You may recall a little "challenge" Ted presented last week, with a $250 cash prize attached to it. Well, we pulled the data and the SocialSpark user with the most profile views as of midnight May 31st is elite.
Congratulations, elite! We'll be in touch to make arrangements for your prize.
Sorry for the short notice of the final details, but I'm happy to confirm that the Townhall meeting tonight is set to go ahead.
Point your browsers at breeze.mindcomet.net/izea at or before 7pm Eastern to join in the fun. We look forward to seeing you there :)
So there I was, minding my own business, making proposals for the Sales team, when Dan gets a package in the mail- a big brown box. When he opened it, I was floored! Boardgames! Awhile ago, I completed a proposal for Screenlife Games, makers of the popular SceneIt! DVD games, and others. They'd sent Dan Banzai, the Disney DVD Bingo game, and SceneIt! Second Edition. I LOVE our Advertisers!
Allow me to explain my love for boardgames- I started collecting them in high school, finding them at garage and estate s ales. By the way, if you ever feel awkward and weird at a garage sale and want to leave, just ask if they have boardgames or picture frames- they never do. Then you can leave without feeling guilty for not buying something.
Anyway, I love boardgames so much, that I am constantly on the search for them. So much so, that the success of my personal vacations is measured by the number and quality of the boardgames I acquire, such as this modern version of The Ungame I found. For example, here I am in North Carolina...and here are some I bought in Seattle. In fact, in Seattle, I hit a bonanza- I had to buy a suitcase, too; so that I could take them back with me- and if you read my travel blog, you know I don't check baggage, this was a big deal!
Long story short- I was super excited to see these boardgames come into the office and they are awesome boardgames, too! Hae you ever seen the Japanese TV show, Banzai? If you watch G4 and love Ninja Warrior and other wacky videos of Japanese game shows- this game is for you. For serious. The Disney DVD Bingo game looks neat, too. I've never played it, but I love Disney movies and can't think of a better way to get my Bingo on. Anyway, I was just so psyched over these boardgames, I thought I'd share. Anybody own any cool boardgames?
We recently received another framed photo to add to our collection of Posties on "The Great Wall of Posties." It's always exciting to open up the package and see which Postie is sending us something. This particular one comes to us all the way from Iowa, courtesy of Postie Jody. Jody is a full-time mother who brings in some family money via blogging. In fact, Jody says that it's with the money she's made through the PayPerPost Marketplace that she and her family were able to travel to Ireland for a family vacation.
Here's the thoughtful note Jody included in her package to us:
And here's the photo, which will soon be hanging on the wall:
Thanks for thinking of us, Jody! You've got a PostiePack heading your way, so be on the lookout!
Show Jody some love by visiting her sites:
IZEA has, unarguably, the most fantastic customers on the planet. Earlier today the office received a special gift from a Postie. A yummy gift from David's Cookies, and let me tell you food does NOT last long around this office!
The thoughtful Postie who sent us the cookies is MamaBoK. And get this -- she sent us cookies because today is her one-year-anniversary with IZEA! Can you believe that? It's her anniversary and she sent us a gift! We're starting to get spoiled over here. Enclosed with the cookies was this wonderful note:
The April "RockStars of the Month" were announced at this past Friday's IZEA Loco, and we're happy to share them with you here:
Advertiser of the Month:
LikefLock at http://lifelock.com. You may have seen their television spots and wondered what they are all about. Simply put, LifeLock is the industry leader in the rapidly growing field of Identity Theft Protection. If you are interested in learning more about LifeLock, visit their website by clicking here.
Postie of the Month:
Malin Miller! Malin currently owns and operates two blogs, one of which is http://www.infektia.net. For more information on Malin, visit her SocialSpark profile.
IZEA RockStar of the Month:
Congratulations go to Crystal, IZEA Junior Account Manager! In addition to all the fame-and-recognition she'll receive from this blog post, Crystal also had the privilege of wearing this "costume" for the remainder of the day:
Today the IZEA team gathered for our monthly potluck. There was a slight Cinco de Mayo theme: tacos, taquitos, refried beans, and...well, that's about it (although there was lots of other food).
Of course after the food there were the obligatory cakeplows. I don't believe any of the folks plowing today were celebrating company anniversaries; all had birthdays during the month of April. Here are a few of the magical moments we captured:
And our April virtual cakeplows are:
The second virtual cakeplow is for our Vice President of Business Development, David Chen. David celebrated a birthday on April 19th, but he actually lives on the West Coast so he's not able to do a "real" cakeplow.
Want to be a part of May's cakeplow. E-mail us at photo of yourself, with a clear shot of your face!
Thanks to all who met-up with us for "Lunch with Ash & V" today. I believe we even had a couple of new folks join us, which is always nice. For those who weren't able to make it here's a recap of the things we covered. You can also view the video by click here.
This is the portion where we talk about hot topics going on in the world, including news stories.
- Vanity Fair/Miley Cyrus controversy (perform a search)
- Tom Ford ad pulled in Itlay (perform a search)
- Shark attack in Southern California (perform a search)
During this portion we chat about cool websites we've run across in the past week:
- Google.com (what the heck are the images on their homepage?)
- "Can you duet?" reality television show
This is the segment of our lunchtime when we chat about new-and-exciting things going on at IZEA, that everyone may not know about:
- IZEAFest.com launched last week:
i. if you're coming or plan on registering, make sure and pick up your official event badge so you can promote it to your readers
ii. visit the IZEAFest Community on Eventful and see what other bloggers will be attending the event
- IZEA Loco and virtual cakeplows this Friday, May 2nd
* Here's your challenge for next week: Bring a friend! Get one new person to join us for lunch, and even encourage them to send us a question to lunchwithashandv[at]izea[dot]com.
Join us for lunch today! Bring something delicious, and tell us about it. Come prepared with any questions about the world, the Internet, or the IZEA community. It's an interactive hour with anyone who wants to participate.
You can find the live stream at http://www.stickam.com/rockstartup starting at 12pm EDT. We'll also be Twittering from http://twitter.com/IZEAinc.
See you soon!
Just before lunch Jenni brought a box over to me that was addressed to Ted and I. Upon opening the box I uncover a magical treat, a basket of cookies, brownies and popcorn! YUM! Lisa, Drew, Elizabeth, Colleen, Loretta, Karen, Corrin, Alli, Marisa, Hope and Julie sent us a care package after they heard about our incident Thursday night in New Orleans. Here's some pictures of the goodness...
Travis and the Basket of Goodness
Basket of Goodness
The note. Definitely did brighten up our day, Thanks guys!
Basket of Goodness, again