The recession has people using coupons more than ever. SEW readers know that because we cover data on increased coupon usage. Now, there's another option for bargain-hunters.
Today, Ask.com launched a new feature for its web search called Ask Deals. It reduces the number of clicks that consumers typically employ to access online coupons and bargains. Ask uses 40 coupon feeds as well as indexing forums for breaking info on deals.
"In a tough economy and with the holidays approaching, Ask Deals arrives at just the right time for consumers as a one-stop shop for value. It's the answer our users are looking for, too, since searches for coupons on Ask.com have shot up almost 50 percent in 2009," said Scott Garell, President, Ask Networks.
Ask.com is incorporating their new Deals feature throughout their web search. If you type in a shopping search term, it will prompt you with search filters (see the right sidebar) that can help you find bargains.
If you type in a search term that contains a deal-finding word, you'll notice deals at the top of the search results.
Additionally, the main Deals page is a dynamic, full-fledged coupon portal with new deals featured everyday.
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