I`m new to the forums here, but it seems like there`s a great community with a lot of knowledge and know how.
I wanted to get some opinions of some others besides friends and family on a new site that should be set to launch January 1st, 2009. It`s ThePrizePursuit.com. Now, were not quite yet on our server and domain, but were finishing up all of our testing right now to hopefully launch by the first of next year.
What we offer is a unique way for companies to engage with consumers. What we do is we host online scavenger hunts, where players from all around the globe compete for prizes ranging from Nintendo Wii`s, iPods and Plasma TV`s. Basically players are sent to sponsored sites on each hunt. Once there the players must navigate the sites in search of answers to a number of clues. The fastest player to find all the clues on all the sponsor sites wins! I really think the site does a lot more speaking for itself. If you wanna check it out head on over to http://thenewmediastudio-labs.com/Joe/index.php and feel free to sign up and give the test hunt we have posted a try.
What does this mean for advertisers? We feel that engaging consumers with a product, brand or service is much more valuable to a company than purchasing a banner ad or contextual ad, which tend to be much more passive.
We also feel that if a player is sent to a site that interests them, the next time they are looking for that service or product they will be more compelled to do business with that company.
I`d like to hear everyone`s opinions on this idea, and please feel free to give any feedback on the site itself. There may be one or two bugs, but they should mostly be worked out. So if you get a chance check it out, and let me know what you think!
Thanks a lot, and I look forward to becoming part of the community here at Startup Nation.