Monday, June 4, 2012

Just Because I Can

Hey party people. 

To my surprise, XLMIC tapped me on the shoulder today (through the interwebs) to tell me the Oiselle contest winners had been announced.  I had no eggs in that basket, but sauntered off anyway to read Oiselle's twitter announcements of the winner.  I thought XLMIC did such a great job on her/our entry that Oiselle's "judges" would agree and her entry might have a chance.

fyi, lest you think that our entry deserves less credit due to my admission that I spent little time helping with it, the contest was posed as "enter this contest, and then bring your best running friend!"  XLMIC slaved away on her entry for 32 days straight, sleeping only 2.3 hours per night so she could edit it, all in the name of earning the chance to be a groupie for the baddest running athletes of the year.*

*Exaggeration for effect.

Winners, announced at noon on Oiselle's twitter page: two cool ladies blogging as Sweat Once a Day and Once Upon a Lime (aka Sweat Once Upon a Lime?).  I'm a happy reader of the latter, I don't know much about the former.

But what did mine eyes see next?

Oiselle's playful tweet, a few minutes before making the announcement:
   LOL. We're almost on that level just thinking about our BIG announcement!

Still don't know how twitter works, nor what that means, but here's what I read: "hehehehe friends friends friends, I'm going cray-cray with anticipation to announce that you my friends get to win my contest, friends!"

In other words, the judge is friends with one of the parties on trial.  Who can blame the judge for favoring their friends?

Oiselle will probably maintain until the cows come home that they picked the winners of the best video, and nothing more. Oh, but Oiselle, my not-friend, how do you strip away a bias while watching videos, when one video has persons in it that you tweet with and blog with and photograph yourself with?  

Oh my goodness, the love fest on twitter just goes on and on (both well before the winner announcement was made, and after).  Compliment orgies.  I mean what is this?  Really what is this!?  What the heck is twitter for?  Giggling praise, I love @you :) :) :) no I love@YOU!

I'm totally kidding (I'm not kidding) totally this is all in good fun.  I'm sure this wasn't an instance of flushing ethics down the drain and hosting a faux contest to get your name on a number of blogs (ahem, including mine) for exposure.  Because seriously, I know what this is all about.  This.  Is about.

Nose discrimination.

Team me and XLMIC:








We've got noses.  Strong ones.  Oiselle may make good running shorts, but they discriminate against larger noses!  You heard it here first!

Hummmmm.  I know what's coming.  The "what does it matter to you what other people do, RR? Keep your hefty nose out of other people's business, if they like each other so much then power to them!  What's wrong with compliments!" or, of course, "you're just jealous," followed by "why so negative."  Interspersed between those of you who let me be the bitch (thank you:) ).

But this is MY platform, and I'm saying what I'm thinking.  This is a good opportunity to embrace my role as the internet running bitch, and say something true because I don't know who else is going to say it.  I smell shit.  And it stinks.

I don't think badly of the winning bloggers (I don't, I really do not).  I am making fun of this whole scenario that I had a bystander view of through joining XLMIC in her application.  Maybe I'm crazy and negative to have this perspective.  But I cannot help myself in questioning the hilarious scene I am viewing on twitter...especially when I was warned from various sources days ago that it was highly likely these two would be the winner.  Video entries aside.

These poor companies that feast off the running blog community...they have yet to realize that the harder they try, the greater the divide.  We have all seen some degree of Nuun backlash, and now....I never would have questioned Oiselle and their products.  Do I question the brand now? Just a bad taste in my mouth.  But, I've been wrong all over the internet before.

You are banished, Oiselle shorts! Just kidding.  I can't quit you.

77 comments:

  1. Nose Power!

    I don't care who was declared the winners...ours was the best. Anything I say will sound like sour grapes...but honestly, Oiselle made the right choice. We probably wouldn't have been as much fun as Emily and Sarah. For one thing, I don't drink, and for another, my daughters would be super pissed if I took their sparkly shit and feather boas from the dress-up box on a weekend road trip.

    Hahahahahha....I can't believe no one else has commented!

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    1. It's true. I just tried to muster the energy to do a toe-touch...I got pretty tired by the time I reached my knee so I stopped. And my wardrobe is all black.

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    2. Geez, after clearly watching both videos kudos to OISELLE for choosing the best creativeness video out of the two spoken about on this smear campaign. It clearly shows these two gals are just living life to the fullest and enjoying every moment of it. So, for the JEALOUS ones, try living outside the box a little and start enjoying life a little more and get over about not winning this fantastic contest, there’s always next year!

