ActiveRain Video Contest - best prize yet, I promise

Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain
Win an expenses-paid trip to NYC and a free ticket (valued at $2,000) to spend A Day with Seth Godin
As you know, Web 2.0 is paving the way for real estate professionals to enhance their service, reduce their expenses and wow their clients. ActiveRain is part of this movement. Over the next few months, we will introduce tools and technologies to help you across the many boundaries you face in your business. One of them regards video. So in the spirit of progress, creativity, doing some good deeds and just plain old having some fun together ... let the video games begin!  
Your challenge  
Create a 3-minute (or less) video designed to promote your real estate business and submit it to Active Rain for judging.
Lights, Camera, ActionSome ideas
Choose one of these or come up with your own:
- A video about your community
- A video about yourself (profile, listing presentation, client testimonials)
- A video about your company
- A video about a listing

The details
- All videos must be under 3 minutes
Submissions must be received by Friday, April 4th, 2008 at midnight PST
- All videos must have been first published after March 13th, 2008
- Winners will be announced by Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
- ActiveRain will select 20 finalists for consideration by our judges
- One entry per person 

The judging criteria
- Entertainment Value 
- Potential to generate business
- Creativity 

The prizes
1st Prize  
- 1 ticket to the Day with Seth Godin event in New York City (the proceeds from our ticket purchase have already been donated to The Acumen Fund)
Golden Ticket - Round trip airfare to NYC (For one person, $500 maximum)
- Hotel accommodations for two nights   
2nd and 3rd Prize
The Judges 
- Sara Bonert from Zillow
- Marc Davison from 1000 Watt Consulting
- Dustin Luther from
- Joel Burslem from Inman News
- Rudy Bachraty from Trulia
What this is about
Seth Godin, one of the most respected marketers in the country, is holding a special one-day educational event benefiting the Acumen Fund. The Acumen fund is a non-profit global venture fund targeting the four billion people living on less that $4 a day. Its aim is to help build sustainable and scalable organizations that deliver critical goods and services that improve the lives of the poor. We have purchased one highly coveted ticket to this exclusive event for one lucky winner.
At its core, ActiveRain is built on sharing and collaboration; a critical thread woven into the fabric of our culture. For the Project Blogger competition, ActiveRain donated $5,000 to the CARE organization while coaches and judges freely volunteered their time to help new bloggers sustain and grow their business by learning the ropes of Web 2.0.
We believe strongly in the use of video as a medium for delivering your words, your ideas, your homes and your services to the ever increasing Internet audience. By entering the contest you and your video will become part of the growing contribution to ActiveRain that will be used to help others.
In case you have never heard of Seth Godin, (crawl out from under that rock, haha, kidding of course) or even if you have, it was a page in one of his best selling books that planted the seed for what would become ActiveRain. The original notes are scribbled on a page of that book somewhere around the office. Maybe we should find that......
For more information on Seth Godin click here.

How to enter the contest


1. Create a blog post with your video embedded in the post
2. Tag the video with: ActiveRain Video Contest 2008 (just like I did)
3. Post the blog


1.  Click here to create a free ActiveRain profile
2. Create a blog post with your video embedded in the post.
3. Tag your video with: ActiveRain Video Contest 2008     
4. Post the blog


EDITED: 3000 points for the first person to submit their entry

I have this feeling there a few of you out there sitting on your entry to wait and see what other people are going to do, so let's see if I can give you a little push :-) 

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Bob Stewart
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Comments (151)

Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA
ARDELL... @RealtorLefebvre pointed out your comment to me on Twitter, but didn't say who it was. I should have known. But you don't need to win no contest. :)
Apr 02, 2008 03:21 PM
The Michael Pierce Team
Better Homes & Gardens Kansas City Homes - Leawood, KS
Kansas City Real Estate Experts
Apr 02, 2008 04:07 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy
Halfway done...  I have to do a little more shooting today, and then edit and I should be good to go.  When I win, can I get 50,000 points, too...
Apr 03, 2008 02:38 AM
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

Jon Zolsky,

Sorry you missed it when it was originally posted on the 14th of this month. Even so, three weeks is still a little tight but we had to give the winner enough time to book a flight to meet Seth.


