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The 4 types of Valentine’s Day gifts (hint: one is passive-aggressive)

Who are you impressing next week? kgbdeals are great for helping you to make the right move – check out our special Valentine’s channel.

There's plenty of love to go all the way around. photo by happyhipposnacks via Flickr

Here are some top picks to inspire (mostly) New York Valentines. (But hurry, ’cause many are expiring very soon! And trust us, your date will appreciate just a little advance planning.)

We think that male chivalry is NOT dead, but we also believe in gender-neutral gestures of romanticism for all types of relationships. kgbdeals hope that both women and men of all preferences are looking to make their lovers/crushes/long-term partners swoon Feb 14, 2012.

Now for the deals. There are basically four categories for Valentine’s gifts and gestures: Safe/Romantic; “The Test”; Vaguely Passive-Aggressive; and Practical. As follows:


Safe/Romantic: good for new relationships or when you know your S.O. likes a classic surprise.

-Eyelash extensions. Okay, first one’s for you — you can only really love someone else if you love yourself first. Make sure he or she feels the breeze when you bat your eyeball fringe. Also turns butterfly kisses to the neck into unbearable tickle attacks!

-Queen sized Egyptian sheet set for 75% off. Really, a gift for both of you.

-There’s bouquet of romantic getaways available on the Destinations Channel in or around New York State! Half off or more on two nights each at an upstate New York bed & breakfast; in the Catskillsat Niagara Falls Ontario.

-$15 for two pillow animals. Obviously an ideal Valentine’s gifts for your little ones. They also make a great third and fourth party most grownup couples won’t mind having join the snugglefest.

-$15 for $30 worth of flowers and $25 toward dining. Don’t quite know your date inside and out yet? Lots of ladies are happy to receive blooms and a romantic meal.

-70% off massage, facials, and more at Lia Schorr. Exquisite pamperage for ladies AND men.

-Tapas and paella in Chelsea for $25. The Spanish do romantic meals like it’s their job.

“The Test”: find out how your date reacts to silly, adrenaline pumping, or unusual stuff.

-$28 admission to Perfect Crime. Test your date’s intelligence and sense of humor with this classic, whodunit dinner theater event – the longest-running play in New York.

-72% off a 60-minute rifle experience in Queens. Recommended for really solid, trusting relationships.

-$30 custom bobblehead. Determine how well he or she takes a joke by having a moving caricature custom-made of him or her and yourself. (Bonus: makes a satisfying wall throwing item following particularly messy breakups.)

-An $89 flying lesson. Test your sweetie’s ambition to reach the skies.

-$19 for jewelry scarves. How well does your date pull off avant-garde fashion? (Meanwhile, you prove you know what’s up.)

Passive-Aggressive: you’ve been together for a while. Sometimes your gifts to each other serve as little nudges in one direction or another.

-Half off an e-cigarette starter kit (Expires early on Feb. 8, so hurry for this one!) Imply that your main squeeze’s smoking habit is becoming a deal-breaker, but disguise it as “I care about your health and want to make sure you’re around for a long time.”

-63% off three hours of home cleaning The perfect hint about your partner’s cleanliness level and a way to nag-proof your relationship.

Practical: you know who you are.

Half off Lasik surgery for both eyes. If you’re absolutely positive your near-sighted lover knows what you really look like – and won’t run in the other direction upon opening his or her newly vision-corrected peepers. Bonus points: taking care of a loved one post-op cements your reputation as a sweetheart.

We’d ask what you’re doing for your honey next Tuesday, but we certainly don’t want to kill anyone’s surprise!


Happy New Year from kgbdeals!

Thanks to you for a fabulous 2011, and here’s to a very happy new year!

In 2011, kgbdeals spread to new markets in the US, Italy, France, and the UK. Our wonderful customers purchased gazillions of deals, and gamely tried all types of new experiences, foods, and stuff at nice discounts. We gave away hundreds of prizes — movie tickets, gift certificates, and products — and were honored by your presence and interactions on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog.

Each day this year our actions had one common motivation: how to give you access to the lifestyle you want in a fun and affordable way. We brought into the kgbdeals fold smaller companies like What’s the Deal (WTD) in DC, The Dealist in New York, Social buy in L.A., and DC Girls in the Know, giving us even sharper know-how in local deal-finding. As we learned more about what you wanted, we started offering products and destinations, too.

Thank you from the bottoms of our deals-loving hearts for your support, your feedback, recommendations, and for keeping us in the know about what you want (and don’t want). As always, we love hearing from you on social media and through customer support. We’re getting better because of you!

Cheers!

