[Contest] Inception - The Contest to Define a Contest!

One of the things that we're actively trying to do here at Cigar Federation is to draw new users to the site and increase discourse on the forums.  We've been working on lots of different ideas for how to do this - and you'll see some of those in the coming days, weeks and months.

Then, on Saturday, my cousin came over the house to watch the UFC Heavyweight Championship fight between Cain Velasquez & Bigfoot Silva and he asked to smoke a cigar.  When I opened up one of my humidors for him, he started laughing at the overflowing mound of cigars and my wife gave off a grunt.  At that point, I thought it might make sense to have a contest and give away some cigars to empty the humidors.

Next, I started thinking through contests to have that could draw new users to Cigar Federation and increase discussion on the forums.  I came up with several ideas, but then I thought maybe it would be better to make that the contest - what do you think would be a great contest to add new users and increase discussion on these forums?

So, that's the contest - INCEPTION!  Reply to this forum post with a contest that you think will do both of the following:

  • Bring the most new users to Cigar Federation
  • Add the most discussion (new topics, replies, etc.) to the forums

I will pick the suggestion that I like the best and I will send the winner a cigar sampler (it will be at least a 5er and I promise it will be worth your while).  Then, we will hold the contest that wins and I will give that winner a similar prize.

Make sense? Let me know if you have any questions.  Only replies to this post will count.  Promoting on Twitter, Facebook, other cigar communities will not officially count, but might endear me to your cause! ;)

Suggestions will be accepted through Wednesday, June 5th at 11:59pm.

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Comment by Michael P. Stewart on June 1, 2013 at 9:01am

Greetings, Matt. Dandy idea, but it actually seems like two different issues need to be addressed. The first is getting people here, and then making them want to stay/return often. I can certainly be mistaken, but my guess is that the folks that are here are pretty well entrenched in the cigar world already and are not particularly new to cigars. And that means a lot of us are already "aged" ourselves. I would think you'd have to target younger adult media outlets, or even wine or beer forums.

Once they're here, the easy answer to getting folks to stay is naked cigar women, but I imagine that that is not in the plans. Maybe something that is catch-all for questions. The forums are good but you have to hunt for your somewhat specific topic. An "Ask the Tobacconist" section (or link) on the home page could suffice, kinda like "Dear Abby."

Also, most everyone likes contests and giveaways, be it like this one, or even a simple random drawing contest every couple of weeks or so gives people the incentive to return. Perhaps even get a sponsoring cigar company to do an event every so often. I would think a consistent time table of these various events would also promote people coming back regularly.

And there's always room for naked cigar women... (or whatever the ladies on the forum might prefer).

Comment by Michael P. Stewart on June 1, 2013 at 9:03am

Just saying...

Comment by Matt Ross on June 1, 2013 at 2:24pm

All valid points, Michael - and I can assure you that we've got lots of ideas planned that you will begin seeing unveiled in the coming weeks (maybe even naked cigar women!).

Don't forget, if you want to officially enter the contest, post here: http://cigarfederation.com/forum/topics/contest-inception-the-conte...

Comment by Jeremy Yow on June 5, 2013 at 8:23pm

Great idea Matt!  Let's see...have people guess the exact number of diapers your baby goes through in one day or week. Closest or exact guess wins!

Comment by Zack Mello on June 5, 2013 at 11:35pm

Honestly I love several things. First off you could start a bomb contest where one person wins a prize with the stipulation that they then send some onto a friend or fellow member. That person adds a stick to replace theirs and moves it on. The person who sends the best bomb as voted on by everyone gets to pick a stick that everyone reviews and whoever posts the best review in turns receives a pack of fun/themed/or HTF sticks. In addition for each person they get to sign up they get another chance or entry into the original round as an attempt to out due their previous attempts. You could also do a contest for themed giveaways. People must choose sticks and describe them in a fun creative way. Then they must take 5 sticks they love and create a virtual pack with funny or witty descriptions that would make people want to try them. 

Just some thoughts and thank you for hosting another great giveaway!

Comment by The Nothing on July 9, 2013 at 10:41am

Photo Contests are always, IMO, the easiest. Create a forum category just for the contest and have people post their entries there. Nowadays almost everyone has a camera with them at all times.

Starting with your post, how about a "Fight Night" themed contest. Invite people to post original cigar-related photographs with the theme of "Fight Night". They have to come here, sign-up, upload a photo, go to the forums and post the photo. Extra credit for people that might have tweeted/facebooked about the contest (useful should there be a tie breaker). You can direct people to the forums to show off all the photos being loaded.

Ultimately people will spend time on the forums, and that'll bring people in.


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