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Thumbs Up Thursday: What You’re Thankful For

It’s never a bad time to recall who and what you’re thankful for. For us at Crowdtap, it’s you, Tappers! Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season, both full of opportunities to give gifts and give back, keep the sentiment of gratefulness fresh in our minds.

Last week, we asked you to share photos of people and things you’re thankful for. The results were beautiful – family and friends, new life and new homes, food on the table and pets to keep you company. It’s hard to imagine a better crop of sentiments!

So, as we emerge from our post-Thanksgiving Day food hibernation, let’s revisit some of our favorites from last week’s photo mission:

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These two cuties lit up our hearts! Mommy Kirsten D. shared this photo of her sons in matching PJs, saying: “I am thankful for these two sweet boys, their father, and their little brother who will be here in April. I’m also thankful for organ donation, and the donor family that donated their child’s heart to my oldest son so that he could live.”


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HOW TO: Make the Most of #GivingTuesday

Welcome back, Tappers!

We hope you had amazing Thanksgiving celebrations full of love, warmth, and that reallyyyyy good gravy, the kind that doesn’t skimp on the butter. Now that the holiday and those hectic few days of holiday sales have passed, it’s time to focus your finances on a more altruistic occasion: Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday was first conceived by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y, a centuries-old cultural center that focuses on community service. Now in it’s 5th year, the day aims celebrate and promote giving of all kinds. Its mission does not focus on a specific cause, group, or affiliation. Instead, it hopes to encourage philanthropy in the same broad sense that Black Friday and Cyber Monday encourage consumerism. Think of it as a palette cleanser after all that hedonistic spending.

So how do you ensure you make the most of Giving Tuesday? You have plenty of options.

Photo Source: givingtuesday.org

Photo Source: givingtuesday.org

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HOW TO: Take Holiday Portraits of Loved Ones

With the holidays coming up, you finally have a chance to update your collection of family photos. However, the responsibility of capturing those festive moments in a mantel-worthy way comes with a good bit of pressure. Thankfully, you have two important factors on your side: technology and Crowdtap.

Thanks to technology’s great advances, the cameras on our phones and tablets make taking photos easier than ever. Combine that with our foolproof tips, and your photo frames are as good as filled. Ready for us to drop some knowledge? Read on!

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Thumbs Up Thursday: Celebrating our Veterans

Tappers, we know it has been a rather tumultuous few days ever since Election Day. While we’re certainly not here to counsel you on how to feel in a face of a country struggling to unite as one, we are here to remind you of one thing: regardless on which side of the map you fall on, at the end of the day, we all want the best for this strong, resilient country that we have made our home. Thus, a celebratory holiday like Veterans Day could not have come at a better time.

Over the past few days, you guys have been submitting some moving, beautiful photos of some of the Vets in your lives, and we’re honored to share them here today.

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Nancy G. shared this iconic photo of her father. She tell us he was an ambulance driver in World War 2 and helped liberate France following D-Day.

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HOW TO: Craft Compelling Tales with Instagram Stories

Whether you’re new to Instagram or have been racking up double-digit likes on the regular, Instagram Stories offers a new way to capture and share daily moments. What’s different about it? No hashtags or likes, and a brief 24-hour lifespan. It seems simple, but, much like Snapchat, allows for a less curated glimpse into the lives of your friends and family. Because of the ephemeral nature of Instagram Stories, posters worry less about creating a lasting impression and more on quickly sharing the ins and outs of their day.

If you’re a regular Instagram user, you’ve probably noticed a new module featuring stories showing up on your IG timeline. Friends who have posted stories have their cover photos portrayed in the module. Clicking on a poster’s image allows you to see a strung-together series of clips of their perspective. ‘Grammers have used them to cover events, host Q&A sessions, or show followers how to make tasty snacks. We kinda like ’em for product unveilings and how-tos, or to show our friends what our #wfh (work from home) days are like.

Here’s how to create one:

Tap on the plus button found on the top-left side of your home screen or swipe left in your Instagram feed. You can also quickly launch Stories by swiping right from the main screen…

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Thumbs Up Thursday: Pretty Homemade Pies

With Thanksgiving just a mere two weeks away, mouths are already watering at Crowdtap HQ (and it’s not just dog drool). You may have seen it on our Instagram already, but last month we held an office bake-off where we really wanted to award all of our employee participants for making our taste buds so happy. Fast forward to that time we accidentally tortured ourselves by requesting pics of pies that we’ll never get to taste. Whose bright idea what that, anyway??  Sigh.

