve had from the local community has been overwhelming. They’ve insisted that they aren’t rushing to branch out but there are plans in the pipeline. They want to make sure they’ve developed a great product that really does serve the community before delivering the concept to a wider audience and I for one look forward to helping them expand when the time comes.
Kate Garraway came up with the idea and name Goodypass.com after she set out to find ways of developing a long term business that offered something real and of value to her fans. As Kate says “I’ve always known that I’m incredibly lucky to get gifts and discounts just because I’m on TV. But thanks to my new website I now have the chance to share a slice of the celebrity lifestyle with you”.
What’s different and so great about Goodypass is its celebrity focus. Kate has expanded the idea to a number of her celebrity friends and all of the deals are now endorsed by them. Every celebrity has their own section of the website where they provide unique content for their fans – blogs, photos, videos etc – and allow visitors to the site to communicate directly with them.
After discussing some their plans with Commercial Director, Thomas Duncan, it’s clear to me that there is potential for a fantastically successful, long term relationship with Goodypass and I look forward to giving Buyometric supporters the opportunity to benefit from the same great “Celebrity Discounts”.
Finally got everything setup (late into the night) for our TeaCat launch this morning. Paul had a well earned lie in and we went live at 08:30 this morning with the first of our TeaCat offers – a great selection of Food and Fashion.
TeaCat joins the Group Buying fray with a focus on London and Surrey. Like the others, they offer fantastic discounts on things to do, see and experience in and around London and Surrey.
We’re aware of some problems with the Groupon website. It seems that our users have been unable to access Groupon deal pages since approximately 11am. If you’re hankering after a particular offer please keep trying – Groupon are working hard on the problem!
Update – Groupon is now back online after a period of downtime between 11am and 1pm.
We recently added Here For A Day to our list of featured partners. They’re a great addition to the Buyometric “family” and bring a nice selection of deals to the table that center around “Home & Family”.
As a family run business themselves, Mark and Donna – the co-founders of Here For A Day – have a real understanding of what a family is looking for and have really worked hard with us over the past couple of weeks to get things setup and ready for the launch.
Hopefully there won’t be too many more midnight emails bouncing back and fourth.
Wahanda is the self-confessed home of “Health & Wellness Daily Deals”, and they do a pretty good job of living up to it. First contacted in January we were really interested in partnering with them as soon as possible. As with all things, nothing is quite that simple so after a few months of tweaking and testing, we have now launched the Wahanda program and look forward to seeing how the deals develop and how our members take to them.
In January 2011, Jon (MD) contacted me with an opportunity to partner with GoGroopie. After a slow start as they went through the same start up issues we did last year, GoGroopie has finally gone live and with it we’ve launched their first deal on Buyometric too.
GoGroopie has a fairly unique selling point, they want to help you learn, look and feel better! Whether it’s eating healthy, increasing your fitness, learning new skills, improving career prospects, taking up new hobbies, becoming greener or just looking or feeling better.
We like them a lot and hope that we can build a great relationship with them. Jon and i are going to celebrate the partnership later this month and hopefully build some even stronger bridges – never a bad thing.
This is a word of warning about using group buying sites. That may seem like a weird thing for us to write about – after all Buyometric is a site which aggregates group buying sites, and we really want you to use them! But, just like in many areas of life, sometimes a badly behaved minority can give the majority a bad name. It’s worth exercising some caution in using group buying and daily deal sites, and that’s why filtering the sites with Buyometric can give you more confidence that you’re (most likely) buying from a reputable site.
The group buying sites and daily deal sites which we bring together on our site are generally trustworthy. We can’t make any guarantees (we wish we could), however if we get any complaints from our users, we will always follow them up, and if necessary, we’ll take the offending site off our website and out of our daily emails.
But we know some group buying sites can get a bad press, especially if you search through some of the online forums. Here are some examples of issues that have been reported with some group buying sites.
Firstly, a company can go out of business before you’ve had the opportunity to use their voucher. Obviously it’s possible for this to happen, but it’s a bit of a myth that companies participate in a voucher scheme only when they’re down on their luck. Many successful businesses also participate in very low priced daily deals, and they do this to introduce new customers to their business. However we’d advise you to be just as careful buying a voucher for a company’s services through a group buying site, as if you were buying the voucher directly from the company itself. It’s not always possible for the voucher provider to compensate you if the business does go bust.
Secondly, people have reported that it can sometimes be difficult to book in appointments (eg a reservation for a restaurant, or an appointment for beauty treatment) at convenient times because the business that has issued vouchers suddenly has huge demand which it can’t cope with.
It is worth bearing in mind that if you have very limited times available when you could use the voucher, the business may not have appointments at the times that suit you. However the main daily deal sites are very careful when setting up deals that they do not create demand that the business can’t cope with. If you do have a problem making a reservation, most sites (eg Groupon) will give you a chance to get a refund within 7 days of buying the voucher. Check the terms and conditions of the group buying site carefully if you have any concerns about this.
In reality, the number of issues we hear about through Buyometric is absolutely tiny (and we help to sell a lot of deals!). When there is an issue, it is usually a misunderstanding that can be easily resolved.
And it’s worth remembering, these sites (including the US versions) sell many thousands of deals every day. So although problems do occur, they are few and far between.
We’d advise you always to use these sites with your eyes open wide, to be an active consumer, complaining confidently if anything goes wrong, and knowing what your consumer rights are.
Using Buyometric gives you a measure of confidence as we monitor the behaviour of the sites we use – but as we don’t take your money, we are unable to offer any refunds directly. Please do let us know if anything goes wrong and we’ll always do our best to help you.
We first met Dealtastic in March 2011. A kind of hybrid Group Buying site, Dealtastic offers massive discounts on abroad range of products, but gadgets are their main product and up until now we haven’t featured any “gadget specific” merchants. If like me you love your gadgets, then you’ll love Dealtastic and all they have to offer.
Whether you’re looking for deals for him, deals for her, deals for the kids or deals for your home, Buyometric, in conjunction with Dealtastic, is here to save you money on your purchases.
They’ve tweeted about us and added a facebook post so of course, we’ll be doing the same. Keep your eyes peeled.