Facebook Deals Review
last blog post when the service itself was announced, today we’ve gotten to really see the product and begin to see how a deal service will live on Facebook. So lets jump in.
How it WorksTo find deals, navigate under your homepage photo to or simply visit Facebook.com/deals. Since there are no deals offered for Raleigh, NC, I’m offered the closest city, Atlanta, GA. The following is a screenshot of the landing page experience. Even though Atlanta was set as my default, I am able to browse other city deal pages through a drop down at the top of the page. Currently the only cities offering Facebook deals are Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas, Austin, and San Diego. As the screenshot above shows, this deals page includes a brief description of the deal, the reduced price, and the option to “Like” or “Buy.” Since most people want to know more about the deal before liking or buying, once you click on the deal you are driven to a “Deals” tab within the brand’s current Facebook page. Although this screenshot doesn’t capture the entire tab, the tab also includes an area for people to comment about the deal, ask questions around the deal (instead of having to navigate back to the wall), and chat with others about how excited they are that they just purchased it. Now, lets say I want to buy a deal. If I click “Buy” then I’m led to the following screen where I can select the quantity. As you also can tell, Facebook cleverly checks the option to post to my profile, so as soon as I make the purchase my friends can also see my activity. After clicking “Next” the purchase can be made complete by entering a credit card or paying through Paypal.
Example Deal OfferingsEach Deal page seems to be prioritized by two main categories: events and activities, followed by arts and entertainment. There is also an “Other Deals” category, but most of these deals could belong in these two main categories. Also, the limited nature of the program means that all deals right now appear to be from small, local companies rather than large brands. Facebook also seems to prefer unique, local experiences rather than utility deals like dry cleaning or house cleaning. The following is an overview of the two main types of deals and real examples of the deals being offered. Group Deals: These are deals for a set number of people that one person can buy on behalf of the group.
- Jazz Journeys for 2 at Georgia Aquarium
- Comedy Night for up to 4 People, Unlimited Popcorn and Soda at Dallas Comedy House
- WWE Raw Tickets for 2 at American Airlines Center on Saturday, June 25th
- Private Party and Dinner for up to 20 Friends at Pena Pachamama
- Six-Hour Stretch Limo Napa Wine Tasting Trip and Boxed Lunch for 10 Friends with Rixos Limousine
- Challenge Yourself at Sgt. H20’s Aquatic Boot Camp
- Dance Lesson at Nocturna Tango
- Moonlight Paddle or Wharf Nature Kayak Tour with Venture Quest in Santa Cruz
- Electric Bike Adventure with PLUGZ