Happy New Year from the kgbdeals Merchandising Team


City InSites: New York City with Peter Chisholm

Ah, New York. Where it all began.

kgbdeals itself, that is. We launched our first deal back in March 2010, where we dazzled the local masses before spiraling to glorious international recognition as a top global social buying company. (What? Everyone should self-congratulate once in a while.) We also like to think that while that old NYC adage may be tired, it’s true: if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

These days, one Peter Chisholm is leading New York dealmaking strategy as kgbdeals New York City Manager. In my opinion, “NY City Manager” in any regard sounds like a terrifyingly huge job. As for Chisholm’s position, the city strains to contain an entirely unmanageable number of restaurants, spas, experiences, stores, and more; some great, some good, and some not so spectacular. His job entails figuring out how to deliver to you only high-quality deals.

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Peter Chisholm, NYC City Manager for kgbdeals, is going somewhere.

How does Chisholm do it? I recently had the opportunity to ask. It seems the key is taking into account the ADD-addled mind of the typical New Yorker, and seeing to it that he or she’s “never bored.” Chisholm makes sure the site offers a rainbow of variety every week, and keeps a finger to the subways-rushing-underground pulse of the city: he says that right now, the deal hotspots are Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.

“I’ve lived in the New York City area my whole life — from Jamaica, Queens to the Upper West Side,” he tells me, which is good because spending your entire existence here is pretty much the only way you’ll ever get a handle on the whole city, if then. I asked him what his favorite area deal so far has been, and his answer was not surprisingly a fast one: this deal for 60% off a luxury sportscar autocross in New Jersey. “You get to fly down a track in a car, Lamborghini or Ferrari, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for 99 bucks! Can’t wait!” he reports — and up til 5 a.m. EST on Thursday, this exhilaration can be yours, too.

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Another really non-boring deal in NYC: half off very tasty French food in the Theater District, perfect for a pre- or post-show nosh.

City InSites: Atlanta

City inSites: Washington, D.C.


City InSites: Washington, DC with Brian Jarcho

Do you have a “Cheers bar”? A homey establishment that serves as the public extension of your living room? For Brian Jarcho, kgbdeals City Manager for Washington, the whole DC area is pretty much his Cheers bar.

Brian Jarcho serves wine with a grin. CHEERS.

I chatted up Jarcho recently to learn a bit about what’s happening on DC’s deal scene these days. Each week, he hits the pavement of the nation’s capital, greeting old buddies and finding new ones while he strikes deals with restauranteurs and business owners all over his hometown. Jarcho’s lived in and around Washington his whole life — save his college career a little further south — and lucky for Washingtonians, he knows what is up in this city. As kgbdeals’ Washington City Manager, he also leads the strategy of the local sales team, helping great places bring the best experiences to kgbdeals customers.

DC and Northern Virginia comprise one of those metro areas where the most interesting places to hang out aren’t super obvious until you know the territory well. This makes Jarcho’s deal-creating expertise and local know-how all the more critical for newcomers and under-rock-dwellers who rely on kgbdeals to point out the good stuff. That said, it won’t be a shock for just about anyone who’s been in the area for a bit to hear him opine that the Atlas District/H Street Corridor is “the hottest thing happening right now, with about two to three new establishments opening up every month between the Capitol and 15th Street.” Jarcho let on to me that he’s got a pretty fair inside edge with some of the the movers and shakers setting up shop in this fantastically dynamic neighborhood.

Jarcho’s favorite spots are those that offer a little extra something special. He describes kgbdeals merchant partner Inspire BBQ as “a hole in the wall — well, a really nice hole in the wall with amazing food” with a social impact bent, partnering with nonprofits to help nurture and teach the community. You may catch him at The Big Board Bar, where he gets a kick out of the “reverse Wall Street concept”; the prices of drinks decrease the more people order them.

Sounds like he’d be a pretty good friend to have as a DC tour guide, right?

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Hit H Street with this week’s deal for 50% off at Souk, upscale Moroccan cuisine.

City InSites: Atlanta


Post Cyber Monday roundup

Though “Cyber Monday” reportedly saw its biggest US spending ever at $1.25 billion, kgbdealists mostly told us in Facebook comments that they were lukewarm about the whole day or didn’t think it was such a great big deal. (Perhaps because you’ve long ago completed your holiday shopping on kgbdeals Shopping channel?)

Here’s this week’s roundup of better than Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday gift ideas:

-Fuzzy animal hats for $10 (normally $49.99). You may think they’re just for kids, but put one on and walk down the street for a warm fuzzy feeling and spontaneous smiles from strangers.

-Freshwater pearl sets at 70% off are the very definition of a no-brainer (yet still thoughtful).

-Hair gems add glitz to the strands of the glamorous, 60% off. I’ve nothing more to say than These. Are. Awesome.

-A new GPS for the directionally challenged. I know lots of people whose super old systems could use an upgrade. This TomTom for $89 is sure to set them on the right path.

