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Tell Us the Future of PR and Win an iPad

Here at Vocus, we’re proud to sponsor, along with Cision, best-selling author Brian Solis’ new eBook “What If PR Stood for People and Relationships?” This book outlines a new future for PR and technology.  Illustrated by Gapingvoid, Brian challenges communicators to harness technology to strengthen customer relations and deliver business outcomes.

We want to know what you think the future of PR looks like, too. So we’ve teamed up with Canva, the new, easy-to-use design program to host “What’s The Future of PR?” hashtag contest.


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How to Participate

  • Between October 2 and October 9, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET, share your predictions for the future of public relations by creating a graphic or photo. The share it with us on Twitter or Instagram using the #FutureofPR hashtag.
  • If you really want to wow us, use Canva to illustrate your idea!
  • You can enter the What’s The Future of PR? hashtag contest here!

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The best idea, as determined by Vocus CEO Peter Granat, will win a new iPad Air. Be sure to check out the official rules before you enter.

What are you waiting for? Tell us your vision of the PR future!

 See below for the Official Rules

Vocus #FutureofPR Contest
Official Rules


The Contest is open to those individuals who are at least eighteen years old and legal residents of the fifty United States or Washington, D.C. and who provide insight on what you believe the future of public relations will be in accordance with the directions below (“Entrant”). Employees of any federal, state, or local government are able to participate, but not eligible to win. Employees of Vocus, Inc., or its subsidiaries or affiliates (“Sponsor”), advertising or promotional agencies, or anyone else involved in the development or fulfillment of this Contest, or any members of the immediate family or household of such employees are not eligible to enter or win the Contest.  The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law or regulations.

How to enter:    Between October 2, 2014, 9:00 a.m. EST and October 9, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST Entrants must

1)     provide insight on what you believe the future of public relations will be by either (a) Tweeting a text response with an image on Twitter; or (b) posting a text response with an image on Instagram; and

2)     type hashtag #FutureofPR as text in each Twitter or Instagram post

3)     follow @Vocus on Twitter and/or follow Vocus on Instagram; and

4)     keep your Tweet or Instagram post publicly viewable at least until the end of the Contest

5)     follow a link that will be directly sent to you to “Claim your Entry”; and

6)     verify that you are the Twitter or Instagram account holder by logging into the applicable account; and

7)     submit your first name, last name, and valid email address.


Entries must be original and created by the Entrant. Participating Twitter and Instagram accounts must be public and not protected or private. All submissions must be in English. Submissions will be judged on: originality, knowledge of the industry and creativity.  Multiple submissions per Entrant are allowed.


Prizes:  One Prize is available: One (1) Apple iPad Air valued at $499.00 (the “Prize”). Prize is non-transferable and no substitution by winner for cash equivalent is allowed.  Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. iPad Air and Apple are trademarks of Apple, Inc., who is not a sponsor of, and is not involved in any way with this Contest.   The winner must provide a valid address (no P.O. Boxes permitted) for Sponsor to mail the Prize and Sponsor is not responsible for any damage during shipment.

Winner Notification:   The winner will be selected by Sponsor’s judges. The judges’ selection is final, and will be determined in their sole discretion. The potential winner will be notified by either Twitter or Instagram message or email by October 14, 2014.  The winner must accept the prize by October 16, 2014. The winner will be publically posted on Twitter and/or Instagram on or about October 17, 2014.  Sponsor shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by a potential winner for any reason.  If a potential winner does not respond within the time period stated above, or if the prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential winner, such potential winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected.  If any potential winner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules or declines a prize for any reason prior to award, such potential winner will be disqualified and an alternate winner may be selected.  Each potential winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and (where legal) a Publicity Release.  Failure to comply when requested may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.  Each winner must comply with his/her employer’s policy on acceptance of any prize.

Release of Liability: By entering, you release Sponsor and its subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, employees, directors, and agents, including advertising agencies, from any and against any and all injury, loss or damage caused or claimed to be caused by your participation in the Contest and/or the acceptance, awarding, receipt, use and/or misuse of any prize, and you release Sponsor, and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, employees and agents, and all others associated with the development and execution of this Contest from any such liability and agree that these entities are not responsible for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to any prize.

Additional Rules:  Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered are void.  No mechanically reproduced entries are eligible.  No responsibility is assumed for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, or illegible entries.  By entering, you: (i) agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements; (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of judges, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest; (iii) understand that Sponsor may be collecting personal information about you, and you and agree to be contacted by e-mails, phone and/or mail by Sponsor and its subsidiaries and affiliates about Sponsor’s services in compliance with Sponsor and any of its vendor’s privacy policies; (iv) represent and warrant that you have the legal right to make your submission, and your submission does not violate any third party’s intellectual property rights; (v) agree not to submit anything that would be considered pornographic, obscene, defamatory, disparaging, or otherwise unlawful; (vi) assign all rights of your submission to Sponsor, allowing Sponsor to perpetually re-use, re-distribute, and copy your submission; (vii) understand and agree that Sponsor or its vendors may collect information about you for statistical reasons.  Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to: (i) permanently disqualify from any contest it sponsors any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules; and (ii) to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest if Sponsor believes, in its sole discretion, that malfunction, error, disruption or damage is impairing or will impair the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest. If Contest is terminated early, Sponsor will determine the winner from all eligible entries received as of the termination date. Entry constitutes consent to the use of prize winner’s name, voice, picture and/or likeness without compensation for promotion purposes to the extent allowed by law.  In the event of a dispute as to the identity of the Entrant, any on-line entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the Twitter account from which it was sent, provided such account holder must still meet the eligibility requirements for the Contest.  The authorized account holder shall be the natural person to whom the applicable Twitter handle has been assigned by Twitter.  Entrant agrees that any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action lawsuit. Under no circumstances will Entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees.  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of Entrants and Sponsor in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Maryland without regard to choice of law rules. Any suits related to this Contest or these rules will be brought exclusively in the State of Maryland, and Entrant agrees to the personal jurisdiction thereof. For the name of the winner, send an email to vocuspr@vocus.com by October 31, 2014.

Entrant understands that Canva, Twitter, Inc., Instagram, LLC, and Offerpop Corp., (collectively “Vendors”) in no way sponsor, endorse, or administer this Contest or any of Sponsor’s services. Entrant releases Vendors and holds them harmless from and against any liability associated with the Contest.


Sponsor:  Vocus, Inc., 12051 Indian Creek Court, Beltsville, MD 20705



About Adrienne Sheares

Adrienne Sheares is an enthusiast for all things social media. On the rare times she’s not on social media, she loves watching any cooking show and frequently pretends she’s a “Top Chef” contestant in her kitchen. You can find her on Twitter at @SocialMediaDC.

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