June 13, 2013

March Madness and the Hostway Bracket Challenge


Hostway Team


March Madness brings American sports fans one of the most anticipated events of the year: the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. This year, Hostway got in on the action with a contest for fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter.

The contest had two elements: a daily trivia contest and a bracket challenge. For the daily trivia contest, the first person to correctly answer a trivia question posted on Facebook or Twitter won a $10 Starbucks gift card.

For the second part of the contest, participants had to create a tournament bracket populated with their picks for the winners of the 63 games that made up the 2013 Men’s Tournament. Those predictions were submitted to Hostway’s private Yahoo! Group, and the person whose bracket scored highest won $1,000 from Hostway.

As the tournament progressed, contestants were eliminated based of the performance of the teams they selected, but all could still vie for the daily $10 gift certificates. The final winner of the bracket competition was Neil Peller from Oakland, N.J.

After winning, we had the opportunity to ask Neil, of AW Peller, some questions about the game and his relationship with Hostway.

Q: How did you first hear about Hostway?
A: We first heard about Hostway through their partnership with Costco a number of years ago. As a small business, we were looking for economical solutions to launch a new website. We used Hostway for web design, hosting, and getting proper certificates.

Q: Aside from winning, what was the best part of the contest?
A: Contests are a great way to connect with a vendor. It gives you a personal connection that you may not have had otherwise. I have filled out brackets for the past 20 years, and I have never even been close.

Q: Would you recommend Hostway to a friend looking for hosted solutions?
A: Yes. I have called customer service for various issues over the years, and I have always achieved a resolution to the problem.

Q: What kind of fun thing would you like to see Hostway do next?
A: Any sports contests. NFL football would be great.

Well Neil, Hostway can’t make any promises about the NFL, but we can say for sure that we’ve got some more events coming up that we’re sure you won’t want to miss!

Are you a customer or partner of Hostway? Eager to share your experience with others? Just email media@hostway.com to become a guest blogger.

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