Who’s that brand? Moments in Time

Written by Laura Murphy
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You might have noticed a few of the Crowds you’re tapping into don’t seem to have a specific brand associated with them… What gives? Is anyone actually listening to all that, tip-top-Tappin?  Fret not, gentle Tapper! These “mystery” Crowds are actually driven by brands that want feedback so real, so raw, so honest, they won’t even show their faces.  The “Who’s that Crowd?” series will draw back the shroud of mystery surrounding these anonymous Crowds & reveal to you, the master Tapper, how your Tap-Happy habit impacts the brand and the products you shop every day. 

Shop to it, Tappers!

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Got a love/hate relationship with shopping? The Moments in Time Crowd wants to hear about it!

What little frustrations do you encounter during your daily supermarket run? How do you feel when you’ve finally found the perfect gift at your favorite homegoods store? What transforms a regular old shopping trip from a chore to a victory?

The brand behind the Moments in Time Crowd is in the retail business and they want to know everything about how, why and where you choose to shop.

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We visit different stores for many reasons – some are just the easiest ones to shop at after a long day of work, while others involve planning for one big trip. We pinpoint the stores with the best deals on our favorite products, but we also visit stores just because, for some reason, we like them:  They’re more organized, the staff is friendlier, and it feels good to be there.

Now, with the holidays looming large on the horizon, shopping season is in full swing. Each time you step through a new set of shop doors, do you expect a shopping nightmare or a breeze?

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Think about it next time you drop in to one of your local shop-haunts to check some names off your gift-list: What do you love about your experience, and what do you wish you could change? The Moments in Time Crowd wants to know. Join today!

The Sweeter, the Better: Hosting a Girls’ Night In with Sweet ‘n Low!

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Your friends: They’ve been with you for your lowest lows and your highest highs – and even if you haven’t called in a while because you’ve been busy, when you do finally get the time to talk, it’s like you never stopped. With varied schedules and far-flung lives, it can be difficult to scrape together time to just chill with the ladies who know you best. Which is why we challenge you to pick a date and call your girls: It’s time for a Girl’s Night In.

Here are our tips for a night of gossip, hilarity, and good times!

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  • Host a makeover party! Break out of your beauty rut: Invite the girls over & tell them to bring their supplies. Take turns choosing from YouTube’s selection of amazing beauty tutorials and get you & your besties a brand, new look! As total “Phan” girls, we recommend Beauty Vlogger guru Michelle Phan’s awesome channel.
  • Dish the deets. Get the gabbing started fast with cute ice breakers like Mindy Kaling’s hilarious Questions I Ask When I Want to Talk About Myself, adult Mad Libs, or the ever-so-scandalous Cards Against Humanity.
  • Make it a Mani / Pedi Party. Go classic with a mani / pedi party – can you ever go wrong with nail polish? Didn’t think so. Stock your table with polishes & let your friends pick their polish!
  • Do a closet swap. Got a case of wardrobe boredom? Pick pieces that are still in great condition, but you just can’t bear to wear again – and ask your friends to do the same! Everyone walks away with new clothes. Score!
  • Favorite things party. Ask your friends to bring 10 of one little thing they can’t go without: your favorite lip balm? Those amazing oil blotters? The pen that writes like perfection? No item should cost more than $5, but you’ll all come away from the party with a new set of essentials!

 

Pick your poison: What’s a girl’s night without a few cocktails? Get creative with skinny, Sweet ‘N Low recipes for guilt-free indulgence!

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Pick your finishing touches:  A few simple decorations and special snacks will make the occasion feel more special – of course, we had to go with Sweet ‘N Low pink for our party picks! Get a little whimsical and make it a pajama party – can you say comfy?

