In Photos: The weekend that was

first_img-Kamworor bags World Half three-peatGeoffrey Kamworor after his third straight world half marathon title in Valencia, Spain on March 24, 2018. PHOTO/IAAFWe start off in Valencia, Spain where Geoffrey Kamworor showed that he is on the way to becoming a road running legend when he bagged his third consecutive World Half Marathon title.Kamworor dipped slightly over an hour to bag the title, but Kenya lost the team title with the next best placed man after Kamworor coming in at 12th.Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei races during the 2018 World Half Marathon in Valencia, Spain. PHOTO/IAAFJoyciline Jepkosgei led Pauline Kaveke to a 2-3 finish in the women’s race won by Ethiopia’s Netsanet Kebede in a new women’s only record of 1:06:11.-Italian Gagli clinches 2018 Kenya Open titleBarclays Bank of Kenya Chairman Charles Muchene dresses Italian Lorenzo Gagli in his winner’s coat after he clinched the 2018 Kenya Open title at the Muthaiga Golf Club on March 25, 2018. Watching is President Uhuru Kenyatta PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaItaly’s Lorenzo Gagli beat Sweden’s Jens Fahrbring in the third hole of a sudden death play-off, to claim the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open Golf title at Muthaiga Golf Club yesterday.The two players had tied on 11 under par 273 after the end of regulation play with Gagli firing three under par 68 in the closing round, while Fahrbring posted 67 to also bring his total to 11 under par.Lorenzo Gagli, winner of the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open Golf Championship follows his tee on the final day of the tournament on March 25, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe two went to the par three-13th hole for the play off, where they parred the hole twice, before Gagli claimed the third hole with a par, to clinch his first victory and the 10-million shilling prize money.-I would rather enjoy my K’Ogalo, says BabaPresident Uhuru Kenyatta together with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga walk on the Muthaiga Golf Club course with other dignitaries during the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open final day on March 25, 2018. PHOTO/PSCUThe new BFFs in town, President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga walked side by side to the 2018 Kenya Open final day in Muthaiga.But while President Kenyatta is an ardent golf fun, Baba seemed not to fancy the ‘gentleman’s game’ a lot.“It was nice watching the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open but I think I’ll stick to watching the Mighty Gor Mahia,” Raila tweeted after the evening’s session in Muthaiga.-Unbeaten KCB retain Kenya Cup titleKenya Commercial Bank captain Curtis Lilako and his assistant Darwin Mukidza lead teammates in celebrating their Kenya Cup win against Kabras Sugar at the Lion’s Den on March 24, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIt was the closest Kabras Sugar have come to toppling Kenya Cup giants KCB and Saturday’s final at the Lion’s Den in Ruaraka provided a spectacle for neutrals.Well, the Bankers, unbeaten this entire season showed their superiority holding on for 29-24 win, but Kabras left the pitch feeling that sooner rather than later, they will topple the Lions.Calm down, we got this! Kenya Commercial Bank coach Curtis Olago showing confidence on the touchline during their Kenya Cup final against Kabras Sugar at the Lion’s Den on March 24, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaBut one thing that was worth fancying from the tie was Curtis Olago’s confidence.The KCB tactician never seemed to bat an eyelid even when the game was under immense pressure and he cut out a composed figure on the touchline.While his opposite number Charles Cardovillis was animated on the bench, Olago kept his calm, but burst out as soon as the final whistle went.-Kapenguria Heroes, Plateau Queens to Chapa Dimba with Wanyama in LondonKapenguria Heroes players in happy moments after stunning Gor Mahia Youth 3-0 in post-match penalties to win the inaugural Boys Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom title at Bukhungu Stadium on 25th March 2018. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKapenguria Heroes from West Pokot and Plateau Queens from Nyanza Region were crowned national champions of the inaugural Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament yesterday.Kapenguria upset pre-match favourites Gor Mahia Youth 3-0 on penalties with keeper Brian Lumumba saving all of Gor’s attempts while Plateau won the girls’ title with a 4-3 wins over Tar Tar, also on penalties.Plateau Queens from Nyanza region celebrating after upsetting Tar Tar 4-3 in post-match penalties to be crowned the Girls Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom champions. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONThe two teams walked home with one-million shillings in prize money and a priceless one-week trip to London where they will benefit from clinics and mentorship from Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama.-Harambee Stars draw Comoros in MarrakechHarambee Stars players hurdle for a prayer after a training session in Marrakech. PHOTO/FKFNot the best of performances from Harambee Stars who on Saturday evening came from behind to draw 2-2 with Comoros, ranked 132nd in the world.Clifton Miheso wiped the blushes off Stars who might find themselves dropping in the next release of rankings after the draw.-Ushuru, City Stars aim to get back to PL businessUshuru players celebrate the second of Billy Oporia’s goals against Nairobi Stima in a National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on March 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPlaying in the second tier is no joke! It is a tough league where everybody treats a game like a final ultimately hoping to dive into the big boys’ pool, the Kenyan Premier League.Ushuru FC and City Stars have tasted the sweetness of the waters that trickle from the KPL and despite starting their season slow, both sides are aiming to get back to the top.They won their weekend National Super League ties and hope to keep a consistent run throughout.-Oh, poor Hami, It’s Vett’s title!Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (right) celebrates winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix on the podium beside second-placed Lewis HamiltonSebastian Vettel won a thrilling duel with world champion Lewis Hamilton to steal the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday.The four-time world champion got the jump on the Mercedes ace off a miscalculation on the pit stop under Virtual Safety Car conditions and held off Hamilton for his second straight win in Melbourne and third overall.Sebastian Vettel (R) celebrates winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix with second-placed Lewis Hamilton (L) and third-placed teammate Kimi RaikkonenFerrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen resisted a challenge from Australian Red Bull racer Daniel Ricciardo to take third and join Vettel on the podium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Italian Lorenzo Gagli relishes his moment after winning the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open Gold title on March 25, 2018 at the Muthaiga Golf Club.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26- Once again, it was yet another action packed weekend in sports both locally and internationally, some providing spectacular photographic moments.From Geoffrey Kamworor earning a three-peat of the World Half Marathon Championship to KCB retaining their Kenya Cup title and Lorenzo Gagli bagging the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open title, we re-live the weekend that was, in photos.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh’s new QB recruit may be younger than your YouTube account

