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A weird thing happened to me around 11:00am on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011.
I was in my apartment in New York working when a thought arrived so clearly and loudly it made me stop what I was doing.
At the risk of sounding woo-woo (which ya’ll know I’m not), it felt like an out of body experience where someone else said something to me, in my own head.
To be honest, this has happened before.
When this “other” voice has something to say, she’s direct and speaks in little segments of marketing copy. That’s how the name of my book Make Every Man Want You showed up, as well as Rich Happy & Hot.
Anyway, on this chilly December morning, my “other” voice apparently had her sights set on MarieTV.com because this is the phrase she put on speakerphone in my head.
“You’ll get our award winning episodes of MarieTV . . .”
Interesting. Award winning. Not something I expected.
In the past, these ideas came in the form of titles or headlines that I needed to work on for months to bring to life. But this message was different.
Along with this little segment of “award winning” marketing copy, I also got a strong sense I was supposed to reach out and ask for help from others.
My inner marketing muse is apparently as much of a ball buster as I am because asking for help is not my strong suit.
I wrote an email to a small group of friends asking them to keep their eyes peeled for awards we should know about and within six weeks we received one award and have been nominated for another. A Shorty Award!
If you’ve never heard of them, the Shorty Awards are pretty cool. They recognize people and organizations producing real-time short form content across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the rest of the social Web.
People like Conan O’Brien, Cory Booker, Sesame Street’s Grover, Suze Orman, Neil Patrick Harris and NASA are all Shorty Award winners.
Plus, with all my hip-hop swagga, you gotta know this Shawty wants to win a Shorty. It’s on brand.
Right now we’re in 4th place, right behind Justin Bieber’s DJ and two puppets. The voting closes on February 17th and we need 649 votes to pull into first place!
Then it will be up to the Shorty Real-Time Academy to choose the winner.
So here I am getting outside of my comfort zone and asking for your help. Because if we’re gonna compete, I say we either go big or go home, right?
Click play watch this short video explaining the best part.
Why I REALLY Want To Win
MarieTV.com has been a passion project from the start. It’s all about empowering small business owners to succeed in business and life.
Whether you buy anything from me or not, my goal with each episode is to give as much value as I possibly can and help you get real, quantifiable results. We put a butt ton of work into MarieTV.com to make it the highest quality, free small business and personal development education out there.
You know, winning an award is cool, but in all honesty winning by itself doesn’t motivate me.
What’s waaay more compelling is to tie winning this thing to something bigger that could contribute to a lot more people. So here’s the deal.
If we win the Shorty, I’ll contribute $10,000 to our Kiva.org lending team.
That translates to an enormous amount of microloans to entrepreneurs around the world who are busting their asses – just like you and me – to provide a better life for themselves and their families and help our global economy grow stronger.
So your vote will not only help us win, but it will help change the lives of thousands and thousands of business owners around the world!
What I love most about Kiva is this: it’s about giving a hand-up, not a hand out. It’s about empowering others to rise up and take responsibility for their success.
It’s also like recycling money. Rather than a one-time donation, the money we contribute will create an endless cycle of growth and impact for GENERATIONS to come!
Right now, we average between 5,000 and 9,000 views per week on our videos. If just 50% of you vote, we’ll kick the DJ and the puppets’ butts!
Here’s What You Should Do Now
Take 10 seconds to vote by following these instructions. We’ve generated a sample tweet for you below to make it as easy and simple as possible, but we strongly encourage you to come up with your own reason for the “because.”
And Retweets count, so add “Pls RT” at the end because your followers’ votes also count in helping us help thousands of entrepreneurs around the world.
1. If you haven’t yet already voted yet by sending a Tweet, please vote now.
Click here to tweet your vote.
I nominate @MarieForleo for a Shorty Award in #videoblogger because her videos are the best in the BIZ! pls RT
If you want to tweet yourself, here’s the deal. You must use this format and make sure it’s in the #videoblogger category as well as have a REASON after because.
I nominate @MarieForleo for a Shorty Award in #videoblogger because FILL IN YOUR REASON. pls RT
2. If you’ve already voted (only vote per Twitter account), please share this post with your email list, on Facebook or on Twitter.
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Voting closes midnight February 17th so let’s finish strong!
Thank you SO much for taking the time to read this and most of all, thank you for your support!