Climb.social, helping Star Wars change live events.

There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it? Star Wars has made its momentous return to our lives - cue the yellow scrolling titles. Like being rekindled with a lost love, all those fuzzy warm feelings are back. 

To celebrate this global happening, the wonderful team at Buttergun TV have produced a 6 part documentary series looking at the influence the Stars Wars franchise has had on the lives of fans in the United Kingdom. They chose Climb.social to launch it, ensuring it goes off like the preverbial Death Star. 

From an R2D2 replica builder to a fully-fledged Jedi, the series reveals the heart-warming and sometimes emotional aspects of their lives and the ways in which ‘The Force’ has affected them.

How Climb.social changed their event

The goals were clear: build an atmosphere around the event beforehand, engage with the audience during the screening and leave them feeling like they’d never left that Galaxy so far, far away after the curtain had closed.

We’ve highlighted 4 ways Buttergun used a big screen powered Climb.social to make their event one to remember:

Build a sense of anticipation

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To create a buzz and encourage attendees to post to social in advance of the screening, the Buttergun team asked all their attendees and speakers to tweet or instagram with #starwarschangedmylife in exchange for prizes.

Give your #selfie to the dark side - audience participation

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One comment we often see from event organisers is that asking participants to actively engage can be as difficult as it is to convince Luke to join the Dark Side, but given the right incentives (fantastic Star Wars memorabilia) and the opportunity to get their faces onto a big screen for all to see, the task gets easier.

With props including various Jedi robes, stormtrooper helmets and lightsabers, the moderation screen soon filled up with fantastic selfies and other content ready to display. Feeds from Instagram, Facebook & Twitter refreshed every 30 seconds to reveal a new set of fresh content, this ensured audience engagement was held until the main event began.

'Use Climb.social for a Q&A session Luke'

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To give the audience a chance to interrogate the filmakers, Buttergun used Climb.social to run a Q&A after screening. Moderators used Climb.social to quickly collect the best questions and push them to the display for the host to read from. Because of the app’s quick refresh rate, the tweets were shown immediately after approval, keeping pace with the speakers.

‘Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen (by using moderation to stay on brand)’.

To stay in control of what went live, we used the Force. Well, we used climb.social’s moderation controls. The age range of the event varied from children to grown-up kids, so some feeds needed to be moderated. With climb.social’s automatic ‘naughty words’ filter, most of the feeds were set to automatically publish the moment content was found on social networks. Having 100% control over what your audience is seeing is incredibly important, it maintains quality and brand voice throughout the event.

These are the Tweets you are looking for.

Nowadays, providing a memorable experience is a standard requirement for any successful event. At Climb.social we’ve been working with many brands to incorporate social media into their events.

We've found that used correctly, social media can help build anticipation, increase participation and provide your brand with plenty of exposure - making your event an experience to remember. Used properly, social content can add a huge amount of value to your brand marketing.

From social hubs to galleries to event displays, there are plenty of ways to put user generated content to good use. To get your own social display, sign up to Climb.social.

Feel the full force of how Star Wars changed fans’ lives by watching Buttergun’s documentaries.


4 ways brands are taking advantage of user-generated content that I wish I’d thought of.

Have you ever tweeted about being at an event? Think back to the last conference or talk you went to. Did you post about attending on Instagram or Facebook?

Tweeting positively about attending an event is a public endorsement of that brand. You’re telling your followers that your experience with that brand has been a good one. That endorsement is hugely valuable to them and here’s why:

81% of consumers’ purchasing decisions are influenced by their friends’ social media posts.

It’s perhaps an unsurprising statistic, but it’s also hugely important and brands are taking note. Thinking of including user generated content in your brand marketing? Here are four awesome ways brands are leveraging UGC to promote themselves:

 

Tweet for cheap Domino’s pizza - #letsdolunch

Setting a challenge with a reward that matches the effort you put in (or surpasses it) is a great way to increase exposure and generate buzz in a relatively short amount of time.

Domino’s UK ran a clever Twitter campaign that got hungry fans chatting about them in exchange for cheap pizza. They asked fans to tweet with #letsdolunch and in return, reduced the price of their most popular pizza.

For every tweet sent before lunch on the day of the campaign, a minimum of £0.01 was knocked off the price of the pizza - overall reducing the price from £15.99 to £7.74.

This simple challenge generated over 800 tweets and quickly got the Domino’s brand in front of thousands more people thanks to fans tweeting to their followers.

