I have seen this around quite a bit. But, it wasn't until I read from Wine Me, Dine Me that Groupon is now in Cincinnati that peaked my interest!
Groupon is a site similar to the site I shared a long time ago, Half Off Deals. You can essentially purchase a gift certificate or service for varying types of establishments for substantially reduced prices. For example, there was previously a Groupon for a local salon to purchase a $100 Massage Treatment for just $39. They have several participating cities so visit the “View More Cities” tab at the top of the page.
The trick is that the deals are only valid for that day. So, if you think you are going to want to take advantage, you should probably buy it at that point. Sometimes they will even sell out so that makes the timing even more imperative if it is something you really want. You can view past deals under the “Recent Offers” tab to get an idea what types of offers have been available for your location.
There is also a referral progam. For any person you refer, who makes a qualifying purchase, you receive a $10 Groupon Credit to spend on a purchase. So send your personal referral link to your friends if you know they would be interested. The thing I love about social media now is that you don't need a blog to take advantage of these referral benefits! Share it on Facebook, Twitter, My Space, email, wherever. Most referral programs can be promoted in whatever means works for you!
I don't see any offers currently available that I'm interested in. I guess I'm just holding out hope for that nice steak house or possibly a cleaning service groupon. Yes, I'm all for the cleaning service groupon…someday, right??!!
Have you purchased a Groupon yet? How was your experience?