Google Offers provides users with a way to save money by receiving regular offers based on their local community. The application currently includes offers for Portland, Oregon. Additional offers are planned for communities in downtown New York City, midtown and uptown New York City, Oakland and East Bay and the San Francisco area. The site works just like other daily deal websites. The user can see a deeply discounted offer featured each day. Users can also check back to see recent offers and save offers they like. Each offer includes the price, the regular price, company name, dates the offer can be redeemed and a description of the services included. Terms are also included in case the offer is available in limited quantities (such as one per user or one plus a specified number of gift purchases).Show more screenshots »
Google Offers is one of the newest applications added to the Google family. Google is one of the most recognizable names on the web. The company was founded in September of 1998. Although it had modest beginnings, Google currently employs around 20,000 individuals and maintains numerous locations. The current team includes CEO Larry Page, Chairman of the Board Eric Schmidt, Chief Network Engineer Walter M. Delgado, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton Cerf, CFO Patrick Pichette, CIO Benjamin Fried, Chief Economist Hal Varian and Senior Vice President David Drummond.
The service provided by Google Offers is not terribly unique. There are many sites offering very similar daily deals. What makes Google Offers (and any other daily offer website) stand out is the area it covers. Currently, the site caters to those in Portland, with additional locations to be added in the future.
The Google Offers website is set up much like other daily deal sites, with a hint of Google style. The homepage features a blue and white color scheme with a Google Map background. The Google logo is found in the upper, left hand corner with four colorful price tags (reminiscent of the typical Google colors). The offers are set up much like other sites, with an image, description, title and an icon showing the percentage saved.
Users can create a Google account to begin using Google Offers. Those who have an account can begin by clicking the blue and white “Sign In to Subscribe” button in the solid blue banner that runs across the top of the page (when the user first visits). This takes the user to the sign in form. Those who would like to create a Google account can find a bold, blue link at the bottom of the sign in form that reads “Create an Account Now.”
Just like other daily deal sites, Google Offers is available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for checking out daily deals and past offers. Of course the user must purchase the deals they wish to use, which will cost money. How much is spent depends entirely on the user. There are no purchase requirements to maintain an account.
Google Offers is currently ideal for bargain shoppers in the Portland, Oregon area. In the future, the site will also have something to offer those in New York City and San Francisco. For the time being, Google Offers remains somewhat limited in terms of geographic area.