How’s your holiday shopping going so far?


How to rock Thanksgiving weekend in deals

So, savvy deal-finders, will you be camped out in a parking lot this weekend, ready to scour retailers for Black Friday bargains? Many of the weekend’s deals don’t require you to leave your couch, and some you can take advantage of even if you laze around until Saturday. Here’s a roundup of some of the more interesting sales and trends we have our eye on this Thanksgiving weekend:

-Some mobile shopping apps (think Gilt) are targeting prime line-standing times to release some great deals, banking on bored consumers who are standing around just waiting to shop. (But you don’t have to be in line anywhere to take advantage.)

-Speaking of targeting, check out our awesome Target + restaurants.com deal running now. Spend $25, get $25 toward Target (on or offline) plus $50 toward any restaurants.com resto.

-Here are the top destinations for Black Friday shoppers who will be participating from home.

-Do you know about Small Business Saturday? If you have an American Express card, you can register it for a $25 bonus when you spend $25 at a small local business. It’s like getting a free gift while you support the funky independent shop on your block.

-There’s some substance behind the mania: LCD TVs really are falling to their lowest price points on Black Friday. If you’re in the market, you might want to brave the crowds.

-Prices in Apple’s iStore will fluctuate this weekend, so if you’re buying iOS apps, do it at the right time.

Happy Thanksgiving, kgbdealists, and here’s to a wonderful start to the holiday season for you!

Looks about right for my Thanksgiving. Photo by barbourians via Flickr.


Energize your space with decor

There are basically two types of people in this world. Those who move into a new space, home or office, and leave the walls blankly white for months or years. Then there are those who throw art and color up on the walls as soon as they walk in the door.

Designing your space to be functional, aesthetically pleasing, soothing or energizing can change your life! Not only is the process of decorating and designing therapeutic, the result is positively gratifying.

Here are some thoughts on decorating and some tips for making your home homier than ever (or your office a really pleasing place to walk into).

Photo by urbaneapts via Flickr.

-Consider some of your favorite places and think about what colors are there. These may be great colors to consider in decorating. Also, don’t use multiple patterns of the same size that will compete with each other. [More tips here.]

-Your home is a metaphor for the self. Look at redecorating as a therapeutic process that lets you clean up and improve areas of both your home and your life.

-For most people, erring on the side of minimalism as opposed to clutter works better.

-A therapeutic office can get the productive and creative juices flowing. Utilize water elements, whimsical toys, and scents for a great workspace.

-Apply basic fen shui to your bedroom for a soothing space to rest. Pay attention to the images in your bedroom, and make sure your bed isn’t directly in line with the door.

What’s decorating your home?

If you’re looking for a place to start decorating or redecorating, I recommend a gallery wrap canvas print of an image that really speaks to you. A picture you took traveling, a favorite view, the best snapshot of you and your friends, or a soothing scene of nature in this beautiful format can inspire your decor or really bring a room together. Currently, get 61% off a high quality, custom 20 by 24 inch gallery wrap print with free shipping. (Multiple other sizes and options available.)


Burger love

Mm hmm oh yeah. Photo by BurgerAustin via Flickr

The hamburger. Subject both to continual reinvention and fierce advocacy for reversion to the classic. Fancy or standard, the average American eats about 150 hamburgers per year. Yes, as in almost every other day.

You can find hamburgers made from pork, venison, mock-meat, and candy; make them at home lovingly and individually by hand; and at certain fast food establishments, consistently receive a burger exactly the same as you’ve been eating since you were a small child. You can even officially BE a “Hamburger” (but you’d have to be from Hamburg, Germany).

Other burger points of note:

-Whitecastle came before McDonald’s by almost 20 years.

-American history of the burger is in dispute. Birthplaces are claimed in New Haven, Connecticut (at Louis’ Lunch); Athens, Texas; Seymour, Wisconsin, where a teenager began making sandwiches out of meatballs; and Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they claim they were first to slap that sucker on a bun.

-You can thank the invention of the meatchopper for the existence of hamburgers (1829).

-Burger purists and innovators frequently find themselves in near-violent standoffs. Some believe burger patties should boast only one ingredient, beefy goodness; others are all about the add-ons, like foie gras, truffle, and exotic cheese.

Craving a juicy, melty-cheese topped patty of happiness between a soft, lightly toasted bun yet? Here are some burger deals around the country running right now:

-50% off at Burger House in Union Square, NYC,

-Half-off at Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill just outside Washington, D.C.,

-60% off gourmet burgers in Minneapolis at B52 Burger & Brew, and

-$5 for $12 at LA Burgers in Irving, Texas.


