Online Discount Or Incentive Patents (Class 705/14.39)
  • Patent number: 8463851
    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: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Enpulz, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Bennett, Christopher C. Winslade
  • Publication number: 20130144696
    Abstract: Methods and systems facilitate electronic commerce by designating an initiator of a sale of an item that is advertised by a merchant at an offering price on an Internet web site. One embodiment comprises detecting performance of designated activities by associates of the initiator via the web site. Responsively to each performance an exclusive offer of the item for sale is made to the initiator at a progressively marked-down price. Another embodiment comprises progressively marking down the advertised price of items upon performance of designated activities by users of the web site and progressively marking up the price upon each purchase of one of the items by the users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: NETANEL RAISCH
  • Publication number: 20130144708
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to transmit deals, promotions and other manner of advertisements and offers to users of mobile devices that are relevant to the users' current location and intent. Users' current intent includes actions the user is likely to take in the near future, such as, for example, purchase a specific product or service. Users' probable intent is inferred from activities performed by users on their mobile devices such as, for example, user queries relating to products and services. Businesses set up offers that are directed to specific geospatial locations and specific user intent. When a user enters a geospatial location associated with an offer and manifests intent associated with the offer, the offer is transmitted to the user's mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: YELLOWPAGES.COM, LLC
    Inventors: David Lothele Williams, Rohan Koduvayur Krishnan Chandran, Kelvin Voon-Kit Chong, Srinivas A. Mandyam, Krishna Vedati
  • Patent number: 8458019
    Abstract: A system and method for using a discount display system are provided in which a plurality of purchase option screens are displayed to a user. For each discount-eligible item identifier selected by the user, the price of the item is added to the user's total, the current discount available to the user is re-calculated and the updated discount is displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Russell Sergiades
  • Patent number: 8452652
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus, and a computer program product for determining a combination of electronic coupons (e-coupons) for redemption by a retailer in a networked environment are disclosed. In the method, a check is made to determine if a selection of e-coupons complies with redeeming conditions for a purchase. If so, a further check is made to determine if two or more of the selected e-coupons are mutually exclusive. The selection of e-coupons complying with the redeeming conditions and being non-mutually exclusive is displayed. Preferably, the method includes suggesting to a user of an optimal or near optimal selection of e-coupons. The e-coupons may reside at a user's site, a third party's site, or a site of the retailer in the networked environment. The networked environment may be the Internet, an Intranet, an Extranet, a local area network, an ATM network, a wide area network and a wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rajkishore Barik, Parul A Mittal
  • Publication number: 20130124282
    Abstract: Advertising rewards and referrals are described, including detecting an interaction with an advertisement, recording the interaction, the interaction including an input being provided in response to the advertisement, generating a reward for the interaction, the reward being an action taken to provide a benefit in response to the interaction, analyzing data associated with the advertisement, the data including a plurality of documented interactions, and providing a result from analyzing the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Michael Hopwood
  • Publication number: 20130117088
    Abstract: An improved system and method of providing offer groups to curate an offer list of promotional offers from multiple offer sources in an online service is provided. Components for offer groups support operations accessible through a graphical use interface for creating, editing, joining, and searching for offer groups, as well as curating and viewing offers of offer groups. Such operations may be governed according to rules of membership of an offer group, roles of members of an offer group, rules of visibility of an offer group, and rules of curating promotional offers for the list of promotional offers of the offer group. A user may create an offer group which others may join to participate in curating offers of interest to the group. Or users may identify and join offer groups of interest to browse curated lists of promotional offers pertaining to those interests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: ChoozOn Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Hunter Madsen, June Oakes, William Nicholas Weir
  • Publication number: 20130117099
