Groupon Employees Surpass Mid-Year Volunteering Goal!

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A big focus of Groupon’s employee volunteer program is team volunteer outings, which engage numerous employees and promote team bonding and skill development. To date in 2014, we have had 17 participate, with Engineering, Sales, and Marketing coming in as top departments for participation. Many of Groupon’s top leaders have also joined in to make a difference.

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We look forward to engaging even more employees in having a meaningful impact in their communities as we continue to our goal of 10,000 hours of service in 2014.

The #SummerOfGroupon Kicks Off with a Sweepstakes

SummmerWe know air-conditioning can lull you into a state of comfort during the summer months, but we here at Groupon want you to go out and play! As an incentive, we’re giving away $100,000. Log into your account, dust off your unused local Groupons, or purchase new ones to redeem for your chance at $500 cash each week. One luckier winner will receive a $50,000 Grand Prize.

It’s simple. For every Groupon you buy or redeem through 8/24 you’ll get an automatic entry into the $100,000 sweepstakes. Visit HERE for more info. Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 12.53.34 PMFor inspiration, we’ve joined forces with six top bloggers from across the country who are now redeeming local Groupons and sharing their stories on their websites and our #SummerOfGroupon site.

Lend your voice to the conversation and tell us what you’re up to this summer!


Social Innovation at Groupon

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Patty Morrissey, head of social innovation, leads the corporate responsibility arm of Groupon. She recently talked with Forbes about Groupon’s current crowdfunding campaigns and other social impact programs.

“If I were to tell you about a global platform designed to connect millions of customers with independently owned businesses, that generates local jobs, local wealth and local prosperity, you might think that I’m describing a B-corporation social enterprise, but that’s Groupon,” explained Patty Morrissey.

Rahim Kanani: As head of social innovation at Groupon, how would you define the scope of your work and why it’s important to the founders?

Patty Morrissey: Social change has always been important to our founders. Groupon was born out of a collective action fundraising platform, The Point. Today our leaders know that as the global leader of local commerce, we are also reliant on diverse communities of local businesses and engaged customers. We are invested in fostering the success of the communities where our merchants, customers, and employees live and work not simply because we care, but because our business depends on these communities.

Click HERE to read the full article.

Celebrate Pride at Groupon

851x315_social_pridedeals_dmAt Groupon, we love diverse, culturally rich communities because we know that these communities are good for our merchants and our customers. During Pride Month, we celebrate and bring awareness to the merchants, neighborhoods, and community groups that support and cater to the LGBTQ community all year round, adding diversity to the range of services and experiences offered in their community. These businesses and community centers are incredibly important, as they are often more than just businesses, they are places of refuge, places to create community, places to share stories, and places to build hope for LGBTQ people.10494417_10152479832995821_8141085900731322073_o

The gay rights movement started when a small group of people stood up for their rights and never stopped fighting. To contribute to the effort, Groupon employees have marched and signed open letters in support of marriage equality on both the national and state levels; participated in the Human Rights Campaign’s wear-red day; and formed an internal employee-resource group to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Groupon salutes our merchants and customers who support this effort and equality for all.

During this month of Pride we are celebrating in various ways: Our collection features local events, clothing, and products to complement any Pride parade or gathering. Plus, our employees rallied in all our offices across the globe wearing colors of the rainbow. Oh, and there’s a little opportunity for you to win a chance to win a trip to New York City, share a drink with Neil Patrick Harris and see the Tony-winning musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway. All donations will go directly to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which supports people across the country living with HIV/AIDS.Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 3.34.51 PMMore on Pride @ Groupon: Groupon is a proud supporter of our LGBTQ employees, merchants, consumers, and community. We scored 100% in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index, making us a “Best Place to Work – 2014”. We also believe in advocating for the rights of all our employees, leading us to be public supporters of marriage equality and the federal Employee Non-Discrimination Act. Around the office our Pride@Groupon employee resource group hosts fun activities and educational events. And of course, you can look for our float in this year’s Chicago Pride Parade!

Celebrities Save Just Like Us

Our internet ears were burning when we got word that a certain celebrity is reportedly a fan of finding a bargain on Groupon. We got some exclusive footage of his purchase. Can you guess who it is?

