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Company: Google Glass
Community: Glass Explorers Program (http://glass-community.com)
Lithy category: Most Creative Promotion or Launch
Entry for 50 States video:
The Glass Explorers Program started in April 2013. We made Glass available to bold, creative individuals from different walks of life to help shape the future of Glass. People don’t just buy Glass, they become a “Glass Explorer.” Through the Explorers Program, we seek to empower our customer community to introduce the world to Glass and share their feedback to make Glass better.
On October 12, 2013, we announced that we would be expanding the Explorer Program. Customers would be able to refer up to three friends to buy Glass and join the Explorer Program.
There are countless public fan communities for Glass, but our official community is hosted by Lithium, with private discussion areas restricted to Glass Explorers. This enables customers to have open and honest conversations about Glass and the Explorer Program. Our team uses our Lithium community to get direct feedback and input from our Explorers in many ways, including through a “Glass Wishlist” ideation board. We also use Lithium Social Web to monitor and engage with feedback and Explorer-created content across the web.
Our community of Explorers is the heart of our program, so for certain key Explorer Program milestones, we have invited our Explorers to share content with us that we used to create a community-driven launch video for our marketing efforts. These videos focus on the Explorers and show the world who makes up our community. They also show our Explorers how important they are to our team and to the program, especially in times of change: both milestones involved expansion of the Explorer Program. This makes the change a bit less scary and helps our veteran customers to welcome our new customers. We directly asked for new submissions in our community, and also used Lithium Social Web to identify additional Explorer content that fits into our theme.
50 States [Through Google Glass] announced the launch of Explorer referrals, where each Explorer was allowed to invite 3 friends to join the Explorer Program. Explorers had been asking for invitations, and were also a key driving force in bringing new Explorers to the program. We wanted to illustrate the diversity of our Explorers and thank them for their feedback and participation. The creation of this video also was an experiment to see what would happen if we asked our Explorers for help: would we see increased engagement?
We were very pleased with the engagement that resulted from the campaign, and the finished product reflected our values and the heart of the Explorer Program. We saw a dramatic increase in community engagement during the campaign. When we were falling short of our goal to get a video from each state, our community rallied to find customers in the missing states, demonstrating their deep engagement and passion. We eventually received the 50th state shortly after the official end of the campaign, in time to include all 50 states in the final compilation.
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