Online Discount Or Incentive Patents (Class 705/14.39)
  • Patent number: 8738700
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for intermediating between client nodes and pools of server nodes in an NGN network where the server nodes provide network services to client nodes, wherein the client nodes use various communication protocols and at least part of said communication protocols are different from the communication protocol used by the server nodes. The system comprising: a cluster of associated gateway nodes providing an integrated service for the clients nodes, where each gateway provides services of at least one of: translations of request and answers between the client node and a provider server node, load balancing and managing scenario rules. Each gateway comprise: a database of scripts including, scenario rules, routing scripts and associated transformation scripts, an execution processing module for handling events of at least client requests and server answers according to scenario rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: F5 Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Gil Shafran, Lenny Ridel
  • Publication number: 20140136312
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods related to location-based content delivery. Data from one or more indoor position system (IPS) beacons may be received. A location for a user device may be determined based at least in part on the received data. Content, such as advertisements, may be retrieved based at least in part on the location of the user device. A notification generated based at least in part on the content may be transmitted to the user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Asheesh Saksena, Radhakrishnan Gopinath, Pujan Roka
  • Patent number: 8725563
    Abstract: A search engine, system and method for locating and rating a plurality of electronic mentions of respective ones of a plurality of brands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Brand Affinity Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Steelberg, Chad Steelberg
  • Publication number: 20140129300
    Abstract: A method for providing rewards includes receiving a media content item from a first user and providing the media content item to a second user. The method further includes receiving input from the second user in accordance with a first set of predetermined rules associated with the second user. The method also includes providing a reward to the first user in accordance with a second set of predetermined rules associated with the media content item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: SEEUSWIN.COM, LLC
    Inventor: Darrel A. Ensor
  • Publication number: 20140129317
    Abstract: Techniques for generating leads for a company's products and/or services are presented. A message publishing module provides a means for specifying different member-interest buttons to be presented in connection with messages published to the activity or content streams of members of a social network service, where such messages relate to specific products and/or services of a company. The social network service detects which members interact or select the various member-interest buttons, and in connection with which specific products and services. This information is then provided to authorized administrators or representatives of the company, and made available as member-targeting criteria for targeting members with subsequent messages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Grishaver
  • Patent number: 8719128
    Abstract: The handling of accounts and account transactions are implemented using a variety of different systems and methods. According to one embodiment a computer-facilitated system is implemented for handling accounts held by a user at a financial institution and an educational institution. A first database stores account balance information associated with a first account held at one of the institutions. A second database stores account balance information associated with a second account held at the other institution. Logic, located at one institution, encrypts an identifier of the first account, associates a resulting encrypted identifier with the second account and decrypts the encrypted identifier. A database interface transmits the encrypted identifier to the second database for storage. A user interface provides the user with the account balance information associated with the accounts in response to the logic decrypting the encrypted identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: TCF Financial Corporation
    Inventors: Gene Allen, Kevin Kuntz
  • Publication number: 20140122218
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for increasing the sales of a retailer. A unit, referred to herein as the “retailer promotions device,” generates a group offer for a set of users/customers to purchase a product based on intelligent analytics (e.g., real-time attributes/dynamics such as the strategy in selling the remaining inventory). A group offer refers to an offer to sell a product at a promotional price if a number of users (e.g., users of mobile devices and/or customers online and/or customers in a physical store) agree to purchase the product at the promotional price within a time period. The group offer is sent to targeted users/customers via online and mobile devices as well as via electronic displays and kiosks in the physical store. By using real-time attributes/dynamics to generate group offers that can be sent to targeted users/customers, the sales of the retailer are likely to be increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George T. Jacob Sushil, Vinod V. Mankar, Sougata Mukherjea, Gopal S. Pingali
  • Publication number: 20140122217
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for bundling digital services for users. In accordance with one implementation, a method comprises storing, in a memory device, information related to a set of digital services, the set digital services being implemented by a plurality of different service providers. The method also includes aggregating, based on the stored information, the set of digital services into a bundle and providing, to a user, access to the bundle of digital services through a graphical user interface. The method may also include generating, with at least one processor, a set of tokens, each token associating the user with at least one digital service in the bundle. Additionally, the method may include providing at least one token, from the set of tokens, to one of the plurality of different service providers in order to activate one of the digital services for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: AOL Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin G. HILLS, Umesh S. Chhatre, George F. Flecher, Joyce R. Cruickshank
