Facebook has removed its old Deals locator landing page and is now showing a new Facebook Deals subscription page, urging users to subscribe to updates about its Deals location-based check-in rewards program, and to invite their friends to subscribe too. Subscribers will eventually get updates via email.
Facebook has also launched a new information page for businesses interested in offering Deals, linked to from the subscription page. It cites help from Facebook marketing specialists, the site's huge user base, the ability to build customer loyalty, and examples as reasons why Facebook Deals is valuable to businesses. Admins of Facebook can can fill out a web form so they can be contacted by Facebook to start offering Deals.
"We'll test a new feature for our Deals product that allows people to buy deals on Facebook and share them with their friends. Local businesses will be able to sign up to use this feature soon and people will be able to find Deals in the coming weeks," Facebook told PC World in a statement.
The new feature will center around social buying and this new feature will focus on people who want to sign up for activities with their friends, like a dinner or Pilates class. Facebook tells me that businesses will be able to sign up for the deals soon and that Facebook users will be able to buy deals in the next few weeks.
The new deals landing page supports San Francisco, Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego with "more cities coming soon." The in-stream updates are not yet live.