Things go viral on the internet…who knew??

You know when you hear some juicy gossip about Sarah dating Peter, and it spreads around the office, and suddenly Sarah’s secretly married to Peter who’s cheating on his taxes so that he can pay for magician school? That happened to us today.

Someone online began a petition to boycott Groupon because they believed we were a sponsor of the Apprentice, a show that is in the middle of some political criticism at the moment.

Then, just like that, it was announced we were pulling our sponsorship and boycotting the Apprentice and NBC. Pulling a fake sponsorship that didn’t exist….

Here’s the thing: Groupon has never been a sponsor of The Apprentice on TV or on the web. We invest heavily in online advertising through networks that place ads on a rolling basis, meaning that we know one will appear on but not specifically which page. We know that some advertising appeared on the Apprentice home page a few weeks ago.

Enough consumers have contacted us to warrant ensuring that we don’t place ads on the Apprentice homepage in the future. It’s the same reason we don’t run deals on guns or abortion…this isn’t a political statement, it’s avoiding intentionally upsetting a segment of our customers.

Thanks for allowing us to clear this up. Maybe we can make this blog post go viral, too.

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Groupon’s Ping Pong Globe Trotters

Led by Joey “O Captain, Team Captain”, the CS Ping Pong Champions train after work for their stamina battle against Sales. This is the table where dreams are born, packaged, and shelved for future ingestion.

Their team bio explains how they came to be:

Our journey to physical perfection began when we were born… 40 years in the future! We came upon a time crystal which allows us to warp back to the past (2011). After decades of traveling in a time loop to infinitely perfect our technique, we warped back to what you here would call “the present” in order to get Customer Service jobs at Groupon and run around a ping pong table and get quickly winded after work.

Click through to see the team in action.

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Groupawn Homecoming Contest

It’s been nearly a full 365 days–some would say a year–since the Groupawn left our offices donned in a Groupon suit. Live Off Groupon will be coming to a close on May 10th and we’re inviting you to celebrate with us in the form of a contest. EDITED TO INCLUDE WINNERS BELOW.

Did you lend your house, airline miles, or clothes to the Groupawn? Were you a dedicated follower of the Live Off Groupon blog? Are you just a fan of the Groupawn on a professional level verging on medium creepy?

If you either helped Josh along the way, or just really want to celebrate the end of his journey, Groupon invites you to participate in our “Live Off Groupon Homecoming Contest”. The winner and a guest will be flown to Chicago to cheer Josh on as he completes his last day of living off of Groupon.

Congratulations to our winner, Laura Cassil, who proved herself  a worthy Groupawn follower and supporter! Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!

Groupon Acquires Pelago

Here’s a great way to start the week… We’re excited to announce that the minds at Pelago (creators of Whrrl) have officially joined the Groupon family.

We’ve always liked CEO Jeff Holden, the Whrrl team and the technology they’ve developed. Their obsession with real-world serendipitous discovery, or “Anti-Search,” is core to Groupon’s mission. It’s about discovering what you didn’t know you didn’t know, right in your own backyard. Jeff intimately gets consumer buying behavior and the importance of a great user experience, and his team is this awesome combination of data-driven creatives…the people who create smart products that are really fun to use.

With Jeff overseeing Groupon product development and many Pelago people taking integral roles in future Grouponnovations, Whrrl will be retiring on April 30, 2011. You can read more about that on Pelago’s blog, here.

So here’s a warm welcome to Jeff and the team!

Polar Plunge

Bravely led by Minneapolis rep Adam Boyadjis, Groupon sponsored and participated in the Minneapolis Polar Plunge earlier this year. Since spring combines all the clothing accessories of summer with the finicky and sometimes inappropriate weather of winter, it’s a natural time to share these images.

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How Not to Get Hired at Groupon

Over the next few weeks, Dustin from our recruiting department will provide some helpful tips on how not to get hired at Groupon.

How Not to Get Hired at Groupon: Stalk Us. This may seem slightly obvious, but excessive social networking with recruiters can sometimes work against your chances of getting hired. We ask that everyone apply via our career site, but there are some additional steps you can take. While we very much appreciate someone doing some extra homework and finding us on a professional site such as LinkedIn, try to keep your search targeted and send your resume to the best person to help you.

Choose one person—preferably a recruiter—and explain your situation. Even though we are busy, we also are here to help you get a job. If your email isn’t sent to the right person, that person will most likely forward it on for you. You can mitigate this by doing your research beforehand. A simple search for “Groupon recruiter” brings up tech recruiters, Editorial recruiters, and corporate recruiters, so if you know what you’d like your focus to be, it’s best to reach out to the appropriate person. If you are not applying specifically to a tech or Editorial position, a corporate recruiter is the best person to help you.
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Webby Awards Voting

Groupon is very excited to be selected as one of five finalists for the Webby Awards – Retail category.  Additionally, we are proud to announce that Groupon has been chosen as an Official Honoree for the Best Copy/Writing category.

Just as the country of Esperantum chose Esperanto as its official language, the online public chooses this year’s People’s Voice Award Winners. If you’d like to show your support, the Webby People’s Voice voting starts today and ends April 28, 2011.

Thanks for your support!

Get Your Hunger-Satisfaction On: The Groupon SeamlessWeb Sweepstakes!

Choosing between sushi and sliders or crepes and crab rangoon can be tough. SeamlessWeb makes it easier. The Groupon SeamlessWeb Sweeps makes it free! EDITED TO INCLUDE WINNERS BELOW.

With a prize sure to satisfy the wallet and the belly, five lucky winners will each receive $100 SeamlessWeb gift cards to spend on delicious dish delivered directly to their destination of choice.  SeamlessWeb offers a simple approach to food delivery with an easy-to-use online ordering system, offering over 6,000 restaurants in 27 cities to choose from.

Check out today’s SeamlessWeb deal in Washington, DC and look out for upcoming SeamlessWeb Groupon features in cities like Boston and Philadelphia coming soon!

***Congratulations to our five winners: Christine C., Shelley A., Ronald W., Maria S. and Rebecca G. Thanks to all for entering and stayed tuned in to Groublogpon for countless hours of future fun!***

The Groupon Headband

The Groupon headband is a proud piece of outerwear. It keeps sweat out of your eyes and keeps your face from drooping. Our Portland rep, Kerry, took the time to compile and write about the various forms of self expression when a Groupon headband is involved.

While at SXSW late one evening, the Groupon crew not only passed out free Mmmpanadas, but also stylish Groupon headbands.  Little did we know how much people love headbands and the many different uses and ways to wear them.  So we decided to ask our new friends “How do you wear your Groupon headband?”

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