  • Publication number: 20140114739
    Abstract: A company's coupons or advertisements can be posted on a social business network. A company needs to be registered first with the social business network before it can post its coupons and advertisements; while a consumer can view the coupons and advertisements freely with no requirement of registration. The company can either fill a coupon request form to make the network to generate a coupon for it, or create a coupon themselves and then upload it to the network. The registered company can also post its advertisement. Before anything is posted on the website, it will be reviewed to make sure its content is appropriate. The method also allows a company to purchase a time slot to use a live video screen for marketing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Mohammed Nazrul ISLAM
  • Patent number: 8706549
    Abstract: An online sales/automatic rebate and coupon redemption system provides online customers automatic retrieval and redemption of all applicable rebates and coupons during purchase. Purchase orders from customers are selectively fulfilled and products are shipped to the customers either by the system for online sales with automatic rebate and coupon redemption or by other merchant or manufacturer environments. The system purchases from merchants using applicable coupons and rebates and then sells the products to the customers, passing the savings to them. The system makes it possible to automatically retrieve coupons and rebates for items in a shopping cart during the activity of an online purchase at an electronic mall or an online merchant site. The system provides coupons to potential customers via email, based on customer profile, geographical information, etc. Manufacturers and merchants can update coupon value and content based on ongoing sales and volume of customer activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Enpulz, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Bennett, Christopher C. Winslade
  • Publication number: 20140108125
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments relate to techniques that seek to reduce the likelihood of a customer actually returning a product. Information about a product presented in connection a return transaction (and optionally the reason why the product is being presented) is received. A determination whether an award should be generated for the customer in exchange for the customer not returning the product under an applicable return policy is made. The award, with a calculated award amount, is presented for the customer, in exchange for the customer giving up the right to actually return the product under the applicable return policy. The determination that the award should be generated for the customer and the calculation of the award amount each are based on a set of one or more rules that are electronically applicable to at least some of the received information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: SIRAS.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Maridee J. MARAZ, Peter J. JUNGER, Kristin SECRETO
  • Patent number: 8700484
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic quantity purchasing system which is a host computer that a user may access to purchase quantities of goods or services at a locked-in price for later redemption. The preferred communication means employed is via secure, high-speed Internet access. Data storage is electronic. Users employ the system to make an instant purchase of a small or large quantity of a commodity, such as gasoline at the current purchase price. Users can redeem all or part of their balance for real product at a physical location in the future when desired. The redemption will draw down the user's account balance at the locked-in purchase price, so the user is able to circumvent the market price in effect at the time of redemption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Rodney Senior
  • Patent number: 8700456
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments of the present invention, a controller receives an indication of acceptance by a customer of an offer for a subsidy from a second vendor (e.g., a subsidizing vendor). The offer may define, for example, a reduction in the price charged for an item purchased from a first vendor and an obligation for the customer to fulfill in exchange for the subsidy. The customer is charged a second price for the items, which is less than the total price, and may even be zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Daniel E. Tedesco, Stephen C. Tulley, John M. Packes, Jr., Deirdre O'Shea, Keith Bemer, James A. Jorasch, Dean Alderucci
  • Patent number: 8700457
    Abstract: Virtual mobile rewards, gift cards, and/or physical world retailers' loyalty and reward programs are aggregated into a common account accessible and transactional from an Internet capable mobile radio device. Subscribers gain access to discounted codes, coupons, rebates, gift cards, and/or limited time offers, on their mobile device for food, travel, lifestyle, electronics, and entertainment products that fit their lifestyle spending habits, enabling users to edit participating retailers, manage separate account balances, and present preferred discounted offers at retailers and apply discount towards purchase of goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Craft
  • Publication number: 20140100943
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving an indication of a reward-generating event associated with an advertisement. The reward-generating event includes an action by a user in response to the advertisement being presented to the user. The method also includes determining based at least in part on the action by the user a reward to allocate to the user for the reward-generating event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Chamath Palihapitiya, Mary Graham
  • Publication number: 20140095291
    Abstract: A media distribution system (100) includes one or more databases (210) coupled via a communication network (200) to users (260). The system (100) provides for a subset of the users (260) to upload video content (250) for distribution via the system (100) to other users (260), wherein: (a) the system (100) includes a reviewing arrangement (270) for receiving the uploaded video content (250) provided to the system (100) and for generating corresponding recommendations (280) which determine an extent to which the video content (250) is disseminated through the system (100) to other users (260): and (b) the system (100) includes a reward arrangement for rewarding users who have uploaded the video content (250) to the system (100) as a function of the recommendations (280) and an extent of distribution of the video content (250).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: FRAMEBLAST LIMITED
