Social media platforms are where people go to get information and help from (and sometimes to complain about) the brands they do business with. Until recently, the designers of social engagement tools have primarily focused on marketing functions, not customer service or the increasing demand for support. HelpSocial, a Rackspace Startup Program member founded by two former Rackers, hopes to change that with its social engagement platform built specifically to provide customer service on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
Artifact Uprising is an internet-based startup that wants to free your photos from the confines of your smartphone or tablet and bring them back into the physical world. The startup is known for a suite of tangible products for digital photos that is beautiful in its minimalistic design and eco-friendly roots. Its signature products include Instagram-friendly photo books with interior pages printed on 100 percent recycled paper and a collection of wooden products handcrafted with mountain beetle pine.
Ember is a demand-side online advertising platform solely focused on video. It’s designed to help advertisers shift from TV ads to online video to maximize the impact of their digital budgets. Ember’s platform brings more transparency to online video advertising placements and uses fine-tuned proprietary algorithms and contextual and semantic engines to ensure brand safety, placement and stronger ROI. Ember also uses a real-time bidding (RTB) platform to optimize ad spend.
For people looking for a fundraising idea in Ireland, RunLastMan allows you to run live last man standing-style sports betting games for to raise money for clubs, charities and other organizations. All games are hosted on the RunLastMan website where people join, pay and make their predictions online via laptop, phone or tablet.
Tricky is an iOS application for skateboarders to record video of tricks with their smartphones and share them with friends and fellow skaters. Skaters can build and explore the Tricky Video Map, which is an archive of trick clips from spots in your city and around the world. Skaters can also submit videos from competitions hosted through Tricky and sponsored by brands and local shops for prizes and exposure.
For some, expressing your true feelings to someone you know is a tough thing to do. Enter TrintMe, a member of the Rackspace Startup Program that makes an award winning social app that lets you express your true intentions, or “trints,” to friends and friends of friends. Whether just asking to hang out, grab a cup of coffee or start a romantic relationship, TrintMe keeps your true intentions secret unless the recipient feels the same way.
When you travel from city to city, it’s always nice to find out about local attractions, happenings or cool places to visit. What if you could turn your smartphone into your own personal tour guide in the cities you visit?