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    3. I'm not smearing anyone, this is just my perspective having weighed the evidence. Also, my life is very full and I enjoy it more than sparkles and high kicks could ever show, which is kind of neither here nor there.

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    4. I thought the emily/oual was idiotic, saying that kenyans stole stuff? Why would that be funny or relevant? Is making jokes about africans or poor countri e s acceptable to these self_entitled american girls? Seems like an ignornant concept and i dont see what it had to do with the us trials.

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    5. Plus i think oiselle attaching themselves to such an ignorant entry doesn't speak well for them. I guess they aren't planning to sponsor any kenyan athletes anytime soon.

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  2. As we might say in Aus, doesnt seem fair dinkum mate. And how could Oiselle have expected you not to smell that sh** with those two marvellous beaks you both have??

    Haha, well done SOUAL and Emily.

    Wait, wait, I almost forgot. Guuuys, whats with all the negativity? You're obvi just jealous!!

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  3. As a fellow large-nosed lady, I feel compelled to comment :) Sorry you didn't win the contest. All's fair in love and marketing, or something like that...

    As for Twitter, in my opinion it's even worse than Facebook in terms of desperately showing the world how omg cool and popular you are. The only point seems to be the public making of in-jokes and opaque replies to @whoever, just to show everyone else how many cool and famous people talk to you? I dunno. Who can follow that shit? Obviously I've never been able to get on board with it. And I resent it for spreading the blatantly inappropriate use of hash tags to other social media in the name of ostensible humor. #crankyoldwoman

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  4. Yeah for strong noses! I know a lot about running, the trials, etc. but I didn't know what Oiselle was, oops!

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  5. Having seen the winning application video along with many of the other applications, I can objectively say that Sarah and Emily did not get picked because their application was the best. I don't know that they got picked because they have friends as Oiselle...I'm guessing it has more to do with how popular they are and how much publicity they will bring to the trials. However, the Oiselle should have been straight forward about the fact that they are looking for free publicity instead of disguising this contest as a fun opportunity for running "besties" to win a trip to Eugene.

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  6. I love Oiselle designs and was surprised to find the contest turned into a "Who could be the biggest sparkly cheerleader fest?!" I guess everyone else saw that coming but I naively did not.

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    1. I agree. It was a marketing stunt from the beginning, disguised as a 'which two people deserve to go the most?' contest. Can't blame Oiselle for seeking out free publicity, but it's pretty lame. I was hoping Oiselle would pick winners from those entrants with the ability to respectfully market a brand.. not from those who do the funniest stuff while drunk on Nuun cocktails.

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  7. Hey girlfriend, from time to time you can't read your Garmin and I don't think you can read Twitter either ;-). I do Tweet, and it doesn't work like Facebook. You can have conversations with people you don't follow and vice versa (I follow lots of people who don't follow me back and I have TONS of people who follow me and I don't feel compelled to reciprocate -- I find it kind of freeing). I think the protocol with corporate accounts is to respond to everyone who Tweets at you (otherwise you don't look very responsive). Anyhow maybe my nose is too small, but I don't see anything that looks like they are really friends -- I went and scrutinized the conversation (and also the back and forth between Oiselle and the two winners) and it just doesn't look like they are bffs. For example, they also responded to XLMIC's Tweets.

    I have a pair of Oiselle shorts (LMJS team gear, we get a pretty good discount) and I totally love them.

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    1. You'll note she also pointed out that the parties in question have pictures of themselves with Oiselle staff members involved with the contest. Google it yourself.

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    2. I didn't want to make this an evidence hunt, but there is plenty more than the tweet love (and on my visit I saw OUaL 20x on their tweet page, didn't see any XLMIC). For example, Oiselle's head marketer has blogged about meeting up with these girls in Eugene, etc. All making it near impossible for the contest to have been objective...

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  8. Despite having a stubby Pug-nose, I do smell a bit of a rat with the way this competition was set up. I think the winners will do a great job, I just think perhaps the whole 'nudge nudge, wink wink' aspect of the 'contest' could have been toned down somewhat.

    Oh well, you'll just have to let your feet do the talking and continue to kick some Oiselle-clad butt with your times.

    Love the way you've handled this, as per usual.

