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Published 04/28/2011 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

PopTent gives ambitious designers and creative individuals a chance to make advertising tools for companies, including many big name brands. Users can make viral videos, commercials, infomercials, how to videos, webisodes and website videos for some of the most well-known companies in the world. The homepage features a list of current assignments which include brands like Sally Hansen, AcuVue, Pizza Hut, Dish TV and Stauffers. Each project includes a description, length of time and guaranteed purchase amounts, which are generally within the thousands range. The user can also see recent activity related to that assignment and view the current number of entries it has received. The winner receives the payout and can begin to expand their portfolio to include some of the most popular brand names in the United States and throughout the world. Exceptional creators are featured on the PopTent homepage as well, giving them even more notoriety within the community. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app?

PopTent is based out of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. The website was founded in March of 2007. The current team consists of nearly 20 individuals, including CEO Andy Jedynak, CMO Neil Perry, Vice President of Technology Timothy Breslin, Senior Community Manager Mark Schoneveld and Vice President of Client Relations Tony Romeo. The website was originally created as a social platform that gave freelance and professional videographers a resource to find high end projects offered by well-known companies.

What are the differences to other apps?

Many websites offer contest or assignment systems that give users a way to submit entries to show their talent and win a prize. What makes PopTent appealing is its focus on videography. Creative film makers can put together commercials, infomercials and other video clips to submit to contests hosted by some of the most popular brands on the market. These include brands like Trident, AARP, the American Cancer Society, Century 21 real estate, Geico and Zippo.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The PopTent website has a very clean, organized design that comes with a bit of personality. The colorful logo features orange and blue with a triangular play icon inside the ‘o’. White links are found in the upper, right hand corner of the website to help the user navigate quickly. The assignment listings include a color images, title, short description and stats. Users can view the assignment page to learn more about what is required, how much time is left, the cash award amount and how many users have already submitted entries.

How does the registration process work?

New users can join PopTent by clicking the white “Join” link in the upper, right hand corner of the website. A pop up box appears with six tabs. The first tab is for an existing PopTent login. The others give users the ability to log in with a Facebook, Twitter, Google, Linked In or OpenID account. The bottom of the PopTent tab includes a link that reads “or, create a new PopTent account”. Clicking this will take the user to the registration form which requires a username, full name, email address, password and gender. A check box at the bottom is automatically selected to send the user new assignment notifications. The user must manually uncheck this to opt out of assignment updates.

What does it cost to use the application?

PopTent invites all freelance and professional videographers to create accounts for free. There are no registration fees or other charges for doing so. The user can browse current and past assignments as much as they like. If the user happens to win an assignment, they are paid the prize or payment on Net 30 day terms by check.

Who would you recommend the application to?

PopTent is a website designed to give talented video makers a way to take on assignments for large scale companies. The website includes assignments posted by many well-known brands and each gives the user an opportunity to earn thousands for their creativity and talent.

  • Browse the current and past list of PopTent assignments
  • Submit an entry to a current assignment
  • Win thousands of dollars if your project is selected (based on assignment award)
  • Expand your portfolio to include large companies
  • View activity feeds for each assignment video

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