first_imgBlessed to receive my first … What were you doing when you were 13? Waiting on the front porch for the mailman to deliver your Mad Magazine? Building a Roller Derby track out of Legos? Having rip-roaring belching contests with your friends?Loser.On Tuesday Jim Harbaugh, at whose genius we marveled during his time with Stanford and the 49ers, called a seventh grader and offered the kid a football scholarship to Michigan.Of course the kid, quarterback Isaiah Marshall, tweeted yes.last_img

R3.6bn investment for Limpopo

first_img06 July 2007The Limpopo government is to spend over R3.6-billion on upgrading and providing new infrastructure, while also assisting municipalities to implement the new Property Rates Act and to handle their finances better.Provincial local government and housing spokesperson Clayson Monyela said this week that the department would also spend over R1-billion for rural electrification.In addition R600-million has been allocated for municipal support, township establishments and site demarcations, which forms part of the province’s plan to improve capacity within municipalities to deal with issues of financial viability and infrastructure development.“We have to co-ordinate over R4-billion over and above other budgets by parastatals and sector departments to enhance infrastructure and service delivery,” Monyela said.He said most of the province’s towns were experiencing capacity constraints, due to ageing infrastructure that could not cope with current growth in demand.Given the massive rural sanitation backlog in the province, he said the department was investigating alternative innovative technologies as a replacement to the pit latrines.“We are also going to use the expanded public works programme approach to ensure that we involve many of the beneficiaries in the actual projects implementation so that we can maximise delivery,” he said.Several dams being commissioned or completed, he explained, would go a long way in ensuring bulk availability of water in the province’s fast-growing towns like Polokwane, Makhado, Tzaneen, Lephalale and Tubatse.He added that there was a bulk supply upgrade planned for linking Polokwane and Flag Boshielo Dam which will ease supply pressures to the capital city.Building capacityThe department is also assisting municipalities to ensure institutional structures are conducive to implementing their integrated development plans and accelerating service delivery.Monyela said the department was committed in ensuring all key positions in the province municipalities were filled. These positions, he said included those of municipal, technical and planning managers.“To this end we continue to second experts to municipalities with capacity constraints through Project Consolidate,” he said.Through the Project Consolidate, government deploys experts including experienced municipal managers from efficient municipalities, senior local government officials, private sector managers and officials from local government institutes, to 136 municipalities around the country that have been identified as “weak”, assisting them to improve operations and make better use of available resources.“We also continue to assist municipalities with revenue enhancement strategies so that more revenue can be collected to increase available resources for service delivery,” Monyela said.He added the department would also assist municipalities to implement the Property Rates Act through development of valuation rolls, by-laws and rates policies.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

