We are thrilled to welcome Bill, Gary, Justine, and Ann as contest judges, and look forward to the creativity and expertise that each will bring to the judging process
WILMINGTON, Del. (PRWEB) September 25, 2008
iJustine, new media star, connoisseur of all things Internet, and one of the first "lifecasters;" Gary Vaynerchuk, Host of Wine Library TV.com; Bill Rancic, entrepreneur, "Apprentice" winner, and currently the host of "We Mean Business" on A&E Network; and Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs, will join Marwan Forzley, President and CEO of eBillme, as this year's contest judges. Submissions will be judged on a number of criteria, including creativity, originality, and entertainment. Each judge has revealed his or her own shopping confession by video. And, making a special return appearance, is last year's grand prize winner, Natalie Kroc, and her fiancé featured in her winning video, Chris Hong. They check in with a video of their own for participants providing contest details and advice for creating a winning submission.
A new contest Web site, also revealed today, introduces message boards and forums for consumers to discuss submissions and gives participants even more opportunities to enter. In addition to video and written submissions, contestants can now also submit photos. eBillme will be accepting single photos along with a caption or a slideshow of photos. The photos should depict a shopping confession, and will be judged on similar criteria to the video and written confessions, including creativity, originality, and how well the photos convey a story.
"We are thrilled to welcome Bill, Gary, Justine, and Ann as contest judges, and look forward to the creativity and expertise that each will bring to the judging process," says Marwan Forzley, President and CEO of eBillme. "As we search for the biggest secret shoppers, we continue to receive original and entertaining written and video confessions, and we encourage those who have not yet confessed to get submissions in to be eligible for the grand prize. We decided to give shoppers yet another way to confess their shopping secrets, this time with photos, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to judge the creative ways people can express themselves and tell a story in pictures, video, and words."
Each month, eBillme selects a $1,000 video winner and $500 written or photo winner. All participants are eligible for the $15,000 grand prize. eBillme has chosen and awarded a total of 15 winners since the contest was re-launched in 2008. Winning confessions include a tale of sticky fingers, an April tax refund confession, and a poker table purchase gone wrong. A full listing of contest winners can be seen by visiting http://tinyurl.com/4ftuxr.
To qualify, participants must upload their entries to eBillme's YouTube Shopping Confessions channel and complete the contest entry form at the Shop and Confess Web site. Short stories and photos must be submitted electronically to http://www.ShopAndConfess.com.
The contest closes on the last day of each calendar month, at 12 midnight EST, for contestants to be considered for that month's prize. The final contest deadline is Dec. 26. Winners will be contacted and announced the following month. Participation is open to all residents of the U.S. and Canada. Contestants can submit multiple entries. To learn more and for complete contest rules, terms, and conditions, please visit http://www.ShopAndConfess.com.
eBillme™ is the only online payment solution that extends the convenience of online banking to the merchant's checkout, reducing the security risks of shopping online for both consumers and retailers. No financial data is exposed to the retailer, and the payment transaction is securely transferred from the customer's bank to the retailer's bank. Consumers can shop online, by catalog or through call centers, and pay cash for their purchases at their bank, credit union, or bill pay portal, with the security and convenience of online banking. eBillme allows retailers to access the over 84 million Americans who use online banking. For more information, please visit us online at http://www.eBillme.com or our blog, http://blog.ebillme.com/.
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eBillme Shopping Confessions Video Contest Web site: http://www.ShopandConfess.com
eBillme YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/group/shopandconfess
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