The Results Are In!
Remember that national talent search we launched about a month ago? It all started when our CMO, Sam Mallikarjunan, predicted that writers would be the MVPs of marketing teams in the future. We sponsored a blogging contest to search for some new talent for our team and offered writers the prizes of fame, a job offer, and some cash. The results are in, and we’d like to congratulate our winners:
1st Place, $1250: Dan Moyle. Read his content here.
2nd Place, $500: Sonja Mishek. Read her work here.
3rd Place, $250: Chris Help! Read his words here.
It wasn’t easy to select just three finalists, and to be perfectly honest, some of the results were really close. Curious how we came to our conclusions? We’re happy to share, but first we’d like to acknowledge the hard work of our panel of judges!
A recent Nashville transplant, Katie Marcario spends her days working at local Kaleidoscope Media, a PR firm that represents Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, among other clients. A graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, she received a BA in Journalism. When she has free time, a rare occurrence indeed, Katie spends her evenings seeking out the next big indie music star and brewing beer. Connect with Katie: @KMarcario
Known as “The Content Machine,” Jasmine is a prolific blogger with years of technical writing and ghostwriting experience. She tries to step back from her keyboard often to spend time with her son Laszlo or try her hand at cooking new recipes. Ask about her boeuf bourguignon. Connect with Jasmine: @jasminehenry10
Jennifer M. Barry
Jennifer Barry knows she’s in trouble when people use her whole name, so just Jen is fine. A recent addition to IMA’s content marketing team, she started her creative career in opera performance, a skill she now only uses on Friday nights for karaoke. Since leaving the stage, she has written fantasy and contemporary novels for young adults and worked as a freelance blogger and ghostwriter. She also works with independent writers and publishers to edit and prepare novels for publication. Connect with Jen: @jennifermbarry
An avid reader since she could turn a page, Melissa remembers being rationed Hardy Boys and Black Stallion novels like most kids were rationed candy, and making up stories to pass time in between fixes. Getting lost in a captivating,exhilarating tale is one of her favorite way to spend time, whether reading orwriting. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest on an island with her husband and dogs. Her debut paranormal romance, Wraith Redeemed, is now available on Amazon for Kindle and due for official release in all print and ebook formats on February 15, 2013. Connect with Melissa: @MelissaFoxWords
Stacy Teitel is an experienced copy editor and owner of Apoidea Editorial, a developmental editing service to help fiction writers strengthen their manuscripts. A hopeless coffee addict, she decided that money for good-quality caffeine was more important than buying a new desk chair. It’s been duct taped back together. Twice. She has no regrets about this. Connect with Stacy: @ApoideaEdits
Our five judges worked independently to score each piece of content on a scale of 1-5 for all of the following criteria:
Use of Subject
Article Depth & Development
Overall Impression of Writing Skills
Reader's Connection to Content
Overall Impression of Content
Results were compiled and organized with the help of Google forms. We’re not fans of the (false) stereotype that writers can’t do math, but the total scores for each piece of qualifying content were calculated in Excel and triple-checked for accuracy to be certain.
Finally, we’d like to thank each of the writers who entered the contest. You’re all MVPs in our book!