Monday, September 16, 2013

Win $300 in the "My New Place" Instagram Photo Contest

 TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® of Greater Lansing, is kicking off our first ever Instagram Photo Contest, MY NEW PLACE!   So, we wanted this week’s blog to highlight specifications on how to enter, provide some creative ideas on how to showcase YOUR NEW PLACE, and what you could win if you rack up enough likes!
Instagram is a fairly new tool and is growing by the masses. Why? Because it allows an average Joe to become a photographer with just the push of a few buttons, so it’s easy for you to show your friends the awesome new place you just moved into, and make it look like you brought in the art director from Better Homes and Gardens to snap your pic.
How to Enter:
Getting an account 

First, you have to have an Instagram account. If you don’t have one, registering is easy.
Download the Instagram App on your mobile phone.   Register. Enter your information or simply link to your Facebook profile to make registering and promoting your photo’s even easier. Click Register.
Once registered it is easy to link your page to be able to post your Instagram photo’s to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare or Flickr should you choose to show your friends your photo through other social media outlets.
Entering the contest 
Follow our Instagram page @TMTLansing
Take a photo of your new place (for creative ideas on what you could post, keep reading!)
Post the photo with the Hashtag #TMTMYNEWPLACE in the description
Share the photo of your new place on your other social media sites, asking your friends and fellow instagramers to like your photo, or tell them to simply just double click the photo to like it.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner will receive a VISA giftcard of $300 $150 or $50! Check your photo for a comment from @TMTLansing saying you’ve won, and with further instruction on how to claim your prize.

On to some photo ideas
So maybe you’re not the creative type, but want your photo to be so spectacular all your friends want to like it and help you win that gift card. We have a few suggestions
-          Make a Collage. You can download apps like Photo Grid (for Android) or Pic Stitch (for Iphone) to neatly put together a few different photos into an exciting collage. Get photos of the front back and inside of your new house to stitch together, or maybe different rooms of your apartment, or different angles of your dorm. You could also try creating a collage of different photos of your house each with your kids, dog, friends or hubby in front of it!
-          The photo contest is not limited to photos of a new house. Moving into an MSU dorm soon? Snap a photo of your freshly decorated desk, bunk, and futon combo to show off to your friends, and try a filter like “1977” to give it the flower child boarding school feel, or “Lo-Fi” to accentuate all your exciting bright colors.
-          Have a housewarming party with all your friends and neighbors, and while everyone is there, tell them about the contest, get a photo of everyone, tag them in the photo and ask them to like and share with friends. This is a sure-fire way to get some likes right away!
-          Are you a teacher? Professor? Or moving into a new office? That works too! Take a photo of your new classroom full of kids or shiny new desk with all your favorite pictures. Try tagging coworkers, friends, and other people who might be interested in seeing your new workplace.
-          Utilize the description! If you really want to collect those likes, try telling friends about something funny that happened when you moved in, or how your kids reacted to their new rooms. Your friends will be interested to read your story and see the picture to go with it!
-          Meeting the new neighbors? Tell them about the contest and ask if they would like to be in the picture with you!  Then tell your friends about the experience meeting the neighbors. You could even tag your neighbors in the photo and ask them to share with their friends too.
-          Proud of your new yard or Landscaping? That could work too! Show off that beautiful new tree you planted or the deck you just finished and show your friends your hard work.
-          Don’t be afraid of filters! Filters can take your photo to the next level, and make it look like you are that Better Homes and Gardens photographer!
Don’t forget to follow @TMTLansing and include the hashtag #TMTMYNEWPLACE!!
 Contest details:
You don’t have to be a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Lansing customer to win.
Contest Valid in Lansing Franchise Region only. (Must be able to come to the Lansing store to retrieve your prize)
Must be 18 years or older and US Citizen to win.
Contest runs 8/8/2013- 9/27/2013


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