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wow all those garments are so amazing and fabulous I don't come to your blog as often as I would like, but whenever I do I see some really amazing things keep up the good work! =)

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wow all those garments are so amazing and fabulous I don't come to your blog as often as I would like, but whenever I do I see some really amazing things keep up the good work! =)

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Are You A Top Social Media / Marketing Blogger?

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Hi Andrew,
Not really sure if I do qualify.
1. What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing?

Blogging, Lead Generation and Search Engine Optimization.

2. How long have you been practicing?

Just under 1 year.

3. What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
Selling three houses this past year after only months in the Blogosphere

4. How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
Blogging about various Pocono Lake Communities deemd me the expert in the field and therefore gave folks the trust to contact me as their real estate professional

5. What topics would you be writing about for the contest?
Probably one on real estate marketing but others simply on interesting things such as nature and wildlife here in Northeast PA

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I hope to read more on this topic on this blog. Please do share more of your insight into social media and blogging. Thank you.

Alan Robinson

1) What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing.

My expertise is in using blogs and other social media to frame the policy debate in the couruer, express and postal industry.

- How long have you been practicing?

About a year and more heavily in the past 9 months
- What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?

My blog has become one of the primary sources for governmental official, industry employees, and private sector stakeholders working to shape future policy in the industry. The blog has led to consulting contracts that would not have been available otherwise.

From a technical standpoint, I am learning html in the process.

From a personal standpoint, the blog has given me a way to talk about ideas now that speaking became more difficult after cancer surgery.

- How did you achieve your best result?

I define my best results by both thr number of readers and level of responsibility of readersin the policymaking process.

I achieve my best results by having articles tha are worth the time of readers. I take between two anfd 4 hours to write a post, not including time doing research.

Finding readers required getting the primary publishers of headlines of industry related stories to post links. Sending e-mails to these sites started the ball rolling. I am getting some help from posting inb LinkIn and Twitter.
- What topics would you be writing about for the contest?

I have written about industry competition and the future of letter mail.

- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.
Blog
http://courierexpressandpostal.blogspot.com/
website http://directcomgroup.com/


kelly

1. What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing.
I make health topics debatable. It's about being more pro-health than what medical or "official" associations wish you to be.

There are many good life-saving products that are under-promoted and not talked much about. My "marketing" (not necessarily for profit) covers these. I promote good charities (and bust bad ones) along the way.

2. How long have you been practicing?
Blogging for fun, for little over a year but using social media (Twitter and Facebook) actively since Feb 2009.

3. What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
I got better at graphics design, I don't censor negative comments but I guess my "best" online accomplishment in blogging is getting some recognition for having a conventional blog with non-conventional content.

Recently, I was also invited to a radio talk show - it's all in the works.

4. How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
I blogged via Bloggersbase.com (a PR 6 ranking site) but I also tweeted a lot via Twitter. I tweet from the heart - would be the best suggestion for anyone wanting to achieve more via Twitter and Facebook. I would definitely give guest-posting a shot but need to organize my time more effectively.

5. What topics would you be writing about for the contest?
Most likely, health topics.

6. Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.
Do check out:
http://www.myqute.com/2009/10/12-reasons-why-i-refuse-the-h1n1-swine-flu-vaccines-flumist-or-not

http://www.myqute.com/2009/10/10-most-futuristic-drugs/

http://www.myqute.com/2009/10/lowdown-on-prescription-antibiotics

http://www.myqute.com/2009/10/were-you-scammed-into-feeding-hungry-millions/

http://www.myqute.com/2009/10/remedies-for-the-common-cold-or-flu-part-three-tamiflu/

http://www.myqute.com/2009/10/singapore-evacuation-plans-emergencies/

http://www.myqute.com/2009/10/what-they-arent-telling-diabetes-patients-part-two/

http://www.myqute.com/2009/09/why-conventional-cancer-treatments-fail/

Personal bio: http://www.myqute.com/about/


Thank you Andrew for this opportunity for bloggers to shine.

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i am a simple blogger
my expertise : to blog
just to make money

Daina Middleton

Hi Andrew,

It's a pleasure to meet you via blog! I'm pleased to submit my entry and answer the following questions:

What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. - How long have you been practicing.

I have a rich marketing history that spans over 20 years -- so obviously I began my career before social media had a name. I managed marketing communications at Hewlett-Packard for a number of years. In 1993 I worked on HP's first online tool allowing customers to choose between inkjet and laser printing technology. The experience hooked me on digital marketing and I have worked in the space ever since. Eighteen months ago, I left HP and joined Moxie Interactive. I had a number of ideas about inventing new tools and processes necessary to operate in today's participant driven. Moxie has allowed me to invent a number of these tools and I have evolved our marketing language as well. These are the topics of the blog I just launched, as well as the book I am currently writing.

- What is your best online accomplishments in blogging? I just recently launched my own blog. I have been a guest blogger for iMedia on occasion but not consistently.

- How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
My most interesting achievement in blogging has been Microblogging via Twitter at conferences where I mentioned brands practicing in the space. Watching savvy social brands who immediately tune into the activity and funnel to the appropriate department within the company has been interesting and enlightening. It's also a great way to attract followers.

- What topics would you be writing about for the contest? Participant Marketing, the topic of my new book. Its about redefining our language and tools in marketing. The language and tools we use in marketing were born with TV. It's time for a change.

- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.

http://participantmarketing.typepad.com/participant-marketing/2009/11/a-mad-mad-world-the-age-of-participation.html


Rick Cordisco

Hi Andrew,
Not really sure if I do qualify.
1. What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing?

Blogging, Lead Generation and Search Engine Optimization.

2. How long have you been practicing?

Just under 1 year.

