Use Your Words Gifts!

No sure what to say on your first chat? The new Words gift category is here to save the day! Start a conversation off right with a GOOD MORNING! or HELLO gift.

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Tap here if you’re not sure how to give a gift.

Happy National Friendship Week! Skouters Say How Far They’d Go for Friends

Would you go to an event you’re not into just because a friend asked you?

Would you go to an event you’re not into just because a friend asked you?

How far would you go for your friends? We all think we’d do anything for friendship, but is there a line you just won’t cross?

To celebrate National Friendship Week – August 16-22 – almost 1,500 Skouters told us which wild things they’d do for their friends. Highlights from Skout’s National Friendship Week survey include:

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Friends are honest, even if you don’t want to hear it.
Ninety-two percent of people would tell their friend if they were wearing a questionable outfit.

Waxing – it’s not just for the pros!
Eighty-four percent of women are willing to help a friend when it comes to hair removal, whereas 54 percent of men say they’d help a friend with “manscaping.”

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Car trouble? Call a friend.
Ninety-two percent of people would drop whatever they are doing to help a friend with a broken-down car.

Friends say they can spare a kidney.
Eighty-one percent of people are willing to donate their kidney to a friend in need, if they are a match.

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Friends will support your taste in music, even if they hate it.
Seventy-seven percent of people will go see a friend’s favorite pop band, even if they can’t stand that group’s music.

Friends will help you move – even if that means missing the biggest sporting event of the year!
Seventy-seven percent of people would help a friend move, even if it were on the same day as the most popular football game of the year.

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Besties before beers.
Fifty-nine percent of people are willing to skip alcoholic beverages themselves in support of a friend who’s on the wagon.

Friends will jump out of a plane for friendship.
Fifty-six percent of people would find a way to overcome a fear of heights if a good friend wanted to go skydiving.

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Friends make the purrfect cat-sitters.
More than half – 55 percent! – of people are willing to cat-sit for a friend, even if they are allergic to cats!

How far is too far to go for a friend? Here are a few limitations Skouters cited:

Matching tattoos: Less than half – 46 percent – of people said they would be open to getting matching tattoos with a good friend.

Breaking up with a new flame: Just 39 percent of people say they would break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend because their good friend didn’t like him or her.

Moving to a new city with a friend: Only 38 percent of people would consider moving to a different city to follow their friend.


NEW FRIENDSHIP WEEK BUDDIES NOW IN SKOUT GIFT STORE!

Some friendships go together like milk and cookies or pineapples and coconuts.

To celebrate National Friendship Week, Skout created a bunch of Friendship Week Buddies for you to send to your Skout besties. Each day of National Friendship Week — August 17-21 — Skout is making one Friendship Week Buddy FREE for you to give to your Skout friends. So be sure to check the Skout Gift Store every day to see which Buddy is free!

BFF having a bad day? Milk and cookies can save the day! Does your gal pal need a shoulder to cry on? Give her wine and cheese! Love talking football with a friend? Give that person a hot dog and mustard!

Tap here to learn how to give a Friendship Week Buddy to a Skouter. And tap here to learn how far Skouters say they’d go for their friends.

Take a look at the new Friendship Week Buddies in the Skout Gift Store:

One of these new Friendship Week Buddies will be FREE each day during National Friendship Week, August 17-21!

One of these new Friendship Week Buddies will be FREE each day during National Friendship Week, August 17-21!


Take Skout’s quiz to find out which famous friend is the best match for you!

Tales of a Global Friendship Ambassador: Skout’s POV

For the first time, Skout brought on a summer intern, but not just any summer intern – Corey was our Global Friendship Ambassador. You can read all about Corey’s Skout adventures here, but Jane, Skout’s director of marketing, would like to tell you about the benefits of hiring an intern.

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Corey and Jane

If you think an intern is only useful for bringing you coffee, then you’re missing out on a big opportunity. Hiring an intern is a win-win situation – the intern learns real-life job skills, and the company has young brains to pick, all summer long.

