Let’s face it, we love to give stuff away. We’re especially well-known for our highly coveted mugs, which are treated more as trophies than beverage receptacles. First-timers are often amazed at how much effort top authors will invest merely to lay claim to an EzineArticles mug.
In the last year, our Hundred Articles in a Hundred Days Marathon Challenge (#HAHD) has clearly become the poster child for our obsession with shwag (our preferred spelling). As a reward for writing and submitting 100 articles in 100 days, we send each qualifying member an assortment of cool promotional items.
We just passed the 3-week mark in #HAHD 4. This is the point in the challenge where we typically start to see a separation between the truly dedicated Expert Authors and the author wannabes. So we figured it was time to remind you of what you’re working toward … or could be working toward … if you were to enroll in the #HAHD 4 Marathon Challenge.
With that thought in mind, we put together this 2-minute video to highlight the selection of fine promotional items (aka: shwag, booty, goodies, prizes, etc.) that are being offered up for #HAHD 4.
So why do we do it?
Why do we give thousands of shwag items away to Expert Authors who are already getting tons of value out of every article they write? Here’s why:
- Motivation – We know it’s tough to stay motivated day after day to write and submit articles. Having something to work towards, no matter the monetary value, makes forging ahead just a little bit easier.
- Recognition – Not everybody is a star performer. Those who are deserve to be rewarded in some way for their hard work and dedication.
- Reminders – We try to focus on promo items that you’ll use. Items that will be in front of you all the time, remind you that today is the perfect day to submit your next set of high-quality, original articles.
- Gratitude – We think you’ve made a wise decision to use article writing and marketing to promote your business, your passion, your organization or yourself. None-the-less, we also realize that your efforts are the foundation of our success, so we just want to make sure we say thank you. :-)
- Affirmation – One of our primary goals is to increase your credibility as an expert in your niche. Being in possession of these awards says to the world, “I’m a published author with EzineArticles.com!”
- Competition – Many of our members thrive on competition. Promotional items serve as trophies to be lauded before their competitive peers.
- Happiness – Giving stuff away is a source of great joy for us. Receiving free stuff makes you and other members happy. We’re happy; you’re happy. Happy people don’t fight, do they? So think of EzineArticles shwag as our little contribution to world peace. ;-)
- Promotion – When you use an EzineArticles promotional item, people are bound to take notice. When they do, questions get asked and testimonials are given. That leads to new members. New Members = Growth = Success for Everybody.
What motivates you? Leave a comment and share it with the rest of the EzineArticles Community.