3. What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
Selling three houses this past year after only months in the Blogosphere

4. How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
Blogging about various Pocono Lake Communities deemd me the expert in the field and therefore gave folks the trust to contact me as their real estate professional

5. What topics would you be writing about for the contest?
Probably one on real estate marketing but others simply on interesting things such as nature and wildlife here in Northeast PA

6. Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile. http://activerain.com/blogs/poconorick

Remember that I blog for business but I am a good writer as well!

Elizabeth Thomas

Introducing Elizabeth Thomas

I’ve just started the second half (of my life)...turning 50 a few months ago. In just about 10 days, I am graduating from Murray State University with a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications.

I’ve had many careers these past 30 years since my undergrad years at the University of Florida – media planner, actress, marketing director, agency creative director, national in-house ad manager, world traveler, business consultant, and freelance writer. Today, I'm engaged in the blogosphere where I hope to motivate others by sharing some of the more important lessons I've learned through the years.

This summer, I was blessed to have a small role in a film shot in nearby West Tennessee, and I recently did a play here on campus (in beautiful Murray, Kentucky). I am a huge fan of people and all forms of social media.

In the blog, "Back to school...again!" I’ve been writing about my study of social media marketing and the unique challenges facing non-traditional college students. I've reported on my research into social media marketing, buzz marketing, word-of-mouth marketing and the rise of the “groundswell.” After graduation, I plan to begin consulting, and one day, teaching.

Who am I really? Well, I’m an incredibly lucky person who has lived through tough times and come out the other side much stronger (I got divorced, lost a home and business, was disabled by a car accident and then lost yet another home in Hurricane Wilma). I am living proof that you can survive anything and you can start over again. We live in the land of second chances.

I'll be blogging throughout the contest period about the challenges facing non-traditional college students at traditional campuses. Feel free to comment and join in on the conversation!

You can find my primary blog at: http://msuwordsmith.blogspot.com
or my complete profile at LinkedIn:
http://www.linkedin.com/myprofile?trk=hb_side_pro

Aditya Sinha

Dear Andrew,

This seems to be intereseting live and learning. For anything that opens gate for knowledge I am always there to be a part. Let me pen down some facts in response to the qualifying entry questions of yours. Hope you find this interesting too.

1. What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing.

I am a media person with writing interest. I write for fun -- so are the blogs. But as I am from media - an expert in media solutions as well as a one to one sales consultant - my writings do touch optimism - truth and revolution.

2.How long have you been practicing?
I have been off and on inbetween my work for almost over a year.

What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
Winning best blog on Mother's day competion by sulekha (a poem)http://aditya.sulekha.com/blog/post/2009/05/mother-an-epitome-of-sacrifice.htm,
and winning the contest not so woman contest http://aditya.sulekha.com/blog/post/2009/05/grooming-beauty-a-wholesome-approach.htm
on Sulekha.com.

1. How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
Beautiful presentation added with truth and emotion - a total approach - with due networking and online buzzing. (linking to other social networking sites)

What topics would you be writing about for the contest?

Anything creative or critical. OR Tradition & Ayurveda

Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.
http://aditya.sulekha.com/blog/posts.htm

Joy Weber

- What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing?
I don't claim to have real expertise but since being introduced to the concept I am growing by the day. This is being chronicled in my "Diary of a Social Media Virgin", which has been developed to promote a message of achieving and maintaining optimum health for all ages, and particularly for an increasing large senior population.
Social Media and particularly online blogging has opened up a new world of possibility for me and through reading my ongoing learning experience, I hope that others will be inspired to launch into this world.

- How long have you been practicing?
For the past six months or so, since first being introduced.

- What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
Developing the persona of "The Twittering Granny", finding an online voice and gaining recognition from all around the world - and in such a short space of time. This is leading to radio and possibly TV interviews, speaking engagements and now a book idea has emerged which is a very exciting prospect indeed. A lifelong desire is now being fulfilled through Social Media and is an awesome illustration of its power and potential.
It is also a world where, as I make my own progress, I may be able to help and encourage other seniors to walk along with me and broaden their whole perspective on life through utilising resources that they may have felt were outside their realm of understanding. If I can do it - technophobe that I am - then I'm pretty sure you can!

- How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
Tangible results so far, in terms of increasing income - nil! Psychic satisfaction from gaining a worldwide following - unquantifiable!

- What topics would you be writing about for the contest?
All of the above: maintaining optimum health because that's the business I am in; attaining recognition for myself and others who choose to follow my example, particularly those over the age of 50 who have unfulfilled dreams and ambitions but may feel they are at a disadvantage in this techno universe; inspiring others to enhance their income by exploring the possibilities that exist through online marketing.
I so firmly believe in the fact that the world is becoming more open, random and sharing. We can all benefit each other in a way that has never previously been an option for us. When you "Know Me", you may "Like Me" and then you may "Follow Me" (the title of a book Penny Power of Ecademy). I will be linking with YOU and connecting YOU with all my global contacts too.
What a prospect for an invisible worldwide network of like-minded souls whose philosophy is that of enhancing everyone's lives!

- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.
http://socialmediatribes.co.uk/blog.php?user=JoyWebber&blogentry_id=85

Paul Buijs

1. What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing?
My strength is in both maintaining a client's brand identity throughout executed social media activities and finding highly relevant and free directories to bring in traffic.


2.How long have you been practicing?

I built my first website less than a year ago playing around with FrontPage 2003 while recovering from a broken neck. I now eat, breathe and sleep WordPress. After building two successful sites for clients, I have built my own online brand, The Titanium Effect, highlighting my custom internet marketing skills across various social media, all using a similar theme inspired by the Dutch artist, Mondrian (I'm half Dutch).


3.What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?

I'm proud of both the impressive monthly traffic I've helped my client obtain with his WordPress powered site, http://kokorocombatives.com, and receiving two invitations to guest blog stemming from my personal running blog, http://irunforyou.net. Both sites have only been running for about four months.


