User-Generated Content (UGC)

The barriers to starting an eCommerce business are smaller than ever… In reality, all you need is a Facebook account so you can access the marketplace, as well as some goods to sell, and you’re off to the races. But starting an eCommerce business and growing a flourishing and profitable one are two very different things. Given the ease...

Everyone’s been talking about UGC and just how valuable it is for your business. We’ve collected six unique campaigns to keep your UGC collection efforts fresh. Plus, we included email marketing suggestions to help turn those UGC leads into sales. AgChoice Farm Credit’s 2020 Calendar Contest Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame. A photo contest where winners’...

Do a quick scroll through your Instagram feed. If you’re anything like me, it’s literally back-to-back posts featuring food and cocktails. But when someone asks me, “Where would you like to eat?” even after scrolling past dozens of food finds, my mind is completely void of ideas. How can this be? The problem is this: Instagram is so...

User-generated content (UGC) is more than a mere internet buzzword; many experts believe that it's the future of marketing. In fact, UGC is 35% more memorable than other media such as ads or brand-created content, and 50% more trusted. Could your followers be your most effective marketing tool? Read on to learn more about user-generated content and its inevitable...

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...

Thanksgiving is the last pit stop before a flurry of big-time consumer spending, spearheaded by Black Friday and consolidated throughout December as we near Christmas. It’s the calm before the storm. A time to be thankful, give back to the community and spend time with your family. At least that’s the prevailing sentiment. But Thanksgiving is far from...

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...

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...