Community, Thumbs Up Thursdays

Thumbs Up Thursday: Big Game Roundup

It’s time for another installment of Thumbs Up Thursday! This past week, we saw some serious team spirit come through our second Thumbs Up Thursday mission, which was all about the Big Game. Yup that big game, the one that 111.9 million viewers tuned in to watch on Sunday, February 8th. We saw a great match-up between two incredible teams and a fuzzy-feelings kind of half-time show that rocked us into formation. And of course, some hilarious (and just plain weird) commercials.

So how did we choose this week’s Thumbs Up Thursday winners? We looked for some oomph, a dash of serious huzzah, and of course a lot of team spirit. We saw some delicious food spreads and spirited colors repping both teams. Of course, we all know who ended up winning the Big Game, but we’ve picked some of our own winners here.

Check out the winning submissions below!

 

Photo Credit: Jenny E

Photo Credit: Jenny E

What’s more fun that watching a dance battle showdown between Beyoncé and Bruno Mars? Not much — but this snack platter could easily give them a run for their money. Jenny has artfully decorated her platter with some snacking essentials, and her creativity makes us want to dive right in!

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HOW TO: Write Instagram Captions that Rock

Welcome back, Tappers!
Now that our tutorials from the past few weeks have made you absolute pros at navigating the new Crowdtap platform, we’ll be shifting our focus back to teaching you about the ins and outs of more general skills related to Tapping which, in this week’s case, means writing the perfect Instagram caption.

In case you aren’t already familiar with it, Instagram is a popular social network based on editing and sharing artistic snapshots of your life, often in real-time. We’ve featured a tutorial on Instagram in the past and, if you need a refresher, you can find it here.

Even though Instagram is mostly photo-based and text captions are optional, it’s often the captions that really add context to your snapshots and hold your viewer’s attention.

To start, let’s deconstruct Instagram captions. They can be a little tricky since they’re made up of 3 different types of text: plain text, user tags, and hashtags.

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  • Plain text is probably the kind you’re most used to. It’s simple language that gets your point across to the people who are looking at your photo, without serving any alternative search or indexing function. It also looks just like…well, like plain text. No fancy symbols here!
  • User tags are a way to address other people on Instagram in your captions and make sure they get notified. To tag a person in your caption, you simply type the @ symbol and then their Instagram username WITHOUT ANY SPACES. For example, if you wanted to get our attention, you would type @crowdtap as part of your caption.
  • Finally, there are Hashtags, which we went over in detail here. Let’s quickly review: hashtags exist to help social networks categorize different types of posts and make them more easily searchable. You can include hashtags in your caption that categorize the post by where you are, what you’re doing, what the photo portrays, or even by common Instagram topics like #tbt (throwback Thursday) for old photos, or #ootd (outfit of the day) for photos that show off your rockin’ style. To write a hashtag you simply type the # symbol and then the category you want to put the post in, again, WITHOUT ANY SPACES.

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Thumbs Up Thursday: Team Winter vs. Team Spring!

Welcome back to Thumbs Up Thursday, Tappers!

To refresh our more seasoned Tapper’s minds and to welcome new Tappers into the loop – Thumbs Up Thursday is a weekly feature where we showcase outstanding member content. Each week, we’ll launch a Mission that doubles as a contest and the winners will not only receive a grand prize but will also land themselves in the Thumbs Up Thursday spotlight here on the blog!

Just like previous TUT’s, the winning content is chosen by the Crowdtap team and, regardless of whether or not you won, you’ll still receive the Mission’s allotted points. However, there are a few changes this year. Unlike in 2015, the contest prize is now a gift card rather than bonus points. Also, the TUT missions are no longer based on that week’s Tutorial Tuesday theme. Instead, they will now span the different Topics located on your new Topics Page and be more closely related to seasonal subjects and celebrations.

Our first Thumbs Up Thursday mission of 2016 centered around Punxsatawney Phil. Who? You know, that groundhog guy that determines (theoretically, of course) if we’ll have to endure another 6 more weeks of Winter or if Spring will be just around the corner!

We wanted to know what Tappers would do with either 6 more weeks of winter or an early Spring. We asked you to upload a photo, new or from last year, of a favorite warm or cold weather activity that they would love to do again, should the weather permit.

Although we had hundreds of submissions, everyone seemed to favor the same activities! Team Winter wanted 6 more weeks of snuggling with loved ones beside a fire, drinking hot chocolate after a satisfying slow cooker chili, and to playing in the snow trying to construct an killer snowman. Team Spring was ready to defrost, get back into their gardens, and bask in a warm breeze beneath an epic sunset.

Check out the winning submissions below!

Photo Credit: Ricky L.

Photo Credit: Ricky L.


Minnesota might have brutal winters but there is something so undeniably magical about an untouched snowy nature scene. With views like this one, we’d be a-ok with with Winter sticking around.