    Abstract: An improved system and method of providing offer groups to curate an offer list of promotional offers from multiple offer sources in an online service is provided. Components for offer groups support operations accessible through a graphical use interface for creating, editing, joining, and searching for offer groups, as well as curating and viewing offers of offer groups. Such operations may be governed according to rules of membership of an offer group, roles of members of an offer group, rules of visibility of an offer group, and rules of curating promotional offers for the list of promotional offers of the offer group. A user may create an offer group which others may join to participate in curating offers of interest to the group. Or users may identify and join offer groups of interest to browse curated lists of promotional offers pertaining to those interests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: ChoozOn Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Hunter Madsen, June Oakes, William Nicholas Weir
  • Publication number: 20130117097
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media that may be used to present advertisements to a first user based on the first user's interactions with one or more other users are provided. One method includes transmitting an electronic advertisement to a user computing device. The electronic advertisement includes an invitation for the user to receive a non-cash benefit in return for allowing an advertiser associated with the electronic advertisement access to one or more aspects of an account of the user on a social network. The method further includes receiving an indication that the user has accepted the invitation for the non-cash benefit, performing an action on behalf of the advertiser relating to the account of the user on the social network and providing a confirmation message to the user indicating that the non-cash benefit will be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Bachman
  • Publication number: 20130117098
    Abstract: An improved system and method for generating offers from marketing communications is provided. Marketing communications, including marketing emails, may be received, and offer information may be extracted from the marketing communications. A marketing message retrieved may be parsed to identify and extract offer information including the brand, headline text, description, and other content. Offers may be generated from the offer information extracted from the marketing communications, and may be stored in persistent storage for serving to users of an online offer service through a variety of user interfaces. In various embodiments, messages identified from recognized brands may be presented in a graphical user interface for a user to read with messages from unrecognized brands. Furthermore, either the message or an offer generated from a message may be displayed in various embodiments through a variety of user interfaces where its relevance may be specified by a user's interests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: ChoozOn Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Hunter Madsen, June Oakes, William Nicholas Weir
  • Publication number: 20130117095
    Abstract: An improved system and method of providing offer groups to curate an offer list of promotional offers from multiple offer sources in an online service is provided. Components for offer groups support operations accessible through a graphical use interface for creating, editing, joining, and searching for offer groups, as well as curating and viewing offers of offer groups. Such operations may be governed according to rules of membership of an offer group, roles of members of an offer group, rules of visibility of an offer group, and rules of curating promotional offers for the list of promotional offers of the offer group. A user may create an offer group which others may join to participate in curating offers of interest to the group. Or users may identify and join offer groups of interest to browse curated lists of promotional offers pertaining to those interests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: ChoozOn Coporation
    Inventors: Mark Hunter Madsen, June Oakes, William Nicholas Weir
  • Publication number: 20130117096
    Abstract: A system and method may comprise providing, via a computing device, a connection link to an end user device having a network connectivity access network element; extracting, via an advertisement server, an offer of a value voucher unique to the end user from a database connected to the advertisement server and presenting, through the end user device, an offer of the value voucher to the end user; receiving, via the computing device, from the end user an acceptance of the value voucher; and storing the value voucher in a coupon database in an Internet accessible coupon storage locker unique to the end user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Reuben Klein, Karen Mullis, Steven A. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20130110613
    Abstract: A communication system and method between independent service providers and customers can include registering a plurality of work histories from a plurality of independent service providers, each work history being distinguishable from another work history according to a plurality of information data fields. At least one merited work history can be located corresponding to one or more search terms entered by a user and selected with respect to the plurality of information data fields of the on-line system among the registered present work history and past work history of the independent service providers. The located merited work history data of an independent service provider can be displayed using a geographic user interface. Each work history, delivered by and entered from a corresponding independent service provider to an on-line system, can include a service type, a service time period, and a service location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: REGAIN HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventor: REGAIN HOLDINGS LLC