Pre-holiday diet stoke-up

There’s plenty of time to mentally arm yourself against holiday weight gain! The holidays count for 51% of weight gained throughout the year. Will you fall victim to the pudgy side effects of day after day of excuses?

Eating is a social thing, so naturally your dietary habits have a lot to do with the people in your life. This week the website Cracked rounds up the eight members of your posse who are pushing the pounds on you and how they do it. So while it’s unlikely you’re going to shove these eight people out of your life for the sake your waistline, the article’s worth a read to know these traps to avoid falling in them this holiday season.

A couple of these eight diet busters, for example:

-The person who oversentimentalizes the meaning of food. Just because it’s three days until Hanukah doesn’t mean the holiday won’t mean a thing if you skip your not even Jewish best friend’s yearly traditional three-days-before-Hanukah feast. Likewise, a birthday doesn’t have to equal cake, especially at work. As Cracked puts it: “The problem is that the 40 people in your department at work might have birthdays up to 40 times a year.”

-The overly spontaneous. Yeah, probably your most fun friend — the one who instantly wrecks your well-laid plans to attend to dance class followed by a light dinner of brown rice and vegetables, with an amazing last minute offer to attend an exclusive dinner party for free.

Who are the diet killers in your life?

Friends make friends eat more. Photo by Victoria Made via Flickr.

Looking for a few tools to keep your intentions of not gaining a pound this season intact? Here are some helpful deals:

-52% off slimming shapewear shorts (Lipo in a Box)

-50% off VitaMuffins and VitaTops, splendid treats that don’t pack the calories

-72% off a slimming body wrap and massage in New York City

-75% off a month of unlimited boot camp in San Francisco80% in Chicago89% off unlimited fitness in Boston


Is your iPhone getting lost in the crowd? Swarovski-ize it.

If there’s any trend I want in season longer than Republican Presidential Debates, it’s covering things in Swarovski crystals.

Things I would like to see Swarovski-ized: my fingernails, NYC subway signage, and perhaps the winner of the next election for the President of the United States of America.

Really, I just wanted to take a moment to point out a very special, custom-made kgbdeals offer: $29 to have your iPhone (or Blackberry Curve or Bold) encrusted in the glitzy glamor of Swarovski crystals for your everyday enjoyment. This eye-candy treat for your favorite of piece of tech usually costs $92.67. Purchase this voucher and order your gems stat; it takes about 45 days to receive your Swarovski case, because, did I mention it’s custom-made?

That means, however, that there’s still time to get one of these luxuries in the trembling-with-glee hands of a holiday gift recipient.

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Speaking of holiday shopping, here are a few other gadgety items on the kgbdeals Shopping Channel that are flying off the virtual shelves:

-Nextbook Premium 7 tablet running Android for just $159 (62% off).

-A 3-channel Mini Metallic RC i-Helicopter for $40 (57% off). We get the feeling a lot of grown-up kids will be into this toy, especially since you can control it with your iPad, iPod Touch, or (crystal encrusted) iPhone.


The inside-and-out kgbdeals noggin massage

A while back, we learned that kgbdeals customers are potentially a bit stressed out and very much desire deals that give them discounts on massage. (Indeed, massage deals are right now going like hotcakes in San Diego, DC, Philly, L.A., Chicago, San Francisco, NYC… you get the idea.) We prescribed mindfulness, laughter, and downloading meditation apps on your smartphone to soothe your frazzled nerves, and we promised to keep your sometimes-stressy emotional state in mind for future relaxing deals.

This week, two wonderful ways to bring tranquility to your pretty little head, inside and out:

-Tame a turbulent intellect with self-hypnosis, the best massage technique for thoughts. Own the soothing, lulling voice of award-winning clinical therapeutic hypnotist Rick Collingwood in one of several three-title MP3 packages designed to improve your life. Learn how to manage stress and banish anxiety; drop a bad habit; train your mind to make better dietary choices; or leave grief and depression behind. 64% off at Mind Motivations.

-Once you’ve got that part under control, shower your scalp in quivering, irresistible tinglies unlike any other sensation you’ve felt before with a Headgasm. It is pretty much impossible to keep your eyes open and your mood sour while under the assuaging tentacles of this delectable-feeling head massage. 50% off 2 premium scalp massagers.

Feel better already?

Photo by Ipoh 子 via Flickr


kgbdeals recommends: pizza every day (+ our fave recipes)

Today is the perfect day for pizza, because is there any day that is not perfect for pizza? kgbdeals headquarters is situated directly in the pizza capital of the world, New York City, so naturally we try to keep as many pizza deals running online as possible. Especially in the nation’s less pizza-dense cities! Today, dwellers of at least four cities nationwide can pick up vouchers for nearby fantastic pizzerias:

-60% off at Pizza Re, Phoenix, Arizona’s spot for Jersey-style pizza.