4. How did you achieve your best result? Explain.

Kokoro Combatives has effectively engaged potential tactical training clients in South Florida and in Peru through content that is translated on an automatic basis. The company also has a FaceBook page that actively engages its fans and is search engine visible. For Stickneylaw.com, I incorporated features found in the sites of other attorneys who had a strong online presence. I added custom photography and offered search engine friendly translated content that allowed my client to be found in a market saturated with paid search results. Finally, I listed the firm at Cornell Law School's directory of legal resources which is a very reputable source and feeds into many other listing sites.
My running blog honestly depicts my love hate relationship with the sport and boasts South Florida's most comprehensive race calendar (and the only one sortable distance and county)

5. What topics would you be writing about for the contest?

I will cover useful and free tools people can use to enhance their Twitter experience. Also, despite being a common topic, I will discuss very simple blogging tips - tips that are free and easy to put into action, and have worked very well for me.

6. Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.
my profile: http://titaniumeffect.com/about-paul/
The story behind my running blog: http://irunforyou.net/the-story/

Joanna Wiseberg

Joanna Wiseberg/ Red Scarf Promotions
I have been in the promotional products business for 15 years servicing/providing Corporate Canada with marketing collateral for events, marketing campaigns and product launches.
I'm new to blogging and I've been involved in social media for the past 6 months.
My greatest accomplishment in social media is that my other company Red Scarf Equestrian had the opportunity to showcase the luxury luggage/bag line at the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix. This was achieved by my profile being found on a sub group on LinkedIn.
My blog will be about how the recsession this year has significantly transformed my personal/business life and realized that all fairy tales that were living with me have completely been shattered. This is a subject that I feel a lot of people can relate to. Catapulting over this recession was another huge acheivement in my life.

Sherry Truhlar

Here’s the entry for Benefit Auctioneer Sherry Truhlar.

- What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. How long have you been practicing?

I use social media to educate professional and volunteer event managers about the industry of benefit auctions. I started blogging in February and added Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn shortly after.

As a small business owner, I wear the hat of the entire marketing department. Daily I am planning, executing, and evaluating my use of social media and the results.

What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
I will provide both an anecdotal answer and some numbers. First, the best accomplishment might be the accomplishment with the best story. At a client meeting, I discovered that a recommendation from my blog was incorporated. “Wow!,” I said, “I wrote about how to get these donated a few months ago, but I don’t often see them in auctions.”

“I know you wrote about it,” she said, “That’s how I got the idea.”

Accomplishments don’t get much bigger than a person acting on your advice.

One person does not make a marketing success, so some other numbers might be in order. My e-zine subscription list has grown to nearly 700 subscribers in seven months. A recent tweet about a blog entry drove 18 people to the blog within hours. Those aren’t the kind of numbers Amazon is looking at, but the cause and effect is clear so I am excited to be having success with social media.

I should also shed some light on my target audience: volunteers. Most frequently individuals take on the responsibility to orchestrate an event for 12 months or less then move onto a new role in the organization. So, there is relatively short life cycle to the audience and I am constantly seeing a departure when an individual completes his/her event.

- How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
Building a subscriber list has been done by creating good content that provides useful and relevant information to individuals involved with charity auctions. Once content is in place, I follow a practice of releasing via e-mail, to the website and social media outlets.

- What topics would you be writing about for the contest?
I am a benefit auctioneer helping people navigate the world of fundraising auctions so I will cover every aspect of the event from procuring items to putting together the theme and managing donor relations.

- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.
Blog: http://www.redappleauctions.com/blog/
Bio: http://www.redappleauctions.com/about-us/founder-biography/

laurie

1. What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing.
Strategy - I help firms use social media and the web wisely.

2. How long have you been practicing?

Well if you count bulletin boards of the 1992 era and Fast Company forums from 1996-99, then I guess I've been practicing for along time. I like to think that I'm about as online addicted as they come. Heck - I met my husband online in 1992.. that was pretty social. But in common terms, I've been professionally practicing since 2006.

3. What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
Finding my blog voice.

4. How did you achieve your best result? Explain.

Hmmm.. in early days 2006, I wrote an internal blog at IBM that took off like hot cakes. I had received endorsement from other hot bloggers and my content actually circulated internally up to Sam Palmisano's teams.

In 2009 - I executed a fantastic event based social media campaign. The key to my best result was embedding growth in my engagement strategies. What I mean by this is conciously creating opportunities for exponential like growth to occur in a campaign.

5. What topics would you be writing about for the contest?
A focus on social networking strategies, upcoming technologies or businesses using social media differently.

6. Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.
http://socialwisdom.ca/blog/
http://ca.linkedin.com/in/dillonschalk

Therran Oliphant

- What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. -- Integrated Marketing Communications and B2B Online Business Generation. I have also specialized in automotive social media.

- How long have you been practicing? -- I have been blogging for a year, but about 6 months consistently. I started using social media/networking sites in 2006.

- What is your best online accomplishments in blogging? -- Getting started! Seriously, I think it would have to be creating value and an up-sell opportunity for a colleague in Europe based off of a post I wrote on my company blog.

- How did you achieve your best result? -- A lot of networking and research. Explain. -- I took from my own classical IMC training, and knowledge from a variety of sources, to create the post. Some of those sources include friends I have met through social media networking, tweetups, and social media clubs. Once I had a quality post I emailed it to customers and people of interest in my organization. In less than 24 hours I received an email with the details of just how helpful the post was, to the aforementioned colleague.

- What topics would you be writing about for the contest? -- I would write socially relevant opinion posts about current events, marketing and politics.

- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile. -- http://www.fairandbalancedreport.com; http://marketintelligentsia.wordpress.com; http://www.linkedin.com/in/therranoliphant

Sue Leonard

What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing? My company's blog serves as an on-line form to educate, inform and inspire independent publishers. Blogging provides an avenue to indirectly market our company, its services and our client's independently published books, cds and DVDs, movie screenings, author events.

How long have you been practicing? I have been blogging approximately 6 months.

