This time last year I was fortunate enough to win Small Business Sunday, a weekly Twitter competition hosted by Theo Paphitis. At the time, entry required use of the hashtag #TheoSBS, although this has since been shortened to #SBS.
Small Business Sunday Entry Requirements
The #sbs competition is open to all and is free to enter. For further details, check out the following video by #sbs winner Shelly Kilford of Top Pocket PA.
@TheoPaphitis get local discounts, nationwide with the @SmarterCard – supporting small businesses & saving money. Win – win! #sbs [retweeted by Theo Paphitis on 31/10/2010]
In the event you cannot view the above video, the rules are:
1. Entries must be submitted between 17:00 & 19:30 on any given Sunday;
2. Tweet details of your business to @TheoPaphitis; and
3. Make sure you include the #sbs hashtag.
Small Business Sunday winners
Each week, Theo Paphitis will retweet his favourite 6 #sbs entries. For me, exposure to his 190,000 subscribers resulted in a couple of business deals and a nice chunk of extra followers. Considering it didn’t cost a penny to enter, that is a really good deal.
In an effort to give something back to #sbs, I have been giving free SEO advice to Small Business Sunday winners for the past month. The advice given is completely free of charge and includes a full website review and suggestions for how to make things better. To date I have worked with just under twenty #sbs winners and I am really pleased with their feedback, although I am surprised more people haven’t taken up the offer.