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I don’t usually talk negative about other people or brands, but this time is one exception.
The much-anticipated results from the “It’s Time To Tab” contest from IndiBlogger, sponsored by Samsung India, are out. I didn’t win, but that’s not my real reason for writing this post about the contest. The real issue here is professionalism (or lack of it). They disregarded professionalism throughout the contest, which became unbearable. It was simply insulting to those who abided by their terms and conditions from the beginning.
Here are a few tweets from some of the tech bloggers throughout the day ( There are 100s but here is few of them):
It may seem a waste of time after writing a quality article and promoting the contest myself on social media sites to publish again an article about this contest. However, I am not the kind to simply move on after being cheated, without a word. I hope this helps somebody else in the future who might fall for this kind of stupid contest from Indiblogger or any other PR firms and I would be more than happy if my efforts were valuable to someone.
Change of Rules Half Way Through the Contest
IndiBlogger announced the ‘It’s Time to Tab’ contest and the first step in the contest was watching the streaming of the live event of ‘Samsung Galaxy Tab launch’. Later, the rule were changed mid way to accommodate those people who didn’t sit the LIVE launch event. Probably because there weren’t enough entries at the beginning and they had to adapt to the reality of the situation. People questioned this on their forum but of course there was no replies. Even if they felt the situation warranted it, they should have at least explained it on the forum.
Secondly, the last date of the submission was 10th September and they extended to 12th September later on. Could it have been that they still had not yet met the number of entries Samsung demanded for payment?
Oh Man! And Here (Where) are The Results!
IndiBlogger (Or Samsung) stated earlier on contest page that the winner would be judged based on creativity, relevance, depth, impact and the level of interaction. What we saw, however, was that posts with zero interaction won the contest. So when IndiBlogger stipulated “interaction” we assumed they were referring to maximum interaction, but in fact, it’s inaction that they wanted!
I can refer at least 10 such crappy entries which is not stand a chance with some of the quality articles with 100s of Facebook shares, tweets and comments. I decided not to mention those rubbish winning entries because I don’t want to turn this into a personal war.
It Was A Trap and Many Tech Bloggers Fall For It
Here is a Facebook update from one of the top tech blogger from India: It says the whole story.
Yes, Samsung wanted a hype in the blogosphere for its launch and they achieved it.
I would be feeling lost if I would have been defeated by 20 better articles than mine. It would be a challenge to me. But, in fact, I lost to some of the crappy bloggers, who are either closely related to the IndiBlogger team or someone at Samsung. For me, it was a good experience to learn about the idiotic corporate policies and the foolish management of IndiBlogger. It simply drives me off from such crap in the future. So bloggers next time, think twice before you do free publicity for such cowards.
Tip: MOVE ON! As an alternative you can start drinking Limca to win a Galaxy Tab every hour. But it’s possible that you will be surprised at the end of the day that the person who won was actually drinking “Mirinda”!!!
Edit: I can’t let this alone: Have a look on this winning post Ravana lost as he never had a Samsung Tab; the product specifications in the end has copied word to word from this article - A Glimpse Into The Future With The Samsung Galaxy Tab. You can copyscape it for sure but here is a screenshot for convenience.
Update: Truth Revealed! Here is What Actually Happens in IndiBlogger Contests
I was sitting in my couch and sipping Mirinda (You know why) in the evening when I got this email from one of the Former IndiBlogger Moderator which revealed the whole drama behind IndiBlogger contests. Once I read the mail, I literally shocked by knowing the dirty truth behind all the IndiBlogger contests till the date. The good thing is that, I actually got the answers why the quality posts are deeply buried and the crappy posts appeared in the winning list. I would like to share the email with all of you to let to know the truth.
Subject: Hi From a Former IndiBlogger Moderator
Saw your post, is been doing the rounds of the entire blogosphere. Let me
tell you one thing, this is the third time I have seen cheating in the
indiblogger community as far as posts is concerned and guess how many
contests I witnessed? 3 ! LOL :D
Don’t get me wring here, r**** r**** is full of crap, I had been a moderator
and I have seen how they promote each other, give prizes to each other. They
even deleted our threads from the forum for no reason while their friends
were openly selling banner ads on the forum. Take it from me, argument will
not get you anything, people will only ridicule you for taking Indiblogger
seriously, I quit long time back, coz I felt there is no growth in the
forum, they are like people living in their own shanties, they don’t know
social media and 80% still use blogspot and the major discussions on the
forums still remain potholes and politics and crap like that.
[Some content removed as per request]
Thanks to him for putting some light in to the real story. He also shared some of the Email communications between he and R**** which discusses how partial the other moderators are and lots of other inside stories. But I don’t think there is any explanation required after reading this mail.
It’s good that before the end of the day we got the answers to our questions that also directly from a former IndiBlogger staff. Tomorrow will be a new day. Signing off!
Note: That Mirinda thingy is not actually true, I don’t take soft drinks. If you want to know why you should avoid such carbonated soft drinks here is a disqualified article on IndiBlogger’s Youngistaan Ka WOW contest.
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