Not Your Mother’s Mother’s Day

Groupon honors what makes Mom extraordinary by featuring talented Groupon Mothers and a dedicated collection of gifts

This Mother’s Day Groupon is finding surprise and delight in an obvious place: Groupon’s Moms. The Mother’s Day Gifting collection celebrates the things that make all moms exceptional with a collection of deals that reflect the interests and talents of real Groupon Moms. We’ve filled the collection with experiences and gifts designed to inspire mothers to live the things that make them special or rediscover their passions.

We’re also running a contest to ‘Mominate’ a mother for a chance to win a one-year supply of “Me Time.” People can mominate their own mom, significant other, a friend or even themselves. Just share a pic of your favorite mom and complete a fill-in-the-blank eCard. The grand-prize winner and the mominee will each receive a one-year supply of “Me Time” valued at $1,500 in Groupon Bucks. Two additional entrants—picked randomly—will each receive a one-time prize of $500 in Groupon Bucks.

Let’s meet some of the Groupon mothers!810x300_mothersday_bios-17-moutainGeri Robinson, brand marketing – Geri has climbed eight mountains, with the loftiest being a five-day trek up Mt. Rainer; similar experiences include cave bouldering, skydiving and horseback riding810x300_mothersday_bios-12-kickboxerNaamah Grover, merchant services – Namaah is a skilled kickboxer; other extreme fitness options include boot camp classes and paddleboarding excursions810x300_mothersday_bios-04-yogaAshley Wint, inventory management – Ashley has been an avid Yogi for 10 years, both in the studio and at home; the collection features a variety of local yoga studios810x300_mothersday_bios-15-sculptorJo Eastwood, sales operations – Jo studied sculpture and works in mixed media; similar experiences include pottery classes, glass blowing and canvas painting810x300_mothersday_bios-08-photographerJil McKinney, customer service – Jil photographs important life milestones such as engagements; various photography classes and experiences are featured in the gifting collection

All of the Groupon moms, and their stories, can be found here: http://gr.pn/1iMpc7e.

Groupon Wedding Sweepstakes

612x612_social_wedding_02_esw copyIf you’re using a traditional lunar calendar you know basketball season leads to April showers, which brings May flowers, which is followed by wedding season. We’re ready for you here at Groupon with our brand new Wedding Shop featuring dresses, groom essentials, products to pamper you and your bridal party, honeymoon excursions, and much more.

We also want to take some of the stress out of planning your big day. If Pinterest has been your source of inspiration you can enter our Wedding Collection Sweepstakes for your chance at $500 Groupon Bucks!

We are offering two lucky pinners a chance to win $500 in Groupon Bucks to spend on their special day or honeymoon. To enter, follow these three steps:

1. Check out our Wedding Collection on Groupon.com.

2. Pin your favorite images from our collection to your wedding board using the hashtag #GrouponWeddingSweeps to qualify.

3. Come back here to submit your pins before April 15th!

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1 Groupon, 1 Meal

We’re putting a spin on the idea of eating for two.

Today marks the launch of our One Groupon, One Meal campaign in select cities: New York, DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco.

From March 19th through April 1st, each time someone purchases a food and drink deal in those cities, we’ll donate the cost of a meal to a chosen food depository.

“We’re proud to partner with six amazing hunger organizations across the country for the two week-long One Groupon, One Meal campaign, aiming to fund tens of thousands of meals,” said Kyle Klatt, Program Manager, Groupon Grassroots and Cause Marketing at Groupon. “Groupon Grassroots, our social responsibility arm, is committed to help build and support the communities around our thousands of local merchants.”

To participate:

  1. Require sustenance.
  2. Head to Groupon.
  3. Choose from any of the food and drink offerings listed in those cities and purchase a deal.

Thanks for showing your support!

 


#GrouponKissKiss Winner Announced

“It is nice to finally meet you, daddy.”

We asked for kisses and you gave us kisses! After many submissions and voting, our #GrouponKissKiss contest has come to an end.

Congratulations to Terri and her family for the winning photograph!

