Giving Away Some Money (and HubPages Tips) at The Search Engine Strategies Conference in San Jose

I always love going to conferences that have to do with the different things that are part of my work here at HubPages, so when I heard that I was going to have a booth at the Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose this week, I was pretty excited. Obviously search is a very important part of what HubPages has to offer the world, so being able to immerse myself in it for a couple days and to be able to meet some of the big players that are also involved with it (Google, Bing, Yahoo!, etc.) is pretty sweet.

Like I said, one of the cool things about this particular conference is that I’m not only attending the conference, but I also have an actual booth on the Expo Floor for HubPages, which is a great way for us to get some exposure to lots of new people (and potential Hubbers). But, even though having a booth is pretty awesome, you need to realize that there are like 150 other booths that are in the Expo Hall, too so getting te attendees attention isn’t really easy sometimes. To help out with getting some of this much-needed attention and to attract the masses to the HubPages booth I decided to come up with a game that would not only be a little fun, but would also be a great way to let people know just how awesome HubPages is and what we’re all about.

The game that I came up with is based on trying to help people understand how Hubbers can write Hubs that have the highest earning potential possible (which I also blogged more about here). Basically what the game makes people think about is once they know topic they want to write about, how they can come up with a great title and focus that will help them give them the highest earning potential possible. I did this by giving them a main topic area and then 4 possible Hub titles, with their goal being to choose the title with the highest possible potential to get traffic and make them money. The topic area that I used for game was Trade Shows and the 4 titles that they had to choose from were:

  • The Best Event Booths For Your Next Conference
  • How To Get The Most Out Of Your Trade Show Exhibit
  • How To Attract Visitors To You Booth Using Banner Stands
  • Finding The Right Table Top Displays For Your Conference Booth

Each of the people who played the game had to choose one of the titles and put their business card in the box that it was taped to. I had a ton of people play the game and thanks to the fact that I was giving out $100 to someone that picked the right title, it created a lot of buzz around our booth. Here’s what the boxes look like:

After yesterday was over I pulled out all of the business cards from the winning title box (the winning title was ‘Finding The Right Table Top Displays For Your Conference Booth’) and the first day’s overall winner was Jennifer Stafford who works for HomeAway down in Austin,Texas. Congrats to her and to the fact that she’s now $100 richer!

Now, who’s going to win the $100 today? 🙂

8 thoughts on “Giving Away Some Money (and HubPages Tips) at The Search Engine Strategies Conference in San Jose

  1. That’s Cool. This reminds me of electronics exhibitions that my company takes part in at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. I created and displayed several PowerPoint Sideshows (on Large LCD Screen) and my Boss was happy and COOL!

  2. you do sojme fine work and are hightly devoted to getting your message out.
    I have one comment. where is there converence and what is it all about? what dates will it be running?
    It’s an interesting topic but I haven’t a clue as to what you are taliking about.
    Well, here’s to your success. Please don’t assume that readers have all that good information you do in our heads. OK?
    You(anyone) can reach me at docmike9@gmail.com

  3. This is a great idea, I can see how it will be a real success, It makes me feel good to be apart of such a amazing community here at Hubpages!

    Great work Ryan:)

  4. good post, though I muist say, how to’s are great if you want traffic. Nothing wrong with that.

    While reading many hubs of interest , however, the how to hub has got to be real good, like the hub you just wrote. And–most are not.
    Well, like mine for instance.. It’s a tech thing I need to work on. I have been thinking of hiring a nerd to give me a hand. It’s like for every year of school subtract nth or x amount of common sense.

    Keep up tjhe good work.

  5. That’s a great idea for a contest. I like the way it used business cards so it would be easy to contact the winner and also how the prize was cash–not a t-shirt! It also directly related to hubpages. I wish I could have been at that conference.

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