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Clockwise from left: Lights in wine bottles; Fuzzy flannel PJs; Pink & white chocolate popcorn; Sparkled spoons & glass tags; White chocolate covered strawberries; LBD PJ’s

Finally, be sure to get a ton of cute pics to share on your social networks (because, I mean, did you really have a party if you can’t prove  it on Instagram?) Here are some tips for capturing great photos of your friends:

  • Level up. Taller or shorter than your BFF? Try to get on her eye-level before you take her photo. The eyes show emotion & personality, so make them the focal point of your photo.
  • Step back & then zoom in. Want to get a little bit closer? Step back and zoom – it will blur the background a bit, and pull your subjects into focus.
  • Shoot vertically. Save your landscape shots for landscapes!
  • Snag candids. Have your camera on-hand for picture-perfect candids. A candid smile has at least a million more megawatts than a posed one!
  • Don’t forget the Sweet ‘N Low! If you’re participating in the Sweet ‘n Low hosted party, be sure to include your favorite sweetener in the photos. It doesn’t have to be the subject of the photo, but show off your swag!

 

Here’s to a super sweet Girl’s Night In!

 

 

Join Folgers® for a #FlavorTime Twitter party 10/8 at 3PM ET

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Folgers® is paving the way to remix your coffee with the portable and tasty Folgers Flavors coffee enhancer line! We’re jazzed to fire up the flavor talk at the Folgers® #FlavorTime Twitter Party next Wednesday, 10/8.

Just follow #FlavorTime on Twitter and answer questions from @Crowdtappers for chances to win gift cards. Over $750 is up for grabs, so come with your best tweets and maybe you’ll snag a prize and Folgers® swag! Not a member of the Folgers Fans crowd on Crowdtap yet? Join here!

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The #FlavorTime Party Plan:

When: October 8, 2014 at 3PM ET

Follow: @Crowdtappers

Where: #FlavorTime on Twitter

Prizes: Over $750 in gift cards

Questions? Ask @Crowdtappers

 

Prizing Details: No purchase necessary. One prize per winner. US Residents only please. Eligible participants will be selected at random to receive prizes. The prize winners will be announced at the party and will be DM’d by @Crowdtappers to complete shipping details and select product of choice. Prizes must be claimed within 24 hours.

More Details: Winners will be selected at random every 10 minutes.  No purchase necessary. Just RSVP by adding your Twitter handle to the comments section below. See Official Rules.

 

The Crowdtap Creed

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Dang, it feels good to be a Tapper, doesn’t it? Not everyone has access to exclusive information from their favorite brands & the opportunity to discover great new products, but YOU do because you’re Tapped in! Individually, we’re moms and next door neighbors; young professionals and internet lovers; gadget geeks and football fans; organic foodies and cat lovers; and oh-so-much more — but together we are one and we are mighty!

So maybe you’re a newbie and you’re just figuring all this cool stuff out or maybe you’re an old Tappin’ hat – either way, we thought that it’s about time that the Tappers finally had their very own code of honor: The Crowdtap Creed.

Always flexible to the will of the Crowdtap Crowd, the Crowdtap Creed is the Tapping community’s official word on what it means to be a Tapper. Check it out:

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Be sure to share this with your friends & fellow Tappers! And tell us, what would you add to the Crowdtap Creed?

Who’s that brand? Let’s Get Cereal

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You might have noticed a few of the Crowds you’re tapping into don’t seem to have a specific brand associated with them… What gives? Is anyone actually listening to all that, tip-top-Tappin?  Fret not, gentle Tapper! These “mystery” Crowds are actually driven by brands that want feedback so real, so raw, so honest, they won’t even show their faces.  The “Who’s that Crowd?” series will draw back the shroud of mystery surrounding these anonymous Crowds & reveal to you, the master Tapper, how your Tap-Happy habit impacts the brand and the products you shop every day. 

Crowdtappers dream of cereal…

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Crunchy, sweet, nourishing, comforting, fun – there isn’t anything quite like your favorite breakfast cereal. But who are the folks that put together that irresistible combination of breakfast bliss? How do they hit that perfect ratio of crunchy, savory & sweet?

The Let’s Get Cereal Crowd is one major cereal brand’s recipe for success! This brand wants to know with what kind of cereal Crowdtappers & their families love to start their day, every day! Think about it: If you could create your ideal cereal, what would it contain? This is your chance to tell the people who make cereal happen.