    Inventors: Aaron Dey, Steven Allen
  • Publication number: 20140081733
    Abstract: The systems, methods, and computer program products (collectively “systems”) described herein are generally configured to monitor actions in digital channels. More specifically, the systems may be employed in digital channels to initiate purchases or facilitate rewards. The systems are capable of syncing transaction accounts with various digital channels. Moreover, the systems are capable of initiating or completing transaction based on user information. The systems may also be capable of providing rewards based on activities or accomplishments in the digital channels. Moreover, the systems may be capable of verifying activities based on transaction information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Morris, Elizabeth Vakil, Anthony Winslow, David Wolf
  • Publication number: 20140074583
    Abstract: The present invention includes a social networking system wherein the users may be broadly categorized as payor users or payee users. Payor users are generally individuals or students, while payee users generally businesses or charities. Each user in the social networking system of the present invention is associated with financial data. The financial data is thereafter used to facilitate commercial transactions and transfer donations within the social networking system between users, generally from a payee user to a payor user. The payor user is not required to enter financial data or log in to an additional system to facilitate the transaction. The transaction is facilitated entirely within the constructs of the social networking system. Pursuant to this, payee users may add products and services to their associated profiles to vend their products and services from within the social networking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: NICER AND AFFILIATES, LTD.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Harvey, Christopher J. Ippolito
  • Publication number: 20140074584
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed which facilitate identification and validation of coupon codes. An example system includes a processor to receive a trigger to initiate a coupon code query based at least in part on a website being viewed. The example system includes a validation engine to search and retrieve coupon codes. The example validation engine is to apply one or more identified coupon codes to a target website to determine validity of each identified coupon code. The example processor is to dynamically provide one or more validated coupon codes to a user in conjunction with the website being viewed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Gidon Fisher
  • Publication number: 20140074576
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that are capable of facilitating development of data-rich applications. A data-rich application is an application (e.g., a software application) that is configured to perform an analysis of data (e.g., structured data, unstructured data, or a combination thereof) and to provide information based on the analysis. In accordance with the aforementioned techniques, a public online environment may be provided in which application developers are allowed to access representative samples of data owned by data owners at a substantially reduced cost (e.g., free) to facilitate development of the data-rich applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roger S. Mall, Christian Liensberger, Adam D. Wilson, Piotr Milosz Puszkiewicz
  • Publication number: 20140074585
    Abstract: An improved system and method for personally curating an offer list of promotional offers from multiple offer sources in an online service is provided. Components for personally curated offer lists support operations accessible through a graphical use interface for creating, editing, sharing, and updating personally curated offer lists, as well as curating and viewing offers of the offer lists. A user may author and manage a personal list of promotional offers curated from multiple offer sources, such as brands, product types, places, deal clubs, shopping pals, and offer lists. The personally curated offer list may be shared with others such as shopping pals who may have similar interests. New offers may be added to the personally curated offer list, and the present invention may further notify others with whom the list is shared of such updates to the offer list.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: ChoozOn Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Hunter Madsen, William Nicholas Weir
  • Publication number: 20140067516
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of methods and systems of incentivized advertising are presented. A content identifier identifying a digital content item, such as a song, is displayed on a user computing device. The digital content item is typically of the type available for a purchase price by the general public. A selection icon is provided in visual association with the content identifier. If the icon is selected by the user, an advertisement media item, such as a video advertisement, is presented on the user computing device. If the advertisement media item is presented for at least a requisite ad impression period, the digital content item is imparted to the user for free. Follow-up ad engagement views are typically presented to the user with a button to redeem the earned digital content item. Administrator and server elements are configured to facilitate performance of the method, and to optimize efficient use of advertiser's budget.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy James Price, Antonina Armato, Jason Yang
  • Publication number: 20140067513
    Abstract: Computer-based platforms, systems, software, and methods for dynamic recapture of retail sales in showrooming situations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Now Discount LLC
    Inventor: Harsh Arora
  • Publication number: 20140067515
    Abstract: Techniques for facilitating transactions for electronic content items are described. Some embodiments provide a media marketplace system that provides a marketplace for electronic content items, such as songs, videos, electronic books, and the like. In some embodiments, the media marketplace system facilitates group purchase discount transactions. A group discount transaction provides for the sale of an electronic content item at a discounted price if a sufficient number of buyers indicate a willingness to purchase the electronic content item at the discounted price within a limited time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: ARTISTSIGNAL, INC.
