Dad-Centric Deals

Groupon is celebrating Father’s Day with a collection of dad-centric deals to honor the man who gave birth to you and has offered you unparalleled advice. This Father’s Day, remember these common pieces of fatherly wisdom:

  • Fire safety is key. That is, always keep your fires safe and don’t let anyone put them out.”
  • Always be on time—except to your own funeral, when it’s more impressive to show up late but alive.”
  • Take out the garbage!”
  • Hate no one—except the garbage, which you should treat as your mortal enemy and take out when I tell you.”
  • Enjoy yourself. Pretend taking out the garbage is a game and see if you can finally remember to do it without me telling you.”
  • Rake the leaves! Just kidding, take out the garbage first.”
  • Seriously, take the garbage out.”

Groupon Welcomes Breadcrumb

We are excited to announce that Groupon has acquired Breadcrumb! The team behind Breadcrumb shares our passion to build affordable and intuitive products that make it easier for local merchants to manage their business. We’re thrilled to welcome founder Seth Harris and his team to the Groupon family – Seth boasts more than 12 years of hospitality management experience, making him uniquely empathetic to the tight budgets and unique needs of business owners in the food and beverage industry who often struggle to find technology products that will work perfectly for them.

Breadcrumb will continue to serve new and existing clients and we look forward to offering their product to our existing merchant partners. Also, for Groupon merchant partners that use Breadcrumb’s point of sale system, we’ll be able to significantly improve the process of redeeming a Groupon.

Please join me in giving them a warm welcome!


Camp Groupon Trivia Contest

How are you at Chicago trivia? If you’d like the opportunity to get two tickets to Camp Groupon for the single-guest price of $749, put on that thinking cap (regardless of how foolish it makes you look) and answer this trivia question:

The Camp Groupon logo features three notable Chicago buildings in its design. What are they?

Click this link for the full set of rules and to tell us your answer! You have until tomorrow to enter, but hurry–we’re picking the first 25 people to answer correctly!

 


Behind the Deals: Free Beverages

Like all offices, including the offices of cooler college deans, Groupon offers free beverages to keep its hundreds of employees refreshed and bubbly. As a future Groupon employee, what complimentary thirst quenchers will you have to choose from?

  • Water (always a classic)
  • Ice-cold cans of Wow! Cola
  • Diet Wow! Cola
  • Diet Wow! Half-Caff Citrus
  • Herbal tea (boiled water and pepper packets)
  • Coffee mixed with … Swiss Miss?
  • Purple stuff
  • Homemade Vitamin Water

The next time you’re feeling parched, drop by Groupon HQ and take a sip … of Groupon!

Shop Locally This Memorial Day Weekend

Small businesses are an integral part of Groupon’s mission to connect people with the best local places to eat, shop and explore. Whether it’s visiting a boutique for the perfect gift or frequenting a restaurant with unique dishes on the menu, creative entrepreneurs are the foundations of local commerce.

This weekend marks the close of National Small Business Week (May 20-May 26), and we’re proud to support the Small Business Administration’s annual effort to recognize the positive impacts of these businesses! Groupon has relationships with more than 250,000 merchants who represent one of the largest small business groups in the world. 90% of these businesses have 20 or fewer employees, and one in five are sole proprietors.

As an example of one of these inspiring businesses, check out this video entry from Meathead Movers, a Southern California Groupon merchant and family-owned small business who recently entered the National Small Business Week Video Contest.

Please join me in shopping local businesses this Memorial Day, and have a safe and fun long weekend!

Sanjay Gupta

Vice President of Merchant Marketing

 

 


House & Garden

If you want strangers to be so moved by the beauty of your home and garden that they will leave whole roasted turkeys on your doorstep as a sign of their gratitude, you’ve got to check out Groupon’s collection of [home and garden deals](www.groupon.com/occasions) to up your curb appeal. Some featured deals include:

Sprucing up your home can now be easily done online with DesignerAtHome. Submit measurements and photos of the chosen space, then work with the design team to devise your ideal room makeover.

A decorative rug from My Rug Dealer’s online store can help keep your feet clean from the things you swept  under the carpet. It’s a simple way to add some refinement to a room.

