WE'RE NUMBER TWO, COZ WE TRIED HARDER... TO CHEAT!
Despite the CB Blog overtaking the mighty Adverblog from Italy on the final day of voting on Friday (CB Blog: 485 votes. Adverblog: 454 votes), competition organiser Dabitch, based in Sweden, has since declared Adverblog the winner after checking all votes received looking for multiple votes from the same IP#. She has knocked a whopping 74 votes off the naughty Aussies, as opposed to only 8 off the angelic Italians to declare 446 votes for Adverblog and 411 for the CB Blog. It seems some overzealous CB Blog fans are nerds who managed to record multiple votes using different browsers and playing with their Cookies.
Although there is a flaw in the voting system that cost us dearly: Most ad agencies complained to CB that once one person at the agency voted, others could not, so we lost out on untold number of votes from individual creatives and TV producers etc within those agencies. If we can only get one vote from a large agency for instance (and there are a least 20 creatives there wanting to vote for us) that is unfair to the CB Blog. According to our reckoning, at least 30 agencies with an average 20 creatives (600 people!) were barred from voting because of this problem.
In future hopefully the judging system allows for this. The CB Blog has over 2000 registered - most of whom are creatives in large agencies throughout Australia, NZ and some in Asia - and most not allowed to vote despite their intention to vote.
But because Aussies are good sports, we have to accept the decision of the umpire - even though she seems rather friendly with Adverblog's Martina - and should be darned chuffed that we got Silver, officially the world's #2 "International Ad Commentary outside the United States". Miles ahead of #3 placed Blogfonk from the Netherlands (94 votes), Commercial Break from India (68 votes) and Austria's Ad++ (30 votes).
Dabitch was nice enough to add that Campaign Brief is "a great mag by the way". Must get a badge made up for the blog advertising our #2 status.
Australia did win one category however: Bannerblog blitzed the "Best Online/Interactive Blog", garnering 187 votes (after 14 were knocked off) compaed to second placed Netzkobold with 83 votes.
Thanks to everyone who helped us achieve what looked like the impossible at the start of the competition. It proves the CB Blog is here to stay and has a place in the world.