I’ve had very few posts over the last couple of days… sorry about that. I had some school work to finish and deadlines were fast approaching. Things should be back to normal this Friday.
In the meantime, if youâ€™re looking for freebies donâ€™t forget to visit the forum’s Freebies section which has tons of nice freebies. If you want to just chit chat with other smart canucks you can do so here.
Hayden, Ryan, Ames, Baby J and Samantha, youâ€™re the winners of SmartCanucks.ca Cutest Baby Contest 🙂
CONGRATULATIONS! Iâ€™ll contact you later on as regards to the prizes.
Last but not least, as this contest comes to an end, I would like to say that all the babies in the contest are cute and I trust that you know that. The judging in this contest was based solely on the photo of the baby, not the best way to judge someone, but it was only meant to be for fun…Thanks to all the contestants and to the people who voted.
We just finished preparing the cutest baby contest gifts. Initially we had one large gift for the winner only but then we decided to have 5 nice little gifts instead. This way more people will benefit from the contest. Right now we have about 20 contestants which means that about quarter of them get to win a prize 🙂 Submissions are still open til the end of this month.
So this is how the prizes get handed out: the winner gets to be the first to choose one of the five gifts. 2nd place winner then chooses from the remaining 4 gifts and so on.
Here are the gifts (in no particular order)
This cute little backpack
$20 Indigo/Chapters Gift Card
Seba Med 100ml Childrenâ€™s Shampoo and 100ml Baby lotion
Thanks to my friend David, we moved SmartCanucks.ca to a better, faster and more reliable server yesterday. This will hopefully mean that Smart Canucks will always be available (less downtime) and should load much faster than it used to 🙂
Thanks David for your priceless help!
David runs a tiny hosting service. If youâ€™re looking for a reliable and friendly host youâ€™ll be totally satisfied with his outstanding service and professionalism. He offers very affordable hosting and can help you get your site or blog up and running in no time. If youâ€™re interested in this more personal kind of hosting please leave a comment below or email me and Iâ€™ll forward your info on to him. I might also post his contact info here once I get his permission.
Over the past year Iâ€™ve subscribed to many Canadian blog feeds and I’ve found myself staying up past my bedtime reading blogs on the internet. I find some of these blogs fascinating and truly creative! (Iâ€™ll list my favourite blogs in a future post). About a month ago, while reading the comments on one these blogs, I came across this comment by Yvonne who said that their company was giving out a free Nokia 6682:
I work for a word of mouth marketing company called Matchstick and Iâ€™m looking to give away brand new multimedia smart phones to a number of qualified individuals [snip]. Please have a look at the criteria and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
I am looking for existing Rogers customers who meet the following criteria:
â€¢ Hosts a popular blog with 400+ hits a day
â€¢ A current Rogers cell phone subscriber (phone only supported with the Rogers network)
â€¢ Between the ages of 22-35
â€¢ Keeps his/ her blog updated on a regular basis with pictures and video
â€¢ Very socially active
We think you will thoroughly enjoy this product and its features, and if you do, we would encourage you to talk about it. If you or someone you know fits these criteria we would love to hear from you!
Thanks for your time, I hope to hear from you soon.
To be honest, at first I thought this was spam. All bloggers get loads of spam messages everyday and after a while one becomes very suspicious of any unusual comment. However, this comment as you might notice, didnâ€™t exactly feel like spam. So I gave Yvonne the benefit of the doubt and decided to dig more into her claim. I visited matchstick.ca and it seemed like a legitimate company. But it wasnâ€™t until I checked around in the Canadian Blogosphere and found that a couple of bloggers had actually received their free cell phones, that I knew matchstick.ca were serious and legitimate.
The next step was to see if I met MatchStickâ€™s requirements
Hosts a popular blog with 400+ hits a day
I get way over 400 unique Canadian visitors everyday so this wasnâ€™t an issue
A current Rogers cell phone subscriber (phone only supported with the Rogers network)
Luckily I had a Rogers contract which I signed up over 2 years ago and Iâ€™m still stuck with until now.
