IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Local.com Corporation (NASDAQ: LOCM), a leading online local media company, today announced the launch of Spreebird (www.spreebird.com), the company’s new daily deal site. Consumers can now access thousands of daily deals across hundreds of markets nationwide and discover local merchants offering significant discounts for their products and services.
Spreebird collects many of the best deals from across the country and makes them conveniently available in one place. Spreebird then allows consumers to easily browse and buy the deals that are most relevant to their specific interests. Spreebird expects to launch iPhone® and Android™ mobile apps during the third quarter, 2011.
For consumers, Spreebird provides:
- An easy way to find great deals on products and services that match their personal tastes and interests in one place
- A compelling and cost-saving way to discover new local businesses
- The ability to share their favorite deals with friends and family across their social networks
In addition to featuring the best deals from leading deal providers, Spreebird is also sourcing daily deals directly from local merchants, initially from Denver, Philadelphia and Orange County with 17 additional markets expected to roll out by the end of the year. Spreebird enables local merchants and national retailers to present highly discounted offers for local products and services to consumers via daily emails and at the www.spreebird.com website. Spreebird’s directly sourced deals are expected to debut on the site in May.
For local merchants, Spreebird provides:
- A “no money down,” performance-based advertising solution that connects them with targeted local consumers
- A guaranteed, easy-to-measure return on their local online advertising investment
- A powerful new tool to attract, retain and reward customers
“Our goal is to build Local.com into the leading online local media company. Over the past five years, we have built significant assets in this sector, which form the cornerstone of our future growth strategy,” said Heath Clarke, Local.com chairman and CEO. “We’re now heavily focused on expanding our product range. We believe that Spreebird provides us with a significant long-term opportunity to diversify our revenues into the high-growth deal of the day local advertising segment.”
Local.com entered the daily deal space with its recent acquisition of the iTwango deal platform, which has been upgraded and rebranded as Spreebird and forms Local.com’s Social Buying business unit. While the deal space is becoming increasingly crowded, Local.com believes that Spreebird enjoys many competitive advantages over recent entrants into the deal of the day segment, including:
- A strong balance sheet
- Access to the capital required to build and scale a daily deal business across hundreds of markets
- Reach to Local.com’s 20 million consumers each month who are searching for goods and services locally across a network of over 1,000 regional media sites and 100,000 websites hosted by Local.com and OCTANE360 (a Local.com company)
- A broader range of complementary small business ad products and services, which is expected to increase the lifetime value of the local merchant
- Access to real-time product inventory and pricing discounts for over 70,000 products at over 50,000 retailers nationwide via Local.com’s recently acquired Krillion business
“Spreebird’s mission is to provide consumers with the best daily deal discovery service on the Web, while providing local merchants with a highly desirable way to bring new customers directly to their cash register,” said Malcolm Lewis, Local.com senior vice president and general manager, social buying. “We plan to leverage Local.com’s many assets to achieve our goal of establishing Spreebird as a top daily deal site.”
Small business advertisers have shown strong interest and satisfaction with the daily deals and social buying model as an advertising medium as consumers by the masses have been quick to adapt and use daily deals. BIA/Kelsey estimates that daily deal revenues in the United States could exceed $6 billion by 2015.
Local.com Corporation (NASDAQ: LOCM) owns and operates a leading local search site and network in the United States. The company uses patented and proprietary technologies to provide over 20 million consumers each month with relevant search results for local businesses, products and services on Local.com and over 1,000 partner sites. Local.com powers over 100,000 local websites, and tens of thousands of small businesses use Local.com products and services to reach consumers using a variety of subscription, performance and display advertising and website products. To advertise, or for more information visit: http://www.local.com/.
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