October 21, 2010 16:30 ET

Ning and Groupon Team Up to Bring GEO-Targeted Daily Deals to Ning Powered Social Websites

Global Distribution Brings Groupon Deals to 75 Million Monthly Unique Visitors Across Ning

PALO ALTO, CA and CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - October 21, 2010) -  Ning, the world's largest platform for creating custom social websites, is partnering with Groupon, the original daily local deal website, to extend the global reach of daily Groupon offers to participating Ning customers. This custom Groupon integration further demonstrates Ning's commitment to providing Ning Creators with a powerful, turnkey platform that offers unparalleled customization and an ever-increasing array of revenue-generating opportunities.

Coming on the heels of Groupon's international expansion and the recent launch of Ning Everywhere, this partnership enables Ning Creators from around the world to add the geo-targeted Groupon widget with just the press of a button. These daily deals enhance the overall experience of any Ning social website, and adds another integrated monetization option for Ning Creators. With more than 5,000 new social websites created on Ning every month, Groupon will regularly reach tens of millions of visitors, worldwide, with exclusive local deals.

"Ning is a dynamic platform where content and social conversations intersect -- an ideal environment to share the latest Groupon deal with friends," said Rob Solomon, President and COO of Groupon. "We're excited to deliver the best, most relevant deals to the nearly 75 million unique visitors that the Ning network touches around the world each month."

"Identifying new premium partners that expand the value we bring to Ning Creators is essential to our success as the leading platform for creating custom social websites," said Jason Rosenthal, Ning CEO. "Through this exclusive partnership with Groupon, we provide targeted, compelling and valuable content to members across the Ning platform and give Ning Creators a new path to monetization."

Ning Creators can apply to participate at in the beta program today. This feature will be rolled out across the Ning platform within the next 90 days.

About Ning

Ning is the leading online platform for the world's organizers, activists and influencers to create social experiences that inspire action. For brands of all shapes and sizes, Ning makes it easy to build custom and powerful social websites. Ning Networks span categories like politics, entertainment, small business, non-profits, education and more, connecting millions of people every day around the topics they are passionate about. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Ning was co-founded in October 2004 by Chairman Marc Andreessen and is privately held. For more information, visit

About Groupon

Groupon, launched in November 2008 in Chicago, features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, eat, see and buy in more than 250 markets around the world. Groupon uses collective buying power to offer unbeatable prices and provide a win-win for businesses and consumers, delivering nearly 200 deals daily throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, visit

To get Groupon's daily free email for the best in your city, subscribe at

For more information on Groupon apps for the iPhone and Android, visit

To learn more on how to become a featured business on Groupon, visit

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