Automotive Photo Community MadWhips is Building on “Above-Average” Engagement

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The idea for automotive photography community MadWhips might have started at the University of Guelph where CEO Anthony Carbone went as a twenty-something. “Being the techy geeks that we were, we would take pictures of exotic cars on the street and then we’d exchanged photos and talk about cars over beer and pizza.”

Carbone started what was the beginning of MadWhips in 2005 as a basic WordPress foundation, a site where people could upload their car pictures, whether it was for professional photography or car-spotting purposes. It was a bit ahead of its time, said Carbone, and by 30 he was burned out with full-time work, as well as keeping up with the blog.

But last year the CEO experienced a change of scenery. “I was fired for the first time and I took that as the universe’s sign to look at my life. I took advantage of the fact that I had this hobby website that was a passion, yet still kind of a brewing opportunity to take advantage of.”

Eventually he hooked up with Toronto’s Majestic Media, a company that shared his same vision for a centralized automotive photography-sharing platform. They joined in September and completely revamped the site, making it simpler to share photos. They leveraged both the Pinterest and Instagram models of sharing photos, taking the best of both worlds. “You don’t have a closed system like Instagram, but you also have that component of the web where anything you upload on mobile or web can be searchable and indexible by google,” said Carbone.

This week MadWhips officially re-launched, giving car-lovers everywhere an effective spot to share their best shots.

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MadWhips now has over 1 million Instagram followers (among its network of several accounts), over 150,000 Facebook fans and over 12,000 Twitter followers. Carbone also runs the most popular Bugatti account on Instagram, with over 83,000 followers.
“The engagement among our followers on social networks, particularly Instagram & Facebook, shows that there’s a big demand for our content,” he said. “We’re gaining over 25,000 new followers a week.”
Carbone is betting on this “above-average” engagement on social networks: “we’re way above the standard and the average. It tells me that the curation and content play that I have for automotive photography is what will float MadWhips up and up.”
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Majestic Media managing director Mario Zelaya commented that “the fact that their vision started seven years ago, coupled with a clear and strong focus, is the reason we decided to partner up with MadWhips and build their social network.”
“It’s got a flavor of its own while combining key frameworks of Pinterest and Instagram. I’m really excited to see this take off,” said Zelaya.
Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk previously has written for the National Post, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Regina Leader Post, Techvibes and BC Business Online. Joseph often goes crazy on twitter during NHL and NFL games.