Category Archives: Brand Ambassadors

Power-User Experience Survey Results!

Our survey goal was to understand and gather your feedback for both web and mobile, regarding features, site issues and support!

General Information
In total, 380 people took the survey

 What does the community say?

  • “The ways to contact plug.dj often are un-efficient. At times it take a long time to find someone able to respond. or you are unsure if they handled it. Email isn’t an effective problem for short time help and plenty of people do not have a twitter/facebook account or know about the plug.dj discord.”
  • “I remember asking a question at the forum and the BA not answering it at all, instead he said something else i didn’t need…”
  • “Some BAs are just ignoring messages …”

We really value your feedback and will take those opinions into consideration while
we try to improve!

Plug.dj Community Contributors

Design of plug.dj

First up, the web interface.

 

Next, mobile apps interface.

What does the community say?

  • You can’t help that but no background playing on mobile apps is a game changer.
  • The mobile app may just need more features, but the ground work is there, and it is fine as is for sure! Love it.
  • Mobile needs a bit of an overhaul imo. I know it’s new but there should be more features and easier and clearer to what you can do on it and where everything is.

These are of course some of the chosen comments by few survey participants. Although our mobile apps are still pretty new, we’ll take your comments into consideration while delivering new updates to you in the future!


Written by BA Tagzz:

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the survey. This was my first project that I’d done for the site and I’m astonished with the amount of feedback I’ve gathered. This has proven to me that plug.dj has a base of dedicated users who keep  this site alive and I’m happy that I can be here to do my best and help to grow an amazing community of music fans.

I’d also like to thank BA margotron for her mentoring during my trial. She was the first person I’d encountered on my journey and she has given me lots of motivation for this program and the site.

This is just the beginning for me and I’m honestly excited for what plug is planning in the future and I’m glad we can all be a part of it.

For the full survey report with more results and information, click on the button below!

Reminiscing About June!

Since the month of June is over, lets look back at what the month represents. June marks the month-long celebration of African-American Music Appreciation Month in the United States, which focuses on the musical contributions of African-Americans.

In honor of that, I put together a list… The 4 Best Black Music Movies list, that is. I mean…Who hasn’t watched the true stories of some of the greatest musicians of all time in one of several musically based Black films, many of which have become beloved parts of the culture? Not a problem if you haven’t… That’s what I’m here for… Let’s begin, shall we?!

THE WIZ (1978)

An all-Black remake of The Wizard of Oz that was first a Broadway musical, the movie was deemed controversial at the time because an adult Diana Ross starred as Dorothy, a child in the original. With Michael Jackson as The Scarecrow, Richard Pryor as the Wiz, Nipsey Russell as the Tin Man and Lena Horne as Glinda the Good Witch, how could you lose?

Well, at first it did lose, losing over $10 million for Motown Productions and Universal Pictures as it was then the most expensive movie musical ever made. But through TV replays and DVD sales, it became profitable and it’s now among the most beloved Black movie musicals ever made. Though Jackson said it was one of his greatest experiences, it was the last theatrical film Diana Ross ever made.

PURPLE RAIN (1984)

The poor showing of The Wiz was at the time considered to be the death knell for Black movies after the blaxploitation era. Yet six years later, along came a short guy from Minneapolis, Minnesota who would use a musical loosely based on his life to become an international superstar.

Surprisingly, although Warner Brothers considered the movie “outrageous” it got made, grossing $80 million dollars and giving Prince a #1 soundtrack, an Oscar and his signature hit. Vanity, Prince’s girlfriend at the time, was initially supposed to star, but they broke up. He replaced her with Apollonia Kotero after Flashdance star Jennifer Beals turned him down to focus on her studies at Yale University. (Good luck trying to find Purple Rain clips on YouTube, but here’s Prince’s Oscar acceptance speech for the movie.)

RAY (2004)

It took director Tyler Hackford 15 years to get the true story of Ray Charles’ life and career made. That worked out well for Jamie Foxx, who starred in the film and won an Oscar for the role. Ray is the second highest grossing Black musical on this list, earning over $125 million. Reviews were mostly positive and co-star Regina King was singled out for her performance as one of Ray’s paramours from the Raelettes. His long-suffering second wife, Della, was married to him for 22 years. In the movie, she’s played by current Scandal star Kerry Washington.

