Monday, November 2, 2009

Many Ways to Win at Eloqua Experience

It’s exciting to be at Eloqua Experience 2009, and I can already feel the buzz in the air and am enjoying watching the conversations on Twitter under the #EE09 hashtag. Monday is the official start of pre-conference training which was filled to capacity. I’ve seen some of the new material, including some great sessions on marketing automation and social media, that are brand new and look well worth attending.

On Tuesday, the official conference starts, and not only is there a great agenda of content from today’s best marketers, but there is also a vibrant partner campground with each partner showcasing some of the incredible work they have done over the last few years. If that wasn’t reason enough to visit, many of these partners are also offering fun contests and competitions to give you a chance to win some fun prizes. A selection of the contests I have heard about include:

DemandGen Bingo

DemandGen is running a game of Bingo, where “callers” announce, via SMS, Eloqua or partner staff to find and identify. Each person to sign up gets a unique Bingo card, and the first person to create a line or a diagonal wins a prize.
Not only is it a fun contest, but it is all run on the Eloqua platform, so you’ll have to ask the DemandGen team how it was built.
Learn more here:

Astadia RockStar Contest

You don’t have to be in the RockStar track to participate, just drop by the Astadia booth and try your hand at RockBand for a chance to win.
While you’re there, be sure to chat with the Astadia team, as they have an incredible breadth of experience in creating unique marketing campaigns and tackling some complex marketing operations challenges.
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Built on their SWEET platform, the Pedowitz group is holding a SWEETstakes. Enter to win, and at the same time learn about what the SWEET platform can do for you in terms of integrating social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn into your Eloqua Marketing Automation.

Details on the contest are a bit scarce at this point, so you'll have to ask the Pedowitz team what you can expect. While you're doing so, be sure to ask them about the campaigns they have run using social media.
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and of course...

Capture the Experience

As mentioned last week, Eloqua is hosting a Capture the Experience contest where you can win a Kindle just by capturing your perspectives on the conference. Upload your thoughts, pictures, or videos to the Eloqua Facebook page and you could win a Kindle.
The more the community "Likes" your pictures, the better a chance you have, so get them up early so they can be shared and found.
The winner will be announced on the last day of the conference.

I'm not going to close out by saying that "we all Win by learning" or anything like that, as that is just a touch cheezy, but I am definitely looking forward to seeing everyone at Eloqua Experience over the next three days. Have a great time, and don't hesitate to ask anyone at Eloqua if there is anything we can do to make your experience better.
If I've missed any contests, promotions, or interesting activities that are happening in the campground, please accept my apologies, and please add them to the comments below so everyone knows where to find them.