Dear Facebook Trippers - The Original 44 -
I'm about to embark on a journey that will introduce all of us to some of the most passionate entrepreneurs you may ever meet. Thing is, the majority of Canadian wine producers don't necessarily have it easy. Not only do they have a variety of ongoing expenses, their industry depends on things beyond their control like the weather. Translation: Not all of them can afford extra bodies hangin' out on their vineyards or eating up their valuable time. Please note: Don't be alarmed - I'm NOT asking you for money. :^)
At present, I'm being asked to pay tour expenses by various vineyards across Ontario. As I am producing this web series on my own dime, I'm sure you can imagine if I'm bringing extra bodies with me (sound, camera, intern, etc.), my expenses will add up very quickly. If this endeavour becomes too costly, there is no way I'd be able to visit vineyards outside of Ontario and I'd genuinely like to feature Canadian vineyards nationwide. To show these entrepreneurs that I am serious and that I mean business, too - and that I'm providing interesting and worthwhile information and content to The Grape Trip followers with exposure for Canadian wines and vineyards - I need your help. I need to bump up the number of Facebook followers on my page - http://www.facebook.com/TheGrapeTrip.
This is how I would like to try to do this. As I'm writing this, as at Wednesday, January 16th, 2013, The Grape Trip has 44 Facebook fans. I know who you are - your "memberships" are all date stamped (I can see them on the page). So, anyone who joins The Grape Trip after I share this information with YOU will likely be linked to one of the original 44. Each new The Grape Trip follower is an additional ticket to one of you winning some swag. If you can help me spread the word about The Grape Trip, I would like to reward some of you with some prizing over the next few weeks. The odds of winning will depend on the number of "ballots" (new followers) who join The Grape Trip's Facebook page. If three of your friends join the page this week, consider each of them to be a ballot. At the end of each week, between now and Friday, February 15th, 2013, I'm giving everyone the opportunity to potentially win something.
From hereon in, I will be putting names of a NEW batch of The Grape Trip fans - each week - into a bowl. Each Friday, between now and Friday, February 15th, 2013 (4 draws in total), I'm going to pull one of those new names. If YOU introduced them to my page, you're going to win, too.
Again, please know I'm producing this independently at this time - all of this is on my own dime. I have no sponsors and no advertisers. I can't afford to send any of you off to a vineyard or a fancy B & B (YET!), but I can still offer up some prizing. And, I can give you a heads up on my page about who is doing what elsewhere contest-wise (there's something on my page right now re: a popular Ontario vineyard if you didn't catch it).
Why all of this effort? I think it's worth it. I want to provide all of my Trippers with the opportunity to win prizing throughout the year while we all have some FUN and learn a little bit more about wine. The higher The Grape Trip's number of fans and followers, the greater the potential for sponsorships, and hopefully, the better future prizing.
I know there's nothing worse than hooking up with a Facebook page only to discover _THEY WANT SOMETHING_ 24/7. The only thing I'm really pushing here? Knowledge, entertainment, education and some fun. :^)
My motive? I want to get educated here. I seriously want to learn about wine. Each and every one of you are actually doing me a favour so I'd like to Thank You with the potential for prizing. Every day since Christmas I've made a point of learning at least ONE new thing about wine. Some of it may be familiar to you already - but I'm pretty much still in the dark. :^) (Haven't even done any tastings yet!)
Come December, if all goes well (my fingers are crossed), one of you might even have the opportunity to win a key to The Grape Trip's Vault. Who knows? Maybe one of you (MY FIRST 44 FANS ONLY - that's if you're still a Facebook follower come December 2013) might be able to stock up that wine cellar of yours? :^)
So, here we go.
Details for Draw #1 - January 18, 2013:
This week, (must be 19 or older), ONLY The Grape Trip's Facebook page's fans (by 9:00 p.m. Friday, Eastern - anyone who joins in after this time will be considered for the following draws but not this week's) have the opportunity to potentially win ONE gift card in a draw this Friday, January 18th, 2013, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. (The Grape Trip hopes to treat someone to a bottle - due to the nature of the gift card, open to Ontario residents only at this time.) The Grape Trip will post the name of the draw winner on The Grape Trip's Facebook page at that time. The draw winner will be required to contact The Grape Trip on Facebook by 9:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday, January 21, 2013. On or about that time, The Grape Trip will email that individual a skill-testing mathematical question. They will have until Tuesday, January 22nd at 9:00 p.m. Eastern to answer the question by email. (Please be sure to check your spam filters/folders!) If they fail to meet the deadline, or if they supply an incorrect answer, the gift card(s) go into the following Friday's draw. If the name I draw is a NEW fan, BOTH The Grape Trip's new Facebook fan AND the individual who referred them to The Grape Trip's Facebook page will receive a gift card.
Odds of winning depend on the number of entries. No fake accounts allowed. In the event Facebook is down or The Grape Trip's internet server is down on any of these draw dates, if The Grape Trip is stuck in traffic and can't make it home for 9:00 p.m. to conduct the draw, The Grape Trip cannot be held accountable for any electronic, digital, or Facebook mishaps, or so-called "acts of God." Prizing must be accepted as is. There are no substitutions.
If the skill-testing mathematical question is answered properly, one gift card will be mailed to the winner. If the winner was referred to The Grape Trip's Facebook page by one of the original 44 fans, one gift card will be mailed to the individual who referred them to The Grape Trip's Facebook page shortly thereafter. The winner and/or the individual who referred them (one of the original 44) must supply The Grape Trip legitimate mailing address(es) so the gift card can be mailed to them. (This would be done privately - The Grape Trip will NOT share personal address info on Facebook for privacy reasons.) If in the event the draw winner is new to The Grape Trip's Facebook page and two or more people referred that same person to The Grape Trip's Facebook page, only ONE of those individuals - the FIRST to have been one of the original 44 - will receive a gift card.
If you are able to help me get the word out regarding The Grape Trip, please use this link when sharing information - https://www.facebook.com/TheGrapeTrip - so people will know where to find The Grape Trip's Facebook page. Nobody really knows what in the heck The Grape Trip is. (YET!)
Neither The Grape Trip, nor anyone affiliated with The Grape Trip, can be held accountable for any mishaps that might happen as the result of anyone using a gift card (or other prizing).
Thank You for your support!
The Grape Trip
Contact: Twitter.com/TheGrapeTrip, Facebook.com/TheGrapeTrip