Social Sampling – By The Numbers

The world’s largest Brands use Chirpify for sampling programs. The reasons to use social media for sampling are obvious. Earned media, increased engagement, more followers, better data, and higher spend compared to traditional sampling tactics.

We thought we’d share the numbers behind a recent sampling program run by Summers Eve, in which the brand asked followers on Instagram and Facebook to post their #SummerMoment photos to receive a sample.

Chirpify’s platform automatically handled listening, responding, collecting shipping address, and shipping and fulfilling the samples – all in real-time in the moment.

The results

  • 2,240 posts
  • 1,016 unique accounts
  • 44 million impressions


At a CPM of $7.91 (source), the 44MM potential impressions that the social posts received is equivalent to $348,040.00 in sponsored Instagram/Facebook posts

IQ Trivia White-Label : Available From Any Brand Handle

Previously we told you how we built IQ Trivia, a massive multiplayer live trivia game played by thousands of people all over the world competing for cash, prizes, and IQ score. Thousands of people play IQ Trivia, giving its brand 22 minutes of their undivided attention every single day!

We’re excited to tell you IQ doesn’t have to be confined to our audience. The entire game can be white-labeled, with everything from the question, answer, results, and direct message copy, to the imagery, leaderboard, and promotional materials able to be branded. The game can even be run from any handle. Aside from television, where else can you get 22 minutes of undivided consumer attention every day?

Brands like Marriott have already used our social media marketing automation engine to run trivia games.

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IQ Trivia : A Massive Multiplayer Live Chatbot Social Game

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Trivia games are all the rage right now, and our team loves to play.

Most trivia games require a dedicated mobile app. We thought there should be a more social way to play, so we made @IQTrivia! It’s a real-time trivia game where people from all over the world compete for cash money, IQ score, and prizes from brands. The social aspect is that it is played twice every weekday entirely on Twitter! After all, we’ve been building Twitter chatbots since 2011.

With IQ Trivia, people play simultaneously against others from all over the world. While the trivia questions are written by humans, the rest of the game is run by our chatbot engine, automatically tweeting out questions, collecting answers, responding instantly whether you got it right or wrong, results from all players after each question, and calculating a player’s IQ score.

Here’s a quick graphic explaining how it works if you play on Twitter.

Why A Live Game Show On Social Media?

With IQ Trivia, players dedicate 22 minutes of uninterrupted time and attention to view a branded social media account’s content. Every aspect of the game is branded. Each question, answer, result, and message is dedicated focussed engagement not found anywhere else on social media. The duration of this dedicated attention is typically found only on television. The sponsorship opportunities for brands are extensive. From sponsored questions and results to complete game takeovers — the game can be run from any handle on multiple social platforms.


There were many challenges in building a massive multiplayer game on Twitter, not the least of which is how to scale up the application to process questions, track answers, and post results in real-time every 60 seconds so all players, answers, IQ Scores, and totals are synced up.

The most challenging, and rewarding, part of the project was designing the user experience. We wanted a game that was, above all else, easy and fun to play. We designed the game to be very responsive, letting you know in real-time if you got an answer right or wrong, as well as showing you all the other answers people chose, while also being witty and amusing sending direct message responses with random humorous animated gifs. The bot is even a wise ass sometimes.

Other features of the game include ways to earn extra lives, a leaderboard, game stats, and SMS reminder to be alerted when a game is about to start.

Beyond The Cash

Beyond a cash prize, we also provide an extra incentive for people to play — improving their IQ score!

IQ Trivia’s IQ score is a way for players to see and compare their performance against other players. The score is just like an intelligence quotient, based on the number of questions you get right/wrong, as well as how many questions you’ve answered, and is weighted against all other player’s scores. The bot also sends back your game stats along with your score. To check your up to date IQ score and game stats just DM the word IQ.

Join in the fun and play every weekday. You may even win some cash money!

MailChimp for Twitter

Social media marketers are often one-dimensional in their strategy, thinking only in terms of posting branded content, and promoting said content in a media buy. What they overlook is that social can, and should be, used for relationship and loyalty building, as well as a direct response channel. One of the best tactics towards achieving positive results in this strategy is to treat social channels more like email, in which consumers opt-in to one-to-one marketing, and your brand delivers quality personalized content directly to them at the right moments.

While we enable marketing automation across multiple social platforms, the best platform for this type of engagement is Twitter. Unlike most all other platforms, Twitter enables two-way communication via both public @reply and private DM without there being an existing relationship.

Here are a few great examples on Twitter of consumers opting in to social media marketing automation…

Subscribing to Twitter marketing automation

In the above example fans are prompted to like a tweet to subscribe to personalized updates. Then, every Sunday @WestworldHBO pushes content directly to each subscriber.

