Campaign highlight video.
Posted by: G.Case
How to get people to pay you back using Crowdtilt.
Get your stacks back.
Getting friends to pay you back can be a gut wrenching cycle could go on for several months. As a result, the friendships have slowly turned bitter. What used to be a great relationship that included 24-hour marathon listening sessions of the entire Backstreet Boys catalog become an emotional burden. They start avoiding phone calls and stopped “liking” your witty facebook posts. Each month that the loan remains unpaid, you lose more hope on getting your money back. Consequently, feelings of anger and resentment towards your friends begins to consume you. One day soon you might find yourself stuffing bananas in tailpipes and “easy cheesing” someone’s paint job in a Walmart parking lot. Okay, that might be taking it a bit too far but the end result can be lifelong friendships dissolving over something as simple as money.
Crowdtilt can help put that all behind you. Here are three very important steps that can get your money back and relieve the strain on friendships by debt collecting.
1. Set up a campaign.
Create a campaign that details why people own you money.
Example: A few of your friends still owe you $30 each for the Backstreet Boys reunion concert? List the date of the concert, who else played, and maybe recall a funny story or memory from the concert to take the edge off. The reason is you want your friend’s initial reaction to be “oh yeah, that was really fun, I need to pay her back” and not “oh crap, she wants her money right now.”
Make sure to say that the campaign is angled as a friendly and convenient reminder in case they had “forgotten” that they still owe you. (Not likely, Nick Carter was on fire) Be very descriptive about what you paid for and why they owe you the money. People will be less likely to argue over a debt if you’ve covered all your bases and listed them out. It also gives you another chance to go over your expenses and make sure there isn’t anything you missed. (Remember that BSB pillow case that Cindy just had to have.)
2. Use the required payment option.
Set the required amount to the dollar amount that the person(s) owe you. That way you can be sure that they won’t “accidentally” put in the wrong amount.
“I typed in 3 dollars instead on 30? My bad! LOL”
3. Set a strict deadline
Set a deadline (2-3 days) close enough so they don’t put it on the back-burner and come back later. You’d be surprised how many people will forget come back and pay before the deadline. The most active times during the campaign happen at the beginning and end. Make sure to communicate that the window here is very short to create a sense of urgency.
4. Send it out.
Make sure to be very clear about what the link is pertaining to and why you need the money. Don’t be condescending or call people out. This is going to be seen by their social networks so be courteous.
Good example: Hey guys, just wanted to let you know I set up a Crowdtilt campaign so you can pay me back for the ubertastic BSB concert without having to swing by my house. It expires in 2 days so please hurry!
Bad example: Cindy, Brittany, and Brooke. Holy cheeseballs, I still can’t believe you haven’t paid me back. OMG, we saw A.J. Mclean shirtless together and now you won’t even return my calls. I need my greenbacks stat!!!! I know where you live.
Crowdtilt can be used as an online I.O.U.
It’s basically a way to transform Crowdtilt into an online invoice system. It allows Cindy to see that Brittany and Brooke have already paid you back and will motivate her into action. Like dominoes, once the first one starts falling the rest topple into place.
It doesn’t have to be for an event. If you covered someone’s lunch one day and know you won’t see that person for a month or two, throw up a campaign. It’s quick, easy, and most importantly saves gas money.
Heroes on the Water
In honor of Memorial Day we wanted to highlight a really cool campaign on Crowdtilt that improves the lives of former service men and women. It’s a very interesting concept that helps wounded warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate into society through kayak fishing and the outdoors. Heroes on the Water has become a hit with new chapters popping up all over the nation.
Here is the link to their campaign: http://bit.ly/jeH3rG
Here is some literature from their site:
Today’s Warriors are exposed to hostile fire and sustained combat stress 3-6x longer than their fathers and grandfathers endured. During World War II, the average time spent in the combat zone was 7 months. During the Vietnam War the average was 15 months, whereas during the Global War on Terror, the average time a warrior spends in combat is 45 months.
The good news is that modern technology helps our troops survive wounds that were fatal in prior wars. However, many of the wounds are invisible: 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan Vets show signs of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or depression.
From 2003 to the present time (2010), there have been 5,773 U.S armed forces deaths and 31,902 ‘visible’ wounded from hostile fire, IED amputations, burns and other injuries.* In addition, it is estimated that there are 300,000 suffering with PTSD and 320,000 with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Reports indicate that the numbers of injured military personnel is increasing by 50 per month since mid-2008.**
Alarmingly, there are 950 suicide attempts each month by veterans who are receiving some type of treatment from the Veterans Affairs Department with an average of 18 veterans committing suicide each day. ***
Heroes on the Water’s mission is to help wounded warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate into society through kayak fishing and the outdoors. Over the past three years of taking a few thousand men and women of all branches of the armed services out kayak fishing, we have learned firsthand the ‘triple therapy’ of kayak fishing – physical with paddling and fishing, occupational in learning new skills and a sport they can do for life, and mental in the relaxation and freedom out on the water. Their words say it best…
“You have given us a new sport that we can do with our injuries. Best of all, I really yearn for a morning in the woods with my bike or a long run down our country road… those thoughts have been replaced by talk of new fishing tackle, rods, water craft, and terrain. You have no idea how mentally and physically healing your program is. Thank you!! Thank you for your time, your expertise, your passion, and your dedication to the military in which you served. We feel blessed!! From a wounded Army Captain and participant in HOW
If you know someone that has served and would be interested in joining send them this link: http://heroesonthewater.org/get-involved/become-a-member
Working in 3/4 time.