-Two options in Chicago: Snag a large pizza and appetizer at Taylor Made Pizza for 11 bucks; get 50% off two filling and savory slices from Nicola’s.

-Purchase a $20 voucher for just $8 for the well-Yelped Extreme Pizza in La Jolla, California.

-In L.A., treat your friends to D’Amores Famous Pizza for a song.

But really, who can stop there. We thought we’d also share some unusual pizza recipes with you, to ensure you never tire of the old dough + tomato + cheese combination. A few of our favorites:

-This Indian pizza by Rachael Ray combines curry, dark meat turkey, and mozzarella, and is a perfect change-up for a post-Thanksgiving leftover meal.

-Smitten Kitchen takes New York baker Jim Lahey’s recipes as inspiration for this scrumptious potato pizza with rosemary (and also instructs in really simple classic pizza dough making — once you make your own, you’ll never go back).

-Create this surprisingly amazing and really healthful Japanese pizza with cabbage and eggs by nutrition-minded 101 Cookbooks.

-And to ensure that you really can eat pizza for every meal, try this sensational breakfast pizza by comfort food king Macheesmo.

Enjoy!

Nom. Photo by thms.nl via Flickr.


The Eyes Have It Contest: See a movie for free!

How much attention have you paid to your soul windows lately? Some people care more than others about what their see-ers looks like — this week in the news, we learned that a California doctor has discovered a way to make brown eyes blue. (Apparently, underneath we ALL have blue eyes; some of us just have brown color on top.)

Most of us get stuck with one eye color. Photo by ihasb33r via Flickr.

Whether by changing their color, or with a wink, a glance, or a bold stare, the eyes truly let us express ourselves to the world. Take care of and enhance your peepers with these current eye-centric kgbdeals:

  • Sweet-talk your lashes into growing to new lengths with 76% off Sexy Lash eyelash enhancer. Draw it on like eyeliner, stand back, and wait for shoots of Bambi-length growth (okay, realistically: results in as little as two weeks).
  • Ensmoothen the space between your lower lashes and your cheekbones with 53% off Eye Give Up from Underology. This dark circle-removing serum lightens dark circles, de-puffs, and firms the skin.
  • Protect your orbs of perception from over-squinting and damaging rays with designer-inspired dark sunglasses, for a song: 60% off Inspired Shades with this national voucher.

Lastly, let kgbdeals treat your ogling devices to the film of your choice for free. Tell us in the comments which upcoming or current flick you’re most excited to see; one lucky commenter will score two free tix valid at any AMC movie theater in the U.S.

Good luck!

Update: contest over; our winner has been chosen. Thanks for all the comments! Look for our next contest in this space, on Twitter, or our Facebook page.


kgbdeals guide to voucher etiquette

 

Call us a little biased, but we’re happy that daily deals have become a part of life for diners, shoppers, and spa-goers in lots of spaces. But like any aspect of culture, certain dos, don’ts, and common practices have evolved around the use of deal vouchers, and this is to be expected. This week, productivity blog Lifehacker shared the interesting write-up 8 Etiquette Rules for Using Daily Deals.

A few points we especially agree with:

  • It’s best to let the server/stylist/masseuse/co-pilot know you’d like to use your deal voucher early in the game;
  • Don’t forget to tip according to retail value;
  • For shared experiences, just make sure you have enough vouchers to go around!

Let’s harken back for a moment to an earlier kgbdeals blog post and Facebook survey, regarding whether or not it’s A-okay to use a kgbdeals voucher on a date. The majority of our Facebook friends said yes, so go ahead and show off how savvy you are, even on a early date.

Beyond the few roads we recommend not going down (say, presenting your chubby boss with Lipo in Box at lunchtime; telling your girlfriend you don’t need to walk her home anymore because you bought her a self defense kit; or gifting your severely chocolate-allergic aunt with rich brownies) daily deal etiquette is pretty straightforward with a little common sense. Any big daily deal use no-nos for you? Share in the comments!


Happy Diwali from kgbdeals!

The days are getting longer and colder, and I’ve noticed my usually-chipper Twitter stream is suddenly clogged with the gripes, grumbles, and vacation pinings of the people I follow. Yup, it’s that’s time of year when suddenly lots of people need a little pick-me-up.

It’s timely, then, that today is the middle of the five-day celebration of Diwali, the Hindu “festival of lights.” A celebration rich with good-triumphs-over-evil symbolism, all over the world families celebrate by breaking out new clothes, having a fancy meal, and generally celebrating togetherness. (See some beautiful Diwali photos here.)

