Celebrating International Women’s Day at the Local Level

As a global company operating at the hyper-local level, we know the importance of celebrating the individuality and addressing the specific needs of each community in which we work. With this in mind, we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) with the awareness that while solidarity and unity within a movement has its rewards, it is equally important to recognize what is happening within a movement at its most local level.

International Women’s Day brings together people from all over the world to celebrate the social, political, and economic achievements of women, while also addressing areas that need further action. The theme for 2014 is “Inspiring Change.” Just as Groupon has a global presence with a local focus, International Women’s Day is a global event that supports participating countries in coming up with themes and events that are relevant to their own communities.

Here in the United States, like in many countries, women’s equality is often spoken about as a single entity, measured in milestones such as the first female astronaut, the first female CEO, and maybe someday soon, the first female U.S. president. These achievements are no doubt noteworthy. However, as we celebrate them, we should also be mindful of the fact that the triumphs of one single woman or group of women do not indicate the state of women’s equality as a whole.

So on this International Women’s Day, we encourage you to assess the state of women’s equality in your community, in your workplace, and even in your own home and family. We also encourage you to celebrate the individual achievements of the women in your life, as we at Groupon celebrate our female Groupon merchants, customers, and employees. By recognizing and addressing the state of women’s equality at the hyper-local level, we can better address the specific barriers to equal opportunities for agency, achievement, and respect faced by women in all parts of the world.


#GrouponKissKiss Winner Announced

“It is nice to finally meet you, daddy.”

We asked for kisses and you gave us kisses! After many submissions and voting, our #GrouponKissKiss contest has come to an end.

Congratulations to Terri and her family for the winning photograph!

Terri and her husband will enjoy a year’s worth of date nights on Groupon and a pair of Aurora Diamond Collection earrings. (The earrings might be harder to share…)

Thanks to everyone who shared their expression of love with us! It made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.


Black-Owned Businesses at the Heart of Communities

BHM screenshotAt Groupon, small businesses and local communities are our passion. So during Black History Month, we wanted to highlight black-owned small businesses, which are an important part of many communities in Chicago and the rest of the country. To help us articulate this point, we reached out to three local community and economic development organizations to discuss the importance of these businesses to community development in our home city of Chicago. Continue Reading

#BestOfGroupon Photo Contest


It’s our favorite time of the year. We’re rolling up our sleeves and handing out metaphorical trophies left and right to honor our top local merchants with our Best of Groupon collection! Those businesses included are given bragging rights for their popular Groupon campaigns and high levels of customer service. Just look for the “Best Of” badging on Groupon to find your Best Of business in your city!

We’ll be celebrating all month and we want you to join in the fun. That’s why we’re launching the Best of Groupon Photo Contest starting February 15th. Snap a photo (or upload one from your phone) at one of our Best of Groupon merchants and share it with us! We’ll showcase the best images and reward you $100 in Groupon Bucks.

Click HERE to enter or share a photo on Instagram or Twitter using #BestOfGroupon.

Good luck!

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Groupon Celebrates Presidents Day by Honoring Alexander Hamilton

President Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill (Photo: Business Wire)

President Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill (Photo: Business Wire)

Commemorate a man historically powerful enough to be on money with $10 towards $40 on a local purchase

Starting tomorrow, Groupon will be kicking off Presidents Day weekend by giving customers 10 dollars off 40 dollars when they purchase a deal for any local business. The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton — undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country’s financial system.

Beginning Saturday, Feb. 15 at 9 am CST, shoppers will be able to redeem this offer by using the promo code “10OFF40LOCAL”, which isn’t very catchy, but neither was President Hamilton’s famous saying, “nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.”

President Hamilton is best known for the fiscal sensibilities that led him to author economic policies, establish a national bank and control taxes. Customers can honor our money-minded commander-in-chief and find deals by searching Groupon.com for local deals all through President’s Day weekend. Promo codes are limited, and more information can be found HERE.

Most Romantic Cities in America

Screen shot 2014-02-14 at 12.11.29 AMHow do you express your love? Flowers, chocolate, handmade “Casablanca” dioramas? To find out what makes our customers’ hearts go pitter-patter, we dug into our sales data to learn about the best cities for Valentine’s Day gifting.

