It's a Groupon Grubhub Giveaway!

Banish awkward stomach noises and find your way to desktop dining utopia with the Groupon GrubHub Giveaway! ***EDITED TO ADD OUR WINNER, BELOW!***

Groupon and the generous folks at GrubHub are giving away $500 in GrubHub dollars to one lucky winner. GrubHub works with more than 13,000 restaurants who deliver, enabling even the hungriest desk dweller to get some grub. How much lunch does $500 buy? How about:

We’ll accept entrants through the link at the end of this blog post through 12:01 a.m. CT, Saturday, September 25, and the winner will be announced early next week on this page. Winner will be chosen randomly; enter once per day. Please note, this prize is good for online ordering only.

GrubHub serves 13 cities across the U.S. – the perfect way to get some eats while shopping for your daily Groupon.

***CONGRATULATIONS to Katie M. of Los Angeles. Katie plans to feed her coworkers with the $500 prize – way to share the love! Thanks to everyone for entering.

**Winner must be at least 18 years of age, and hungry.

July Photo Contest Winner

It was tough to track down this month’s photo contest winner, Zoe A. In addition to her incredible likeness to a certain world traveler, her team ranked third in the Philly Challenge Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race using their Groupons, and even won for best costumes as showcased in this photo:


Zoe writes, “My friends and I used Groupons to compete in the Philadelphia Challenge on July 10th. We placed 3rd out of about 200 or so teams, AND won the costume contest! It was a great time, and I wouldn’t have done it without Groupon. I can’t wait to do it again next year!”

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June Groupon Photo Contest Winner

Groupon is for lovers, but this month’s contest winner is dedicated to all the single ladies! Maureen O. to be exact, who submitted this photo.

Maureen writes:

“After we got settled in the downstairs room of the boat with our wine and food, my friend Kevin got up to toast us as we had done this as sort of a birthday celebration for him. When he finished the toast, he brought his girlfriend up and PROPOSED! It was a shock to us all – he had this planned all along!”

Pop some bubbly because we’ve got something to celebrate: an engagement Groupon-style.

Because Maureen is a member of Groupon Rewards, she’s earned 10,000 G’s to unlock special local deals or anything else she can find on Groupon.com. Do you want to be next month’s winner? Submit a photo of you redeeming your Groupon to pictures@groupon.com. Don’t forget – the Groupon must be in the picture to be eligible! (Not a member of Rewards? No problem – we’ll give you good old-fashioned site credit.) We’ll announce the monthly winner here. Check out the rest of this month’s entries on our Flickr stream.

Groupon Service Day with Christopher House

Dance dance dance!

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The Groupon team just can’t sit still. This past Saturday we embarked on our second Service Day of 2010, supporting Christopher House’s annual Dance-a-thon for toddlers, youth and adults alike. This year’s theme was ‘Dance Your Dreams’, and the Groupon crew represented in full force with costumes ranging from European soccer (or football) players, to superheroes, to aerobics instructors. We cheered on participants, painted faces, facilitated arts and crafts activities, helped serve food, decorate, and collectively helped Christopher House raise close to $6K in 6 hours! Fantastic!**

If you missed our first Service Day last March, we focused our efforts on a Community Center in North Rogers Park, known for providing free ESL classes to a mainly refugee population, and for their Violence Prevention After School program for neighborhood children and youth. Our more artistic employees provided some Groupon flair to the Center’s Community Room, main entrance, and library, while the green-thumbed staffers planted and the rest of us reorganized storage closets and cleaned the nursery and computer lab. Not bad for 4 hours worth of work on a Sunday ;)

Stay tuned for details on our next Service Day in coming months…

*Thanks to Pawan Bhardwaj for organizing and Lindsay Verstegen for the photos!

It's A Groupon Getaway Sweepstakes!

What’s summer without a little adventure? **Edited** See winners’ names at the end of the post!

Groupon and ExploreChicago.org (the city’s official tourism site) are giving you the chance to get away for a few days and run amok in our fair city. One winner will enjoy:

- Two tickets on Southwest Airlines to Chicago**

- Two nights at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago (these are swanky digs)
- $250 in Groupon credit to create your custom Groupon weekend and do Chicago like a local

We’ll accept entrants through the form at the end of this blog post through **Thursday, June 17 (sorry, had the wrong date originally!!) and winners will be announced Friday, June 18. Winners will be chosen randomly; enter once per day.

Already have plans to visit Chicago? Check out ExploreChicago.org for a crazy amount of information on street fests, concerts, neighborhoods and everything else we love about our town.

Good luck!
Click here to enter on SurveyGizmo

**Trips must be completed before July 31, 2010. Winner and guest must be at least 18 years of age by date of trip. Check out the full rules here.

CONGRATULATIONS to our winners!!
- Sarah Mitschke, Raleigh
- David Miller, Seattle
- Laila Saleem, Washington D.C.
- Chris Greenwood, Boston

We’ve emailed you to claim your prize. If any go unclaimed, we’ll be sure to let everyone know and find suitable runners-up. Thanks for entering and keep an eye out for more giveaways soon.

Spotlight on Merchant Services: Groupon Chamber of Commerce

We often blog about features that make our customers’ lives better, but this week we wanted to introduce you to a few of Groupon’s efforts that have added ongoing value for our merchants and help improve their businesses’ day-to-day.

Groupon has proven to be an extremely effective form of marketing for local businesses – it’s the reason 97% of our merchants want to run on Groupon again and again. But it’s important we ask ourselves and our vendors how we can improve their Groupon experience beyond the online exposure and initial stream of customers. Surveys and focus groups have bred a few ideas we’ve implemented, including leveraging merchant testimonials like this recent clip filmed with Corey Kaplan of NYC Bagel Deli in Chicago.

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April Groupon Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Taija R., this month’s Groupon Photo Contest winner! We had no choice but to acknowledge the most artistic and highbrow entry we received.

Taija says:

“This is us cashing in our Groupon at Salvador Molly’s in Portland, OR with our Salvador Dali mustaches! We loved the silly atmosphere of the restaurant and the fun-loving attitude of the waiter who took our picture.”

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Groupon Spring Break

As my bathrobe-clad neighbor says, you’re never too old to do Spring Break! Our Events Team packed their bags and hit the road in April, spreading the good word of Groupon among new and old friends in Seattle, Los Angeles and Miami. Did you miss the chance to hang out with Groupon? Photos and a recap are after the jump. If we didn’t come to your town, leave a comment and let us know if we can stay at your place next time. We’ll even make the bed.

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March Photo Contest Winner

A wild trip to the South Bend Chocolate Company in Indianapolis yielded this month’s Photo Contest winner, “Fast Jake.”

Jake and Mom win $100 in Groupon credit for more candy adventures or anything else they can find on Groupon.com. You can be next month’s winner – just submit a shot of you redeeming your Groupon to photos@groupon.com. (Don’t forget – the Groupon must be in the picture!) See our favorite runners-up and another shot of Jake getting into trouble at South Bend Chocolate Company after the jump.

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