Brand to Watch: MainFrame Clothing

At VidFall, we are startup people through and through. We have a passion for bringing new ideas to market, and we love nothing more than helping other entrepreneurs get their start. On Friday, we we were given the unique opportunity to help promote a brand that is going to change the way thousands of gamers across the world identify themselves within the gaming community. MainFrameUsa.com, founded by Josh Chavez, was inspired by gaming culture, music and art. Mainframe was created by gamers for gamers. Founded in 2013, the founders at Mainframe saw an opportunity to bring a lifestyle brand to a community that they have loved and been apart of all of their lives. The team comes from lifestyle companies the likes of Stance Socks and Skullcandy headphones. The company is excited to bring our brand to video gamers worldwide. Mainframe has spawned. Join the movement.

In case you missed it on Friday night, VidFall Partner GeekChic, helped launch the new brand by hosting a huge party for the brand on the MainFrame VidFall Live Event Channel. The VidFall community rallied together to support the brand, purchasing tons of new merchandise at an awesome discount and having one-on-one interaction with MainFrame co-founder, Chandler. Take a quick peak at some of the dope apparel that was sold during the live video event!

FPS Series Snapback – $23.99

My favorite part about the MainFrame brand, is that they are more than just gaming, which we can really identify with at VidFall. So often, people think we are just a gaming site, when in fact, we enjoy everything from music, aviation, we work with climate change organizations, host events for travel companies, and have aspirations to move into supporting emerging artists. This increased depth, seen at Mainframe is really refreshing and something that makes us excited about the future of the brand.

Status of Non-Limitations Mens T-Shirt $ 24.99

If you weren’t able to make the event, be sure to go directly to MainFrameUsa.com and see for yourself what the brand is all about. Also they have an incredible Instagram page. So even if you don’t decide to pick up some new swag right now, be sure to find them on IG for continued updates on their progress and new clothing releases.

Word is bond!

-Joel

Community Post: Clint (Denver, CO) – St. Baldrick’s Foundation

What up Vidfallers!?

Hope you are all doing well and loving life!

I would like to welcome you to the first ever Vidfall Community Blog Post!  A little backstory about this…

Some time ago, some Vidfallers were chatting in the gaming event (or channel) page (as we often do), and it came to light that the chat might not be the only method of communication for the community as different users are available at different times.  Talking with users like StuffGamer, the idea of utilizing the blog was mentioned.  Well, a few weeks later, our fearless Vidfall leader (Joel) was in Colorado for the ACE Get Loud Challenge Streaming Event, and we were able to hang out some afterwards.  We had a blast roaming around Boulder (Colorado) with Paul and Kai from the stream, but of course, we had to talk some business too.  Among other topics and ideas shared/discussed was the use of the blog by the community to share what is going on within and outside of Vidfall!  With that said, and since this is a COMMUNITY BLOG, there needs to be a community posting!  If you have interest, shoot an email to Mr. Business himself @ Joel@vidfall.com (Saberpilot, looking at you for a wedding post, or Stephen B. with cooking recipes…)!  Don’t worry though, I plan on posting quite a bit.

With that said, I wanted to share some thoughts about my past weekend.  As I hope you all know, I shaved my head to show my solidary with and raise money for childhood cancer survivors and fighters, with the funds raised going to research via the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

  • This is the second year in a row I’ve done this.  And I’ve done this at multiple locations.  I have to say that both these locations did everything they could to keep things festive!  Silent auctions, face painting, bagpipe players, Irish dancers, dunk tanks, food and drink specials, and, of course, the stage where heads are being shaved with support from friends, family, well wishers, and supporters make these events fun and worth staying the whole time and participate. I really appreciate these businesses putting forth the effort for the cause.
  • It’s not all happy news though.  Both years/places have had multiple stories speaking about how children have to deal with the devil known as cancer.  Many of the stories end on a high note with the cancer being defeated, but not all.  Some of the stories come from the kids themselves (and always wow me because they are very well spoken), and that really makes it seem real.  I hope that none of you ever know a child (or even a person) with cancer, but if and when you do, I hope you support them any and every way that you can (as I know you will).
  • The participants are a blast!  They know why they are there and they keep the energy going.  My favorites are the kids who always seem to do it in a group.  There might not be many women, but there are some for sure, and in our society, their sacrifice means even more (especially since many are capable of donating their hair based on length and treatment).
  • Special thank you to Vidfall users “Super Beard” Stephen B and “Saint” Kellan for their very generous donations!
  • As for the no hair thing itself… I really think you all need to try this once, even the women.  It’s amazing how much heat escapes from your head when you don’t have hair.  Also fun to feel things you never think of, like hot shower water or a cool breeze… Plus, it’s fun to rub and have rubbed… Growing back isn’t the most fashionable, but you can make it work if I can  (and I do).  You might decide it’s worth keeping too…
  • If you want to see the action live from this year, make sure to check out trending, there is a video there: https://vidfall.com/trending/view/u/clint-bravestheshave/id/545.
  • And finally, if you are interested in learning more about St Baldrick’s, what they do, how to get involved as a participant and/or volunteer, or to donate, check out my fundraising page @ https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/clintcrockett.