    Inventor: Clayton Tummons
  • Publication number: 20140046751
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and techniques for providing a benefit in response to being allowed to display content include, for example, displaying, on a portion of the display, a desktop; displaying the content on another portion of the display unoccupied by the desktop; and providing a benefit in exchange for displaying the content. In one example, the content may be advertisements and the benefit may be access to a network such as the Internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: TAWASUL SERVICES CO.
    Inventors: Hisham Abdul Rahim Akbar, Talal Th. Al-Yagout, Dawoud G. H. Abdullah, Vlad Ciobanu
  • Patent number: 8650082
    Abstract: Illustrative embodiments of the present invention are directed to a method, a system, and a computer readable medium encoded with instructions for providing a user terminal with supplemental information to a search result. Illustrative embodiments of the present invention include receiving a search request from the user terminal. Once the search request is received, a set of search results is communicated to the user terminal. The set of search results includes search results that include information associated with at least a first business and a second business. These businesses are then notified of the search request using an electronic notification. Illustrative embodiments of the present invention also include receiving, from the first business, supplemental information associated with the first business that is responsive to the notification. The supplemental information is then communicated to the user terminal and at least the second business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: View2gether Inc.
    Inventors: Aleksandar Zivkovic, Marvin Igelman
  • Patent number: 8650077
    Abstract: The loyalty system allows a consumer to accumulate general loyalty points from one or more merchants, and convert any desired subset of general points to loyalty dollars associated with a specific merchant. The system stores, for each consumer, the merchant loyalty dollars (or monetary equivalent) by merchant within a remotely-accessible host database or within a smart card database. Upon conducting a purchase at a particular merchant, the consumer may utilize a code key to facilitate access to the consumer's own loyalty dollars for the particular merchant. The loyalty dollars are then applied to the purchase transaction as a discount or rebate. The consumer may also re-load the merchant loyalty dollar accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Donna A. Antonucci
  • Publication number: 20140040005
    Abstract: A system for providing virtual coupons to a customer illustratively includes a database having a plurality of virtual coupons stored therein, a virtual coupon repository associated with the customer, and a virtual coupon module to transfer a sequence of selected ones of the plurality of virtual coupons stored in the database to the virtual coupon repository, and to sequentially activate for redemption by the customer each successive virtual coupon in the sequence after a preceding virtual coupon in the sequence has been redeemed by the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Meijer, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhushan Balani, Andrew Powell, Shrineil Patel
  • Patent number: 8639571
    Abstract: A system and method for converting a rebate sponsor's offer into an instant credit or price reduction against a follow-on purchase. Rebate requests are obtained at a site on the Internet. The rebate request is tested to confirm that the at least one predetermined criterion has been satisfied. The person making the rebate request is enabled to make the follow-on purchase, with the rebate being converted into the instant credit or price reduction against the total price of the follow-on purchase. The follow-on purchase transaction is completed by charging that person for the purchase. The credit or price reduction can be conditioned on at least one predetermined criterion such as amount being spent on the follow-on purchase, the vendor from which the follow-on purchase is being made, and other criteria. The credit or price reduction can be redeemed in parts across a series of follow-on purchase transactions. In another aspect of the invention, consumers are advised of rebate offers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventors: David Leason, Scott L. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8639573
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a commercial game that poses questions to a user related to advertisements that the user views or listens to using a multimedia device such as a computer connected to the Internet. Points may be awarded to the user based on the number of questions answered correctly, the number of advertisements viewed, the length of time advertisements are viewed, the number of attempts at answering each question before providing the correct answer, or other advertiser-selected criteria. Points earned by the user are immediately redeemable for services such as subscription services, movies downloads, Pay-Per-View credits, or for any other tangible or intangible good, service, or reward representing a monetary value. If the user provides an incorrect answer to a question, the user is permitted to watch the advertisement multiple times until a correct answer is provided and points are awarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: WILopEN Products, LC
    Inventor: Richard Wilen
  • Publication number: 20140025477
