Daily Deal Websites and Emails Continue to Gain in Popularity

The hype around daily deal websites and mailings does not appear to be wearing off anytime soon as online companies such as Google and Facebook rush to get in on the action.  Deal-​of-​the-​day sites, which often featuring a group buying component, have taken off over the past year, with startups like Groupon getting big fast.  Indusry analsyts speculate consumers will eventually tire of the offers, but recent research from Yahoo! Mail and Ipsos OTX MediaCT suggests that’s not happening yet. 

The February 2011 survey found that U.S. adult internet users subscribe to an average of almost three daily or weekly shopping emails or newsletters, and 56% of internet users subscribe to at least two of the emails.

Subscribers also say they regularly read the emails. Among those who subscribe to at least two, 61% said they read all of the messages. And most access the emails at least once a day.

Most recipients of daily deal emails also pass along the messages to friends and family, though with less frequency. Less than a quarter passed messages along every day, and 45% did so at least weekly.

More than six in 10 respondents reported subscribing to more of these emails now than last year, and nearly half were still excited enough about them that they said they “can’t wait” to see the latest deals in the messages.

The survey also found that for most consumers, daily deal emails are appearing in their main inbox. Just 27% of internet users said they had a separate email account for such offers, further reinforcing the perception among subscribers that these emails are desirable and relevant.

In March, BIA/​Kelsey predicted U.S. daily deal site revenues would reach $1.25 billion in 2011.

[Source:  "Consumer Pulse."  Yahoo! Mail and Ipsos OTX MediaCT.  3 Mar. 2011.  Web.  17 Apr. 2011.]