After four months of testing in places such as Atlanta, Dallas and San Francisco, Facebook has made the decision to ditch its Deals program despite acknowledging that there “is a lot of power in a social approach to driving people into local businesses”.
Facebook’s Daily Deals, a feature similar to that offered by the likes of Groupon and LivingSocial, is no more. This should not be confused with Check-In Deals which presents users with offers when they check in to locations via Facebook Places. Daily Deals – arranged by a sales team with local merchants – were emailed to Facebook users who signed up to the program.
No reason was given for the decision to ditch Daily Deals, but Facebook remains positive, saying “we remain committed to building products to help local businesses connect with people, like Ads, Pages, Sponsored Stories, and Check-in Deals.”
Vinicius Vacanti, co-founder of Yipit.com, wasn’t surprised to hear of Facebook’s decision saying the Deals product had been “an underwhelming product and experience”.