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Another chance to win a limited edition Black Friday t-shirt here on the forum :D


As we get closer to Black Friday, we could really use some help spreading the word that the site is open and that the ads should start appearing very soon. So here is what we're asking you to do:


Find 3 ways to help spread the word about Black Friday @ GottaDeal.com. This can mean posting about it on another forum or blog (if allowed), e-mailing your local newspapers and TV news stations (contacting the consumer reporter is a good idea), submitting the site as a story idea on another site or blog - any combination of 3 attempts to help spread the word.


Do at least 3 of those things and reply here telling us what you've done. Include URLs of the sites you've contacted or posted on if possible so we know who to thank if it leads to a big news story for GD.


We'll keep this contest going until Friday morning at 11am ET. At that point I'll randomly give away 3 prize packs to members who have completed this task. These winners will each receive a Black Friday t-shirt and a GottaDeal.com backpack!


You can mix-and-match as you'd like. So you can contact 3 local TV stations or contact 2 local newspapers and 1 TV station, or you can post on 2 other sites and contact a local newspaper, etc... however only things you do this week count - things you've posted in the past won't count for this contest - although we do appreciate them.


So you might be asking, "what should I tell them?"


Good question. Tell them the Black Friday site is open. Give them the URL:




Tell them how much you love the site and how useful it's been for you in the past.


Let them know that we've posted our predictions for this year's ads:




and that it would make a good subject for a story.


Tell them about this great forum with all your fellow helpful and chatty members:




And most importantly, tell them if they'd like to contact us about a story they might want to do, have them go here:




Just be responsible. Don't spam. I realize that this is more work than just replying to a thread with your favorite store, but we could really use the help spreading the word. If the response to this request is high, I'll add more shirts and backpacks to the prize pool so you'll have a better chance to win.

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[email protected] <[email protected]> local paper


[email protected] <[email protected]> local news channel


[email protected] <[email protected]> local news channel


[email protected] <[email protected]> local paper


www.ksn.com local news channel


This is what I emailed them:


I know summer is just coming to an end but I have found one of the most

resourceful sites for black Friday. I think there are alot of people who

could benefit from this site. Not only is it a big help with black friday

but also year round. The site is www.blackfriday.gottadeal.com. They

already have their 2008 sales predictions up at

http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/BlackFridayPredictions. This site would be

a good news story. You can find good deals all year long on here. I have

saved so much money on here it is unreal. You can also find how to save

money at .certain stores and how to use coupons to get the most for your

money at www.forums.gottadeal.com/

If you are interested in doing a story they would love for you to contact

them at http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/MediaRoom

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Ok, I emailed:




and our local news station (Detroit) wxyz.com


I said that this amazing site has saved me money for years and with everyone concerned about money and the holidays quickly approaching, it would be timely and helpful. Of course I included the url. I also said that Brad is amazing ;)

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I'm not sure how these apply, but, I am currently lecturing at several universites, colleges, and tech schools on budgeting, online and Christmas shopping, and coupon shopping.


1. This morning, I was featured on www.alice955.com.


2. I have a tech. school class tomorrow night, where I will be speaking about online shopping. My classroom is a computer lab, and I will be demonstrating how to efficiently use the site.


3. I have a public event scheduled for Thursday on coupon shopping, touching on BF. So far, I have nearly 150 registrants, and have scheduled a Christmas shopping class for the following week.


There will be several media outlets involved in #3, and possibly #2.


* Also, what is wrong with the post times? Brad posted at 1:50, steph at 2:26, and the final post from theboyzmom is at 12:22.

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I emailed our local paper, fox news, and our local cbs news station.


[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]


This is just a note to let you know that the Gottadeal.com/blackfriday site is already open for the 2008 holiday season.



This is the best site for those die hard Black Friday fans looking for the best deals out there! They have already posted their predictions for the HOT items of the 2008 Holiday shopping season. It has been a great help to me as a single parent looking to save money and would make a terrific news story.



The forums are full of great people who are happy to pass the deals on to other members.




If you are interested in contacting them for a storyline, they would be happy to hear from you.