From Daveyton to New York, Lira’s still singing her heart out

first_img“Artists like myself, who still preserve the language, we bring a sense of coolness to it,” Lira (Image: misslira.com)With her vocal gymnastics, flamboyantly African fashion sense, and the enviable ability to effortlessly switch genres, from R&B to pop to jazz, it’s no wonder that Lira went from being broke in Daveyton, to mesmerising audiences in New York.There is a lesson in her life for her young fans, she says. “A way will always exist for those who will keep pushing and fighting their way forward. It’s not going to be easy but we need to stop complaining and start creating some solutions for ourselves. We all need to find ways of making something of our lives. We will literally have to carve a new path where there has been none.” “You know there’s something very special about knowing who you are and knowing how you came to be,” Lira (Image: misslira.com)last_img read more

Gene editing oversight clarification needed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Development of an emerging technology promising major animal health and environmental benefits is currently stalled at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, prompting the National Pork Producers Council to renew its call for U.S. Department of Agriculture regulatory oversight of gene editing for livestock.“The pace of FDA’s process to develop a regulatory framework for this important innovation only reinforces our belief that the USDA is best equipped to oversee gene editing for livestock production,” said Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio and president of the National Pork Producers Council. “U.S. agriculture is one our nation’s most successful export products; we can’t afford to cede leadership of gene editing to other countries.”Gene editing accelerates genetic improvements that could be realized over long periods of time through breeding. It allows for simple changes in a pig’s native genetic structure without introducing genes from another species. Emerging applications include raising pigs resistant to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, a highly contagious swine disease that causes significant animal suffering and costs pork producers worldwide billions of dollars.Dr. Dan Kovich, NPPC director of science and technology, is advocating for USDA oversight of gene editing. According to Kovich, “In addition to dramatic animal health gains and reduced financial risk for farmers, gene editing’s promise includes less need to use antibiotics to care for livestock and reduced environmental impact from more efficient farm operations.”Despite no statutory requirement, the FDA currently holds regulatory authority over gene editing in food-producing animals. FDA oversight will treat any gene edited animal as a living animal drug — and every farm raising them a drug manufacturing facility — undermining U.S. agricultural competitiveness relative to other countries with more progressive gene editing regulatory policies.last_img read more

18 Million WordPress.com Blogs Compromised In Attack

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Automattic, the company that owns the WordPress.com blogging platform that powers more than 18 million blogs, announced this morning that its servers had been broken into and source code, among other things, could have been exposed. WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg writes “Tough note to communicate today: Automattic had a low-level (root) break-in to several of our servers, and potentially anything on those servers could have been revealed.”According to Mullenweg, the break-in was limited but proprietary information could have been accessed:We have been diligently reviewing logs and records about the break-in to determine the extent of the information exposed, and re-securing avenues used to gain access. We presume our source code was exposed and copied. While much of our code is Open Source, there are sensitive bits of our and our partners’ code. Beyond that, however, it appears information disclosed was limited.Update: According to Automattic, this break-in “affects most of Automattic’s services […] Root level access potentially allows access to everything on the servers.”TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsosis argues that Mullenweg is downplaying the severity of the incident, pointing out that “WordPress.com VIP customers are all on ‘code red’ and in the process of changing all the passwords/API keys they’ve left in the source code.” TechCrunch, among other big blogs, is a WordPress VIP customer.“While Automattic is down playing the leak, site source code includes API keys and Twitter and Facebook passwords,” writes Tsosis.Mullenweg says that the investigation is ongoing and that they have “taken comprehensive steps to prevent an incident like this from occurring again.”Mullenweg also suggests that users should use strong passwords, different passwords for each site and, “If you have used the same password on different sites, switch it to something more secure.” In other words – change your passwords, folks. Tags:#news#security#web center_img mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Should I be a “Curator”?

