Have you entered the free book give-away yet?

by Manshu on December 8, 2010

in Opinion

Before I start the post let me say that you are simply amazing!

Now, let me explain why.

I started the first ever book give-away here last Friday, and it was a little different from most give-aways because it was totally based on good faith, and you didn’t have to prove anything to me at all.

The prize is a free copy of One Up on Wall Street, and here are some details from my earlier post.

As you know OneMint has a Facebook page which has got 107 people liking it as of now. I’d like to grow this number, and to enter this give – away you have to do the following:

Think of someone who will benefit from OneMint, and ask them to like the page, then leave a comment here telling me that you have done so.

So, you just have to recommend OneMint to someone on Facebook, and it didn’t matter if that person actually liked the page or not, and you certainly didn’t have to prove to me that you did anything of this sort – just a comment was enough.

I don’t know when I thought up this idea, and when I discussed this with friends (mostly left brain types – sorry guys) they said I’ve got to stop thinking like Pollyana, and that such a thing would never work.

I was told that I would either get a lot more comments than I get likes, or I would hardly get any comments at all. I had given up on the thought but I had a feeling that it will work, and with a nudge from my wife (who apparently is a right brain type) I started the contest.

The result so far has amazed, and delighted me, and before I started the contest it never occurred to me that there would be more Likes than comments!

In a nutshell it means that you did a lot more than I asked for, and are extremely sincere in your gesture. The numbers show this, and of course one look at the comment section also shows it.

In fact some comments explicitly state that you have done this earlier, or that you have forwarded the site to friends, and now it’s for them to consider, and I’m just delighted to see people do this.

The positive, honest and sincere response is quite fantastic, and I’m having a great week as a result of it.

I just wanted to post my sincere appreciation for all your kind words, and at the same time if some of you didn’t know about this contest then check my earlier post since you still have time till Saturday.

{ 6 comments }

Indian Thoughts December 8, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I am not interested in giveaway (because I know I never win.. tambola was a big fluke) but i have recomended ur site to many frnds and relatives.. i am myself a right brain person (don’t exactly know what is right brain, but i think ur idea is going to work and hence i think i might be one of them) and wass very happy to see conditions of us giveway. Other giveways really turn off because there is no trust factor. U got to trust ur reader because no body is paying me to read ur blog, i read it because I like it.
That’s may be not true in case of money, but in general I seriously believe that trust the other person by default, and let him allow to breach ur trust before u start distrusting him. This works.
Sorry for such a long comment. 🙁

Manshu December 9, 2010 at 9:19 am

You’re welcome to post as long a comment you’d like IT.

I’m glad that you liked the conditions, and it made sense to you. It was a little difficult for me to actually go through with it because of the fear of looking a little naive, but I’m really glad I went with, as the results have delighted me.

I’m trying to rope in other people to sponsor give aways on OneMint, but I suspect those will not be like this one as it is much harder to convince others to just hold it on the basis of good faith.

kunal December 8, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Manshu,

Indeed a good study and work which lay men can understand.
I’ve bookmarked this page and read almost daily.

Mog Aasuni,
~Kunal

Manshu December 9, 2010 at 9:11 am

Thanks Kunal – what does Mog Aasuni mean – is this Konkani? I know I should know better having been in Goa for a couple of years, but I don’t know what it means….help please? 🙂

Deepak December 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm

I have recommended the FB page to my friends. May I request u to send me your book.

Manshu December 10, 2010 at 3:30 am

Hi Deepak,

Thanks for your comment, and the three winners for the book will be chosen randomly, so I will enter your name along with others and if the random number generator selects your name I will notify you and get in touch with you.

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