  • Publication number: 20130103488
    Abstract: An advertising device is provided which can be affixed to a nozzle for dispensing liquid products, such as a gasoline dispensing nozzle of a gasoline pump. This advertising device has a display platform and means for releasable attachment to the gasoline pump nozzle. The information depicted upon the advertising platform can included both text and graphic information, the latter being scannable by a smart phone or comparable device, to thereby direct the customer to the web site of the advertiser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher Orloff
  • Publication number: 20130097005
    Abstract: Techniques for providing group discounts are described. A group discount package is configured by associating a plurality of different items with the package, associating a discount price with each item, and associating a threshold value with at least one item. One or more actions that have corresponding threshold values may also be associated with the package. The group discount package may be offered by enabling users to request to purchase items associated with the package. Each user may request to purchase one or more of the items associated with the package at the associated discount price. Furthermore, the users may be enabled to perform any actions associated with the package. A deal with the package is confirmed when each associated threshold value is met.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Jie Yang, Liang Zhang, Belle Tseng
  • Publication number: 20130097006
    Abstract: A system for selling and administering the redemption of travel site access and other privileges to consumers has a computer connected to the Internet that pushes and pulls data to and from a database including site and privilege data, such as, description, cost, purchases, access code, privilege redemption and promotion data. The consumer may purchase access to sites and goods over the Internet and are provided with an access code which can be presented to the consumer in a variety of forms in accordance with the consumer's preference. In one embodiment, the code is sent to a mobile phone or computer. Optionally, the mobile device can communicate with a point of sale device to allow access to a given site. The mobile device may also be used to send promotions, such as discounts, to the consumer, which may be programmatically selected and sent based upon logistical, empirical, timing and marketing criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventors: Darran Evans, Amanda Truman, Victor Leitch, Alasdair Macdonald, Ken McRobb, David Robb, Steven Saunders
  • Patent number: 8423401
    Abstract: The invention includes an improved system and method for creating, distributing and storing vouchers. The method includes a loyalty system obtaining a loyalty card account having a unique identifier and loyalty points associated therewith, accessing a loyalty database utilizing the unique identifier, converting at least a portion of the loyalty points to a first value associated with a first merchant, saving the first value in a first database associated with the loyalty card, converting at least a portion of the loyalty points to a second value associated with a second merchant, saving the second value along with other voucher information as an electronic voucher in a second database associated with the loyalty card, redeeming the first value at a first merchant and redeeming the electronic voucher at a second merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Donna A. Antonucci, Theodore S. Voltmer
  • Publication number: 20130091006
    Abstract: Provided is a communication system and method that may control a network access through an access point (AP) using an advertisement. The communication system may include an advertisement server to maintain an advertisement database (DB), and an internet sharer to control an access by a terminal to a network. The internet sharer may receive an advertisement from the advertisement server so as to provide the advertisement to the terminal when a request for a network access is received from the terminal, and may allow the terminal to access the network when the advertisement is executed in the terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicants: NEOMTECH CO., LTD., HANWHA SOLUTION & CONSULTING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Shin Kim, Heung Soo Park
  • Publication number: 20130085828
    Abstract: Methods and systems provided can incentivize consuming, sharing, and interacting with online content by providing redeemable points to users for their interaction with content. Points may be redeemed for real or virtual goods and services. Profiles on social networking websites relating to users or their social circles can be mined using natural language processing to determine topical interests relevant to users to facilitate displaying online content most likely to be of interest to users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew Michael Schuster
  • Publication number: 20130085836
    Abstract: A method allows participants of a social medium or network to unrestricted communication with each other (i.e., without first requiring a pre-established connection or relationship between the communicating participants), without an unacceptable risk of unwanted or unwelcomed communications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: PageBites, Inc.