first_img“to select and “preserve” or share resources, often within a particular topic area. The term is drawn from the work done by curators at museums, who use their knowledge and expertise to select particular works to bring to the museum, purchase, or organize for public display.” – Curation article, eXtension.orgShould you be a curator? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then you should be curating.Do you have an area of interest where others look to you for advice?Is there a topic in which you would like to be perceived as an ‘expert’?Is there a topic for which you would like to share information with others?Tools to use to curate:All of the tools mentioned here are free (or have free levels) and are incredibly easy to learn and use.PinterestThe new kid on the block and has been generating a lot of interest recently.  Pinterest lets you categorize web pages and write a little about each one.  You can also upload pictures and write about them as well.  One requirement is that the web page you “pin” has a picture larger than thumbnail size.  Followers can repin or post comments to what you’ve pinned.WARNING: This site can be addictive.Learning Guide: Pinterest from University of Wyoming ExtensionProfessional development opportunities:Using Pinterest in Education – A Conversation 2/16/2012 2:00-3:00pm ESTUsing Pinterest in Extension – 2/3/2012 recordingScoop.itCreate your own ‘gorgeous magazine’ with Scoop.it. Articles you scoop can have images or not.  They don’t have the ‘social’ aspect and are more formal than Pinterest. Followers can subscribe to your Scoop.it page and can get an email each day you post a new article.  You can post articles you find and get article suggestions that are relevant to your topic to add to your magazine for others to see.Scoop.it sites that are relevant to Extension and educationWorking DifferentlyCooperative Extension EvaluationDelicious & DiigoAlso known as social bookmarking, these sites have been around for years and have many of the same advantages as Pinterest and Scoop.it. They just don’t have the pictures and pretty layouts. You use these sites to bookmark particular webpages, and add tags and descriptions. You can chose to make the bookmark public, which enables others to see the pages you have bookmarked and tagged.One advantage of Delicious and Diigo is that they use RSS to allow followers to use other tools (Google’s personal home page, feed readers, or many others) to get the content delivered to them without having to return to their website.Learning Guide: Diigo from University of Wyoming ExtensionBlogs These have been used for years and are easy to create, maintain and post.  Some examples of popular free blog hosting sites are: Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress. Many blogs have evolved to include static pages, content management and many more features so you can use a ‘blog’ as your own website.Blogs also generate RSS feeds for followers to subscribe.Learning Guide: Blogging from University of Wyoming ExtensionGeneral Curation Resources:What is Aggregating and CuratingNeVC: Curate The Cloud. How Too Much Information puts Humans Back In Charge.last_img read more

