Can Deal Sites Escape the Expectations Game and Get Down to Business?

groupon living social expectations performanceLast week SMBMatters featured one analyst’s take on Facebook, and posed the question to ourselves, if there had been a change in the landscape that might somehow make the business environment more realistic and suitable for Facebook to succeeed.

This week’s story applies some of the same questions to daily deal sites, which in some ways were a precursor to Facebook’s stock fall. The buzz and hype of inflated expectations was a hard hurdle for daily deal leader Groupon. Have the burdens of stock expectations set up “hot” daily deal leaders for a fall?

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As we enter the most deal-crazed time of year, daily deals sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial try to adapt to the changing marketplace — while facing the possibility that the original coupon model may one day soon be viewed as an odd, short-lived fad.

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Has FaceBook Landed? Can It Get Back Up Now?

Has the air in FaceBook’s valuation bubble released enough to put the company on a plateau where it can now be evaluated on its merits and performance going forward? Stock price leveling after this year’s bumpy ride could suggest that FB can get back to business and might be able to worry less about stock market expectations while doing it.


Facebook share prices are up today, with shares at 21.91, 10.32 percent above yesterday’s level. It represents a 4.6 billion market capitalization gain. Today the company is experiencing its biggest stock-lockup expiration, with 773 million Facebook shares (NASDAQ:FB) held by employees now eligible to be sold on the open market. Notably, 504 million shares held by Mark Zuckerberg are eligible, but he declared that he wouldn’t sell them. [Update: $FB ended the day up 12.6%]

Facebook’s stock closed at 19.86 yesterday. The stock was expected to take a slight hit following this largest lockup expiration, but the market anticipated the hit with a few days of downturn. At the same time, investors are not betting anymore on yet another price drop through short selling — a way to effectively pocket money when shares go down.

Short-term profit based on a potential new share price drop is slowly disappearing…

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FTIL #14, Going Organic – Produce: What, When & Where

Buying Organic Produce NaturallyWhen our son was born, my wife switched everything to organic – sugar, shampoo, milk, blankets, etc…  Yes, she bought organic cotton blankets for their soft, supple feel…   I am certainly not against buying organic food, but with the average cost of feeding a family of four exceeding $1K per month according to the USDA, is there any room to still economize while “going organic”?

Do we really need to buy everything organic when it comes to fresh produce?  Various public health advocacy organizations recommend buying the following twelve fruits and vegetables from the organic aisle, based on review of USDA’s pesticide data: apples, peaches, imported grapes, strawberries, imported nectarines, domestic blueberries (my son’s favorite), celery, potatoes, spinach, bell peppers, lettuce and collard greens.  When it comes to other fruits and vegetables such as watermelons and mushrooms, you are better off saving a few pennies.  But if spending a few extra bucks gives you a piece of mind for your family, I’d say go organic even for blankets.  Here’s to enjoying the finer (organic) things in life!


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