Announcing: Blog Comment of the Month!

Happy March, TeleNav-er’s!
By Nicholas T (Flickr)

Did you hear that noise that sounded like a mix between a cat who’s tail has just been stepped on and a blender full of rocks? Yup, that’d be the sound of my allergies kicking in. You see, it’s always during this time of year that my nose declares war on the rest of my body and for entire days at a time, it does everything in it’s power to physically remove itself from the rest of me…. Believe me – it’s a lot less fun than it sounds.

Okay, so maybe it’s not that bad and as much as I complain my allergies and the pain of having to worry about my oversensitivity to pollen, I honestly really do (otherwise) enjoy this time of year. Don’t you? It’s like life is waking up again and it can’t help but you give a little bit of extra energy. Spring is really a great time of year.

So on this first day of March, as we head into spring, we’ve decided it would be fun to announce that at the end of every month, we’re going to be giving away a one year subscription to our TeleNav GPS Navigator (or AT&T Navigator or Sprint Navigation) to one lucky person! How do you win? During the month (between the first day and the last day), just be sure to comment on blog posts that were published during that month. That’s it! At the end of the month, we’ll pick our favorite comment (based on the relevance as related to the blog post topic in which they commented) and that person will receive the prize! It’s that simple. And to make things easier (and increase your chances of winning), we’re putting no cap on the amount of times you can enter – the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!

But remember – once you enter, we need to be able to contact you if you win. So be sure when you comment on our blog, to leave your name and an email address where you can be contacted. If we can’t contact you, you can’t win.

Read a full list of rules here.

Need a good place to start? Why don’t you start by telling us where your favorite place to drive to in the spring time is and why!

TeleNav First Look Kickoff!

At TeleNav, part of what we want to do is be the best GPS solution out there – period. So day-in and day-out, we work hard to improve and create new features which ultimately make our customer’s lives in their cars, simpler. And in the 10 years we’ve been doing this, we are very proud at how far we’ve come.

But now it’s 2010, the start of a new decade, and we’re are kicking it up another level. One way we want to do that actually starts with YOU, our customers. You see, we’re dedicated to constantly improving and we think the best way to do that doesn’t start with talking about what we’re doing but by listening to what you have to say and what really matters to you.

As some of you may recall, a couple of months back, we put out a call for participants to our First Look program. For this program, we were looking for our most passionate and loyal customers in the Seattle and Bay Area who wanted to give us feedback on some of the things we’re working on. Well, recently we held kickoff events in both cities where we invited the participants out just for a night of food and drinks. We enjoyed getting to know everyone who came and we think they had a good time as well. Thanks to all of the participants!

We also wanted to thank everyone who responded to us during our search for participants for the First Look program. What we learned while recruiting people to join the group is that there are many passionate TeleNav users who don’t live in the two First Look cities who wanted to participate. We’ve definitely heard you and we will look at expanding to greater parts of the country in the future.

Win an Apple iPad?

We’re giving away an Apple iPad!

Ooooh... Shiny!

So what is an Apple iPad? Just in case you’ve been living under a rock (or possibly a very large pine-cone), let’s review why the Apple iPad rocks:

  • Features a large 9.7 inch multi-touch display which can work in any orientation.
  • On the iPad, you can watch anything from HD movies and TV shows to podcasts and music videos.
  • It can run almost 140,000 apps from the Apple App Store.
  • With the iBooks app, you can read and buy books using the iPad’s high resolution, LED-backlit screen display.
  • It features an impressive email, photos, notes, calendars, and contact apps.
  • Only 1.5 lbs (no, that means pounds – not location based services)
  • Do you seriously need more reasons??

The winner will also receive a 12-month subscription to TeleNav GPS Navigator for their cellphone (not the iPad) and an Arkon Universal Phone Mount. Four runners up will receive a 12-month subscription to TeleNav GPS Navigator for their cellphone (again, not the iPad), a Arkon Universal Phone Mount, and a TeleNav t-shirt.

So We’re Giving Away an Apple iPad- Now What?

Here at TeleNav, we’re all about getting you to the places you love. With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to run a contest that allowed you to showcase your favorite place while allowing you to have some fun. Hence, the idea for the 7 Words Contest was born.

How To Enter The 7 Words Contest?

Starting Monday, February 22nd until Sunday, March 7th, all you have to do is (1) take a photo of yourself at your favorite place holding up a note (can be handwritten) that clearly starts “Dear TeleNav,” and in the following seven words state why you love that place! Then (2) submit the photo directly on the wall of our TeleNav Facebook Page. All entries must be received by 11:59PM PST on March 7th.

