You’re listening to Podcast Episode 29, Enter to Win Direct Colors End of Summer Facebook Photo Contest. If this is your first time listening, then thanks for listening. I’m Tommy Carter, Sales Manager and Technician with Direct Colors.
Tommy: Every year Direct Colors hosts an End of Summer Photo Contest on Facebook. The winner is selected by our Facebook friends and he or she wins $250 in Direct Colors products for their next decorative concrete project. This is our 6th year for the contest and we can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us. Here to tell us more about the contest and how to enter is Shawna Turner, General Manager with Direct Colors. Welcome, Shawna.
Shawna: Thanks, Tommy.
TC: Tell us more about the contest. What kind of entries are you looking for?
ST: Any kind of concrete project is welcome. We’ve had decorative retaining walls, benches, tables, concrete leaves, statues, art as well as floors, countertops, patios and driveways as you might expect. If you’ve used a Direct Colors product, we want to see your results! We get so many fantastic project photos throughout the year and we wanted to find a way to showcase those results for our customers. We had our first End of Summer Photo Contest in 2012 and it was such a success that we’ve continued every year since. I’m always amazed and impressed anew with what can be done with our products. Great stuff.
TC: That’s fantastic. So when is does this year’s contest start?
ST: The project entry phase of the 2018 contest will begin on Direct Colors Facebook page on Friday, August 31st. Customers can click on “Contest” in the side menu on the Direct Colors Facebook page or visit our website site to enter and are welcome to enter more than one project if they wish. We just ask that you tell us the products used and a brief description of the project for each entry. The deadline for project photo entry is Sunday, Sept. 16th so start getting your pictures ready today! You will need to “Like” our Facebook page before you can enter a project.
TC: How is a winning project chosen on Facebook?
ST: Once project entry ends, voting will begin on Facebook. Anyone who has liked our Facebook page can vote once per day until voting ends on Monday, Sept. 17th and continues until Monday, Sept. 24th. The winner will be announced on Facebook and our website on Tuesday, September 25th. The winner will receive a store credit for $250 to be used anytime to purchase Direct Colors products for their next decorative concrete project! Our 2017 winner entered a stunning bathroom floor remodeling project. The winning project is featured on our website with detailed step-by-step instructions and photos so our customers can see how it’s done.
TC: So what’s been your favorite project entered over the last five years?
ST:That’s a difficult choice. We have a Direct Colors Best DIY Decorative Concrete Projects post on our website featuring photos from every project we’ve received for the contest. I’d definitely encourage everyone listening to check that out. I think my favorite project continues to be Alex Ferrara’s acid stained concrete table with a firepit. He built the entire table from scratch and it just looks outstanding. We actually did a featured project on the table with all the details and process photos. Really a wonderful, creative project for sure.
Something else that’s new in the last couple of years is the increasing participation of fine artists in the contest. William Hall Art submitted a canvas last year featuring Direct Colors concrete pigments and we hoping to see more from him this year. We also saw some brilliant work on Instagram from Donna Stewart Art that we’re hoping to see in the contest as well. She’s using our Concrete Overlay and acid stains on canvas. There’s so much more. Absolutely amazing. Hope everyone will check out the contest on Facebook. We expect to see some truly astonishing projects this year!
TC: Thanks for telling us about the upcoming photo contest, Shawna. We hope all our listeners will like our Facebook page, enter projects and vote. Remember project entry for the contest begins on August 31st and ends on Sept. 16th so finish up those projects and get your pictures ready!
If you have questions about a project, call one of our expert technicians at 877-255-2656 and we’ll help you select the best products and technique for your needs. If you prefer email, send in a free online design consultation and we’ll get back to you within 24-48 hours. Direct Colors DIY Home Improvement podcasts are produced twice monthly for your enjoyment and show notes can be found at directcolors.com/listen. Feel free to add the podcast to your favorite RSS feed. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ , YouTube and Instagram. I’m Tommy Carter and thanks again for joining us!