So there you go.  The First Vidfall Community Blog Post!  One of many I hope, and not just by me!   Thanks for checking this out!

Clint

P.S. Oh yeah!  Shameless plug: Make sure to check out my streaming on Vidfall every Tuesday night @ 8:30 EST/5:30 PST (or is it specific time?)!

VidFall: Now the Premier Platform for Online Events

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Just before the New Year, VidFall re-launched as the “Premier Platform for Online Events,” but before I talk more about this shift, I want to thank you for taking time to read this blog post. This tells me you’re interested in the VidFall mission, the changes our platform has been undergoing, and our future direction.

My partner Joel and I, along with our small team, often get so wrapped up in daily operations and business development that we don’t take time to reflect on VidFall’s present. By far, the most valuable asset that we have built at VidFall this past year is our community of members, just like you, who want to see this company grow. We’re truly grateful for this.

It is with great thanks that I share with you a story about VidFall’s past, what’s led to our recent re-launch, and what we can all expect in early 2016.

Our Past

Advertisements are EverywhereWhen Joel and I launched VidFall nearly 18 months ago, we set out to change the way people engaged with advertisements for the better. On the day to day, we are bombarded with thousands of advertisements, and the vast majority of these advertisements have the goal of persuading us to open our wallets and purchase products or services.

Joel and I believed there was a better way to experience ads. A way that added more value to consumers, but also to the advertisers.

This is when the concept of the “Crowd Deal” was born. Though we didn’t officially begin calling our deals “Crowd Deals” until relatively recently, the concept has been consistent since VidFall’s inception.

In a Crowd Deal, you engage with advertisements to reduce prices on products. Ad revenue from the advertiser is used to generate a discount, and the more consumers watching advertisements, the greater the discount that builds until one person buys the item. Over the past 18 months, we’ve held nearly 1,000 Crowd Deals and our thousands of community members have saved tens of thousands of dollars on products.

Our Present

Our mission to change the way we engage with advertisements has been successful, but Joel and I realized we were on to something much bigger than the Crowd Deal. We were on to something that added huge value to consumers in the form of an engaging, informative experience that still kept true to the “Crowd Deal” concept, but also added value to our brand partners. We realized that our events were taking the “advertisement” out of advertising and generating a more authentic form of consumer engagement.

Live Events Section VidFall ImageThis realization inspired our vision to transition VidFall into the “Premier Platform for Online Events,” which ultimately gave life to Live & Trending as we know them today. Feedback from our community has been overwhelmingly positive, and brands are extremely excited to be part of this new vision. This is extremely important.

To build out Live & Trending, we found that there are additional key players involved. These players are called Creators, and they’re YouTube and Twitch personalities who love creating videos, entertaining and educating audiences, and following their passions.

We discovered that by partnering with Creators to host our events through live-stream video, our events were taken to the “next level.” This next level is truly a fun and entertaining experience for our VidFall community members, while helping Creators grow their brand and audience, and adding real, tangible value to our brand partners. This win/win/win formula is key to turning VidFall into a vibrant and sustainable business.

Our Future

VidFall's Mobile AppWe recently released Version 1 of the “Live & Trending” vision and we’re excited to be working towards this vision 100%. Live Events are now at the core of our strategy and this recent launch is only the beginning. Our goal is to hold more events and limit event downtime, and we are ramping up partnership outreach and making the modifications necessary to achieve this as quickly as possible.

