We’re still celebrating our 5th anniversary. (Once you hit five years as a company you’re allowed to celebrate all month long.) Below is a video chronicling Groupon’s history and shows just how far we’ve come in the collective buying industry. Enjoy.
As we kick off our shopping season, we’re featuring the best collections for your gift recipients. Search the “For Him” section in our Gift Shop for any and all him-related deals! Below are some of our favorite picks this season!
While getting a manicure in L.A., screenwriter Michael Elliot scanned the room to realize there was only one other male in the salon. The two struck up a conversation about how uncomfortable they felt, and when Elliot questioned other friends, it turned out they weren’t the only men to feel out of place in a typical salon setting. So Elliot created a nail-service business where men could be men. His story was so captivating, it even caught the eye of Fashionista, who recently profiled Elliot’s venture.
Alpine Swiss Men’s Wool-Blend Jacket – The lightweight design and wool material of this classic jacket work together to keep you warm without too much bulk.
Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ 32GB 9″ Tablet - 1.5Ghz dual-core processor flies through 32GB of stored books and movies, and built-in WiFi supports Google Chrome and web apps
Rugged Frontier Men’s Fleece Lounge Pants - Polar-fleece pants—complete with dual side pockets—in classic plaid designs and earthy colors make an ideal sleep- or loungewear piece
Invicta Men’s Pro Diver Watches - Luminous hands and indices, diver’s clasp for wearing over wetsuit, and 20–30 atm water resistance make watches recreational-diving-friendly
MyCustomCase.com – Outfit your iPhone, iPad, iPod or Samsung Galaxy with a cover featuring an uploaded photo or your name or initials on exclusive designs
Asanda Aveda Spa Lounge – SoHo – Men’s Haircut, 50-Minute Massage, or Both
The salon invites clients inside with striking, squeaky-clean white decor, high ceilings, and sparkling crystal and Murano-glass chandeliers. The staff of stylists channel the salon’s bright, modern aesthetic into chic styles and a menu of aesthetic services that harness the power of botanical-based Aveda products.
Remember, if you’re having trouble shopping for someone, consider buying them something different like a class or activity to freshen up the gifting tradition!
Can you believe we’re nearly halfway through November? Halloween candy has made way for tinsel-decorated turkeys and ugly autumn sweaters are being replaced by even uglier holiday ones. Since long lines and shopping headaches can ruin your Yuletide cheer and we don’t want anyone’s nog spoiled, we’re happy to announce the launch of the Groupon Gift Shop!
We’ve collected some of the hottest items of the season plus your favorite local spots to choose from. Additionally, we have premium brands available on Groupon Goods, great travel deals at Groupon Getaways and exciting ticketed events at GrouponLive.
Simplify your holiday shopping and search for the perfect gifts and experiences for your loved ones or those who present a “gifting challenge.” If you’re having a hard time nailing down what gift to get for your second-cousin’s neighbor, our Gift Shop has a Gift Card Collection, featuring such top brands as FTD, JCP Portraits, SpaWish and BarkBox.
So stop stressing and start searching!
“10 Reasons to Love Your Toilet This World Toilet Day” by Sean O’Toole:
You’ve spent a lot of time with your toilet, but sometimes even the most intimate relationships fade over the years. This list just might help you rekindle the magic.
1. You’re lucky to have one. One in three people on the planet don’t have a clean toilet—greater than the proportion of people who lack a mobile phone.
2. It’s keeping you healthy. Patients with sanitation-related illnesses occupy half the hospital beds in the world.
3. It’s shiny. Most studies conclude that shiny things are among the prettiest things to look at.
4. It helped make us rich. In some places today, every dollar invested in sanitation yields five dollars in gains from improved health, increased productivity, and other benefits.
5. That whoosh when it flushes. It is the sound of renewal, revival, rebirth. It is the only truth.
6. It’s private. More than a billion people worldwide are forced to relieve themselves in bushes, ditches, and other open spaces.
7. It makes you smarter, and not just if it’s where you read Parade magazine’s insightful “Cartoon Parade” each week. Estimates place the number of school days lost to water-related illnesses each year at 443 million, so safe sanitation means more learning.
8. It’s got its own hashtag (#toiletsWIN). Anything with its own hashtag must have something going for it.
9. It makes us more equal. Poor sanitation disproportionately affects girls, who, once they hit puberty, are significantly more likely than boys to miss class or drop out if their school lacks private, hygienic facilities.
10. It swallows spiders immediately and with remorseless fervor.
People are easily tempted to make potty humor jokes on World Toilet Day. But our number one (and number two) mission is to raise awareness about the troubling fact that over 2.5 billion people lack access to a toilet. That leads to disease and death. Around 1.5 million deaths each year, nearly one in five, are caused by diarrhea. It is the second leading cause of death among children under the age of five in the world. Yep. Toilets. We’re talking toilets.
