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Daily Deals For Moms: Plum District Debuts iPhone App, Local Loyalty Program To Follow

plumdistrict-appPlum District, the mom-focused deals site backed by $30 million in funding from General Catalyst, KPCB and Comcast Ventures, is now available as a mobile app. The company is today launching its iPhone application which will allow users to browse offers on their phone, purchase them with one click and the redeem them at local and online stores. An Android version will soon follow.

The app’s debut follows Plum District’s acquisition of a mobile loyalty platform called Chatterfly back in December, which the company said at the time would soon be used to expand the relationship between moms and local merchants.

With $1M+ From Guitar Hero Co-founder & Others, Zipongo Is Building The Mint.com For Healthy Living

zipongoJason Langheier founded Zipongo in June 2011 to give families and parents an easier way to make healthier dietary choices by reducing the costs that so often get in the way. Through a web-based health community and iPhone app, Zipongo essentially combines the best of Mint.com and Groupon to create a service that gives users their own personalized wellness plans (and the ability to manage them), while offering discounts at the grocery stores they shop at the most.

To help it gear up for a full-scale launch later this summer (Zipongo is currently in private beta), the startup recently closed a round of seed capital ($1M+) from a flock of superangels and healthcare, tech and food marketing veterans. Those names include Flickr and Hunch co-founder Caterina Fake via Founder Collective, Wireless Generation co-founder and CEO Larry Berger, Peter Dolan, the Director of The Partnership for a Healthy America (and former CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb) and Guitar Hero and Blue Goji co-founder Kai Huang — to name a few.

Salon Booking Service StyleSeat Launches Offers Platform To Pull Stylists Away From Daily Deal Sites

Welcome to StyleSeatStyleSeat, the “OpenTable for hair stylists” backed by Founders Fund, 500 Startups, Ashton Kutcher, and others (including a who’s who of angel investors), is today launching a service called “New Client Offers.” The platform allows salons to reach out to potential new clients by offering discounts or extra services redeemable upon their first visit. The offers will be available in the company’s online marketplace where customers can also browse area salons, search for professionals based on location, speciality or price, read reviews, view photos of the stylist’s work, and then book their appointments directly.

Driving Loyalty: Offers Provider Bloomspot Reports 72% Customer Repeat Rate

bloomspot-logoBloomspot, a local offers company launched back in 2010, is pulling back the proverbial kimono on its numbers in an effort to prove its business model works. Although sometimes lumped in with group deal providers like Groupon or Living Social, Bloomspot operates quite differently. Instead of group deals targeted at the masses, it offers exclusive deals targeted specifically at a merchant’s best customers.

Stealthy Startup Gumhouse Raises $6M+ For A “Social Stream Video Shopping Network”

gumhouse-logoA somewhat stealthy new startup called Gumhouse just raised over $6 million according to this SEC filing, and there are some big names attached to the project, it seems. According to the Gumhouse.com website, the service is described as a “social stream video shopping network,” which uses Facebook to personalize your shopping experience. After a little digging, it appears the service has already soft launched.

Listed as “Directors” on the filing are LegalZoom, ShoeDazzle, and The Honest Company co-founder Brian Lee and former Photobucket Biz Dev VP and Color co-founder Peter Pham, who’s also at Sciencethe Betworks-like technology studio/incubator based in L.A. Meanwhile, “Executive Officers” include Tom Dare, former VP of Business Intelligence at MySpace and Mike Jones, both also of Science, and RxVantage co-founder Greg Gilman. Polaris Ventures General Partner, Jason Trevisan, is listed as a director, too.

Card-Linked Customer Loyalty Company Cartera Commerce Raises $12.2M Series D, Readies Expansion Into Local Offers

PrintCartera Commerce, the largest provider of card-linked offers in the U.S., has just raised an additional $12.2 million in Series D funding, bringing its total raise to date to $43 million. The new round was led by Comvest Group, and included participation from all Cartera’s previous investors: Dace Ventures, Flybridge Capital, LBO Enterprises and Venture Capital Development Fund of New England.

The company, which is partnered with three of the four largest card issuers and all five of the largest airlines to power their loyalty programs, is planning to use the new infusion of capital to expand its local offers products known as OfferLink Local.

Sick Of Daily Deal Emails? UnsubscribeDeals Is There For You

logoWaxing for two at Take-It-Offs in Scranton? $100 worth of Polka lessons for 40 cents? An avant garde grilled cheese sandwich meal with metal shavings in it at Chez Naif for $60? You don’t want any of those daily deals, right? But they’re still coming.

Two people (lovers, really), Edwin Hermawan and Lea Pische, wanted to fight back. And they did. With UnsubscribeDeals.com.

“We stopped buying daily deals a long time ago, but the emails kept coming. We had to find a way to stop them,” said Hermawan.

Decide.com Launches Daily Deals; Offers Price Guarantees On Select CE, Home Appliance Purchases

decideLogoDecide.com, the shopping search site for consumer electronics and home appliances founded by former Farecast engineers, is now putting its money where its mouth is, so to speak. The service, which helps consumers know whether to “buy” or “wait” when researching items like laptops, phones, TVs, washers and dryers, wants to make it easier to trust its recommendations with the launch of a price guarantee.

With Decide’s new “Got Your Back” program, if you click to buy an item the service recommends and the price drops within two weeks, the company will automatically send you a payment for the difference.

BiteHunter 2.0 Makes Finding A Deal On Good Eats Faster and Easier

BiteHunter_logoWe’ve written quite a bit about BiteHunter, a mobile app for iPhone that aggregates dining deals in the U.S., since it launched about a year ago. Now, the New York-based company has released version 2.0 of its app and this update makes a good app even better. BiteHunter 2.0 doesn’t just introduce a new, highly visual interface for discovering restaurants with available deals around you, but it also allows you to buy the deal and make a reservation without ever leaving the app.

Zoomingo’s New App Turns Spotting And Rating Deals Into A Game

zoomingo-hot-or-notShopping discovery service Zoomingo, which helps you find nearby sales using your mobile phone, is out with a new iPhone app that introduces a gamification element to its platform. Local shoppers are now being encouraged to share the unreported sales they spot in the wild as well as rate those spotted by others.

By playing the new “Hot or Not” game within the app to rate deals, shoppers earn points while also training the service’s branded “ZoomSense” recommendation engine to present more deals matching their interests.