(PRWEB) September 4, 2006
Phil Wilkinson, founder of online price comparison sites ShopGenie and Kelkoo UK, has appointed Threepipe to launch his latest venture called Crowdstorm which will become one of the netÂs best sources of impartial product information. The site is one of the first to offer real Âsocial shoppingÂ which measures the buzz around products and allows users to recommend products to each other amongst their friends and trusted networks. Crowdstorm will initially cover consumer electronics products but this will widen with the sites increasing popularity.
The launch campaign which begins this month will initially target influential bloggers and podcasters that cover consumer electronics and also more general web 2.0 related events. Web 2.0 is a term that has been given to describe the greater collaboration between online users and the wider distribution of that resulting content into multiple online areas.
Phil Wilkinson, Co-Founder, Crowdstorm: ÂIt is crucial that we encourage as many content contributors and early adopters to the Crowdstorm site at this stage and Threepipe will create a launch campaign that motivates people to come on board. They will help us communicate the immense potential of the site and how social shopping can also be influential in linking to their own blogs and product reviews.Â
Crowdstorm has also been set up by Christopher Scollo, previously the VP Technology of Ciao.com, one of the netÂs most popular product review site. Christopher Scollo: ÂCrowdstorm adds a completely different dimension to what is currently out there and I am excited to be part of the team that is pioneering the phenomenon of social shopping.Â
Crowdstorm measures the buzz surrounding products by showing a genuine reflection of user activity via the number of comments, recommendations, views, edits and blog links. This buzz is what allows users to make an informed choice. Whereas price comparison sites show users where to buy products, Crowdstorm takes a step back and helps users find what to buy in the first place.
Jim Hawker, Founder, Threepipe: ÂOur experience in running online influencer campaigns for other clients has shown us how to be successful. We will be demonstrating the advantages that linking blogs to Crowdstorm can bring as well as bloggers becoming more involved in the generation of site content itself.Â
Bloggers linking to the Crowdstorm site will raise their own profile amongst the thousands of users as an industry expert whose opinion counts. In addition, bloggers will be able to use simple but powerful widgets and RSS feeds to show in real time the products that they are following on Crowdstorm.
The next stage of the launch campaign will be to reach out to the more traditional technology media and offline media to reach a more mass market audience that will appreciate the insight that these experts and thousands of other users can bring.
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