What is your best online accomplishment in blogging? One of our clients is an non-profit organization who provides one of the most valuable services to our society - education about hospice. I have posted, voluntarily, blogs to raise awareness of hospice and to help market their independently published DVD, which provides valuable training to hospice workers and families facing end of life issues. Hospice and end of life issues are very difficult to blog about because the subject matter must be treated with such sensitivity and respect.

How did you achieve your best result? My best result was by relating my own experiences with a friend who was loosing her battle against breast cancer. It drew attention from reader's around the world (unknown to me)who could relate to the blog, were sympathetic to my friend's plight and the blog subject (end of life/hospice care).
My goals were achieved - I educated, inspired and drew interest to my client's organization, their mission, the subject matter and the publication (DVD) I was indirectly selling.

What topics would you be writing about for the contest? I will be posting a few of my blogs regarding hospice and end of life care.

Links to blogs or content and personal profile
http://allthingsfulfilling.wordpress.com

Sue Leonard is Founder and Owner of Cornerstone Fulfillment Service, LLC. Specializing in E-Commerce and E-Marketing for Independent Publishers. Clients include Artists, Writers, Filmmakers and Non-profit organizations.

Tobias

Hello Andrew,

1. What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing.
My area of expertise is innovation and marketing. As such, I am captivated by new business concepts, often enabled by Social Media. Translating more profound content (e.g. (academic) research) than just an opinion into practise is my thing.

2. How long have you been practicing?
For about 1 year now

3. What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
Reaching more than 15.000 views and selling 5 books, attributed to 1 posting.

4. How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
Translating profound knowledge to practise for an audience. Relevant headers and a provoking message for the target audience (do not use old school market research for innovation)helped a lot. Plus spreading the word in relevant fora like LinkedIn and on personal pages.

5. What topics would you be writing about for the contest?
How innovation in social media can further relevant marketing for consumers. How innovation and social media spawn a marketing rennesanse away from stupid push marketing.

6. Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.
Alais, in Dutch, but translatable:
http://www.marketingfacts.nl/berichten/20090713_case-study_pull-sales_in_traditionele_indiase_markt/

http://www.marketingfacts.nl/berichten/20090116_grote_kans_voor_interactieve_marketeers_open_innovatie/

Sherry Truhlar

Here’s the entry for Benefit Auctioneer Sherry Truhlar.

- What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. How long have you been practicing?

I use social media to educate professional and volunteer event managers about the industry of benefit auctions. I started blogging in February and added Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn shortly after.

As a small business owner, I wear the hat of the entire marketing department. Daily I am planning, executing, and evaluating my use of social media and the results.

What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?

I will provide both an anecdotal answer and some numbers. First, the best accomplishment might be the accomplishment with the best story. At a client meeting, I discovered that a recommendation from my blog was incorporated. “Wow!,” I said, “I wrote about how to get these donated a few months ago, but I don’t often see them in auctions.”

“I know you wrote about it,” she said, “That’s how I got the idea.” Accomplishments don’t get much bigger than a person acting on your advice.

One person doesn’t not make a marketing success, so some other numbers might be in order. My e-zine subscription list has grown to nearly 70 subscribers in seven months. A recent tweet about a blog entry drove 18 people to the blog within hours. Those aren’t the kind of numbers Amazon is looking at, but the cause and effect is clear so I am excited to be having success with social media.

I should also shed some light on my target audience: volunteers. Most frequently individuals take on the responsibility to orchestrate an event for 12 months or less then move onto a new role in the organization. So, there is relatively short life cycle to the audience and I am constantly seeing a departure when an individual completes his/her event.

- How did you achieve your best result? Explain.

Building a subscriber list has been done by creating good content that provides useful and relevant information to individuals involved with charity auctions. Once content is in place, I follow a practice of releasing via e-mail, to the website and social media outlets.

- What topics would you be writing about for the contest?

I am a benefit auctioneer helping people navigate the world of fundraising auctions so I will cover every aspect of the event from procuring items to putting together the theme and managing donor relations.

- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.
Blog: http://www.redappleauctions.com/blog/
Bio: http://www.redappleauctions.com/about-us/founder-biography/

Sean Nelson

Hello, my name is Sean Nelson and I write the Social Media Sonar blog

- What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing.
For the last two years my blogs focus has been on helping people more effectively utilize LinkedIn. Since June I've been starting to expand the conversation to include additional social media/networking tools.

How long have you been practicing?
I started writing my blog in January 2008 to share what I was learning in regards to using LinkedIn. Much of this focussed on how I was using LinkedIn to drive business for my insurance business.


- What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
When I started writing the blog I was an insurance broker helping people make smarter health insurance decisions. Thanks to the exposure from the blog I am now helping companies develop and implement social media strategies. While the knowledge is definitely important, its the blog that generated the exposure that led to readers engaging me to help them leverage social media.


- How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
Since my blog has primarily been about using LinkedIn, I use LinkedIn Groups to drive the majority of traffic. The posts that seem to drive the most response are those that include a list reference in the headline..."The Top 5 Mistakes on LinkedIn", "The 6 LinkedIn Tools You May Not Know", etc.

I've made sure to join groups on LinkedIn that both offer the size and interest to drive views and traffic to the blog. I also review the responses and try to replace the bottom 10 groups in terms of response every 6 months.

- What topics would you be writing about for the contest?
For the contest I will write about how people can utilize LinkedIn to build a community of people, communicate their message, engage in conversations, and monetize their efforts.

- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.

http://socialmediasonar.com/

Michael Grosheim

My name is Michael Grosheim. I am the Chief Executive Officer of Harrison-Pierce and freelance blogger.

My expertise in social media and marketing includes a daily blog on Personal Finance, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy prevention and Retirement; and as a writer on Technorati, as well as additional less-known sites. Although I only recently began writing as a part of my daily routine, I have used social media for advertising/marketing purposes for over 4 years.