We’re happy to hear “celebrities are just like us” hits so close to home and want to welcome other star-studded savers to the mix. From Celeb Couture Harem Pants to HDTVs, here are some other deals that make the A-list:

  • One of the challenges of being a celebrity are your fans’ constant smiles. Those pearly whites bounce back harmful UV rays. Protect your eyes from the intrusive glow with Versace, Fossil, or Giorgio Armani sunglasses.
  • Waxing. We’ve seen those Twilight movies. We know what’s up, Mr. Chest.
  • Why rent jewelry for premieres that TV fashionistas are going to critique anyway? We’ve got plenty of sparkles on Groupon Goods. Keep the earrings and the compliments.Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 11.28.33 AM
  • Missed the Avengers premiere? Buddy up with these 10″ figures in your home screening pavilion and have your own viewing party.
  • Your pet is a celebrity by association. Treat him as such with this Cat Crib for when he’s hanging out on set with you.Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.39.49 AM
  • Red carpet mishap? #CheckGrouponFirst. We have plenty of carpet cleaning deals in your zip code.

Hopefully all these deals will complement your jet-setting lifestyle. Captain Sparrow, if you need them, we have some grilling tips as well.

 

 


We Speak Dad

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 5.19.14 PMFather’s Day is fast approaching, and our gift shop has all the dad-centric gifts on every father’s (unspoken) list. Whether he’s a fisher, a builder, a foodie, a tech head, or a beer aficionado, don’t worry. We speak dad.

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Listen to more of dad’s jokes on the plane ride to Ireland.

For example, your dad probably wouldn’t mind you entering our contest to win him a trip to Ireland to enjoy the majesty and lush landscape of the Emerald Isle and tour a world-famous brewery.

No one in the average American household wields more at-the-ready adages than Dad. Whether it’s, “In my day, we didn’t have safety nets or cell phones,” or “I’m so hungry, I could eat my arm,” or “You’re going to like it, whether you like it or not!” Dad’s dad-isms never disappoint. Now we want to reward one spectacular Dad–and his classic Dad-speak–with a trip to Ireland, the birthplace of blarney.

To enter, share a photo of your favorite dad (or a photo of something that reminds you of your dad, like a hat or his comfy chair). Then add a caption of his most popular dad-ism. After submitting, head to the internet and rally your friends to vote! We’ll choose a grand-prize winning dad based on creativity and quality of the photo, as well as the creativity and originality of the caption from the 10 submissions with the most votes.

The grand-prize winning captioned photo will receive a Groupon Getaway* for two to Ireland valued at $8,000. Four additional entrants will be chosen randomly to win $100 in Groupon Bucks each–two entrants will be chosen from the remaining 10 submissions with the most votes and two entrants will be chosen from all submissions.

Grand prize includes:

  • Round trip airfare for two to Dublin, Ireland
  • Five-star accommodations at Ashford Castle (two nights), Adare Manor (2 nights), Four Seasons Hotel Dublin (2 nights) and a Heritage Golf & Spa Resort (1 night)
  • Tour of world-famous Irish brewery
  • Complimentary tours, golfing, car rental and more

Happy Father’s Day and good luck!


Groupon’s My Chicago Sweepstakes

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E! News anchor and Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic was born in Italy, but she has strong ties to Chicago—namely, her husband, Bill, the Trump-approved entrepreneur and restaurateur behind RPM Italian. In the My Chicago Collection by Giuliana Rancic, the star of Giuliana & Bill gives the scoop on her favorite local spots to get glammed up, be entertained in style, and even shop for Bill.

Plus, if you’re in Chicago, we’re running a sweepstakes on Favin, Groupon’s Beauty Maven’s Facebook page. Win a chance to experience Giuliana’s favorite spots in Chicago!

Update: We’re extending this one day! Place your votes by Saturday!

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Going Green with SolarCity

Are you trying to reduce your carbon footprint? In an effort to make sustainability more affordable than ever, we’re pairing with SolarCity, the nation’s largest solar power provider, to help you harness the power of the sun without burning your fingers. SolarCity makes it possible for you to pay less for solar electricity than you pay for utility power. The deal? $1 for $400 off home solar power from SolarCity with free installation.


By removing the biggest roadblock for most people—installation of the panels is free, so you only pay for the power they generate—SolarCity estimates that it converts a new person to solar energy every three minutes. The SolarCity team fields everything from customizing the design of each energy system to securing permits to jingling their keys until the sun looks their way. All you need to do is provide a roof (typically the one that came with your home) and flip the switch.

Check for availability in your service area. Interested? Here’s what you can expect: Continue Reading

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