DREAMGIRLS (2006)

The film version of the acclaimed stage play that originated with Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jennifer Holliday and Loretta Devine, the film was expected to be Beyonce’s Oscar bid. Instead the Best Supporting Actress Oscar went to Jennifer Hudson, the American Idol finalist who was the movie’s breakout star. The movie, which included stars Eddie Murphy and Jamie Foxx, was the highest budgeted All-Black film in movie history. It would go on to make $154 million. The film and the play, widely believed to be based on the Supremes rise to stardom at Motown was a critical and commercial success, except with the Motown figures it was purportedly based on. Diana Ross, who didn’t like the Broadway version, claimed to have never seen the movie. Smokey Robinson asked for an apology to Berry Gordy, whom he says was misrepresented by the Curtis Taylor, Jr. character. But Supreme Mary Wilson said she was moved by the movie, saying it was “closer to the truth than they even know.”

Written by: Brand Ambassador Ramel

Newest BA Interviews! Behind the scenes. (Part 2)

Now that you have been in the role for a bit, is it different than you imagined it would be? If so, how?

Dee – There’s more work involved than people expect. We don’t just room hop and let people see our green badge! We’ve got tasks and such that keep us on our feet constantly.

Vixen – Yes and no. There is more than meets the eye, that is for sure! But overall, being a Brand Ambassador for plug.dj has been about what I expected.

VainGlorious – It is in many ways exactly how I imagined things to be when I applied, but I never thought I would gain so many excellent friendships so fast, not only within the BA program but all across the site.

greySynapse – Surprisingly so! I originally came in with the expectation of having assigned tasks from the Community Managers or Brand Ambassador leaders, and while that is partially the case, it’s a significantly self driven role requiring you to start your own projects to contribute towards the community, and brand.

Clannad – Yes, at first I imagined it would be a stressful role to play within the community. The Community Managers and the Brand Ambassador team have done a great job of making the whole working environment a friendly and easy to work in place.

WarriorCatsRox – Before joining the Brand Ambassador Team, I didn’t realize how much some of the Brand Ambassadors do for plug.dj! Many work around the clock to make sure things stay in order as well as try to make the site a fun and interesting place to be. Although it’s a lot of work at times, I enjoy helping out!

What is your favorite part about being a Brand Ambassador?

Dee – Being set as a bouncer in rooms even though I have global staff permissions. For real it would be the amount of thanks and happy people I see off too on a daily basis.

Vixen – The projects and getting to meet so many cool people!

VainGlorious – My favourite part so far is exploring new communities and having the opportunity to help other users. I also enjoy exercising the creative side of my brain as part of the blog and instagram teams!

greySynapse – My favorite part is interacting and working with the rest of the team on tasks together, in addition our projects come to fruition.

Clannad – Personally for me, my favorite part is being able to help people on plug.dj through both the site itself and the taskforces.

WarriorCatsRox – I love everything about being a Brand Ambassador! One thing that I particularly love is being able to visit many communities and listen to all sorts of different music. Before I became a Brand Ambassador, I spent most of my time in only one community. Becoming a Brand Ambassador gave me the opportunity to meet many different kinds of people.

What is the hardest part of the role for you?

Dee – Beating Burkes to SOS calls ;-;

Vixen – Time management. Sometimes you have to remind yourself that it is a volunteer role.

VainGlorious – I haven’t found anything to be overly challenging so far, but perhaps finding a new balance between work time and plug time. Work for me can be so hectic and hard to predict, it can be hard to manage my schedule efficiently.

greySynapse – It’s undoubtedly balancing obligations and time to try avoiding feeling overwhelmed with real life, friends, my hobbies, and Brand Ambassador duties.

Clannad – The hardest part of the role for me would be speaking up about things being discussed both in the main Brand Ambassador chats and the taskforce chats when I first became a Brand Ambassador. Since then I have become a lot more comfortable with sharing my thoughts with the rest of the team.

WarriorCatsRox – One thing that I find hard about being a Brand Ambassador is keeping up in some of the Taskforces. In some of them, there aren’t that many people in them, so it’s hard to keep up with some of the work. Sometimes it gets a little overwhelming!

What piece of advice would you give to someone who may be thinking about becoming a Brand Ambassador?

Dee – Don’t become a BA if you’ll take it easy. Constant communication with admins and tasks keep you checking group chats and jumping around plug rooms.

Vixen – Be creative, be upbeat, and don’t stop trying to make plug.dj better! plug.dj is who its users make it!

VainGlorious – If you have a passion for music and plug.dj, and are interested in being a part of this amazing team and contributing to the well-being of the website then apply! Don’t take it too seriously, have fun and let your skills shine.

greySynapse – You should always keep an open, and flexible mind throughout the process of the program and trial towards feedback you receive from other Brand Ambassadors or the Community Managers. It will often times help immensely when you need it but might not realize it at the time.