In such a competitive market, my greatest accomplishment is simply having readers. It may not seem like a huge accomplishment, but it surely makes the time and effort worthwhile. Achieving this result was only through my dedicated effort to write everywhere my articles/blog were relevant in order to engage new readers.

In general, and for this contest, my articles are geared towards personal finance issues that plague ever American (excluding the wealthiest 1%). As unemployment continnues to rise, more and more people will experience financial hardship; and rather than provide broad articles on finance, I provide specific information on the do's and don'ts of loss mitigation and debt settlement.

For a sample of my writing style, please visit blog.harrison-pierce.com. Once again, thank you for the opportunity of evaluation.

Kelly Ann

Hi,

My area of expertise is social media/marketing is is global networking. I have a website that I not only use as an interactive extension of my resume, but also as a forum for topics of a global nature. And although I've only been involved in social media for about a year, I use my connections on LinkedIn and Twitter to exchange information, help others promote themselves, obtain employment (which I was successful at), and to build lasting relationships with people worldwide.

My best accomplishment(s)in blogging is that I was published twice on my knowledge of social media. Links to both articles can be found on my website http://www.kellyanncarpentier.com . I was invited to contribute to the articles by a LinkedIn connection that was impressed by the answers that I was giving in the Q&A section of the LinkedIn site. You will notice that I have not given my site attention in quite some time. I look forward to "getting back into the swing of things" and hopefully using this contest as a spring board for that.

On my site I discuss (or plan to discuss) the following topics: Blogging, Branding, Entrepreneurialism, Global thinking, Globalization, Leadership, LinkedIn, Networking, Online Reputation Management, Organizational Tools, Search Engine Optimization, and Twitter.

I encourage your discussions, questions, and comments. You can view it all at http://www.kellyanncarpentier.com .

All the best,
Kelly Ann

Gianluigi Cuccureddu

- What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. How long have you been practicing?
Creating awareness/visibility/traffic and ultimately conversions (depending on what that might be for the client).
Social Media in its most simple way through fora etc already a decade, learned along the way.

- What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
Getting good traffic to our blog of our new company with quality and relevant content towards our target groups.
http://agoramedia.co.uk/blog/social-media/agora-medias-own-social-media-case-16000-growth/

- How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
Good quality content within the correct context and enhancing Social Media Intelligence to respond quickly and relevantly on information.

- What topics would you be writing about for the contest?
Social Media/Marketing/Mobile/Social TV/Augemented Reality

- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.

http://agoramedia.co.uk/blog
http://nl.linkedin.com/in/gianluigicuccureddu

Lucia Brawley

- What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. How long have you been practicing?

My area of expertise in social media is inspiring people to debate and act around causes in which I believe, whether through social networking sites, through my blogs for the Huffington Post and Americans for the Arts' Arts BLOG, or via YouTube. During the Obama campaign, Arianna Huffington invited me to blog for her. I've continued to do so since October of last year, when I began with the aspirational piece, "President Obama's Arts."
- What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
My best online accomplishment in blogging, so far, is my two-part Huffington Post piece, entitled, "Why Arts Education is a Matter of Social Justice and Why it will Save the World," which was cited in the California State Senate's Creative Industries Revitalization Act hearings, linked on arts and education advocacy sites around the country, and which provoked the Yale School of Music to invite me to deliver the keynote address at their biennial Music Educators' Symposium.

Other blogging highlights include the lively debate sparked in the comment section of my Huffington Post blog called, "Is there Method to this Rick Warren Madness"; and recently on the Arts BLOG, my piece "El Sistema in L.A." became the most popular post in the Sept. 21-25 blogging salon about arts education.
- How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
As a working actress, I was lucky enough to receive a healthy run of residual checks that I viewed as my salary to visit innovators in arts education in different parts of the country, meet with the highest echelons of cultural and educational policy in the federal government, using my personal experience volunteering with at-risk youth through the arts and research about what movements were cropping up around the world in the field, all of which coalesced into a piece that seemed to write itself, "Why Arts Education is a Matter of Social Justice and Why it will Save the World," Parts I and II. The piece was re-published extensively on different sites.
- What topics would you be writing about for the contest?
Movements are afoot all over the country, marrying the arts and education to effect serious social change. 3 articles I’d like to write are:
1. A piece about the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, founded by Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist, Flea. Flea has already offered me an interview.
2. The education and emergence of Soulfege, a groundbreaking band headed by Oprah’s new protégée, musician, activist, speaker, social entrepreneur and political personality, Derrick Ashong (www.derrickashong.com), who is starting a movement called Take Back the Mic that seeks create a replicable network of youth empowerment programs around the country, using the arts as one touchstone.
3. The Harmony Project in Los Angeles offers free musical instruments and top-notch instruction to LA’s poorest students and teams up with the LA Philharmonic’s wunderkind, Gustavo Dudamel, to support the Youth Orchestra LA, based on Venezuela’s revolutionary music education program, El Sistema. I have established strong ties with the Harmony Project, the LA Phil and other El Sistema offshoots in the area.
I also have many other story ideas, if you would prefer another direction.

- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.

My Huffington Post pieces are all linked on my bio page: www. huffingtonpost.com/lucia-brawley

My AftA Arts BLOG pieces are available on my bio page there, as well: http://blog.artsusa.org/author/lucia-brawley/

Mike Browne

I am a little different. I have been involved in social media for many years as a cartoonist and animator. I have only been blogging for about 3 months.

My style of communication is combination of text and drawings, much like the 25 sketchbooks I have filled over the years. The subject of my blog is the creation of my latest iPhone app, "Beat The Boss". It is six months in development and is about to be submitted to Apple.

I was looking for a marketing genius to show me past apps they had promoted as well as how that success was attained. I basically came up empty. I decided to chronicle the steps of my own entrepreneurial pursuit for success in the iPhone market.

