Check out these Crowdtappers Celebrating Swiss National Day!

Written by Brian Cullen
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Hoi zäme, Chrüterchrafters!

As many of you know – August 1st is Swiss National Day! Ricola® thought it would be a wonderful thing to help spread this holiday throughout the U.S. after all – they’ve already brought in the refreshing, healthful Swiss herbs that make up Chrüterchraft – why not add in a party as well?

Recently, we asked you to dress up in red and white in a celebration of all things Switzerland. And you delivered – with gusto! It makes us so happy, we just want to hike straight to the top of the nearest mountain and sound our alphorn in joy!

 

Take a look at the pictures below. And please have a happy, healthy Swiss National Day with Ricola®!

Credit: Karen S.

Thank you, little girl! And to you, too!

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Credit: Jennifer Alice D.

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Credit: Cynthia B.

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Credit: Lesa C.

Wonderful! We love seeing these!

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Credit: Jennifer B.

Ah ha! We love the shirt idea! As we always say – the Swiss flag is a big plus! Nicely done, Jennifer B.!

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Credit: Hillary P.

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Credit: Scott N.

This Chrüterchrafter took a selfie from inside the car! We’re going to go ahead and assume she’s off to her local herb market to pick up thyme, lemon balm, and other Swiss herbs.

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Credit: Sandy S.

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Credit: Riley V.

Riley V.! This is a wonderful photo. You’re decked out in red and white and even holding the flag! Nicely done.

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Credit: Heather L.

We can’t help but notice everyone’s smiling in these photos. Could it be that they’re enjoying the ability to spread well-being with Ricola®?

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Credit: Michelle S.

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Credit: Kat P.

“But Crowdtap,” you might say “this doesn’t look terribly red and white.” Ah, but Kat P. has done something marvelous here – those are the Swiss Alps in the background! Heavens. She took our request for a Swiss National Day photo very seriously. We hope you enjoyed the trip, Kat P., and we hope you enjoyed being outside in nature!

Want to get in on all the refreshing well-being of being a Chrüterchrafter? Join our Crowd today!

It’s Friday. Let’s all chill out and look at pictures of your dogs.

Written by Lindsey B
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If you’ve been tappin’ for even a short time, you know that we looooove dogs at Crowdtap. But today – after a long, long week – we decided we want to show off YOUR little furry friends! That’s right – this entire article is pictures of doggies. Perfect way to end the week.

Below are some of our favorite photos of your pups that we’ve ever received. These are actually collected from a few different photo missions, so you may see these in slightly different scenarios. But one thing is for sure – they’re all adorable and we JUST WANT TO SMUSH THEIR LITTLE FACES!

Amanda C.

“So uh…is dinner ready?” Photo Credit: Amanda C.

Amanda G.

This dog in the back is clearly up to something. Photo Credit: Amanda G.

Amy H.

“ZzzzzzSNORK. COUGH. BLURKzzzzzzzzzz” Photo Credit: Amy H.

Araceli M.

You can’t tell, but that’s sparkling mineral water on the right. Photo credit: Araceli M.

Brandi B.

“…I should buy a boat…” Photo Credit: Brandi B.

Cathy B.

“How YOU doin’?” Photo Credit: Cathy B.

Catlin S.

“UM IDK LOL.” Photo Credit: Catlin S.

Cece K.

Poor little pup looks so uncomfortable. Photo Credit: Cece K.

Cynthia H.

“HAVE YOU SEEN HOW MANY TENNIS BALLS ARE IN THE OTHER YARD!?” Photo Credit: Cynthia H.

Dawn S.

“Read the first line, huh? Ok…C…E…S…A…R…” *tail starts wagging uncontrollably* Photo Credit: Dawn S.

Dianne J.

Dachsund getting some of dat sun. Photo Credit: Dianne J.

Donna P.

“Charmed.” Photo Credit: Donna P.

Jaime S

“Zzzzz….zzzzzz….zzzzz…” Photo Credit: Jaime S

Jennifer Alice D.

“AROO??” Photo Credit: Jennifer Alice D.

Julie T.

Which one is the good twin? Photo Credit: Julie T.