Perhaps most exciting, in the next 3 months we’ll be releasing the VidFall mobile app. This app will make it easier than ever to attend events, win deals & discounts, and engage with brands and Creators on the go. We’ll be rolling out first on iOS, with an Android version following soon after.

You’ve likely noticed changes to our site design and functionality, and while the majority of feedback has been positive, we’ve received critical feedback regarding functionality that once existed but is now missing, such as Upcoming Items during events. I’m happy to share that much this functionality will be restored in the near future (and probably has already been by the time you’re reading this). I’m also excited to share that our Rewards system is here to stay and there will be many opportunities to use Rewards during events and in a more robust Contests section coming soon.

The Video Games Channel, now re-branded as Everything Gaming, will remain in existence until further notice. You can also expect touchups to our Profile sections, Live Events, Upcoming and Post Event pages, and the Trending section very soon, as well as full profile pages for community members and Creators.

Regarding Trending, we launched our beta to a select group of users about one month ago, and we have been ecstatic at the community response.

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Trending is designed to surface the latest videos from our Creators and Curators (Curators are VidFall community members who have demonstrated high taste in video content curation) from all across the internet. Our plan is to open Trending up to more Creators and Curators, giving more people the opportunity to share and curate their content. The entire VidFall community has the opportunity to vote and comment on video submissions.

With the new year now here, I’m honored to have been a part of VidFall’s past, and I’m excited to be a part of our future. I’m also thankful that you and the VidFall community have come along for this ride. 2016 will be an incredible year.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me personally at steve – at – vidfall.com.

Warm regards,
Steve Messa
COO – VidFall

Introducing Trending: The Latest Trending Videos Created & Curated by the VidFall Community

VidFall Trending Feature

Today I’m excited to tell you about a new feature on VidFall called Trending. On Trending, our thousands of daily members will now be able to find the latest trending videos from the gaming, tech, and movies spaces, all created and curated by the VidFall community.

But before I go into more detail, I want to take a moment to thank you.

Over the past six months, our community has grown by 800% into a powerful force that generates authentic excitement for real-time, online events. Together, we’ve held engaging events for product launches, video game releases, popular collectables, and many more.

During these six months, VidFall has been changing. This past April, while VidFallers were engaging in our first-ever live event for the release of Apple Watch, the VidFall team was working on a bigger vision. This was a vision becoming the premier place for video content and creating a valuable video experience for all the players in the video space.

These players are the creators of those videos, the curators of those videos, and the watchers of those videos.

These three players are vital to our Trending feature, and are at the core of VidFall’s mission. The Internet deserves a better place to rally around video content of all kinds, and because of you, we’re well on our way to building this place. So thank you!

Now on to Trending:

Trending itself is pretty simple:

  • First, it’s a place for video creators to post their latest video creations and grow their audiences.
  • Second, it’s a place for video curators to prove how “in the know” they are regarding new game or movie trailers, and other fresh, popular video content.
  • And third, it’s a place for our video watchers to stay up to date on the freshest trending videos and find/follow new creators and curators they especially enjoy.

All VidFall members have the ability to Up Vote videos posted by creators and curators, and comment on the videos. Creators and Curators are invited into the community by existing members. For more information on becoming a VidFall creator or curator, check out our FAQ.

Along with this, you’ll also have the ability to “follow” specific creators and curators, so you’ll be notified when they post a new video to Trending, or when a creator hosts a Live Event.

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Speaking of Live, you’ll also notice that, in addition to Trending, the real-time events that you already know and love are now under what’s called “Live”. Our Live section is undergoing big improvements as well, and we’re excited to share more information on that very soon.

As for some other things coming soon… Can you say…. mobile? :)

If you have any questions. Don’t be afraid to reach out to me personally – Steve at vidfall.com.

In the meantime, keep Fallin’!

Sincerely,
Steve Messa
COO, VidFall

Vidfall Partner Highlight: Vulcun

Introducing our newest partnership with Vulcun!

Vulcun is a fantasy and media platform for League of Legends, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, Defense of the Ancients 2, Call of Duty, and Hearthstone. They offer one of the largest prize pools in the industry with both free and paid leagues. Vulcun formerly owned and ran Team Vulcun, a leading League of Legends eSports team in 2013 representing the United States at the World Championships and second place winner in S3 NA LCS Summer split.

