Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Everyone loves a deal!

New Local Deal Discovery Service Aggregates the Largest Number

of Local Deals on the Web

The Dealmap™ also gives consumers easy access to popular daily deals with listings

from nearly 100 local daily deal sites

May 11, 2010 – MENLO PARK, CA – The Dealmap (http://www.thedealmap.com), the most comprehensive source for consumers to find and share local deals, today announced the public launch of its service. Available now throughout the U.S. and U.K., The Dealmap aggregates more than 300,000 local deals on its website, and allows consumers to sign up for daily deal emails and deal alerts via Twitter in more than 20 cities. As part of today’s product launch, The Dealmap has also published publicly available APIs for its unique local deal data which developers can access from its website. Six launch partners have already signed up to use these APIs to integrate The Dealmap's content to enhance their services.

The Dealmap cuts through the maze of paper coupons, e-mail newsletters and stacks of newspaper ads to help consumers easily find local deals, coupons and discounts that appeal to their personal interests, all in one place. People will find deals for businesses in their neighborhood ranging from offers from national sources like Restaurant.com, Citysearch and Merchant Circle, to deals from social media sources like Foursquare and Twitter, to the largest collection of popular daily deals, and even unadvertised, previously hard-to-find deals from individual merchants. By aggregating the largest number of deals from local businesses, providing powerful browsing and filtering functionality, and including game-like incentives and rewards, The Dealmap makes finding and sharing deals fun, useful and rewarding. Owned and operated by Center’d Corp., The Dealmap also integrates content and technology from the popular Center’d® site, including aggregated and summarized data from consumer reviews about local businesses to help consumers find deals based on their interests.

“The confluence of consumer demand for local deals, location-based services and social media presents a very large market opportunity, and we are well positioned to capitalize on these trends,” said Jennifer Dulski, co-founder and chief executive officer of Center’d. “Our local expertise, combined with our ability to integrate hundreds of partners, has enabled us to create an exciting and intuitive way for people to find and share great local deals.”

In the coming weeks, the Dealmap will also launch an iPhone application, enhancing the benefits of the service by allowing consumers access to the largest number of local deals where ever they are.

Bringing Hard-to-Find Deals Online

In addition to aggregating local deals from the largest number of existing sources, The Dealmap aims to make previously hard-to-find deals easily discoverable. Many such deals are not actively advertised and are only promoted at local businesses themselves. The Dealmap makes it easy for both businesses and consumers to add deals for free, and will make this functionality available on its soon-to-be-released mobile applications as well. To make submitting deals and using the site fun and competitive for consumers, The Dealmap has created game-like features and rewards. People can attain status levels, collect badges, and even receive free gift certificates by becoming “Deal Heroes” and submitting deals that help others save money. Businesses who submit deals can instantly gain distribution throughout The Dealmap network, including its website, social media applications, emails, partner sites, and future mobile applications.

Largest Local Deal Source Available to Developers

In conjunction with the launch of its service, The Dealmap has created publicly available APIs that enable developers to add unique local deal content to their sites or applications for free. The APIs allow developers to search for deals, businesses and locations, and to submit deals. A number of partners, including WHERE, AmericanTowns, BigTent, Drinksin, eviesays.com and Wantsa, have already signed up to use The Dealmap APIs to integrate local deal content into their respective services. Each company will highlight different use cases for the content, through a variety of mediums with different audiences, demonstrating the broad appeal of the content. More information on the APIs, including documentation and discussion boards, can be found at http://www.thedealmap.com/api.

“Having a number of companies already using our content is a great validation, and I’m excited to see what types of innovative applications other entrepreneurial developers create using our unique content and APIs,” said Chandu Thota, co-founder and chief technology officer of Center’d. “The scalable technology platform we’ve created for processing, matching and managing enormous amounts of local data has enabled us to bring a category-leading product and API to market very quickly,”

About The Dealmap

The Dealmap (www.thedealmap.com) is the most comprehensive source for savvy consumers to find and share the hottest local deals, all in one place. The Dealmap aggregates the largest number of local deals on the Web from the largest number of sources, and makes previously hard-to-find deals available to consumers when and where they want them through its website and social applications, and its daily email. The site showcases discounts of up to 90% off multiple business categories, including restaurants, attractions, hotels, spas, salons, entertainment, shops and more. Using Center’d SentimentAnalysis™, The Dealmap also integrates detailed insights about local businesses, giving people the information they need to make better local purchasing decisions. Consumers and businesses can submit offers directly to the The Dealmap website.

The Dealmap is owned and operated by Center’d Corporation, a local search and discovery company that organizes and distributes unique content based on its SentimentAnalysis technology. Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, Center’d is led by former Microsoft and Yahoo! executives, and is funded by Norwest Venture Partners and KeyNote Ventures.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

NOLA, Here I come...

