Happy birthday to us! Want an iPad Mini?

Barring an official “birthday,” we’ve decided to declare that Cooperative Press has the same birthday as its founder Shannon Okey. And since Shannon’s birthday is 6 January, we’re doing a big contest for our birthday month! The grand prize is an iPad mini filled with CP books, and the runner up prizes aren’t too shabby either. (They’re listed at the end of this post).

Why this contest? Because CP is a very small company, we don’t have the advertising budget of a big publisher. The best way for us to reach people is by word of mouth, and in 2013, that means social media, so here’s how the contest will work:

(Please note you do NOT have to do all of the steps here. For example, if you don’t use Twitter, you can skip that one. However, the more you do, the more runner-up prizes you’ll qualify for…)

Throughout this month (6-31 January), we’ve set up multiple ways you can share your love for CP (or your love for winning an iPad mini…it’s ok, you can say it, we’re not offended). They include email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and other social media, including a “get creative” category.

The deadline for entries is midnight Eastern time on Thursday the 31st.

Before you get started, open up a text document or blank email. You’ll need to copy and paste links to save for later when you fill out the contest form!

  • Step one: Send an email to your favorite knitter friends

Update 8 January: We’ve eliminated this step and edited the contest prizes accordingly. We’ll be deleting all current emails received to the CP contest email address as a result of this step. Of course if you want to tell your friends about us, that’s fabulous, but we’re removing it from this contest. Thanks.

  • Step two: share on Facebook

Click this link to go to the Cooperative Press Facebook page. If you haven’t already, click LIKE on the page. Then go to this post (it will be pinned to the top) and hit “share” to share it on your timeline or your page. After you’ve shared it, click the timestamp and copy the browser address link from your browser window. Save this link for later, you’ll need it. You can also write your own FB post about Cooperative Press and use it instead, just make sure you save the link.

  • Step three: tweet about this!

This one’s easy. Click here to tweet about the contest. Now go to your Twitter stream, find the tweet and click the timestamp on it. Copy and paste the browser address link into the place you’re saving your contest entries.

  • Step four: repin our Pinterest pin

Click here, repin, then choose “see your pin.” Copy and paste the browser address link into the place where you’re saving your contest entries.

  • Step five: reblog our Tumblr entry

Click here, reblog, then go to your Tumblr page. Copy and paste the link to the entry into the place where you’re saving your contest entries.

  • Step six: bonus round!

Here’s where you can get creative. Instagram, Google+, you name it. Take a photo of yourself reading a CP book or wearing something you’ve knit from it and post it to Instagram (use hashtag #CPbday), host a Google+ hangout, write a blog post about CP or one of our books. Whatever you choose, find a web browser link to it, and copy/save it so you can paste it in to the entry form.

  • Step seven: fill out your entry form

Go to this page and fill out the form. You’ll paste in the links to your activity in the form, so have those ready.

THANK YOU for making this our best birthday yet! We mean it when we say we could not do this without you.

And now, the runner-up prizes:

With the exception of the MOST CREATIVE award, all runner up entries will be randomly drawn from entries with the correct number of shares or more. So if you’ve done five shares, you’ll also be qualified to win in the four, three or two-share category. Therefore, the more you share, the better your chances of winning!

FIVE social media shares: $100, or four CP books
FOUR social media shares: $75, or three CP books
THREE social media shares: $50, or two CP books
TWO social media shares: $25, or one CP book
MOST CREATIVE (best of the ‘bonus round’ entries): $100, or $150 in CP books

At the end of the contest month, we’ll be sending out something special to the entire CP mailing list. If you aren’t already on it, click here http://eepurl.com/gIvrr, and use that link to encourage others to sign up!

Good luck! We’d send you all a piece of cake if we could, but iPad minis and cold hard cash will have to suffice.

THE FINE PRINT: All decisions by CP regarding the contest and prizes are final, and subject to our discretion. Please be responsible internet citizens and don’t spam: one posting per social media service will suffice! We’d like people to think “yay! CP! their books rock!” when they think about us, not “oh no, not those people…

17 thoughts on “Happy birthday to us! Want an iPad Mini?”

  1. Boy at 61 this will be a challenge to get me media savy, I don’t know how to tweet : ) Happy Birthday and love your contest and your books! See Ya later I have to get busy knitting for I can do a post!

  2. This whole timestamp thing has me a bit confused, I’m not too computer savvy. But I’ve answered and done the best I can…. so I’ll throw my brightly colored hat into the ring and see what happens. Best of luck to all who enter!

  3. I’m computer and social media savy. I thought. But this is way too complicated. Can’t find the time stamp when I share and go to my timeline on fb.
    I give up.

  4. Happy Birthday. Your books are outstanding. As soon as I figure out all the particulars (I’m not tech savvy ) I will be entering the contest.

  5. Happy Birthday! Please enter my name in your IPAD mini contest. I only do Ravelry. I don’t participate in Facebook, etc. There is such a thing as spreading oneself too thin.

  6. I do NOT use ‘social media’ sites as I like my privacy more than that. Sooo, like several others, I guess I won’t be entering this contest, as much as I’d love to have the prizes! Thx for the books and info you have available, I do like that part of your sites.

  7. Hi, now I believe that you may think all your readers and knitters are young. Well, that is not the case. I only email, don’t twitter or whatever else, but of course would truly LOVE an I-Pad Mini. You guys are doing great and am so very proud of you for plugging on in the fiber world.

  8. Yes, it was a bit challenging trying to figure out how to complete each of the steps, but I kept trying until I think I got it. I’m learning new skills in the process. Anyway, you received my entry so we’ll see what happens. Whether we like it or not, technology is the future, so although it is challenging, we need to step up to the plate. And I don’t think it’s “too” complicated–after all the best things in life aren’t free. You’re offering a very nice prize and it’s perfectly okay to ask contestants to put a little effort into this. The definition of contest is “1) a struggle for victory or superiority 2) a race, conflict, or other competition between rivals, as for a prize.” Both definitions indicate the contestants must put forth some effort in order to win. Just my thoughts. Whether I win or not, thank you for all you do and I hope CP continues to do well!

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