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are described for online content management. Online content in the form of answer sets are exposed to a user posing a question to a question and answer service. The question and answer service causes an award amount to be debited from an account associated with the user. The question and answer service receives a user input that (i) selects one or more answers from the answer set, and (ii) specifies a distribution of a portion of the award amount among the selected answers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin P. Dimock
  • Publication number: 20140025476
    Abstract: In a method for producing a transmission of a live performance of a selected behavior, a potential participant in a live performance is identified. An image of the potential applicant is posted on a website and associated with at least one behavior. One or more on-line viewers of the website then provide a contribution to a pool from which a reward is to be provided upon performance of at least one specified behavior specified. The potential participant is prompted to perform at least one specified behavior specified, and a reward is associated with each suggested behavior. A live view of a performance by the potential participant of at least one specified behavior is transmitted to the website, at which point the potential participant becomes an actual participant in the live performance. The actual participant is then provided with a reward associated with the performed specified behavior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory A. Piccionielli
  • Publication number: 20140019225
    Abstract: A social networking action by a user within a social networking website that positively references a marketplace offering of an entity is detected by a processor. In response to detecting the social networking interaction by the user, a social networking influence of the user is determined based upon entity interactions by social network connections of the user with the entity by a number of entity access channels of the entity. A determination is made as to whether the determined social networking influence of the user satisfies a reward threshold defined within a social networking influence incentive rule. In response to determining that the determined social networking influence of the user satisfies the incentive threshold defined within the social networking influence incentive rule, an incentive defined within the social networking influence incentive rule is generated for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Scott M. Guminy, Leho Nigul
  • Publication number: 20140019226
    Abstract: Technologies related to social network limited offer distribution are generally described. In some examples, a limited number of root participants may be allowed to claim an offer, and the offer may be limited to branch participants connected in a social network to the root participants and/or other branch participants in the limited offer. Participants in the limited offer and connections there between may be stored as a limited offer social network graph for use in subsequent marketing efforts. In the absence of social network graph information, participant contact information may be gathered and used to build a social network graph.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Ezekiel Kruglick
  • Publication number: 20140012656
    Abstract: “Self-Service Digital Coupon, Discount Deal and Weekly Ad Publishing and Management Method” is a method or process that in practice is to be used as a software design logic or algorithm, to develop a custom publishing computer software, integrated with a web server and database server for an end to end solution. All solution components for the applied method use an industry standard web server, database server and web development technologies. A user accesses the custom publishing software via a standard web browser, through the web site, to create or manage their digital coupon, discount deal or weekly ad as a self-service solution. This creation and management method uses a pre-built template gallery, eliminating the need for any third party tools, software or human interaction. The integrated web server, database server and custom publishing software process the user requests and instantly publish them to the web site for immediate availability to any internet users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Mohammed F. Hussain
  • Publication number: 20140012657
    Abstract: A clearinghouse for electronic coupons is provided to enable retailers to submit electronic coupons for redemption. A clearinghouse for electronic coupons can provide an application programming interface that retailers can use to interface their computer systems, such as a point of sale system, with the clearinghouse. The application programming interface allows retailers to submit electronic coupons for redemption automatically from the retailers' own computer systems thereby minimizing the overhead of accepting and redeeming electronic coupons. The clearinghouse can provide immediate notifications of the validity of a coupon or of the manufacturer's agreement to reimburse the value of the coupon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Begum
  • Publication number: 20140012655
    Abstract: A method of receiving discounts in exchange for social media advertising for items in a store, including, finding an item of interest at a store by a customer with a mobile device that is configured to execute a discount application; wherein an item code is displayed on or near the item; entering the item code into the mobile device; communicating the item code to a remote server computer to retrieve information about the item; retrieving the information about the item from the server, wherein the information includes one or more discount options that are provided responsive to publication of the item in a social network in which the customer participates; storing the information about the item and the discount options in a list that is accessible by the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: SHOP CLOUD LTD