Terri and her husband will enjoy a year’s worth of date nights on Groupon and a pair of Aurora Diamond Collection earrings. (The earrings might be harder to share…)

Thanks to everyone who shared their expression of love with us! It made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

 


#BestOfGroupon Photo Contest

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It’s our favorite time of the year. We’re rolling up our sleeves and handing out metaphorical trophies left and right to honor our top local merchants with our Best of Groupon collection! Those businesses included are given bragging rights for their popular Groupon campaigns and high levels of customer service. Just look for the “Best Of” badging on Groupon to find your Best Of business in your city!

We’ll be celebrating all month and we want you to join in the fun. That’s why we’re launching the Best of Groupon Photo Contest starting February 15th. Snap a photo (or upload one from your phone) at one of our Best of Groupon merchants and share it with us! We’ll showcase the best images and reward you $100 in Groupon Bucks.

Click HERE to enter or share a photo on Instagram or Twitter using #BestOfGroupon.

Good luck!

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Most Romantic Cities in America

Screen shot 2014-02-14 at 12.11.29 AMHow do you express your love? Flowers, chocolate, handmade “Casablanca” dioramas? To find out what makes our customers’ hearts go pitter-patter, we dug into our sales data to learn about the best cities for Valentine’s Day gifting.

Where are the most sales per U.S. Groupon subscriber for chocolate? Denver, of course. Michigan boasts the second and third most chocolate sales with Grand Rapids and Detroit respectively. Top cities for flower sales? Napa, Calif. Chicago comes in second. We Chicagoans love flowers.

What do people typically gift on Valentine’s Day? Candy, flowers, jewelry, lingerie and spa treatments. People also go out to restaurants and some even take a romantic trip or stay at a cozy bed and breakfast. Groupon took a look at its own sales to see which cities lead some of the most popular Valentine’s Day gifting categories and more.

And the most romantic cities are . . .

MIAMI — Miami leads the pack as the city with the most people who buy watches, gold jewelry and cubic zirconia. Miami also is the number 3 city for diamond jewelry sales per Groupon subscriber and the number 4 city for flower sales.

NEW YORK — New York is the leader in diamond jewelry sales per Groupon subscriber. New York is also the 3rd biggest city for sales of French restaurant deals and watches sales.  New York is the number 4 city for sales of gold jewelry.

NAPA — Napa, Calif. is the leader in both flower sales per Groupon subscriber and sales of bed and breakfast deals.

AUSTIN –  Austin, Texas is number 1 in boudoir photo shoot sales per Groupon subscriber. Austin is followed by San Diego at number 2 and Tulsa at number 3.

AMARILLO — Amarillo, Texas is number 1 in lingerie sales per Groupon subscriber. Take a four-hour drive south to Abilene, Texas and you’ll find the third most lingerie sales per Groupon subscriber.

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento, Calif. area Groupon subscribers purchase the most spa deals. Dallas comes in second, followed by Hampton Roads, Va.

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte, N.C. is number 1 in massage sales per Groupon subscriber.

What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Let us know in the comments!

DON’T Do This for Valentine’s Day

Screen shot 2014-02-14 at 12.40.08 AMSome want to know who wrote the book of love. Others want to know what’s in the middle of every chocolate candy because they want to avoid the coconut one. Well, we wanted to know the Dos and Don’ts of Valentine’s Day. So we conducted a study.

The study–among Groupon subscribers in the United States and 11 additional countries– revealed a wealth of interesting results, but here’s what you need to know:  DON’T GIVE YOUR VALENTINE CHEAP CANDY (or if you do, at least wrap it in money). Also, don’t use social media to express your undying love. And if you live in Germany, don’t buy your valentine something flashy.

The Valentine’s Day gifting study was conducted to better prepare Groupon’s offerings on its Valentine’s Day Shop. In addition to the U.S.-based research, studies were conducted in 11 different regions across the globe, revealing a few interesting similarities. “Cheap candy,” for example, is definitely a universal DON’T on Valentine’s Day.