Here is what Skout gained from having college sophomore Corey around.

Community feedback in real time. Corey was a Skouter long before he became our Global Friendship Ambassador, so he was a great person to bounce questions off of regarding Skout and its features. As a member of Skout’s target demographic, Corey was able to shed light on the behaviors of the Skout community.

“It is easy for generations to be stereotyped, and having those authentic conversations creates such a more meaningful picture,” said product manager Grace.

Up-to-speed on latest technology. New apps and tech debut all the time, and it’s challenging to keep up on all of it. But Corey was able to contribute the younger perspective, so we were able to narrow what new tech we should focus on.

Bright and enthusiastic! Ever feel jaded at work? Hang around an intern.

“It was refreshing having Corey and that bright-eyed perspective on life from a 19-year-old vantage point,” said Grace.

Skout put Corey through an intense program, where he was embedded in different departments during the course of six weeks. And he approached every task with a fresh mind and therefore produced new ideas.

Skout misses Corey already, so we’re already looking to make next year’s Global Friendship Ambassador even better.

What else was Corey been up to? Catch up on all his Skout adventures!

Tales of a Global Friendship Ambassador, Week 4: San Francisco Tour

Corey, Skout's Global Friendship Ambassador

Corey, Skout’s Global Friendship Ambassador

Corey is entering his sophomore year at Lynchburg College in Virginia, where he studies criminology. He likes going to the beach, watching movies and listening to music. During his internship at Skout, Corey wants to check out the San Francisco dining scene and explore historical landmarks. Tune in to the Skout Blog for Corey’s updates each week, and add him on Skout, too (SkoutID: corepowww)!

For my fourth week at Skout, I went on a tour of San Francisco! Nikki, Skout’s community marketing manager, accompanied me. We toured by bus and boat. Talk about exploring!

Nikki and Corey.

Nikki and Corey.

The bus came to pick us up around 8:15 in the morning in front of a hotel. I met up with Nikki, who had coffee and pastries for us. Then we boarded the bus to start our long – but fun! – tour.

View of San Francisco from Twin Peaks.

View of San Francisco from Twin Peaks.

The bus drove through many popular areas of San Francisco like Pacific Heights and Haight-Ashbury. We also got to stop at Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Sutro Baths. I wasn’t too fond of Twin Peaks because I didn’t like how high up we were. To make that matter worse, the bus we were on wouldn’t go in reverse, and we were stuck for about five minutes! Despite my fear of heights, it was really cool to see the city from that perspective.

Golden Gate Bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge.

I really liked the Golden Gate Bridge because it’s one of the most famous structures in San Francisco, and I was so glad to see it with my own eyes. It was so windy up there!

View of Sutro Baths ruins.

View of Sutro Baths ruins.

The Sutro Baths were really interesting, especially since I had never heard of them. The Baths were a popular attraction in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was a building that housed many pools that varied in temperature and size. Eventually, the house lost popularity and was bought in order to turn into an apartment complex, until a fire destroyed almost all of it in the late 1960s. Nikki and I saw a small portion of what was left from that disaster.

View of Alcatraz from the boat.

View of Alcatraz from the boat.

After we rode through all of San Francisco, we took a boat tour of Alcatraz and a tour of the Golden Gate Bridge. Alcatraz was my favorite place to visit. It’s so interesting how the worst criminals were all congregated on this one island so close to the city, yet far from civilization. I would have lost my mind if I had to stay in Alcatraz.

The iconic In-N-Out sign.

The iconic In-N-Out sign.

The boat tour only lasted for about an hour. We ended our day of tourism with food from In-N-Out. The burgers there are so good!

I’m glad to have had a tour of San Francisco, and since I love history, I’m happy I got to learn more about this city.

Stay tuned for my next post!

What else has Corey been up to? Catch up on his Skout adventures!

