Monday, September 23, 2013

Winners: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2013

Sincerest thanks to everyone who took the time to attend the eyeball event of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2013 writing project.

As chosen by bloggers who participated in this writing project, the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2013 are:
As we didn't had ample time last September 21 to have our winners present their blog story, we are having a webinar this September 29, Sunday 5 PM where the winnings bloggers will share:
  • How their blog started?
  • Who influenced them?
  • Steps taken to build influence?
  • What's next?
(Just register here to join this free webinar.)

The ten (10) raffle winners who got US$100 each are as follows: (please email me at digitalfilipino (at) gmail (dot) com and give me your contact number to coordinate your prize claim. Kindly expect me to perform a verification to ensure that no one is misrepresenting you.)
  1. Rodel Flordeliz
  2. JayL Aquino
  3. Lois Nicole Baguio
  4. Edgardo Genesis Reonico
  5. Christian Melanie Lee
  6. Levy Martinez
  7. Carl Valenzona
  8. Teresa Martinez
  9. Luisito Batongbakal Jr.
  10. Joanne Gonzales
This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Optimind SEO Company, Infinity Hub, and E-Commerce Entrepreneur Program.

You can continue supporting this writing project by joining the DigitalFilipino Club.

The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2014 details will be announced soon.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Masterlist: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs Writing Project

Many thanks to all bloggers who joined the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs Writing Project 2013. These are blogs that were submitted using the form in the said blog post and those that were alerted to us by some who had issues with our site immediately after the writing project deadline.

Here's the masterlist of entries who will qualify for the raffle this Saturday at the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit (attendance is not a requirement):
  1. JayL Aquino 
  2. Diana Rosa Salonga 
  3. Teresa Martinez
  4. Romel Jaime
  5. Ivan Saldajeno
  6. Marites Zheyme Manahan
  7. Ross Del Rosario
  8. Sajid Kamid
  9. Rodel Flordeliz
  10. Christian Melanie Lee
  11. Leira Pagaspas
  12. Andresito Villato
  13. Lois Nicole Baguio
  14. Levy Martinez
  15. Rhodora Espiritu Valdez
  16. Reuben James Barete
  17. Eliziel Balleta
  18. Mac Vasquez
  19. Luisito Batongbakal Jr.
  20. Gilberto Reyes
  21. Jan-jan Nerecena 
  22. Ma. Victoria Parungao
  23. Alvin Gale Tan 
  24. Marco Polo Demo
  25. Edgardo Genesis Reonico
  26. Rocky Batara
  27. Clariza Nalam
  28. Joanne Gonzales
  29. Wilma Quintans Del Rosario
  30. Carl Valenzona
  31. Maria Cristina Pre
  32. Jonel Uy 
  33. Sella Goden
  34. JenJacqs Agbon
Here are other entries received but are less than 10 blog post and still considered for the final count (but not raffle):
  1. Karla Stefan Singson 
  2. Naomi Gaudia 
  3. Jane Jacqueline Vestil
  4. Shirgie Fulgencio
  5. Janese Halabaso
  6. Christina Ramas 
  7. Mark Delgado 
  8. Mary Jane Umali 
  9. Ruel Umali
  10. Aileen Vedad 
  11. Florencio Jusay Jr. 
  12. Ruby Ricafrente
  13. Bong Aguilar

Monday, September 16, 2013

100 Most Influential Filipino and Filipina for 2013

I often get asked, in the process of identifying Filipino men or Filipina women influencers, what parameters do you need to look at to effectively gauge and be able to say - that person's influence transcends online and offline.

If Time 100 will be used as a gauge, parameters used includes:
  1. Status or public possession of power
  2. Influence on events of our time
  3. Moral example
  4. Persons whose ideas, example, talent, discoveries transform the world we live in.
However, public officials who have inherit power tied to their position are not included unless they have done something extra-ordinary at the period covered.

Time 100 listed 20 persons for each of the following categories:
  1. Leaders & Revolutionaries
  2. Builders & Titans
  3. Artists & Entertainers
  4. Scientists & Thinkers (including Pioneers)
  5. Heroes & Icons
I think defining a Top 100 for Filipinos (Filipino Men and Filipina Women) needs a similar form of discipline and format. It needs to be measurable or can be gauge as well.

Last year, an attempt to come up with a Digital Influencers Marketing Awards was mounted using only metrics gathered online. As the initial data was gathered, I consulted two search engine and social media marketing peers. Realized then that it was not conclusive enough and had to defer it.

With the changes happening in the online space and how it now closely impact offline activities, I think we are ready to measure this in an unbiased and authentic manner.

Will share my observations this Saturday, September 21, at the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Forfeiting an award

Yesterday, I received a notice in my e-mail about winning a global top 100 most influential Filipina.

Behind The Chair Magazine - babakTo personally receive the award, it requires me to do 2 things:

1. Get a US visa (have not renewed my multiple entry visa since its expiration and just get one when needed.)

2. Pay to attend the event. (from airfare to the event itself)

Different groups have different purpose and process in organizing awards. Some will sponsor while others require that you shoulder the expenses (due to limited resources). Have no issues with that.

During the screening interview, a question asked of me was if I can go to the US and claim the award. I replied saying I can seek for US Visa assistance if needed - special circumstances.

However, reviewing the awards and schedule - one thing that concerned me was forfeiture. Clarified if I won't be able to make it, will the award be forfeited?

The response I got was a yes. Sending a representative was not an option either.

With the mandatory attendance requirement or else - forfeiture, I thought about it and realized that having an award is nice but I want it to be authentic.

I don't want to stand on stage, receive an award, thinking at the same time that those sharing the same stage with me were perhaps 2nd choices (I might even be a 2nd or 3rd or 4th choice). As the primary or earlier ones chosen can't make it at the event, therefore their award was forfeited.

Decided not to pursue (unless it becomes unconditional). I replied and gave my perspective (that I believe a true award must be given even if the person can't make it).

In response, the organizers felt offended with my comment and hurled insults in their email reply - from lack of gratitude, accusing of disrespecting their process, and up to the point of saying that my inclusion was obviously a mistake. Even imply that perhaps I can't just get a visa.

I think organizers of awards and events should learn how to accept feedback graciously. Definitely, you will not be able to please everyone. While you will not be able to address each one of them, at the moment it arises, those inputs can be valuable in improving processes in the future.

If there is anything I am thankful for the experience I had today, through reflection, I learned what I will not be willing to compromise, authenticity and truthfulness, for the sake of acquiring prestige.

(As of this writing, my name is no longer in the nominees list on the supposedly "awards" website.)