Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Winner of the $10,000 MerchantCircle Sweepstakes!

Today we announced that Idaho-based Bonnie Wilks is the winner of the $10,000 Spring Fling Sweepstakes, hosted by MerchantCircle, the largest online network of local business owners in the nation. MerchantCircle kicked-off the sweepstakes in February to celebrate its relaunch as a consumer destination that helps busy people solve everyday problems.

Winner Bonnie Wilks discovered that MerchantCircle was running a sweepstakes while searching online for local deals, and promptly entered. At that time, she also joined MerchantCircle’s “Neighbor” program, which enables consumers to "follow" local businesses for the latest promotions, coupons and announcements. Wilks soon found that she loved writing and reading reviews on MerchantCircle, which today has over 6 million pieces of user generated content, from ratings and reviews to photos and blogs, to help consumers find the best local businesses.

“From all of us at MerchantCircle, congratulations to Bonnie Wilks on winning the Spring Fling Sweepstakes, we are very proud to have you as part of our neighborhood,” said Paul O’Leary, GM, MerchantCircle. “We are also so grateful to all our contest entrants, and we want to thank all of them for joining the MerchantCircle community.”

MerchantCircle allows consumers to immediately connect with qualified providers in their local area, get access to deals, find expert advice and receive free competitive quotes for real-life tasks. Consumers can find providers across all business categories, including home repair and improvement; health and beauty; financial and professional services; construction and real estate services; restaurants; and many others.

The sweepstakes was sponsored by Reply! Inc., and was open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who were, as of entry date, 18 years of age or older. The sweepstakes period was from February 28 to April 10 of this year only. No purchase was necessary.