Contest Ends Friday, and Hosting Happiness

iPad 2 boxes

I can’t wait to give these away (Apple guidelines duly noted).

The boxes above have been in my office for more than a month. This Friday at midnight Eastern time the Authentic Jobs Touchscreen Tussle contest ends, and shortly after an iPad 2 with (RED)™ Smart Cover will be awarded to three of you. I hope it’s you. And you and you.

The photos you see on the Tussle mini-site were taken with one of these iPads. Here’s the untouched version of one of those photos, and another photo showing the engraved back.

Happy Cog Hosting

Happily Hosted by Happy Cog

I have, regrettably, failed to publicly thank Happy Cog Hosting for servicing Authentic Jobs. Their uptime has been impeccable, and having savvy individuals at our service has been abundantly pleasant. I can truthfully say this is by far the best experience I’ve had in more than a decade of hosting websites. If I could give away hosting as part of the contest, I’d award all of you an account.

Alas, follow the instructions on the contest site and I hope you’ll settle for an iPad. (The white/red combination looks quite nice, does it not?)

iPad Winners

Congratulations to Glen LaFortune and Phil Coffman for winning an iPad 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G and 16GB Wi-Fi, respectively.

Tallying the numbers from a few hundred poster orders and a couple dozen postcards, Random.org spit out the number 35, bestowing Glen the fortune of winning an iPad. (Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun, Glen). The low number also meant those who placed orders within only a couple of hours after launch were destined to win, deservedly.

Phil’s Colosseo micro-site hovered in the top 3 spots for the required search phrase, sent the most traffic to colosseotype.com, and generated lots of positive buzz. But above all, I smile every time I flip the light switch on his site.

Once again, a huge thank you to all who participated.

Two iPads To Be Awarded This Weekend

This weekend I’ll randomly choose one lucky winner to receive an iPad 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G. Colosseo Contest #1 ends today, and you can enter to win by purchasing one of my posters.

Also ending today is Colosseo Contest #2. The box containing an extra iPad 16GB Wi-Fi that arrived April 3rd is already gathering dust—I’m excited to award it to one of you.

Much like the Dribbble and martian poster contests, some amazing sites and posts have been published for the second contest. A few of these are shown below. These are not finalists, but rather just a few I’ve spotted. (Links are untitled and contain rel="nofollow" as to not give any unfair weighting to the rankings.)

I wish I had a dozen iPads to hand out. Two dozen, even. Thank you, everyone, for participating and for helping to promote my artwork.

Colosseo Contest #4: Win a Dribbble Invite

Colosseo Dribbble Invite Giveaway

It’s been a fun week for me. Two iPad giveaways (Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G), a rebound playoff, and today’s invite giveaway—all with the intent of helping provide some exposure for my Colosseo poster. Thanks to everyone who has participated so far.

First, on Dribbble: To be clear, I take no credit for what Dribbble has become. Credit is to be given to Dan Cederholm and Rich Thornett. While the concept may have been inspired by Screen Grab Confab, they took the concept much farther than I ever did and the effort was all theirs. Kudos to each.

So, on to today’s contest: Itching to participate in the Dribbble rebound contest but haven’t been invited yet? Here’s your chance to win an invite* and be drafted on the CM team. (Go team!)

  1. Head over to the “RIP Screen Grab Confab" group on Flickr where we’ll give SGC a proper burial once and for all.

  2. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to sign up for a Flickr/Yahoo account to post.

  3. Post a snippet of the best stuff you’re working on, but only a snippet. Use the legacy SGC dimensions of 320x320 or the new Dribbble dimensions of 400x300. Multiple submissions are allowed, but please be reasonable.

  4. Please include your portfolio URL in the description so I can view more of your work, if needed.

I’ll choose 4 winners subjectively based on pure awesomeness following the deadline on Monday, April 12, at 11:59pm EST.

Game on.

* Yes, I realize the proper term is actually invitation, but honestly, who really uses that?

Colosseo Contest #3: Exclusive “Martian” Poster

Colosseo Exclusive "Martian"  Giveaway

The first and second Colosseo contests offer you the chance to win an iPad. This third contest gives you a shot at winning an exclusive “martian” edition of my poster.

This lovely little guy began as a rebound playoff on Dribbble, started by Dan Cederholm. I was still designing the Colosseo at the time, had a few minutes to spare, and threw my rebound into the mix. Just before printing began a couple months later, I asked Bryce to print a few extra(terrestrial) copies featuring the little guy.

He’s hoping to stick around on Earth for a while. Follow the instructions on Dribbble for a chance to bring him home.

Only 15 signed copies are available and it’s not for sale, making it even more limited than the black edition. The only way to acquire one is through this contest or the other contests announced this week.

Don’t have a Dribbble invite yet, you say? Come back for tomorrow’s contest.

Colosseo Contest #2: A Second iPad Giveaway

Colosseo iPad 16GB Wi-Fi Giveaway

This second contest, much like the first, offers you a chance to win an iPad 16GB Wi-Fi (valued at $499 USD). It requires less cash but more effort.

Contest #2: Win an iPad 16GB

To have a shot at winning, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Using the content publishing method of your choice (Twitter, Tumblr, any blogging or CMS software, or even just straight HTML), write something that will be indexed and rank well for the Google search “cameron moll colosseo ipad martian giveaway”.
  2. Your text must contain a prominent link to colosseotype.com. A photo of the artwork may also increase your chances of winning.
  3. Obviously, you’ll need to know a little bit about how Google indexes content and ranks results. At the most basic level, be sure your post/tweet/whatever is publicly available and contains the keywords somewhere in the text, heading, URL, or all of the above. Using web standards and acquiring inbound links to your content (i.e. PageRank) can also help.

Following the April 16th deadline, one winner will be chosen among the results displayed on Google based on a) rank and b) how creatively you promote the poster. You won’t necessarily need to rank #1 to win, but you’ll need to be in the first 20 results.

Currently, there are no matching results that are relevant, so the field is wide open at this point. And if you’re wondering what the “martian” part refers to, come back tomorrow for contest #3.

Good luck!

Colosseo Contest #1: iPad Wi-Fi + 3G Giveaway

Colosseo iPad 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G Giveaway

Today kicks off a series of contests that will be announced here throughout this week. Each day you’ll see a new contest, aimed at helping promote the Colosseo letterpress poster and, in return, providing you a chance to win one of a few prizes.

Contest #1: Win an iPad 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G

This first contest is pretty simple. To have a shot at winning an iPad 16GB with Wi-Fi + 3G (valued at $629 USD), do either of the following:

  1. If you’ve already purchased one of my Colosseo posters, you’re already entered to win.
  2. If you haven’t purchased one yet, buy a copy of the signed, limited edition, or collection by 11:59pm EST on April 16.

One lucky winner will be randomly selected following the deadline above.* Contest is open to anyone no matter where they live, and if iPad is not yet available where you live, you’ll receive one purchased in the U.S.

Good luck, and thanks for showing interest in my artwork!

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To keep the legal folk happy here in the U.S., you may also apply by sending a postcard with your name and contact information to Cameron Moll LLC, 221 Beach Road #177, Sarasota, FL 34242.