Facebook Social Deals Done After Four Months

facebook dealsFacebook is backing off from the local/small business space — or at least parts of it. A few days after dropping its check-in service for Facebook Places, the company is now getting out of the deals business.

In a statement reported by Reuters, Facebook says its Deals product will go away “in the coming weeks.”

“After testing Deals for four months, we’ve decided to end our Deals product in the coming weeks,” the company said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

“We think there is a lot of power in a social approach to driving people into local businesses,” Facebook added in the statement. “We’ve learned a lot from our test and we’ll continue to evaluate how to best serve local businesses.”

To be clear, this is the Facebook “Social Deals” product — its Groupon competitor — that was launched back in April. (As opposed to the check-in deals product that is apparently staying alive in some form despite the announcement earlier this week.)

Social deals required participating businesses to have a Facebook page and allowed the merchants to offer deals that didn’t specifically offer a percentage-based discount.

We’ve reached out to Facebook for more information and will update this post if we learn more.

Related Topics: Channel: Social | Facebook


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  • Winooski

    Wow! Only four months?!? I wonder if this is more an indictment of the “Groupon” business model itself or or just of the way Facebook was managing it?

  • Graham loosley

    One of the major disadvantage of Facebook deals is that it doesn’t have good experience like Groupon, Living social and other Groupon clones. But with more than 750 million of people network, it can overtake any best products.

    If it provides value added services to customers, there is no doubt that Facebook deals would be a massive hit.

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