Tales of a Skout Global Friendship Ambassador, Week 3: L.A. Video Shoot

Corey, Skout's Global Friendship Ambassador

Corey, Skout’s Global Friendship Ambassador

Corey is entering his sophomore year at Lynchburg College in Virginia, where he studies criminology. He likes going to the beach, watching movies and listening to music. During his internship at Skout, Corey wants to check out the San Francisco dining scene and explore historical landmarks. Tune in to the Skout Blog for Corey’s updates each week, and add him on Skout, too (SkoutID: corepowww)!

I’m halfway there! During my third week here at Skout, I got to experience something really cool: an actual video shoot in Los Angeles!

Accompanied by Jennifer, Skout’s social media manager, I flew to L.A. for a day of shooting a video for Skout. As I looked out of the airplane window, I saw the Staples Center! I see it all the time in movies, and it was interesting to see it in person because it looks just as big and bright as I expected it to be.

We arrived in L.A. around 10 p.m., and I was so exhausted. I couldn’t wait to get to the hotel and sleep!

The next day began at 7 a.m. I woke up, got dressed and had breakfast – eggs, sausage, and coffee – which was really good.

Palm trees at Loyola Marymount University.

Palm trees at Loyola Marymount University.

Then Jennifer and I took a taxi to the site where the video was to be shot – at Loyola Marymount University. We were greeted warmly by the production team, Paxeros Creative, and everyone involved. Everyone was so nice, and I felt right at home.

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Skout stars selfie!

As soon as we arrived, everyone got into their places to begin filming. The campus was so cool! It is easily the most beautiful campus I’ve seen in a long time. I think palm trees are definitely growing on me. The actors and actresses were fun to be around and never lost spirit.

Behind the scenes of the video shoot.

Behind the scenes of the video shoot.

I wasn’t able to sightsee a lot because we were only there for that day, but we did have lunch in the city, and I saw a bunch of nice houses. The last thing I tried to see was the Hollywood sign, but we were so far from it we could barely see it on the mountain!

After most of the filming was done, we headed back to the airport to get back to San Francisco.

It was a great experience, and I’m glad I had a chance to go to L.A., even though it was a short visit. The filming went smoothly, and we were really pleased with all the footage shot and everyone’s cooperation during the shoot.

Stay tuned for my next blog, where I share my adventures of my tour around San Francisco!

What else has Corey been up to? Catch up on his Skout adventures!

Skouters Tell All for International Kissing Day!

The results of the International Kissing Day survey are in, and we’re pawsitively shocked by the results – almost 1 in 5 Skouters told us they’d rather kiss their pet than their significant other!

Nearly 5,000 Skouters took part in our recent survey in honor of International Kissing Day on July 6, and we discovered all sorts of kiss quirks about you.

Pucker up for the survey results!

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You heard that right: Nearly 1 in 5 Skouters would rather kiss their pet than their significant other!

  • And 43 percent say they’d prefer to kiss their pet rather than family or friends.

In general, the majority of people pucker up for pets.

  • 75 percent of Skouters admit that they kiss their pets.

Dogs are the most kissable pet.

  • 70 percent of people say dogs are the most kissable pet.
  • 21 percent of Skouters purr-fer to kiss their cats.
  • Skouters choose paws over claws: Only 7 percent kiss their birds, and just 2 percent prefer their reptiles.

But enough about pets …

When it comes to friends, the majority of us appreciate a “hello” kiss.

  • 61 percent of Skouters surveyed say they’re all for a quick kiss when greeting a friend.
  • Interestingly, men (64 percent) are even more likely than women (56 percent) to kiss when saying hello.

Get cheeky – but keep it to one cheek only!

  • The majority rules again. Among Skouters who appreciate a greeting kiss, 75 percent say a quick kiss hello on one cheek is the way to go.
  • A quick kiss on both cheeks goes too far for most (only 12 percent prefer it), and a simple air kiss isn’t as genuine (just 13 percent prefer that).

Kissing in the workplace? Not so popular …

  • 13 percent of Skouters surveyed have greeted a co-worker with a quick kiss.
  • 11 percent say they have kissed their boss!

