#BlackFridayPhotoContest - We're Giving Away Up to $500 in our Biggest Contest of the Year!

Black Friday is right around the corner and we’ve decided to give you a little extra shopping money this holiday season!  We want to hear about your User Experience while you’re out shopping.  We talk a lot here about new technology, new apps, software, processes, etc.  Now is your chance to show it off!


Congrats to Our Winners and Stay Tuned for our Next Contest

Well, our Twitter contest has officially wrapped and I'd say it's fair to say that we can call it a success!  We are sending out a $50 Visa Gift Card this week to each of our lucky winners: Hope Gilroy of Pennsylvania and Kimberly Snyder of North Carolina.  What did they do to win?  They simply retweeted our content!

Narrowing Down My Choices

In response to the resounding number of replies I've received (AKA crickets), I've looked back over our choices for Twitter contests. At this point, if I had to narrow down the choices, I'd pick one of two options. I'd be interested in either a "Tweet an Answer" contest or a "Picture Contest". You can refer back to our last post for more info on these types of contests.


Types of Twitter Contests

For the past few weeks I've been diving in deeper to see what Twitter contests are all about.  Having never run a Twitter contest yet myself, I wanted to dig in and see the specific types of contests that people are successfully running.  

#TwitterContest

After a few attempts at Facebook contests (both successes and failures), I figured it might be a nice change of pace to shift the focus onto Twitter contests for a bit.  I'm curious -who out there has actually started a Twitter contest?  The premise seems pretty simple: Choose a prize for followers to compete for, use a hashtag unique to you and your contest, use a hashtag that people will search for, and incorporate your handle for people to follow.

What I've Learned About Running a Facebook Contest That Requires Participation

So, our latest Facebook contest has wrapped.  Winners have been chosen, newsletter has been renamed, prizes have been sent out.  So I'd like to take a minute and reflect back on what I've learned about this specific kind of Facebook contest.


Boosting Engagement: Not What I'd Call a Homerun

Well, it's been a long few weeks running this last Facebook contest and trying to boost engagement on our Facebook page.  And by "a long few weeks" I mean "equivalent to pulling teeth".  My whole goal was to get people talking and instead I've received a lot of radio silence.  I will say that there have been a few occasional extra 'likes' here or there and a random comment thrown in once a week or so, but that's about it.


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Consultants: The Importance of Being an Expert

​As a consultant, you’ll run into situations nearly daily where you are meeting new people who want to hear about what you do. I get questions regularly on topics that I consult on. Many times these conversations come up on the spot and out of a normal business environment.  So, what do you do when you’re approached, totally unprepared, and you have to talk about your business out of the blue? Do you know your business well enough that you can stop whatever you’re doing and come up with an intelligent informed conversation? As a consultant, this is a must.
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