- CliqueMe is a social platform modeled after common image sharing apps like Instagram and Pinterest that helps website owners drive traffic and develop a more engaged visitor base.
- CliqueMe is a web application that transform any image-heavy website into a Pinterest-like springboard that keeps visitors circulating throughout your website.
- The CliqueMe platform is an image portfolio that sits on the websites themselves and enables visitors to bookmark their favorite images on that site.
- Whenever your CliqueMe users come back to the site, they can browse previously bookmarked images as well as the trending images on that site.
- When CliqueMe visitors click on any of these images, they are taken to the source of that image, increasing circulation throughout that site.
- All CliqueMe features are designed to encourage visitors to circulate more thoroughly through a website and thus increase traffic metrics such as time spent and page views, while decreasing bounce rate.
- Visitors on a CliqueMe-enabled website can bookmark images/links on that site into their profiles - allowing them to easily find those posts whenever they revisit the site.
- Each CliqueMe-enabled site has a Trending Images section, which allows users to find and browse the most popular posts on that site - circulating visitors to areas of highest activity and further encouraging engagement with the site.
- Whereas typical commenting systems sit on the bottom of the page, CliqueMe brings the comments to the image, making people more aware of the engagement around that image and thus increasing the chance they will engage themselves.
- CliqueMe is sponsoring a SimpleHuman giveaway for blogs that implement CliqueMe before the end of March. Please email us for more details if you’re interested in participating.
- To implement CliqueMe onto your website, request your own CliqueMe plugin. It takes less than a minute to implement!
- CliqueMe sites include:
CliqueMe features include an internal image portfolio for each visitor that enables the visitor to bookmark favorite images on that site. This allows visitors to easily revisit older pages whenever they come back to your site - driving more exposure and page views. A Trending Images section enables visitors to discover the most popular content on your site, driving them to more of your content and keeping them on your site longer.
What is it CliqueMe?
If you have a website with images - and want to increase page views, time spent, and decrease bounce rate, then CliqueMe is for you. This plugin leverages several techniques that popular image-sharing, social apps such as Instagram and Pinterest use to increase these website metrics and boost user engagement on your website.
By implementing CliqueMe on your website, you will turn your website into an interactive image springboard, for your visitors to discover and circulate through your entire website content… even if that content sits on page 13. CliqueMe takes up minimal real estate on your website and is only prominent when a visitor interacts with the platform to find awesome content to circulate further through your website.
Visitors can now bookmark images and store them in a portfolio directly on your site, allowing them to find older posts even when they come back to your site at a later time - increasing circulation throughout your site. The new Trending Images section helps drive your visitors to areas of the highest engagement - meaning further engagement and community building. Studies show that people are 32% more likely to engage if they see others have previously engaged.
To drive further unique visitors and discussions on your site, CliqueMe has also built in a one-click email share. This feature allows your visitors to easily email their friends and draw them into your site. The email includes a thumbnail of the image and links back to the source of that image on your site.
Why is CliqueMe novel?
We are doing everything backwards. Whereas typical social media outlets pull your website visitors to their own website, CliqueMe focuses on keeping visitors engaged on your site and around your content. All our features are designed to keep drawing people back to your site, and helping your visitors circulate to the most active areas of your website, even on different webpages within your site. We’ve modeled our engagement platform much like Instagram, so that your visitors can tag their friends in images and bring them to your website. We’ve proven that our model significantly increases page views and time spent on a website, and decreases bounce rate.
For the first time, publishers can now easily partner with each. Every website owner has access to a Backend Dashboard that shows them a list of websites in the CliqueMe network that share overlapping visitors. This is not only limited to inbound or outbound links like Google Analytics. With a simple click of a button, they can partner to backlink each other’s website, and cross-promote each other’s website. This tool is extremely great for bloggers who have friends in their blogroll or websites with similar visitor demographics. Discover new sites that you can trade advertising with and develop a better understanding of where to focus your advertising dollars.
How CliqueMe works?
When you implement CliqueMe on your website:
- All images on your website are tagged with a Like & Comment overlay. When visitors hover over that image, the overlay appears - highlighting the number of Likes and Comments on that image. Studies show that visitors are 32% more likely to interact with content that they can see others have engaged with. This means more clicks, more likes, and more comments.
- Your website will now provide your visitors with personal profiles - meaning your visitors can now bookmark images on your site and find them easily whenever they come back to your site. This means significantly more page views, as your visitors will constantly go back to older posts as they browse through content they’ve previously bookmarked for later.
