Viggle Surpasses 176 Million TV Hours Checked in In ONE Year
Viggle, a free mobile app that operates as an intelligent "second screen" for television -- founded by media entrepreneur Robert F.X. Sillerman, the brain power behind successful television, radio and live entertainment businesses - recently celebrated its first birthday on January 26.
To date, more than 1.8 million Vigglers have registered for the service, and Vigglers have checked into TV shows 151 million times. In turn, over the last 12 months Viggle has given away over 1.3 million individual rewards, including rewards from major retailers such as Amazon, The Gap, Best Buy and Sephora. During this time, Viggle has conducted 28 sweepstakes, giving away 41 million Viggle points, a trip to Hollywood, a 3D HDTV package and an all expense paid trip to Sunday's big game in New Orleans.
In just over six short months from launch through July 2012, Viggle hit its first major milestone with more than one million Vigglers registering for the service. It has been an extraordinary first year for the start-up company with accelerated growth, more than doubling the number of monthly active users from 233,607 in October 2012 to 493,475 thus far in January 2013. To be a monthly active user, a Viggler must earn or use a point in the month, beyond just registering.
And now Vigglers are getting a unique chance to "meet the man." To continue the celebration, starting this week Viggle is asking loyal fans to send a video message wishing a Happy Birthday to Viggle in the most clever and untraditional way. Viggle will select a winner who will get a rare chance to spend the working day with Sillerman on his 65th birthday in April. The winner will join him in any internal and external meetings and in any of his dealings with both celebrities and high power industry executives scheduled on his birthday. Want more? The winner will get "exclusive" time with him. He or she will also be allowed to film the day and share the footage with their family and friends. YouTube it? Maybe. Add it to their Facebook or Twitter accounts? Sure. It is the winner's choice. One thing this won't be is a retirement party as Sillerman and Viggle have only just begun.
"During this past year, we continued to add new product features -- helping transition Viggle's social and real-time engagement experience," said Greg Consiglio, President and COO. "Adding to our popular features we have recently provided our members with an even more enhanced television viewing experience by being able to check-in, chat and play along, in addition to getting rewarded for watching their favorite shows."
Vigglers earn real rewards by checking into their favorite TV shows using the free Viggle app, available for download in the App Store or Google Play. The Viggle app listens to what is on TV and Viggle points accumulate for every minute watched; members can accumulate even more points for engaging in real-time experiences while watching their favorite shows and sporting events.
Throughout its first year, Viggle has worked with over 40 leading brands such as Mercedes-Benz, JetBlue, CapitalOne, Pepsi, Verizon, DIRECTV, Burger King and Unilever.