 

Turn back time for an Expedia holiday: #throwmeback

Whilst Dominos asked people to send a pretty throwaway tweet, Expedia asked them to put a little extra thought into digging up their “Throwback Thursday” pictures – with a plan to actually throw them back. 

Every Thursday during the summer, Expedia chose a winning Instagram photo tagged with @Expedia and #Throwmeback and gave the winning recipient a travel voucher to recreate their trip. 

This campaign tried to capitalize on the almost 300 million “tbt” hashtags to date and was a clear way of connecting their brand to those nostalgic, important travel moments and memories in people’s lives. 

By the end of the summer, Expedia had doubled their Instagram following and grew their audience across all platforms. As well as creating a PR-worthy story shared by media outlets, Facebook fans, Twitter followers and travel blogs.

 

Spread awareness of a killer disease with a Bupa #heartsalute

As you know, social media can be used for more than pizza and holidays.

In Australia, heart disease is the single biggest killer of women. It’s a country where women are three times more likely to die of a heart attack than breast cancer. Sadly there is a common misconception that the disease only affects men.

Bupa joined forces with the Heart Foundation to raise awareness of what can be done to prevent heart disease. To achieve this, Bupa created the #heartsalute, a way for Australians to let others know about this issue simply by raising their hand.

The campaign encouraged people to spread the message by drawing a heart on their hand, before sharing it on social media with important women in their lives.  

It achieved some pretty impressive results, reaching 250 thousand people on Instagram, with over 1000 photos generating 10 million impressions.

 

Screenshot your phone to get half priced products at Åhléns

To spread the word about their summer collection to a younger audience, this Swedish department store created a game using only Instagram and the screenshot function on smartphones.

In three different Instagram videos, products whizzed by in high speed. If you were fast enough to capture an item in a screenshot, and post it, you got it at half-price.

Thousands of people posted screenshots of Åhléns’ products and automatically promoted the collection among all their followers and friends.

Simple and quick, this campaign made an old-fashioned discount coupon something fun and engaging.

 

Power your own brand marketing with user generated content

When used well, social content can add a huge amount of value to your brand marketing.

Involving your customers in marketing campaigns can add a level of authenticity and exposure that normal advertising just can’t achieve, as proven by this list of utterly enviable campaigns.

From running social competitions to displaying customer photos on your product pages, Climb.social provides you with the tools you need to power your marketing efforts with user-generated content.

Want to make the most of your user-generated content? Sign up to Climb.social and follow our simple How to Guides.

 


How social media can make your event memorable

Nowadays, providing a memorable experience is a standard requirement for any successful event. At Climb.social we’ve been working with many brands to incorporate social media into their events. We've found that used correctly, social media can help build anticipation, increase participation and provide your brand with plenty of exposure - making your event an experience to remember.

Here are 6 ways that social media can make your next event memorable.

1. Build anticipation before the event starts

Create a buzz in advance of the big day. Tell all your attendees and speakers to tweet with a unique hashtag in exchange for a prize or VIP access. Use Climb.social to collect social media with that hashtag and embed it on your website either on a dedicated social hub or on your events page.

2. Get people tweeting and posting to Instagram from the get-go

Display your hashtag on all your event displays and ask your attendees to start posting. Show any tweets and Instagram posts you have already collected as this will encourage your guests to get tweeting.

3.Run Q&As through Twitter

When it’s time for questions, avoid that tumbleweed moment by letting audiences ask questions via Twitter with a dedicated hashtag and then display them on your screens. This helps keep questions concise and allows event organisers to pick the most appropriate ones and display them one at a time.

4. Share branded content, updates and promotions

Pull in your own social feeds and display them amongst the other social content. Use it to ask the audience questions, highlight interesting quotes from your speakers or share useful info like who is speaking and when. Make use of the screens for your sponsors by offering it up as advertising space - either through branding or recurring social media.

5. Use the clout of your event speakers

You’ve worked hard to get them there, now encourage your speakers to tweet or post to Instagram and interact with your audience on social networks. Not only will your audience enjoy engaging with them online, you’ll also be promoting your event to their own network of followers.

6. Use the best endorsements to promote your next event

After the event is done and dusted, collect the best social recommendations and display them on your site and in your post event marketing to show off how much of a success it was!

Used properly, social content can add a huge amount of value to your brand marketing. From social hubs to galleries to event displays, there are plenty of ways to put user generated content to good use. To get your own social display, sign up to Climb.social.

6 steps to running a successful social media campaign

Whether you’re celebrating the launch of a new product, promoting an achievement or simply looking to build relationships with your customers, running a social media campaign is the speediest way to increase your engagement on social media.

