We just found a pretty old Groupon in the vaults. Happy #TBT!
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.
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.
Click through for the Official Rules:
How 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!
Some 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ll be kicking off the giveaways today on our social channels. Click through for the official rules:
If you’ve traveled around the world with Anthony Bourdain, know Rachael Ray’s recipes by heart, and have simmered over your love of Martha Stewart’s meals, this EPIC (all caps necessary) trip to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is for you.
With VIP access, not only to you get to hobnob–aka, sing karaoke with Morimoto–with celebrity chefs, but you gain access to all signature events at the festival. You’ll be front and center at select KitchenAid Culinary Demos, and are invited to start your time there at the Chef Kick-Off Party and close it down with the Chef After Party.
If you want to pace yourself at the festivities this year, we also have opportunities for you to see your favorite celebrity chefs doing what they do best: Cheffing.
- Best of The Munchies with Andrew Zimmern
- Medianoches & Mixology with Anne Burrell
- Lifestyle Seminars with several of your favorite celebrity chefs to choose from
- Fun and Fit as a Family hosted by Robert Irvine
Proceeds from the festival benefit Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine and Spirits Beverage Management Center.
If your mouth is watering, you can access your tickets HERE now!
Announcing the #GrouponKissKiss Photo Contest!
Have an adorable kiss pic? Show off your love to the world! We’re giving away a one-year supply of dates to one lucky smoocher (totaling $1,200 in Groupon Bucks)! Post a warmhearted photo of you expressing your love on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win. Winners will be able to redeem their dates each month by choosing from Groupon’s more than 65,000 deals for things like meals at restaurants, experiential outings, trips, concert tickets, Groupon Goods products and more. Also, two qualifying lucky lovers will also win $500 Groupon Bucks each.
In addition to this expression of love, we’re getting into the Valentine’s Day spirit by offering you Handpicked Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas, chock full of unbeatable deals to dazzle loved ones.
Good luck!… Or, good puck-er!
Whether you consider yourself fashion forward or a full-blown fashionista (after 5 years of intense physical training), getting a deal on your favorite trend is never a bad thing. That’s why we’re excited to welcome ideeli, a leading online flash fashion retailer, to the Groupon family.
So open your internet browser and whisper sweet nothings to your happy closet–ideeli gives you access to leading brands in women’s and men’s apparel and accessories and home decor at significant savings.
“We are thrilled to add ideeli and their team to our company,” said Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky. “Ideeli extends our fashion presence and brings great relationships with many of the top brands in apparel. Our customers have a demonstrated appetite for these offers, and by broadening our reach in this space Groupon is even better positioned as the place you start when you want to do or buy just about anything, anytime, anywhere.”
To celebrate the acquisition, ideeli is offering 20 percent off your next purchase through January 14. Grab your virtual shopping bags and welcome, ideeli!
We are loving local in the new year already! Actually, we never really stopped. Visions of local businesses dance in our heads each time we go to sleep. So if you happen to live in the snowy HQ of Groupon in Chicago, take a look at our Snap Local Challenge for your chance at $100 Groupon Bucks!
Click through to read the official rules: