Google Offers Beta – More Details

Greg Sterling pointed out a new Offers video and merchant sign up page. Here is the content from a newly posted help file explaining the program:

Google Offers Help

Overview 

What is Google Offers?

Google Offers BETA will get you great deals in your city on things you like and things you need. Whether it’s half off a title at the corner bookstore or a meal at a local restaurant, the offers will be delivered right to your inbox.

Why did you pick Portland as your first beta city?

We picked Portland because it’s a city known for its unique local businesses, great restaurants, interesting places and a thriving, active community.

When do you plan to launch Google Offers in other cities?

We hope to bring Google Offers to New York and the San Francisco Bay Area in the near future, so stay tuned. In the meantime, if you don’t see your city here,you can let us know you’re interested and we’ll let you know when we come to your area.

I live in Portland. When will I see the first offer in my inbox?

We’re working hard to get Google Offers up and running in Portland. Soon, you’ll start receiving emails with great local offers if you have signed up with Google Offers.

For businesses

I am a local business in Portland. How does Google Offers benefit my business?

Google Offers will bring new customers right to your door by introducing an attractive offer from your business. Visit our business page for more information.

I am a Portland business interested in running Google Offers. How do I sign up?

If you are interested in running an offer you can let us know here. One of our representatives will reach out to you for more information about your business and answer questions you may have about our product.

I am a business based outside of Portland and am interested in running Google Offers. How do I contact you?

In addition to our plans to launch in Portland, we also hope to bring Google Offers to New York and the San Francisco Bay Area in the near future. We haven’t confirmed our plans in other cities, but if you are interested in the product, you can let us know here.

Can businesses located outside the U.S. sign up?

We have not yet confirmed launch plans outside of the U.S. But if you are interested in the product, you can let us know here.

What kind of businesses are eligible to participate in this program?

Any business trying to attract new customers can participate in this program. You can submit your information here and we’ll contact you when we are ready to launch in your city according to your eligibility.

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8 thoughts on “Google Offers Beta – More Details”

  1. I wonder if the analytics on Google Offers will be better than what we currently see in the Places Dashboard. April 12 – 19th – Zero Impressions/Zero Actions across the board – all businesses. Anyone else seeing this?

  2. It will be interesting to see if Google subsidizes these offers in order to build the mailing list/draw attention by having offers from high-profile businesses who have no need to run such offers.

    Many of the businesses that they highlighted in the PDX promotions to date have no need to take 25 cents on the dollar.

  3. Has Google released the pricing (revenue share %) for this product yet? I am curious to see when/if one of the players in the deals space begins to compete for deals on price (lower revenue share).

  4. As a small business owner I would love to have the business but can’t afford the loss we would take with the current “deal” pricing structures. I have turned down several solicitations from a few different website. I wonder what Google will do to be different?

  5. Just want to comment that google offers needs to stop advertising so much on Pandora. Every 3/4 adds I listen to at for google offers. It is so annoying I sometimes mute it. I will never even try google offers simply because of the add pollution.

  6. Couldn’t agree more, Chilla.

    On top of the oversaturation of that Pandora ad, it’s just a terrible ad. The guy’s voice is really annoying and there’s absolutely nothing compelling about it. Google should fire whoever the agency is that created it.

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