Kathy R.

“Now that we’ve hooked up the dog to the amplifier, this party is going to really cook.” Photo Credit: Kathy R.

Kim T.

In his dreams, the squirrels can run – but they can never hide. Photo Credit: Kim T.

Kimberly H.

“BATH TIME! Has anyone seen the dog??” “….shhh….” Photo Credit: Kimberly H.

Kristy B.

“The food is delicious of course, Garcon. I just worry that the tables are a little too high.” Photo Credit: Kristy B.

Lupe T.

This dog clearly thinks this is some kind of trap. Photo Credit: Lupe T.

Lynne A.

Lynne, your dog is everyone’s new best friend. Can your pup come play with us? Photo Credit: Lynne A.

Maryann A.

“Let’s see…R…A..S…E…C. Hey, I can read letters!” Photo Credit: Maryann A.

Melissa G.

Caption not needed. Photo Credit: Melissa G.

Melissa V.

Never before has there been a dog who wanted a tummy rub so badly. Photo Credit: Melissa V.

Michelle R.

“HEY. I WILL TURN THIS CAR AROUND RIGHT NOW. THEN NOBODY GETS TO GO TO THE PARK. ARE WE CLEAR?” Photo Credit: Michelle R.

Nora D.

“…whatcha thinking about?” Photo Credit: Nora D.

Preslee S.

“PLEEEEEEEEEASE THROW THE BALL. PLEASE. THROW IT. YES. PLEASE. I LOVE YOU. THROW IT. THROWWWWW ITTTT!” Photo Credit: Preslee S.

Riannon B.

Gonzaga is looking pretty good this year. Photo Credit: Riannon B.

Sharon R.

“One hisbiscus tea, please.” Photo Credit: Sharon R.

Adrienne F.

“HAI U R MY FRIEND FURREVER!” Photo Credit: Adrienne F.

That was fun! Now why not check out the Cesar Pack? They’ve always got lots of fun dog-related topics at hand.

Need a Summer Playlist to Show Off How Good You Feel? Ricola® Has Got You Covered!

Written by Brian Cullen
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Hoi zäme, Chrüterchrafters!

(That means “hello” to all of you!)

Recently, we asked you to tell us your absolute, 100% favorite song to sing on a summer road trip. After all, once you’ve enjoyed a delicious Ricola® herb drop, flavored with the 10 secret herbs that make up Chrüterchraft, you just can’t help but SING! (Or yodel, as the case may warrant.)

So here’s what we did – we took a bunch of the songs you suggested, and put together the Ultimate Spreading Wellbeing Playlist! These songs come highly recommended by the Chrüterchrafter crowd for when you feel healthy and you just want to spread happiness wherever you go.

In no particular order, these are the songs you’ve told us you enjoy singing when you’re feeling healthy (with the help of Ricola® of course).

Sheryl Crow – Soak up the Sun

Ah, a summertime classic! How can you help but feel good while riding around with the top down, a fresh Ricola® to enjoy, and tapping your toes to the song? Speaking of which, you know what else likes soaking up the sun? Hint: it rhymes with Shrüterchraft.

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

“But Crowdtap, Bohemian Rhapsody doesn’t have anything to do with summer, or feeling good!”

Yes, yes. But we defy you to try riding in a car, playing this song, and seeing if you have anything less than 100% participation in a head-banging sing-along. And the rule is – if you’re having fun and singing at the top of your lungs – Ricola® probably fits in somewhere.

Katie Perry – Roar

Following this thread: Ricola® is at its best when it has you feeling healthy and chomping at the bit to SING. Or, roar, as the case may warrant.

Three Dog Night – Joy to the World

Fun fact #1: we searched for this song by typing in “Jeremiah was a Bullfrog.” That’s not what it’s called! Huh!

Fun fact #2: nobody knows what this song is about.

Fun fact #3: this is a very fun song to sing as LOUD AS YOU CAN. (Which is a surefire sign that you should be keeping some tasty Ricola® nearby).

 

Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

With a little luck, this underrated indie hit will find the mainstream audience it deserves.

