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“How Online Networking Rocked My Business” Contest: a Unique Sponsorship Opportunity

This post was originally posted over at the BizSugar Blog. BizSugar is our sister site and as community manager over there too, I’m delighted to let you know that we just recently passed over half a million registered business users and to celebrate we are running a unique competition.

Calling all sponsors!

Contest graphicWe are delighted to announce a call for sponsorships in the forthcoming contest: “How Online Networking Rocked My Business.” This will be a multi-faceted blogging and social media contest for small businesses and entrepreneurs, presented by BizSugar.

The contest is designed to drive engagement and wide community involvement.  It kicks off in mid-June – right now we are lining up sponsors.  Here’s how it will work:

1. The contest will be open to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

2.  Entrants simply need to write a blog post about how online networking has benefited their business.

3.  Submit the post to BizSugar

4.  The grand-prize winner will be the one whose article gets the most votes on BizSugar.

There will also be special prizes for:

  • Most interesting comment, as chosen by our judges
  • The post with the most tweets and retweets
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th highest vote totals

How to be part of this opportunity

We are offering a stellar opportunity to companies to sponsor and be a part of this engaging contest.  This is no “enter and forget it” contest.  Rather, it will involve ongoing engagement and activity across multiple websites and social media properties,  by small business owners and entrepreneurs  and their communities.

As a sponsor, your company will get in front of a significant and active community of small businesses and entrepreneurs. Sponsors get high visibility.  Be seen and recognized publicly as follows:

  • Spotlight your product or service by donating as prizes
  • Your company logo will be seen on the contest page
  • Your company logo will be seen in a contest graphic that is available for entrants to display on their blogs and websites
  • Inclusion in press releases and blog posts announcing the contest and winners
  • Increased visibility for your brand, and lots of social media amplification
  • Visibility in a Twitter chat or Facebook Q&A to raise awareness of the contest

To participate we are looking for sponsors who will provide a combination of cash and in-kind prizes.  This is a very affordable contest for those who wish to heighten and reinforce their brand recognition and  visibility among the small business community.

Like to become a sponsor?  Please email us at:

Who’s Behind the Contest

BizSugar is an award winning social media site with over half a million(500,000+) registered users. It is a platform for small businesses and entrepreneurs to submit, share and vote for the best business information articles on the Internet. It reaches hundreds of thousands of small business and medium-sized business owners and managers annually.  The site’s mission is simple: we want small businesses and entrepreneurs to shine!  BizSugar is part of the Small Business Trends LLC family of small business sites, run by CEO Anita Campbell.

Our media partner for this contest is JustRetweet. JustRetweet is site used by social media savvy, influential bloggers to enable them to connect with like-minded Twitter users interested in similar content.

Become a sponsor!  Email us at:

Digital expert, top 10% influencer with over 10 years’ senior management experience - including managing projects and teams, and growing companies in the Irish, international and online marketplaces. Co-founded one of the largest B2B blogs in the world, helped grow a B2B social media to over 1,000,000 members, created the strategy for one of the most effective SME Facebook pages in the world and have grown 3 business websites (, & to in excess of a 100,000 unique visitors per month. Have consulted and worked with both corporate and SME clients on leveraging digital to drive business KPIs. Speaker at industry events, have authored several industry reports on the Digital Economy and appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Business Insider and other leading online and offline business publications. Specialities include: Entrepreneurship Business Development, Start-ups, Business Planning, Management, Training, Leadership, Sales Management, Sales, Sales Process, Coaching, Online Advertising, Blogging, Online Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, SEO, Social Media Strategist, Digital Strategy, Social Media ROI, User Generated Content, Social Customer Care.

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  • Peter Watson

    Thanks Niall.

    That’s just it, anyone can buy or sell a business. Being your own boss can be a reality and it’s not that difficult.

    Also, selling a business privately is proving to be a very popular trend and has continued to improve every year for the past 8-9 years. All business owners who are planning on selling should definitely consider selling privately first.

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