Mike Catania

serial entrepreneur, consumer spending expert, arts advocate

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Current Businesses

Stone River, LLC

I'm the co-founder and CTO of Stone River, the owner of PromotionCode.org, one of the most-reliable and among the ten largest coupon websites. Since 2008, Promotion Code has generated over $60 million dollars in consumer-reported savings. Promotion Code works with over 15,000 retailers, has upwards of 100,000 active coupons and generates over a million pageviews a month during peak seasons.

Quick-Save, LLC

I consult on its coupon syndication program, which syndicates over a million offers a month.

Quick-Save operates Keycode, home to the Keycode Optimization Program for brands that want to syndicate coupons without the hassles of dealing with coupon sites.

Patents

You can read about the patent-pending mechanism for the display of coupon codes online that is not dependent upon Flash technology. This mechanism enables mobile devices to serve coupons more effectively.

Recent Publications and Media Appearances

I'm a frequent contributor to news stories on entrepreneurship and consumer spending/saving trends. If I can be of any help to your story, please do not hesitate to contact me at: mike@promotioncode.org

2017

November 2017

December 11, 2017 Inc.com - Best Travel Tips: 21 Travel Hacks That Experienced Business Travelers Say to Use When You Hit the Road

December 11, 2017 NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) - 8 Ways to Prepare Your Small Business for 2018

December 4, 2017 WiseBread (National Federation of Independent Business) - How to Master These 10 Shopping Skills Before You Hit 30

November 2017

November 22, 2017 VendHQ - 5 Types of Sales Promotions in Retail (and How to Implement Them)

November 22, 2017 Marketwatch - 7 Black Friday shopping hacks to get even bigger deals

November 21, 2017 Fatherly - 10 Tools and Tricks to Help You Find the Best Black Friday Prices

November 21, 2017 AARP - Best Black Friday Deals We Know About So Far

November 20, 2017 Today Show - 8 things to know about finding the best Black Friday deals

November 16, 2017 - LA Times via Nerd Wallet - Win Black Friday With These Shopping Hacks

November 7, 2017 - USA Today - 7 ways to save money on Thanksgiving dinner

November 6, 2017 - Valpak - The Ultimate Black Friday and Cyber Monday Guide: What You Should and Shouldn’t Buy

November 6, 2017 - ScribbleLive - Ready for Black Friday 2017? Here’s a 13-Step Checklist

November 6, 2017 - VendHQ - 7 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Tips to Help You Boost Sales and Stand Out

November 2, 2017 - Quicken Loans - What Americans Are Overspending On

November 1, 2017 - Atlanta Black Star - Through Advisories or Boycotts, Can Companies Be Shamed into Change?

October 2017

October 30, 2017 - Business News Daily: Holiday Sales: What Your Business Needs to Do Now

October 25, 2017 - Carol Roth: Biggest Business Lessons Learned

October 17, 2017 - Wonolo: How to Reduce Expenses and Operating Costs

October 12, 2017 - NG Data: 37 Marketing Pros Reveal How Real-time Marketing Impacts And Benefits Brands

September 2017

September 20, 2017 - Fit Small Business: Top 29 Coupon Advertising Ideas From the Pros

September 18, 2017 - American Express Small Business: Disaster Relief - 3 Ways Businesses Help Other Businesses After A Catastrophe

June 2017

June 9, 2017 - Realtor.com: 6 Shocking Money Pits Hiding in Your Home

April 2017

April 2017 Issue - Inc. Magazine / Inc.com: Why Zero Experience Can Be a Good Thing in a Hire

April 13, 2017 - Tech.co: How to Manage Workplace Stress in Tech

April 13, 2017 - Inc.com: The Best Way to Grow Your Business: Create These Partnerships

April 10, 2017 - Glassdoor: 9 Ways You Are Guaranteed To Ruin A Salary Negotiation

April 9, 2017 - The Penny Hoarder: 17 Simple Tricks for Saving Money on Your Next Trip to Six Flags

April 8, 2017 - Cheatsheet: 11 Secrets Costco Shoppers Need to Know

April 5, 2017 - Oncampus Advertising: It’s Time to Start Preparing Your Back to College Marketing Promotional Strategies

March 2017

March 29, 2017 - Grasshopper: 4 People Share Their Favorite Mom & Pop Businesses

March 29, 2017 - CIO: How to fend off cyberattacks and data breaches

March 27, 2017 - Webopedia: 65 Password Security Tips: How to Create and Secure Accounts

March 14, 2017 - NBC News: Got $3.14? Celebrate Pi Day With Deals on Pizzas, Pies — and Chicken?