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If you’re planning to give a gift on Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone:  over half of respondents in the U.S. (58 percent) said they’re going to give a gift.  But almost no one gives Valentine’s Day gifts to co-workers (2 percent), gifting a spouse (62%) is a far more popular idea. Only 3 percent of respondents say they give a Valentine’s Day gift to the family pet, so we’re going to put that one in the “Don’t” column, too. It should go without saying but please don’t read this press release aloud to pets.

BUYING

When buying a gift for Valentine’s Day this year, don’t spend less than $10 on a gift. If you do that, it won’t be easy to find someone to confide in when that doesn’t go over well because only 3 percent of respondents spend less than $10. And don’t buy your gifts over the phone. Or through a catalogue. Only 2 percent and 3 percent respectively purchase Valentine’s Day gifts that way. It’s the age of the Internet. Let’s not pretend otherwise.

IMPORTANCE OF GIFT

When giving a Valentine’s Day gift, you better put some thought and meaning into it. Eighty-five percent of respondents said the gift meaning is very important. Only 2 percent of people said that the meaning is not important. And 73 percent of respondents said that the gift has to show the giver really understands them and knows what they like.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Don’t use social media to send your love to your valentine. A majority of respondents said they will not be doing that (60 percent). And 33 percent of respondents said that if they received a Valentine’s Day message solely via social media, they would NOT be impressed (most popular response). If you decide to use social media for your valentine, DO include a photo (most using social media plan to), but DON’T included an intimate body shot or image of a romantic location (less than 10 percent of respondents plan to include those images).  Just because you can do something, that doesn’t mean you should.

VALENTINE’S DAY OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.

If you live in Japan or Poland, or have a valentine in one of those countries, plan on giving a gift. Over half of respondents in those countries say they plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a gift. If your valentine is in Australia, Malaysia or the United Kingdom, don’t get cheap candy; 42 percent, 41 percent and 37 percent (respectively) of respondents say they don’t want it. If you already bought some cheap candy, teach yourself a lesson by eating all of it, alone, in a dark room. And if your valentine is in Germany, Spain or The Netherlands, don’t get something flashy; more than half of respondents in each of those countries don’t want that.

Also, if your valentine is in Hong Kong, plan on spending no less than $136. Hong Kong was the big spender of all the countries surveyed. In Australia the average spend on Valentine’s Day gifts is $66.  In France and Spain, people spend between $33 and $66. In Japan, people spend $46. In Donstania, a made-up country, no one spends anything. It’s made-up.

Valentine’s Day is a time to express your love to your sweetheart, so DO remember to check Groupon.com for some last-minute gifts that will make you both feel all warm and fuzzy inside.


Groupon By Jake

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TSOL_6300r (1)(1)Have you gotten in your warm up today? There’s going to be a lot of stuff happening this week on Groupon Goods and we don’t want you to pull a hammie.

Maybe you made a New Years fitness resolution 27 days ago and you need some motivation. That’s why we’re really excited to be partnering with Jake “Body By Jake” Steinfeld, one of the fitness industry’s reigning icons, responsible for creating the personal fitness training industry more than 30 years ago. He’ll be offering plenty of inspiration and his seal of approval for premier fitness products on Groupon Goods all week including corebody reformer for six pack abs, Warrior Footwear for ultimate comfort in or out of the gym, and recovery equipment from Trigger Point.

“For decades I’ve dedicated my life to making people feel great, and this collection is the perfect way for anyone to kick off or ramp up their fitness routine,” said Jake Steinfeld. “These products are geared towards all fitness levels — it’s not too late for people to make 2014 their healthiest year yet.”

To continue the celebration, we’ll also be doing product giveaways on our Facebook and Twitter handle. AND, to get yourself some personal fitness motivation, Jake will be taking fitness questions on Twitter (we’re calling it a “Jakeover”) on 1/28 @ 11AM PST (1PM CST) and phone calls at 12 PM PST (2PM CST). Anyone can give Jake a call at (213) 792-2608.

As Jake would say, DON’T QUIT.

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