    Inventors: Ami POLAK, Gilad Waksman, Jonathan Shpigel, Michael Bar-Zeev
  • Patent number: 8626845
    Abstract: The present invention relates to generating time relevant content for electronic communications, such as electronic mail (e-mail). The time relevant content is delivered when the electronic communications are acknowledged by the recipient based upon receipt of an electronic indicator, such as a returned request(s), at a home server. In the case of electronic mail, the time relevant content is dynamic, as it is assembled at the time the e-mail is opened, as opposed to the time when the e-mail is sent, as is the case with conventional or static e-mail and other similar electronic communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Adknowledge, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Lynn, Shane Brady, John Linden
  • Patent number: 8626581
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for distributing, generating, and redeeming discount Virtual Coupons™, rebate or gift certificates or the like which may be used on conjunction with a frequency card program or the like. Virtual Coupons™ may be distributed electronically, for example, in the form of a diskette or CD-ROM software. Software on the diskette or CD-ROM may prompt a consumer to call a 1-800 number for a validation number or code. During the phone call, telemarketing personnel may request consumer demographic and or identification information which may be entered into a centralized database. Once the software is validated, a consumer may print out a list selected Virtual Coupons™ displayed on a Graphical User Interface (GUI). When a product is purchased, the UPC code of the product may be compared electronically with a list of Virtual Coupons™ authorized for a particular consumer. An appropriate coupon discount may then be applied and the Virtual Coupon™ may be considered “redeemed”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Catalina Marketing Corporation
    Inventor: Scott N. Christensen
  • Publication number: 20130346164
    Abstract: A method includes providing, through an agent executing on a computing platform at a data processing device, a capability to a user of the data processing device to form a group of members. Each of the members is associated with a data processing device coupled to the data processing device forming the group through Internet. The method also includes generating, through the data processing device forming the group, a currency to be distributed across the members as a value exchange token for goods and/or services within the group, and providing a capability to each member to participate in management of the currency within the group. Further, the method includes recording currency transactions within the group through a currency server, and implementing demurrage on the currency to incentivize quick spending on part of the members. The demurrage is associated with a decrease in value of the currency over time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: RAJKUMAR RAMAMURTI
  • Publication number: 20130346181
    Abstract: A method for a retailer having an Internet shopping website to sell merchandise over the Internet. The method includes using a retailer server computer to manage access to the Internet shopping website of the retailer including providing members access to the Internet shopping website of the retailer via a co-branded Internet site primarily relating to non-retail activities of a first entity, wherein the members are subscribers of the co-branded Internet site. Using the retailer server computer further includes providing members with a discount on any purchases made using the Internet shopping website only when the members access the Internet shopping website via the co-branded Internet site. Providing members with the discount includes taking the discount off a price charged for any purchases made using the Internet shopping website only when the members access the Internet shopping website via the co-branded Internet site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Gerald STORCH, Bob GIAMPIETRO
  • Patent number: 8615439
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for managing transactions in which an order is specified online and payment is received at a point of sale (POS). Methods are disclosed for managing payment for such transactions at a POS, including transactions involving payment for both in-store purchases and online orders. Methods are also disclosed for managing inventory and price changes for such transactions where payment can occur at any time in a pay period following order creation. Also disclosed are methods for processing refunds for online orders for which payment was made at a POS. Finally, methods for preventing fraud and abuse as well as restricting the availability of this payment method for certain items are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Arjun Ramaratnam, Kenneth Hansen, Murad Dar, Puneet Srivastava, Richard Brett Gerry, Ruchitkumar A Shah, Sathya N Dharaneedharan
  • Patent number: 8612288
    Abstract: A method of facilitating access to a promotional offer, the method comprising: receiving at a server system a page request from a client device; and sending program code executable in a browser application to the client device in response to the page request, the program code being executable to display at least one promotional offer and a promotional code, to provide a flash object at a display position of the promotional code and, in response to selection of the flash object, to cause the promotional code to be copied to a user-accessible memory of the client device and to open a new browser display of the browser application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Retailmenot, Inc.