    Inventor: PageBites, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130085827
    Abstract: A merchant provides a consumer with its email address along with at least a portion of one or more images of coupons. The consumer selects a desired coupon for redemption and sends an email to the merchant attaching the image or a portion of the image, or the URL or a Quick Response Symbol (QR code) of the coupon. The merchant, upon receipt, verifies the authenticity of the coupon and redeems it if valid. The merchant accumulates and stores emails from consumers who have sought redemption of coupons. These accumulated consumer emails and email addresses are analyzed to determine how the emails and/or email addresses can used by the merchant for communicating with consumers by email to promote the merchant's goods and services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventor: Connie Lynn Jenkins
  • Patent number: 8412536
    Abstract: A system that facilitates publishing and consuming information that is of time sensitivity, for example, price information. Methods are employed to achieve completeness and freshness in information for a given domain. A preferred embodiment is a shopping site that is capable of comparing prices, purchasing bundled products and dealing with coupons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Namul Applications LLC
    Inventors: Yu Cao, Leonard Kleinrock
  • Patent number: 8412170
    Abstract: Apparatus comprising at least one processor configured to compare an identifier of a calling party with one or more contacts of a receiving party to determine privilege information associated with the calling party, the privilege information providing one or more authorised receiving party location-based responses. The apparatus further comprising at least one processor configured to determine a location of the receiving party and provide an associated authorised response to the calling party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Timo Tokkonen
  • Publication number: 20130080242
    Abstract: A computer implemented method and system for dynamically profiling users for incentivized targeting of multimedia content to the users in a networked environment is provided. A server creates an advertiser network comprising advertisers and member websites, and creates a user network of users. The advertisers submit the multimedia content, advertising information, and targeting criteria to the server. The server and one or more publisher websites acquire marketing data from the users for creating dynamic user profiles for the users. The server and/or the publisher websites target the multimedia content to the users based on the created dynamic user profiles. The server and/or a client device of each of the users confirm viewing of the multimedia content using a challenge, random in content. The server and/or the publisher websites compensate the users by crediting the users with items of value based on confirmation of the viewing of the multimedia content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Laurent Daniel Alhadeff, Richard Adem Smullen, Jeremy Abraham Sterns
  • Patent number: 8407621
    Abstract: A facility for coordinating an online discussion is described. The facility receives an indication that a user has captured a machine-readable symbol encoding an identifier that identifies a particular online discussion. In response, the facility incorporates into an online forum that hosts this online discussion an indication that this user captured a symbol encoding an identifier that identifies this online discussion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: John-Alistair George, Adam Connelly
  • Patent number: 8407026
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems are described that provide methods for quantifying an entity's reaction to one or more communication signals by quantifying a probabilistic relationship between the communication signal and a known relationship of an attribute to the communication signal. With this quantification, the entity's reaction can be modeled as probability distributions that can be compared to the communication signal and known relationship. With this information, an entity's reactions can be compared to an ideal algorithm that optimally integrates the known relationships and communication signals to arrive at an optimal reaction. By making this comparison between the entity's reaction and an optimal reaction, a quantitative calibration measure can be determined. The meaning of the communication signals, or relationships to an attribute, may or may not be known and in embodiments the quantification of reactions can provide an ability to estimate an unknown attribute from the communication signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Aptima, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik J. Schlicht
  • Publication number: 20130073374
    Abstract: Alternative computer based systems and methods are provided for mobile device, mobile banking, server and/or cloud based internet access to a geospatial website for a multidimensional representation of information and/or scalable versions of web content that comprises social networking and/or socially conscious information and/or activities, digital coupons and discounts, and multi-dimensional and scalable geospatial mapping associated with entities providing and/or members of the coupons and/or social networking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Stephan Heath
  • Publication number: 20130073377
    Abstract: Mobile device based systems and methods are provided for combined delivery system that will allow shoppers to search and pay for their purchases, redeem coupons and earn reward points via the web or a mobile device or portable device to engage in social networking integration & mobile: services, payment, wallet, express checkout, money transfer, social media widgets, keywords, coupons, instant messaging marketing, voting, eCards, short codes, commerce, shopping, push content, geo-mobile, and geo-social services (collectively referred to as “Mobile Services”) with access to advertisements, daily deal coupons and free or discounted printable coupons, products & services, clickable advertisements & mobile advertisements by geo-target location from merchants, business owners, B2B business directory, retailers and major brands around the world, in combination with geospatial website for a multidimensional representation of information and/or scalable versions of web content associated with entities pro
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Stephan Heath
  • Publication number: 20130073375
    Abstract: A method includes providing, through a server device, a number of wearable apparel garments to an entity and monitoring readings of near-field communication tags associated with the number of wearable apparel garments procured from the entity through a number of reader devices of a corresponding number of another human mammals. The method also includes transmitting a profile information of the human mammal wearing the wearable apparel garment to the reader device of the another human mammal and/or a geospatial information of the reader device to the server device configured to collect information from the number of reader devices. Further, the method includes obtaining, through the server device and/or another server device, information related to market intelligence based on the transmitted profile information and/or the geospatial information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: Trademarkia, Inc.