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Even better, the Let’s Get Cereal Crowd wants to send 225 Tappers samples of its latest breakfast temptation ! That’s right: As a Tapper, you have the opportunity to tell a major cereal brand what you like about their latest  product & what you don’t!

So start thinking: What makes a cereal great? Is this cereal better off with the kids, or does this box belong on the top shelf of the cupboard where the grown-up food goes? What happens when you add milk? Is it too crunchy, not crunchy enough, or just right?

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Ready to get testing? Apply to sample the latest secret cereal from the Let’s Get Cereal Crowd on Friday, September 19th

Join the #WMTSavingsCatcher Twitter Party on 9/23 at 9pm EST

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Walmart knows all about saving money to help you live better! Join @Crowdtappers and our crew @awakeningaimee, @zipporahs@lisasamples, @Freebies4Mom, @bargainbriana, and @amomontheside in the #WMTSavingsCatcher party on Tuesday, September 23. We’ll be talking about the ways you save money, and Walmart’s new Savings Catcher!

If you haven’t tried it yet, download the Walmart app, and submit your Walmart receipts within 7 days of purchase to Savings Catcher. It’ll search for the lowest advertised prices in your area, and if it finds a lower advertised price on an item you bought, you’ll get the difference on a Walmart eGift Card!

Follow #WMTSavingsCatcher on Twitter and answer questions from @Crowdtappers for chances to win prizes. There are $750 in Walmart Gift Cards up for grabs! RSVP on Facebook.

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The #WMTSavingsCatcher Party Plan:

 

Prizing Details: No purchase necessary. One prize per winner. US Residents only please. Eligible participants will be selected at random to receive prizes. The prize winners will be announced at the party and will be DM’d by @Crowdtappers to complete shipping details and select product of choice. Prizes must be claimed within 24 hours.

More Details: Winners will be selected at random every 10 minutes.  No purchase necessary. Just RSVP by adding your Twitter handle to the comments section below. See Official Rules.

#FNICFans take us around the world!

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At Food Network in Concert on September 20th, 2014, the Food Network joins tastings from the country’s best chefs & wineries with music by today’s top artists in a day-long sensory celebration! As part of the #FNICFans Crowd on Crowdtap, we challenged Tappers to tell us where they would travel to explore new cuisines and enjoy the local music scene, and then create a Pinterest board inspired by their answer! The prize? 2 tickets to Food Network in Concert’s Greatest Hits tasting event as well as lawn tickets to the concerts, including headliner John Mayer!

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We had 8 pairs of tickets to give away as well as 25 issues of Food Network Magazine for our second place winners… and thousands of entries from Tappin’ foodies! It was a long, arduous process, but we were able to narrow down the entries and reward the best entries with these awesome prizes from the Food Network.

Where-o-where do our top Tappers want to wander when it comes to exploring food & music? Italy was a big Crowd favorite, but the USA’s own Nashville & New Orleans were not far behind. Spain and London are also major destinations for Tappers looking to dance and dine. Check out our map of where winners want to go:

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Here’s a snapshot of a few of our favorite pins from our Grand Prize winners – you can check out their boards through the links below!

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Congratulations to our winners – clockwise from left: Isabella M., Amanda E., Sandie G., Kimberly D., Heather B., Katy K., Elizabeth Q., & Amanda B.!

If you’d like to learn more about the event or snag a pair of tickets for yourself, get ‘em while they’re hot at www.foodnetworkinconcert.com. It’s going to be a blast!

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Join Cottonelle for a #LetsTalkBums Twitter party 9/18 at 6:30 p.m. EST

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If you’re excited to hear and share some juicy bathroom confessionals, you can’t miss this exclusive #LetsTalkBums “Tell All From the Stall” Twitter party! Join Cherry Healey, tweeting from the @Cottonelle handle to spill all the beans #LetsTalkBums. RSVP here!