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http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=140332 I have posted it in the OT Forum on the Dbstalk site and you need to be a registered user to view or post in the forum. This is what I posted: "The gottadeal.com 2008 blackfriday site is now open at http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com. This site will contain retail stores Black Friday ads as they come available. Also check out http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/BlackFridayPredictions for their predictions for this years ads."
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I sent emails to:

http://www.whas11.com/contact/?newsDept, http://www.wlky.com/station/index.html, and [email protected] <[email protected]>, all these are local news channels in the louisville, ky area. this is what i wrote them:


I was writting to let you know The Official Black Friday site is open


This site is so great and has everything from Black Friday ads to contest and even freebies. I use this every year to find out the scoop to whats going on for Black Friday and what deals not to pass up. They are even posting predictions for this years ad. http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/BlackFridayPredictions

I wanted to let you know that this would be a great subject for a story because this site is growing everyday and everyone should be let in on this because there are so many bargain hunters out there. They also have great forum with many friendly and chatty members


If you would like to do a story on Gottadeal.com please go to this link.http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/MediaRoom

Thanks for your time,

Jennifer Woosley

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I e-mailed the following:


Rutland Herald (local paper)

Burlington Free Press (local paper)

WCAX (local news station)

Boston Globe

Boston Herald

NY Times


Concord Monitor (former local newspaper)

Washington Post

USA Today


My letter was as follows (variations where applicable):


Dear sir or madam,


I wanted to write a quick note to say that the best Black Friday site on the web is now open (url). I have been a visitor of this site for three years and with the economy where it is I know many readers would like an article about this resource and the upcoming holiday season.


The predictions for this year's sales are out (url) and Black Friday sales are added as they are found.


There is a great resource for first-time shoppers or Black Friday veterans...with a solid forum for discussion at (url).


If you would like to contact the site about doing a story go here:




Thanks for your time.


*I couldn't get the url to post on this messageboard but they are in the e-mails!

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I contacted three local newspapers via email:

The Times Leader [email protected]

Kentucky New Era [email protected]

Paducah Sun [email protected]


Here is what I said:

While it is still early the hottest black Friday site on the web is open for business and the discussions are already going strong. Consumers can visit

http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com to track the early ad releasees and discuss shopping strategies with other Black Friday enthusiasts. There is also an area on this site that posts early predictions for this years ads which can be accessed at http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/BlackFridayPredictions. With the current strain on the economy this Black Friday is expected to be bigger than ever. If you would like to contact the site moderators for a story you can reach them through the following link: http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/MediaRoom. Also the site is open year round for frugal consumers to visit at http://www.gottadeal.com

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Sent off three to the following...






Here is what it said:


You always see Black Friday news stories on Black Friday, usually it is all about shoppers lined up hours before stores with big sales open. Once inside the stores, shoppers often rush and grab, big draw items such as electronics and other popular toys because they are sharply discounted. The media covers the event, mentioning how early the shoppers began lining up at various stores and providing video of the shoppers standing in line and later leaving with their purchased items. However, with the upcoming Holiday season soon approaching, an article, months in advance of Black Friday, would be beneficial to Consumers. They can take advantage of Gottadeal.com, when planning their Black Friday shopping and get the best deals, tips and strategies to make the most out of their Black Friday shopping Event!


Gottadeal.com, the Official Black Friday Deals site (http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com) is open and with only 66 days to go and the economy the way it is today, many will want to take advantage of the useful Black Friday information, this site provides. They have covered Black Friday extensively for the past five years and based on their research, have already posted their predictions (http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/BlackFridayPredictions) for this years ads and offer a glimpse into what they believe will be the 2008 Black Friday deals and hot items, as well as, some predictions for the actual prices you'll see these items selling for at this Black Friday.


GottaDeal.com has been featured in hundreds of newspaper, magazine, radio and television stories over the past four years, specifically for their popular Black Friday site and I think your viewers would appreciate the information this site (http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/MediaRoom) provides, year after year!

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I sent emails to the following







To Whom it may Concern,


I just wanted to recommend a story that I truly believe will help your audience in this time of economic uncertainty. I have been going to a website that over the years has saved me thousands of dollars. Its URL is http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com. Blackfriday.com is by far the best site for amazing savings and advanced notification of Black Friday ads.


This is a year round site that will benefit people as they struggle to get the best deals, while saving the most money.


The forums they provide gives the community a chance to help each other and at the same time get to meet people from all over the country.


I hope you will look into doing a more indepth story about this great find!.




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OK - I spread the wealth across 3 different media forms:

I emailed the San Antonio Express News (our only real newspaper)

I emailed a popular news station (the local Fox network)

I emailed a national Christian radio station (KLOVE) who happened to run a story this morning that holiday spending will be down...what greater follow up than to tell people how they can find out about saving!