    Inventor: Raj Vasant Abhyanker
  • Publication number: 20130073376
    Abstract: Alternative computer based systems and methods are provided for online, server and/or cloud based internet access to online advertisements, auctions, products, services, service providers, media and entertainment, sports, personal & financial network, real estate, service providers and business owners e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Stephan Heath
  • Publication number: 20130066703
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a central hub may establish a preference profile associated with a user, and the preference profile may include, for example at least some information not provided by the user. Catalogue data may then be exchanged between the central hub and a first and second retailer that store product information in association with a enterprise data management systems. The central hub may receive user information associated with the user (including location information) from a remote user device. Based on (i) the user information, (ii) the catalogue data from the first and second retailers, and (iii) a set of business rules established at the central hub, an offer may be selected and information about the selected offer may be transmitted to the remote user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Elad Razy, Saleem Boshnak, Ronen Cohen, Oren Haze
  • Publication number: 20130066704
    Abstract: A savings system that utilizes a website on a server having an administrator that is implemented over an electronic network. The website has software that is able to electrically communicate with a plurality of consumers, product and service provider databases, and product manufacturer databases. Each of the plurality of consumers receive a card that provides consumer information to a database that is communicated to the website and based on the activity of the plurality of consumers or team of consumers savings and discounts are provided to an account.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Abdul Raheeda Hodge
  • Publication number: 20130060627
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses enabling a proximity-dependent shopping offer. In some embodiments, the techniques determine, based on information about a user of a mobile device, that the user is likely to be interested in a particular product. The techniques may also determine that the user is conveniently near to a store at which to purchase the product. By so doing, the techniques enable stores to target offers to a person that is likely to be interested in visiting the store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Joshua C. Harrison
  • Publication number: 20130054346
    Abstract: A method for providing HIPAA and HITECH compliant targeted advertising to patients. The method including receiving information for posting and target audience criteria from a client entity, identifying, without disclosing any medical information to the client entity, a subset of patients which meet the received target audience criteria by searching the medical records of the plurality of patients, processing the information for the subset of patients, generating and sending an electronic message to the subset of patients identified by the identifying, which notifies the subset of patients that an opportunity exists and is accessible via a website, without specifically identifying the opportunity and in response to the completion of the processing, displaying a portion of the information to each of the subset of the patients which logs into the website and enabling a second portion of the information to be accessed in response to a selection on the website.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Ronald D. SEKURA
  • Publication number: 20130054345
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, computer-readable medium and system are disclosed for acquiring data with respect to a user. In some embodiments, a computational algorithm may determine whether to provide one or more products and/or services to a user. The products and/or services may be related to banking. In some embodiments, a device may receive a request for products/services. After an initial examination of the request, the device may make a determination that more information is needed. A request for the additional information may be transmitted, and the transmitted request may include one or more incentives for voluntarily disclosing the information. In some embodiments, the requested additional information may include verified income and/or expenses. A response to the request for additional information may be received at the device. The device may analyze the response and may extend an offer for products/services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Erik Stephen Ross, Mei-Ling In Johnson, Bhupendra Rathore, Alexander Azariy Shenkar, Susan S. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8386309
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system for validating, redeeming, and financially settling paper coupons coded with a GS1 barcode and 8110 Application Identifier comprises a real time network through which a Point-of-Sale (POS) terminal communicates directly to, or through a POS controller, with an Intelligent Clearing Network (ICN) server. One or both of the POS terminal and POS controller are installed with a ICN POS data bridge which stores computer code. The ICN server is configured to run a real time application while in communication with the POS terminal, wherein the POS terminal transmits paper coupon data elements read from the GS1 barcode and other consumer transaction information including universal product codes purchased, and transaction details to the ICN server via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Intelligent Clearing Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard B. Thibedeau, Brian Schulte, Michael Skelton, Gary Oakley, Jon Robertson
