Thursday, November 17, 2011

Would YOU like your very own fresh white truffle?

Yes, you could win one. Just a second on that.

This is a bit of a social media experiment. I want to see if this sort of marketing works or not.

The deal is that I was in a contest at Marx Foods, and was asking people to vote for Cookistry. The contest is now closed, and I want to thank everyone for their votes and comments!

Meanwhile, Marx Foods is also giving away a fresh white Alba truffle in a comment-to-win contest, and I have that linky right here. I have nothing to do with that contest; in fact, I've entered to win it, myself. I'm just passing along the info. That contest ends Nov 20, 2011, so if you find this post later, the contest is over.

So the question was whether people would reward me with a vote for telling you about the truffle and think this is a brilliant cross-promotional marketing strategy, or would they ignore my plea for a vote and go right for truffle-winning? Or are you so annoyed that I'm not giving away the truffle that you're going to ignore both links and walk away in a huff? (And where did you get that lovely huff, anyway?)

I've never done this sort of asking-for-votes post (although I've seen similar things on other blogs), so I want to see how you all respond to this.

Now that the gimme-a-vote part of the experiment is over, I've got to say that it was a marginal success. I did get a few extra votes and the comments were nice. I didn't win the contest, and that's fine, too. You can't win 'em all. And truthfully, I'd rather win a contest based on how good the recipe is, rather than on my social media skills.

On the plus side, Marx Foods asked to feature my recipe as a guest post on their site (even before the contest was over) so I think that's a feather in my cap.

Good luck on truffle-winning. It would be sweet if whoever won it got there from this site.

19 comments:

teaandscones said...

Okay I voted for you FIRST then went and registered for the TRUFFLE!!

Donna Currie said...

Awww, thanks! I have no idea if people would like this at all or not, but I figured it was worth the experiment. Good luck on the truffle! Did you see what those things SELL FOR??? Whoa!

Jenn said...

Voted for you first...and you are in the lead, HA! Good Luck. Now, me gotta go and enter to win that lovely truffle : )

Jenny in Ohio said...

I just voted for you and I didn't even enter the truffle contest. :)

Ansh said...

Voted for you!! Fellow front range blogger :)

Donna Currie said...

Thanks, guys!

Petra said...

lol, since you asked with such great humor I just had to hop over and hand a vote to you (whispers: you are ahead at this point)

Lauren said...

as of my vote a moment ago, you're winning by 2%!

mjskit said...

You're funny! I trade one vote for another :). I just voted for you, now would you mind voting for my Pumpkin and Chestnut soup over at Food Frenzy? I also entered the truffle contest.

Donna Currie said...

Where do I find Food Frenzy? I googled and there are a lot of things listed. Put a link here and maybe others will vote for you, too. I like to share!

Donna Currie said...

Wait! I found it. mjskit is on Food Frenzy here: http://blogstew.net/foodfrenzy/tag/.recipe-challenge/

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

Voted! Hope you win the truffle too.

Sherri M said...

Voted (for you!), then registered to win the truffle. Good luck to both of us!

Sherri M said...

Forgot to comment on your question. I don't mind going to vote for someone who's done the work to earn it. I just don't like to do that kind of thing when it gets to the point that I believe there's a whole company behind the "blogger" doing all the work and the "blogger" takes credit for all of it. I like that you tell the whole story of what's going on. That make sense?

Donna Currie said...

Thanks, Sherri. I've never asked for votes like this on my blog, but I've seen other bloggers who are running giveaways and one entry is to go vote for them on some other contest. I thought that was interesting, but I wasn't sure what people thought of that sort of thing.

But here, you can't win anything from me for voting, and I get no credit for you trying to win the truffle.

I like Marx a lot because they're pretty free with samples, so I don't mind promoting them, and if I can win the contest I'm in, that a plus.

Yuri - Chef Pandita said...

Voted for you! Good luck :)

Nelly Rodriguez said...

Voted from every device in the house! :)

Nicole Gamble said...

Voted for you! Good luck!

Kitchen Riffs said...

I was delighted to vote for you. And would have even if there wasn't a truffle contest to enter. But since there was, I did - thanks for the heads up on that.

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