Datasphere Coupon Roll-Out

Hello again!

We are pleased to announce that Datasphere coupons are now part of the Sqoot feed! Datasphere brings over 15,000 coupons to our platform and covers a huge variety of categories. You will most likely be able to find something tailored to you!

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Everything you can do with deals, you can apply to coupons. For example: you can access the coupons by replacing “deals” with “coupons” in your query and access our catalog of coupons here!

Announcing a New Pricing Plan!

We’re rolling out an updated pricing plan where all new Sqoot sign-ups will be splitting a portion of their revenue traffic with us.

Plans:

Silver Plan – $10/Month and revenue traffic is split 50-50

This means if 10 users click on a deal link, 5 clicks will go to you and 5 clicks will go to Sqoot.

Gold Plan – $99/Month and revenue traffic is split 80-20

This means if 10 users click on a deal link, 8 clicks will go to you and 2 clicks will go to Sqoot. 

How it works:

When you sign-up for Sqoot, you are given a 30-day free trial. During this trial, you will be defaulted to the Silver plan, and will be splitting the revenue 50-50. Once your 30-day trial is up, you will start being billed on a monthly basis. Of course, at any time you can adjust your plan.

Already signed up?

If you are already a Sqoot user, you will be grandfathered in and keep your original plan with no revenue traffic split. However! Like most cell-phone plans these days, if you decide to switch your plan, you will be subject to the new pricing plan terms.

In addition for the pricing change and revenue split, we are removing the API request limit!

Amazon Local Deals Are Here!

We’re pleased to announce that as of Monday, December 16th Amazon Local deals are now part of the Sqoot feed!

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Amazon Local brings over 15,000 new deals to the platform covering a huge breadth of categories. We encourage you to explore the new data. The provider slug is: amazon-local.

Enjoy the new deals and happy holidays!

Gather Round, it’s Update Time!

PHEW! We’re finally able to step away from the keyboard for a little bit to bring you all some very important updates!

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These past few months we’ve been hard at work updating Sqoot’s features and user interface. Enough with idle chit-chat, let’s get on with the details.

New Features:

Migration to Amazon Web Service – With our recent move to AWS you should all be seeing a huge performance and stability boost. This migration also supports our efforts to onboard even more deal providers.

More deals daily! – Our deal aggregator now cycles through providers and imports new deals 4x a day! That’s a lot of new deals!

More Providers – DealChicken and nCrowd to name a few!

Throttle increase   We now support up to 10,000 requests per hour/per user.

Bug Fixes:

That’s not the deal or page I was looking for!  Deal links had been incorrectly forwarding users to a provider’s main page, instead of to the deal they wanted. Have no fear; we’ll take you to the correct location now!

Deal results paging inconsistency   We have fixed an issue where paged results were returning an incorrect number of deals in the API.

Duplicate Deals – We fixed the deal fingerprinting mechanism, assessed our database and it is now set up to remove and prevent duplicate deals.

Coming Soon:

Don’t worry; those enhancements are not all we’re doing. In the coming months we’ve got some pretty good stuff on our roadmap including:

An enhanced reporting tool

Coupon aggregation – that’s right, now you’ll be able to come to Sqoot for coupons as well as deals.

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and last, but certainly not least,
MORE deal providers!

Alive and Kicking Here at Sqoot!

Hi Everyone,

As most of you probably know Sqoot was recently acquired by Clutch, and no the name isn’t changing to Sqotch. Now that we’re past all the really fun stuff (paperwork, logistics, etc) we’re excited to reach out to everyone to let you know how we plan on making Sqoot even more awesome than it already is.

Some of the quick things we’re focusing on as we get down to business include:

  • API Performance - It’s pretty fast now, but we want to make it even faster.
  • Deal Publishing Time - We are working on ways to get deals available through the API faster than they are now. Again we think it’s pretty good now, but we’re working to make it even better.
  • Image Quality - We think it’s pretty good already, but we know that more and more deals are ending up on retina level devices and image quality is key. We’ll be working with all of the providers and making sure we’re able to serve up top quality images.
  • Duplicate Deals - We’ve noticed some issues with duplicate deals and are exploring ways to fix this.

For the Long term:

  • We’re working to really expand the number or providers coming through Sqoot. We have about 40 now, but want to get to 100 by the end of the year.

If you’ve got more ideas, we want to hear them and we’ll see what we can do about bringing more great stuff to Sqoot.
Send us a note to help@sqoot.com

For those of you who might be wondering who Clutch is, one thing to know is that we’re actually a Sqoot customer just like you. Clutch is a mobile app that gives you the power to build collections, find the best deals and send gift cards to your friends, all while lightening your physical wallet!

Again, the new team here at Sqoot is super excited to continue to bring you the best possible service as well as find ways to make Sqoot even better than before.

Here’s to an exciting new chapter in the life of Sqoot.

Warm Regards,
The Clutch (and now Sqoot) Team

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Our new API is here. Try it free for 30 days.

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We’re thrilled to announce version two of the API!

Building version one was incredible, but it was just the beginning. There was so much more to improve on. Eight months ago we set out to do just that with version two. Today we’re psyched to shared it with you.

Quality. In short, it’s off the charts. Deals are continuously and automatically downloaded, normalized, geocoded, categorized, de-duped, and verified. This means a better experience for users and more affiliate revenue in your pocket.

Quantity. The new API has over 50,000 local and online deals from over 70 of your favorite providers. You can search deals by keyword, category, and location to find those that are just right.

Completeness. We map more fields and pair merchants to their equivalent Factual Place. That means you can query for deals using Factual IDs. Facebook, Foursquare, and Yelp support is around the corner.

As of today, we no longer support the first version of the API. If you’re still using it, please switch to version two (it takes less than an hour). We wrote a handy migration guide to help. On January 1st, 2013, version one will be completely shut down.

It’s been a bumpy road getting here. Supporting one API while building another put us to the test. If you signed up in the last few months, you really got the short end of the stick. For that, we’re really sorry and will make it up to you.

Try our new API free for 30 days. If you tried Sqoot before, try it again; your trial has automatically been renewed. We think you’re going to love it.

Avand, Brandon, & Mo

Boom! v2 public beta is a go!

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We’ve been working really hard the last several months to rebuild our API from the ground up, and now it’s finally ready to test in a public beta. We think you’re going to love it. Here’s why:

1. Quality, quantity, completeness

We built a brand new importing engine with smarter validations to ensure that we import more deals and with better accuracy. On top of that we wrote our own framework that lets us manage hundreds of advertisers and quickly add new ones. And we integrated APIs like Yelp, Factual, and Yahoo to help fill in the gaps in the data that advertisers leave empty.

2. More money, no more problems

We completely rethought affiliate tracking. Now when someone clicks on a deal we generate a trackable URL on-the-fly and send the user along. Have an “in” with Groupon; want to use your affiliate account instead of ours? No problem, we can swap in your affiliate IDs so you get paid by advertisers directly. More green, less hassle.

3. Loco for local

v2 is all about local. We cross-reference Factual to match our deals to their places. Use a Factual ID to find out if a merchant is running a deal across 100+ advertisers. Support for Facebook, foursquare, Yelp and more is coming soon.


We’re really excited about v2 and can’t wait for you to try it out. Check out the docs and email us if you have any questions!

Much love,
Mo, Avand, & Brandon

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