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August 12, 2011

Charter Center Stage contest: TMI

Too Much Information.

We signed up for the Char­ter Cen­ter Stage con­test in hopes that we could fare well in the com­pe­ti­tion. Today is the first day of vot­ing, but after see­ing how the vot­ing works, we feel the need to step down. It seems wrong to ask peo­ple to give a com­pa­ny all of their infor­ma­tion just to vote for us in a con­test.


Attempted to vote.

We attempt­ed to sign-up to see what the vot­ing entailed, and the con­test is ask­ing for your:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • E‑mail
  • Address
  • Apart­ment Num­ber
  • Zip Code
  • and your Phone Num­ber

This is what I would call greedy infor­ma­tion seek­ing. First name and e‑mail are more than enough for some­one to place a vote. I cer­tain­ly don’t want to get phone calls from Char­ter just because I vot­ed. So, we apol­o­gize for ask­ing you to vote for us in this con­test.


If you still want to vote…

You can do so here. Don’t say we did­n’t warn you, and thanks again for your sup­port!

hmmm. so you want to win a com­pe­ti­tion where the prize is mon­ey and glo­ry, and it both­ers you that the spon­sor would like to attract poten­tial new cus­tomers? and it still both­ers you even though vot­ers also appear to be reg­is­ter­ing for a sweep­stakes to win prizes? do you under­stand mar­ket­ing at all?

addi­tion­al­ly, it is impor­tant to note that peo­ple cheat. because of cheaters, you have to ask for more infor­ma­tion to val­i­date names and email address­es.


We did want to com­pete and win until we saw the amount of data that Char­ter is ask­ing for. It’s too much, and that is my pro­fes­sion­al opin­ion based on the edu­ca­tion I’m receiv­ing from Full Sail Uni­ver­si­ty in Inter­net Mar­ket­ing. Com­pa­nies need to be respect­ful when cre­at­ing forms. It’s tempt­ing to ask for too much infor­ma­tion, and in this case, that’s what has hap­pened. As a result, we regret sign­ing up for this con­test.


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