LivingSocial Deals Launches Today in Austin; Saves Washington D.C. $1 Million

Top Group Buying Service Expands to Austin with First Deal at SegCity Segway; Total D.C. Savings Surpasses $1 Million Since Launching Last Summer

Jan 21, 2010, 09:00 ET from LivingSocial

WASHINGTON and AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- LivingSocial, the social commerce leader behind LivingSocial Deals and top Facebook applications, today announced the launch of LivingSocial Deals in Austin. The popular group buying program saves people an average of 50-70% at the hottest local restaurants, spas, fitness centers, bakeries, and more. Austin is the service’s 7th city where it’s now helping people explore new things to do at significantly reduced prices. The service's inaugural city, Washington, D.C., has since surpassed $1 million in savings for D.C. members.

"SegCity is always looking for new and innovative ways to get more people rollin' on our Segway tours, and people are always looking for great deals," said SegCity GM Deann Dowell. "LivingSocial Deals provides the perfect solution:  A half priced Segway tour of Austin -- can't get much better than that!"

In addition to today's deal with SegCity Segway Tours, in the coming weeks LivingSocial will feature daily savings offers for fitness boot camp, a portrait session, a facial/wax package, cookies and massages.

"As the home of one of the most vibrant communities of independent merchants, Austin is ripe for great places for our members to explore and try," said LivingSocial CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy. "We have no doubt that Deals will be a popular way to save money here, particularly because of the strong college presence with the University of Texas and the ability to make purchases directly from an iPhone."

In December, LivingSocial introduced the first group buying iPhone application, available for free in the App Store. iPhone and iPod Touch users can receive push notifications when deals are announced, and can purchase deals directly from their phone from anywhere.

LivingSocial Deals has grown rapidly since its launch in August 2009, expanding from Washington, D.C., to New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, and San Francisco, with more cities rolling out in coming months. For more information or to sign up for deals in your city, go to

About LivingSocial

LivingSocial is an online community that connects 80 million people to all the things they care about. LivingSocial also powers group buying through Deals, its new social commerce program which invites people and their friends to save 50% off or more each day at their favorite restaurants, spas, sporting events, hotels and other local attractions in major cities. As the creator of top Facebook applications "Visual Bookshelf" and its flagship "LivingSocial," it's the most comprehensive place on the web for people to engage with others around topics like entertainment, food, fashion, technology and more. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C. To start sharing your favorite things, or to find out more information about LivingSocial, visit You can also follow LivingSocial on Twitter at

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