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News  23, Jan 2013

CityOffers claims to be Vietnam’s first mobile-only location-based daily deals app

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CityOffers wants to bring the latest and most-updated discounts and deals to your mobile.

One of the main industries that have showed some of the highest growth numbers last year is the e-commerce industry fueled by the group-buying business model. While there is phenomenal growth in this space, the business model is not without its limitations. While group-buying and daily deals dominated the 2012, with mobile growth exploding, Vietnam based CityOffers wants to combine the best of both worlds.

CityOffers is a real-time location-based daily deals app. It allows merchants create promotions and discounts, with the ability to target only users around the vicinity. The user experience is fairly straightforward: the app displays deals in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh based on your current location. Once you have decided on the deal you are interested in, the app sends a text message query to the main server, which returns the voucher code to you.

CityOffers also shared that unlike the old group-buying model, merchants are able to to create offers and discounts whenever they want without waiting for two or three days. Other than that, merchants would not have to worry about the revenue loss from each sold voucher when most of customers do not come back to use their products or services.

Since its launch few weeks back, there has been 70 business accounts registered, along with “thousands of users accounts” registered. While there is traction, what got me thinking was the question: What’s stopping Groupon or established daily deals site like Zing Deal or NhomMua from launching their own mobile app, if they have not already?

You can download the CityOffers app through the Vietnam App Store or the Apple App Store.

Jacky Yap

Jacky Yap

Having spent one year abroad in Shanghai under the NUS Overseas College Programme, Jacky has an avid interest in entrepreneurship and web based startups. Jacky used to run N-House, Singapore's first entrepreneurial themed residence in NUS, and was also part of the organizing team for Startup Weekend Singapore 2012. You can reach him at jacky [at] e27 [dot] co

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