Diwali fireworks over Mumbai. Photo by Ashwin John via Flickr

A typically Indian affair, Diwali celebrations are spreading to the States, too. President Obama is the first US president officially to recognize and celebrate the holiday;  digital marketing king Seth Godin is also commemorating the festival to push a positivity. I’m personally in favor of an event this time of year that’s bright, colorful, and involving food.

Diwali treats. Photo by npmeijer via Flickr

To get you into the spirit for some Diwali-celebrating this weekend, here are a few India-related kgbdeals:

  • East or West,  get your curry fix at either of the the two Kirin Indian Cusine locations in Midtown Manhattan for just $2.
  • Diwali is big in the nation of Burma. San Franciscans can experiment with 50% off Burmese food, a cuisine that combines spices, curries, stir fries, and coconut in incredibly savory ways.

Happy Diwali!


Great things happen in threes: kgbdeals partners with Google Offers

Our goal at kgbdeals is expanding your lifestyle into new, delicious, and cool arenas at discounts of at least 50%. In just three weeks, we made three important changes with that goal in mind, including the launch of our kgbdeals Destinations and kgbdeals Shopping channels as well as our new togetherness with TheDealist.

Our number three announcement proves that we are on a serious roll.

We’re confident that  partnering with Google Offers will let us expand our reach further, allowing us to add even more purchasing power to your pockets to do, experience, eat, savor, relax, and play — the way you want to.

You’ll find access to killer kgbdeals via our website the same as ever, but now deal seekers can connect to our latest and greatest via Google Offers as well.

As always, our doors are open for your feedback, questions, comments, thoughts, or information detailing what you ate for lunch today; get to us on Twitter and Facebook.


Liking kgbdeals: a message from our Director of Social Media

Thomas Falconer here. I’m responsible for all of kgbdeal’s social media platforms. The posts you see on our Twitter account @kgbdeals_usa, and on our Facebook page, usually originate from me.

We have over 46,000 fans on our Facebook page, and this makes for lively conversations. Our fans are very vocal about the deals they love – and the deals they don’t love so much.

There are real, tangible benefits to you when you join us on Facebook. Just in the past few weeks we’ve given away free tickets to AMC movie theaters and $5 coupons for Subway. Our Facebook page is a great way to get early access to deals, and to get deals that are only available to our Facebook fans.

Last week, our Twitter followers entered into a sweepstakes for free AMC tickets, just by re-tweeting a message from kgbdeals. And our followers also have direct access to us and get questions answered by our customer service experts in real time.

We also take quick, fun polls and conduct surveys of our Facebook fans and Twitter followers to help us constantly improve kgbdeals and provide you with the best-in-class deals service.

So “like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. You’ll be glad you did.


The local in the global: kgbdeals acquires TheDealist

While you can now find kgbdeals in over 100 cities worldwide, our very first deals sprouted from kgb headquarters here in New York City. As the company continues to expand and bring the sophisticated kgbdeals-touch to new cities the world over, we’re also looking to dig deeper into local markets and bring the deals you’re looking for to the right neighborhoods.

That’s why kgbdeals recently acquired TheDealist, New York City’s top independent daily deal website. We liked TheDealist’s special attention to customer wants — just about every deal they offer was suggested by consumers. They were impressed by the wingspan that our standing as a global, 19-year-old company lends to our dealmaking capabilities. You could say it’s a match made in heaven. We’re even considering co-updating our relationship statuses on Facebook…

It's pretty romantic.

It’s all part of our effort to listen closely to what you’re looking for. We know that getting deals over 50% off on the stuff you love to try, eat, see, do… and that can be an important part of the lifestyle in any city. Through both kgbdeals and TheDealist, New Yorkers can now expect to find the same high quality deals as ever, with even more localized precision.


Genius: Kill holiday shopping 2 months ahead of time

The new kgbdeals channels for shopping and destinations (mentioned in my last post) may seem like a small tweak. But, in reality, it’s completely brilliant. Here’s why.

Now, all deeply discounted kgbdeals stuff — gadgets and items that make your life easier, more stylish, prettier, etc. — is on one page. This is insanely useful because this year, I’ve promised myself to maturely save time and money by completing my holiday shopping wayyy ahead of time. And kgbdeals make really nice, thoughtful presents. Plus, with daily deal vouchers, you have the option of gifting your recipient the item the voucher gets you or the voucher itself.

Today’s October 18, 2011. Challenge yourself to finish holiday shopping before Halloween. I promise it will make you feel accomplished, prepared, and incredibly smug when the holidays actually do roll around.