If you’ve never run a campaign before, here are 6 steps to running a social media campaign.

1. Set your campaign goals

Before you launch Climb.social, have a think about what you want to achieve. Maybe you’re looking to collect contact information for leads. You could be out to increase engagement with your existing customers. Or perhaps you want to build excitement around a product launch. Whatever your goal is, make sure you’re setting out to achieve something clear and attainable.

 

2. Keep it on brand

Once you’ve set out your goals, it’s important to chose a campaign that fits with your brand and the customers you’re trying to attract. Think about running a competition that will appeal to your target demographic both visually and through your tone of voice. Also consider the length of your campaign; a typical campaign for smaller brands runs for 6 weeks.

 

3. Offer the right reward

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Make sure your prize is on brand and will appeal to your target customers. Offering money or gadgets may get you noticed but won’t necessarily entice customers who’ll be interested in what you have to offer in the long term (unless gadgets are what you offer, of course). Prizes should highlight what your brand has to offer - money off, free products etc. Lastly, check that the prize matches the effort required to enter. For example, a photo on Instagram in exchange for a discount may be a fair exchange.

 

4. Promote your campaign and get chatting

In the build up to launching your campaign, let your audience know something great is coming their way. Reach out to key influencers and existing fans of your brand to help build up a sense of anticipation. Once the campaign launches, it’s important to run a steady stream of announcements and updates reminding people of your campaign as well as communicating directly with those who have entered, thanking them and sharing their entries if relevant.

 

5. Create a Climb.social hub

With your campaign tone nailed and promotion in full swing, it’s time to make the most of all that great user-generated content and consider where it will live. The Climb.social hub lets you collect and feature the best ‘on brand’ entries within your own website or on a stand alone campaign site. Its responsively-built widget means it’s mobile friendly too – making it easier for everyone to use.

 

6. Analyse and learn

With your campaign complete and all entries gathered, it’s time to pour over the results and review its success. Did you connect with the audience you set out to connect with? When was it most successful and when did it begin to lag? And most importantly, what have you learnt for next time?

Want to make better use of user-generated content? Sign up to Climb.social and follow our simple How to Guides.

4 ways to put user-generated content to good use

Incorporating user-generated content into your brand marketing efforts is an incredibly effective way of spreading the word and developing relationships between your customers and brand.

Here are 4 ways you can get user-generated content to work even harder:

1. Gallery

Collect the highest quality photos that customers have shared of your products (from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and feature them in a gallery on your brand website or blog.

2. Product pages

When a customer shares a photo of your product on social media, it’s a public and genuine endorsement of your brand. It’s a seal of approval that inspires a greater sense of trust than other forms of advertising. Feature genuine customer photos on your product pages to drive genuine conversions.

3. Competitions

Incentivise your customers and fans by running a photo competition across social networks. Offer free products or discounts in exchange for high quality photos and feature the best entries on your website.

4. Live displays

Encourage customers to participate on social media by introducing a big screen social display to your event, work or retail space. You can display content from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in real-time, use it to run social competitions (see above!) or simply display a steady stream of fresh social chatter.

Want to make better use of user-generated content? Sign up to Climb.social and follow our simple How to Guides.



How user-generated content improves your brand marketing

User-generated content is transforming the way brands are marketing themselves, and with measurable results, it’s obvious why.

But how does user-generated content marketing work?

1. It builds a sense of trust

When a customer shares a photo of your product on social media, it’s a public and genuine endorsement of your brand. It’s a seal of approval that inspires a greater sense of trust than other forms of advertising. Displaying those relevant photos and messages to potential customers shows that your brand is for them. Who better to recommend your brand than your own customers?

 

2. It develops lasting customer relationships

It’s not just about great photos, it’s also about the relationships you’re developing between your customers and your brand. When you collect and display your customers’ photos (with their permission of course) you’re striking up a conversation that will make them feel appreciated. Ultimately, that connection can build loyalty and encourage real engagement.

 

3. It makes you memorable

User-generated content is one of the best ways to add a sense of intrigue and fun to your marketing efforts and at best, it can inspire. For example, The Body Coach fitness guru Joe Wicks regularly shares transformation photos of his fitness graduates that prove the effectiveness of his fitness plans, inspiring his existing and potential customers alike. If customers perceive your content as interesting, they’re more likely to remember you and look you up in the future.

 

Real content from real people.

Incorporating customer photos and messages into your marketing efforts is a highly effective way of developing trusted relationships between your brand and its customers.