My best accomplishment and best result are both tied to my blog. I do my best work drawing from the right side of my brain. My content is all very spontaneous both in text and visual appeal.

blog - http://mike-browne.blogspot.com/
game website - http://www.BeatThebossGame.com
website - http://www.bigredshoes.com

Sam Diener

Well hello everyone! My name is Sam Diener. I call myself the "Founder and Creative Strategist" behind "Stuff for Success..."

- What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. How long have you been practicing?

Oh man, you really want to know the real answer to this. It will surprise you. Um. I have been practicing for four months. WOW!!!! What a lot of experience. But don't so quickly judge. Its the execution, not how much experience you have!

- What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?

I would have to say it has to float between getting article shout outs from colleagues with over 50k followers, writing guest posts for major syndicated blogs, and reaching over 20,000 people on just my own page in four months.

- How did you achieve your best result? Explain.

I reached my results by realizing that it's who you know, and not what you know. It's about networking and building relationships, AND writing good content.

- What topics would you be writing about for the contest?

Oh --- so you want to know now..... but then I won't be able to suprise you all....

Okay fine, fine. I will hint.

1. Bagging Elephants. Yes, I am serious.
2. Compensating for Small Size.. Once again, I am serious.

- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.

http://www.samdiener.com
Guest posted on personalbrandingblog, and under30ceo.
http://www.linkedin.com/in/samdiener

Elizabeth Thomas

Area of expertise in social media and/or marketing (How long practicing?) -

I've been studying social media marketing over the last three years, taking graduate courses and blogging about it for 93 days - one post each day.
- What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
I've re-connected to my roots as a journalist, writing many articles - I'm particularly proud of the "Day 46" post to my blog, "Back to School - Again! - a blog for students that focuses on how to use social media.

- How did you achieve your best result? I conducted two independent studies as a grad student at Murray State University which provided insights into the way people/consumers are actually using social media today. I will graduate in December with a master's degree in mass communications, and hope to expand my blogging effort, as well as publish my articles in academic journals.

I have been writing for and to non-traditional college students. In the current economy, going back to school is one way many people are trying to get back to work, and the prospect of college can be daunting to anyone who's been away from the campus environment for any length of time. I hope my blog articles have helped others to achieve their highest potential.

- What topics would you be writing about for the contest?

The issues facing today's non-traditional college students, and anyone who may be outside the job market right now. I'm writing about how social media marketing can be used to market an individual, a new venture, or a corporation someone already works for. I've written several papers about the new "Always On" media environment and the Groundswell which is taking place in social media. I hope to write more about this, including "How To" stories that will help others navigate the confusing social media environment, especially those coming to it later in the game.
- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.
http://msuwordsmith.blogspot.com
That's my blog! While I am somewhat new to the blogosphere, I'm no stranger to communications. I was a VP with a successful newsletter publishing house throughout the 1980s, owned a full-service ad agency in the 1990s, and served as Marketing Director for a national homebuilder for 8 years during that same period. I've been an award winning advertising creative director, a columnist/film critic, book editor, and small business owner as well.

My recent foray into higher education has re-energized me with a desire to teach and share all that the real world experiences of 25 years has taught me ...with the next generation of superstars.

I hope that my blog will motivate people to use social media wisely, and possibly, to consider going back to school themselves.

I am 50 years young, single with no children, and currently reside in Murray, KY, where I blog daily and provide an affordable online editing service for student papers, projects and manuscripts. I also provide professional copy editing services through ETC, Inc., (Elizabeth Thomas Creative).

Tim R. - GPI Prototype

- What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. How long have you been practicing? I have recently been crowned the master of social networking here at GPI prototype. I haven’t been practicing long, about 3 years of actual networking via social media sites, however, I have been doing a lot with forums, blogs and search engine optimization utilizing those applications before myspace, facebook and twitter became so large in the social media network.
- What is your best online accomplishments in blogging? I recently wrote a few articles on our capabilities focusing on our core capabilities at GPI Prototype, one of which being DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) my website traffic increased by 245 average visitors each week. I know that doesn’t seem like a lot, this is a brand new website that was only averaging 94 visitors a week.
- How did you achieve your best result? I did a google blog, then went to my industry specific forums and their blogs posting my blog link, after I did that I repeatedly posted the link on Twitter, Facebook and Myspace. I then wrote a discussion on linkedin about social media and included my link to my blog which also had reciprocal links to my twitter, myspace and facebook accounts. I also used digg and squidoo to blog about my DMLS technology that also linked to my DMLS google blog.
- What topics would you be writing about for the contest? I would write about product development and the stages of taking a new product from cradle to grave. A lot of people are interested in how for instance a toaster was made, who came up with the idea and what stages does it take to get that product into production.
- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile-
http://directmetallasersintering.blogspot.com/
http://www.myspace.com/timruffner

Alison Silbert

Hello Andrew,
I would like to enter the blogoff competition. Answers to the questions
are below. If I am not accepted for the competition, I am also open to
sponsorship opportunities.
Regards,
Alison Silbert

1. What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. How
long have you been practicing?
I have been involved in various aspects of online marketing since 2000.
Areas of experience include: website development, programming, technical
writing, marketing content writing, client trainings, and project
management. I have worked with clients of all sizes including Canadian
Universities, small & medium businesses, and individual entrepreneurs.

- What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
The ability to educate others about how online marketing can be
implemented simply with a little bit of effort each week.

- How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
I achieved my best result by participating 110% in an effective team,
listening where appropriate and acting or giving advice when it was
needed.

- What topics would you be writing about for the contest?
Topics of interest include how social media fits in with the traditional
marketing mix & how to use social media tools to reach more of your
ideal client.

- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.