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I emailed/contacted a whole bunch of news stations in my area including:



[email protected]

[email protected]




This is the message I sent to them:


Dear local news station:

As many people in the area this year are having a tough time making ends meet, I would like to tell you about a website that provides fantastic deals and saves consumers time and money looking for great prices. The day after Thanksgiving is fast approaching, where many people will be looking for the best deals this year. Your viewers would probably be interested to know that there is a wonderful site which shows sale ads early and has fantastic deals year round! The Black Friday site is now open as well at http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com. They even list predictions for the ads at http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/BlackFridayPredictions

As times are tight, it's a great idea to direct consumers to www.gottadeal.com because people really could use the assistance. Many people in this area are having a hard time and the holidays make it even more challenging. At http://www.gottadeal.com, consumers can find year-round deals absolutely free, just by visiting the site. I would not be emailing you if I did not totally believe in this site, because it would be a waste of my time as well as yours! But I have saved so much money since becoming a member last year that I would like to suggest that you do a story on this fantastic website. If you are interested, please contact http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/MediaRoom. Thank you for providing excellent news coverage throughout the year and I hope you will consider getting the word out about this fantastic website.


Thank you for your time,

Kristen C.

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OK I posted on these two sites:


TFF Freebies Board and The Comfort Zone.


and I emailed the local news station here in NY, Channel 13 and Channel 8. I am also going to email Our News online and our local Perry Herold.


I CANNOT post links says I haven't been here long enough!! Bummer! You'll have to get at me for the links I guess!

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I also just emailed




I really love helping to spread the word. It's fun! I've already told my friends and family about this site. I think everyone should tell their local media so more people can contribute deals they find and can benefit from the savings!

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Well.. I hate to say that jenesparza beat me to it, but I also sent e-mails to WAVE-TV, WHAS-TV, WLKY-TV and WDRB-TV. I also sent e-mails to the newspapers around, Pioneer News and the Courier Journal. I just send the e-mails off. Here is what it said:


It's that time of the year again! The leaves are falling (so are the trees if you were caught in the windstorm) and the nights are turning cooler. The days are getting shorter and that can only mean one thing... CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! (Not what you were expecting was it?!) Now, as we all know, the official start of the Christmas shopping season is Black Friday or the day after Thanksgiving. A TON of people stand outside in the freezing cold just to get that rush for the door as the clock strikes 6. But.. you don't have to wait until the ads come out to find out what people will be standing in line for this year. Thats right.. the ads are generally coming out fast and furious during the late October, and November months. Where can you get it?! Just point your browser over to blackfriday.gottadeal.com While your there... check out the forums. It's always a good time discussing our "strategies" for the mad rush. Check it out! For more media information, check out GottaDeal.com and look for the Media Room.



Hope since someone already sent e-mails to these locations (some of these) that this still works. Thanks. wx4svr.

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Here is my letter to the ones I have emailed:


Dear Sir or Madame:

I would like to submit an idea for a story/article for after Thanksgiving day shopping, also known as Black Friday shopping. With the ending of summer and the beginning of autumn, comes the anticipation of holiday shopping. I'm sure there are many just like me who look for the almighty bargain on a hot item for the season. With todays economy on the rise of higher prices, I would like to submit a great site I have frequented for a few years and this site has helped me save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars over the years. Their black friday site is now open http://www.blackfriday.gottadeal.com . They have posted their predictions for this years ads also and you can find them at http://www.blackfriday.gottadeal.com/BlackFridayPredictions .

I think it would make a great subject for a story! GottaDeal is a great site and our fellow members are not only chatty, but they are equally as helpful and informative too! http://www.forums.gottadeal.com .


If you would like to contact them about a story you might want to do, you can go here http://www.blackfriday.gottadeal.com/MediaRoom .


I would love to see a story for after Thanksgiving shopping done in our local paper for our community. I think it would be fun, exciting, and very informative for a lot of people. Thanks!


Julie Carrasco










These are the three local papers around my town.

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I contacted four local news outlets!


atrotter the Lifestyles/Entertainment Editor-The Sentinel (Local Newspaper)


Patriot News via the Contact Us Link (Local Newspaper)


ABC 27 News via the Contact Us Link (Local News Station)


WGAL 8 News via the Contact Us Link (Local News Station)


I said something similar to what aprncess said and titled it as a possible story! Hopefully someone bites, this is a great site and the word should get out :)


It would not let me add the links to the sites (it said I have not been a member long enough) so if they are needed just let me know and I can e-mail or whatever!

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21 sites contacted:


E-mailed the Ellen Degeneres show!...

Dear Ellen,


First and foremost I want to say your show rocks. The music, the dancing, the laughter makes every day I watch your show a brighter one.

I had a suggestion for a segment. As the holidays approach a segment on Christmas shopping/black friday shoppers would be fun. A great website to profile would be:




I've been a visitor to this site for three years and like the early morning rush of shopping. As ads are found they are posted and predictions are already up!


Most importantly there is a great forum for deal-hunting and discussion at http://forums.gottadeal.com.


To contact this awesome site visit http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/MediaRoom.


I wanted to send the news on this awesome site to an awesome gal. Ellen Rock On!!!



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