Last week our team had the pleasure of presenting at the New Tech Denver Meetup alongside several other local startup tech companies. The New Tech Denver and Boulder meetups always draw a crowd, and this one had more than 100 techies in attendance to hear the “what’s what” from emerging technologies along the Front Range.
The SkipIt team donned our comfy SkipIt t-shirts and mingled, sipped our share of beer and then settled in to listen and learn. When it was our turn, the talented Mr. Kevin Hunt (@showtunes), joined by one of our lead engineers, Andrew Kuttig, had 5 minutes to tell the crowd all about the benefits of skipping video ads to get to their online content, how users can pay to skip or earn lots of free skips, about all the main technologies behind running SkipIt and how we’ve signed up tens of thousands of users since we launched in April 2012.
Couldn’t make it that night? If not, check out the video:
Thanks very much to our MapQuest hosts for the use of their cool office space, and to New Tech for allowing us to present with fellow startups like Flowth, Reflections, and Ibotta and listen to an informative Q&A session with Peter Adams from Rockies Venture Club.
We might love to skip video ads, but we won’t skip New Tech meet ups – see you all there.
We get that most stuff on the Internet is free. For the most part, advertisers have helped keep content online free, and we appreciate that. But lately, even major websites are starting to charge subscriptions for content. Think Hulu, Netflix and the New York Times, as a few examples. But that’s changing, and some of our favorite websites are starting to charge to view content online.
Instead of paying for monthly subscriptions whether you use the website or not, wouldn’t you rather pay only when you use something? Wouldn’t you want the option to skip on lots of sites across the web and only pay a little versus pay a subscription on each of your favorite sites, whether you view the content or not each month? We want SkipIt to be a micropayment of sorts – you only pay WHEN and WHERE you want to. No more, no less. That’s why SkipIt offers the most flexibility.
To put the price in perspective, consider TV. A lot of us pay monthly for our DVRs – digital video recorders – so that we can watch our favorite shows when we want to, and skip ads if we want to. But DVRs cost anywhere from $5-20 per month to rent from our cable company. That’s the equivalent of 50-200 skips with SkipIt. Given that each ad you encounter is 15 or 30 seconds each, you’d be saving a lot of time when you skip.
And what about that morning coffee on the way to work? The national average for a cup of coffee is $1.38. If you were to buy one coffee a day for 30 days for that price, you could skip 414 video ads! That’s a lot of time saved not watching video ads before you get to your content.
But why spend 10 cents per skip, when you can earn tons of free skips? From day one, when you set up an account with SkipIt, you’ll earn free skips when you refer your friends and they sign up and fund their account.
Soon, advertisers will place offers on www.SkipIt.com so you can go there as you wish and earn free skips to recharge your account — for simple things like filling out a survey or downloading coupons or liking your favorite stores on Facebook. Advertisers will pay for those free skips and you’ll be able to skip on – for free.
Do you like free stuff? We do too! We here at SkipIt love giving away free skips. Right now, there are 3 simple ways to earn free skips with SkipIt:
- Sign up –all new users who sign up for SkipIt will receive 5 free skips to get started. You receive 1 free skip when you sign up and 4 more skips after you verify your account via a verification email that we send to you. You do not need to verify your account though if you sign up through Facebook, Twitter or Google. You will be awarded your 5 free skips immediately.
- Fund your account – you are awarded one free skip for every dollar you put in your secure digital wallet starting at $10. So, if you put $15 dollars in your account, you’ll get 15 free skips. If you only add $7 to your account, you won’t get any free skips, though, so consider starting with $10 to get those free skips!
- Refer a friend – once you have a SkipIt account, you can earn lots of free skips by referring your friends and family to SkipIt. Once you sign up for an account we’ll give you a unique URL that you can share with everyone. If they sign up for SkipIt and fund their account, you’ll get 5 free skips. The more people you get to sign up and fund their accounts, the more free skips you’ll get.
Very soon, we’re going to have an offer wall on our website that allows you to download a coupon, take a survey or interact with various brands to earn lots of free skips. You may never have to pay to skip ads again!