Local Group Shopping Site LivingSocial Launches in Tampa and San Antonio

Now Residents Will Be Able to Save Money on the Hottest Local Attractions Through LivingSocial's Group Buying Platform

Jun 03, 2010, 09:00 ET from LivingSocial

WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- LivingSocial, the local group shopping site behind LivingSocial Deals, launched today in Tampa and San Antonio, making its Deals program live in 24 cities across the country with plans to expand to dozens of markets throughout the year.

"With white, sugar sand beaches, sport fishing, jet skiing and parasailing Tampa is a true hot spot among the world's destinations, and we're thrilled to launch in such a thriving market," said Tim O'Shaughnessy, CEO and co-founder of LivingSocial. "LivingSocial will help consumers explore all that Tampa has to offer like the rich arts, professional sports and the electric sights."

To kick off the city launch, LivingSocial Deals Tampa will feature a great offer for 50% off a four-hour guided kayak tour at Carolina Mike's Kayaking Adventures, and San Antonio will get a delicious deal for one dozen cupcakes for $18 at Kate's Frosting a $36 value.

"San Antonio is filled with culturally significant arts, history, culture, museums and architecture," added O'Shaughnessy. "Our deals program will allow residents and visitors to take advantage of everything this vibrant city has to offer."

As the premier local activity discovery engine, LivingSocial is the place where anyone can find out what's hot in and around their city. As a result, the group buying service has dedicated city experts on the ground in every market. These city experts are constantly researching the best restaurants, spas, sporting events, hotels and other local attractions to bring a savings of 50-70% for consumers.

In an effort to give consumers greater access to the attractive savings, LivingSocial offers its daily deals for 24 hours, which means anyone can purchase the deal during that time if they wish. Additionally, users can take full advantage of LivingSocial's unique referral model. When a user purchases a LivingSocial Deal and three of their friends also take advantage of that deal, the user gets the deal for free.

With LivingSocial's unprecedented social media knowledge, the company is able to give local merchants an innovative way to reach nearby customers while granting them access to the company's extensive community of more than 85 million people. Furthermore, merchants get the viral power of the Internet, the reach of the LivingSocial community, and the leverage of the iPhone platform.

LivingSocial is now live in the following markets: Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Twin Cities, Chicago, Raleigh Durham, Denver, San Diego, the San Fernando Valley, Portland, Orange County, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Dallas, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio and Tampa. For more information or to sign up your city, go to http://livingsocial.com.

About LivingSocial

LivingSocial is the social commerce leader behind LivingSocial Deals, a group buying program that invites people and their friends to save 50-70 percent or more each day at their favorite restaurants, spas, sporting events, hotels and other local attractions in major cities.  LivingSocial has an extensive user base of more than 85 million, and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. To sign up for Deals in your city, or to find out more information about LivingSocial, visit www.livingsocial.com. You can also follow LivingSocial on Twitter at www.twitter.com/livingsocial.

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