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4 Ways to Attract Customers with Internet Coupons

May 10, 2012 · 8 comments

in Internet Marketing

Internet Coupons

More and more people are shopping on the internet, and everyone loves a deal, so how can you make the most of coupon advertising online?

Below are four ways that small businesses can attract new customers without breaking the bank.

1. Twitter Coupons

Social media has exploded into a social marketplace where businesses are getting new customers simply because friends are talking about their activities and experiences with their friends. As an online marketer, you can apply coupons to this equation and reap the benefits of referral marketing combined with discounted pricing.

There is a service called TwtQpon where marketers can create online coupons that they can advertise on their websites, and of course Twitter and Facebook. People who want to use the coupon must tweet to claim it, so this coupon service offers the benefit of having advertising built right in.

These Twitter coupons can be redeemed online using a special code or printed out using a smartphone. Thus, it’s a versatile option for businesses with a physical storefront that want to reach customers online.

Possible Drawbacks: If your target market doesn’t use twitter, well, this may not be your best option.

2. Mobile Coupons

Mobile coupons are all about being in the right place at the right time. If you have worked in marketing at all, you know that this type of positioning can determine whether or not an ad campaign is successful.

Instead of waiting for shoppers to find a coupon, business owners can now reach them on their smartphones while they are actually out shopping nearby and in the buying mood (right place, right time). A company called Yowza has developed an app that allows consumers to see what deals are happening in their area. Shoppers show the Yowza deal to the merchant (via the smartphone) to redeem the offer. Users can download the app for free, so cost is not a deterrent.

Possible Drawbacks: This type of coupon advertising service may be better suited for businesses wanting to attract local customers, since the app targets shoppers by their geographic location.

3. Website Coupons

If you want to advertise special deals exclusively to your own customers or you are on a tight budget and don’t want to pay a monthly fee, you can design coupons and have them available to download on your site.

If you aren’t a coding or graphics wizard, companies like Free Coupon Maker or One Minute Coupon offer a free coupon design service. Marketers can use these programs to create their coupons online and then upload them to their websites where visitors can download and print them.

Possible Drawbacks: Websites that do not receive significant traffic or have a large customer base may not want to rely solely on this coupon advertising method.

4. Advertise Your Coupons on Other Websites

Recently there has been a lot of press about “Extreme Couponing”, which has led many bargain shoppers to the internet searching for coupons. Large coupon websites often list a variety of different coupons from lots of different companies, making it a one-stop-shop for coupon seekers.

Possible Drawbacks: Advertising on high traffic coupon sites like Retail Me Not and Coupon Winner can offer lots of exposure, but there is also a significant amount of competition that goes along with it. A small business that is relatively new and unknown may easily get lost amongst all the other coupons.

Alternatively, businesses can advertise on other websites through a PPC (pay-per-click) service called Pocket Cents. Coupon ads are placed on websites within the Pocket Cents ad network and matched to the company’s particular target market. With a single ad placement, a business can gain exposure on multiple sites.

Possible Drawbacks: Websites on which the coupon ads are placed may be content sites which attract readers as opposed to shoppers.

Choose a strategy that works best for you, and coupons can be used not only to find new customers but keep them coming back as well.

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John Mak May 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Great article Sue. Most people are searching for coupons these days. It is great to offer them a special discount through your website. Thanks for sharing.

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Sue Barrett May 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Thanks John. Coupons never seem to go out of style…

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Joseph Mills May 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

Great advice for attracting customers. Actually its hard making coupons; its hard to pick the nice word that can attract people like a magnet. Thanks for this, i got some ideas.
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Sue Barrett May 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Thanks Joseph! Free is probably the best work you could use on a coupon to get someone’s attention. Focus on keeping the coupon ad short, simple, easy to understand and easy to redeem for best results.

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Rosemary O'Shaughnessy May 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Hi Sue and Kostas,

You have made some excellent points with this article. People are looking for value in these uncertain times. I have noticed a lot more offers of coupons in the last few months and the landscape is going to change a lot when Facebook offers are on pages. I have applied for it on my Facebook page but it has not arrived yet. I have heard this facility has arrived on Facebook pages in the USA. Take care Rosemary
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Sue Barrett May 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I agree with you Rosemary – I’ve noticed a lot more coupons being advertised recently. I think Groupon and other daily deal sites really demonstrated that consumers not only want to save money – they will actively look for deals and even spend money to save money. Go figure!

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Deimar May 22, 2012 at 2:27 am

Sue, great article. Studies show that people in social networks do not seek to be heard by the companies, but to get free stuff.
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Sue Barrett May 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Great point Delmar. Companies will be more successful by giving consumers what they want. If people are looking for special offers or discounts from businesses on social networks, companies will be more successful by offering coupons than simply introducing their products.

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