Win a BlackBerry Playbook – Part of SMBInfluencer 2011


We’re delighted to announce a contest giveaway of two of the new BlackBerry Playbooks.  The Playbook is an exciting new compact tablet from BlackBerry.  We’re giving away two 16 GB Playbooks as part of the Small Business Influencer 2011 nominations.

About the BlackBerry Playbook

BlackBerry PlaybookThe Playbook is BlackBerry’s new tablet, released less than 2 months ago.  It is under a half-inch thick, and has a 7-inch display which says “is small enough to fit in many coat pockets, purses, handbags, etc., making it much more portable for out-of-the-home use than Apple’s iPad.”

The Playbook uses WiFi to connect to the Internet.  It is not necessary to have a BlackBerry smartphone, but if you do, there is a unique Bluetooth connection called the BlackBerry Bridge that allows you to display your BlackBerry smartphone screen on the Playbook, too.

If you’d like a shot at winning one of these hot new Playbooks, read on….

How Do I Enter the Playbook Drawing?

It’s simple.  Make a tweet on  Below are 3 different tweets — pick any one of the following.  Either copy and paste the tweet manually, or hit the “click to tweet link” underneath to open up a tweet box (does not automatically tweet – you still have hit submit once the tweet box opens):

Tweet #1:

I support the #SMBinfluencer 2011 awards and want to win a #Playbook

(click here to tweet example #1 above)

Tweet #2 :

Nominate someone today as an #SMBInfluencer  #Playbook

(click here to tweet example #2 above)

Tweet #3:

Check out the nominations at #SMBInfluencer  #Playbook

(click here to tweet example #3 above)

Who is Eligible to Win?

To qualify for the drawing, you must be located in the United States.  Sorry, we can’t send the Playbooks internationally (but we promise to do future giveaways that non-U.S. people can enter). Void where prohibited.

Small Business Influencer 2011How Many Times Can I Enter?

Enter as many times as you like.  However, you can only win one Playbook.

What’s the Deadline?

Enter between now and June 19, 2011, at 11:59 pm Los Angeles time.

When Will the Winners Be Announced?

We’ll announce the winners on Small Business Trends, on and on Twitter at the @SMBinfluencer account, no later than June 21, 2011.  We will contact the winners directly via Twitter, also.

How Will Winners Be Chosen?

It’s a random drawing. We’ll use to choose from the Twitter tweets meeting the entry criteria.

Good luck, everyone  — and thanks for your support of the Small Business Influencer 2011 awards! And thank you, BlackBerry, for sponsoring the awards!


Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.

11 Reactions
  1. Hey Anita, This really adds to the already growing excitement of the Small Business Influencer Award. I’ve tweeted a few times already, wish me luck 🙂

    • We’re really excited about it, Ileane. Thanks again for all your support — you’ve been an awesome media partner for Small Business Influencer 2011.

      Good luck to you!


  2. Martin Lindeskog

    How would you compare and contrast the Blackberry playbook with Apple’s iPad?

    Could the small business influencer be an international person?

    • Hi Martin,

      To answer your questions:

      The Playbook is smaller than the iPad, so it’s more portable (you can slip it into a coat pocket, a purse, etc.). It’s got a unique “gesture” style of navigation — some of the reviews have mentioned this. And you can display your BlackBerry smartphone if you have one, on the Playbook. The iPad has more apps currently, but I understand a lot more BlackBerry Playbook apps are coming — remember that the iPhone and the iPad started out with fewer apps, too, so this is not unusual.

      All Influencers to be eligible for nomination must be in North America (U.S., Canada and Mexico).

      Thanks very much for your enthusiastic support — really digging all your tweeting about this, Martin.

      – Anita

  3. You know I entered. I’ve been thinking about getting a tablet, but just can’t bring myself to pay the money. This would be the perfect solution.

    • Robert,

      Good luck in the drawing! I’ve got the Playbooks in hand, having been sent them already by our sponsor, BlackBerry. They sent me one to try out, too — and they look so neat. I am a committed BlackBerry user (just upgraded from the Curve to the Torch) and can’t wait to try out the Playbook.

      And thanks for your support of Small Business Influencer 2011 — it’s an initiative that Ramon Ray and I had been bandying about for over 18 months. Glad we finally got it off the ground, with BlackBerry’s support.

      – Anita

  4. Anita, I dont live in the US but my sister does, can I enter the drawing??? 🙂

    • Mafer, Your sister can enter the contest. We are going to send the 2 Playbooks to the 2 winners, and the winners must be in the U.S. (i.e., I will only send the Playbook to a U.S. mailing address).

      – Anita