Pie is arguably the best cold-weather tradition we can think of, what with the vast variety of options out there. Snuggle up and settle in for five or our favorite pretty pie submissions:

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Clearly, Kathy C. has perfected the cherry pie. We’re sad that we can’t smell or taste this masterpiece, but our mouths are watering just looking at that red filling.


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HOW TO: Expertly Share Your Samples

Say you’re chosen for a Crowdtap sampling, and want to make sure you’re getting that good deed count up by sharing your samples with a few friends – how do you pick the best folks to share your bounty with? We’re here to share a few tips.

First things first: let’s discuss the the point of samplings. Well, they let your favorite brands share new and exciting products with you so that you can try them out, share your opinion, and spread the word to other shoppers.

There are a few different ways to share your sampling products with others. You can invite friends and family to join the sampling through Crowdtap, or share reviews and photos after you’ve given it a try. Sometimes, you’ll even receive a few extra samples so that you can share the actual product with others.

How do you know which method of sharing a specific pal might appreciate most? We put together this short quiz to help you figure it out! While thinking about a specific sampling, answer the questions based on one person with whom you might share. When you’re done, tally up your points to see whether they should get your extra goods or enter the sampling themselves.


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Thumbs Up Thursday: Your Most Terrifying Halloween Throwbacks (Just Kidding)

So, did everyone across your social media channels dress as a Stranger Things character this Halloween? Yup, same here. We also scrolled past unicorns, Frida Kahlos, emojis, and even a Bob Ross and a Betsy Ross pairing. We know Christmas is generally considered the most magical time of the year but, in our opinion, Halloween really takes the cake!

That’s why we’re a tad heartbroken that it’s already Thursday and Halloween is a whole year away, yet AGAIN. Thankfully, you Tappers came to the rescue with your hordes of incredible #tbt Halloween submissions. From sepia tone 1970’s-era shots of toddlers dressed as clowns, to hilarious photos of your wild college days, going through these photos was one big giggle-fest for us here in the office. Below are the five winning submissions – enjoy!

original-37We’re starting off with a bang, and it’s clearly THE CUTEST BANG ever. This little tyke in his Ghostbusters getup is perfect down to every detail, but especially that heartwarming, goofy grin! Thanks for the submission, Heather H.

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HOW TO: Master No-Shave November

This week’s tutorial is for the guys! Each November, herds of men toss their razors and embark on a month without shaving, growing beards that rival those of the greats — Abraham Lincoln, Santa Claus, Jerry Garcia. The reason? No Shave November.

No Shave November is a month-long exercise in not shaving to help raise awareness about and money for cancer research. The rules, according to the non-profit No-Shave November, are to put down your razor for 30 days and donate your monthly shaving expenses to the cause. And, if beards aren’t your thing, you can try growing a ‘stache for Movember, or donating to raise funds for men’s health. Ladies, you can also support these causes by donating to the campaign of a friend or family member, or by joining Movember’s MOVEment challenge!

To help you on your 30-day beard or mustache journey, we gathered some advice from our resident beard expert, Warren. Read on for his advice for keeping a well-groomed beard without shaving.

Currently, Warren's beard is about 2 inches longer than in this shot.

At writing, Warren’s beard was about 2 inches longer than in this shot. At publishing, he’d shaved it off to embark on his own Movember journey – which you can follow here!

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Thumbs Up Thursday: Fall Flavors

We have a lot of reasons to love fall — beautiful changing leaves, brisk yet sunny weather, and heaps of delicious flavors.

From the popular likes of pumpkin and apple, to the cozy warmth of stews and squash, we saw a lot of delicious flavors from our Tastes of Fall Thumbs Up Thursday mission. We’re highlighting a few that truly made our stomachs grumble and our mouths water below!


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A crisp bushel of fresh-picked apples? Yep, we’re in. Megan L. did some great aesthetic organizing, separating her haul into bowls perfect for table centerpieces. With the warm fall light streaming in, we started dreaming of apple pies, apple crisps, caramel apples…


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