  • Publication number: 20130041737
    Abstract: A coupon creation, publication, and redemption system and method includes a business account module at a server configured to assign a deal creation power to a product or service provider accessing a website with a client, and a coupon generation module configured to generate a listing of a deal and a predetermined number of coupons associated with a deal. The coupon is published via the website. The provider's history of coupon generation is tracked. Coupon grabbing and redemption powers are assigned to a consumer. The consumer grabs the coupons via the website, and its history of coupon grabbing is tracked. When a sale consummated, the grabbed coupon is marked as redeemed, while both the consumer's and the provider's history of coupon redemption is updated. The consumer's grabbing power is transformed in accordance with at least one of the consumer's coupon grabbing and coupon redemption history.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Rajeev Mishra, Dheeraj Mishra
  • Publication number: 20130041747
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to one or more configured computing systems identifying when decoupled content includes a companion content pair (e.g., a first content and a second content) that can be synchronously or interchangeably presented. Further, aspects of the present disclosure relate to providing a limited portion of at least one content item of a companion content pair, such as sample portions or trial use portions, and enabling playback of the limited portion synchronized with or as an alterative to the corresponding item of companion content. In some embodiments, a user may be enabled to acquire the complete content item either during or after consumption of the limited portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Beth Anderson, Ajay Arora, Guy A. Story
  • Publication number: 20130030895
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method comprises receiving an indication that a user selected social network data that is displayed, on a client device, concurrently with offer data that indicates a coupon offer; wherein prior to receiving the indication, the user of the client device is incapable of accessing the coupon offer; in response to receiving the indication that the user selected the social network data, allowing the user to access the coupon offer, and causing a message to be sent to each user of a plurality of users that are identified, in a social network, as connected to the user, wherein the message includes data about the coupon offer or a coupon provider that initiated the coupon offer; wherein the method is performed by one or more computing devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Matthias Eichstaedt, Deepak Goel, Sunil Keshav Bopardikar
  • Publication number: 20130030904
    Abstract: A system, method, and article of manufacture for generating a digital pass is disclosed. The method may comprise retrieving a plurality of identity attributes, and grouping a subset of identity attributes in the plurality of identity attributes to generate at least one digital pass. The method may further comprise grouping a subset of static identity attributes and a subset of dynamic identity attributes to generate a digital pass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Dilip Aidasani, Kimberly Alderfer, Kate T. King, Anup Anil Parekh, Abbas-Ali Hassan Rajwanit, Stuart Rolinson
  • Publication number: 20130030905
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems directed to allowing users of a social networking system to promote specific social networking objects in exchange for payment. In particular embodiments, promoted social networking objects may be exported to a sponsored story system for display in a sponsored story area of the promoting user's friends' home pages. In particular embodiments, the promoted social networking objects may be pinned for a predetermined amount of time, clicks, or impressions at the top of the news feeds for the first degree connections of the promoting user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Prashant Chandra Fuloria, Gokul Rajaram
  • Publication number: 20130030902
    Abstract: A method for providing consumer discount offers from a merchant using a central computer host system including defining a discount offer associated with a merchant and prescribing consumer parameters for the discount offer. Consumer demographic parameters stored in the central computer host system are analyzed with the prescribed consumer parameters to identify those consumers to whom the merchant discount offer is applicable to. The identified consumers are provided in real-time the discount offer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: David Paschkes, Joseph W. Barnett
  • Publication number: 20130030897
    Abstract: A system, method, and article of manufacture for generating a digital pass is disclosed. The method may comprise retrieving a plurality of identity attributes, and grouping a subset of identity attributes in the plurality of identity attributes to generate at least one digital pass. The method may further comprise grouping a subset of static identity attributes and a subset of dynamic identity attributes to generate a digital pass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Dilip Aidasani, Kimberly Alderfer, Kate T. King, Anup Anil Parekh, Abbas-Ali Hassan Rajwani, Stuart Rolinson