Just today, you could snap up all of these great gifts for people:

  • Any outdoor drinkers in your family? Keep her paw warm and her belly happy with this beer-koozie-slash-glove, AKA the “Scandinavian Tailgating Mitten.” If that isn’t thoughtful, I don’t know what is.
  • High-quality pashminas to wrap the shoulders of loved ones on those inbetweener-temperature days. Deep, saturated colors, pleasing textures, and one-size-fits-all status make these a huge winner.
  • Because pint glasses don’t do flowers justice, gift these quirky collapsible vases that fold up flat and tuck away unassumingly. Lends credibility to the “Oh! For me?!” exclamation.
  • Have a friend whose makeup brushes look like they’re caked with fuchsia blush from the 80s — literally? Every cosmetics-wearer appreciates a brand new set of soft, well-crafted brushes in a variety of sizes for a professional look.
  • Lessen the carbon impact of a friend with this solar iPhone/iPod charger. Plus, as long as the sun is shining, you’ll never have to take that “Sorry, my phone died” excuse again.
  • Show a friend or family member how much homier his place can feel when he hangs some tasteful art on those blank, stark white walls. Get 81% off prints from an acclaimed fine art photographer.

Guess I’ve ruined the surprise of what my friends and family are getting this year from me…

But look how many people you can knock off your list, for over 50% off and in no time, on a kgbdeals shopping spree — before November’s even knocking on the door.


Notice anything… different about us?

No, it isn’t a new haircut. It’s our new super-efficient channel layout!

Prefer to save on cool stuff that makes you happy or experiences you’ll never forget? kgbdeals has launched a channel for each.

On the top of the kgbdeals page, you’ll see links for kgbdeals destinations and kgbdeals shopping. Find your deals for these respective categories now nicely sorted for your close perusal.

kgbdealists know what they want. Whether you’re looking for a getaway or a gadget, we’re making sure you can find it fast.

Please let us know what you think!

 


Are kgbdealists wound tight?

Playing around on the company’s Facebook page — don’t you love that social media passes as work these days? — kgbdeals agents recently asked what would be your idea of a “best deal.”

The responses rolled in fast and strong: a cruise! travel! free or near-free electronics! And then a pattern emerged: kgbdealists want massages.

we hear you.

(And kgbdealmakers are listening: massage deals are currently running in Chicago, Phoenix, L.A., two in Philly, two in Atlanta, San Franciso, Minneapolis, Denver, and NYC.)

Why are you all so stressed out, clamoring after deep tissue kneading? Relax! We’ve curated a few of the best relaxation tips just for you:

  1. Rather than trying to relax by doing nothing, do something — systematically. Choose one item on your to do list and do it singlemindedly. No multitasking!
  2. Picture yourself relaxed. Yup, sometimes 30 seconds of this is all it takes to lower your heart rate. Close yours eyes and picture your happy, smiling, floating-through-life self.
  3. Practice mindfulness. Study the details of something physically around you, giving your environment your full attention and presence.
  4. De-rut yourself for the day. After work, do something by yourself that you wouldn’t normally do. Take a book to a coffeeshop or go on a leisurely walk.
  5. Download a meditation app on your smartphone.
  6. Laugh. Watch an episode of your favorite comedy online or read a funny blog.

Bottom line: breathe, kgbdealists.


Interview with Jeb Blount, kgbdeals V.P. of Sales: on writing, the passion of selling, and self-Googling

Alongside his exemplary 20-year sales career, Jeb Blount has founded a company and online resource for salespeople, AND written five books in the past five years. He joined kgbdeals as V.P. of Sales in June 2011.

Laura Grasso: I have to admit, books about sales don’t normally top my reading list. But I was quite inspired by one of yours.

Jeb is listening.

Jeb Blount: Which book did you read?

LG: Power Principles.

JB: Oh, that’s probably my least favorite of all five. When I look back on it now, I see how much better I’ve gotten.

LG: I liked how it shows the importance of one of the five principles you put out there: “Getting a coach.” Everyone needs a mentor.

JB: Thanks. I do love coaching. And I can’t tell you how cool it is to experience success in book publishing, especially the way I did with my last book, People Buy You. It’s used for some college courses and corporate training. Touching so many people’s lives and helping them solve problems is the best feeling.

LG: kgbdeals is known for being really great and helpful for merchants to work with. That blends well with your philosophy. What else did you bring to the kgbdeals table?

JB: Yes, we train our salespeople to help our retail partners get the most out of offering deals. I’m also here to nurture excellence and ensure long-term commitment to goals.

LG: Something I often wonder about sales is: What happens when you’re not super passionate about what you’re selling? Doesn’t that make your job harder?

JB: By giving the customer something that they need, you are helping them solve problems. For a long time, I sold uniforms. I didn’t always get really excited about uniforms, but what I sold helped my customers run the best business they could – I helped them do that. I was solving my own problems too, because I needed to save up and buy my high school sweetheart a ring. Also, you can always be passionate about striving to be the top seller of your product.