As I get ready to head to one of my favorite places, New Orleans... I have been putting together what I am going to share with you for Mother's Day gifts. I have been scrambling around getting my kids situated,shopping,packing,cleaning Pure Craziness in the Polke Household...

I am headed to NOLA, to write about the Jazz fest...This city is one to add to your bucket list. The architecture,food,music,people LOVE IT! So make sure to come back later today. I will have the Mother's day gifts up for you to view...Also, when they are up you forward to your loved one so he gets the hint...

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Tax Day Bites! Cinnabon Sweetens Tax Day by Offering Free Bite-Sized Cupcakes and a Chance to Win a $100 Gift Card

What: Let’s admit it, Tax Day Bites! To help make the day a little less taxing, Cinnabon is giving guests two free cupcake bites. Cinnabon cupcakes are available in four delicious flavors:

· Cinnacake Classic: A tribute to Cinnabon’s world-famous Classic Roll – moist, vanilla cake infused with Cinnabon’s Makara Cinnamon, topped with cream cheese frosting and garnished with a caramel, Makara Cinnamon swirl

· Chocolate Passion: Moist, decadent chocolate cake topped with rich, chocolate buttercream frosting

· Vanilla Bliss: Moist, divinely vanilla cake topped with luscious, vanilla buttercream frosting

· 24-Carrot Cake: Moist, perfectly spiced carrot cake with a hint of pineapple and coconut, topped with cream cheese frosting and orange sugar sprinkles

Perhaps guests need a little bit more Cinnabon frosting to help them get through the stress of tax season. If that’s the case, guests can also enter the online essay contest now through April 15 for the chance to win a $100 gift card. In 500 words or less, participants should explain why their life needs more frosting.

Visit www.cinnabon.com for information on the Tax Day Bites giveaway and essay contest.

When: Because Tax Day Bites, Cinnabon is giving away bite-sized cupcakes on Tax Day, Thursday, April 15 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (while supplies last).

Additionally, guests can submit a 500 word or less essay by April 15 for a chance to win a $100 gift card!

Where: The Tax Day Bites giveaway is available at participating mall-based locations. Visit www.cinnabon.com to find the nearest location.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Well this is a Fabulous company I must share. With a Candy holiday around the corner, I hope you take my word for it, and buy some of what I am about to write about. Derry Church Artisan Chocolates. To start off I looked at the variety that was displayed in front of me. My mouth was watering at the look of them; I knew I was in for a treat. The first one I chose was called "Paris" French strawberry jam with white chocolate buttercream ganache piped inside a bittersweet mold of perfection. This combination was amazing I felt like I was sitting outside a French cafe. 5stars

My second choice... Imagine sitting in Jamaica sipping on a homemade Pina Colada..."Montego Bay" was just that. Coconut, dark rum and raisin paste in a milk chocolate ganache, piped into a small rosette and caressed by bittersweet chocolate DELISH! 5 stars

3rd much better then Starbucks... "Rome" The vision of Italy pranced in my head as I slowing divulged this strong Cappuccino and milk chocolate ganache piped into milk chocolate cup mold, and topped with a light creamy white chocolate mousse, dusted with cocoa. This my friend is a must... I am craving more... I would give up "you know what"? If I could sit in bed and eat a box of these.. It would be temporary of course LOL... I know my husband will read this later "wink"... 5 plus stars

O.K, I am all about adding a little spice to my life, Alright a lot of spice. This last masterpiece I will write about was one of my fav's, "Tangier" Organic African honey and tangerine juice reduction with toasted ground cumin seed & cayenne pepper in a bittersweet chocolate ganache, piped into bittersweet chocolate mold.5 stars

So I hope your mouths are watering and you want to go and check out Derry Church Artisan Chocolates.. Home of World class French style bon bons and Truffles. They use the freshest ingredients from organic fruit purees, top-shelf liqueurs, fresh roasted nuts and the best part for me everything is 100% NATURAL.

Make sure you tell Chef Eric Cayton that you found him on The Fabulous Finds...


Friday, March 26, 2010

Part 1 Fab Finds Review Panel

This years test panel was amazing. We had over 30 products to test and review. Big Thank You goes out to The Courtyard Marriott in Cromwell,CT for sponsoring the event.
Thank you to all of the women who came out and wrote reviews for all of the Fab Finds products. This was a successful event and many more to come in the near future.
Men's panel coming in June and Tween panel to follow. Below is a small list of the products we tested. Many more to come so be on the look out...
If you aren't a subscriber to TFF please sign up... You will hear first hand what we are up to..