Kasondra Gets A Birthday Weekend To Remember!

Save With Shareagift Towards … A Relaxing Getaway

This week we spoke to Shadia about her Shareagift campaign to send her friend Kasondra on a birthday getaway! Kasondra works a very busy job and only gets one day off a week so for her birthday, Shadia thought it would be a great idea to get all Kasondra’s friends to chip in towards a long weekend away in the coastal town of Monterey, so she could relax and have a few days to herself. Here’s what Shadia had to say about her campaign and Shareagift experience.

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What gave you the idea to create a Shareagift page and start collecting money for Kasondra?

I used Shareagift a few years ago to help raise funds to bring my mother to Lebanon for the first time. She’s first generation Lebanese but had never been! So when I was thinking of Kasondra’s birthday coming up, and I knew I wasn’t going to be in town to help her celebrate, I thought the best thing would be to crowdfund a mini-vacation, as she works far too much and could do with a break. The Shareagift platform worked great before and so I decided to use it again.  

How helpful has this page been in collecting money together?

The page was really instrumental because I could load pictures and links. Being able to share the link via Facebook, Twitter and email was awesome, all the info was right there.

How much of an impact will this money have on your friend?

The gift came at a great time, this is what Kasondra emailed me the other day; 

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This is one of the sweetest things anyone has every done. And it makes me feel so loved and supported to see this list of people who helped in this wonderful gift. Just as I was starting to feel a little alone in the world, getting this e-mail and seeing a nice list of people who really are there for me was the perfect reminder that I needed, that I am surrounded by an amazing group of wonderful friends.”

She hasn’t gone on the vacation yet but she will in the fall, I’m going to help her plan it and I’m sure some rest and relaxation outside of our busy lives will be just what she needs.

If like Shadia you think that one of your friends could do with a relaxing getaway, a great birthday or thank you gift or simply a surprise to cheer them up, then head over to Shareagift, create a page, invite friends and start raising money!

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15 Shocking Social Media Stats!

Today marks the sixth-annual official Social Media Day! Social media is now an integral part of many of our lives, did you know that 40% of mobile phone owners use a social networking site on their phone! That’s a staggering statistic! Especially when you consider that there are more people in the world that own a cell phone than a toothbrush! Take a look through our list of 15 shocking social media stats and find out just how big social media has gotten!

1 – The +1 button is hit at least 5 billion times per day!

2 – As of last year 189 million of Facebook’s users are mobile only!

3 – 71.2% of the US are on Facebook!

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4 – People are spending 1 out of every 7 online minutes on Facebook!

5 – 9,100 tweets go out every second!

6 – 243,055.5 photos are uploaded to Facebook every minute!

7 – There are 1 billion likes daily on Instagram!

8 – 44% of users on Twitter have never sent a Tweet!

9 – 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute!

10 – Approximately 20 million Twitter accounts are fake!

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11 – Thailand alone has 1.5 million Instagram users!

12 – 80% of the world’s leaders are on Twitter!

13 – YouTube receives over 1 billion unique visitors a month, approximately 1/7th of the world population!

14 – Every second 2 new members join LinkedIn!

15 – 210,000 years of music have been played on Facebook!

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Stats from Serach Engine Journal, Social Times, Instagram, Huffingtonpost and 60 Second Marketer.

Essentially we use social media to interact and share information with others, whether that is in the form of a status update, a photo or a video. At Shareagift we have taken this one step further and have created a platform where users can raise cash together for anything, from a shared wedding gift to a charitable cause that’s close to your heart.

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