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Title: Economic motivations of listing on Groupon
Authors: Cai, Siming
Ho, John Jianwei
Teo, Xu Hao
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Economic theory
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: Online social coupon websites have been creating a huge buzz in recent years. These online social coupons are similar to traditional coupons; but are purchased online and have an added group-buying effect in which a minimum number of online buyers is required for the transaction to go through. The growth witnessed by the online coupon industry has been undeniably large and many firms have jumped on the bandwagon to enter this lucrative business. However, does this popularity translate into long term profits for merchants? In view of this global phenomenon, we seek to analyse the economic motives of vendors enlisting the services of Groupon, one of the pioneer entrants and a major player in the social coupon scene. Drawing upon the data we collected from Groupon, a regression was performed to test if discounts varies across brand establishment, durability, experience goods and also to investigate the relationship between the amount of discounts for different product categories and the price elasticities of the products. Literatures of similar nature were included to provide a wholesome view and also serve as a point of reference. Based on our regression results, we conclude that both economic motives were central for vendors to list on Groupon. However, between the two, advertising seems to be the more compelling reason as most vendors seek to employ this channel to induce brand awareness among consumers.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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