Want to make better use of user-generated content? Sign up to Climb.social and follow our simple How to Guides.

Everything you need to know about a Climb.social hub | Climb.social Beta Week 3

We’ve welcomed a lot of new sign-ups this week. Climb.social is now being used by a myriad of different industries including retailers, universities, events organisers, tv broadcasters and radio stations amongst others.

One of the most popular uses so far is creating a social hub. Not sure what a Climb.social hub is? Here’s everything you need to know:

What is a Climb.social hub?

A social hub is one of the simplest and most powerful uses of Climb.social - a web page that displays specific content collected from social networks by your brand and those talking about it. 

It collects this social content based on user handles and hashtags that you’ve selected. The content can either be automatically published to your site, or to maintain control you can use our moderation controls.

Here are some typical examples:

  • I run a regular event and want to capture photos I’ve published on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to my website, alongside those from attendees.
  • I’m running a #hashtag campaign and want an easy way to collect and display the highlights on my site.
  • I sell clothes & accessories online and would like a page to show off photos of customers wearing my products.

5 benefits of a Climb.social hub

Ok so you know what it is, but why do you need one? 

If you’re trying to get your brand noticed, being active on social media has some clear benefits - from raising awareness to increasing inbound traffic - it’s an efficient use of any brand’s marketing resources.  

A social hub is the next step. It helps you discover and publish positive user-generated content and extend the life of content that your brand is already sharing. 

The key benefits of a Climb.social hub:

1. Makes your content last longer.

From a couple of hours on a Facebook news feed to just minutes on twitter, your content has a limited lifespan. A social hub lets you re-use content that would otherwise disappear and display it to those most interested in your brand - namely those visiting your website.

2. Builds a sense of trust

Who better to recommend your brand than your own customers? Embed a social hub on your website to display authentic customer recommendations where it’s needed most. Relevant, user-generated content builds a sense of trust on your site and validation that your brand is for them.

3. Increases engagement

You’ve pulled in great social content, now provide the tools to like, share, reply, favourite that let your audience to spread the word to their personal networks and increase the time they spend on your website.

4. Creates a destination for your hashtag campaign

Promoting your campaign throughout all social channels is the first step, but to capitalise on all the hard work, create a page that allows your audience to view the posts in one place. Show everything all select the best content to truly pack a punch. 

5. Creates a permanent archive of your event

Capture the best social content from your campaign or event in a permanent archive. Select the highlights or pull in everything to create a compelling snapshot of what took place.

How to create a social hub

Want to create your own Climb.social hub? Sign up now to our beta and follow our simple How to Guides.


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How social content can transform your brand marketing | Climb.social Beta Week 2

Promoting your brand is a lonely task at times. It can feel a bit like tooting your own horn when no one’s listening. As we come to the end of week 2 of our Climb.social beta, we're helping people discover more and more that using recommendations and endorsements from real individuals is an incredibly powerful tool in promoting their brand. 

So, how can social content transform your marketing?

“I know social content is important, but what do I do with it?”

This is a question our early customers have asked us a number of times in the past week. Many can see that social content is potentially very valuable, but are unsure how to use it effectively.

Here are 3 ways you can use Climb.social to improve your customer experience:

Create a social hub

If your customers are already tweeting or posting on Instagram or Facebook about your brand, then use Climb.social to automatically collect that content. Climb.social allows you to collect any social media based on user handles or hashtags, filter out anything that might be off-brand and then publish it to your website. 

How does this benefit my brand?

Embed a social hub on your website to display authentic customer recommendations where it’s needed most. Relevant user-generated content builds a sense of trust on your site (who better to recommend your brand than your own customers?) as well as validation that your brand is relevant to them.

Follow these guides to make your own Climb.social hub

Don't have an account? Sign up.

Introduce a big screen social display to your space.

Whether you’re running an event, work or retail space introducing a social display on a big screen is a fantastic way of increasing brand awareness. Climb.social allows you to easily display content from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on big screens in real-time. Within minutes you can collect relevant social media and use it to run social competitions or simply display a steady stream of fresh social chatter.  

How does this benefit my brand?

A social display brings recommendations to your physical space and encourages attendees to promote your brand to their own networks of friends and family. It provides a sense of trust and encouragement right when they need it most. That same content can be published to any website, so those not attending can see what they’re missing out on.

Create a Climb.social collection

Bring user generated content to your shop

Customers look to user generated content at all stages of the purchasing cycle. Whether it’s whilst browsing, at the point of purchase or when recommending what they’ve already bought to others. Easily publish social media recommendations to your eCommerce site, app and on a big screen in your retail space. 

