WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- LivingSocial (www.livingsocial.com), the online source for people to find handpicked experiences at a great value, today announced the launch of five new markets in the U.S. including Portland, ME; Fort Collins, CO; Mobile, AL; Lafayette, LA and Philadelphia –Western Suburbs, PA . With this launch, LivingSocial is now available in more than 130 markets in the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland and Australia with 12 million subscribers worldwide.
Earlier this week, LivingSocial kicked off its second annual "12 Days of Giving" holiday buying program, which offers unique gift experiences at significant savings, now through December 24. In the spirit of giving, LivingSocial will donate one percent of every daily deal purchased during this timeframe to DonorsChoose.org and GlobalGiving.
"Even if the weather outside in Mobile, Fort Collins and Lafayette is frightful, we know that all the savvy shoppers in our five new markets will be excited to put on their all-weather gear and check out the great shops, services and outdoor adventures we will be offering in their area," said Tim O'Shaughnessy, CEO and co-founder of LivingSocial. "And through our 12 Days of Giving program, finding the perfect gift for the foodies, adventurers, and travelers on your list is now easier than ever."
LivingSocial lets anyone find restaurants, shops, activities and travel hotspots popular in their area, at a budget-friendly cost. The company has dedicated area experts on the ground in every market working directly with business owners and constantly identifying the best in local attractions to bring a savings of 50% to 70% to consumers.
Cashing in on LivingSocial deals is easy: the site offers a new promotion every morning, announced through its website, daily email, iPhone and Android app. Live for 24 hours, the Deal is available to anyone who clicks on it. Additionally, LivingSocial's unique referral model gives users their Deal for free if they refer three friends who also participate.
With an audience of 12 million subscribers, LivingSocial is able to provide local merchants with the unprecedented ability to reach both local customers and a worldwide audience as well as introduce great local experiences at incredible values.
LivingSocial also recently launched LivingSocial Escapes, a travel site offering unbeatable savings on curated, unforgettable adventures. Just as LivingSocial lets people discover new services, experiences and attractions at a fraction of the retail price in their hometown or places they visit, LivingSocial Escapes helps anyone find one-of-a-kind day trips, packaged nearcations, quick escapes that don't require air-travel or weekend excursions they might not typically pursue.
For a full list of markets where LivingSocial is live or to sign up your location, go to http://www.livingsocial.com.
LivingSocial adds surprise to every calendar with handpicked daily deals you can share with friends. Members enjoy at least 50% off on the coolest, local experiences. Local business owners get an easy and cost effective marketing tool to attract new, loyal customers. In 2010 one of the fastest growing companies in the space expanded with LivingSocial Escapes offering a "vacation in a box" for easy weekend trips at great value. Based in Washington, DC, the international brand and has saved 12 million subscribers more than $171 million in 130 markets.
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