Chicago Heights, ILLINOIS, United States
Chicago Heights, ILLINOIS, United States

Groupon is a deal-of-the-day website that features discounted gift certificates usable at local or national companies. Groupon was launched in November 2008, and the first market for Groupon was Chicago, followed soon thereafter by Boston, New York City, and Toronto. By October 2010 Groupon served more than 150 markets in North America and 100 markets in Europe, Asia and South America and had 35 million registered users.The idea for Groupon was created by now-ousted CEO and Pittsburgh native Andrew Mason. The idea subsequently gained the attention of his former employer, Eric Lefkofsky, who provided $1 million in "seed money" to develop the idea. In April 2010, the company was valued at $1.35 billion. According to a December 2010 report conducted by Groupon's marketing association and reported in Forbes Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, Groupon was "projecting that the company is on pace to make $1 billion in sales faster than any other business, ever".However, a report from Forrester Research in October 2011 suggested that the Groupon business model was a "disaster" and that the firm had become an example of "how fast an Internet darling can fall."In its first earnings release as a public company, Groupon reported a 2011 fourth-quarter loss of $9.8 million on an adjusted basis, disappointing investors. Additional investor concern arose after the company restated 2011 revenues downward in March 2012. Wikipedia.


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Groupon | Date: 2016-08-02

Prospective deals for a deal vendors deal inventory may be scored according to one or more population-specific expected-yield scores, such as expected revenue yield, expected new customers yield, and the like. A prospective deal is categorized and characterized according to a number of yield-related characteristics. Some or all of the prospective deals characteristics are mapped to yield components derived from completed deals that have been offered to a particular population. An expected-yield score for a prospective deal with regard to that population is obtained by combining the mapped yield components.


Patent
Groupon | Date: 2016-09-08

In general, embodiments of the present invention provide systems, methods and computer readable media for modeling multi-dimensional, dynamically evolving data using dynamic clustering. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a core group of clusters of objects, each object being represented by a corresponding instance of a multi-dimensional feature vector including a dimension k; receiving a stream of data points representing a group of objects, each data point respectively representing an instance of dimension k describing a feature of an object within the group of objects; and, for each data point, adding an object described by the data point to a first cluster of objects within the core group of clusters; updating properties of the first cluster of objects in response to adding the object; and determining whether to update the core group of clusters using the updated properties of the first cluster of objects.


A system and method indicates certain terms on a web page as links or portals to additional information and then allows the user to click the link or operate the portal to obtain the additional information, which may be a different web page on the world wide web.


A business monitoring system is described herein that brings together the previously separate worlds of social media and offline secret shopper and similar programs. With the business monitoring system, owners of brands are able to monitor the local voice of the customer to detect local and regional trends in sentiment and activity, build benchmarks and goals for local storefronts, evaluate in-store operations and customer service trends, and measure the local impact of marketing and advertising initiatives. The system collects and analyzes signals from online sources, producing reports, analytics, benchmarks, and alerts regarding offline activity at the local/store-front level. The system normalizes the signals from various sources, analyzes the signals at the individual location level, aggregates the data across various dimensions, builds benchmarks for comparison, and fires triggers notifying appropriate people upon detecting a meaningful variance. Thus, the system provides a rich and timely set of information to business decision makers.


Provided herein are system, methods and computer readable storage media in facilitating the determination of a location of at least one mobile device. In providing such functionality, the system may be configured to, for example, receive contextual data corresponding to a contextual state of a mobile device, determine the location of a mobile device, and transmit the location of the mobile device to at least one other mobile device.


Patent
Groupon | Date: 2016-12-22

Provided herein are method, apparatus, and computer program products for facilitating a learning user interface. The interface may be presented as a plurality of dynamic icons representing a plurality of items. The interface may be facilitated by receiving, by a processor, a selection indication associated with one item of the plurality of dynamic icons. The interface may be facilitated by determining, via the processor, at least one suggested item of the plurality of items based on the selection indication. The interface may also be facilitated by determining a visual bias for at least one suggested dynamic icon representing the at least one suggested item relative to at least one secondary dynamic icon and may be facilitated by applying the visual bias, via the interface, to the at least one suggested dynamic icon.


The method, apparatus, and computer program product provided herein provide for distribution of customized content to displays in a network. A display may receive video content for display from a transceiver device. Channel configurations may be user- configured to include content from any number of sources. Channel content may be generated based on a channel configuration to incorporate identified content and the channel content may be provided to transceiver devices. Alert messages may be pushed to channels, and takeovers of transceiver devices to stream a particular channel may be performed.


A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for electronic transactions based on a reply message. In the context of a computer executed method, the method includes receiving a message, from a sender device, including a reply to buy (RTB) identifier associated with a promotion and a RTB validation code. The method also includes authenticating, using a promotion and marketing service host, the RTB validation code, associating the message from the sender with a recipient identifier, and causing the transmission of a purchase order message to the recipient device based on the RTB identifier.


Provided herein are systems, methods and computer readable media for classification of documents using a location hierarchy. An example method may include receiving a feature vector r that represents occurrence counts of references in a documents text to each of a group of named entities, and determining whether the document is associated with the particular location by querying, to determine a query result, using feature vector r, at least one location-specific classifier from a group of location-specific classifiers, wherein the location-specific classifier is associated with the particular location, and wherein the location-specific classifier is configured to generate a positive output value in response to receiving an input feature vector representing occurrence count of at least one reference to the particular named entity and determining that the document is associated with the particular location in an instance in which the query result includes data indicating that the positive output value was generated by the location-specific classifier that is associated with the particular location.


A system and method for recommending a product to a user in response to a query for a product with a feature wherein the recommendation is accompanied by a quotation expressing a sentiment about the feature or the product.

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