Marketing Lessons from Presidential Campaigns

first_img 1970’s    trade shows interesting article Political analyst Craig Shirley says, “The internet, email, blogs, and websites [today] is to organizational politics as the telephone was starting in the 1940’s or what direct mail was starting in the 1960’s.”  Once again, I couldn’t agree more. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack for his presidential run in 2008.  Romney is convinced that winning the hearts and minds of the blogosphere is absolutely critical to his winning the ’08 Republican primary.  The interesting thing about the political blogosphere is that the authors and readers are mostly the political junkies who are passionate about local politics.  These are the same people who others listen to regarding early impressions of candidates at cocktail parties and summer bbq’s. on how Mitt Romney is marketing to the blogosphere Marketing Tool Evolution — Brian Halligan. Romney hired a 24 year old who formerly worked on Senator Frist’s online initiatives to help him with outreach to the blogosphere.  It sounds like it is a fulltime role where he finds the thought leaders per region, communicates directly with the bloggers, gets meetings for Romney with the bloggers, and does spin control on his messaging in the comments sections of political blogs.  Reaching the Influencers — BD Lessons for Small Businesses & Startups I worked at For the most relevant blogs, “subscribe” to them via here I suspect many businesses will  start hiring people dedicated to influencing the blogosphere and be including that in staff member’s job descriptions such that in a few years it will become commonplace.  I suspect many of you do not have a fulltime staffer in your ’07 budget, so here’s what I recommend.  First, you should get a handle on your own market’s early adopter watercooler by going Crossing the Voter Chasm — Strategy Lessons for Small Businesses & Startups RSS There was an now Democratization of Influencecenter_img Another pithy insight of Moore’s is that most innovators and early adopters cannot be “found” by vendors/candidates, rather they tend to “find” you.  I had felt that insight in action in my own career.  At Groove Networks in the v1 timeframe, we spent real money on sales people and programs that uncovered prospects who paid for pilot projects, but in the final analysis, the companies that succeeded with the product in our early days were the ones that “found” us (Glaxo, HP, & Darpa in particular).  However, I am starting to change my opinion on whether these early adopters can be “found” by candidates and vendors.  Specifically, all of the early adopters in most industries today hang around the same online water cooler — the blogosphere.  Today, you can not only find your industry’s early adopters, but you can engage them on their own terms. Parametric Technology Corporation 1960’s    direct mail 1980’s    seminar road show series .  For the articles that you find most interesting, leave thoughtful comments with links back to your own sites.  The writers of the blogs will be thrilled because you are adding to the discussion and will check out your site.  The other interested readers will do the same — all goodness as you are entering the water cooler conversation. I am going to keep an eye on the upcoming presidential campaigns to see if there are any other best practices or innovative uses of technology that emerge that might be applicable to small businesses and strategy.  Despite the bad feeling in my stomach that the negative ads cause, there are a lot of smart folks and big budgets working on presidential elections and the incentives are “all or nothing,” so some good innovations should emerge from them. Originally published Jan 4, 2007 1:22:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 1990’s    email marketing In terms of the evolution of marketing tools, I would expand upon Shirley’s analogy: throughout the 1990’s.  Early majority customers were influenced by two analysts (Daratech and Dataquest) and the vendors themselves (PTC, IBM, EDS, and Autodesk).  Today, the whole “analyst” business is being disrupted by the blogosphere.  In that industry there are MANY new blogs with people talking about computer aided design and product lifecycle management software.  Potential customers are far less influenced today by the vendors than they used to be because the information that was out there in other people’s heads is now democratized and findable through search engines and blogosphere. to find it.  If you did not find the water cooler, check back in a few weeks — there are 100,000 new blogs started every day.  [If you are a regular reader of this blog, you’ll already know that I think you should start your own “industry” blog] Among the many interesting insights espoused in Geoffrey Moore’s “Crossing the Chasm” is that relatively unknown companies/candidates get their new product/message through to the mainstream marketplace by first targeting the innovators in an industry, then the early adopters who are influenced by the innovators, then the early majority who are (somewhat) influenced by the early adopters, etc., etc.  In the political blogosphere, the blog writers are the equivalent of innovators and the blog readers are the equivalent of the early adopters.  As Romney is a relative unknown compared with McCain and others, he seems to be working on this strategy by targeting the blogosphere early in his campaign process. Many relatively unknown small businesses and startups have a lot in common with Romney.  Rather than spending large amounts of money with PR agencies to influence the mainstream media, I suggest that you might consider spending time cultivating the early adopter community gathering around the blogosphere water cooler.  [As an aside, I have found that most PR companies are struggling to get their arms around the blogosphere — they have great relationships with mainstream media, but the blogosphere is too new and too decentralized for them to get a handle on how to garner influence.] When I think about how we found customers at PTC in the 1990’s, mostly it was outbound coldcalls by sales reps.  The effectiveness of that mode of communication/prospecting is dramatically lower today than it was 10 years ago.  If your phone rings on your office desk, do you pick it up?  I must admit, I don’t because I do not want to get trapped by a cold caller.  Furthermore, the internet has transformed the way people want to consume information — we have become a self-service oriented society where want to be able to do our research on our own terms.  The internet has essentially made most marketplaces more efficient (or flat as Thomas Friedman likes to say). 1940’s    phone 2000’s    blogosphering (rss, blogs, discussion forums, social bookmarking) Romney said in a New Republic article, “New media a great force for the democratization of information.  No longer can a few newspapers and TV stations control what information we have access to.”  I couldn’t agree more.last_img read more