You can see the entries here 

Bob (I forgot to login :-) ) 

Apr 03, 2008 02:54 AM
Hal Goodtree
Goodtree & Co., Inc. - Cary, NC
Web 2.0 for Business

Great contest! Many thanks to Eleanor Thorne for telling us about it. 

Our entry is here.

Apr 03, 2008 04:51 AM
Jason Todd
Compelling Media + Design - Halifax, NS
Thanks to all the people behind the scenes at ActiveRain for putting on the video contest - great idea and good luck to everyone that enters.
Apr 03, 2008 01:10 PM
Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate

Bob, I'm In:

Building A Brick House 


Great Contest, thanks. 

Apr 04, 2008 03:58 AM
Lindsay Pendleton
Relocating To Baton Rouge & Surrounding Areas - Baton Rouge, LA
Marketing Agent - Property Management in Baton Rou

Come Have Fun In Baton Rouge

Thanks for the awesome contest. This is going to be a tough one to judge. There are so many good entries. *crosses fingers to go to New York*

Apr 04, 2008 04:53 AM
Hilde Webber
Yikes!  Wish I had known about the competition months ago!!!  What a great contest!  Will try to get something entered by tonight...since it is the deadline today!
Apr 04, 2008 08:21 AM
Patrick Mahony
Real Estate - Tempe, AZ

Here ya go!!

Thanks for a great contest.Special thanks to JoAnn Coury at www.WestUSA.comand Michael Ammons at for the use of their listings.


Apr 04, 2008 12:53 PM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

I did mine...sort of.  I hope I did it right!!!


Apr 04, 2008 01:12 PM
Michelle DeRepentigny
Success Realty - Athens, GA
Broker Athens, GA

With a whopping 14 minutes to spare, mine is finally up.  This contest almost whipped me, but I learned a lot.  This is the first time I have EVER been ready to say "I quit" after I planned to do something.  I managed to spend an entire week trying to shoot and get something halfway decent produced to post.  I have a much greater respect for paying professionals to shoot video now :)  hopefully with practice it will get easier and I am committed to using video frequently now after buying a Flip and some extremely complicated software.

Credit where due:  mine would not be up if my child had not helped me for four hours with the production last night - thanks Chris!

Apr 05, 2008 05:22 AM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

I don't see my entry in the official list. I titled it properly. Just in case you've overlooked it, here it is...

It was a mad scramble last night, trying to get it processed and uploaded in time! *phew*. I made it with just one hour to spare! 

Apr 05, 2008 10:39 AM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy
ok, I just had to go back and add a second tag... active and rain weren't one word. 
Apr 06, 2008 11:38 AM
If anyone actively keeps tract in this arena, then let me know. I would have loved to tackle this project but I missed the deadline. 
Apr 06, 2008 07:07 PM
Candis Hidalgo
Real Estate Marketing - Go Smart Solutions - Arroyo Grande, CA
Patiently waiting in anticipation for the results (today, right?).
Apr 08, 2008 09:36 AM
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador
We have one last judge to compile scores for and I will have the results posted tonight!
Apr 08, 2008 09:38 AM
Candis Hidalgo
Real Estate Marketing - Go Smart Solutions - Arroyo Grande, CA
very cool! thanks for responding.
Apr 08, 2008 12:44 PM
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

In case you missed the they are

A big congratulations to Mike, Bob and Annie, and Brian......but the real winners are the rest of us, who got to see some great ideas in action! :-) 

Apr 09, 2008 07:39 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
I bought a new Flip yesterday and haven't even opened it yet. Sounds like I better get to it and quick. Now what to take a video of. It has be something wonderful. Let me think?????? Hummmm???? Not to worry ,I will come up with something. Where's Brad, he'll know? :-)
Apr 25, 2008 06:24 AM