  • Publication number: 20130024268
    Abstract: A method of establishing an association between a content item and an additional content item is disclosed, the content item published by a source that is external to a network-based publication system and the additional content item published by a source that is internal to the network-based publication system. A specification of an association between a portion of the content item and an additional content item is received. A product web tag is generated based on the specification of the association between the portion of the content item and the additional content item. A request is sent to share the product web tag on a server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Kumaresan Manickavelu
  • Publication number: 20130024881
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer readable media, and apparatuses for electronically clipping coupons are presented. In one aspect, a user request to electronically clip a vendor coupon may be received at a user device, where the vendor may be different from a supplier of the content. Account information associated with the user may be identified. Thereafter, information identifying the electronically clipped coupon and the account information may be transmitted to the vendor. The vendor subsequently may allow the user to redeem the clipped coupon the next time that the user visits the vendor and presents matching account information to the vendor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Jianju Liu
  • Publication number: 20130013391
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system and method for dynamic frequency capping with escalating offers. The method includes accessing a user identification system to uniquely identify a user and an offer database to identify an offer campaign to be presented to the user. The method then includes determining that the number of times that a first offer has been presented to the user has exceeded a threshold associated with the first offer or that the user has declined a first offer, accessing the offer database to identify an alternative offer to be presented to the user and presenting the alternative offer to the user. The alternative offer may represent enhanced value over the first offer. A counter is incremented in the offer database associated with a number of views of the alternative offer by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Mark Douglas, Kevaughn Bullock, Takuju Ueda
  • Publication number: 20130013383
    Abstract: A system and method for providing mobile vouchers are provided. The mobile voucher system facilitates merchant auto-scaling in which the system is able to scale and acquire merchants. The mobile voucher system also facilitates consumers who can create their own deals/vouchers using the mobile voucher system. The mobile voucher system also facilitates consumer referral rewards where consumers can earn reward points for the purchasing activity of friends in their online social networks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: Mobile Spinach, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio Vitti, John Vitti
  • Publication number: 20130006738
    Abstract: Systems and methods for distributing shared electronic coupons are provided. According to one aspect, the electronic coupon may include a coupon benefit display region displaying a textual and/or graphical representation of a coupon benefit. The electronic coupon may further include a candidate display region displaying a list of one or more friends of the user who are determined to be redeemer candidates from among friends in a social network profile or address book of the user. Each redeemer candidate friend in the list has an associated selector, and selection by the user of a selector corresponding to a friend causes the client device to send a message to a coupon server to instruct the coupon server to send the electronic coupon to a client device of the selected friend. Predictive models generated through machine learning may aid in selecting the user to which coupons are distributed and the redeemer candidates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric Horvitz, Roger Barga, Lili Cheng, Doug Burger, Vinay Gupta, Xuedong Huang, Zachary Apter
  • Publication number: 20130006752
    Abstract: A system for online sales with automatic rebate and coupon redemption provides customers making online purchases to automatically retrieve and redeem all applicable rebates and coupons during an online 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 makes purchases from merchants or manufacturers using all applicable coupons and rebates and then sells the products to the customers, passing the savings to them. The system automatically retrieves 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 and to retrieve manufacturer's and merchant's coupons prior to an online purchasing activity for subsequent submission to an online merchant during a subsequent purchasing activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: ENPULZ, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Bennett, Christopher C. Winslade
  • Publication number: 20130006751
    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: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: ENPULZ, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Bennett, Christopher C. Winslade