Spotlight on Merchant Services: Groupon Chamber of Commerce

We often blog about features that make our customers’ lives better, but this week we wanted to introduce you to a few of Groupon’s efforts that have added ongoing value for our merchants and help improve their businesses’ day-to-day.

Groupon has proven to be an extremely effective form of marketing for local businesses – it’s the reason 97% of our merchants want to run on Groupon again and again. But it’s important we ask ourselves and our vendors how we can improve their Groupon experience beyond the online exposure and initial stream of customers. Surveys and focus groups have bred a few ideas we’ve implemented, including leveraging merchant testimonials like this recent clip filmed with Corey Kaplan of NYC Bagel Deli in Chicago.

Another such initiative is the Groupon Chamber of Commerce. Continue Reading

Ped Egg

Thanks Lila K. of St Louis, MO for purchasing yesterday’s Daily Deal.  We’re sending you the Ped Egg along with 3 replacement blades.  Each has over 135 stainless steel micro-files.  Built-in storage compartment included.

iPod Shuffle

Mary J. from Naperville, IL is getting this iPod shuffle for purchasing yesterday’s Groupon.  It has a built-in rechargeable battery and plays up to 10 hours continuously when fully charged.  Pre-loaded with music from David Hasselhoff, Dogstar, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Billy Bob Thornton, Don Johnson and Robert Downey Jr.

Dental Mouth Guard

We’re sending this new Dental, Day/Night Mouth Guard to Joseph M. of Olathe, KS who bought yesterday’s Deal.  It includes a vented case.  Made of high-grade plastic.  Ages 12 and older.

D&G Eyeglasses

We’re sending Glenn G. of Napa, CA these Dolce and Gabbana Eyeglasses because he bought yesterday’s Groupon.  Model DD1144 made of black Plastic Acetate.   Non-Rx 50 mm lenses included.

Tie and Socks Set

We’re sending David B. of Houston, TX this matching tie and socks set.  The Socks are Hugo Boss, Soft Cotton and include additional reinforcement in stress zones.  The tie is from Santorelli, hand made in Italy and is made of silk.

April Groupon Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Taija R., this month’s Groupon Photo Contest winner! We had no choice but to acknowledge the most artistic and highbrow entry we received.

Taija says:

“This is us cashing in our Groupon at Salvador Molly’s in Portland, OR with our Salvador Dali mustaches! We loved the silly atmosphere of the restaurant and the fun-loving attitude of the waiter who took our picture.”

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Groupon Opens Silicon Valley Technology Office

**CHICAGO, IL** —Groupon has announced the opening of an office in Silicon Valley to gain better access to the Bay Area’s technology talent, with a focus on Groupon’s mobile- and business-intelligence practices.

The core of Groupon’s mobile team comes through the acquisition of, a mobile-development firm led by former Yahoo! Senior Director of Product Management Mihir Shah and Yishai Lerner, former Director of Engineering at Carrier IQ. Groupon’s business-intelligence practice will be led by Chief Data Officer Mark Johnson, formerly Vice President of Software Engineering at Netflix.

“Now there is no excuse to not work for us,” said Groupon founder and CEO Andrew Mason. “And Chicago is still super cool. Did you know that we have the world’s largest water-filtration plant? Great city, can’t understand why people wouldn’t want to move here, but whatever—now we’re in the Valley too.”

To celebrate the grand opening of its new location, Groupon is offering a free medium coffee to all visitors this Tuesday, May 11. Said Mason, “Unlike our competitors, or those who would be / will be our competitors if we were in / when we enter the coffee business, we do not require you to bring your own cup.” Simply arrive at 524 Ramona Street in Palo Alto or the Penthouse at 211 Sutter Street in San Francisco between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and knock on the door to claim your free medium coffee.

Groupon is hiring. Visit for more.

### About Groupon

Groupon features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, eat, see, and buy in major cities across the United States and in Canada, with plans to be in 100 cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe by the end of 2010. Groupon uses collective buying power to offer unbeatable prices and provide a win-win for businesses and consumers.

### About Formerly launched Goodrec, the mobile recommendation service, in September 2008. They have built mobile applications for several leading brands, such as OpenTable and Yahoo!

CONTACT: Julie Anne Mossler / 312-242-2033

CD Player Clock-Radio

Congrats to Rhea H. of Chicago, IL.  For buying yesterday’s Deal, we’re sending this Sony ICF Dream Machine.  It features a 4-Band Digitally Tuned Radio and CD Player, 3 Alarm Modes, Full-range Speaker and Digital Clock.