How does this benefit my brand?

Displaying relevant user generated content on your product pages or in-store helps provide a level of trust and kinship between your customers and can help increase conversions at every step of the customer lifecycle. 

Bring user generated content to your retail space.

 

Need some practical help in publishing your Climb.social collection up on the web? Here's a guide to get you started. If you’re stuck get in touch and we’ll get you up and running.

 

What’s new in Climb.social this week?

Simple HTML embed

This week on the beta we updated our copy and paste, HTML embed code to provide a new set of features for any Climb.social presentation out of the box. 

Live updating

We updated the simple HTML embed to support live updating so now content can be approved and rejected from the Moderation screen without the need for a refresh on the display. This makes Climb.social perfect for events.

Improved responsiveness

We changed the styling code to make the Climb.social wall’s responsive. This means they’ll scale to fit on any screen size or mobile device.

Animated slideshow

We also introduced slideshow display to showcase a single item at a time, rather than a grid. This is great on big screens at events, or dotted around your store or campus. 

Flexible API

If you’re a developer, you can even use our API directly to build completely bespoke UIs tailored to the social experiences you want to create for your brand.

 

As we're in beta your feedback is hugely valuable to us and will help shape the future of our product. Email me chris@climb.social or tweet us @climbsocialuk.


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How did we do? - Climb.Social Beta Week 1

Week 1 of our Climb.social beta is done and dusted. Here’s what the team have been up to in a mere 7 days of all work and all play 😄 .

(Wait. What is Climb.social?)

1. We have our first customers!

Lift off! After many a late night building Climb.social we’re all jaw-droppingly excited to have real people signed up and creating their first collections. Climb.social is already being used by TV broadcasters, radio stations, eCommerce sites, universities, non-profits and event spaces amongst others. We’re incredibly excited and can’t wait to start rolling out improvements to our service. 

2. We’ve added new features  

Super support.

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Climb.social exists to help your brand get closer to your customers through social media. But we know you might need a helping hand to get there.  We’ve integrated support into our app which means if you’re stuck, you can chat to our team at any point from within Climb.social without the need for lengthy emails*. Just look out for the speech bubble in the corner of your browser.

*Don’t worry, if email is your thang - our email support game is very strong too: support@climb.social.

Improved embed code

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We’ve updated the simple HTML embed code and packed it with new features so it now: 

  • Automatically updates LIVE when you approve or reject content.
  • Inherits your site’s styles so it’s instantly on brand.
  • Adapts to any screen size with a responsive layout
  • Integrates easily into your products - developers we’ve published to npm 

3. What’s next? We’re going big!

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Big screens that is. Bringing social media into your workspace, shop or event space is a fantastic way of bringing your customers or audience closer to your brand. Next week we’ll be releasing some brand spanking new big-screen formats to catch your customer's’ eye.

As we're in beta your feedback is hugely valuable to us and may help shape the future of our product!   If you have any questions or ideas for features get in touch. Email me chris@climb.social, tweet us @climbsocialuk or hit the feedback button in the corner of your browser.


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The best of #BackToTheFuture

We couldn’t ignore such a seminal cinematic moment as Back to the Future Day? As expected it trended on social media globally and threw up some very rather amusing attempts from brands to grab our attention.

We created this social hub to collect the best social media from the day and discovered a few gems in the process:


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Introducing Climb.social - be seen above the social clutter.

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We’re a social bunch. On average, we all share 500 million tweets, 55 million Facebook posts and 80 million Instagram photos a day. That’s a lot of selfies, likes, snaps, pins and shares. 

Thanks to social media, people are avidly tweeting, posting and recommending brands like never before. They are creating genuine, credible, and potentially very valuable content. 

But with so much social clutter out there, brands are having a tougher time than ever being seen. 

And that’s why we created Climb.social.

We asked ourselves: 

  • Could there be an easier way to collect only the relevant bits of social content from the web?
  • Could brands publish that content to any website, app or big screen in real-time?
  • Could brands learn from their customers in the process and finally be seen above the clutter?

We think so. And that's why we're excited to announce the launch of Climb.social in beta.

Read all about its features and how you can use it.

Because Climb.social is in beta, we are on the hunt for brands looking to take social media to the next level. We’re offering a limited number of places to use Climb.social for FREE with absolutely NO RESTRICTIONS.

Register now for your free access and get a better view of your customers. (And give them a better view of you).

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