March 8, 2017- AOL: 9 spending habits that are making you broke

March 7, 2017- GOBankingRates: 35 Ways To Save Hundreds On Groceries

March 7, 2017- The Hartford's SmallBizAhead: How Your Small Business Can Effectively Use a Virtual Assistant

March 3, 2017- Excite: Why Employers Should Stop Looking At Degrees

March 3, 2017- BravoTV: Jetset - 6 Easy Things to Do That Could Score You a Last-Minute Flight Upgrade

February 2017

February 27, 2017 - Huffington Post via Elliott.org: Yes, you can win the coupon game. But do you really want to?

February 14, 2017 - Carol Roth: 80 of the Best Entrepreneurship Quotes

February 9, 2017 - Fit Small Business: 35 Local Marketing Ideas & Resources From The Pros

January 2017

January 30, 2017 - Rasmussen College: Business Pros Expose the Important Lessons They Learned From Their Very First Jobs

January 23, 2017 - ClearPoint: What Should You Do When You Can’t Pay Rent?

January 23, 2017 - NFIB: Small Business Technology: Should You Still Have a Landline?

January 19, 2017 - Website Magazine: 13 Techies Share Must-Have Website Tech

January 18, 2017 - Cheat Sheet: 12 Secrets Target Shoppers Need to Know

January 13, 2017 - Philly.com /AOL via GOBankingRates: 6 Banking Trends That Will Affect Your Wallet in 2017

January 12, 2017 - Software Advice: Email Blasts vs. Drip Marketing: Which Is Better for You?

January 8, 2017 - Riweb: The Ultimate Guide To Digital Marketing Trends 2017

January 6, 2017 - Fundera: Entrepreneurs Spill on the Worst Business Advice They've Ever Received

January 4, 2017 - Glassdoor: Bosses Reveal: 7 Things That Will Get You Promoted This Year

January 3, 2017 - Harvard Business Review: How to Get an Employee to Work Faster

January 2, 2017 - Carol Roth: New Year's Business Resolutions for 2017

2016

December 2016

December 22, 2016 - Fox News: House of Guards: Keep Your Home Safe At Any Budget

December 21, 2016 - Carol Roth: Business Preparation Tips for 2017

December 21, 2016 - MyCorporation: Experts Weigh In: What’s on your holiday wish list?

December 19, 2016 - Staples: Hiring College Students During the Holidays can Boost Your Business

December 12, 2016 - Fox News: Hide and Don't Peek: 10 Places to Stash Holiday Presents

December 9, 2016 - US News & World: The Financial Perks of Not Celebrating Christmas

December 6, 2016 - Refinery29: How To Save Money During The Holidays

December 3, 2016 - Newsday: What Not To Buy Until After The Holidays

December 1, 2016 - Refinery29: 20 Easy Ways To Save When You Have NO $$$

December 1, 2016 - NAV: How This Musician Turned a Hobby Into a Wildly Successful Website

December 1, 2016 - PYMNTS: Millennials Vs. Baby Boomers: When Does The "Cashless Society" Begin?

December 1, 2016 - CreditCards.com: How Four Families Rein In Their Holiday Spending

November 2016

November 23, 2016 - The Oregonian / Oregon Live: Hot holiday trends: Personal tech, fitness trackers, all things red

November 23, 2016 - GO Banking Rates: Be Patient: 6 Reasons You Should Wait for Cyber Monday

November 23, 2016 - WiseBread: 7 Things Not to Buy on Black Friday

November 22, 2016 - MyCorporation: How are you celebrating Small Business Saturday?

November 22, 2016 - Shopify: No—It's Not too Late to Make Your Black Friday Optimizations

November 22, 2016 - GO Banking Rates: 31 Ways to Avoid Overspending on Black Friday

November 17, 2016 - Business Insider: America has the technology to go cashless, but nobody trusts it enough to use it

November 17, 2016 - NG Data: 37 Marketing Pros Reveal How Real-Time Marketing Impacts and Benefits Brands

November 16, 2016 - NBC News: Easy Ways to Avoid Online Shopping Stress? Just Follow the Rules

November 15, 2016 - Business 2 Community: 103 Tweetable Entrepreneurial Tips for National Entrepreneurs Day

November 15, 2016 - My Corporation: Experts Weigh In: What's Your Best Advice For Entrepreneurs?