Where are the most sales per U.S. Groupon subscriber for chocolate? Denver, of course. Michigan boasts the second and third most chocolate sales with Grand Rapids and Detroit respectively. Top cities for flower sales? Napa, Calif. Chicago comes in second. We Chicagoans love flowers.

What do people typically gift on Valentine’s Day? Candy, flowers, jewelry, lingerie and spa treatments. People also go out to restaurants and some even take a romantic trip or stay at a cozy bed and breakfast. Groupon took a look at its own sales to see which cities lead some of the most popular Valentine’s Day gifting categories and more.

And the most romantic cities are . . .

MIAMI — Miami leads the pack as the city with the most people who buy watches, gold jewelry and cubic zirconia. Miami also is the number 3 city for diamond jewelry sales per Groupon subscriber and the number 4 city for flower sales.

NEW YORK — New York is the leader in diamond jewelry sales per Groupon subscriber. New York is also the 3rd biggest city for sales of French restaurant deals and watches sales.  New York is the number 4 city for sales of gold jewelry.

NAPA — Napa, Calif. is the leader in both flower sales per Groupon subscriber and sales of bed and breakfast deals.

AUSTIN –  Austin, Texas is number 1 in boudoir photo shoot sales per Groupon subscriber. Austin is followed by San Diego at number 2 and Tulsa at number 3.

AMARILLO — Amarillo, Texas is number 1 in lingerie sales per Groupon subscriber. Take a four-hour drive south to Abilene, Texas and you’ll find the third most lingerie sales per Groupon subscriber.

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento, Calif. area Groupon subscribers purchase the most spa deals. Dallas comes in second, followed by Hampton Roads, Va.

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte, N.C. is number 1 in massage sales per Groupon subscriber.

What are you doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Let us know in the comments!

DON’T Do This for Valentine’s Day

Screen shot 2014-02-14 at 12.40.08 AMSome want to know who wrote the book of love. Others want to know what’s in the middle of every chocolate candy because they want to avoid the coconut one. Well, we wanted to know the Dos and Don’ts of Valentine’s Day. So we conducted a study.

The study–among Groupon subscribers in the United States and 11 additional countries– revealed a wealth of interesting results, but here’s what you need to know:  DON’T GIVE YOUR VALENTINE CHEAP CANDY (or if you do, at least wrap it in money). Also, don’t use social media to express your undying love. And if you live in Germany, don’t buy your valentine something flashy.

The Valentine’s Day gifting study was conducted to better prepare Groupon’s offerings on its Valentine’s Day Shop. In addition to the U.S.-based research, studies were conducted in 11 different regions across the globe, revealing a few interesting similarities. “Cheap candy,” for example, is definitely a universal DON’T on Valentine’s Day.

Screen shot 2014-02-14 at 12.24.38 AMGIVING

If you’re planning to give a gift on Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone:  over half of respondents in the U.S. (58 percent) said they’re going to give a gift.  But almost no one gives Valentine’s Day gifts to co-workers (2 percent), gifting a spouse (62%) is a far more popular idea. Only 3 percent of respondents say they give a Valentine’s Day gift to the family pet, so we’re going to put that one in the “Don’t” column, too. It should go without saying but please don’t read this press release aloud to pets.


When buying a gift for Valentine’s Day this year, don’t spend less than $10 on a gift. If you do that, it won’t be easy to find someone to confide in when that doesn’t go over well because only 3 percent of respondents spend less than $10. And don’t buy your gifts over the phone. Or through a catalogue. Only 2 percent and 3 percent respectively purchase Valentine’s Day gifts that way. It’s the age of the Internet. Let’s not pretend otherwise.


When giving a Valentine’s Day gift, you better put some thought and meaning into it. Eighty-five percent of respondents said the gift meaning is very important. Only 2 percent of people said that the meaning is not important. And 73 percent of respondents said that the gift has to show the giver really understands them and knows what they like.


Don’t use social media to send your love to your valentine. A majority of respondents said they will not be doing that (60 percent). And 33 percent of respondents said that if they received a Valentine’s Day message solely via social media, they would NOT be impressed (most popular response). If you decide to use social media for your valentine, DO include a photo (most using social media plan to), but DON’T included an intimate body shot or image of a romantic location (less than 10 percent of respondents plan to include those images).  Just because you can do something, that doesn’t mean you should.