Business website: www.passionateweb.ca

Blog: passionateweb.wordpress.com

Linkedin Profile:
http://www.linkedin.com/profile?viewProfile=&key=4781319&trk=tab_pro

I also have a book available on Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Web-Sites-Identify-Clients/dp/0595470890/ref=s
r_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258224803&sr=1-1

Twitter ID: alison.silbert
Skype: alisonsilbert
Facebook: alisonsilbert
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Narotam Mangar

Digital Academy-The Film School,a leader among Film Schools and Institutes in India was established in 2002. It offers courses in Screenplay Writing,Film & Television Direction,Cinematography,Film & Television Editing,Sound Recording & Engineering,Production Design,Producers course,Film Making,Acting,Animation & FX (Visual Effects).

Darlene Sabella

Hi my blog is "Green" issues, I promote my Children's book, this book was published this year. On my blog is the first chapter for all to read. I post all the different articles I wrote as well as advertisers.
http://darlenesabella.blogspot.com/

 Nate Riggs

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for including me with the LinkedIn notification. My name is Nate Riggs and I work in a few different ways:

- Principal and consultant at my firm, Social Business Strategies LLC
- Affiliate recruiter for TeamBuilder Search
- Affiliate social web strategist with huber+co. interactive

- What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. How long have you been practicing?
A. My knowledge-base is in content creation, social web integration, applied communication strategy in business, adoption training and public speaking. I have been using social media tools for business functions since 2000.

What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
A. Launching huber+co.'s http://TweetMyTime.com Twitter and Facebook applications for endurance racing has been one of my recent successes. I’ve also been fortunate to have my blog content recognized and endorsed by LinkedIn, as well as the Ohio Small Business Development Center and Columbus Business First.

How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
A. Hours upon hours of working to add value to the communities I participate in - both online and offline. This has allowed me to expand my own networks with the right people. I work hard to give away strategy ideas on how businesses can leverage new media tools for business development, customer service, marketing and internal communications. With TweetMyTime, I was able to gain traction by leveraging Brogan & Smith’s concept of “One of Us” because I am also an amateur multi-sport athlete.

What topics would you be writing about for the contest?
- Methodologies for building Brand YOU on the social web
- LinkedIn B2B business development strategies & tactics
- Engineering trending topics on Twitter by seeding conversations through automation
- Understanding the unique context of specific social networks, and how to use leverage context as a competitive communication advantage

Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.

- http://ohiogrowthsummit.blogspot.com/2009/04/small-business-in-social-guerrilla.html

-http://www.nateriggs.com/2009/10/how-to-use-linkedin-company-profiles-in-business-development/

- http://www.nateriggs.com/2009/09/will-you-sport-a-tweetmytime-shirt-at-the-columbus-marathon/

Main Profiles (as part of my online Brand YOU):
- http://linkedin.com/in/nateriggs
- http://twitter.com/nateriggs
- http://facebook.com/nateriggs
- http://www.dailymile.com/people/nathanielriggs#ref=tophd
- http://www.speakersite.com/profile/NateRiggs

Paritosh Sharma

Hi, I am Paritosh Sharma, Co-founder and Chief, Concept to Market, Proideaz Consulting, New Delhi, India and am also a Social Media Evangelist.

- What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. How long have you been practicing?
A. I am a Concept to Market expert and design Go To Market strategies for clients both offline and online. My expertise is in helping small scale business setups, explore the online space in the best possible manner, which results into tangible ROI for them. I have been a GTM expert since 3.5 years now.

- What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
A. I am the youngest Indian to be featured at the NASSCOM EMERGE Blog and also awarded "The Young Communicator" by the Symbiosis Group, in India for my work in the New Media (Social Media) domain. I have recently done some work into "consumer awareness" in India (through my blog: http://paritoshsharma.com ), by bluntly opening out the realities of the Corporate, who are fleecing customers in the name of terms and conditions.

- How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
A. I collected the consumer by doing a primary research and upon understanding the requirements, created a community for consumer awareness through my blog, which also reached the Television Media :)

- What topics would you be writing about for the contest?
A. Result oriented go to market strategies for small businesses and start-ups.
A.2 > Why did social media NOT work for you!
A.3 > How are small time online marketing companies just making FUN of the customer, and reaching nowhere.

- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.
A.
Profile : http://paritoshsharma.com/contact
http://paritoshsharma.com
http://blog.nasscom.in/emerge/author/paritoshs/

Tim Ruffner

- What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. How long have you been practicing? I have recently been crowned the master of social networking here at GPI prototype. I haven’t been practicing long, about 3 years of actual networking via social media sites, however, I have been doing a lot with forums, blogs and search engine optimization utilizing those applications before myspace, facebook and twitter became so large in the social media network.
- What is your best online accomplishments in blogging? I recently wrote a few articles on our capabilities focusing on our core capabilities at GPI Prototype, one of which being DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) my website traffic increased by 245 average visitors each week. I know that doesn’t seem like a lot, this is a brand new website that was only averaging 94 visitors a week.
- How did you achieve your best result? I did a google blog, then went to my industry specific forums and their blogs posting my blog link, after I did that I repeatedly posted the link on Twitter, Facebook and Myspace. I then wrote a discussion on linkedin about social media and included my link to my blog which also had reciprocal links to my twitter, myspace and facebook accounts. I also used digg and squidoo to blog about my DMLS technology that also linked to my DMLS google blog.
- What topics would you be writing about for the contest? I would write about product development and the stages of taking a new product from cradle to grave. A lot of people are interested in how for instance a toaster was made, who came up with the idea and what stages does it take to get that product into production.
- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile-
http://www.linkedin.com/groupAnswers?viewQuestionAndAnswers=&gid=1248257&discussionID=8984087&sik=&trk=mywl_artile&goback=.mwg_*2_1
http://dev.forums.reprap.org/read.php?70,28272
http://twitter.com/gpidmls
http://directmetallasersintering.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lake-Bluff/GPI-Prototype-and-Manufacturing-DMLS-Direct-Metal-Laser-Sintering/187730645776
https://app.mfg.com/mfg/contactHome.jsp?time=1257784071919&pmId=1063
http://www.squidoo.com/DMLS
http://digg.com/business_finance/GPI_Builds_Prototypes_using_Objet_DMLS_and_RTV_Tooling
http://tweetmeme.com/story/214732342/dmls-technology-direct-metal-laser-sintering-fabbers-market
http://www.fabbersmarket.com/#/blogwall/dmls-technology--direct-metal-laser-sintering
http://resources.alibaba.com/topic/635696/Prototype_Methods.htm?message=1101124
http://boards.core77.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=19955&p=134388#p134388
http://www.mechanicaldesignforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=29&p=899#p899
http://www.engineeringtalk.com/news/eos/eos139.html
PERSONAL MYSPACE ACCOUNT – http://www.myspace.com/timruffner