Between the ages of 22-35
Iâ€™m 24â€¦ phew I barely made the cutoff
Keeps his/her blog updated on a regular basis with pictures and video
I believe I update my blog quite regularly with pictures. Not many no videos reallyâ€¦ but hey, if I could figure out a way of adding deals related videos I wouldnâ€™t mind posting videos.
Very socially active
I wasnâ€™t sure how socially active is â€œvery socially activeâ€ but I do have a few activities and Iâ€™m a member in a few clubs/communities.
So I decided to contact Yvonne. She was very friendly and professional and we talked about their campaign and my blog. She asked a couple of questions (household income, how much I spend on electronics every year, etc.) and in less than 10 minutes she had my mailing addreess and said that I should receive my brand new Nokia 6682 Smartphone and a whole bunch of accessories before the end of the week. I received the package in less than 48 hours 🙂
Here are the contents of the package:
– Nokia 6682 Cell Phone with USB connector and charger, headset and 64MB MultiMedia Card (MMC)
– an additional 512MB MultiMedia Card for mp3s
– a Nokia Bluetooth Wireless Headset
– Extra set of white headphones that look like iPod headphones.
– a welcome letter
– a bunch of â€œGet the Buzzâ€ cards to give out to family and friends.
Itâ€™s been about a month since Iâ€™ve received this package and I can confidently say that Iâ€™m enjoying my new cell phone. Before I got this cell phone I was using a Nokia N-Gage which I whole-heartedly loved. Changing to Nokia 6682 was very easy since the menus were very similar. Nokia 6682 has many cool features including a 1.3 Megapixel camera (pretty good for a cell phone), Bluetooth, mp3 player and other fascinating bells and whistles.
Iâ€™m personally very satisfied and thrilled by my new Nokia 6682 and I truly enjoyed dealing with Matchstick.ca.
If you want to find out what other Canadian bloggers thought of this cell phone or the promo in general here are the permalinks to other related posts. Just like everything else in life some reviews are positive and some are negative. But overall theyâ€™re very interesting.
I apologize for SmartCanucks.ca’s very slow loading speed today. The host I use to run this blog is dreamhost.com and it currently has some unbearable technical problems. DreamHost.com is turning into NightmareHost
If the problems arenâ€™t fixed by Monday Iâ€™ll change to a better high quality host. Sorry about that guys.
I got a couple of people asking me if they could submit their baby photo without a Canadian flag since they already have photos taken (with no flag)â€¦ so to make it simpler, no flag is needed, just a photo of your baby.
While Iâ€™ll continue to blog about deals and offers as usual, sheâ€™ll be blogging about different interesting topics from fashion to humour to daily life … and deals too of course. So one thing is for sure, youâ€™ll be getting more interesting and dynamic content and many more deals 🙂
I updated the â€œAboutâ€ section. Iâ€™ll add more to it later.
I updated the forum sections today. I grouped the electronics and non-electronics deals sections into a single section and I also added some new sections: â€œCanadian Flyersâ€, â€œContestsâ€ and â€œCouponsâ€
Youâ€™ll usually find many deals and freebies in the forum and you can also chit chat with a nice small group of friendly Canucks 🙂
Iâ€™d like to thank everyone who’sÂ contributing to this nice friendly community 🙂
The top Blog commenter last month was JimmyCanuck
The top Candy earners on the SmartCanucks.ca Forum last month were: LKB793 candies iced_faerie466 candies Shawnie316 candies julieonmymind217 candies cool-dudette57 candies Canadian Mark55 candies thilipan55 candies
Each one of you gets 50 bonus Candies 🙂
JimmyCanuck, can you please create an account so that I can add your bonus candies.
Candies are redeemable for real gifts. You can find more info on the Candy Awards here.
iced_faerie, julieonmymind, LKB and Shawnie have posted hundreds of awesome Canadian freebies on there. I receive free stuff in the mail almost every weekday now! This is just crazy! Maybe I should do one of these silly things where I live for 1 week only on the free stuff I get 😉
Thanks iced_faerie, julieonmymind, LKB and Shawnie 🙂