One way I got the word out about the contest was by using Twitter to post lots of announcements about the voting. And people who followed me on Twitter posted about the contest, which got their own group of users on the case.
NetSquared has not released the voting numbers, but based on the difficulty of the voting process, I wouldn't be surprised if I won with less than 200 votes total. Twitter is likely a large percentage of that number.
But the tipping point might have been Jason Fall's 2000th tweet about voting for Metro Mapper in the contest. He jokingly proposed pimping out his 2000th tweet for $5, and I took him up on the experiment!
Here's a list of all the ways I got the word out about the contest. Each method got some number of eyes on the contest, and each propagated the word, somewhat virally, to people outside of the initial contact method.
Email, Phone, or In Person:
Fully Digital Announcements:
- Metro Mapper site banners and contest page
- Metro Mapper blog posts
- Consuming Louisville post
- Forge Louisville posts
- Louisville History and Issues posts
- Traditional Press Release to local media
- Courier-Journal blurb
- Louisville.com page
- Facebook wall and status updates
- Metro Mapper Twitter followers
And, the only paid form of getting the word out, $5 to Jason Falls for his 2000th Tweet:
- Jason Fall's Twitter followers
Since Jason had about 700 followers, even if a only a small percentage voted, it would have made a big difference. He posted a detailed blog entry about the process, and sparked a great debate on the monetization of Twitter and the potential for paid advertising and sponsorship.
Thanks to the Twitter community for helping out Metro Mapper.
If you followed Jason or I on Twitter, and voted, please leave a short comment here so I can track and thank you. Jason's post generated a number of great comments.
I've also posted this same article on my NetSquared Project Blog so other projects can see the impact of Twitter and other ways I got the word out.