10 Reasons to Love Your Toilet

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“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.

Check out our collection of toilet deals and read more about World Toilet Day.

World Toilet Day

phonePeople 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.

Need more convincing? Check out our collection of toilet deals and read “10 Reasons to Love Your Toilet” by Sean O’Toole.

We’re Having a Search Party

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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!


We’re Celebrating Five Years!

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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.

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New York City Wine & Food Festival

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We have 1,000s of deals every day. Check Groupon First.

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!

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Happy Nuptials from Groupon

photo(5)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:

Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 5.18.34 PMOn behalf of Groupon Inc. (“Groupon”), we are pleased to extend our congratulations and best wishes to you and your family on your upcoming marriage to Ms. Rada Steinberg.

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.  :)

Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 5.18.42 PMAt 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.


Groupon Welcomes SideTour

sidetour-logo-gray-trans-bgToday, Groupon welcomes SideTour, an online marketplace where people can discover, book or host amazing experiences. SideTour brings tremendous value to GrouponLive in enhancing the hyperlocal side of our offerings, as it delivers fun, new and uncommon ways for people to enjoy and explore their cities.

From “Marvel at Famed Architectural Wonders in Morningside Heights” to “View Chicago’s Public Sculptures Through the Eyes of An Artist,” SideTour handpicks events that are off the beaten path. SideTour connects customers with passionate and creative hosts who want to share their talent and knowledge. These hosts are uniquely qualified to lead each experience and include chefs, artists, Olympic medalists, casting directors, sommeliers, retired engineers and many others.

The groups are small, typically averaging 12 tickets per event, and span across food, drink, architecture, history, art and much more. Customers purchase tickets online on SideTour’s website by selecting an event, date and time, and receive follow-up confirmation with location details.

“The addition of SideTour’s curated local experiences furthers our vision of Groupon as the go-to place for consumers to find anything, anywhere, anytime,” said GrouponLive General Manager Greg Rudin. “By offering these highly personalized activities, tours and memorable things to do through Groupon, we can deliver even more fun ways for our customers to interact with the places they live and visit.”

Currently operating in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC,SideTour has plans to expand to major cities throughout the country and around the world. The site will continue to operate separately as we work together to leverage our shared resources, talents and offerings. SideTour’s team will remain in New York, where they’re headquartered.

Groupon Acquires Last-Minute Travel App Blink

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Today, we’re proud to announce the acquisition of last-minute travel app Blink, a leading European destination for great deals on highly curated, same-day hotel bookings, bolstering our rapidly growing Groupon Getaways travel business. The Madrid-based Blink works with more than 2,000 hotel partners in eight European countries.

“We are very excited to welcome the Blink team to the Groupon family,” said Aaron Cooper, senior vice president of Groupon Getaways. “The combination of a fantastic mobile app, same-day inventory management for properties and a team that is obsessed with mobile and last-minute travel will help us further expand our travel business as the go-to destination for great deals on great places to stay.”

The addition of same-day bookings gives Groupon Getaways another way to serve your travel needs, whether it’s deals on hotels across the globe, all-inclusive travel packages or full-service tours in popular destinations. Blink’s easy-to-use mobile app caters to on-the-go travelers looking for unique hotels in travel hotspots across Europe and complements our existing European travel offerings.

“Groupon’s commitment to expanding its travel business and its focus on delivering a first-rate experience for its customers make this a great fit for Blink,” said Blink CEO and founder Rebecca Minguela. “We are looking forward to building more relationships with top hotels around the world and helping customers find unbeatable deals, even when booking at the last minute.”

Click here to check out Blink and download the app!


Mystery Groupon – Round Two!

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There was such a huge response when we did our first Goods Midsummer Mystery Deal, we decided to do another round! Click and buy a product without knowing what you’ll receive. It could be almost anything–earbuds, spa robes, coffeemaker, a designer fragrance, or even a TV. What’s behind door number one? Inquiring minds want to know.

If you’re feeling even more lucky, tweet one of the following with the hashtag #mysterygroupon to @groupon:

  • Your favorite Groupon you’ve ever purchased or used
  • What you received from the Midsummer Mystery Deal

That will give you the chance to win either a Toshiba 17.3″ Laptop (Manufacturer Refurbished), KitchenAid Deluxe Edition 5 Qt. Stand Mixer (White), or an Invicta Subaqua Noma IV Men’s Watch!

So good luck and have fun with this second round!

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