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HOW TO: Win with Crowdtap Contests

We hope as you’ve gotten used to the changes, you’ve grown to appreciate some of the cool new features we’ve added to our platform and the improvements we’ve made to old favorites. Today, we want to show off yet another enhancement to a feature you knew and loved before: contests.

As with most of the changes we’ve unveiled in the past week, the adjustments to contest rules are here to give truly engaged and diligent Tappers more opportunities to get rewarded for the exceptional content they contribute to our platform.  How do they work? Let’s jump in!


First things first — What is a contest?

A contest usually looks and sounds a lot like a regular Photo or Text Mission and asks you to put in roughly the same amount of effort that a regular Photo or Text Mission would take. The major difference is that when a mission is noted as a Contest, anyone who completes it will receive both the points allotted to the task AND a chance to win a prize.


How can you tell when something is a contest?

When you’re looking at the Mission Carousel on a Brand’s page, you’ll sometimes see a trophy icon right next to the mission’s points value. When this is the case, you know that you’re dealing with a contest. Below is a a screenshot of what the trophy icon looks like.
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HOW TO: Make the most of Crowdtap Conversations

Hi Tappers,
For the past few weeks, we’ve been on break from our regular publishing schedule — first to take a holiday breather, and then to bring you the latest developments on our awesome, new platform. As of next week, we’re back on track though and here to once again keep the knowledge flowing on Tutorial Tuesdays and reward you for your awesome work on Thumbs Up Thursdays.

We’re sadly out of office puppies for now, so Paws & Reflect is temporarily on hold. However, we’ve been bothering the HR department to make cute dog ownership a consideration in their hiring decisions and promise to bring you the latest furry recruit as soon as possible!

In the meanwhile, let’s dive into today’s lesson: using the new Conversation feature!


Since you’re been spending time exploring our new platform, you’ve probably noticed that every brand page now includes a panel labeled “Join a Conversation” located directly below all the brand’s missions.

1In this panel, you’ll find a series of prompts to help you begin discussions with your fellow Tappers.
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HOW TO: Personalize Topics on Crowdtap

Ever wish that you could personalize Crowdtap to better reflect your family’s tastes, hobbies, and passions? To just tell us what your interests are and see suggestions for opportunities catered specifically to your lifestyle? Surprise, Tappers, now you can!

When you logged into Crowdtap this week, you saw a screen prompting you to choose at least 3 things that interest you. Based on these choices, we’ve customized certain sections of the platform to be geared specifically to you.

Where, you might ask? Introducing: Topics.

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HOW TO: Access New Opportunities to Win

Welcome back Tappers,

We hope you’ve been enjoying browsing around our new site and taking our new features and navigation bars for a test drive! Today, we’re going to talk about one more very important change to our site: The Rewards System.

Why bother changing it, you ask? Well, last month, only 41% of our members won prizes from the Monthly Drawings. Not only was that number too low for our liking, but we found that the chances of Tappers winning rewards was inconsistent with how much effort they had put in to Tapping with us. Tappers who were submitting awesome, original snapshots for Photo Missions and thoughtful replies for Text Missions were still sometimes being passed over for prizes. Additionally, even if a Tapper missed out on a prize by just a few points, they had to start all over the following month. We didn’t think that seemed fair at all.

The new rewards system on Crowdtap is designed so that you can tap at your own pace and be rewarded for your stellar contributions and efforts, with more rewards to win. How does it work? Read on to find out.

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HOW TO: Navigate our New Platform

Now that you’ve had a chance to explore the new platform on your own for a bit, it’s time to take a more guided dive into these unfamiliar waters. We promise, by the end of this post you’ll be on your way to much smoother sailing (and Tapping)!

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Introducing the new and improved Crowdtap!

Hey, Tappers. Welcome to your official introduction to the new and improved Crowdtap!

Crowdtap’s new features are designed with YOU in mind and allow you to have a personalized experience, tailored to your tastes and needs.

There are a ton of exciting improvements, from new ways to select topics you’re interested in to enhanced opportunities to earn rewards. Here’s an overview of everything that’s in store!

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Thumbs Up Thursday: Unboxing Crowdtap!

Happy 2016, Tappers! We hope you didn’t miss us too much. We’re back from our holiday break and eager to start right in on a year of helpful new tutorials, amazing user content, and some pretty darn exciting developments to our platform.

To start off, we’re diving into all of the unboxing videos you submitted based on our last Tutorial Tuesday. We loved keeping all our warm and fuzzy holiday feelings going strong by watching your faces light up as you opened some fun-filled boxes, including our own Crowdtap Sample Mission and Hosted Party Crowdkits. Ready to revisit some of the magic too? Check out our four favorite unboxing video submissions below!

The focus of any unboxing video should be what you’re unboxing, and YOU! We like how Diane R picked a place in her house to record the video where the background isn’t too busy and complemented her. She spoke clearly and slowly about the items she received and we think the most important part of the video was Read More

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