Pushing content and rewards to subscribers based on CRM data

In the above example @MarriottRewards is pushing Marriott Rewards Points to those that have opt-ed into their social media loyalty program. The point totals, imagery, and copy are all dynamic and differentiated based on what tier level the consumer is who receives the Tweet. The points are automatically deposited to members accounts. So, when it is the day of a member’s loyalty anniversary, a surprise and delight Tweet is automatically delivered to them with a personalized message and reward.

To enable this type of social media marketing automation brands need a “MailChimp for Twitter“. An engine that enables the following features:

  • Listening engine for activities such as keywords, hashtags, likes, retweets, follows, replies, with natural language processing
  • Chatbot functionality to respond to consumers differently based on campaign, crm, natural language, and user data
  • Rules engine to control for content, rewards currencies, geo-fencing, response frequency, and more
  • Content and rewards delivery system
  • Member opt-in/opt-out functionality
  • Social CRM to gather, filter, sort, and manage members
  • Software that can scale to respond instantly to millions of consumers simultaneously
  • Analytics engine to measure effectiveness
  • Yes, that is a high level list of Chirpify’s platform.

    Once brands have access to all these features, it becomes clear that the strategy of spray and pray media buying is unintelligent by comparison. Direct one-to-one marketing at scale, delivering the right message, the right content, at the right time, is a much more compelling reason for consumers to engage with your brand, and enables your brand to measure ROI, and deliver personalized content to millions of consumers driving billions of organic impressions, deeper loyalty, and increased sales.

    Let’s chat about how we can enable this for your brand.

Three of Top Four Hotel Loyalty Programs Use Chirpify for Engagement Loyalty



Hotel brands want to forge long-term relationships with their customers and loyalty programs are a chief way that the industry has sought to do so. After all, having guests return time and time again is good for both the customer and the business, with benefits including greater customer retention, the ability to further personalize guest care, and greater rates of advocacy and guest referral.

In this vein, the JD Power Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report, ranked hotel loyalty programs by their level of customer satisfaction with Marriott Rewards, Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards and La Quinta Returns receiving top marks. We are proud to say that three of the four top-ranked programs use the Chirpify platform for engagement loyalty.

Engagement Loyalty for Hotels

Chirpify’s engagement loyalty platform provides hoteliers like Marriott, La Quinta and IHG with the important ability to engage loyal customers within social media and messaging apps. In addition to connecting social and mobile actions to the brand’s loyalty program, Chirpify provides a mechanism for guests to stay connected and earn points between stays, in the process encouraging brand advocacy and earned media.

Here are the ways engagement loyalty works to further the goals of loyalty marketing.


Engagement grows as customers have a reason to engage with the brand even when they aren’t on the property. Engagement loyalty can be integrated with a company’s existing loyalty program database, allowing brands to recognize and reward loyal customers in social media and/or messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, with their own rewards currency. (And if someone isn’t a member yet, the platform knows that, too, and the person can sign up.) With greater ability for personalization, it’s easy to see why customers engage with brand posts and content on average 4x more using Chirpify. Hotel marketers can use both automation and moderation to interact with loyalty program members. For example, a brand moderator who is interacting with a given person can look up their history with the brand, which can help the moderator draft the appropriate message and deliver a reward based on the individual’s member criteria.

Surprise and Delight

Surprise and delight is enabled as brands proactively engage with people with moderated messages designed to Surprise & Delight. For example, Marriott has an ongoing program in which it reaches out to program members to celebrate their anniversary in the Marriott Rewards program with points given out in social media.


Omni-channel activation grows as hoteliers can activate campaigns from across a spectrum of media – from TV to bulletin boards and more – with Chirpify’s engagement loyalty platform. Chirpify listens in the background for social triggers that when activated, prompts an automated, rules- based response. This allows the brand to respond to consumers instantly and at scale. In addition, Chirpify’s engagement loyalty platform has gating tools such as geo-targeting that allows hotels to do things like promote site-specific events.

Customer Acquisition

New customer acquisition is enabled because these leading loyalty programs achieve important results with Chirpify. As loyal customers participate more with the brand online, they drive earned media which is seen by their networks and drives new customer interest in the program. With this, customer retention and new customer acquisition grows. Last, hotels are able to learn more about their most active consumers, furthering their ability to provide the hospitality that drives a virtuous cycle of customer loyalty.

