The huge brand we know today started off in 1966 as one shop in Anaheim, California. Their brand was unique in the fact that you could visit the store, pick one of the sturdy rubber soled shoes, and have it made in house for you to pick up later on in the day. The quick, stylish and high quality shoes were a hit with the skaters of California, due to their grip and easy, relaxed design. Over time, and with the creation of new iconic designs, Vans branched out from California to the rest of the world, causing a surge in popularity and a rise in its style influence. Over the years it’s collaborated with some of the most iconic artists and brands, including Disney, Murakami, Peanuts and Motörhead.
But what makes Instagram so great? After all, we are already able to share photos through Facebook, Twitter and a whole host of other niche photo apps. So why Instagram? Aside from the obvious technology features that make the app a social success (Facebook, Twitter and foursquare integration, photo tagging by hashtag and location, photo news stream, ability to like and comment on photos, etc.), I am convinced that the success behind Instagram is much deeper and lies in the app’s ability to make anyone feel like a professional photographer, telling the story of their life through really cool looking photos. There’s only so much you can do artistically with a Facebook photo uploaded from your mobile phone, but Instagram gives you the ability to really tell a story through images alone. Another component of the app’s success (IMHO) lies in the app’s simplicity and limited functionality. Instagram is solely about photos. No video, no links, no games. Just photos. This simplicity is a breath of fresh air from Facebook and other services.
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The winner will be randomly selected on March 12 at 8 p.m. CET, announced via Instagram Stories and contacted by @kickz93 via Direct Message. You must complete all steps to be considered for entry. Your entry will be disqualified if you tag three users who are not following you. The maximum number of entries allowed during the duration of this giveaway is one (1) per person.
It’s hard to find a person who hasn’t heard of this iconic, skater lead brand, and with the various styles, colours and materials used in their creations, there’s no style that isn’t complemented by some Vans trainers. Despite their original designs still going strong, Vans isn’t a brand to stay stationary, and their styles range from chunky Sk8 Hi designs to simple slip-on looks, in a variety of colours and patterns. With their traditional rubber soles offering grip and comfort, Vans are the number one brand out there for quality shoes that you can rely on, no matter what fit you go for.
For me, part of the fun of Instagram has also been following news organizations and brands and watching how they tell their stories through pictures alone. Brands on Instagram include The GRAMMYs, NPR, NBC News, Pepsi, CNN, Starbucks, and SnoopDog. I was particularly fascinated by a giveaway campaign that The GRAMMYs ran yesterday in which they gave away a free GRAMMY poster to one randomly selected person who liked or commented on any of The GRAMMYs Instagram photos throughout the day. I didn’t care about winning the poster, but I was intrigued about how this brand was using this new platform to drive brand engagement and of course participated. After doing some research, I am fairly confident that The GRAMMYs are the first brand to run a giveaway through the Instagram platform – a sure sign of things to come. And yes, as you can see from the photo above, The GRAMMYs notified their followers this morning (via an Instagram photo of course) that yours truly was the winner of the giveaway!If you haven’t downloaded Instagram yet, click here from your iPhone to do so. Unfortunately, Instagram has yet to come to Android or Blackberry, but I am sure we can expect an Instagram app for those platforms soon.
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