David Meerman Scott Week – New Rules of Marketing & PR

first_imgIn celebration of David Meerman Scott speaking live at the Inbound Marketing Summit on September 8 in Cambridge, MA, we’re going to dedicate a whole week of content on the HubSpot Blog to David and his ideas.Today, I am going to write about some of the key ideas from his last book New Rules of Marketing & PR (his newest book, Tuned In, just launched – more about that later this week)The Old Rules: Buy your way in with interruption advertising or Beg your way in with PR.Before the Internet, most marketing communications was based upon the principle that media was controlled by a small number of companies, and there were two ways to use media to reach consumers and businesses.  First, you could buy advertising to try to interrupt people from what they were doing to pay attention to your message.  This was the age of the 30-second spot, the print ad, the billboard, etc.  Hire expensive creative resources, buy expensive advertising placements, and hope people liked your message and bought your product.Big companies and big brands had the money to do this pretty well, and they took advantage of that.  All the ad campaigns you remember – “Have a Coke and a Smile”, the Absolut Vodka print ads, Marlboro Man, etc. were born of the Old Rules age.Second, you could beg your way into the media with PR.  If you pitch hard enough and often enough, you might just get the media to say something about your company and your products.  The public relations industry flourished by helping companies break into the tightly controlled media outlets since it was the only way to reach consumers. The New Rules: Publish your way in with blogs, videos, viral content, and more.After the Internet, the cost of producing, publishing and distributing media of all types became a lot cheaper.  Not 30% cheaper, but maybe 99% cheaper.  Consumers turn to search engines as a primary resource of information.  What does this mean?  It means you don’t need the media anymore.  It means you don’t need to buy advertising.  People ignore advertising anyways.  They fast forward through it on their TiVo, their eyes skip over ads in newspapers.  It also means that you can start your own newspaper (aka blog) online in a couple hours for free.  You can start your own TV station for free on YouTube and other places.  Why buy advertising when you can own the content?  Why use PR to beg your way into media when you can publish your own and write whatever you want whenever you want?We’ve been big believers in the New Rules of Marketing & PR, since even before the book came out.  We have learned a lot from David and his perspective – he does a fabulous job bringing a lot of ideas together into a neat and understandable format, and he is a great and inspiring speaker and writer.At HubSpot, we started blogging before we had a product to sell – we’ve written over 250 articles so far and have thousands of subscribers.  We build free tools that spread virally like Website Grader (over 350,000 websites graded so far) and Press Release Grader (thousands of press releases graded in the first few weeks).  We create videos and share them on YouTube.  We have a HubSpot page on Facebook with over 550 fans.  We host free monthly marketing webinars.  We formed the Pro Marketers Group on LinkedIn, now with almost 5,000 members.Basically, we follow David Meerman Scott’s New Rules of Marketing using as many techniques of Inbound Marketing as we can.  This is one of the reasons why we want to bring David’s ideas to as many people as possible – they are inspiring, and they work.  So, come join HubSpot and David Meerman Scott at the Inbound Marketing Summit.  If you are a marketer, I promise you will learn a lot. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Jun 30, 2008 10:06:00 AM, updated October 01 2019last_img read more

Insanely Brilliant or Just Insane? The HubSpot $50,000 Viral Marketing Contest

first_imgDo you think you have what it takes to produce content that spreads like wildfire? Then put your creativity where your mouth is and compete to win $5,000 for writing that brilliantly insightful article or producing that hilarious video. Intrigued? Read on… We’re huge on publishing content here as part of a greater inbound marketing strategy and have even had some success with our content going viral (lots of articles on the front page of Digg and viral tools like Website Grader and Press Release Grader ). We’ve had our share of failures, too (we consider this a necessary evil when attempting to produce viral content).So, we’re going to try and enlist the creative minds out there to help produce more viral content.  And we’re putting our wallet behind this to the tune of $5,000.  You can win more than once, and we’ll keep running the contest for the next 3 months or until we run out of money ($50K).How to Win the $50,000 Viral Marketing Contest Complete this form to enter.  If your proposal is accepted, we’ll email you and then you can complete the article or video.Once completed, you deliver the content to us and if we think it rocks, we’ll post it on our blog or YouTube account.  We will pay you $100 for an article or $200 for a video that we post.If your content is a viral success, we’ll pay you $5,000.  Success for an article means getting to the front page of Digg.  Success for a video means over 10,000 views on YouTube in under 30 days.Viral Marketing Contest RulesThe article or video content must relate to marketing in some way. For examples of our articles that have been virally successful, see 12 Quick Tips to Search Google Like an Expert , Now Any Business Can Tap 53 Million Facebook Users (For Free) , and GoDaddy’s 16-Step Checkout: Brainless Marketing At Its Finest? The content must be original and created by you, and ownership of the content passes to HubSpot when we publish it.Scripts or other automated tools to drive votes or views are not allowed.We’ll keep running the contest for the next 3 months or until we spend $50,000, whichever comes first.  We might extend the contest depending on the results, so stay tuned. Enter the $50,000 Viral Marketing Contest Now >> Originally published Jul 29, 2008 10:47:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Social Media Campaigns Topics:last_img read more