For example, if you’re at a coffee shop, you might hold up a sign saying, “Dear TeleNav, I love their really big blueberry scones!” or if you’re at a restaurant, you might have a note that says, “Dear TeleNav, they have the most incredible pepperoni pizzas!”

Need some more help? Look at this example.

I really enjoy poo poo platters.

On Wednesday, March 10th, as judged by TeleNav’s most esteemed photo panel, on our blog we will announce the top five photos based on creativity and overall quality.

Make Your Voices Heard!

After the top 5 photos are selected, we will then open up the final stage of voting to you and the rest of the people of the interwebs! On Friday, March 12th, we will post the five finalist’s photos on our blog and voting will continue until Friday, March 19th.

The winner of the 7 Words Contest and the Apple iPad will be announced on Monday, March 22nd!

If you have any questions, please email Kenji at KenjiO@TeleNav.com. Good luck!

Rules Here

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FAQ

Can the photo include two people? Example: My wife and I?

Yup, you sure are able to do that.

Stay Tuned, More Fun To Come!

Photo by laurenatclemson (Flickr)

It’s Friday here at TeleNav and as you can imagine, things are very busy. To tell you a little bit about what’s been going on, just last week AT&T Navigator v1.5i was rolled out for the iPhone and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In the pipeline, we’ve got a lot of other great stuff that’s keeping us just as busy. But with all the craziness that comes with trying to make the best GPS Navigation product available, we always try to remember that life is about taking time some time out of your day to just have fun. And since we like to have fun, we think you like to have fun too.

That’s why if you follow us on Twitter and on Facebook, we’re going to be inserting a lot more fun into your day. How will we do that? On some days, we might run a really random contest, other times it might be a random giveaway. To be honest, it’s all so random that I haven’t even thought of all the possibilities yet! But no matter what the contest or giveaway, what it amounts to is a lot more fun!

Don’t follow us on Facebook or Twitter? Don’t worry – it’s easy to do! Just follow these links:

It’s that simple. Once you do that, keep your eyes open because you never know when we’ll be doing a very, VERY random contest!

Of course as always, we’re always open to suggestions for new and fun ideas so if you think of something interesting for a contest, post it in the comments section!

Official Rules for TeleNav Social Network Contests

Announcing the BerryScoop.com Contest!

It’s Monday! Okay, I’m going to ignore your groans because here at TeleNav, we love Mondays and that’s why we’re kicking it off with a little fun! Who we causing a stir with this time? Our friends from BerryScoop.com, that’s who!

So what’s the big fuss? Today, we’re announcing our contest with BerryScoop.com and three winners will receive a one-year subscriptions to our TeleNav GPS Navigator service! Entering is easy and don’t wait because this contest will be over soon.

How do you enter?
First you have to follow both @BerryScoop and @TeleNav on Twitter.

Next you have send out a tweet that says the following (make sure you don’t leave anything out, including the link): Hey @BerryScoop I want @TeleNav #berryscoop #telenav http://bit.ly/berryscooptelenav

That’s it! Each person may only enter once and you must be a resident of the United States or Canada.  Contest ends 2/7/2010 at 11:59pm PST.  Three winners will be announced on BerryScoop.com and will be selected using random.org on 2/9/2010.

Good luck!

Official Contest Rules Here.

BlackBerry Boards News’ Winter Contest!

They say that the holiday season is over but to celebrate 2010, we’ve teamed up with our friends from BlackBerry Boards News to bring you our next contest! Why? Because contests are fun and we like giveaways!

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What’s at Stake?

Three people will win a 12-month subscription of TeleNav GPS Navigator!

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How To Enter:

  • Create an account on BlackBerryBoardsNews.com and in the comments section of their blog post (HERE), write a small story about a time when you were lost and wished that you had TeleNav GPS Navigator on your phone and “How TeleNav GPS Navigator would have helped?” Please keep this brief and to the point, yet, no smaller than three to five sentences.  Also include your email and Twitter URL.
  • Follow @TeleNav, @BBBoardsNews and @TheOnlyJrod
  • Become a fan of TeleNav on our Facebook page
  • Tweet this: @BBBoardsNews @TheOnlyJrod @TeleNav – I have just entered myself in the BBN Winter Contest, I can’t wait see if I win the free app!

The contest will run from January 20th to February 14th with the winners being announced on the BlackBerry Board News blog! Good luck everyone!

If you have a question, please contact @theonlyjrod on Twitter or email Jarrod at jrod@blackberryboardsnews.com.

The official contest rules can be found here.