How to Use Social Media to Find Deals Online

[ 0 ] September 26, 2011 |

Due to the rapid growth in popularity of Social Media, finding a good deal is just a Tweet or a ‘Like’ away.

Dedicated couponers have learned that deals and coupons don’t only come from a weekly flyer.

Social Media has provided savers the opportunity to step out of the coupon-cutting box.

Services such as Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, WordPress and more have opened the lines of communication between the business and the consumer, making the search for a great deal easier than ever before.

Learn how you can save big without sacrificing your time. Read our Social Media saving tips below.

1) Twitter

One of the best places to find a great deal online is the 140-character microblogging service, Twitter. There are many accounts that tweet deals, freebies and coupons at almost every time of day.

Whether you’re looking to save with an online coupon or you’re looking for a printable to take in-store, there is sure to be an account on Twitter for every one of your saving needs.

The hardest part is knowing where to look.

For instance our Twitter account, @FabulousSavings offers savings tips and exclusive coupons from morning to night. A few other great accounts to follow if you’re looking for deals are: @Coupons, @savings and @Groupon.

Tip: look for your city’s Groupon account for local deals – e.g. @GrouponLA.

Those are just a few examples of places to find deals on Twitter. If you’d like to search for more, try typing a hashtag such as #savingmoney or #coupons into Twitter search. Searching for hashtags according to the topic you’re looking for is an easy way to find accounts that tweet deals and coupons.

Tip: Create a “savings” list on your Twitter account so you can quickly check tweets from your favourite brands to see what new deals are available.

2) Facebook

Facebook isn’t just for sharing photos and keeping in touch.

Try ‘liking’ the Facebook page of a brand you love. Companies often use their Facebook pages to market upcoming promotions and sales. A popular method many brands use to get ‘likes’ is offering exclusive coupons and/or freebies to those who ‘like’ their page.

Another way to use Facebook to save is by ‘liking’ coupon websites such as FabulousSavings. Facebook pages from coupon websites offer tips on where to find the best and latest deals.

3) Blogs

Many coupon blogs will help you find ways to save on your favourite products. Select a few to follow and stay informed on hot deals all the time.

A great way to stay up-to-date on savings is to subscribe to your favourite blogs. When you click the subscribe widget (pictured on the right), you will sign up to either receive an email every time a new post is published. Or, if you are signed up to an RSS feed (ex. Google Reader), the blog will be added to the RSS feed of your choice.

In addition to subscribing, you can also bookmark them. Social bookmarking sites such as Digg or Reddit help you keep track of your favourite blogs and articles.

Tip: Follow your favourite bloggers on Twitter. They will often post links to their most recent blog posts. Many often share links to freebies and coupons.

4) E-mail Newsletters

If  you don’t have time to do the daily “social” web surf, then sign up for e-mail newsletters from your favourite companies and coupon websites.

This is a great way to learn about the latest deals and promotions. Companies regularly offer exclusive coupons to their e-mail newsletter recipients as well.

The best part about using Social Media to find deals online? You can share the savings you find with your friends and family. Plus, when you combine traditional couponing with the deals you find through Social Media, you’ll increase your savings significantly.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to hop on the Social Media bandwagon!

Do you have any tips on saving using Social Media? We’d love to hear! Leave a comment below.

This is the sixth post in an 8-part blog series. Each Monday we will break down the different elements of couponing and show you how you can use them to become a savvy couponer. Related posts in this series:

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About Shannon: Shannon is a savvy saver and lover of all things fashion and beauty. As a lover of pop-culture, she'll keep you up-to-date on all the hottest news and trends. You can find her tweeting on @FabulousSavings. View author profile.

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