Let me make this very clear up front – this competition is for Australian residents only. I know this cuts out the majority of you but it is for charity and every other competition I’ve run is for everyone – so please forgive me for this localized focus. Having said that, I would still encourage you to get involved in Blog Action Day and visit Learn About Poverty for some great resources and info .
I’m excited to announce today that World Vision Australia and more specifically their blog Learn About Poverty (a blog that they have specifically set up for Blog Action Day which contains some fantastic resources for all bloggers wanting to participate in that very worthwhile project) are offering one Australian ProBlogger reader the chance to travel to Sydney on 29th October for an amazing day of Digital Training. This prize is quite amazing and I’m actually quite disappointed I can’t win it myself!
Please don’t just read the prize details – also read the rules to put yourself in the running to win!
The prize includes multiple parts of a day of digital training on 29th October.
1. Flights to and from Sydney from your nearest capital city (you need to get to the airport yourself), accomodation overnight and transport on the day are all provided for you. I’m sure they’ll probably buy you lunch somewhere along the way too :-)
2. 4 ‘classes’ of digital training. The classes are:
Class 1 (10:30am-11:30am) Microsoft Surface
Spend an hour with the only Microsoft surface machine and experts in Australia.
Class 2 (11:45-1pm) Digital Strategy & Creative
Learn about the trends and attitudes that drive the one of the premier digital agencies in Asia Pacific: Amnesia.
Class 3 (2pm-3pm) Yahoo!7 SEO Training
Tutorial with Yahoo! 7′s SEO and SEM expert.
Class 4 (3:30pm-5pm) Google Australia
Finish off the day at Google’s Sydney office. Dialogue session with the digital experts at Google Australia.
3. It’s important to note here that World Vision has been able to provide this incredible prize through the generosity of the organisations providing the associated prizes. They have not needed to spend a dollar, and these organisations should be congratulated for their involvement.
To put yourself in the running to win you need to do the following:
- Be in Australia and be willing to get yourself to a capital city (or major airport).
- Leave a comment below in this post that helps about how World Vision Australia can develop a better blogging and social media strategy. I’ve included some more information from World Vision below to help you with this.
- The winner will be chosen by World Vision based upon your comments. So make them as helpful as possible and make sure you look over what they’re already doing and what their goals are (see below).
- Entries need to be received by 5pm Melbourne time on Thursday 16th October. The winner will be announced in the days that follow.
- Please confirm that you live in Australia in your comment.
- Please use the word ‘poverty’ in your comment – this will help us make sure comments don’t get filtered into our spam filter
Information About World Vision Australia and Learn About Poverty to help you in your entry
The blog Learn About Poverty has been specifically set up for Blog Action Day (happening later this month). It is one of World Vision’s first blogging efforts and is being developed to give bloggers video and other types of resources to help them with their posting on Blog Action Day.
Here is some information provided by World Vision Australia that might help you in giving them the most helpful advice in your comment:
Goals as an organisation: We’re really trying to help ignite a social movement. Poverty is such a massive issue, that no one product or campaign will solve it, so our focus is very much becoming how we can help create/participate in the momentum already happening in society. This is a key for us moving forwards.
General direction of online: We’re moving towards a place where we can better tell our stories with anyone out there. We have a huge number of latent stories and information that circles around World Vision – literally, we walk past people in our office how are changing the world. We’re trying to come up with how we, as a large organisation, can begin to show people more of the amazing stuff we do. I’d be keen to hear how your readers think we might be able to do this and still remain authentic at the same time.
What kind of ideas: We would love ideas on how World Vision could implement more blogging and social media activities. Blogging for us could be tricky, as in some cases we can’t talk openly about our work for fear of putting governments where some of our staff and stakeholders work off-side, bringing about obvious safety issues. This has been especially tough with Learn About Poverty. But we realise we need to be much more connected with the public, in order to better communicate the urgency of the issue of global poverty. We’re really keen to hear from the probloggers our there how we could tailor a social media/blog strategy to help ignite a social movement that acknowledges this.
There you have it – please let me know if you have questions and good luck to my fellow Aussies!
update: This competition is now closed. I’ll post the winner once the team at Learn About Poverty shoot me a note with who they have selected. Thanks for everyone who entered!