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  9. SInce I already knew about the discrimination of strong-nosed people, I didn't apply. Oh wait - I'm Canadian so I was automatically discriminated against (and not just because I don't really care which American sprinter beats the Canadian at the Olympics)

    I was less than surprised when they won. But hey - they'll be very enthusiastic and I'm sure they'll have a great time....while you watch on your TV. :(

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  10. I'm sure absolutely no one was shocked they won. I don't read either of their blogs because I prefer to read "smaller" ones and the blogs of people I know in real life, but I've seen both their names tossed around enough to know that they are really popular. So I can't say I'm surprised.

    I will say on the Nuun thing that they picked my friend Elizabeth at Running for Bling and I was really excited for her because she truly deserves it. I kind of zoned the rest of that "controversy" out.

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  11. As usual, you're awesome. Everyone nose it (haha?) except Oiselle, apparently. Harumpf.

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  12. Part of my is surprised and part of me isn't. It's hard to explain. Like, part of me thought they might not pick them since through the world of Twitter it is clear they are friendly with them and it might smell of favoritism. So I thought *maybe* they might try to avoid that. So that part surprised me.

    But then again, it seemed like the whole contest idea grew out of the marathon trials that Sarah and Emily engineered themselves (like, basically the same except Oiselle is footing the bill), and they have a big following so that part makes sense. I mean it was their idea and it will result in more visibility for Oiselle.

    Either way, it also leaves me feeling slightly "eh" about the company now. They should have just contracted SweatyOUaL for the trials without doing a contest. I know the contest probably created more buzz for them with people watching the entry videos, but it probably also pissed off a bunch of people who like their brand and put in many hours making these videos without, what seems, a fair shot at winning (unless Sarah and Emily did a super jank one - but that was the only way anyone else could possibly win).

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    1. Yep. This.

      Did oiselle learn nada from Tall Mom's HTC outrage?

      Meh, all of it, HTC and TT, and the high school games.

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    2. I agree. I thought the other entrants actually had a chance because picking these two would have been way too obvious. But I also wasn't shocked in the least when the announcement happened.

      I can't blame Oiselle for picking the two with the loudest (albeit most annoying) personalities, but damn if it doesn't leave a bad taste in my mouth. I can't help but think it was such a sell out move.

      Marketing and blogging is one big daisy chain love fest. The twitter platform can be annoying as fuck because of this.

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    3. ChaCha, totally on point. You said it better than I could.

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    4. This was 100% my feelings. I was wondering if anyone else felt the same. This is why I'm very meh about all of these contests.

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    5. I agree with Chacha on all accounts -- well said.

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    6. What Chacha said. I thought about entering for a millisecond and then knew it would be a waste of time. Pretty much knew who was going to win... Not surprised in the LEAST. But bummed for you and XLMIC!

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    7. here what they should have done.
      invite these 2 from the get go.
      AND have a REAL contest for the rest of the people: Join Sarah and Emily blah blah blah

      win-win for all especially oiselle and their image

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  13. I love this post! SOMI Rose Runner.

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  14. I used to enjoy sweaty Emily back when she was humbled by IM, but OMGZ she has turned into a totally annoying jerk! What I love about this post is that you're an equally awesome runner, because coming from me it would just be that I'm jealous ;)

    I used to live in D.C. when I was sweaty Emily's age. I try to remind myself that yes, I really was that vapid too. Maybe there's hope for those girls!

    Oiselle, if you let those grown women use the term "boner" in any combination of the trip I will never purchase from you again!

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    1. Ugh the runboner thing was disgusting!! No self respecting woman would say that!! So trashy, barf!!

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    2. I completely agree with you on the "runboner" thing. Grow up, ladies!

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  15. oh wow... I am "active" on twitter but don't read that many blogs. Have heard of these 2 but don't follow/read them. I do though follow Oiselle and did see they met up/pics from the Marathon Trials... and when I saw the annoucnement wondered if there was a "coincidence"... anyway... sorry to hear... and hate when stuff like this turns out feeling tainted. Not cool if that is the case... I hope it really isn't.

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    1. PS. Kinda wish you were on twitter. wait are you?

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    2. Nah. There's enough of me going around on this blog and facebook. Email me if you want my name for facebook!

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  16. Rose Runner: You are awesome, not annoying, and totally ballsy for calling this out.

    Also, I would look at your vacation pictures anytime.