Clannad – Don’t be put off if you are not accepted the first time you apply. I first applied to become a Brand Ambassador back in mid 2015. After not being accepted I waited for a while and once plug.dj resurfaced in 2016 I thought it would be a great time to apply again and luckily was accepted into the program in early 2017.

WarriorCatsRox – If you are looking to become a Brand Ambassador, make sure not to give up if you aren’t accepted the first time! Even if you have applied before, you have plenty of time to improve yourself and become better. It just takes a little hard work and effort and you have a chance of being accepted! Never give up on a goal that you want to achieve.

By BA Vackule for his trial project!
More info on what a BA (Brand Ambassador is: https://plug.dj/ba

Newest BA Interviews! Getting to know them. (Part 1)

What first brought you to plug.dj?

Dee – I stumbled across it randomly while on holiday. A friend shared a link to the trap city room back in 2013.

Vixen – Gaming! I found out about plug.dj through friends that I game with.

VainGlorious – I belonged to a Harry Potter fan site called www.hogwartsishere.com and a few of the users there had linked the site and would use it sometimes for events.

greySynapse – Originally I was a turntable.fm user with a group of close friends and once we found out the site was being shut down we immediately began looking for a replacement. Eventually we came upon plug.dj and joined up together, creating a private community for our gaming group. As time went on they stopped using plug.dj and I remained, eventually exploring new communities leading up to where I am today.

Clannad – The first time I ever discovered plug.dj was back in 2014 when I was talking to people in a group chat online and one of them sent a link to their plug.dj community. I happily joined and since then have had many great moments on the site that I will remember.

WarriorCatsRox – I was actually taking a computers class at my school and saw that someone was using the site to listen to music. At the time, I was a very big fan of music and was tired of making playlists on YouTube. A lot of the songs on YouTube were getting old for me and I was tired of hearing the same songs over and over. As soon as I joined, I knew that I would love the site. I especially loved all the cute little avatars!

Why did you become a Brand Ambassador?

Dee – I became a brand ambassador because I enjoy helping people out, communicating with singers, producers and artists and generally gaining valuable volunteer experience.

Vixen – I totally support plug.dj and I totally love the idea of a community of all nationalities coming together through music!

VainGlorious – After making plug a part of my daily routine for over 2 years, I thought it would be a nice to give back as much I can and help plug.dj in whatever capacity to be a better place for us all to hang out and share music together.

greySynapse – I became a Brand Ambassador mainly because I wanted to assist more users than just the ones in my frequented community as I find the experience gratifying and thus enjoyable. While that’s still possible as a regular user, the Brand Ambassador role offers greater visibility. In addition I wanted to assist the plug.dj brand however I could through my design skills and anything else.

Clannad – The main reason I became a Brand Ambassador is because I wanted to help people within the community. I would love to see plug.dj grow back to the population it used to have and even surpass that.

WarriorCatsRox – I always wanted to do more to help out the plug.dj community as well as the people in it. Helping others always makes me smile and I enjoy doing it!

What is your favorite dinosaur?

Dee – Rory.

Vixen – How did you know?! I am obsessed with dinosaurs, but my favorite is a tie between velociraptor and allosaurus, mainly for their intelligence, pack-mentality, and hunting prowess! (In my mind they are all adorable puppies!)

VainGlorious – This one! HEHE http://i.imgur.com/bkaioVz.gif

greySynapse – After performing some excavating online to answer this question, velociraptors are probably my favorite dinosaurs based on they’re fast, carnivores, and skinny.

Clannad – Yoshi.

WarriorCatsRox – My favorite dinosaur is the T-Rex of course! They are a little scary I know, but they can’t reach you if you hide in a corner. They got a big head, but little arms!

By BA Vackule for his trial project!
More info on what a BA (Brand Ambassador is: https://plug.dj/ba

Community Feature Interview: Move It – Brasil


We are very happy to feature Move It – Brasil as the nominated favorite community for June 2017!

  1. What’s the best thing about your community?

The staff and user interaction in the chat is the best thing in the community. The staff is always receptive with new users helping them out with their questions and orientating them to have the best plug.dj experience, and the older users feel free to chill back and relax, play around with the rest of the known community members.

 

  1. What artists or genres of music have been popular in your community recently?

The most popular genres in the community are EDM, Rock, Pop and Rap/Hip-Hop, confirming the recent surveys made by Plug.