This survey was conducted online in June 2015 among 4,995 Skout users in the United States.


SKOUT JOINS PAWS WITH MUTTVILLE FOR INTERNATIONAL KISSING DAY

Because so many Skouters said they prefer to kiss their dogs, it was a natural fit for Skout to partner with Muttville, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs.  Muttville rescues senior dogs, the ones least likely to be adopted from shelters, and finds them new homes and a second chance at love.

Skout’s recent survey found that 52 percent of people would adopt an older dog, and on International Kissing Day – July 6! – for every virtual Muttville sticker friends give to each other in the Skout app, Skout will make a donation to Muttville that will go toward K9 care and kisses, including dental work, medical exams and grooming! This is a great way to participate in International Kissing Day, especially if you don’t have anyone to kiss today – give virtual kisses, instead! Tap here to learn how to give a gift.

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To participate in the donation on July 6:


GOLDEN DOGS IN THEIR GOLDEN YEARS IS A GOLDEN IDEA

Looking for a companion to greet you with a kiss when you wake up in the morning as well as give you a warm welcome when you get home after a long day of work? Adopt a dog! But, not just any dog — a senior dog! Senior dogs have the wisdom and patience to be the wind in your sail, the shoulder to lean on, and the light on your horizon. Senior dogs are straight-up golden!

Here are 5 reasons to adopt a senior dog ASAP:

1. They’re already trained!
Most senior dogs have lived with people before, so they’ve developed good manners.

2. What you see is what you get.
Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. They’re comfortable in their own skin, which makes them pretty chill to be around.

3. They won’t ruin your shoes.
Senior dogs respect a tidy living space and don’t want to ruin that by chewing everything in the house.

4. Respect for personal boundaries!
Because they’re used to living with roommates, senior dogs respect your personal space and leave you time for yourself – they don’t make the kind of demands that puppies and young dogs do.

5. Ready for love.
Older dogs are good at giving love. Many people say, after they adopt a senior dog, the dog is grateful for a second chance, and the bond they build is unmatched.

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area come meet the love of your life at Muttville’s adoption events almost every weekend, noon to 3 p.m. (check the website to be sure). Lots of kisses! Check us out online for a list of all our golden oldies.

Sherri Franklin

Sherri Franklin

Sherri Franklin is the founder of Muttville, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. Muttville rescues senior dogs, the ones least likely to be adopted from shelters, and finds them new homes and a second chance at love.

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WIN MATCHING SHIRTS FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG

Win matching shirts for you and your pooch!

Win matching shirts for you and your pooch!

Want to look positively precious with your dog? Just follow these instructions to enter to win two Skout-Muttville raglan shirts – one for you and one for your doggie pal!

  • You must have a Skout account. You can join Skout here:
  • Post a photo of you and your dog on Buzz, tagged #K9Kisses.
  • Skout will choose our favorite photo and award the winner two Skout-Muttville shirts — you and your dog can be twinsies!
You could win a shirt for yourself and a matching shirt for your dog!

You could win a shirt for yourself and a matching shirt for your dog!


CHEERS TO MUTTVILLE!

Thanks to your record-breaking gift giving, more dogs will now be able to have a second chance at love!

In honor of International Kissing Day, our resident mixologist Mikey concocted a few mutt-themed cocktails to celebrate our partnership with Muttville senior dog rescue. Cheers to the weekend, everyone! Enjoy these one-of-a-kind libations.

Muttville Manhattan

Muttville Manhattan

MUTTVILLE MANHATTAN
2 teaspoons Black Dog Scotch Whisky
2 ounces bourbon
.75 ounces sweet vermouth
.25 ounces Cointreau
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash orange bitters
Garnish: Orange peel
Directions:
Add the Scotch to a cocktail glass and swirl it to coat the interior. Pour off any excess. Combine the remaining ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well and strain into the prepared cocktail glass. Using a lit match, flame the orange peel over the drink and then drop it in.

