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Good Morning, Portland

Posted on 6.22.2011

“Jaw-dropping” was how the owner of Floyd’s Coffee Shop in Portland, Oregon described his café’s launch of the first-ever Google Offers discounted deal, in which more than 1,700 vouchers out of a possible 2,000 were sold. Rolling out the new coupon platform in Portland before expanding to San Francisco and New York, Google is giving business owners the option of running their discounts for 24 hours or considerably longer — a noteworthy departure from the heavily copied model created by Groupon. While few Portland businesses have enjoyed the same success with the deals as Floyd’s, it is important for merchants to note that Google selected its partners based largely on the number of positive reviews on their Google Places pages.

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