ROI – Driving Spend

Hotels are seeing massive ROI. One of our largest hotel customers recently did an independent ROI study and found that their socially connected loyalty members (connected via Chirpify) had the following data points vs non-connected members:
  1. Spend 75% more
  2. 2X more bookings in the same time period

Contact Us

With solutions designed specifically to drive greater customer loyalty for hotel brands like Marriott, IHG and La Quinta, Chirpify is the leading engagement loyalty platform for hoteliers. To find out how we can positively impact your social media engagement, customer loyalty and customer spending, please reach out to us today for an assessment of how engagement loyalty can map to your specific business goals.

58 Billion Impressions – Super Bowl 2018

This year’s Super Bowl was another big event for marketers using the Chirpify platform. As we, and others, have discussed in the past, the opportunity for brands to activate their Super Bowl commercials and campaigns for direct response, marketing automation, engagement, and rewards, has largely been missed. However, there are many forward thinking brands that have deployed this strategy with savage success.

The results of these campaigns are impressive. Furthermore, the joy brought to the brand’s audience when they’re given a way to engage with a campaign, and are recognized for their participation, is equally impressive.

Without further ado, here are some of the stats we saw during the Super Bowl, with campaigns running from, Marriott, and Avocados from Mexico.

58 Billion Impressions

Brands activating their Super Bowl commercials and campaigns with @Chirpify drove 58,434,483,777 social media impressions

450K Social Posts

Brands activating their Super Bowl commercials and campaigns with @Chirpify drove 457,418 organic social media posts

150K Messages

Brands activating their Super Bowl commercials and campaigns with @Chirpify sent 149,558 chatbot responses to fans

50 Million Rewards

Brands activating their Super Bowl commercials and campaigns with @Chirpify gave out 50 Million rewards points for social activities

By activating their Super Bowl hashtags for direct chatbot response, brands were able to drive organic engagement, deliver rewards points, acquire new members, and pile up a huge number of brand impressions.

With Twitter’s ad driven CPM at about $6, you can do napkin math to see how 58 Billion organic impressions compares. Spoiler: you’d need to pay Twitter $336,000,000.

Here are some of the activations


Marriott continued their use of chatbot trivia campaign through the Super Bowl, asking trivia questions throughout the game. Using Natural Language Processing, our bots are able to differentiate between right and wrong answers to questions posed by brands, delivering different responses and rewards based on these answers.

Avocados from Mexico

After driving 3 Billion impressions using Chirpify in last year’s Super Bowl, AFM wanted to top their performance by activating their Super Bowl commercial for direct response. Viewers who saw the commercial and posted their commercial hashtag were responded to with various smart messages, driving different outcomes. leveraged our platform for the “other football”, running a social contest complete with chatbot responses to those fans that participated. The campaign was connected to their Goal Club Rewards program, so participants earned rewards points inside their Goal Club account for engaging. They also acquired new members into the Goal Club as non-members inevitably joined to participate.

Automation: The Dirty Word in Social Media Marketing

Most forward-leaning brands have social media teams using social listening software to aggregate, filter, sort and manually respond to conversations. These platforms have become essential for brands to know what their customers are saying about their brand—at scale.

And while this is a good start, brand marketers should be doing more to drive engagement and business outcomes at scale in social media. Automation, while often seen as a dirty word in social media marketing circles, can help.

Automation and one-to-one marketing

To drive greater levels of engagement, social media marketers should reply at scale with content in response to specific actions. We call these triggers. The triggers could be people posting about a certain person, keyword, url, hashtag, photo or topic. And the content could be anything from utility marketing responses, to behind-the-scenes video, to points, promo codes, contest entries, concert tickets and more. You get the idea: Any digitally deliverable thing can be sent right back to people.

While the merits of this approach are manifold, it’s the use of automation that often creates challenges for social media marketers. To reply in real-time and at scale with content in response to triggers, marketers need social media marketing automation software. They need the ability to listen for certain actions and automate responses to people who trigger them.

Yet I know that automation can be a scary word for social media marketers. After all, many of us grew up in the field as community managers—as people tasked with creating, managing and growing relationships with our customers—which at first blush appears anathema to automation.

The email parallel

However, before you give up on the idea of automation altogether, let’s think about how email evolved. I don’t think anyone would deny that email has evolved to become the workhorse of one-to-one marketing, and yet how many marketers spend their day emailing people individually? They simply don’t. Instead, they use automation and data insights to deliver personalized email at scale to their customers. And, it works.

For example, Safeway creates individually tailored emails with different versions of deals based on customer opt-in choices and their shopping habits. Safeway’s email program produces a 224 percent higher click-through rate and a 330 percent higher click-to-open rate than the industry average. And this is just one example from many of how email automation coupled with data insights is delivering higher engagement and loyalty for brands.

