As we all know, sharing is at the center of how we discover new and interesting things. Our friends say “Hey, you need to check this out.” Because you trust that person, you check it out.
Here at Clearspring, we’re always looking at new ways that we can help to speed up the process of sharing, viral spread, and discovery of new content. This includes finding ways to incentivize sharing.
Well, one way this had worked really well is through contests. Because Clearspring has a really rad analytics platform, we can track when and how a widget gets shared around the Web. If you can bind a widget installation to a person, you can tell which users are driving the most shares.
Then… just give a prize to whomever drives the most shares of a widget and you’ve got a recipe for something that has the potential to go crazy viral.
This is exactly what was done for the widget for Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction’s NIN|JA tour widget. Register on the widget, share it with your friends, and you could win tickets to see them along with a bunch of other prizes.