October was a fantastic month for the Supplier Spotlight contest! It was a very close race, with the top two small businesses helping to drive record breaking traffic to the blog.
Most contest votes in 1 month = 15,909 – Over 1600% higher than previous highs
Most views in 1 day = 3,611 – ~300% higher than previous high, more than our previous record for views in a MONTH!
Most views in 1 month = 10,766 and counting (previous high – 3,592 Apr. 2013)
Avg visits per day = 384 (as of 29Oct.2013) vs. previous high of 120 Apr. 2013]
Without further delay, our big winner is Factory Direct Promos! They shared not one, but five ways to market your small business. One of the ideas was using social media as a way to build relationships in a meaningful way. We think Factory Direct Promos is truly walking the talk. They’re active on several social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. In fact, Shane Shirley-Smith, CMO of Factory Direct Promos, recently participated in a Supplier Connection #ChatSmallBiz on Twitter. The chat featured a panel of experts who discussed ways to use Pinterest for your small business. If you missed it, you can catch the highlights here: http://bit.ly/1fIxEnn.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention our runner up, Treasured Prints. Since it was such a close race, we’ll be featuring their business in a special way next month. Stay tuned for more info on that!
-The Supplier Connection Team
The November 2013 contest starts NOW
The Supplier Spotlight contest starts all over again on Friday, November 1st. You can follow @SupplierCon on Twitter for the latest updates.
Need some thought-starters for your entry? Look at how you run your business. Review the innovations you’re deploying that have improved your performance. Consider if those ideas could help fellow small business owners. Remember, this is not your chance to submit your company brochure or sell your service, it’s about sharing ways you improve your company’s performance.
Remember… You can’t advertise on the Supplier Connection portal for any amount of money.
This contest is sponsored by Supplier Connection, an initiative where a growing number of large member organizations have committed to connect U.S.-based SBEs to their supply chains. Registration is open to all U.S. Small Business Enterprises.