LG: I noticed you advocate for one of my favorite pastimes: self-Googling. What’s your advice for a person who finds something they don’t like posted about them online?

JB: The last chapter of my book People Buy You addresses that question. I offer three steps: First, don’t publish anything you don’t want your mom or your boss to see. Even when you think it’s private, it isn’t; people can re-share. Next, contribute. Make your own body of work and take control of your first page of Google results. Ask the company you work for to let you contribute to the blog, write other things you want people to see, and associate them with your name. Give people an idea of your strengths and what you’re about before you even walk in the door. Lastly, while you have control of your web presence, know you may eventually have a critic or two. Just do your part, continue adding good content, and respond when it’s appropriate.

LG: Great advice. I’m ready to start owning my own web presence! But first, what’s your favorite kind of cheese?

JB: Brie, because my wife likes it and it goes great with olives.

LG: Fair enough. Thanks, Jeb!

[See the interview with Patrick Albus, CEO of kgbdeals USA]



kgblog series: City InSite post #1 – Atlanta

This kgbdeals blog series, City InSites, will highlight each of kgbdeals’ American markets — and we’re looking for natives in each to tell us what’s hot in their towns.

photo by eschipul via Flickr

Atlanta, GA has been attracting Milliennials in droves in recent years. Why? Writers have a tendency to use the word “active” when describing the city; it’s socially sophisticated, clean, and friendly. The economy’s kickin’ compared to lots of other spots, with healthy competition for cool jobs. And god forbid you get bored, Atlanta’s the Eastern Seaboard’s transportation hub — you can get anywhere from here.

Diverse neighborhoods give Atlanta dwellers lots of places to be. Grab drinks in Buckhead, shop in Lenox Square, gaze at art in historic Castleberry Hill, and flex your foodie muscles in edgy, factory-revived Cabbagetown.

photo by GIANTsqurl via Flickr

kgbdeals Atlanta sales rep Ursula Smalls, who’s been calling ATL home since 1988, tells us that “Atlanta is really, really diverse. That’s something we try to reflect in the deals we offer this market.”

Tell us, Atlantans! What do you love about your lush, southern city?


Thinking fast with Patrick Albus, CEO of kgbdeals USA

Somehow, I managed to catch up with the perpetual motion of kgbdeals USA CEO Patrick Albus and sit down with him for an interview. Here’s a bit of what it’s like to be in the driver’s seat of a top global competitor in an industry showing massive growth.

Laura Grasso: You progressed from kgb North America’s CFO, to the VP of Sales, to the CEO of kgbdeals. CFO to VP to CEO? Who does that? Tell us about that trajectory.

Patrick Albus, bottler of lightning

Patrick Albus: It was fantastic. It was startling to go from working the back-end of the business to the front, being the business leader, but also exhilarating. This company is lighting in a bottle.

LG: Lighting in a bottle? What do you mean?

PA: The deals space is growing faster than any other sector of the economy. As the world’s third largest and gaining, kgbdeals is outperforming so many other companies.

LG: You’ve been called a “great thinker.” That’s a pretty great compliment, I think. What kind of thinking do you capitalize on as the CEO of kgbdeals USA?

PA: Strategic thinking. This space is changing rapidly. Tactics must be honed and revisited while the company upholds its values. And, every day, we step out of the daily grind to spend time planning for the future. We’re driving culture.

LG: Talk more about how kgbdeals is driving culture.

PA: We’re in a position to share the culture of our company with so many other businesses — every one of our participating retail partners. We hold our sales team, the primary interface with our merchants, to incredibly high standards of excellence and leadership. We’re not a site that just slaps a daily deal up online. We work with each merchant to help them solve problems. We share best practices in keeping kgbdeals’ customers coming in their doors, with or without vouchers. And, we love highlighting dynamic, local businesses that our customers will love.

LG: Lots of folks want to score a job at kgbdeals. What are your employees like?

PA: We have about 150 U.S. employees, and they are bright and tenacious. We look for people who have the “it factor”: they just get it. They have drive and motivation.

LG: Doesn’t kgbdeals also have the best Facebook fans? Not only are they numerous (currently over 45K), but they’re regularly leaving thoughtful insight on kgbdeals’ Facebook wall.

PA: They’re great. I love our active community, and we’re working on strategy to engage and reward them even more.

LG: Sorry, but I’ve got to ask everyone I interview: what’s your favorite cheese?

PA: [Almost before I finish the question] Feta.

LG: Oh, okay. Why?

PA: [No hesitation] I like the way it tastes.

That’s why I like the cheese question. You can infer so much from one’s cheese of choice. Patrick Albus, kgbdeals USA CEO: sharp instincts and definite tastes. He may be a great thinker, but you probably won’t catch this savvy decision-maker ruminating over anything for too long….


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