 

  1. What first inspired you to join/create this community?

At first the community was made to find out how is it to be a room owner on plug, what kind of powers and freedom it gives you, etc. Afterwards it was used to listen to music with friends, chat and relax.

After a while, discovering other rooms and how they worked, I decided, along with some friends, make the community grow with promotion as well as setting up everything the most popular rooms had: Bots, Rules, Facebook, Website, etc.

Today it’s the passion for the music that inspires to keep the community, make it grow as well as see people you can always rely on to share experiences and have some fun.

 

  1. What’s the best thing you’ve discovered on plug.dj?

The best thing is being able to find new people, new music and the differences between everyone, and despite the differences, being able to spend time together. It is being able to discover music of all kinds, make friends and have fun with everyone.

 

  1. What advice do you have for others working on starting a community?

My advice is to be patient, invite your friends to hang out in your room and with time other users will show up. Be always friendly with everyone that arrives in the room, define rules to keep to keep everyone satisfied and knowing how to set up bots and community customization helps your room too.

And most importantly, have dedication and love for what you do <3

Brand Ambassador of the Month: greySynapse

1. What is your username on plug.dj and where do you like to hang out?

My username on the site is greySynapse, though greenSynapse is a nickname I’ve picked up since becoming a Brand Ambassador. Lately I’ve been hanging out in House of Rock & Metal and [Trance House Chill] in addition to my home room, Nightcore-331.

2. What music and artists are you excited about right now?

Currently I’m stoked about listening to trance and metal-core. [Trance House Chill]’s recent 24-hour event has gotten me enthused about listening to progressive and vocal trance again, primarily tunes under the Anjunabeats record label. In regards to metal-core I’ve been listening to Of Mice & Men’s first album, Rest, Repose, and Ocean Ate Alaska with their new vocals

3. Where are you from? What do you do for fun when you’re not on plug.dj?

I’m from sunny northern California where we’ve been having some serious weather swings from hot to cold and back again repeatedly in the past month. When I’m not on the site I’m either reading science fiction, exploring new food spots, listening to audio-books, gaming with my friends, or working on a design project in Photoshop, Unity, or Visual Studio.

4. Are you in school, or do you have a job?

Both! I’m currently attending school for my bachelor’s with the intention of eventually working as a game developer, but currently I work part-time as a graphic designer and office assistant.

5. What are some things you hope to accomplish personally next year?

Some of my short term goals include: improving my After Effects skills by making new song mix videos, reading more Star Wars novels, and polishing recent work to showcase in my online portfolios. Within the next 8 months I intend to have gone snowboarding again which I haven’t in the past few years, and found a full-time job for next summer rather than part-time.

6. What inspires you to be a Brand Ambassador?

I was originally inspired to become a Brand Ambassador by my desire to contribute to more beyond just the community I was a part of, which at the time didn’t offer many opportunities for helping outside of moderation. As I’ve gotten to know and work with the rest of the Brand Ambassador team, they’ve become my source of inspiration through their constant creativity, hard work, and contributions towards the entire plug community.

7. How do you contribute to the plug.dj community as a BA?

A few ways I contribute through the BA program are: creating graphics for community events and the site’s blog, assisting wherever I can with site issues, answering queries or suggestions on our Reddit, and I’m currently planning and writing content for our Small Communities Task Force, as we’re aiming to start publishing new content in the coming months which I hope you’ll enjoy! 🙂

8. Why do you love plug.dj? What’s the most exciting thing about plug.dj?

Originally I joined plug.dj with my friends following the closure of turntable.fm. After a brief spell of using our small community together I started exploring the rest of the site and eventually got to meet dozens of interesting and passionate individuals from different communities. I love the international culture and accessibility that plug.dj provides for meeting new people with a shared interest in music.

What excites me the most about plug.dj is the never ending discovery. There’s something new to learn every single day whether that means discovering new artists or genres, learning a new skill or performing research to tackle an issue, encountering a new situation, or learning new cultural facts through the international community culture of plug.dj.

9. What’s the most common question you get about plug.dj, and how do you answer it?

There hasn’t been a question since the release of the mobile app that I’ve found to be overwhelmingly common. Most of the questions I’m asked are situational and unique!

Though if I had to choose one it would be “What’s a Brand Ambassador?” I’ll answer this question by providing a short summary of the role in addition to what I do within the program while explaining how each Brand Ambassador is unique in their contributions to the site though we often times work in tandem.

