118 Pitch Contest – Passion w/a Plan

(18 day contest beginning Jan. 18th)

To enter the 118 Pitch Contest create a 118 second (or less) video highlighting your unique value proposition. Tell the world how your business, school program, non-profit, or charity organization is set apart from all others.

Tell us what it is you do most passionately.

Tell what you do better than anyone else.

Then, upload your video to this site and promote it like crazy! The videos with the top votes will be judged by a distinguished panel of business giants. This is your chance to show the world why your organization rocks, expand your audience, and win prizes to help your cause.

Business Development Grand Prize includes:

* Virtual keynote by Jeffrey Hayzlett for your group or sales team

* An hour of business consulting and Q&A with the Hayzlett Group executive team

2nd Prize

Atomic Wash | 118: Free Brand Audit and Strategic Report*

The winning organization will receive a complimentary brand audit and consultation from Atomic Wash, a leading branding and marketing firm based in Atlanta. $10,000 value

Jamie Kasman, Christopher Sanna, and their team of industry veterans will perform a comprehensive and systematic examination of your brand. Atomic Wash will interview key members of your firm, assess how your brand is perceived, what its strengths and weaknesses are, and how well known and regarded it is. The Atomic Wash Brand Audit will also extend to a review of all marketing materials, advertising, and corporate identity elements to see how consistent they are and how well they function to represent your organization’s desired brand image. Based on this research, Atomic Wash will develop a Strategic Report for your organization that maps out a high level plan on how to achieve your desired brand presence in the marketplace.

800.394.0430 | www.atomicwash.com

3rd Prize


Itracks is giving away a one-month subscription of their social media monitoring tool which includes a free consultation (a $1,500 value). The Itracks online application provides advanced social media monitoring and analytics capabilities to capture insight for growth.

About Itracks

Itracks is a world-leading marketing research company that provides its customers with insights for growth via its innovative suite of online applications and insight analysis. The sophisticated suite of qualitative, quantitative, online community, social media monitoring and panel services are easy to use and come equipped with a wide range of engagement capabilities. Visit Itracks’ websites at www.itracks.com and www.moderatorcommunity.com.

4th Prize


1 Year Free omNovia Pro Web Conferencing Subscription $1,500 value

The winner will receive a free 1 year omNovia Pro Web Conferencing subscription with up to 10 users. omNovia’s high quality web conferencing platform offers the best online meeting experience for small and medium size businesses in an interactive web-based environment.


5th Prize

Alan Campbell/Westley Associates

Alan Campbell, Art Director/Graphic Designer of Westley Associates offers $1,500.00 towards or for, logo development, brand identity, ad, brochure or package design. (*Not including photography or fine illustration)


6th Prize

Owlish Communications

LinkedIn profile consultation/makeover by JD Gershbein. $1,500 value

JD GERSHBEIN, CEO of Owlish Communications is one of the top LinkedIn experts in the world. He is a full-immersion LinkedIn profile writer, LinkedIn trainer, LinkedIn workshop facilitator, and nationally known LinkedIn speaker. Since 2006, JD has enlightened thousands of professionals on the astonishing potential of LinkedIn.


Distinguished Judges Panel

Daymond John – Over the last 20 years, Daymond has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation to one of the most sought after branding experts, business, and motivational speakers in the country. Daymond’s creative vision and strong knowledge of the marketplace helped him create one of the most iconic fashion brands in recent years. In 2009, John joined the cast of the ABC entrepreneurial business show, Shark Tank, produced by acclaimed TV producer Mark Burnett. http://sharkbranding.com/

Gerhard Gschwandtner – Founder and CEO of Selling Power, Inc., a multi-channel media company that produces the Sales Leadership Conference series and Selling Power magazine, the number one industry resource for sales management executives. He has trained more than 10,000 salespeople around the world and is the author of 17 sales management books. He blogs at http://blog.sellingpower.com/gg/.

Mark Malkoff – a comedian and filmmaker. He has been featured on the “Today Show”, “Good Morning America”, “CBS Early Show”, Anderson Cooper 360, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, NY Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Deadline Hollywood, “The Adam Carolla Podcast”, “The Gayle King Show” on Oprah Sirius XM radio, NPR’s Weekend Edition, “Live with Regis and Kelly”, and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Mark also achieved worldwide media attention by living and sleeping in an IKEA store in Paramus, New Jersey for an entire week. You can check out Mark’s work at www.markmalkoff.com

Paula M. Shugart – a driving force in entertainment television production for domestic and international audiences. As President of the Miss Universe Organization, producer of the MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® Pageants, Paula oversees all business transactions and is responsible for the production of the live worldwide telecasts each year. Shugart is also a mentor and a role model to the three titleholders, as they travel the world on behalf of the Miss Universe Organization. http://www.missuniverse.com/missusa/members/profile/15

Mari Smith – one of the world’s foremost experts on using Fb as a marketing channel. She is the coauthor of Facebk Marketing: An Hour A Day and the lead author of The Relationship Age. Dubbed “the Pied Piper of the Online World” by FastCompany.com, Mari is a popular Social Media Keynote Speaker, Trainer and Thought Leader.
Mari has a strong ten-year background in the world of relationships and Internet technology, making social media her ideal arena. Through her consulting and training business, Mari helps independent professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners to accelerate their business profits using an integrated social marketing strategy, with particular focus on Fb and Twitter.

How are the Winners selected?

Come tell the world why your favorite biz, non-profit, charity or school program – is the BEST! Show us your true passion; record & upload your 118 pitch. Top video finalists will be chosen by the number of votes submitted by public vote (thumbs up/likes.) Grand prize winner will be chosen by celebrity judge panel.