Tastemaker Feed

Tastemaker Feed: Goals on Pause

Welcome back, Tappers. As we discussed in our last entry, we’re starting this year off with two brand new formats: Tappers Weigh In and Tastemaker Feed.

You’ve already experienced the former, getting the scoop on what your fellow members think of the gadgets unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Now, it’s time to dive in to the latter — showing you what the Crowdtap community’s finest have been posting on their blogs and social networks in the past few weeks.

After a rough 2016, these guys all seemed ready to forget their New Year’s Resolutions for a moment and indulge in little at-home spa days for themselves and their little ones. Let’s check out their pics for some inspiration.

johnsonandjohnson13“If you’re making the best decisions you can and loving them something fierce, you’re doing exactly what you should be doing.”
-Samantha C., Fort Benning, GA
The Samantha Show

We couldn’t agree more! Luckily, a hug from a teeny loved one is often the most calming, sweet feeling of all.


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Members Weigh In

Members Weigh In on CES 2017

For the past year and a half, the On Tap blog has strived to help you document your experiences and become expert content creators. Our weekly tutorials have covered territory ranging from the perpetually useful (How To Manage your Online Rep) to the downright silly (remember How To Get Your Pet to Pose in a Costume?), and our showcases of user creations have given you an opportunity to practice and show off your new skills.

Now, as we move into 2017, we’d like to introduce two new formats that portray how Crowdtap puts consumer voices at the forefront:  Members Weigh In and Tastemaker Feed.


Do you ever wonder about the results of all those polls you answer on Crowdtap? In Members Weigh In, we’ll be closing the loop by giving you the lowdown on what you and other members feel regarding certain hot topics and current events. In the Tastemaker Feed, we’ll be rounding up recent blog and social media posts from the crème de la crème of the Tapper world and showcasing what they’ve been thinking, craving, or creating recently.

As always, both types of content will be aimed at increasing the visibility of real people’s opinions and experiences and making sure brands (and the corporations behind them) are in tune with the needs of those they serve.

Ready to explore what fellow members are saying? Let’s dive into our very first edition of Members Weigh In!

Unsegmented survey results.

Unsegmented survey results.

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Tutorial Tuesdays

HOW TO: Celebrate the Holidays like a Crowdtap Kid!

When it’s this cold and this grey out, there’s only one respite from it all – the holiday season. As frightful as the weather can get towards the end of December, every year we take comfort in hot chocolate and mistletoe, candle lighting and warm holiday potlucks, and being around friends and family.

We’ve felt really fortunate to be able to – in our own special way – share the holidays with you guys, whether you’re over in California, or just a hop and a skip away in good ol’ New Jersey. Ever since Thanksgiving, you’ve shared photos of your meals with us, your holiday decorations, your families, and your cozy nooks!

Today, the tables are turning and we’re sharing a few photos with you fine folks. Whether you’re in the midst of celebrating Kwanzaa or Hanukkah, still riding on that Christmas spirit high, or getting ready to celebrate the New Year, we’ve got some advice for you on how to celebrate the holidays. Where’s this advice coming from, you ask? Why, from the cutest kids of Crowdtap that you ever did see.

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This here’s Ollie. He’s here to remind us that a Christmas tree – particularly one as festive and personalized as this one – need not be taken down immediately after Christmas is over. Let us continue to be joyous and rosy-cheeked in its presence for another few days at least, just like Ollie!

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Thumbs Up Thursdays

Thumbs Up Thursday: Fur-less Friends

Okay, so you’ve probably guessed by now that Crowdtap HQ can’t get enough when it comes to our dogs, and we’ve got a decent amount of fiercely loyal feline fanatics as well. But ever since we got an in-office fish, we’re discovering a whole new world of alternative pets. Last month we asked you all to submit your own photos, and my oh my, were we pleased.

Here, to kick off our are our holiday break on an original note, are our Top 5.