10. Any final thoughts, advice or shout outs you’d like to share?

In closing I’d like to share two things. “In music the passions enjoy themselves” – Friedrich Nietzsche, and a shout out to Ostekage for his patience for which I’m grateful.

Thanks for reading!

What are your favorite communities on plug.dj?

Communities are the key to making plug.dj a unique and fun place to share music. Sharing and discovering music together is a special experience many of us cherish on plug.dj.

We want to hear about communities that are special to you! We will periodically feature nominated communities here on the blog.

Users may nominate multiple communities. Communities may be nominated multiple times by multiple users!

Prepare the following information for your nomination:

  • Community name
  • Community URL (e.g. https://plug.dj/support)
  • Music theme description, if applicable
  • Genres, if applicable
  • How many users are in the community on a typical day?
  • Why this community is special to you?
  • Why you think we should feature this community?

We look forward to hearing about your favorite communities!

Your fellow community member,
Brand Ambassador margotron

Let me tell you a Secret…

I think people rarely talk about movies here, so let me bring a personal favorite Foreign language movie to you.

Movie Name: Secret
This is a Chinese movie. Directed by and starring  Jay Chou.

One of the best parts was this Piano battle part, and if you liked that, you should watch the rest of this movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-FdX1D5hVg

Full Movie I found on YouTube:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nirubQHNx3Q

This movie’s storyline is good and interesting, and is related to music, love, family & time travel. Why is it so special & interesting? Tell us about how it made you feel after you watching it!

Hope you enjoy the movie and had a wonderful Easter weekend.

Your Brand Ambassador,
Yenn

 

Songs To Get You Ready For Spring…

Spring break serves as an important reminder that winter will not, in fact, last forever—even if, as yet another cold front takes over much of the planet; it really, really feels like it will. If you’re headed somewhere warm, you’ll get some much-needed sun after months of vitamin D deficiency, and if you’re just hanging in your favorite plug.dj room for some quality chill time, you’ll certainly be ready to jam out to some upbeat tunes to get you ready for the warm weather that’s coming.

Regardless of your plans, no vacation is complete without the proper soundtrack to set the mood and get you pumped for the week ahead. From Bruno Mars to Drizzy Drake, here’s the perfect soundtrack to get you ready for spring.

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic – YouTube

First up, is the title track and lead single from Bruno’s latest synthesizes a bevy of influences into one of his most irresistible concoctions to date. This will get any party going this spring and/or help you to clean your entire place without stopping.


Rae Sremmurd: “Black Beatles” – YouTube

No matter how hard you try, there’s no escaping Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles.” The hip-hop duo dominated the world with this hit, and it’ll likely take over your vacation as well. It’s highly likely that someone will try to get one last Mannequin Challenge in, not realizing that 2016 is long gone, but that’s okay. Be a good sport; hold still for close to 30 seconds before being allowed to resume your dancing, then rest assured knowing that you can point yourself out in the viral video clip to your grandchildren someday.


Jon Bellion: “All Time Low” – YouTube

While the entire album is worth a listen, it’s one song, “All Time Low,” that you’ll become obsessed with. Without exaggeration, this selection will smack you in the face with the heavyweight obviousness of a Tyson uppercut, but others jab away at you, slowly working you over until you’ve completely surrendered. “All Time Low” is one of those songs – oh, and there’s also an incredible live acoustic version. You need to hear this. 


Clean Bandit  “Rockabye ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie” – YouTube

As your week of freedom draws to a close, don’t fret — before you know it, summer will be here and you’ll have a solid three months to plan your next adventure or Game of Thrones viewing nights. Until then, make the most of the time you have left and rockabye baby with this goodie.


Drake – “Hotline Bling” – YouTube

No song is more appropriate for rounding out the end of spring break than Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Not only do those cool, island instrumentals give off those #TakeMeBack vibes, but for those who returned to real life hoping to hear from that special someone you met, only to be met with radio silence, Drizzy knows all too well what you’re going through. After all, they don’t call him Sad Drake for nothing. Try not to lose hope — maybe that hotline will eventually bling.

Written by BA Ramel

User Experience Survey Results!

In February 2017, Brand Ambassador VᴬᴵᴺGᴸᴼᴿᴵᴼᵁS asked our users to complete a short survey on their plug.dj experiences and music listening and sharing habits as a part of her BA trial project. Over 1000 people responded and the results were quite fascinating! We want to thank everyone who participated and share this info-graphic displaying the results of the survey.

Tell us what you think in the comments below!
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