Their motto is “If something is worth doing, it should be done well” and apply that to everything they do from picking best-in-class players to employees.

Vulcun is passionate about eSports and is constantly putting in energy to bring their customers the largest prize pool in the history of eSports fantasy.

You can win real money, and it is legal!They are doing the best job they can at running Vulcun perfectly so that everyone can enjoy paid fantasy games without worry.

In the Vulcun tradition: pick strong & prosper!

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VidFall Partner Highlight: Gemr

Gemr is a community for those who collect, and are passionate about their items. Gemr is free to join and once you are logged on you are able to buy, sell, trade, and showcase your collection on your profile.

On Gemr there is no limit to how much you can show. Varieties range from comic books to action figures, and antiques to new age items.

Through Gemr you can find out the history behind items and what their worth is, or you can simply share the stories behind your own items.

There are endless benefits to being involved on Gemr. The community within the website is helpful and interactive. There are clubs you can join that allow you to connect with like-minded people. Have valuable conversations with those who share similar interests, and share your experiences in a setting where you can rely on the information you are receiving.You can also follow museums through the platform and explore what they have to offer and showcase. It’s almost like visiting the location yourself, but from the comfort of your home!

Gemr is a very interactive platform with multiple channels to choose from. Through Gemr you are able to search through categories such as items, what others are searching for, whats for sale, other users collections, and helping users identify their items. You can communicate through comments and chats about items you are looking for, making deals with other users, or simply help other who are looking for information on their items.

If you are a user with Gemr already, please comment below with your username so we can connect with you!

If you have not already made an account, use this link and get started! http://gemr.it/1UXlzLg

We are so glad to be partnered with Gemr and look forward to what the future holds for us!

 

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New Twitch Partners

We are proud to introduce one of our new Twitch partners Indie! Indie is a Content Creator from Oregon that is live seven days a week! As a streamer, Indie enjoys hosting a wide variety of video games that he plays on his PC. You can find Indie on Twitch @ Twitch.tv/indie. Welcome to the VidFall team Indie!

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We are proud to introduce our new Twitch partner Kristina! Kristina is a 26 year old Twitch streamer from Southern California who streams primarily on weekends. Her favorite games include Destiny, GTA V and CoD: AW, all of which she plays on the console. You can find Kristina on Twitch @ Twitch.tv/Cookeeeemonster. Welcome to the VidFall team Kristina!

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We are proud to introduce our new Twitch partner Ashley! Ashley is a 24 year old Twitch streamer from Nebraska who streams on a daily basis. She enjoys playing on a wide variety of consoles, from Xbox One to even a Super Nintendo System. You can find Ashley on Twitch @ Twitch.tv/ashhuhleyy. Welcome to the VidFall team Ashley!

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Tim Alumbaugh

Tim Alumbaugh and his daughter discovered VidFall in an attempt to collect Funko Pop!’s. He saw an ad for us on Facebook and decided to give it a shot. He would love to see more sports apparel on our site. He suggest participating in the chats during deals to create more of a community within the site. He also suggest creating a relationship with Joel or Steve, the guys in charge. It will really pay off when you’re in a pinch. Unfortunately Tim has yet to buy an item from our site, but he has come close to snagging some good deals. He says VidFall is great for him and his daughter, it has everything they are interested in, from the “girly” things like My Little Pony to the “geeky” things like video games.image1

Clint Crockett

Clint Crockett is out newest VidFaller of the week. He discovered us on Twitter. He would love to see more videos for entertainment. He loves the movie trailers, and would love to see more, maybe even clips form popular TV shows. His advice for new VidFallers is to always get the daily bonus. There is no reason to not watch 10 videos and pass up on increasing “my rewards” if it means adding to your daily streak. Also, before bidding on something look into what past users have paid for the item. It will give you a better reference of when to buy. Also don’t cash in your rewards during crowd deals, you usually just end up losing them. Lastly, if there is a chat available for the channel or the crowd deal speak up! There is some fun trivia and always great conversation. His best deal used to be getting four Amiiboxes for a dollar each, but on the night of the 12th he got a $13.95 Grandbury Gift code for $0.51!

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