Some of you already know I recently started working as the Boston Community Manager for a company called Groupon. And I’m super excited to announce that Groupon is launching in Boston today!! Why do you care about this? Well, only because Groupon is the most exciting thing to come to Boston in a long time (and I’m not just saying that because I work for them). And I’m talking about it on We are not Martha not only because I work for them, but because Groupon relates directly to the Boston restaurant scene. Groupon started in Chicago a few months ago and has been doing really well, so if you’re in Chicago, you can (and should) also be a part of Groupon Chicago.
Here’s how Groupon works. Every day, a new deal is announced. For instance, today’s deal is for the restaurant Zocalo, which is an awesome Mexican restaurant in Brighton (hi, they have 9 kinds of sangria). With Groupon’s deal, you pay $20 and receive a coupon for $40 off your meal at Zocalo. If you’re not good at math (I’m not), I will tell you that that is 50% off!
So, where does the “group” part of Groupon come in? Well, a certain number of people must sign up for the daily Groupon before the deal can “tip.” So, today 20 people have to sign up before anyone gets the deal. But, if you sign up for the deal and it doesn’t end up “tipping,” you don’t lose a thing. And, in Chicago, most of the deals have “tipped” by A LOT.
Reasons I think Groupon is absolutely fabulous:
1) I LOVE going out to eat and Groupon’s deals mean I can get really good deals on a night out (let’s face it, the economy is not so hot right now; saving money is) and have a huge amount of encouragement to try new places that I might not think to go to otherwise.
2) The deals are always really good and generally you end up saving AT LEAST 50%. Some of the cool deals in Chicago have included Bright Smile teeth whitening for $189 when the actual cost is $600 (I reallyyy hope this deal comes to Boston too). Also, last week there was a deal for 2 mani-pedis for $50. That’s only $25 for a mani-pedi at a really nice salon!
3) You get a daily e-mail, Daily Candy style, with the day’s deal in it. If it’s something you think sounds cool, you can click on the link to learn more and sign up. If not, you can simply delete the e-mail.
4) Lots of the Groupon deals will probably be for restaurants, which we here at We are not Martha obviously love. But there are tons of other Groupons for things like salons and spas, services, shows, events, classes, and more. So I encourage everyone in Boston to sign up for Groupon. You never know what deal might come along that you can’t resist. And since I know some of our favorite readers are from Chicago, you guys should sign up for Groupon Chicago if you’re not already.
Here’s all the info you need:
I’m really excited to see how successful Groupon is in Boston…and to get some awesome deals. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions about how Groupon works. Also, if you have any favorite restaurants or places in Boston you’d like to see featured on Groupon, please run them by me (Chicago loves, do the same!). We’re really trying to feature deals that residents actually want to places they would actually go. So go on and get your Groupon!!