Automation and social media

“This is great for email, but social media automation software just isn’t mature enough yet.” This is another concern I often hear. However, social media marketing automation software has evolved to reach the point that email automation has.

For example, social media automation tools have the ability to segment users and send the right content, at the right moment, back to the right person, all in real-time. And all of this can be done through the use of complex rules such as influence score, frequency, language translation and geo-fencing.

Social media automation has evolved to effectively handle the level and sophistication of automation brand marketers need.

Indeed, the next evolution of social media marketing will be to take a page from email and apply automation to further engagement and one-to-one marketing. For example, Marriott, a leader in this space, uses automation to reward customers active in social media in real-time.

Even further still, Marriott uses our platform automation to send social media users different rewards and different messages based on campaign criteria, owned CRM data such as anniversary and tier level, or social data such as follower count or geo-fencing, sending the right message and reward, at the right time, on the right channel.

Become more strategic

The last concern I hear from social media marketers about adopting automation is more personal; many are afraid that automation will somehow take over their job and sideline them. To address this concern, let’s look again at the evolution of email marketing.

Automation has allowed email marketers to become even more strategic contributors to the business. Rather than sidelining them, email marketers have embraced automation—email automation technology is used by 82 percent of business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies—and according to the Data & Marketing Association, more than one-half of its surveyed marketers anticipate that their company’s spend on email will continue to increase.

No one would deny that automation has benefited email marketing, nor would they venture to eliminate email from the greater marketing mix.

In much the same way, social media automation has the ability to help social media marketers become even more strategic in their business contributions. Automation not only helps deliver responses at scale in real-time, but it can collect important data points to help these marketers continuously improve their processes and communications, delivering in a measurable way greater engagement with customers and prospects.

Just like email, social media automation is not an all-or-nothing prospect. Email marketers still have the ability to—and do from time to time—email people individually. Similarly, social media marketers still have the ability to manually moderate and respond individually to their community members. The difference is that they will be able to spend more time on strategic activities, saving the one-to-one communications for those instances where it makes strategic business sense.

Currently, only 5 percent of a social media marketer’s job is automated. Yet automation has the power to drive greater customer engagement at scale while giving brand marketers important data insights to further refine their efforts.

More and more brands are beginning to embrace automation as the next evolution of social media marketing, finding that automation isn’t a four-letter word, but rather a boon to building business-impacting customer relationships.

Five Loyalty Chatbot Examples

Natural language chatbots have been touted as the future of customer service, support and sales. And while they can certainly be helpful toward those ends, leading brands are finding innovative new ways to marry chatbots with initiatives like loyalty to create compelling customer experiences that further the customer relationship, impact specific marketing goals, and enhance the business.

1. Activate Ad Campaigns

One of the biggest challenges faced by chatbots is discovery. Facebook has tried to solve this problem for its Messenger-based bots with a yellow pages of sorts, however this still requires customers to proactively seek out chatbots. Effectively getting around the issue of discovery is Avocados from Mexico which solicited chatbot interaction via its Super Bowl ad campaign.

The Avocados from Mexico #Avosecrets campaign proved the power of ad activation. For weeks prior to the game, the group teased its upcoming commercial with the social trigger #AvoSecrets and a preview video with actor and comedian, Jon Lovitz. And, by the time the commercial aired — also featuring the social trigger — Avocados from Mexico had already driven over 2 billion social media impressions to its chatbot. Ultimately, the brand drove over 3 billion impressions. With this campaign, Entrepreneur magazine said, “The Avocados From Mexico campaign is writing the textbook on how social media can leverage traditional advertising.”

2. Surprise and Delight

Surprise and delight strategies seek to deepen the emotional link between consumers and the brand, in turn driving positive word of mouth. Chatbots can amplify these goals as they provide an easy mechanism for brands to surprise customers with rewards such as loyalty program points, unique content and more, in response to an event or customer action. For example, Marriott has linked its loyalty program to its chatbot experience, recently winning first place as Chief Marketer’s 2017 best loyalty marketing program.

Specifically, Marriott recently launched a new campaign to surprise and delight its loyalty program members to celebrate their anniversary in the Marriott Rewards program. It proactively reached out to members and rewarded them with much coveted Marriott points. By coupling a surprise and delight strategy with its chatbot, Marriott is able to proactively reward its Marriott Rewards members, deepening its relationship with its customers.