- Your website will now have a crowd-sourced Trending Images section. Don’t you often find yourself getting lost browsing through images? Well now you can provide that experience to your visitors - on your site. Allowing your visitors to browse through all your highest-ranked images, keeps them on your site longer and provides significantly more click-throughs.
Essentially, we turn your site into a Pinterest-like image springboard - where your visitors circulate through more of your site’s images and content giving you more page views, more time spent on site, more engagement, and a lower bounce rate.
What are Some CliqueMe Stats?
CliqueMe launched 3 months ago with a private beta with ~40 websites. Websites showed a significant increase in page views, time spent on site, and a decrease in bounce rate. For example, leibal.com showed a 80% increase in daily page views, 61% increase in daily time spent, and a 21% decrease in bounce rate (public stats on Alexa.com).
Who is involved in CliqueMe?The CliqueMe team consists of 5 people. The co-founders are Harrison Wang and Nick Swenson. Harrison is responsible for business and marketing while Nick is responsible for product development. The other members of the team are full-stack developers and data scientists.
If you have a website with images - and want to increase page views, time spent, and decrease bounce rate, then CliqueMe is for you. This plugin leverages several techniques that popular image-sharing, social apps such as Instagram and Pinterest use to increase these website metrics and boost user engagement on your website. The CliqueMe Wordpress Plugin is pending review but should be on the market shortly!
When You Implement CliqueMe on Your WordPress Website:
All images on your website are tagged with a Like & Comment overlay. When visitors hover over that image, the overlay appears - highlighting the number of Likes and Comments on that image. Studies show that visitors are significantly more likely to interact with content that they can see others have engaged with. This means more clicks, more likes, and more comments.
- Your website can now provide your visitors with personal profiles - meaning your visitors can now bookmark images on your site and find them easily whenever they come back to your site. This means significantly more page views, as your visitors will constantly go back to older posts as they browse through content they’ve previously bookmarked for later.
- Your website will now have a crowd-sourced trending images section. Don’t you often find yourself getting lost browsing through images? Well now you can provide that experience to your visitors - on your site. Allowing your visitors to browse through all your highest-ranked images, keeps them on your site longer and provides significantly more click-throughs.
Think of it like us turning your site into a small Pinterest - where your visitors circulate through more of your site’s images and content giving you more page views, more time spent on site, more engagement, and a lower bounce rate.
Other Features to Drive Traffic and Engagement on Your Wordpress Blog:
- We’ve modeled our engagement piece like Instagram, where the comments and likes are highlighted on the images and not buried on the bottom of a page. On the other hand, traditional commenting systems sit on the bottom of the page (where only 2% of your visitors will ever reach). In addition, your visitors can tag users from all over the network in these comments, drawing new people into the discussions on your website. (aka “@meganlee come check this out!”).
- CliqueMe provides a one-click “share to email” button where your visitors can now share an image from your site with friends. The email includes a thumbnail of that image with back-links to your website, leading to more exposure and traffic.
- Your visitors can start following each other on your site, enhancing the social community and interactivity on your site. This community-feel generates more engagement and a higher retention rate.
Feel free to check out publicly available stats for websites who have already implemented CliqueMe including leibal.com on Alexa. Page views, time spent have both significantly increased, while bounce rate has significantly decreased.
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CliqueMe is hosting its first annual Scavenger Hunt with prizes that include Facebook, Steam, and CliqueMe credits; and cyber-currencies such as Bitcoins, Litecoins, and Dogecoins. It’s a win-win for both CliqueMe visitors and CliqueMe publishers. Photo scavenger participants win prizes but websites that implement CliqueMe will receive exposure, traffic, and engagement. The sooner the publishers implement CliqueMe on their sites, the greater the exposure they will garner.
Using the Trending Images and My Profile features, Leibal was able to have an 11% increase in pageviews and 8% increase in time spent.
Data from Alexa. Percentages calculated from the last 3 months. CliqueMe has been on Leibal for the past 4 months.
Harrison Wang is co-founder and head of business development for CliqueMe. Harrison initially attended Johns Hopkins University as pre-med student. He completed his degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and was slated to pursue a career as a doctor, but soon realized that his true passion was being part of the startup community. He loved the community and symbiotic nature of people within the startup world and so decided to pursue his dreams in NYC. There he first started by working with a high school friend to create Leibal.com, a boutique, high-end furniture ecommerce site. With Harrison onboard, Leibal was able to get exclusive rights to several overseas manufacturers, mostly from Korea and Japan.
