Not content with their monopolies in internet search and web video, Google yesterday rolled out their Google Offers daily discount program to the Columbus area, treading on the market created by services like Groupon and others.
In fact, Google was rebuffed in their attempt to acquire Groupon last year, with the latter company then issuing a public stock offering. Google introduced the initial Offers rollout in Portland earlier this year, followed by expansion across other American cities. Columbus is their first Ohio location.
Fans of the wintertime Wildlights light display at Jack Hanna's Columbus Zoo and Aquarium take note, as a discounted Zoo admission is the first Google Offers deal for the Columbus market.
For $5, a Google Offers customer purchases one full admission to Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo, which is a significant savings off of the regular $14 entrance fee.
Wildlights starts at 5PM every day, from now until New Year's Day. The Zoo is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Those interested in this offer need to strike quickly, as it is only available for two more days.
Those signing up for Google Offers receive an email each time a new deal is announced. Android device owners also can receive notification on their smartphone or tablet.
Will Google Offers do better than Google+?
With Google+ losing steam in their social network battle with Facebook, Offers may give them a better shot at domination in a new market. Maybe Groupon should have sold out to Google in 2010?
Columbus shoppers tired from the Cyber Monday travails can spend a cheap night out at Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo thanks to Google Offers.
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