Follow #LetsTalkBums on Thursday, September 18th to get the inside scoop on bathroom dos and don’ts, and over $1,000 in gift cards and other prizes! Stay tuned in to #LetsTalkBums on Twitter and answer questions from @Crowdtappers to win.

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The #LetsTalkBums “Tell All From the Stall” Party Plan:

Prizing Details: No purchase necessary. One prize per winner. US Residents only please. Eligible participants will be selected at random to receive prizes. The prize winners will be announced at the party and will be DM’d by @Crowdtappers to complete shipping details and select product of choice. Prizes must be claimed within 24 hours.

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More Details: Winners will be selected at random every 10 minutes. No purchase necessary. Just RSVP by clicking through to our Facebook page. See Official Rules.

Not a member of the Cottonelle crowd on Crowdtap yet? Join here!

 

Crowdtap Crowns the King of the Grill

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Hungry is the head that wears the crown, so we went on a mission to find the ultimate King of the Grill with the #KingsfordCrew!

This summer, Tappers shared their top grilling tips & snapped a few pics of their grilling prowess in action. The prize? A  Char-Griller 1224 Smokin Pro Charcoal Grill fit for a King!

The stakes were high and the grates were hot, but we could only bequeath one Tapper the title of King of the Grill.

Leading the charge with expert grilling tips and healthy dose of confidence, Tapper Jon D. proved himself a true monarch of the BBQ.

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In fact, when we asked Jon to share his biggest grilling fiasco, he responded like a true politician: There has never been error in my grilling.

We’re impressed, Jon, we’re definitely impressed. Check out Jon D’s royal tips for true grilling leadership:

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Want to see if you’ve got what it takes to become King of the Grill? Try out Jon’s go-to recipes for success: Seafood Boil & Smoked Brisket.

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Congrats to Jon as well as our 2nd place runner’s up, Adrian L. & David H., who won  Amazon gift cards for their stellar contributions to the #KingsfordCrew King of the Grill Contest. And, a big thank you to all participating Crowdtappers – we loved seeing how you light up your summer with Kingsford!

Tell us, do you plan to keep your grill hot now that summer is over or will you shut it down until next season?

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Be sure to like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter for more news and opportunities to score amazing prizes like the Char-Griller 1224 Smokin Pro Charcoal Grill!

#TruFanStand-ing Ovation!

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This summer, 250 Tappers from across the United States of America hosted #TruFanStands in their hometown.

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Participants received sampling kits including:

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(photo credit: Tapper Kelly M.)

We challenged participants to create a lemonade stand with their kids and offer guests lemonade sweetened with Truvia Spoonable as well as goodies baked with Truvia Baking Blend. The Tapper with the best #TruFanStand will receive a $1500 tuition scholarship to an institution of their choice.

Crowdtappers jumped at the opportunity to incorporate Truvia into summer’s sweetest tradition: the family lemonade stand. Not only did we see some stellar #TruFanStands, Tappers involved in this Mission went above and beyond with beautiful pictures, classy #TruFan stands, and lots of friendly competition on social media.

But, only one Tapper could take the Grand Prize and, after a particularly difficult judging process, we selected Tapper Kelly M. for the gold!

Take a peek at Kelly’s Pinterest-worthy #TruFanStand:

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We loved Kelly’s magazine-quality photos and the creativity she and her family put into their #TruFanStand. This sampling Mission included 5 photo challenges and Kelly went above and beyond for every one of them. We especially liked how prominently she displayed the Truvia brand and, of course, we were tickled pink to see her little helper wearing a “Crowdtapper in Training” t-shirt!

Additionally, Kelly opened up & shared her honest opinion on Truvia in her report:

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Congratulations, Kelly M! Want to learn more about Kelly’s #TruFanStand? Check out her blog!

Kelly wasn’t the only Tapper to host a thirst-quenching #TruFanStand! Check out what other Tappers, including our 2nd place winner, Cynthia W., had to say about Truvia:

 

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A BIG thank you to all our participating #TruFanStand Tappers! Stay tuned with us on Facebook & Twitter for more Tappin’ news & creative content from the Tapping community!