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Seriously? Just look how regal Allexus N‘s parakeet is. His name is Elvis, and we’re totally singin’ his tune.

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Tutorial Tuesdays

HOW TO: Use Crowdtap Samples During The Holidays

It’s a busy time of year right now, Tappers. We’re sure we don’t need to tell you that! Did you ALSO proudly draft your holiday gift list back in November, and then somehow realize that it’s already December 20th and you haven’t actually made moves on purchasing any gifts yet? Yup. We know the feeling, and we’re here to help relieve at least a little of that gift-search stress.

You know those friendly acquaintances who you don’t want to get an all-out gift for, but who you’d still love to acknowledge? Your neighbor, your mailman, that mom in your carpool group. It’s tough to think of the right gifts for people who fall under this category! That’s where Crowdtap comes in.  Read More

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Thumbs Up Thursdays

Thumbs Up Thursday: Your Holiday Decorations

‘Tis the season for decorating! It not only gets us into the holiday spirit, but also brings a comfortable warmth into our homes. Taking a look at the photos you sent in of your homes all dressed for the holidays confirmed that you guys feel the same way!

From pups in Santa hats, to babies lit by twinkling lights, to cookies frosted with care, your photos filled us with joy. Check out these submissions 5 that we just couldn’t get enough of!


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Hot cocoa? Check. Seasonal treats? Check. Warm light from the tree? Check. This scene set by Mariah V. has us ready to curl up by a fireplace with some pleasant tunes, hopefully with some snow falling outside!


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Crowdtap Updates

HOW TO: Create Cozy Lighting Effects with Holiday Lights

What’s the best way to add a bit of flare to your photos this holiday season? (Hint: It’s NOT wearing tacky antlers or finding a mall Santa to pose with.)

Instead, it combines two things you’re probably doing already: decorating your house (don’t forget to show us!) and snapping candids of family and friends. Yep, we’re talking about using those charming holiday lights to add a bit of cozy ambiance to your shots!

Read on for tips to ensure great shots with your seasonal lighting.


Judge your lighting. While we love the warm glow of holiday lights – colorful or classic – they aren’t always enough on their own.

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Thumbs Up Thursday: Cozy Nights In

If we were to create a word cloud of the most commonly used words amongst the Crowdtap community in December, it’d probably include words like “love” and “family” and “holidays.”

Our personal favorite, though, is the word “cozy.” Just the sound alone seems to invoke a feeling of warmth, like someone covered us with a fuzzy blanket and handed us a steaming mug of something super delicious and chocolate-y, without us even having to ask!

We were super excited to experience how you Tappers ramp up the coziness when you decide to have a night in! The main thing that we observed was how many of you have fireplaces, you lucky ducks. No such luck for most of us here in New York City. Still, we got to live the dream through some of your photos! Get snuggly and check our favorite five photos below.

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Is Janelle W. living the life or what? Her cozy night in includes her partner, a cheetah print blanket, and a real live cheetah! Ok fine, that’s just a regular cat. Janelle calls him “a little heater.” We love how at-home he looks, perched on the couch.

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Tutorial Tuesdays

HOW TO: Take Great Holiday Candids

A few weeks ago, as a pre-Thanksgiving gift of sorts, we laid out how to snap beautiful portraits of your friends and family during the holidays. Did you have any opportunities to practice your new photog skills, Tappers?

If not, zero worries! We’re back with another quick photo tutorial, and this time we’re all about the candids. A candid photo is, simply, a photo taken when the subjects in it aren’t looking or paying attention to the photographer. It’s a natural state of things – your brother and your mom laughing in a corner of the room, your grandmother carefully plating her legendary pasta dish, your uncle taking a quick nap, a stuffed animal serving as his pillow – lovely little moments that really give you a sense of the time, place, and character when you look back at them. So how do we take candids successfully? By keeping a few quick and easy tips in mind. Read on, Tappers!

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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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