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  17. I love this post! Even though I'm a clueless non-runner who doesn't know what the heck it's really all about. But I still loved it!

    I have no freakin clue how twitter works either. The handful of times I've tried to go to someone's twitter page (is it called a page??) I get confused and give up.

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  18. I didn't follow anything about this contest and I don't know much about the bloggers who won, but if they had good friends who work for the company and were responsible for picking the winners, I don't see how it could have been unbiased. *shrug*

    This is why I don't want any part of these contests. Blech.

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  19. From a corporate standpoint, they made the right choice. No two other bloggers would champion their product so loud and proud to so many people.

    From an ethical standpoint, it's iffy. In "contests" where the winners are chosen via a subjective method ("best" video), and the company has personal interaction with any of the people entering, it's going to be iffy.

    Perhaps, while they favored Sarah and Emily, they thought two new boner sporting cheerleaders might rise to the top. We will never know their intentions, which could have just as easily been benign or malicious.

    It's frustrating to feel like you've been used. And if their intention was to run a contest, instead of just hosting Sarah and Emily, for the PR, that's shitty, and they should feel shitty.

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    1. I dunno. By the numbers, sure, TT was SweatyOUal's to lose. But is that worth the backlash? I guess they'd know better than I could guess.

      Either way, I didn't enter, so whatever. I hope they have a great time, like they did in Houston. But it still makes me sideye Oiselle.

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    2. I think part of the reason it was theirs to lose is because of how vocal they are about the things they love. Which, for a company wanting to spread the word, is great. And no one else, no matter how well crafted a video they created, stood a chance.

      Which totally isn't Sarah and Emily's fault. And might not be Oiselle's fault. But, we can't know Oiselle's motivations on this. Only they know that. If their motivations were not on the up-and-up, I hope they feel bad. But no one will ever be able to prove it (unless they were dumb enough to send inter-office-emails to the tune of "let's hold a fake contest for PR even though we're bringing Sarah and Emily no matter what!").

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    3. Whether or not they are the "right" choice from a marketing standpoint REALLY depends on the image you want to project.

      I mean to me, the question is do you want to project an image of supporting TOTALLY FUN girls who wear TOTALLY COOL outfits and get drunk while putting Nuun in their vodka when you product athletic wear? Is THAT really what sells? If it is, well...okay. That's certainly not a product I have any interest in buying.

      And its kind of sad, because there are plenty of people out there that have been lifelong track fans that would probably have appreciated the opportunity much more and, I don't know, have portrayed a more professional image. I just know it turns me off from Oiselle as a company because I won't read anything they have to post, and I'm sure I'm not alone on it.

      (For the record, I didn't watch any of the videos or even know who else applied. I saw it announced when someone retweeted it and wondered "Why don't they just send Emily and Sarah since this contest is clearly aimed at them and not legitimate track fans?")

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    4. I thought about the "legitimate track fan" angle too. There's been huge track meets with professionals and international athletes not far from either Sarah or Emily. Why weren't they out cheering at the Mt SAC or Penn relays? (Maybe they did yammer about this on Twitter and I just tuned it out.)

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  20. amen, amen, amen. love all of this and the comments. You guys are so smrt I mean smart.
    :)

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  21. While I don't feel compelled to defend myself, Em, and/or Oiselle, I do feel obligated to comment. If for no reason other than I enjoy a good RoseRunner stir-the-pot internet/running debate.

    It is true that we have crossed paths with some of the Oiselles, all entirely on coincidence, but yes we HAVE met and "know" each other in the regard that we've spoken face-to-face a small handful of times. And yes they are very active on social media and have regular correspondence with a lot of their customers and fans, myself included.

    That said, we learned about, applied for, and were alerted that we won the contest the same way everyone else did. They had a panel of judges to eliminate any bias, and whether market reach was a factor in the decision making, no one knows. Blah blah.

    Yes Emily and I will cheer and sparkle and blow up the interwebz before during and after. Yes we will claim to be having THE BEST TIME EVER, and yes I will probably say boner once or twice. Lots of people will undoubtedly find this obnoxious and annoying. That's ok. Because like your platform for expressing your "big nose smelling shit", mine(ours) will likely continue to be about our fanfare love of running and sparkly things and hot dudes in short shorts and freakishly fast women.

    I realize I'm either talking to a wall or setting myself up for more backlash by even addressing any of this, so ignore/disbelieve/gomi me if you (audience, not just roserunner) choose. At least I'm on the record.

