The Future is Meow: Introducing Grøüber

The cat’s out of the bag and behind the wheel.grouber-car

feature-middleToday we proudly announce the debut of Grøüber––a revolutionary new car service with feline drivers that provides people with affordable transportation to their Groupon deals. Using cars with GPS-guided red lasers we signal the correct route to the four-legged kitty captain behind the wheel to make your trip as quick and efficient as possible. And when funds are running low, Grøüber riders save more than just a whisker of cash through fares that only decrease when demand surges.

“We’ve yet to see anyone successfully tackle the transportation-for-hire market, and launching our own service made purrfect sense for Groupon because we have tens of millions of customers looking to redeem deals without having to claw their way through traffic,” said Barnicus Stapleton, feline fleet commander and director of haulage and wellness, Groupon. “And best of all, you can be assured of a peaceful ride because everyone knows that cats have complete indifference towards people.”

How does it work?

  • Step 1: Request a car through the Grøüber mobile app after purchasing your Groupon deal.
  • Step 2: Enjoy a quiet, peaceful ride while your Chauffeur-y Friend stays relentlessly focused on the laser ahead, guiding you to your chosen deal destination.
  • Step 3: That’s it — just thank your adorable driver and be on your way! The trip and driver gratuity are automatically paid for via your Grøüber mobile app. (Additional Catnip tips are accepted only in Colorado and Washington at this time.)

Grøüber will eventually be available in every major U.S. market, and riders can visit www.groupon.com/grouber to download the Grøüber mobile app.

Groupon Acquires Swarm Mobile

Today we’re happy to announce we’ve acquired Swarm Mobile, a San Francisco-based company that provides an analytics and customer engagement platform for brick-and-mortar retail businesses.

Founded in 2012 by Rudd Davis and Ryan Denehy, Swarm is a pioneer in the retail analytics space, developing a line of smart devices utilizing Bluetooth, infrared and Wi-Fi technology. Merchants use Swarm’s data analytics and customer relationship management tools to drive sales and create closer, long-term relationships with consumers. At Groupon, the Swarm team will put those assets to work enhancing our Local Commerce Platform and Merchant Operating System.

The more merchants understand about consumer shopping habits, the more customers benefit through specialized offers, tailored notifications and the opportunity to provide real-time feedback.  We’re excited to have Swarm join us in our mission to connect local commerce.

Swarm’s team will join our MOS organization in San Francisco and will continue to develop its product portfolio and partner roster, including integrations with a number of leading point-of-sale providers.

Introducing Snap by Groupon

We assume that everyone who subscribes to Groupon has these two qualities: A love of savings and a knack for coupons. That’s why we’re happy to announce the launch of Snap by Groupon, a free app that pays you cash for buying featured items each week at any supermarket or retailer in the US.

To celebrate the debut of Snap we’re giving one lucky shopper an opportunity to win a year of free groceries. Just download the app and use it to submit a grocery receipt through Nov. 11th to enter our sweepstakes!*

What do I need to know about Snap by Groupon?

  • Snap features cash-back offers on a variety of everyday grocery items, ranging from basic staples such as bread and milk to personal care and household products such as diapers and cleaning supplies.
  • It’s a way to help you discover new brands and save money on things you buy every day. Plus, using your smartphone makes couponing easier and more convenient (and you get paid to shop!)
  • You can use Snap to build your grocery shopping list within the app and add featured items you wish to purchase. After you accumulate $20 in cash back, you’re eligible to cash out.
  • In addition to entering to win a year of free groceries, Snap users have access to the following introductory promoted items and brands like any gallon of milk ($1.00 cash back), any loaf of bread ($1.00 cash back), Huggies ($3.00 cash back), and more!
  • You can easily refer family and friends to the app and earn $1 cash back for everyone that opens an account and redeems their first eligible offer.

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To download the free Snap by Groupon app, visit the Android Play Store or iTunes App Store.  Snap is also available on the web at snap.groupon.com.

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Introducing the Updated Groupon Mobile App for Windows

As believers in the inherent worth and dignity of every mobile device that will ever grace the cellular space waves, we strive to bring new mobile experiences directly into your hands.

So you can imagine how excited we are today, with the announcement of v3.0 of Groupon’s mobile app for Windows Phone 8! Our Windows Phone app has received a number of big updates that combine Groupon’s dedication to ease of use with the technologically buff Windows phone 8 platform.

The app is designed to make buying and redeeming Groupons even simpler and to quickly connect you with the deals you care about most. If your reputation for sushi addiction precedes you, use the app to your advantage; its added features include the option to set up notifications or display the latest deals in your favorite categories on the neatly updated Windows Phone 8 start screen!

Have a hankering for pizza on the go? Make that pizza dream a pizza reality. We worked with Nokia to create a deal discovery feature that connects you with nearby offers by displaying them through the camera view of your phone! When it comes time to redeem, you can speed up the process with our deal integration into the new Windows Phone wallet, which allows quick access to the deals you’ve already purchased.

You can learn more about Groupon’s mobile services and download v3.0 of the Groupon Windows Phone 8 app at www.groupon.com/mobile. It’s also available in the Windows Phone Marketplace and by visiting the Nokia Collection embedded on Lumia Devices.

Have you downloaded the app already? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

 

A New, Vivid Experience with Groupon 2.0

Today we’re really excited to publicly announce v. 2.0 of Groupon’s mobile app for iPhone and Android!

If you’re not already mobile with Groupon, now’s the time — 2.0 boasts larger, more vivid photography for each deal and a simpler user experience, including carousel scrolling to replace the tabbed navigation in our previous app. Let your fingers casually wander by swiping and discover deals across all of our categories!

As always, you can buy a trip to Mexico via Groupon Getaways, pick up some earrings on Groupon Goods, or even access merchandised events like today’s tailgating deals or Groupon Rewards.

2.0 is available by visiting the iPhone App Store or the Android Marketplace. Or you can check out what Groupon’s mobile services have to offer here: www.groupon.com/mobile

While you’re waiting for the new version to download, take a look at some of the screen shots and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Windows 7 and iPad

Our social media strategist, Aaron, takes a fair approach when it comes to weighing in on Groupon’s app launching on both Windows and Apple devices:

Because we here at Groupon believe in the utter superiority of all things Apple, it was a no-brainer for us to release an iPad optimized version of our iOS application. Take it for a spin, we think you’ll enjoy it. You can find it in the Apple App Store.

Because we here at Groupon believe that Windows products are absolutely amazing, it was a no-brainer for us to release a Windows Phone 7 version of our mobile app. You can find it in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.

Because we here at Groupon enjoy flame wars, please discuss the benefits of each platform in a cordial and diplomatic manner in the comments.