OneSpout iPhone App 1.3

For the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity of going through the OneSpout iPhone app.  In February of this year, many people found the app unresponsive and a loading screen that never went away. This was a server side problem and it was fixed so hopefully, we won’t see any of these problems in the nearby future! Some people couldn’t get the app to load in Montreal and Calgary. This has been fixed as well Britain. For the last month and a half, I have been fixing bugs and adding features to our iPhone app. The newest update, 1.3, allows users to share deals on Facebook and send deals to friends via email. The deals also load faster now since we load them five at a time.  I encourage everyone to give the newest version of our app another try. There are many bug fixes and also many added features. If you do encounter any problems, please send us an email about the problem and we will try our hardest to fix these problems.

Here is the link to the app:http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/onespout-daily-deals/id394456667?mt=8

OneSpout.com Domain Registration Fail: The Punishment

Last week, OneSpout.com was down for a whole day because our CEO, Antonio , forgot to renew the domain name. We asked you to help us come up with a punishment for him and got a great response!

Now the sentiment of our users ranged greatly.  One suggestion,

FIRE ANTONIO, FIRE ANTONIO, FIRE ANTONIO. But if you like him, then maybe firing is a bit extreme.
- Deborah

was interesting but since he takes out the garbage every week we decided he might still be useful to keep around.  The most popular suggestions had to do with cross-dressing and various forms of hair removal that we’d never even heard of (epilator?).

After careful deliberation, we combined a couple of our favourites that we felt properly fit the crime:

I’ve been thinking and for this near treasonous act, one could pull an old CIA interrogation technique by forcing Antonio to sit through the entire David Hasselhoff discography. Should this not be effective, play season 1 of Knight Rider while listening. Surely he’ll break.
- @coachmichaella

Forehead tattoo: OneSpout and a good old-fashioned dunce cap!
- Dave

Here are some of the pics of Antonio’s punishment.

The Hasselhoff thing ended up backfiring —  turns out Antonio really loves David Hasselhoff.

Ooga Chakka! Hooga Hooga! Ooga Chakka!

OneSpout forehead tattoo!

Thanks to all of our users for putting up with Antonio’s blatant disregard for all of you.  He would like to re-assure you that not only has he registered the domain name for the next 5 years, but he has also set himself a reminder on his microwave alarm for 5 years from now (let’s just hope the power doesn’t go out until then).

New Features: 3 Different Ways to View Your Deals

1. Revised List View with Popular Deals

By popular demand, our deal listing will now be sorted by date added with the most recently added deals at the top. At the same time, we will now be displaying the most popular deals in a new section to the right of the deal listing. These popular deals will change with the location, category and search filters entered.

List View

2. New & Improved Local Map View

Again, we listened to our users, and we’ve added a deal list to the map view to enhance its utility. In this new map view, users can continue to browse deals by hovering over pins in your area OR scroll down the list of deals and simultaneously see their location highlighted on the map.

Map View

3. Grid View for Online Shopping Deals

With less scrolling and more emphasis on pictures, users can look for items more quickly in grid view. Deal titles have also been trimmed for effortless browsing from one item to the next.

Grid View

New Feature: Sort Deals by Yelp Reviews!

Before I ask for directions, I go to Google Maps.
Before I ask a meticulous question, I go to Yahoo Answers.
Before I buy a Groupon, I go to Yelp Reviews.

Yelp is the most popular review site for local merchants and now we’re making it easy to find these reviews on the OneSpout site so you can make sure you’re getting the best deals!

How to find deals at the top rated businesses:

1. Go to http://onespout.com/deals
2. Scroll your mouse over to “SORT BY”
3. Select “Yelp Reviews”

Yelp on OneSpout<br />

At OneSpout, we are working to bring you the best deals. So naturally, OneSpout and Yelp go hand in hand, like peas and carrots. And who doesn’t like that?

Here’s some more information about Yelp in case you haven’t used it before.

About Yelp<br />

Yelp

Sorting Through the Noise in Daily Deals – Local Deals vs Online Deals

It’s no secret that the daily deal industry popped up overnight – it was only a few years ago that I bought my first daily deal ($10 for $20 at a local restaurant – The Ship).  I was instantly hooked!  At the time, I had just moved into a new area, and daily deals were the best way to discover interesting things to do near me.  That summer was a blur of 50-90% off on froyo, paintball and pints on patios!

