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August 9th, 2009 at 06:30 PM
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Time is running out to become our friend and earn your share in $120 million dollars!


August 19th, 2009 at 12:06 PM
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Salivia Baker-san, wow. Thanks for doing the Math! :dogeza:

Giovanni-san, thanks for the analysis. :dogeza:

Duality-san, we'll be posting the winners on the blog and directly contacting the winners through PM services on each site. :grin:

August 19th, 2009 at 12:02 PM
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Thanks for all the feedback.

Remember the contest is for $10,100 worth of FREE subscriptions for subscribers of YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. This is definite, and the drawing will be at the end of this month. :grin:

The $120 million offer was an add on; something to shoot for. :wink: And these days you never know what can happen. :mrgreen:

Bob1-san, that is too funny. Slap at "e" after the P and T, and... ;)

August 12th, 2009 at 07:24 AM
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Alas, the graph came out really squeezed! You get the idea...

August 12th, 2009 at 07:22 AM
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Without having to check all the time you can query the API of TwitterCounter, by

pasting the following URL in the address bar:


You can query englishclass101, and so on by changing the username.

You get a record of daily followers...















That you can easily process (though I have to use ASCII here for this post not really pretty!)


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If you check what you find is that the campaign had no effect so far on any other language sites (Chinese, Italian, English,...), but it did boost slightly Japanesepod!

The growths are negligible in the twitter world but it is still interesting for Marketing in people...

With the first announcement, 26/07/09, you got 170 extra followers in a day.

The following days the number of additional users declined every day (68 44 35 25 38 12)

Then after the second announcement, 2/08/09, you peaked again with extra 111, followed by a declining trend

( 88 30 20).

It seems that the announcement are having smaller effects as time goes by....

August 11th, 2009 at 08:25 PM
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So, I'm curious. I have been a subscriber to all of these pages excluding Facebook for a long time (and I'm a fan of that page now too).

How would we receive any of the prizes via these mediums? Because it's not as if my Facebook, Twitter and Youtube accounts are linked to my JP101.com account!

August 11th, 2009 at 12:29 PM
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This promotion is strong evidence that Peter's last name must be the result of some terrible mixup at the hospital where he was born. He is clearly a Barnum.


August 10th, 2009 at 09:57 AM
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If you look at our Twitter page, you'll see that we update it daily with new content :grin: Before it was wasei-eigo phrases and bikkuri adverbs, and now it's our Everyday Kanji project.

Salivia Baker
August 10th, 2009 at 08:40 AM
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I am not disagreeing. Quality should speak for itself. I don't like such an advertising campaigns.

August 10th, 2009 at 07:41 AM
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Of course it was an unrealistic target. The goal is always to increase customers. Especially now with all the new sites (my guess is, though it is early days, based on the number of comments, often zero, and very low following, is that they are not doing nearly as well as Japanesepod). The common view is that there is nothing to lose with an internet sweepstake (or lottery in the UK). My point would be that this low-level strategy can backfire. It seems to me that the "wide and shallow" metaphor applies here.

Surely not achieving the stated target by a very large margin, will look like a failure, even if more money is made. A lot of fudging will have to happen to present this as a success.

What about back to basics? These day if you connect to Japanesepod you find pages of lotteries, popup, notionistic content, and tons of self-congratulatory talk. The rule seems to be more noise, less original updated rich content.

Salivia Baker
August 10th, 2009 at 06:24 AM
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Giovanni, the goal of 1 Million is unrealistic but that#s probably the reason they picked that number ;)

Anyway because of your comment I checked the numbers myself and I just post them for those who want an overview:

Japanesepod -> 6810

Twitter 1824

Facebook 1999

youtube 2987

Frenchpod -> 653

Twitter 92

Facebook 80

youtube 481

Koreanclass -> 5869

Twitter 641

Facebook 456

youtube 4772

Germanpod -> 560

Twitter 95

Facebook 64

youtube 401

Arabicpod -> 422

Twitter 50

Facebook 49

youtube 323

Englishpod -> 641

Twitter 154

Facebook 34

youtube 453

Russianpod -> 476

Twitter 50

Facebook 57

youtube 369

EnglishClass -> 278

Twitter 37

Facebook 33

youtube 208

Spanishpod -> 619

Twitter 92

Facebook 73

youtube 454

Chineseclass -> 915

Twitter 182

Facebook 150

youtube 583

Italianpod -> 656

Twitter 81

Facebook 146

youtube 429

Total: 17,899