    And no I won't be any less excited about going because some people have their panties in a bunch about it. SORRY! (NOT REALLY.)

    :)

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    1. To be fair, if it was favouritism, it isn't your fault - I think i may have been a damned if you do, damned if you don't kind of thing. If they picked you because you two are the loudest on the internet AND you are friends with the Oiselle team, you have people calling favouritism. If you don't win - you and Sweaty are left wondering if you weren't chosen for those same reasons.

      Whether people are annoyed by you or not (I've kind of enjoyed watching you get faster and gain confidence in your running though I hate the term runboner) I think people are wondering more about the transparency/fairness of the contest than they are about whether or not you two will be the cheeriest cheerleaders around.

      And clearly you aren't on contract because you would have said "rundies in a bunch" if you were. (yeah - that's my attempt at humour)

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    2. Maybe I'm reading things wrong, but I don't see anyone shitting on you or Emily on this thread. Okay, maybe some people find your enthusiasm more than they look for in blogs they read, but I don't think anyone is saying "Sarah and Emily rigged this contest and are terrible people."

      In fact, most people who mention you two seem to saying that you were a good choice for the company. Because of your enthusiasm and readership.

      Instead, most people seem to be questioning the motives of the company. And since you're not really friends with the owners, you wouldn't have knowledge of their motives, nor would your ethics be in question at all. Right?

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    3. All fair points, I just felt compelled to weigh in. I agree that no matter the outcome, somebody somewhere would have had SOMETHING to say, and I'm sure Oiselle (and any company holding a social media 'event') expected it to some extent. Favoritism, discrimination, sell out, dumb decision... there was bound to be a flaw in their choice one way or another.

      And I'm embracing the fact that people hate my cowbell, not me as a person. (I'm still taking my cowbell to Eugene though)

      And just because, I'll go on the record and say I do not own any rundies, all of my cotton GPs are from Target.

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    4. Always more cowbell... (insert Christopher Walken gif here)

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    5. Sarah: you're not talking to a wall here, and I appreciate your input. You will both make the best sparkly cheerleaders, really, and please tell Oiselle we all said to stop throwing contests and just hire you guys! Tell them to send you to London this summer! That would be. Rad.

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    6. Pls stop saying runboner! 60+ yrs of women's rights and this is how you act as a rep for the women's run/blogger cmmunity? I won't ever consider buying an Oiselle product if they let you two say runboner while pimping their stuff on your trip to the trials!!!

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    7. NO IDEA people were so opposed to runboner, I mean it as a physical reaction to excitement, that's all. Can I say it makes my nipples hard? That's at least gender accurate. I doubt we'll be on verbal contract or anything so if it slips don't take it out on Oiselle. I can assure you they won't be putting it on tshirts anytime soon. Or just don't read. But I know you know that's a simple solution.

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    8. I think they're trying to help you out here. It sounds sooooo trashy. But yea, thanks, I didn't think of not reading.

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  22. This is a good opportunity to embrace my role as the internet running bitch

    PLEASE DO! Because Angry Runner rarely posts anymore and I miss it.

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    1. I miss AR too....even though she lies about how she is secretly a bombshell

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  23. Bummer that you didn't win the trip, but only sending a couple people there makes it tough to win. And like people said above, the people that won I'm assuming have larger followings or are more active on social media with twitter and such? Because in the end that is the goal of the contest - to advertise Oiselle as much as possible. I guess like with any contest that has judgement involved, you have no idea what the criteria are until the winners are chosen (and sometimes you never hear the criteria).

    Off topic, but I was really annoyed that I didn't get into Cal Poly for college 14 years ago. I thought my stats were good enough to get in - but no dice. I think the problem is that I went to a high school that was super competitive, so in comparison to my own high school I was probably just above average, but compared to high school students around CA I was qualified to get in. So in life you never know.

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    1. Don't you worry, I'm not bummed about not "winning". Way to hold a grudge against Cal Poly for 14 years! I'm still annoyed that Berkeley gave me an "extension" acceptance, i.e. sloppy seconds acceptance.

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    2. Woah, woah, woah... let's not hate on Cal.

