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Haochi [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, August 15, 2006
13 years ago6,154 views

Perhaps for Google AdWords customers..

Ludwik Trammer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Or maybe they just use it internally.

Bill Slawski [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

It might have something to do with this:

Generating and/or serving dynamic promotional offers such as coupons and advertisements
appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-P ...

I wrote about it more here:

seobythesea.com/?p=233

It would be fun to see Google attempt to develop this.

Sam Davyson [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Odd example to use given Hello is actually a Google product. I wish that Google would have more redirects e.g. google.com/spreadsheets

Kevin Wallace [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

It serves yet another different 404 page for /coupons (no trailing slash), which includes a link to " maps.google.com/local/add\", with the text "Business Owners: Create and distribute your coupons"

I haven't seen any coupons on google maps; perhaps it's an upcoming feature?

Christian Cadeo [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Actually I can say that this is a actual product which ties into a system where coupones are dynamically served depending on a specific targeting of the query.

The reason I can confirm is that my friend works at a media firm and Google had come in and pitch it to his hotel client.

Christian Cadeo [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

Well it looks like we got our answer from Reuters...

yahoo.reuters.com/news/article ...

yahoo.reuters.com/news/article ...

Reto Meier [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Confirmed as a product, Google has teemed with Valpak to offer coupons through Google Local listings:

clickz.com/showPage.html?page= ...

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Nice find Christian :D

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Checkout the coupon site for business developers
google.com/local/add/lookup?hl ...

I found this link of the googe coupon page (hint: use google.com/coupons instead of google.com/coupons/ ;notice the lack of the last foward slash in the first link)

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Here's some screen shots:
picasaweb.google.com/topdawgna ...
picasaweb.google.com/topdawgna ...

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Looks like the coupons right now are going to be limited to a few countries
See screen shot:
picasaweb.google.com/topdawgna ...

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

From the source code it looks like the question marks are Japan and China
<quote>

<option value="ja_JP">
<option value="zh_CN">

</quote>

(I'm guessing zh_CN is for China, can anyone back this up for me?)

Corsin Camichel [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

google.com/coupons (withouth the trailing slash)

And the reponse header is 200, not 404

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

If the pic doesn't show up try the album link below


lh4.google.com/topdawgnate/ROF ...


picasaweb.google.com/topdawgna ...

One extra thing to add, apparently the [Edit-spelling Nate] term Google is not allowed nor double punctuation.
picasaweb.google.com/topdawgna ...

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

LOL, the word filter didn't pick G00GLE (notice the "0" intstead of "O")
picasaweb.google.com/topdawgna ...

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Ok, I know I have posted alot on this subject, but only one more thing (for now ;) Looking at the source JS for the coupon edit page the infamous project caribou rise to the surface again!

<quote>
hit 'D' inside the main caribou window
</quote>

answer to a potential question:
Q: Why was I looking at the source code for a "coupon" edit site?
A: I'm wierd like that :D

Corsin Camichel [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

nytimes.com/2006/08/15/busines ...

NYTimes on Google Coupons

Starting today, Google will let any business offer discount coupons to people who use its Google Maps service, which also acts as an online yellow pages. A business will be able to upload information for coupons, including images, and Google will display a link to those coupons when the business name is displayed. Users can then print the coupons and take them to the merchant.

Problem, solved :-)

Adam [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

I can't believe people were able to pick this service up just before it launched! Nice work Blogoscoped.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Does anyone have a live example location on Google Maps showing coupons? I can't add coupons in Germany...

or [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

yea, here's one – local.google.com/coupons?did=0 ...

AN [PersonRank 3]

13 years ago #

So is giving out and using coupons big in the US? I don't think we have that (a lot) here in Germany.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

Thanks Or, I updated the post with your info.

flotsky [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

I've just gone to the Google Coupons site with whilst logged into my UK-based account, and it also offered me the option of United Kingdom

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

<<So is giving out and using coupons big in the US? I don't think we have that (a lot) here in Germany.>>

yes.. it is.. most of the local papers do the coupon thing, and we get a lot of coupons in the mail.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

FYI – I've just realised that this service is linked to one of the ones that I discovered in the sandbox:

Service Name: Local (AKA Local Business Center)
Code Name: lbc

(This wasn't previously available under Google Accounts but it is now...)

The first time you login using this URL, you get redirected to the "Locations" tab of the "Local Business Center" where you can also add your coupons:

www.google.com/accounts/Login? ...

Greg dark [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Google needs to implement alot more into Australia...google maps would be a fantastic addition...yet just the "maps" barely work in australia!!

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