The Emson Big Boss juicer frees vitamin-rich liquids from their fruit and vegetable prisons with 700 watts and two speeds of pulverizing power.

Here are some other ways you can make your estate more stately:

  • Trim away tree branches that are blocking your home, unless they’re blocking the window that you stand in while plucking the hair out of your forearms.
  • In your garden, you can never plant too many flowers that have teeth and an insatiable appetite for any humans that try to pick them.
  • Hang an enticing decoration on your front porch, such as a sign that says “Everyone who lives here is relatively disease-free.
  • If a teenager spray-painted a frowny face on your front door, clean it off with a homemade solvent composed of turpentine and fire, or take the door off the hinges and turn it upside so it looks like a friendly, inviting face that has no mouth and a thick, linked pair of eyebrows.
  • Fill your front yard with our most beautiful natural resource—smiling children.

Landing at Camp Groupon: The Counting Crows

Much like the day a baby is born, Camp Groupon features once-in-a-lifetime experiences followed by fireworks and a rock concert. This year, we’ll be commemorating each camper’s first day with an exclusive party featuring none other than multiplatinum-selling superstars, Counting Crows.

The Bay Area seven-piece will rock Navy Pier with Oscar- and Grammy-nominated hits such as Accidentally in Love, as well as cuts from their new album, Underwater Sunshine (Or What We did on Our Summer Vacation). Camp Groupon guests will sip the spirits of an open bar and nibble sammiches and sliders in 4/4 time as they shimmy and shake to tunes that inspired the likes of Dashboard Confessional and Panic at the Disco.

With more than 20 years of chart-topping hits since their 1993 release August and Everything After, the Counting Crows are guaranteed to keep Camp Groupon guests, and ghost pirates coming to port, rocking into the night.

Time is running out to buy tickets to Camp Groupon! Purchase yours today!


The Groupon Guide to: Preventing Summertime Brain Atrophy

When students leave school for the summer, or for the “long summer” of adulthood, their brains begin to leak knowledge, eventually decaying into useless, wet orbs. Try these tips to keep your brain active while you’re not in school:

**Read More:** Reading can transport you to another world. To avoid becoming disoriented about what world you’re in, only read emails and text messages that you yourself wrote.

**Learn about Local History:** You may have passed by a certain bridge, horse, or national monument every day but never taken the time to find out its historical significance. You’ll be shocked to find out how many of your town’s old buildings were formerly inhabited by an important historical traitor or Bill Gates.

**Turn Everything You Do into a Word Problem:** If you’re on a train that’s traveling 50 mph and your spouse is in your truck traveling 75 mph, how long will it take you to catch up with them and convince him/her to take you back?

**Learn a New Skill:** Take up woodworking, weaving, or masonry. When your brain does inevitably harden into a dense, lifeless rock, you’ll be glad that you taught your hands a real skill.


School's Out!

Depending on how close your city is to the sun, summer vacation looms and graduation ceremonies are being penciled in to mobile calendars. Here are a few summer deals that will compliment this season of freedom.

After all those years at school, a framed diploma from FrameStoreDirect.com is an impeccable symbol for education in parchment form. Imagine the opportunities to humbly brag or grandly gesture towards it during conversation as it hangs proudly in on your wall.

While most young minds on their way to college will be displaying their family crest on their college dorm walls, they might also consider endorsing their college team with sports memorabilia from BeyondGraduation.com

Whether we like it or not, memories are created. Force those memories into submission with a custom collage from ScrapWalls. Customers can select up to 300 photos to meld into one collage on a wrapped canvas or a fleece blanket.

If your Junior Birdman isn’t ready to leave the nest, we have entertainment fit for the warmer months and outdoor excursions guaranteed to spice up your summer routine. For the whole list of deals celebrating school’s exodus from your daily routine, CLICK HERE.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?


Behind the Deals: Working from Home

Groupon maintains a verdant 18-acre campus in a zeppelin high above the Chicago River. However, some of our employees are allowed to work from home occasionally, provided their home offices include the following work necessities:

  • Landline phone
  • Fax machine
  • High-speed Internet modem
  • Water cooler
  • Full team of coworkers with their own desks and cubicles
  • Manager onsite
  • Unsustainable ennui