The Hot Chihuahua

The Hot Chihuahua

THE HOT CHIHUAHUA
2 oz. Añejo tequila
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Stray Dog

STRAY DOG
6-7 mint leaves
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. lime juice
2 oz. Dark Jamaican Rum
2 oz. ginger beer
Mint sprig
Directions:
Add mint leaves, sugar and lime juice to a Collins glass. Lightly muddle the mint. Add the rum and fill with ice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with a mint sprig and straw.

The Mixologist:
Michael Chisholm is the User Acquisition Manager at Skout. His knack for libation creation began a few years ago when a family friend asked him to whip up some margaritas to complement their Mexican food dinner. Though he’d had many of them over the years, he had absolutely no idea what was in margaritas or how to make them. His curiosity to learn the ingredients of a margarita sparked his love for mixology.

Happy BFF Day! Skouters Say Women, Pets Are Best Friends

Who is YOUR best friend? To celebrate National BFF Day on June 8, Skout asked our community all about their closest friendships – as well as which celebrity BFFs they like the most.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Credit: Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Credit: Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com.

We’re not surprised: Men’s – and women’s! – best friends are women.

  • Nearly 40 percent of men surveyed say their best friend is a woman.
  • 66 percent of women say their best friend is a woman.

Women are more likely than men to have a best friend.

  • A whopping 90 percent of women say they have a BFF, whereas only 75 percent of men say the same.

Most people say they’re better looking than their best friend!

  • 62 percent of women and 52 percent of men think they are more attractive than their best friend.
  • 40-somethings have the most self-confidence, with 64 percent saying they are better looking than their best friend.

1 in 5 people met their best friend online.

  • 21 percent of people surveyed say they met their BFF online through social media or an app like Skout – including these Skouters!

Great friendships can endure distance.

  • Less than half (47 percent) of Skouters say they live in the same town as their best friend.
  • 24 percent of people surveyed say their best friend lives “far away.”
  • 7 percent say their best friend lives in a different country!

We’re not kitten – pets are pals too!

  • 5 percent of Skouters say their pet is most important to them.
  • The same number of people – 14 percent – say their BFF or significant other is the most important person in their lives.
  • 65 percent of Skouters say family is most important.
Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss. Credit: FashionStock.com/Shutterstock.com.

Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss. Credit: FashionStock.com/Shutterstock.com.

Ben and Matt are the top celeb BFFs!

  • 27 percent of Skouters choose Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as their favorite pair of famous besties.
  • Tied for second place – with 21 percent each – are BFFs Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss as well as James Franco and Seth Rogen.
  • Garnering 10 percent each of Skouters’ votes were best friends Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell as well as Bella Thorne and Zendaya.
  • Finally, 9 percent of Skouters say their favorite BFFs are Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevigne.
Seth Rogen and James Franco with dates. Credit: s_bukley/Shutterstock.com.

Seth Rogen and James Franco with dates. Credit: s_bukley/Shutterstock.com.

This survey was conducted online last month among 3,306 Skout users in the United States.


Watch Skouters with their own BFFs:


BRAND-NEW FRIENDSHIP BADGES!

Show your besties how much they’re appreciated by giving them Skout’s new BFF badges – now available in the Gift Store. BFF badges are free Sunday and Monday! Tap here to learn how give gifts to all Skout friends. You can find the new BFF badges in the Badges category in the Gift Store!

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WIN A SHOPPING SPREE FOR YOU AND YOUR BFF!

Want to win a shopping spree for your and your best friend? Just follow these instructions to enter to win a pair of $250 H&M gift cards – one for you and one for your BFF!

  • You and your friend must each have your own Skout accounts. Aren’t Skouters yet? No problem – you can join here: http://bit.ly/1EXHusW
  • Make sure you each create a SkoutID! Tap here to learn how to make a SkoutID.
  • Post a photo of you and your friend on Buzz, tagged #BFF and include your SkoutIDs.
  • Skout will choose our favorite photo and award the winner two H&M gift cards, each worth $250!