5 Great User Generated Content Examples to Inspire You

User-generated content marketing is one of the most talked about tech marketing strategies in recent times. And with good reason – it works. However, understanding the ins and outs of what it entails to have user-generated content campaigns that are good is a different ball game.

A recent infographic published in Adweek reveals why – and it all boils down to trust.

Earned media platform Olapic conducted the research for the infographic, surveying consumers to find out how they view user-generated content marketing. Here’s how Pau Sabria, co-founder of the company, summarises the findings.

A striking 76 percent of consumers find the content shared by everyday users on other social media platforms far more genuine than traditional brand advertising. This serves as a resounding wake-up call for brands to proactively embrace authentic content, cultivating their brand identity and effectively amplifying their presence across various social media platforms.

By doing so, brands can not only bolster trust but also significantly enhance brand awareness, fostering meaningful and impactful interactions with their customer base.

Adweek found that the majority of people trust user-generated content over messages delivered by brands.

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But what makes for a great user-generated content marketing campaign – especially in the tech marketing realm?

Consumer generated content is best illustrated by example, and so we've scoured the web to find five of the best user-generated content examples by tech companies out there to help give you some inspiration.

Let’s take a look at what they are…

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5 Great User-generated Content Examples by Tech Companies

1. SalesForce – IdeaExchange

Sometimes, you don’t even have to think too far out of the box to come up with a tech marketing idea for some great user-generated content marketing.

SalesForce, for instance, has made great use of its IdeasExchange community, which allows users to simply logon and suggest ideas for new tools and features to be developed for the main SalesForce platform. 

User generated content example 1 Salesforce's community help provide ideas for new tools and features.

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When users make suggestions, the whole IdeasExchange community gets to vote for them, and leave comments that the SalesForce team can then pick through.

Such a brilliantly simple yet profoundly effective idea! This innovative approach not only allows SalesForce to glean an influx of valuable feedback and ingenious ideas from its most important audience – SalesForce customers – but also cultivates an authentic, vibrant, and engaged community across its social media accounts. It's the quintessence of a user-generated content marketing campaign, seamlessly integrating relevant user-generated content and customer feedback. This strategy not only amplifies brand identity but also enhances brand awareness and creates a truly meaningful dialogue with their customers.


2. Nintendo – Super Mario Maker

Here’s a great user-generated content marketing example from one of the world’s most recognised tech companies – Nintendo.

Super Mario Maker allows players to create their own levels for Nintendo’s classic game, and then share them on the web for other users to play and enjoy.

User generated content example 2 Super Mario Maker was a whole game based on the idea of users creating their own content.

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And of course, this campaign has led to much more user-generated content being created, aside from the sharing of new Super Mario levels. Indeed, this game took social media by storm, with many YouTube users in particular posting walkthroughs of themselves building and completing levels, and others creating social media posts in a variety of social media platforms.

3. T-Mobile – Break-up Letter

Want to lure customers away from the competition? Take a leaf out of T-Mobile’s (now merged with EE) book and don’t be shy about it.

In 2013, the company launched their “Break-up Letter” campaign, offering to pay the cancellation fees for anyone who “broke up” with their current provider in favour of T-Mobile.

User generated content example 3 A fun, unexpected idea like "the break up letter" from T-Mobile, is sure to create a buzz on social media.

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The campaign generated 80,000 break-up letters – many of which were created through a custom-built Facebook app that helped people complete the task at hand. Users were also encouraged to share their letters on social media, thusly completing the user-generated content marketing campaign, which was even nominated for a Shorty Award.

4. Hootsuite – #IWorkFromHere

The social media management platform Hootsuite provides us with a great example of how to do a great UGC Campaign through the simple use of a well-conceived #branded hashtag.

Now of course, social media management is a stuck-behind-a-desk job… or is it?

The company’s #IWorkFromHere campaign on Instagram encourages Hootsuite users to upload photographs of their workspaces, and it actually reveals that there are in fact many, many beautiful places where people conduct their social media marketing work. The content created is authentic user-generated content that is easier to engage with.

User generated content  example 4 This came from all over the world when Hootsuite conducted its #IWorkFromHere competition.

Another very simple user generated content campaign that any business can very easily set up, and any user can very easily take part in.

This campaign was encouraged by introducing an element of competition into the proceedings – users whose posts were selected to be featured on the Hootsuite Instagram account were given a prize. A great way to ensure that your following gets involved.

5. Three – Sing It Kitty

When telecoms company Three launched its Sing It Kitty advert – featuring a young girl riding a bicycle whilst mouthing the words to Starship’s “We Built This City’ – it did so with a great user-generated content marketing twist.

Consumers could either head over to the Sing It Kitty website (now defunct) or use a mobile application to upload a picture of themselves, which would then be used in a custom-made version of the advert. Naturally, this encouraged users to share the video on social media more than the standard version of the ad.

User generated content example 5 Three's Sing it Kitty advert was a great example of irreverent user-generated content marketing.

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This is a silly and fun idea, but that’s the whole point of it. Three knows, as the ad states, that “We all need silly stuff”, and so the company created a user-generated content marketing campaign in celebration.

Back to You

When it comes to your tech marketing strategy, leveraging UGC Campaigns across various social media channels isn't always the most apparent strategy, but the companies on this list highlight the significant impact of these user-generated content marketing campaigns. They can be generated with surprising simplicity, serving as a potent tool to increase brand awareness and grow your audience. Let them inspire your own tech marketing efforts, ensuring you share relevant user-generated content and raise awareness effectively through your own campaigns.



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