The Billeo Add-on For Firefox Loyalists

Unless you’ve been living under a rock with no internet access for the last decade or so you’ve likely tried or at least heard about Mozilla Firefox. If you still view Firefox as new or foreign then you may also find yourself regularly using a term like, “the internets’; or, perhaps you’re still waiting for your AOL floppy disc to come in the mail so you can dial-up to the “World Wide Web”.

…Not that there is anything wrong with that.

For the rest you, the ones present and actively participating in the 21st century, you know Firefox is a great alternative browser to the out-of-the-box options provided by Microsoft and Apple. From my experience, Firefox offers you fast and reliable performance, more features, and way better personalization.

Mozilla’s biggest claim to fame (and what sets them apart from other alternative options) is their massive selection of add-ons and extensions. I use them to customize and personalize my browser and speed up my performance and efficiency online.

Here at Billeo, it was a no-brainer to build our own add-on for devout Firefox-ists such as ourselves. In designing our offering for Firefox, we wanted to create an add-on that has all the features of the regular Billeo, but in a more compact and sleek package. The Billeo add-on, which by the way, is referred to on Mozilla’s site as Offer Assistant, is designed to run exclusively within the Firefox browser environment. It will not install to Internet Explorer and will not auto-run in your system tray at start-up.

Single Button View and Settings Menu

After installation, new Billeo users will find the add-on presented as a space-saving single button in Firefox’s Navigation Bar and have only Offer Assistant (our newest feature) enabled at the outset.

Existing Billeo users who install the Firefox add-on and sign in with their existing Billeo username will retain all the features and settings they are accustomed to using.

For all users, adding features and/or customizing the look and feel of the add-on are as easy as checking a box or two in the Settings Menu.

I personally think the default single button view just looks awesome. It’s almost as if the Billeo add-on is engrained into the default layout of the browser. Plus, it can save a whole row of much needed browsing space. I’m sure that fellow netbook and laptop users will agree that maximizing browser real estate is crucial.

If you are a fan of Firefox and don’t mind having Billeo absent from Internet Explorer, try out our Firefox add-on and let us know what you think.

Click here to get the add-on: Offer Assistant by Billeo 2.1.0.5

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Have Your Cake and Eat it Too This Valentine’s Day. Mmmm Cake…

Ah, Valentine’s Day. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…  I’m actually kind of indifferent to the holiday, but for the sake of this blog post I’ll side with the lovers.

The phrase “Happy Valentine’s Day” has become so synonymous with retail spending over the years that some are simply not buying the idea (or a box of chocolates) anymore. The anti-Valentine’s Day activists say it’s a “pointless made-up holiday” or they proclaim, “I don’t need one day out of the year to remind me to tell or show someone I love them”.

The “Negative Nancies” make some fair points, but what would they have you do otherwise: Decline to buy the person you love some nice flowers or a small gift?  How about you just stay at home with your significant other and eat a TV dinner like any other night? Nothing says you care like a TV dinner.

No. You aren’t going to do that, because then you’d be a jerk. And no one likes a jerk. Except for maybe this jerk. He’s cool.

Convinced yet? I thought so… So now that you have decided to shell out the cash, you need to decide what to get your Hunny Bunny (< cough> Mom<cough>). However, you don’t want to spend too much. You know, because of the economy or something.

Another hurdle in buying the perfect gift is actually making the effort to get in your car and drive to the mall. For me, the mall is out of the question for a few reasons. First off, I’m a pretty lazy person. Secondly, there are a lot of people at the mall including kids. Just saying. Lastly and probably my strongest reason, this is the 21st century and shopping online is awesome. It’s convenient, fast, and more times than not, I can get discounts and free shipping.

Lets recap: Participating in V-Day? Check.  Shopping Online? Check. Finding a great gift for your soul mate (er, Mom) at a discounted price? Uhm…

Don’t fret. Billeo has you covered. Billeo’s free Offer Assistant brings the savings to YOU, while you shop online! Take a look at some of these great offers I’ve complied for you with the help of Offer Assistant.

Gift
Idea
Loyalty Program Merchant Name Offer Description
Chocolate Bank of America Ghirardelli Double Cash Back! Earn 16% for a limited time!
Flowers Bank of America FTD Double Cash Back! Earn 30% for a limited time!
Flowers Visa Proflowers Save 15% and get a FREE vase
Flowers Bing 1-800-Flowers 20% cashback
Jewelry Visa Zales Save $50 on purchases of $300 or more
Jewelry American Express Diamond.com Receive 20% off and free ground shipping
Jewelry Bing Things Remembered 20% cashback
Perfume / Cologne Bank of America Fragrance Net Double Cash Back! Earn 16% for a limited time!
Perfume / Cologne Bing Fragrance Net 10% cashback + Free Shipping
Perfume / Cologne Merchant Direct Perfume.com Free Shipping on orders of $59 or more
Hotel Visa Starwood Hotels Stay one night & the next is 50% off
Hotel Merchant Direct Orbitz WINTER HOTEL BLOWOUT: SAVE up to 50%!
Gift Baskets / Cookies Merchant Direct Mrs. Fields 10% Off All Products
Gift Baskets / Bakery American Express Mrs. Beasley’s Receive 15% off your online purchase

These are just a few of the offers waiting for you. Offer Assistant now boasts over 2000 offers from over 1500 merchants!

If you already have Billeo, all you need to do is start shopping by searching for the product you want in Google, Yahoo, or Bing. If you don’t have Billeo yet, just download the free browser app to gain access to the savings.

Also, since Offer Assistant may display up to three unique offers per merchant, don’t forget to configure the new Loyalty Program Selector to have Billeo display the offers you want to see. Take my case for example. Since my bank is Bank of America and I have a Visa credit card, I configured my Offer Assistant to display BofA and Visa offers first. Now I am guaranteed not to miss a great deal that I can use!

There it is: That’s my pitch. Legitimate holiday or not, I hope you and your mom (just admit it already!) have a great Valentine’s Day.

Either way, check out Offer Assistant. Whether you’re buying gifts for others or shopping for your own stuff, it can help save you money. Even in the best of economic times that’s a pretty good thing.

Let us know what you bought and how much money you saved on Facebook, Twitter, or email us at feedback@billeo.com.