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  24. Boom! I loved this post and XLMIC's comment. I think this needed to be said, and didn't at all read like sour grapes. It sucks so bad for everyone who put time into producing their videos and entering this contest only to realize they never even stood a chance. It's a shame, and I've never heard of this company before, but now I'll probably just associate them with this mess, which is not very good marketing in my opinion. Anyway, good for you for saying what you thought even though I'm sure it will ignite a controversy. This is why your blog is a total standout. For the record, I would have really liked to read your take on the trials.

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  25. I have a small nose (thanks mom!), didn't apply and don't feel discriminated against. I wasn't surprised about the outcome of the contest.

    I know with traditional press, any press was good press. I don't know if that works with social media. I wonder what's going on in the Oiselle office and if they even care that there might be a bunch of runners (bloggers or not) who think the ethics of their contest look iffy.

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    1. That's my thought. In traditional marketing, it IS all about the numbers and your reach.

      But in Social Media, it's a bigger question than that. When you want to play in the SM meduim, you've gotta know that there will be backlash like this.

      Anyway. Contests like this area always going to be a grey area, but this one in particular seems like a poor idea destined to get ugly.

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    2. This is a fascinating new territory for marketing. Instant feedback means instant backlash. I would hope they are sitting in the office learning from their mistakes...but who knows. Those of us who are miffed probably don't make a dent in their sales and reputation.

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    3. Not true!! This has turned me off from Oiselle! And I'm lucky to have plenty of disposal income for running gear, won't be spending it on Oiselle!!!!

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  26. I am a member of the strong nose club. Sniffle on sisters!

    I am so totally over these 'contests'. I was naive and applied for the nuun one, but I am no longer falling for these shady PR schemes. Whoever does the PR for these companies needs to realize that the contests themselves can be a great marketing tool, but when they have a shady outcome they lose a lot of people's trust. Even I learned from my first job that when someone has a bad experience with a company word travels a lot faster than if someone has a good experience.

    Anyway, I am over whoring myself for free stuff and am now whoring my blog to raise money for a cause I care about - and it's amazing the companies that will work with you when you use your powers for good, not just trying to grab up as many free trips/races as you can get in exchange for selling your soul.

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  27. i follow XLMIC and just found you through her. can i just say. you are amazeballs. plus i like lawyers. i married one. you get huge gold stars for posting this!!

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  28. I love everything about this: your writing, the points you bring up, the "contest" itself, and all the comments it has generated. Well spoken & thanks for the thoughtful post. :)

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  29. Hee hee nose discrimination, absolutely hilarious! My beak must have been just short enough to get me runner-up ;) So much entertainment in the post and comments....

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    1. Congrats on the runner-up! You must be friends with Oiselle?

      Kidding.

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    2. Thanks!
      Actually we are cousins. Family members always get preferential treatment, duh. (kidding)

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  30. I am in agreement with a few other people who commented already - from a marketing perspective, the company did the right thing. Bigger blogs, bigger audience, better advertising. Why couldn't they just ask the winners up front without a contest, invite them and then ask them to blog/tweet/schill the hell out of it? Then no one would be pissed about a missed opportunity and Oiselle would have plenty of good press without this negative stuff after the fact.

    Oiselle marketing company - call me! I could totally do with a better gig!

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  31. RR, i really enjoy your blog. as a lawyer/ runner i feel like we are two of a kind :) i find it reallyyy hard to balance my running/social life/work (esp busy busy busy work) alot but you inspire me!

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    1. Lawyers in the house! Does everyone in your office think you are a nut for sweating every morning and coming into the office with wet hair?

      And thank you for the nice words

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    2. Yeah lawyer-runners! We carry on the red-face/sweatyness/wet-hair brigade at our firm. Having two runners in the office means you get to share running reference books (that we may or may not keep on our desks), energy bars, and borrow running socks when one of us (me) forgets them. Love it!

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  32. why so many anon comments? everyone is in bed with everyone. the person with most twitter followers always wins. dumb. ok, enough non-sequitor thoughts from me today.

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  33. I FUCKING LOVE YOU!!!! Twitter is a big ass suck up fest and a TON of running company and brands are selecting "big" bloggers as their voice without even REALLY reading the blogs and seeing how crappy they are!! It shouldn't be about page views or friends but about picking someONE that truly reflects the brand's mission! You should check out acoloradogal's blog. She represents columbia gear and she is so amazing compared to the big bloggers sucking up to new balance and reebok! Wait brooks is the company of the moment!

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    1. Um, I feel famous now...and I don't even have anything to do with the Oiselle contest :)

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