It makes people feel good. So does Ricola®. Seems like a natural pairing, no?

 

Tom Cochrane – Life is a Highway

“But wait!” you might say – “wasn’t Life is a Highway written by Rascal Flatts?”

No no. Those rascals flat out covered this shamefully enjoyable single from Tom Cochrane. It follows the classic formula: song about highways + harmonica solo = summertime gold. Take a listen, enjoy a Ricola®, and call us in the morning.

 

Tegan and Sara feat. The Lonely Island – Everything is Awesome

This entry caused much consternation around the Crowdtap offices. The writer of this article was mildly teased for wanting to include “a song from a kid’s movie.” But a joyous, high-energy song about everything being awesome? How does that NOT match up with Ricola®?

 

Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine

You knew this was coming.

Also, bonus points to everyone who knew that this song was recorded by Katrina and the Waves.

 

The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup

Now, this is one of those sneaky songs that’s actually kind of a bummer. But it’s so FUN to SING. Next time you’re singing a summertime jam, go ahead and belt it out – “WHY DO YOU Build me up…”

 

Beck – Girl

So, there’s mopey Beck, and there’s ecstatically happy-sounding Beck. This is the latter! Try to listen to this without nodding your head and tapping your toes. Basically, this guitar line sounds the way Ricola® makes all of us here at Crowdtap feel.

 

Pharrell – Happy

This was, hands down, the most popular response. Although, I suppose when you ask for a summer song that makes you feel happy, we’re kind of asking for it, huh?

Anyway. Put on this jam, roll down the window, sing loud and enjoy a Ricola®!

 

Super Awesome Bonus

You didn’t think we’d let you get away with reading a Ricola® playlist without at least SOME love for Switzerland, right?

PS – Here’s the Spotify playlist if you want to check it out!

 

Not a part of the Chrüterchrafters? Join here!

Tappers, Your Whirlpool videos just racked up hundreds of thousands of views.

Written by Brian Cullen
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This is pretty cool. Recently, many of you contributed videos to the Whirlpool Care Crowd to help show how their Every Day, Care campaign has impacted you. Specifically, we wanted to know more about how It’s All Care. In other words – no matter how silly it is, it’s still care. No matter how hard you’re laughing, it’s still care. Sing. Dance. Whatever gets you through those dishes, you know?

So, tons of you contributed, and a couple of you in particular knocked it wayyyyyy out of the park. Check out this little dancing queen, who is the daughter of one of our Tappers:

 

At the time of publication, that’s got over 100,000 views! Pretty solid numbers (and pretty sweet dance moves), right? Then, we’ve got this gem: a little girl “helping” with the laundry who’s got the best laugh since…no, you know what? She has the best laugh. Period.

 

600,000+ views. Whoa.

So how cool is that? YOU contributed videos, and next thing you know, we’ve got hundreds of thousands of people celebrating your contributions. Awesome job, everyone. This shows just how powerful your posts can be.

If you created these videos – nice job! Show this off to your friends! If you didn’t create this, this is proof positive that the things you do can go viral in a heartbeat.

Keep up the good work, Tappers. And don’t forget, if you’re not already part of the Whirlpool Care Crowd – they’re always looking for new Members.

GUYS. IT’S MINNIE DAY! *UPDATED*

Written by Brian Cullen
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OH MY GOD. MINNIE DAY!

Wait, ok, hold on. Sorry.

*Catches breath*

So, you may or may not know that Crowdtap has a dog-friendly office. There is, objectively speaking, nothing better than working hard on a project, only to be interrupted by a Boston Terrier dive bombing you to lick your face.

Now, most of the pups we play with every day are small-ish dogs. You know, the kind you’d see on the subway, or ones that fit in a carrier, or ones you could literally pick up and put over your shoulder if you weren’t a professional bodybuilder. As an example, here’s Hazel. Hiya, Hazel!

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But once every so often, the office experiences Minnie Day. Minnie belongs to our designer, Mariel. Minnie is a Newfoundland, and also the biggest dog in the world. Here’s a picture:

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Here’s another:

 

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As you can imagine, it’s tough to get work done around here today, because everyone is in love with this 12-foot tall, 700-pound dog.