We finally got an electric drum kit up to the office last Friday. We work really hard at Crowdtilt but believe it or not we play even harder. (Cliché alert!) Did you know that by playing a Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight” drum solo 2-3 times a week can increase office production by 85%? Okay, we just made that up but it really does help relieve some stress banging on these digital skins. There are also plans for throwing up a campaign on our website to acquire some glow sticks so one of our programmers can cut out the lights and do interpretive dance moves to the wicked beats this thing throws down. There is a strong chance an angry medicine man resides in his family tree somewhere. If you don’t have a drum kit and needs some sick beats, check out White Panda at the Green Elephant on May 12th.
If you happen to drive by the Crowdtilt offices in Dallas and see fantastical light movements passing by the window please don’t call the police. It just means we are taking a drum break. Booyah! I hope that last one doesn’t get me fired.
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Crowdtilt teams up with Homegrown Fest!
Come and get it!
Discounted tickets to the Homegrown Fest for only $10.
Crowdtilt has now become a full-fledged sponsor to one of the most unique music and arts festivals in the nation and we are hooking our peeps up with some discounted tickets. Don’t miss out on one of the greatest events DFW has to offer and get your tickets now!
The HomeGrown Music & Art Festival is an annual celebration of just that - HomeGrown music, HomeGrown art and, most importantly, HomeGrown fun. There will be two stages featuring 13 bands that are among the best the metroplex has to offer performing many genres and styles of music. You’ll get to meet local art galleries featuring local artists’ works. There will be cool, live art demonstrations throughout the day, many vendors with goodies and much more. So, on Saturday, May 14, pack the whole family into the car and head for that sweet Dallas skyline and we’ll see you at Main Street Garden Park, 1900 Main Street and make some great memories together!
We will also have a booth where you can stop by to say hi and sign up to win an Ipad 2. If you can’t make it you can still sign up by hitting like on our facebook page. It won’t be nearly as cool but don’t worry, we gotcha covered.
Date: May 14th, 2011
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Place: 1900 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Check out this sick line-up of bands!
Crowdtilt Launch Party in Dallas!
Crowdtilt Launch Party!
w/ Beaten Sea and Fox & the Bird.
@ the Barley House
Thursday, March 31st, 2011
7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
We want to invite our Tumblr friends to the launch party for our new group funding website. We’ve booked two of the baddest bands in the land to celebrate so come check us out.
5612 SMU Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75206
7:30 to 9:00 PM Fox and the Bird
9:15 to 10:45 PM The Beaten Sea
Posted by: G. Case
Crowdtilt programmer designs coffee camelback
Strap it on, get your code on.
In a heroic effort to bring to life the very best group funding platform in history, head programmer Paul Hendrix invented the “coffee camelback.” In an effort to ensure he could keep working late into the night. Mr. Hendrix developed a new way to keep copious amounts of caffeine flowing through his system while keeping his hands free for coding. Extra padding was placed on the inside panel to regulate the burning sensation when a fresh “pot” was placed on the back. While Paul couldn’t be reached for comment he did appear to have some eye twitching and major sensitivity to light.
Wow, the Crowdtilt office is really getting interesting these days but we can’t wait to see what the tilters will come up with once the site gets up and running. Check us out to find out what we’re trying to do. The launch is right around the corner so stick with us and we’ll have some great content for you.
Posted by: G.Case
How we roll. A peak behind the curtain at Crowdtilt.
Looking around the Crowdtilt offices you’d never know this was a serious place of business.
Musical instruments litter the office and since there are no “defined” work hours people are encouraged to work when they feel like they at their mental peak. Sometimes that might be at midnight or 8:00 in the morning. An impromptu jam sessions might just randomly breakout. (great stress relievers) The fridge is always stocked with some sort of artificial energy source to keep the “mouse running on the wheel” and to make sure people who want to finish tasks have an unfair advantage over their internal clock. It’s a great place to hang out much less work and that’s one of the coolest parts about being apart of something that is just getting off the ground. Everyone involved is committed and believes in the idea so it’s not about having to work late hours. It’s about wanting to be there and make sure everything gets completed because everyone has vested interest in the idea succeeding as a business.
We are just a few dudes who believe we have an idea that will make everyone’s life easier and give us something to do for the next few years. It’s going to be really interesting to see how this turns out but we’re committed and believe this thing could really take off. We may be small right now but we make up the lack of manpower with sheer determination and unflappable belief the outside world cannot smell the lack of showering.
Random words of wisdom:
If you ever have an opportunity to be apart of something that has potential but might be a little risky you’ve got to take the chance. Otherwise, you’ll forever be stuck doing exactly what your doing right now. If your already doing something that you’re passionate about then you already know “The Secret.”
If not, then find something you are interested in and figure out how to do it professionally. The most successful businessmen on the planet never stop working because it never truly feels like work to them. (Insert Hugh Hefner joke here)
Thanks to all the people who have already jumped on board with the blog. We’ve got some crazy campaign posts piling up and plan on diving into them real soon.
In the meantime, check out the site
Posted by: G. Case