2 years later, daily deals are still around, but they’ve changed quite a bit.  Not only are there deals on local businesses, but also steep discounts on products that I can redeem online.  In theory, this is great; who wants to pay retail for products like DVD boxsets and video game hardware?

Of course, you can’t always count on theories – the amount of deals featuring these products is enormous!  And since they’re available everywhere online, they always seem to crowd out the deals on great local businesses that got me hooked on daily deals in the first place!

Foul!  Suddenly I’m having trouble finding the deals I want – that’s the very reason I started OneSpout in the first place!  If there’s tons of noise in my inbox, how am I supposed to find the gems that *I* want?

Fear not, fellow dealophiles!  I’m not just one of the founders of OneSpout, I’m also a client.  And as a client, I DEMAND a better way to sort through all the noise.

It’s time for a new category: Online deals.  Starting today, we’ve split up Local and Online deals into separate feeds.  No more deals for supplements clogging up the space for your Local deals!  No more bootcamp deals getting in the way of your Online deals!

To  get started, just click on the link in the header for the kind of deals you’re interested in.  If you’re signed up for our daily e-mail, you can login to edit your settings and ensure you’re only getting the deals you want.

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Friends, a new era is dawning for daily deal enthusiasts!  We’ve finally got the tools to make sure that we’re getting the best deals.  Whether you’re looking for a new place to check out for brunch or an insane deal on some new threads, OneSpout users KNOW that retail is for suckers!

News Roundup

MasterCard plans to join daily deals sector

Forbes reported on Tuesday that MasterCard announced that it plans to get involved in the daily deals sector. This will happen through a partnership with Local Offer Network, a company in Chicago.

MasterCard was quoted as saying the goal behind this is to “help reinforce merchant and issuer connectivity with consumers through mobile, social media and traditional shopping channels.”

Research Daily Deals

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article about researching online daily deals. It tells readers to make sure they know exactly what they are getting with each deal. The article advises buyers to read the fine print of deal descriptions and look into return policies.

Here at OneSpout we’re always looking for ways to make sure you get the best deals.  We already show the Fine Print of deals front and center – is there anything else you’d like to see?  Comment on this post if you have any ideas!

Winner!

We have an exciting announcement! We have randomly drawn the winner of the Daily Deals for a Year Contest.

We want to congratulate …

*Drum roll*

Zamina Sunderji

Congrats Zamina and we hope you enjoy a whole year of free daily deals! Thank you to everybody who entered!

Fave Deals to Save Deals!

You may have noticed that we’ve been refining how we allow users to track deals that are interesting.  In the past we’ve called it ‘bookmarking’, but with the site redesign, we’ve started calling it ‘My Faves’.

OneSpout My Faves

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You can fave any deal on the site, for whatever reason you want (as long as you’re logged in).  I personally fave every deal that I have bought, so that I can keep track of the pile of deals I have available to me across different sites.

We’ve added the ability to fave deals from the deals list as well as the deal details page – just look for the little heart next to the sharing links.  If the heart is red, your deal is faved!

OneSpout - My Faves

Sushi is always fresher when it's faved

We’re planning a few more features around this concept when we get some time (perhaps an email reminder when your deals are about to expire).  For now, just remember – a deal faved is a deal saved!

Win Daily Deals for a Year!

The OneSpout staff is super excited about a great contest we currently have going on! You can Win Daily Deals for a Year ($3,650 Value). For a whole year you can receive 100% off any deal from our site!

All you have to do is enter and then share the contest with your friends, family, co-workers, and cat (warning, this will only work if your cat is tech savvy).

To make this contest even more exciting: if a friend you shared the contest with wins, we will give BOTH of you daily deals for a year!

Don’t miss your chance. Enter now and start dreaming of all the free meals, massages, and sport events you can attend. Good luck!

Dealing with V-Day – Onespout Style

For those who celebrate Valentine’s Day, it can often become an expensive occasion, what with fancy dinners, chocolates, flowers, vacations and whatever else you splurge on. This Valentine’s Day, you can still splurge, but you can save money while you do it.


This month, clicking the Valentines icon will modify your search to show you the deals we think are most suited for Valentine’s Day.

Things like cheap admission to a chocolate-making workshop, major savings on a downtown Toronto hotel room and half off a pair of engraved rings are some of the deals that might pop up.

Now of course, we know not everyone will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a romantic partner this year, so check out these daily deals for some fun with friends or for a nice treat for yourself.

You can search for more daily deals on our site to find one that suits you.