Happy Minnie Day, everyone!

UPDATE (4:53 PM): We re-gret-a that we didn’t point out this other cut li’l doggie today. Greta’s also visiting. Here she is looking like a puppy even though she’s 6.

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Here is a size comparison:

 

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Hell’s bells, Trudy.

Is your dog sliiiiightly smaller than Minnie?Maybe a little more Greta-sized? Consider joining the Cesar Pack today!

Sneak peek into Crowdtap HQ on Dev Friday

Written by Laura Murphy
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At Crowdtap HQ, we have a lot of traditions like Show & Tell Fridays; celebratory Tappy Hours; and Monday stand-ups where every team at the Tap lays out their plan for the week. Recently, we added another tradition to our growing list: Open Dev Friday.

What’s Open Dev Friday, you ask? Good question. Roughly once a month, the developers (we call them “Devs”), or the folks that actually build the guts of the Crowdtap platform put down their pencils, stop whatever they’re working on, and invent new features for Crowdtap. The best part? Many of these features were requested by YOU!

The entire team breaks up into smaller groups, thinks about something brand new and never-before-seen, and gets to work. And it looks something like this. (Keep your eyes peeled for a cameo from some of the Crowdtap dogs):


We can’t tell you which project won just yet (we need some time to work on it, after all.) But the good news is we’re constantly working hard to make Crowdtap as fun as it can possibly be!

Stay tuned for more updates on the latest.

 

The 6 Things You Should Do (And 5 You Absolutely Shouldn’t) While Taking a Selfie

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With the advent of the selfie stick, Kim Kardashian’s coffee table book Selfie, and the preternaturally catchy pop song Let Me Take a Selfie, it’s clear the age of the selfie is here to stay. Even the most camera-shy are embracing the selfie trend, and as a Tapper you always want to be ahead of the curve! Read on for tips on taking smashingly successful selfies:

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Share Better: Say goodbye to Buzz Bonus!

Written by Laura Murphy
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Part of the fun of social media is sharing things you love with your followers and then seeing how they respond. After all – why keep that cat gif to yourself when EVERYONE MUST SEE IT? But here’s the thing – sharing works best when it comes from the heart. You need to really mean it.

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That’s why, in the spirit of promoting authentic social sharing, Crowdtap has decided to do away with the Buzz Award & Buzz Bonus. Not sure what this change means? Here’s the 411:

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20 Tips for Taking Photos Like a Top Tapper

Written by Laura Murphy
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Photo Challenges – you love ’em, we love to see your pics. But what if you could crush the competition every time you logged on to Crowdtap and uploaded your latest masterpiece? We’ve got 20 sure-fire tips to make that happen!

Subject (or the object or person that’s the focus of your photo)

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1. Make sure the subject is easy to see
2. Remove irrelevant or distracting items from the frame
3. If you’re taking a picture of a product, shoot from the side or angled rather than above
4. Holding the product works, but be sure your hands and nails are clean
5. Use the focus tool on your camera or phone to pull the subject into focus, objects in the background should blur slightly.

Bonus Tip: If you’re the subject, use a tripod, a camera timer app, or have a friend take the picture!

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8 Tips for an Awesome Oscars Party!

Written by Laura Murphy
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300 Tappers will host Oscars viewing parties sponsored by Neutrogena Hydro Boost this Sunday! We sent them all awesome kits including:

  • 1 Large Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel
  • 10 Sample Size Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel
  • 1 Pack of Silver Balloons
  • 1 Pack of Blue Balloons
  • 1 Hollywood Movie Scene Marker
  • 1 Hollywood Star Award
  • 1 Pack of Silver Star Cutouts
  • 1 Pack of Silver Star Confetti
  • 1 Pack of Metallic Blue Star Confetti
  • 2 Pack of Popcorn Boxes

We know, it’s a pretty rad pack of swag, and while we wish we could have sent a kit to every Tapper, we only had a limited number of spaces for the biggest Neutrogena brand fans. Still, we’re betting that you want to get in on the action this Sunday, so here are a few tips for a glamorous awards party!

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