Thursday, January 24, 2008

A Cool New Contest from 1800-FLOWERS and Youtube!

We just received this press release and though some of you might find it interesting and fun!

CARLE PLACE, NY (January 8, 2008) - The world's largest florist and leading multi-channel retailer, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® (NASDAQ: FLWS), has developed an innovative and rewarding way to help celebrate the most romantic time of the year with a contest aimed at sharing “The World’s Greatest Love Stories”. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, renowned for connecting people, has joined forces with YouTube™ to reach a larger audience for their latest initiatives, Will You Marry Me? and Video Valentine.

The contest which begins today on YouTube invites consumers to submit videos of a wedding proposal or love story for an opportunity to be selected to win amazing prizes from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Blue Nile, Sandals Resorts and American Airlines.

Will You Marry Me? allows contestants the opportunity to submit a video of a wedding proposal to between January 7 and January 30th, 2008. The winning submission will be played on the YouTube homepage on Monday, February 11, 2008, in front of millions, but most importantly in front of that special someone during the most romantic week of the year.

The grand prize package includes one year of flowers from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, a diamond engagement ring from Blue Nile, first class travel for 4 on American Airlines, and a Sandals Resorts Preston Bailey Signature Wedding Moons® package featuring Preston Bailey’s new Sea Mist collection, offered only at Sandals Resorts. This Luxury Included™ getaway includes six days and five nights at any one of twelve Sandals Resorts located in Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia or the Bahamas.

Video Valentine lets contestants share the story of how they fell in love, by submitting a creative and entertaining video to between January 7 and January 30th, 2008. Starting on February 4th the YouTube community will vote for their favorite Video Valentine entries.


The grand prize winner will receive a year of flowers from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, a pair of diamond earnings from Blue Nile, first class travel for 2 on American Airlines, and a Sandals Resorts, four-day, three-night Luxury Included™ Vacation, along with having their winning video play on the YouTube homepage on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2008.

“1-800-FLOWERS.COM has been helping people celebrate and express their love for over three decades,” said Monica Woo, President, Consumer Floral Brand, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, INC. “Using YouTube to share their feelings with the world, provides a new form of expression that we will be working with throughout 2008.”

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