User-Generated Content (UGC)

Instagram is deprecating features necessary for running hashtag contests via its API on December 11, 2018. Online marketers — commence panic! Now take a deep breath. At ShortStack, our team of engineers updated our hashtag contest capabilities to ensure you still have access to the Instagram features you love. In this blog post, I explain Instagram’s...

Chubbies, the men’s clothing brand that makes stretchy quad-displaying shorts and is known for its cheeky tag lines (“Sky’s out, thighs out!”), recently set out to take more ownership of its marketing channels -- namely social and email -- by hosting a user-generated content (UGC) contest. Chubbies’ used ShortStack to run its “2018 Chubbies Man Model...

The holidays and user-generated content go together like Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie. Here's how to collect and use UGC this holiday. The pumpkins aren't even carved yet, but for marketers it’s time to start thinking about what’s ahead: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year. Yep, holiday sales are in full swing -- just...

This post has been updated to reflect changes in Facebook/Instagram's policies, as announced on December 11, 2018 Instagram changed the way hashtag contests are run in December 2018. Now, Instagram hashtag contest entries must include both the contest hashtag(s) and an @mention of the Instagram Business Account running the contest. Learn more by reading Hashtag Contests &...

Instagram contests are popular. They're powerful. And they're a perfect way to grow lists of engaged users. Did you know: Instagram contests get 64x more comments than regular posts. 91% of posts with 1,000 comments are contests. Instagram contests get 3.5x more likes than regular posts. Contests conducted with partners get 79% more engagement. But here's the truly eye-opening...

Unless you’re a brand everyone has heard of, chances are you’re using social media to engage with and learn about your fans and potential customers. Contests and promotions remain a fun way for people to interact with their favorite businesses. After all, who doesn’t love winning a prize? Yes, I could go buy myself a new t-shirt...

This post has been updated to reflect changes in Facebook/Instagram's policies, as announced on December 11, 2018 Instagram changed the way hashtag contests are run in December 2018. Now, Instagram hashtag contest entries must include both the contest hashtag(s) and an @mention of the Instagram Business Account running the contest. Learn more by reading Hashtag Contests &...

This post has been updated to reflect changes in Facebook/Instagram's policies, as announced on December 11, 2018 Instagram changed the way hashtag contests are run in December 2018. Now, Instagram hashtag contest entries must include both the contest hashtag(s) and an @mention of the Instagram Business Account running the contest. Learn more by reading Hashtag Contests &...

This post has been updated to reflect changes in Facebook/Instagram's policies, as announced on December 11, 2018 Instagram changed the way hashtag contests are run in December 2018. Now, Instagram hashtag contest entries must include both the contest hashtag(s) and an @mention of the Instagram Business Account running the contest. Learn more by reading Hashtag Contests &...

This post has been updated to reflect changes in Facebook/Instagram's policies, as announced on December 11, 2018 Instagram changed the way hashtag contests are run in December 2018. Now, Instagram hashtag contest entries must include both the contest hashtag(s) and an @mention of the Instagram Business Account running the contest. Learn more by reading Hashtag Contests &...