In case you've been living under a rock with a bad Internet connection lately, you probably know online coupons are growing in popularity. Whether they be discounts offered through websites such as Patch, Groupon or Living Social, consumers are learning the importance of snagging deals to get by in Michigan.
Entrepreneur Brian Giles tapped into the market of e-discounts just this past year with his West Bloomfield-based company, OyWhataDeal. The website offers a variety of daily discounts for local eateries, entertainment and other services.
"When I decided to start OyWhataDeal, I thought about the northern suburbs of Michigan," Giles said. "I wanted to find a way to provide the Jewish community in West Bloomfield with an innovative way to share in their community. I came up with the idea because it's just that: a creative way for local residents to engage in the community and also try new things."
Giles, 46, who was an entrepreneur in the real estate industry for the past 28 years before launching OyWhataDeal in December, decided to create OyWhataDeal to give back to the community and provide an easy way for West Bloomfield consumers to enjoy local favorites such as and , as well as new businesses.
Via OyWhatADeal, business owners in West Bloomfield can also submit their company information to Giles in hopes of being featured on the homepage alongside a coupon of their own. Upon receiving the information, Giles will work with interested organizations to create a deal for Internet patrons.
Additionally, residents are encouraged to sign up for daily “Deal Alerts” – emails that highlight the daily discount deals featured on OyWhatADeal. Patrons can also browse past deals.
“With the upcoming Jewish holiday, Passover, quickly approaching, OyWhataDeal is featuring a deal for the online store AllThingsJewish.com, which is a site that offers Passover gifts," Giles said. "... it provides West Bloomfield residents with a quick and easy way to purchase their gifts at a discounted rate.”
OyWhataDeal is run by Giles and his business partner, David Bookstaff, who primarily focuses on company sales. Business is going well for the young company, Giles said.
"So far, it's been very exciting running OyWhataDeal," he said. "I've received some wonderful feedback from both vendors and patrons. People are always looking for the next best thing, and this provides them with an easy way to use an online source to their advantage."
To learn more about what OyWhataDeal has to offer, to sign up for the site’s Daily Alerts or submit local business information, visit OyWhatADeal.com.