Tastemaker Feed

Tastemaker Feed: Settling Cozily Into Winter

Groundhog’s Day brought it’s prediction last week: 6 more weeks of winter. That means it’s time to hunker down and learn to enjoy winter life. Instead of lamenting this chilly season’s resolve to stick around, try embracing what a cold, snowy day outside can mean for a cuddly-warm day inside.

For a little inspiration, let’s see how our VIP members are keeping things bright, warm, and cozy this winter.

Winter Tea

“One thing that is a must for me in the winter months, and is especially comforting, is a hot cup of tea There’s something so relaxing about cozying up on the cough or in bed with a good book and a nice, hot cup of tea.”
– Jennifer

We second Jennifer’s love of tea in the winter — nothing like holding a steamy mug, sipping on an herbal blend with a little lemon and honey, while the snow falls outside the window! See more of her winter wellness tips at Belle de Couture. Read More

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Members Weigh In

Members Weigh In on Super Bowl Ads

How was your Super Bowl Sunday? Ours was mostly full of food with just a side dish of football.

Another major component of our reasons for watching? The ads! The big game happens to be the biggest entertainment and advertising opportunity of the year, making it one of the only times we LOVE watching commercials. Whether they’re wacky and fun or bold and poignant, you can always count on them to be incredibly creative.

We wanted your take on the how much the ads mattered to you, and what kind you typically like to see. Here’s what you told us!


First things first – we asked whether you were watching the game for the game, or for the commercials:

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50% said commercials, while 30% said the game, and 20% aren’t watching at all. Most people watching for the football aren’t rooting for one side or the other — though the Atlanta Falcons had a few more people pulling for them (34%) than the New England Patriots (24%). Read More

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Tastemaker Feed

Tastemaker Feed: Strengthening Your Resolve …a Little

We feel it too — 2017 is hitting hard. But let’s look forward and celebrate the fact that we’ve made it to February and, to some degree, have still managed to keep resolutions top of mind. Okay, so maybe we wavered a bit from certain lofty goals. Or maybe we wavered a lot. But instead of focusing on what mountains we haven’t yet climbed, let’s not discount the power of the revised resolutions that allow us to make some kind of change. In short, we’re not beating ourselves up over one or two tiny blips, and neither should you!

It’s important to remember that self-care includes time spent with friends, quiet moments of solitude, and remembering to enjoy the little things in life. Treat yourself, in whatever way you can. This is how our VIP members have been doing so in the past few weeks.

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These little Pot de Cremes or little pots of cream are very quick and easy to make, as they take about 15-20 minutes to put together. The hardest part of this recipe is actually waiting for them to set.
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Members Weigh In on Men’s NYFW

The fourth iteration of New York Fashion Week: Men’s edition kicked off yesterday. The event, which is comprised of over 70 runway shows and presentations, is housed in New York and likely to inspire some of the coming season’s hottest trends. While there’s no better way to wait out the last few dregs of winter than layering up in chic cashmere or woven layers, we’re all hoping the groundhog gives the thumbs up signaling that spring is right around the corner and we can start indulging in some of the looks being premiered at Men’s NYFW soon.

Whether you wear or just like to shop for menswear, we asked you to share which designers, looks, and aspects of the week you were most excited about. Here are your answers.

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Tastemaker Feed

Tastemaker Feed: Keeping the Spirit of Your Resolutions Alive

You know the “New Year, New Me!” guy? The one who’s chomping on a salad for lunch the day after New Years and giving you a huge thumbs up? Yeah, he’s all of us. At least for a week or two, right?

Over the years, we’ve all realized that the excitement we get from feeling like life’s given us a do-over in the form of a brand new year fades pretty quickly once all the celebrations come to a close and the encouraging online listicles subside from our Facebook newsfeeds.

So how do we keep hope alive? Is it through constant vigilance? Therapy? Writing to-do lists on our hands? Well yes, maybe, but we can also always look to lifestyle professionals for some advice! In fact, Crowdtap has quite a few close friends whose words and tips we totally stand by. Check out what they’re posting on their blogs and social networks this week.

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Members Weigh In on Sundance 2017

Here’s the thing about Sundance: While you may think that 10 days of glitzy celebs and filmmakers and artists traipsing around Park City, Utah – screening films and clinking glasses and things – has nothing to do with you, you’re wrong. Particularly if you’ve been known to enjoy a really great film or two.

The Sundance Film Festival occurs at the beginning of each year and is a jumping off point for independent (or indie) films – those made outside of big league production studios. In the past, this meant that these films had teeny tiny budgets and often featured relatively unknown actors. Nowadays, although anticipated films at Sundance still have a unifying thread – wistful tones and themes that often hit close to home – they’re full of grade A talent, both behind the camera and in front of it.

 

And seriously…lucky us! If not for the exposure from Sundance, who knows what would have been the fate for iconic films like Reservoir Dogs, American Psycho, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and (500) Days of Summer, just to name a select few. Thanks to Sundance, the right producers were able to get eyes on the right films and distribute them to nationwide audiences, helping cement them as classics.

So, even if we’re not at Sundance, us movie buffs (or simply fans) should keep an eye on the goings on over at the festival. After all, some of the best films of 2017 are being premiered there as we speak! Let’s check the polls to see how you guys are feelin’ about films.

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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
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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 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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