Groupon is pairing up with Water.org, a nonprofit dedicated to providing people around the world with access to safe water and sanitation. Our Groupon Grassroots campaign allows you to donate $5, $10, or $25 to the charity which will help provide fresh, clean water to people in rural areas through well-digging projects, sanitation education, and plumbing installation.
In order to showcase the new search functionality of our completely redesigned website, we’re having a Search Party Sweepstakes!
All week long we’ll send out clues via @Groupon’s Twitter handle on deals we want you to find on our site. Then, it’s up to you to search and respond with the answer–be sure to include the hashtag #CheckGrouponFirst!
A sample question might be:
Search for the 3rd word of the 2nd paragraph for Chelsea’s Pottery Studio in SanFran!
We’ll pick several winners a day to receive $50 of Groupon Bucks to their account!
We have 1000s of deals every day available on our site. Be sure to #CheckGrouponFirst and good luck!
It’s our 5th birthday! To celebrate our growth from daily deal website to a true online marketplace, we’re launching a completely redesigned website, plus updates to Groupon’s mobile apps so you can be sure to easily search and discover all the best selection of deals.
“Our new site and mobile app makes it easier and more rewarding for customers to check Groupon first when they want to buy just about anything, anytime, anywhere,” said Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky. It’s simple for you to search and browse tens of thousands of offers to find the exact deal you want, when you want it.
Like every five-year-old, speed and a sophisticated look are of utmost importance. So our website is now much faster and has a clean new look and feel.
Click through to read about the new features. Continue Reading
We’ve always got food on the brain. Whether it’s because we’re focused on bringing you the best local restaurants for you to explore and discover or if we just need a sandwich because we’re getting a little “hangry.” This weekend, we’re happy to be a part of the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE.
The sixth annual Festival takes place October 17-20, 2013. It is the only Festival in New York to bring together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America’s most beloved television chefs.
The 2013 Festival will once again bring together the world’s greatest chefs, winemakers, spirits producers and personalities to educate palates and entertain attendees in high style. As the Festival continues to grow, 2013 will also mark the move of the Festival’s central hub to just northwest of New York City’s popular Hell’s Kitchen and expansion into Midtown.
To get your stomachs growling, we offered an EPIC deal (all caps necessary) to attend the festival as a VIP. That included round-trip airfare, hotel, special events with celebrity chefs such as the Blue Moon Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray, Jets + Chefs: The Ultimate Tailgate hosted by Mario Batali, and the La Sagra Sunday Slices sponsored by Time Out New York.
Plus, to satiate your philanthropic needs, we featured a VIP admission to the City Harvest Bid Against Hunger event, including a private meet and greet with three celebrity chefs. That cost helps fight hunger locally with this Groupon Grassroots campaign.
If you do find yourself at the festival this year, frolicking with other foodies, sampling all the tasty treats, stop by our station and say hello! Over the course of the festival, we encourage you to whip out your mobile devices, sign on to The Twitters, and tweet us the answer to the question, “When do you #checkgrouponfirst?” for a chance to win Groupon Bucks in your account!
Click through for all the legalese for this sweepstakes, and have a great time at the festival, food lovers!
We love hearing about our customers tying the knot, falling in love plummeting out of a plane while skydiving, or battling wedding costs with the help of Groupon. So when we got the fun and unusual request to send our well-wishes to the soon-to-be-married Dr. Brett Bielory and his fiancee, Rada, (who used Groupons during their courtship), we were flattered. Way to make life less boring, you two!
Below is our congratulatory note to the happy couple, read at the rehearsal dinner:
Dear Dr. Bielory:
Dr. Bielory, we understand that Groupon and its various deal-of-the-day programs have helped you and Ms. Steinberg to further and deepen your relationship. We are pleased to have played a pivotal role in your courtship, and are very impressed by your robust use of our services for some very creative dates. Many of your family and friends know about your Groupon-facilitated painting classes, which yielded impressive art, but more importantly, an extremely memorable and touching proposal in June. But do your guests know about the many other Groupon adventures enjoyed by you and Ms. Steinberg, including the sunset cruises, surfing school and flying lessons? And do they know how terrified you were to go hang-gliding on another Groupon excursion? We are glad Ms. Steinberg encouraged you to persevere on that outing . . . and to wear dark-colored shorts. :)
At Groupon, we are very grateful for adventure-seeking, coupon-clipping consumers like you and your fiancée. We hope the two of you have a blessed marriage, and a lifetime of love and happiness together.
Please keep us in mind when we can help you with children’s clothing, furniture and toys–we’ll have some great deals for you!
From your friends at Groupon, congratulations on this wondrous occasion.