    Inventor: Guy Phillip William King
  • Publication number: 20130332258
    Abstract: Systems, computer-implemented methods, and computer-readable media for a customizable redemption header for merchant offers, such as online coupons, across browser instances are provided. In some embodiments, a user may open a merchant website in a first browser instance executing on a user device. An offers website may provide offers, such as online coupons, in a second browser instance executing on a user device. When a user selects an offer, an offer identifier may be stored in a browser-accessible storage device. The modification to the browser-accessible storage may be detected and a customizable redemption header having an offer redemption identifier, e.g., a coupon code, and instructions may be provided on the merchant webpage in response to the detection. Additionally, the customizable redemption header may provide user feedback requests upon submission of the coupon code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: RETAILMENOT, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas James Shiffert, Jagjit Singh Bath, Mike Paul Cravey, Greg Militello
  • Patent number: 8600805
    Abstract: A user of a personal computing device may identify multiple travel items of interest displayed for purchase by a network-based travel service. However, the user may not desire to purchase the travel items in a single purchase. Upon making a travel purchase that includes a first travel item that does not include a second travel item corresponding to the first travel item, the user may employ the network travel package service to search for second travel items corresponding to the first travel item, select from discounted travel packages including the first travel item and second travel items returned from the search, and purchase a discounted travel package. Beneficially, multiple travel items may be purchased separately while obtaining a package discount as compared to the stand-alone price of the travel items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Expedia, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn William Wallace, Barbara Perks, Michael Edward Hamm, Jada Michelle Williams, William George Long, Derek John Zumsteg, Michael Stephen Tuck-Lee, Lam Chi Ha
  • Patent number: 8595064
    Abstract: A host system and methods are provided for engaging consumers to interact with at least a sub-set of digital content provided by a third-party client. The client also provides associated user engagement criteria and reward criteria. A user community platform may be defined for engagement, and a user interface and delivery network are established accordingly. The host system engages a user to interact with the user interface, either by proactively inviting user interaction or by receiving a request for interaction with the user interface. The host displays digital content to the user which is selected based on user criteria and the user engagement criteria. Completion of user engagement is confirmed based on the reward criteria, after which access is provided to a predetermined reward. User engagement data is collected by the host in accordance with the engagement criteria and the client is provided access to the user engagement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: cWyze, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary L. Hagy, Jodie Lynn Morgan, Karen G. Narwold
  • Patent number: 8595049
    Abstract: Consumers provide marketers with genuine interest in a particular product, content type or service thereby establishing opportunities to market. Thus, the invention provides a system and a method to produce consumer-defined alerts and notifications about Internet information including a method for modeling consumer interest by tagging such information and aggregating consumer demand for a specific item thereby allowing private one-to-one marketing and aggregated reverse auctions. A method for monitoring and tracking changes to web resources and for managing and tracking the performance of associated marketing programs up to the point of sale. A processes for selection, dynamically storing and aggregating associated alerts data in response to consumer demand, as well as a method of selecting a resource and creating dynamic data to be combined and/or shared with other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventors: York Eggleston, Llewellyn G. Wall
  • Patent number: 8595061
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically generating targeted promotional offers for specific subscribers to an Internet based service. A database that stores details regarding subscriber purchases is accessed for purchased items data relating to a specific subscriber's purchases. This purchased items data is then analyzed to determine the specific subscriber's buying patterns. From this analysis of what the specific subscriber has previously purchased, a suitable item or service is determined to be offered to the specific subscriber to the Internet based service. The promotional offer may be made in conjunction with the gathering of customer or survey feedback data by way of questionnaires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Vivonet Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Bernhard Falk, Ryan Walter Volberg
  • Publication number: 20130311267
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatus for associating Emotional Motivators with a Product. The Emotional Motivators associated with the Products are correlated with Emotional Motivators associated with a Purchaser. Advice regarding a Purchase may be provided based upon the correlated Emotional Motivators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Davidson
  • Publication number: 20130311263
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to computer-implemented methods, software, and systems for generating and using discount keys associated with a particular sales person in association with sales within an enterprise online store. One example process includes operations for (i) identifying a discount key at a sales system associated with a prospective sale negotiated between a sales person and a prospective customer, (ii) determining at least one item associated with the identified discount key, (iii) determining at least one discount associated with the determined items associated with the identified discount key, (iii) facilitating completion of the prospective sale at the sales system for the prospective customer based on the at least one determined discount associated with the at least one determined item, and (iv) associating the completion of the prospective sale at the sales system with a sales account for the sales person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: SAP AG
    Inventors: Marco Sachs, Pascal Scheuermann