Inspiration from the Best in the World

Guest post from Fernando Espejel, VP Director, Digital Platforms at FCB Chicago

In advertising and marketing, regardless of company size, category or demographic, we all have one goal: great campaigns. Campaigns that resonate with our target audience, spark conversation and ultimately lead to conversion.

At a high level, the formula for this is relatively simple: integrate across all channels and focus on relevant and engaging content. It is the execution of this formula that often proves to be extremely difficult. The goal of this post is to provide a bit of guidance along the way, in the form of inspiration from those who’ve done it well.

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Verisign Announces Grand Prize Winner of #InternetOfficial Contest

Drum roll, please! We’re very excited to announce the Grand Prize Winner of our #InternetOfficial contest. It’s KidsCookDinner.com, registered through Network Solutions!

New York-based Kate K. submitted the most descriptive, memorable and original new .com domain name that resonated with our five judges and received the most votes from the public during the Grand Prize Entry Period Voting Phase, earning Kate K. the #InternetOfficial Contest Grand Prize of $30,000! According to KidsCookDinner.com, its goal is to get children thinking about the importance of sharing food with family and friends, appreciating the process and getting children to cook more in the kitchen.

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“Mobilegeddon”: Good For Small Business?

Google updated its algorithms in April to favor websites that look and perform better on mobile devices, making them appear higher on search results. This news has many non-mobile-friendly website owners fearing that their search rankings will plummet. While the change is understandably concerning, Google may actually be doing many small businesses a favor by finally forcing them to implement a mobile website.

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Time to Cast Your Vote in the #InternetOfficial Contest’s Grand Prize Round!

Our #InternetOfficial First Prize Winners have submitted their most descriptive, memorable and original new .com domain names, earning each of them a shot at winning the Grand Prize of $30,000!
Each of our 15 First Prize Winners had an opportunity to create a video explaining why their entry is worthy of the #InternetOfficial contest Grand Prize, and now it’s your time to vote and possibly help your favorite take home $30,000! It’s easy. Check out the videos submitted by our First Prize Winners, and then vote for your favorite by clicking the “VOTE FOR THIS ENTRY” button at the top of the page. Keep in mind the voting period ends Saturday, June 27, at 11:59 p.m. EDT, and you’re able to vote for one video per day. Each video is unique, so we hope you find one that resonates with you.

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Verisign Announces Third Round of #InternetOfficial Contest First Prize Winners

We’re excited to announce the third – and final – round of our monthly #InternetOfficial contest First Prize Winners!

This round of winners brings the total number of First Prize Winners to 15. Each will receive $5,000, and is eligible to compete to win the #InternetOfficial contest grand prize of $30,000 (the First Prize Winners who submit a video will proceed to the final round for an opportunity to win the grand prize).

Our distinguished panel of top industry experts and celebrity judges has determined the five best .com domain names entered into the #InternetOfficial contest during the third monthly entry period.

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Verisign Announces Second Round of #InternetOfficial Contest First Prize Winners

To help celebrate National Small Business Week, today we’re excited to announce the second round of our #InternetOfficial contest First Prize Winners!

As we previously noted on our blog, up to 15 monthly First Prize Winners will receive $5,000 each, and are eligible to compete to win the #InternetOfficial contest grand prize of $30,000 (the First Prize Winners who submit a video will proceed to the final round for an opportunity to win the grand prize).

Our renowned panel of top industry experts and celebrity judges has determined the five best .com domain names entered into the #InternetOfficial contest during the second monthly entry period.

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Verisign Announces First Round of #InternetOfficial Contest First Prize Winners

The results are in and today we’re excited to announce the first round of monthly First Prize Winners from our #InternetOfficial contest celebrating #30YearsofCOM!

Our First Prize Winners will receive $5,000 each, and are eligible to compete to win the #InternetOfficial contest grand prize of $30,000.

As we previously noted on our blog, the #InternetOfficial contest, which is open to U.S. residents only, will feature up to five monthly First Prize Winners during the contest’s entry period (for a total of up to 15 monthly First Prize Winners) and one Grand Prize Winner. Each First Prize Winner will receive $5,000 and the opportunity to submit a video explaining the beauty of their entry. The First Prize Winners who submit a video will proceed to the final round for an opportunity to win the grand prize.

Our illustrious panel of top industry experts and celebrity judges has determined the five best .com domain names entered into the #InternetOfficial contest during the first monthly entry period.

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5 Tips to Business Success with Bill Rancic

Last month, we introduced businessman and motivational speaker Bill Rancic as one of the celebrity judges in our #InternetOfficial contest. We recently sat down with Bill to discuss his tips for business owners and entrepreneurs. Bill wanted to be an entrepreneur ever since he was young, starting at age 10 when one of his grandmother’s friends paid him five dollars for making pancakes during a weekend visit to her house. Since then, the business world has evolved, and we’re in a time that allows a great idea to become a full-fledged business in a matter of minutes – no pancakes needed.

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Can’t Decide Which .Com Domain Name to Register? Our Internet Official Contest Judges Are Here to Help!

As you may have seen, the #InternetOfficial contest celebrating #30YearsofCOM, is well underway. Choosing a domain name is an important step when building your business or startup, so we’ve enlisted the help of our #InternetOfficial industry experts— domain investor and blogger Michael Berkens, SMB authority Anita Campbell and naming expert Steve Manning— to offer business branding and domain naming tips.

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The “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner Joins Panel of Judges for the #InternetOfficial Contest

Lori GreinerWe’re honored to announce that star investor, inventor and entrepreneur Lori Greiner is one of our celebrity judges on the #InternetOfficial contest judging panel! She is ready to judge your .com domain name in celebration of 30 years of .com. But, before we get into the details, have you registered your .com domain and entered our #InternetOfficial contest yet?

We can’t wait to hear Lori’s perspective on the entries and .com ideas you submit. Lori truly embodies the spirit of this contest. She was able to cultivate her great business idea—an innovative earring organizer—into what is now a multi-million dollar international brand with hundreds of new products which she sells on QVC, QVC.com and at other retailers. Additionally, Lori has her own show on QVC called Clever & Unique Creations. Her successful journey demonstrates how one idea can create opportunities for you, so make it #InternetOfficial: Register your .com and start your business journey today.

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