Groupwithus

Introduction

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Groupwithus - An online group buying site

Groupwithus is a software that helps you to run your own group buying site like grubwithus.com, letslunch.com, gograblunch.com, lunchtree.com, noonhat.com, innerdinner.com etc.,.

Revenue Model

  • The group buying revenue model is about making money through large volume of sales
  • Group buying generates large volumes of customers for businesses (ie. restaurants.)
  • Since a business will get a large volume of customers, they are willing to sell on your group buying website with a heavy discount on the regular price
  • Your group buying website makes money out of the bonus (a flat commission for the entire item) and commission (which is variable and based on the number of customers generated)
  • Achieving a high volume of sales is usually fairly easy because in order for the offer to 'go live' it has to have sold a certain number (minimum volume). Customers will encourage their friends and family to buy the offer to ensure that it goes live.
  • Your group buying website can also act as an advertising platform

Example

  • A restaurant offers new dish for $100 - but it only costs the business $25, the remaining $75 is profit
  • Since your site can guarantee a high volume of customers, the restaurant offers the new dish for $50 on your site
  • Your group buying website can make a profit like this:
  • Bonus: This is the flat fee you charge the restaurant to run the passes on your website - for example you may charge $200
  • Commission: This is the variable fee that you take for each customer that purchases - for example you may take 25% commission from each $50 purchase
  • Increasing price: Every purchase some fixed amount will be increased with current price. eg: price is $200, next to increase set it as $10 then every purchase $10 will be added with price.

Features

Groupwithus has lots of features and additional features compared to other group buying sites.

  • Ability to define multiple cities/platforms, so the user can switch between the cities with active items count next to city names.
  • Ability to have city in subdomain or as directory (e.g., http://city.groupwithus.com/ or http://groupwithus.com/city/ )
  • Remember to check whether your server supports subdomain before changing this setting, else, the site may become unusable.
  • Generation of the pass for successful bids (on email and in your account if you set it up).
  • Pass will have Auto-Generated HTML email, included:
    • Logo, text of item
    • Valid time to use pass
    • Unique code
    • QR Code
For more information about the features of the Groupwithus, see the Groupwithus Features

Modules

  • Ability to post new items (by the administrator) with following info:
    • item info (photo, short text below photo, long text below with place for address)
    • end date/time countdown
    • min/max order per user
    • minimum required order per item (if reached, item is on)
    • maximum number of order
  • Option to switch between cities
  • Option to send coupon as a gift
For more information about the modules of the Groupwithus, see the Groupwithus Modules

Change Log

For more information about the changelog of the Groupwithus, see the changelog

Important Notice

Payment Gateway Fee

You should be aware that most payment gateways will charge you a fee for processing each transaction made by your customer. The fee may vary from 1.5% to as much as 5% of the transaction, so be sure to factor in this cost when you set your commission percentages!

Getting Started

Installation Guide

For more information about the Groupwithus installation guide, see the Installation guide page.

How To...

For more information about the how to configure various site settings, see the How to... configuration page.

Special Instructions

For more information about the special instruction of the Groupwithus, see the Groupwithus special instruction page.

FAQ

  • Can I have credit system?
    • Groupwithus has referral & pass system as in groupwithus. It also has wallet system. So, you may not need separate credit system. If you have any custom credit system in mind, we can have it customized.
  • How can I setup PayPal so that my user will automatically be returned to my site without needing to click any further confirmation button in PayPal? / How can I setup PayPal Auto Return URL?
  • When will i get the referred amount?
    • When using 'Refer a friend', and if the referred user successfully registered into our site and makes a first purchase of a item, then only, the referrer will get the mentioned amount.
  • For the Refer A Friend functionality, do we need to enroll in an affiliate network to support this functionality?
    • Currently, no.
  • For the Refer A Friend functionality, Where does the credit get stored for the user once the friend purchases a item?
    • Wallet.
  • Is the Wallet system only for Paypal? Or is the wallet also used to manage credits or “bucks”?
    • Wallet is used to manage “credits” or “bucks”.

Questions?

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