New Valpak App Brings Location Based Customers

New Junaio Valpak App brings location based customers to your business.  It’s noon, you’re starved, on Main St. looking south.  You reach for your smart phone, and face the camera ahead of you.  It displays offers just ahead, with directions.  You turn, facing east and notice the cafe across the street has an offer for a free appetizer.  You  show your phone to redeem the offer and enjoy a great meal.  Is your business attracting smart phone users?

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In our line of work, we see client logos of all types.  As one might guess they range from outstanding to outstandingly horrid.  I’ve had the question come up occasionally from clients that don’t have a logo and when making their first ad rush to get something made to represent their business.  While logo design in and of itself isn’t something we traditionally get involved with, I came across this article that might help point any business owners in the direction of a good design.

It gets pretty funny towards the end with the samples.  The one with the house and sun looks more like an Oscar award was put where the sun doesn’t shine.  Read on below.

How to choose a logo designer.

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We often get calls at our Valpak office asking if we have airport parking coupons, and as the moderator of this website, I see folks quite frequently searching for “valpak airport parking”. The answer is yes, we have airport parking advertisers, but we don’t always have extra coupons in our building. I recommend trying the below link for airport parking coupons from Valpak.com, or visiting Valpak.com, entering your hometown zip code, and searching for airport parking. Any available coupons can be printed right from your computer, right when you need them.

http://www.valpak.com/coupons/query?keywords=airport+parking&geo=19064&x=0&y=0

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More and more consumers every day are reaching for coupons online, and finding them at Valpak.com.  Have a look at this video of local press coverage in KCAL 9 news.

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Valpak is giving away $100 gift cards, or a full set of Pyrex cookware, as part of a Facebook promotion and sweepstakes partnership with Sandra Lee.  Valpak is always looking for new and creative ways to connect with our audience, and our over 15,000 Facebook fans.  Click the image above to watch the video that provides the details, and then enter!

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Microsoft is responding to the online coupon frenzy by adding results about special deals to its Bing search engine, both on its desktop and mobile versions.

The new feature, provided in partnership with deal aggregator website The Dealmap, lets Bing serve up links to 200,000 coupons and offers from businesses in 14,000 U.S. cities.

The offers come from online coupon providers like Groupon, Living Social and Restaurant.com, Microsoft said on Thursday in a blog post.

The goal is to make it easier for Bing users “to discover, share and search for the best deals in your area — all from one place,” wrote Andy Chu, a Microsoft director of product management.

Online coupon sites have taken off in a big way in the past year, led by Groupon, a daily deals website founded in late 2008 that recently closed a funding round worth almost US$1 billion after turning down a reported $6 billion acquisition offer from Google.

Yahoo and Google are developing their own services for deals and coupons.

Announced in November, Yahoo’s program is called Local Offers and will provide deals, offers and coupons from local merchants. Yahoo’s initial partners include Groupon, LivingSocial, DealOn, Zozi, Tippr, Coupons.com and Valpak.

Full article post below at PC World.

Microsoft’s Bing Taps Into Online Coupon Fever – PCWorld.

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Sandra Lee to share tips, recipes, prizes and live Facebook chat with Valpak fans

LARGO, Fla., March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Sandra Lee returns to the Valpak Blue Envelope with a chance to enter and win one of 15 Pyrex® kitchen “bakeovers” now through April 8.

Sandra lends her cheery know-how to her magazine, Semi-Homemade and helps readers “Keep it simple, keep it smart and keep it semi-homemade,” using her trademark 70/30 Semi-Homemade® philosophy, which combines 70 percent ready-made products with 30 percent fresh ingredients.

With the kitchen bakeover sweepstakes, Sandra will bring a little bit of her kitchen to your kitchen with chances to win a full set of Pyrex bakeware valued at $250, a 1-year subscription to Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Magazine, and a signed copy of her latest kitchen helper, Sandra Lee Bake Sale Cookbook, whose proceeds go to Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry.

Consumers can look for Sandra Lee on the Valpak envelope, or go to Valpak.com for further details and to enter for a chance to win the Pyrex bakeover, see recipes and receive a free trial issue of Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade magazine.

“I know the value of coupons,” said Sandra, who grew up with a grandmother who showed her not only how to cook, but taught her the value of a dollar. “My magazine is packed with semi-homemade tips to make life less complicated and less expensive – and Valpak is packed with offers that do the same,” she said.  Sandra is also the host of the Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade Cooking and Money-Saving Meals television shows, publisher of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine, and author of Semi-Homemade Cooking and an additional 23 cookbooks.

Additionally, Sandra Lee will participate in a live chat, and will share a special announcement on March 3 at 8 – 9 p.m. EST via Valpak’s Facebook page wall. Fans of the Valpak page are invited to “Ask Sandra Lee” for advice concerning their food, craft and decor dilemmas, and can join in the fun by going to www.facebook.com/valpak.

Consumers can also enter for a chance to win one of 5 additional Pyrex bakeware prizes through Facebook. Consumers who “like” the Valpak Facebook page will have a chance to win weekly prizes of either a full set of Pyrex bakeware or a $100 gift card.  The promotion will last for nine weeks from through April 24.

“Valpak is known for valuable services and savings to help consumers live well and spend less.  Sandra is the expert in living beautifully on a budget.  Together it’s a perfect match,” said Deanna Willsey, director of corporate communications at Valpak.

About Sandra Lee (www.sandralee.com)

Sandra Lee has a passion for simple solutions that create dramatic results in all areas of home life.  She is editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Magazine, the host of Sandra Lee Celebrates, a series of primetime specials on HGTV and two highly rated television shows on Food Network, the multi-Emmy-nominated Semi-Homemade Cooking and Sandra’s Money Saving Meals.  Sandra Lee is also a The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-three books including the much anticipated 2011 spring release Sandra Lee Bake Sale Cookbook.

About Valpak®

Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America, is owned and operated by Cox Target Media, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Media Group. With nearly 180 franchises throughout the United States and Canada, The Blue Envelope® delivers savings and value to nearly 40 million households each month. Annually, Valpak will distribute some 20 billion offers inserted in more than 500 million envelopes. Valpak also offers digital solutions with www.Valpak.com®, an online site for local savings, which has nearly 40 million offer views each month, as well as mobile phones, including apps for iPhone™,  iPod touch®, Android™, Palm® Pre™ and Blackberry®, and  Microsoft Windows® Phone 7 platforms. For more information, please contact 1-800-676-6878.

About Cox Media Group

Cox Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, is an integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. With $1.8 billion in revenue, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, four metro newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.  Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America.   For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.

Contact information:

Marsha Strickhouser

8605 Largo Lakes Drive

Largo, FL 33773

727-399-3175 – office

marsha_strickhouser@valpak.com

Get Ready for a Kitchen Bakeover with Sandra Lee and the Blue… — LARGO, Fla., March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –.

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