While working on Leibal, Harrison still wanted to be involved in the medical field, so he co-founded MCATalyst Prep, an online program geared toward people studying for the MCAT, the medical school entrance exam. The company grew to over 20 staff before closing due to time constraints, as the other co-founder left for Stanford Medical School and Harrison started attending Flatiron Coding School.
Harrison started really getting into the startup tech scene and met CliqueMe co-founder, Nick Swenson, through a mutual friend. Together, they hashed out an idea and started working on CliqueMe last January.
On the side, Harrison has always been actively involved in nonprofits and charities. While in NYC, he signed up to help at Charity:Water and Project by Project. While in college, Harrison volunteered for 3 years at an Autism clinic and a Baltimore homeless shelter. Throughout high school, Harrison was actively involved in church mission projects, including renovating apartments in Virginia housing projects.
Harrison Wang is a big sports fan; but, unfortunately for him, he’s a New York Mets, Jets, and Knicks fan.
Nick Swenson has always loved anything social, exemplified by his three consecutive terms as Social Chairman of his MIT fraternity. He has always gotten a thrill out of making a connection with a total stranger or deepening one with an old friend. After being one of the first users of MySpace in 2003 and then Facebook back in 2004, he has been fascinated with the great power that the internet provides for people to share their lives and interests online. it's easy to forget, but instantly sharing your life through images and videos to your closest friends is something of the very recent past.
Swenson graduated with the highest honors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in engineering with a focus in computer science. During his time at MIT, he composed and published numerous papers in various software and hardware engineering journals. He founded and became the first president of the MIT golf program and during his tenure as President, he raised nearly $150,000 from various alumni and grew membership from the founding 3 to 24 active members. After starting the MIT golf program, Swenson knew he had a passion for entrepreneurship but did not know exactly how to combine this with his passion for solving hard problems and social media. After graduating MIT, he accepted a position as a management consultant at a top three consulting firm, Bain and Company.
Realizing the infancy of social media and CliqueMe's potential as a bridge between social media and analytics, Swenson left Bain and Co. to found CliqueMe with Wang back in April of 2013.
Swenson enjoys playing golf competitively (he struggles to keep his handicap below 1.5), wake boarding with his family in North Carolina and is an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast.
Roman Nikitin is a full-stack developer for CliqueMe. Starting when he was 17, Roman has had 9 years of experience in software development. While in college, Roman lead an outsource development company from Russia. Since graduation from college, Roman has worked as a product engineer at small startups, such as youdo.com, that have since been acquired, as well as large companies such as Rambler-Afisha. In 2008 and 2009, at age 22, Roman was awarded “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional” in back-to-back years - one of the youngest MVPs in the world and the youngest MVP in Russia.
After that, Roman co-founded ePythia, a company focused on mobile location and contextual awareness. The company raised angel funding as well as received grants from Microsoft, the American CRDF fund, and the Russian and Finnish state funds. ePythia was also part of InCube Incubator program in Moscow, and took 1st place in Russian startup contests (Harvest-2010, BIT 2010), and was a finalist for the international DFJ Cisco Business Plan Competition.
Since Roman is extremely community-oriented and loves working in team-building environments, he became heavily involved in the tech and start-up community in Russia, mentoring and working on side projects with other dedicated entrepreneurs. Roman took on a project and got into Start-up Chile, a Chilean government-funded incubator dedicated to furthering the entrepreneurial community in Chile. As a participant, Roman was able to work with a lot of other entrepreneurs and teach local children the passion and process of creating a startup.
Muthu Alagappan is a data scientist for CliqueMe. Muthu is a graduate of Stanford, a member of the Forbes 30 under 30 club, and is routinely consulted for data analytics with several professional sports teams (NBA, NFL). Alagappan was born in Crewe, England, and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Stanford University in 2012 with a degree in biomedical engineering. As of 2013, he is a medical student at Stanford School of Medicine. Alagappan is a longtime Houston Rockets fan.
Muthu Alagappan made a presentation at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference which might well do to basketball what Moneyball did to baseball. His contribution revolves around a topographical analysis of NBA games which contends that there are really 13 positions in basketball — not just five.