uCHobby has its first sponsor! To celebrate we are giving away some very nice prototyping boards. Not just one board but a collection of six which represent the products available from Wright Hobbies.
Wright Hobbies is our first sponsor and we hope to have a few more in the future. At uCHobby we are about helping the hobby community and this is true of any sponsor we feature. Instead of accepting payments for ad space we are doing something different: a uCHobby sponsor gets ad space in exchange for giving away items of interest to the electronics hobby community.
A followup article will detail the new prototyping boards and announce a contest where you can win a package of these boards with a comment to the article. This package of prototyping boards also becomes an option for the “Hobby parts for articles program”.
In the past uCHobby has been funded by Google Adsense ads along the right side of the site. This has worked well so far and the revenue from Google Adsense ads continues to grow. It takes a while to collect enough income to pay for a round of giveaway items but I am not complaining. I think it’s great that Google is there to make uCHobby’s giveaway program work.
Over the last year or so we’ve received a few requests for ad placements. We have always said no to this in the past but I got the idea to try something new: instead of collecting money for ad placements that then get used to purchase giveaway items, why not have the sponsors do the giveaways in exchange for ad space… I mentioned this idea to Eddy of Wright Hobbies and he jumped on the opportunity. Eddy is a strong supporter of the hobby community focused primarily on robotics so he was the perfect fit for the idea.
The Sponsored items will be given away with contest and as part of the ongoing “Hobby parts for articles program” at uCHobby. When an item is to be shipped, we will send the sponsor the shipping details so that the item can be sent directly to the recipient. The contest will run for one month (30 days) so the winners should be notified by mid-May.
A followup article will review the prototyping board package. We are also having a comment contest (actually, two of them), so read the comment request below and in the review article to see how you might win a collection of these prototyping boards.
Win with a Comment
Post a comment with your thoughts on this sponsorship idea. We will randomly select one winner from all the valid comments received. We will also select one winner for our favorite comment. So there are two chances to win a package of prototyping boards just for good comments. I am the judge of what’s valid and what will be the favorite comment. We are looking for your general opinion of the idea, pitfalls, suggestions etc….
We will also be giving some away with comments to the review article, but those are a separate giveaway. There will be many opportunities to win a package but you can only win once. The other contest will be more along the lines of ideas for using the prototyping boards. Read the review article for those details. I hope to get the review article posted today.