November 14, 2016 - FitSmallBusinesss: Top 20 Christmas Promotion Ideas from the Pros

November 10, 2016 - Scraping Hub: How you can use Web Data to accelerate your Startup

November 10, 2016 - GO Banking Rates: 30 Things You Should Never Buy Without a Coupon

November 9, 2016 - Carol Roth: 50 Great Black Friday and Holiday Offer Tips

November 8, 2016 - 42Hire: Recruitment Strategies to Scale Seasonal Hiring Programs

November 8, 2016 - MSN via GO Banking Rates: 10 Items That Will Sell Out Fast This Christmas

November 7, 2016 - Ignite Spot: 23 Ways To Invest In Your Business With $1,000 Or Less

November 7, 2016 - Business News Daily: 5 Business Fads That Are on Their Way Out

November 4, 2016 - Recruiter.com: Ways to Stay Productive When You're Unemployed

November 3, 2016 - Bankrate: 1 + 1 = Big Savings for Couponing Couples

November 2, 2016 - Mighty Recruiter: Holiday Hiring Tips for SMBs: How to Staff Up in a Tight Market

November 2, 2016 - GO Banking Rates: 50 Ways to Save Money on Your Thanksgiving Dinner

October 2016

October 25, 2016 - VendHQ: Retail Tips for SMBs Participating in Black Friday and Cyber Monday

October 24, 2016 - Player.fm [Stacy Alcorn Podcast]: Establish Yourself as a Leader | A Conversation with Mike Catania

October 21, 2016 - GO Banking Rates: How Target, Costco and Other Stores Can Help You Afford Christmas

October 19, 2016 - GO Banking Rates: 11 Money Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself

October 18, 2016 - Las Vegas Review Journal via GO Banking Rates: How You Can Save Over $1,000 by Not Getting Sick

October 10, 2016 - My Corporation: Experts Weigh In: What are you reading right now?

October 4, 2016 - Weebly: How Your Small Business Can Stand Out on Black Friday and All Season

October 4, 2016 - Nerd Wallet: Are you owed money from a forgotten bank account?

October 3, 2016 - Time Magazine via GO Banking Rates: 15 Best Things to Buy on Columbus Day

September 2016

September 30, 2016 - Parents.com: 11 Ways to Save on After-School Activities

September 29, 2016 - Associated Press Big Story: Are you owed money from a forgotten bank account?

September 20, 2016 - Fast Company: How Music Can Make Your Office More (Or Less) Productive

September 13, 2016 - MyCorporation.com: Experts Weigh In: How are you getting "back to work" after a summer of fun?

September 11, 2016 - BusinessTown: 4 Amazing New Business Ideas for Millennials

September 2, 2016 - Huffington Post: 6 Experts Share Tips to Promote a Giveaway

September 2, 2016 - Inc.com: For Labor Day: 39 Things People Hate at Work, Ranked in Descending Order of Pure Hell

August 2016

August 31, 2016 - US News & World Report: It Pays to Procrastinate: 5 Ways to Score Big on Last-Minute Purchases

August 28, 2016 - Jim Cramer's The Street: What Ticks Off U.S. Consumers the Most

August 19, 2016 - Jim Cramer's The Street: Back-to-School Shopping? Take These Student Discounts Along For the Ride

August 18, 2016 - Houston Chronicle / GO Banking Rates: The Best and Worst Things To Buy On Labor Day

August 15, 2016 - Time Magazine / GO Banking Rates: Labor Day 2016

August 12, 2016 - Omaha World Herald / MSN / GO Banking Rates: 6 Banking Services That Will Be Obsolete in 10 Years

August 12, 2016 - BuildFire: 39 Mobile Marketing Strategies To Boost Adoption

August 10, 2016 - Small Business Computing: Back-To-School Promotion Ideas for Small Businesses

August 10, 2016 - Stacey Alcorn: Establish Yourself as a Leader - A Conversation with Mike Catania

August 9, 2016 - Carol Roth: 20+ Small Businesses You Should Know

August 6, 2016 - GO Banking Rates: 20 Money Hacks That People Swear By

August 4, 2016 - Wise Bread: 8 Financial Wake-up Calls and How to Deal with Them

August 2, 2016 - GO Banking Rates: How to Piggyback Your Vacation on Your Next Business Trip

August 1, 2016 - Wise Bread: Everybody Saves During Back-to-School

July 2016

July 22, 2016 - AOL: Spending Triggers That Can Leave You Poor

July 22, 2016 - GO Banking Rates: Spending Triggers That Can Leave You Poor

July 21, 2016 - NBC News: Global Tourism Takes Massive Hit After Spike in Terror Attacks

July 21, 2016 - Kim Komando Podcast: Is Tech Support getting worse on purpose?