If you live in Japan or Poland, or have a valentine in one of those countries, plan on giving a gift. Over half of respondents in those countries say they plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a gift. If your valentine is in Australia, Malaysia or the United Kingdom, don’t get cheap candy; 42 percent, 41 percent and 37 percent (respectively) of respondents say they don’t want it. If you already bought some cheap candy, teach yourself a lesson by eating all of it, alone, in a dark room. And if your valentine is in Germany, Spain or The Netherlands, don’t get something flashy; more than half of respondents in each of those countries don’t want that.

Also, if your valentine is in Hong Kong, plan on spending no less than $136. Hong Kong was the big spender of all the countries surveyed. In Australia the average spend on Valentine’s Day gifts is $66.  In France and Spain, people spend between $33 and $66. In Japan, people spend $46. In Donstania, a made-up country, no one spends anything. It’s made-up.

Valentine’s Day is a time to express your love to your sweetheart, so DO remember to check Groupon.com for some last-minute gifts that will make you both feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Investigating Groupon’s Effect on Local Communities

Love LocalAt Groupon, we love small, local businesses, and we make it our goal to support them as part of our business model. Our hope is that connecting consumers with local merchants in their own neighborhoods benefits local communities and economies, but we couldn’t be sure until we did some more digging.

To begin to answer these questions, the Social Innovation team at Groupon undertook two research projects this past fall:

  1. The first was to determine whether a dollar spent at Groupon on an independent business generated more economic activity than a dollar spent at a chain business directly.

  2. The second question was how does Groupon shift consumer behaviors.

The clear answer to question #1 was…yes! During a 12 week period in Q3, 2013 in three markets (Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis), Groupon created 48 jobs and $4 million in economic activity that would not have existed had the money spent at Groupon been spent directly at chains.

While that result alone might seem to answer the larger question—does Groupon positively impact entire communities—we still needed more information to draw a conclusion.  The reason is, while spending a dollar at Groupon is better for the local economy than spending it directly at a chain, it is still not as good for that local community as spending it directly at a local, independently owned merchant.

So then we needed to answer the following question: Is Groupon changing consumer behavior in such a way that dollars that would have been spent at chains are now spent at independent merchants via Groupon? To begin to answer that bigger question, we asked our Groupon consumers how they feel about local and independent businesses and how they use Groupon to discover them.

What the Social Innovation team found while working with Groupon’s Market Research team was that approximately ⅓ of Groupon consumers believe that supporting local independent businesses is important and that 50% of Groupon’s consumers use Groupon to discover local businesses.

More research needs to be done to empirically prove that Groupon positively affects local communities, but it is clear from our initial research that Groupon plays a role in supporting the local business community—something we are proud of!

Groupon By Jake


TSOL_6300r (1)(1)Have you gotten in your warm up today? There’s going to be a lot of stuff happening this week on Groupon Goods and we don’t want you to pull a hammie.

Maybe you made a New Years fitness resolution 27 days ago and you need some motivation. That’s why we’re really excited to be partnering with Jake “Body By Jake” Steinfeld, one of the fitness industry’s reigning icons, responsible for creating the personal fitness training industry more than 30 years ago. He’ll be offering plenty of inspiration and his seal of approval for premier fitness products on Groupon Goods all week including corebody reformer for six pack abs, Warrior Footwear for ultimate comfort in or out of the gym, and recovery equipment from Trigger Point.

“For decades I’ve dedicated my life to making people feel great, and this collection is the perfect way for anyone to kick off or ramp up their fitness routine,” said Jake Steinfeld. “These products are geared towards all fitness levels — it’s not too late for people to make 2014 their healthiest year yet.”

To continue the celebration, we’ll also be doing product giveaways on our Facebook and Twitter handle. AND, to get yourself some personal fitness motivation, Jake will be taking fitness questions on Twitter (we’re calling it a “Jakeover”) on 1/28 @ 11AM PST (1PM CST) and phone calls at 12 PM PST (2PM CST). Anyone can give Jake a call at (213) 792-2608.

As Jake would say, DON’T QUIT.

We’ll be kicking off the giveaways today on our social channels. Click through for the official rules:

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