3. Native Language & Geo-Fencing

Univision and Walmart teamed up at the Copa America tournament to engage fans with their chatbot via the social media trigger #CopaAmerica. The Copa America campaign featured geo-fencing, with only those fans attending a soccer match at one of the participating stadiums able to use #CopaAmerica #Copa100 or #CopaCentenario. These fans received an automated response from Univision and Walmart with premium, tailored content. In this way Univision and Walmart were assured that their personalized chatbot responses would be well-received.

Moreover, as an event drawing people from across the continent, the chatbot in this campaign further personalized its communications by replying in the person’s native language. Fans could vote for their favorite teams in Spanish or Portuguese, for example, and receive a response in that same language. This campaign proved the power of native language engagement and conversion, especially when coupled with geo-fencing and exclusive content.

4. Mobile Loyalty

Silver Diner, an East Coast restaurant chain, has linked its loyalty program to its chatbot. Its chatbot solution listens for engagement, applies rules, automates responses, and tracks members’ earned points and redeemed rewards in a digital wallet. This means that when a customer checks their loyalty account, the social media points are visible and accounted for. In addition, to fuel more participation, Silver Diner also integrated off-site social registration into its mobile app so members can instantly connect their accounts to begin earning rewards.

Connecting a brand chatbot to the loyalty program is an ideal approach as it allows marketers to identify customers individually and in aggregate and provides the opportunity to offer customers loyalty program points or other valued rewards in exchange for their participation. This value exchange is critical to chatbot adoption and long-term success and in the process also provides brands with significant data that informs the ROI of their chatbot efforts.

5. “Big Event” Marketing

For the Super Bowl, the Marriott Buzz team deployed a bus to the streets of San Francisco. It was wrapped with #50to50 campaign branding and a hashtag call to action that was designed to generate buzz in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. Specifically, people were asked to take a picture of the bus and post it to Twitter with #50to50 and #MRpoints in exchange for Marriott Rewards points and the opportunity to enter the contest. When people posted the photo the Marriott chatbot responded to them with different responses based on their membership status. Members recieved different messages letting them know they’ve earned points, and non-members were invited to join.

Furthering Marketing Objectives

Leading brands are seeing success with chatbots beyond customer service, support and sales. While conversational commerce may have begun with an emphasis on commerce, marketers are beginning to focus more and more on the conversational aspects and how they can impact marketing objectives across the customer journey — from new customer acquisition to increased sales, and stronger social advocacy to better business intelligence.

Brands deploying chatbots to enhance the customer experience are seeing greater levels of loyalty and brand trust; customers who were more likely to engage and participate with the brand; greater rates of conversion and new customer acquisition; and customers who are more likely to purchase from the brand, shopping more often and spending more per visit.

Customers want chatbots to be tied to the overall brand experience and provide utility by already knowing who they are and making it incredibly easy to take the next step in participating or interacting with the brand. The brands discussed here have successfully done so by connecting the chatbot interface to meaningful experiences, back end business processes, and consumer programs that already exist within the organization. Loyalty programs are an ideal example as they are designed for utility, are supported by a deep customer database, and are home to the brand’s most loyal customers.


2017 has been a year of expansion for brand loyalty programs, evolving from solely rewarding for spend to rewarding for engagement in the channels that consumers spend all of their time – Social and messaging channels.

To give you a sense of the scale, brands using Chirpify gave away over 100 Million loyalty points for engagement… in November alone. This year the Chirpify platform has rewarded Billions of points to millions of happy loyal consumers for engagement, and that doesn’t even count the many other use cases such as contests, samples, reminders, sweeps, trivia, reveals, and other marketing outcomes we’ve driven for brands in 2017.


Even more impressive than the stats around engagement, are the results of these efforts. In 2017 Chirpify customers performed independent ROI studies to understand if it is worth it to give away rewards for engagement. What they found was staggering. Consumers that connected through the Chirpify platform had the following data points vs non-connected members.


Have a higher NPS score (79% vs 73%)

Have a higher trust in the brand (65% vs 60%)

Spend more with the brand (35% vs 22%)

Mark the brand as #1 in preference vs competitors (62% vs 57%)


Spend 75% more with the hotel

2X more bookings in the same time period

They found these consumers spend more, and are more loyal because they engage more with the brand, have more touch points with the brand, and participate more frequently in brand campaigns.

2017 also brought quite an expansion of the Chirpify platform, providing new features such as a full CRM and dashboard, Chatbot capabilities, integrated registration, and mobile app integrations.

We’re looking forward to more expansion, and blowing these stats away in 2018. We want to thank all of our customers for the great working relationships. It’s great to partner with Brands that understand that by connecting their social, digital marketing, and loyalty teams, they’ll modernize their loyalty programs, make their digital marketing campaigns perform better, and enable the social team to finally claim their efforts directly affect the bottom line.