July 14, 2016 - Business Insider: 20 Things That Cost More During The Summer

July 12, 2016 - MSN: 20 Items You Will Regret Buying This Summer

July 11, 2016 - Small Business Computing: DIY Email Marketing

July 5, 2016 - Everup: Fake It 'Til You Make It: How to Pass As a Oenophile

July 5, 2016 - Wise Bread: Moves to Make Before Cutting Up Your Credit Cards

July 3, 2016 - Las Vegas Review-Journal: 20 Items You Will Regret Buying This Summer

July 1, 2016 - Kiplinger: Make an Extra $1,000 This Summer

June 2016

June 29, 2016 - Small Business Computing: Productivity Tips By and For Small Business Owners

June 29, 2016 - Cheat Sheet: The Best Productivity Advice I Ever Received

June 22, 2016 - Wise Bread: Make an Extra $1,000 This Summer

June 21, 2016 - Fiscal Times & Yahoo Finance: 7 Tips for Saving Big on Your Summer Vacation

June 18, 2016 - Hearpreneur: 15 Entrepreneurs Discuss Whether or Not Twitter Is Dying

June 17, 2016 - Philadelphia Inquirer: 16 Luxury Hotels That Offer Free Perks

June 16, 2016 - Fit Small Business: Coupon Advertising: The Ultimate Guide For Small Businesses

June 15, 2016 - US News and World Report: Set Yourself Up for In-State Tuition as a Grad Student

June 14, 2016 - Fit Small Business: 35 Coupon Advertising Ideas From The Pros

June 6, 2016 - American Family Insurance: Rebounding From A Social Media Blunder

June 3, 2016 - Jim Cramer's The Street: What To Buy In June

June 2, 2016 - Nanorep: 83 Experts Share Their Tips for the "Age of Customer"

May 2016

May 25, 2016 - Huffington Post: The Science of Personalization

May 18, 2016 - Miss Moneybee: Extreme Couponing Isn't All That Extreme

May 12, 2016 - MSN - 9 Savings Hacks For Your First Cruise

May 11, 2016 - Jim Cramer's The Street: Slaying Household Energy Hogs

April 2016

April 9, 2016 - WBNW 1120 BOSTON Radio: Get Real with Bob and Stacey

April 6, 2016 - Motley Fool: 9 Ways To Save Money at Bed, Bath & Beyond

April 4, 2016 - Jim Cramer's The Street - Retailer Tricks Can Trap Your Cash: Here Are the Worst Offenders

April 4, 2016 - CBS News: 9 Ways To Save Money at Bed, Bath & Beyond

April 1, 2016 - Cheapism.com: Busines Owners Stress Reduction

Spring 2016 - USA Today Magazine: Getting The Most From The Big Box

March 2016

March 25, 2016 - American Express Open: Should Your Business Create An App?

March 23, 2016 - Huffington Post: 30 Items to Avoid at WalMart

March 23, 2016 - Wisebread: 5 Things You Should Never Buy on Groupon

March 21, 2016 - Business.com: How Retailers are Using Online Promotions to Dominate Sales

March 9, 2016 - Jim Cramer's The Street: Why the Pink Tax Is Here for the Foreseeable Future

March 8, 2016 - Las Vegas Review Journal: 35 ways to save hundreds on groceries

March 5, 2016 - Castle Ink - An Interview with Mike Catania, PromotionCode.org

March 4, 2016 - Huffington Post: 35 Ways to Save Hundreds on Groceries

March 3, 2016 - Jim Cramer's The Street - Is Your City Stocked With Smart Or Dumb Financial Consumers?

February 2016

February 24, 2016 - Jim Cramer's The Street - Why Is This Snapshot of American Personal Savings So Murky?

February 23, 2016 - US News & World Report: Don’t Ignore These 7 Financial Time Bombs

February 19, 2016 - Stratford University: Tasks Your Small Business Should Definitely Automate

February 18, 2016 - Jim Cramer's The Street: A Game Plan for Thwarting Unwanted Credit Card Charges

January 2016

January 12, 2016 - Yahoo Finance: How To Put Yourself On A Money Diet

2015

December 13, 2015 - Martinsville (WV) Journal: Coupon Craze

December 6, 2015 - Martinsville (WV) Journal: Coupon Craze

Previous Experiences

University of Massachusetts-Lowell (2009 - 2012)

Adjunct professor, full-time schedule (4/4)

Unbelievable.com (2011-2012)

Co-Founder. I advised on media production and content creation.

Comparable (2010-2011)

I was the system architect for the comparison engine that ran the site.

License Plates Lookup (2009)

LicensePlatesLookup.com does exactly what you might expect--look up the owner of a license plate. This is now a site only accessible to law enforcement and private investigators.

Personal Narrative & Philosophy

I've always enjoyed both pedagogy and teaching, and was the recipient of the Benward Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching at the Florida State University. I try to incorporate sound pedagogical practices into my business leadership and have always viewed both my students and employees as teachers-of-something in the making.