Ms Gina Marie Gordon

My name is ' Ms Gina Marie". I am an entertainment/ Cd Reviewer

Here is my submission

What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. How long have you been practicing?

Founder of ' Sing For Hunger Music Tour", Artist and Band Management and Promotional Marketing.I have been involved in writing since age 8. Published and Accomplished songwriter as well. Since June 09, I get a 1,000 ad on's a week,My email is always full, I average 3,000 emails a week.

How did you achieve your best result? Explain

ALL social media websites and outlets, I communicate with people like i have known them for years. people feel comfortable talking to me about anything. I am always honest and straight forward. I put a positive to a negative.

What topics would you be writing about for the contest?

Sing For Hunger Music Tour, Latest news,Whatever my audience is interested in.

I can be found everywhere on the web

Twitter - savemybaby

myspace- just type in ' Ms Gina Marie. You'll find me.

Robert Stanke

My name is Robert Stanke and I am the Chief Blogger on http://robertstanke.com - a blog devoted around Community Management, Social Media, and Digital Marketing. Here is my submission!

- What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. How long have you been practicing?

Community Management, Social Media, Technology, and Digital Marketing.

- What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?

Building an audience and community around my niches and within my geo-location. Because of this, I have built a solid reputation that has gotten me contracts, employment offers, etc. I have also been featured in online publications about blogging.

- How did you achieve your best result? Explain.

By being smart about what I post, doing my research to find what my audience wants. Most importantly, I keep it real - I be myself and never sell myself out for money, pageviews, etc.!

- What topics would you be writing about for the contest?

The things I know about and am passionate about.

- Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.

I can be found at: http://robertstanke.com, on Twitter at @robertstanke

Thanks for consideration!

Janet Barclay

What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing. How long have you been practicing?

I began designing and promoting websites even before I launched my business in 2002. I have been involved with social networking, starting with Ryze, since 2003. I started blogging in 2006. The main focus of my business now is helping small businesses to expand their online presence by creating and maintaining their websites, blogs, and social networking profiles.

What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?

I launched a niche blog in April 2009 which achieved a Google Page Rank of 3 in a very short time.

How did you achieve your best result? Explain.

I chose a topic with which I was familiar and which wasn't already being covered extensively in the blogosphere. I already had a wide network of contacts who would potential be interested in that topic, but I expanded my network by connecting with other potential readers on social networks, especially Twitter. I post to that blog 2-3 times per week and promote each post on my social networks.

What topics would you be writing about for the contest?

Tips for using Twitter and other social networking sites effectively, benefits of using them...

Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.

My original blog is http://www.janetbarclay.com and my niche blog (which is becoming my main blog) is http://organizing-business.com. Each blog has a different profile page.

Sabrina Gibson

What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing.

Working with small business owners, network marketers, speakers, coaches and consultants and teaching them 7 Key Strategies of Social Networking. I show them how to setup a system (step by step) and then maintain that system.

How long have you been practicing?
I have over 15 years of online experience. (which is like 105 dog years) Been teaching Social Networking for 2.5 years.

What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?
Built a list of over 1000 in just a month.

How did you achieve your best result? Explain.
Created blog posts and then created updates to my Social Networks driving them back to my post. Next to each post there is a way to sign up for my "Free Social Networking Tips"

What topics would you be writing about for the contest?
Social Networking Tips, Video Marketing and Building a List

Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile.

http://www.SocialNetworkingRockStar.com
(About would be a personal profile)

Catherine McQuaid

Hi Andrew;
Here's my qualifications for the Blog-Off
1.My area of expertise is key account acquisition for business services firms. I have been practicing for 16 yrs.

2.My best online accomplishment was attracting a group of social media experts for Hubba, including Andrew Jenkins and Andrew Ballenthin.

3. My best result was achieved by using face-to-face networking approached online. After meeting "candidates" for Hubba, I had a telephone conversation and then introduced everyone to each other in order to foster team spirit.

4 I will be sharing tips & techniques for gaining entree to the C-suite of Fortune 1000-sized companies and how to build credibility if you are an unknown services provider hoping to win new business.

5. I am a Community Marketing Blog contributor.

http://www.typepad.com/site/blogs/6a00e552893e3c883300e552a23c578834/post/6a00e552893e3c88330120a63381af970c/edit

Steve

Hey Andrew,

Here is me entry and the answer to your questions:

1. What is your area of expertise in social media and/or marketing?

Blogging, Lead Generation and Search Engine Optimization.

2. How long have you been practicing?

Just over 1 year.

3. What is your best online accomplishments in blogging?

Earning my first $1,000 in a single month online this year. You can read more about my story here: http://www.freedomeducation.ca/2009/06/09/blog-mastermind-review-how-to-earn-5000-per-month-from-your-blog/

4. How did you achieve your best result? Explain.

Using direct marketing with my email list. Building that list and then offering products and services to that list.

5. What topics would you be writing about for the contest?

The first article will be on driving more traffic to your site using search engine optimization. I haven't sorted out the second article just yet.

6. Links to past blogs or content and a personal profile. Here's my about page here: http://www.freedomeducation.ca/about/

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