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.

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Groupon Today

Groupon is one of the largest mobile commerce companies in the world, with a 5-star app that has been downloaded over 80 million times in 48+ countries.


Groupon Launches Gnome™

Gnome_w_StandA Tablet Solution that Helps Merchants Run Their Business and Connect with Customers

Gnome allows for seamless redemption of Groupons via Bluetooth and helps merchants run their business more effectively and develop deeper, longer-lasting relationships with their customers

Today we announced Gnome, a new tablet-based platform that will provide sophisticated tools to local merchants to run their businesses more effectively and understand their customers better. The tablet will let merchants instantly recognize their Groupon customers as they enter their business, seamlessly redeem Groupons and save time and money with a simple point of-sale system and credit card payment processing service. Gnome will soon integrate with popular accounting software programs such as QuickBooks and Xero and offer a suite of customer relationship management tools, including the ability to customize marketing campaigns based on purchase history, share customer feedback via social media and respond to customer inquiries or comments.

“Gnome is an amazing piece of technology that plugs our merchants into the Web and helps them form relationships with every customer that walks in their front door,” said Eric Lefkofsky, CEO. “When it’s complete, Gnome will serve as an operating system for merchants to run their entire operation and enable them to create real-time promotions that bring customers into their business when they need them the most.” Continue Reading

Spring Awakening Festival Sweepstakes

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Chicago is once again housing the Spring Awakening Music Festival featuring the top DJs and producers from all over the world. Here’s your chance to attend with VIP access! Two lucky winners will receive:

  • Mingle with other music fans at Soldier Field with a pair of VIP tickets to the festival.
  • Prep your mind and body with 2 swag bags filled with a camel back water bottle, a phone charger, sunglasses, a tank top, and sunscreen.
  • Once you’ve allowed all the music into your heart, rest your head at the Kinzie Hotel for two nights.
  • Don’t worry about getting there, you’ll have Uber car service between the hotel and the festival.

ENTER HERE. Good luck, music lovers!

Note: This sweepstakes does not include travel to Chicago. Click through for the official rules:

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Put Your Ideas “On the Table” with Groupon and The Chicago Community Trust

Image Header_HorizontalWant to take part in shaping Chicago’s future? The Chicago Community Trust (CCT) is giving you the chance to do just that.

Groupon is partnering with the CCT for their On the Table initiative, which commemorates the Trust’s 99th anniversary. The event aspires to bring more than 10,000 Chicagoans together on Monday, May 12 to generate new ideas, inspire bold solutions and cultivate collaborations to improve communities throughout Chicago and the surrounding area.

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As a company invested in the future of our home city of Chicago, we are offering On the Table dinners at select restaurants in the city through a deal that allows customers to purchase seats at 8- to 10-person community tables on May 12. Participating restaurants include MK, Bin 36, Cafe Absinthe, Piece Pizza, Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant, Cafe des Architectes, Carson’s Ribs and Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant.

To join a community table, simply search “#OnTheTable2014″ on Groupon beginning today to reserve your spot for May 12. Representatives from the Social Enterprise Alliance – Chicago, an organization that leverages its members to advance social change through their for-profit and non-profit work, will serve as a Groupon-sponsored hosts at each table to help guide the conversation. At MK, Lisa Kornick, owner, will lead the discussion.

“As a company born and raised in Chicago, Groupon is delighted to support The Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table initiative,” said Brad Keywell, Groupon board member and co-founder. “Getting people to band together around our local community has always been at Groupon’s core and holding these conversations over dinner at a local restaurant makes perfect sense.”

Following the event, On the Table participants will receive a simple email survey to share insights about their participation in this project, the interesting ideas they discussed and how this experience may influence their civic engagement moving forward. To capitalize on the power of these collective ideas, Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) will then invited three-to-five participants with compelling vision and ideas for improving Chicago to take the CIW stage in October 2014.

To reserve a spot at an On the Table community table on May 12, search “#OnTheTable” on www.groupon.com. To learn more about The Chicago Community Trust and On the Table, visit www.onthetable2014.com.