Bugger… oh… Congratulations Melissa!

We sat with the tension of an Australian entertainer looking forward to the morning’s Daily Mail until late Wednesday night as we awaited the results of the pwnie.com awards. We nursed our coco/vodka/champagne (Jav/Andrew/Thom( respectively) as the news trickled in.

We had a few key people on the scene, recounting the experience to us.

BuZjTV-IUAAFqRO.jpg-largeGiven the competition, we had the champagne on ice, the shisha warmed, and the alarms set (we were after all operating in the much more civilised Greenwich Meantime).

Given the timezone differences though, we went to bed, and set our Google Alerts for the impending winning announcement.

Bugger.

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We awoke to the news that we hadn’t won. Unfortunately our beautifully coloured, tempo’ed, written and choreographed song didn’t tweak the judges auditory senses as much as the dulcet tones of @0xabad1dea with a beautifully timed Christmassy SSL thematically themed jingle.

We are gutted, but happy for the ultimate winner (of course).

Congratulations @0xabad1dea / Melissa, you were a worthy opponent.

Host Unknown Does the RANT Conference

RANT SmallPicture the scene… three men in their prime, fully prepared, well read, research done, market offering defined, sales patter practiced and an excellent floor stand ready for the conference.

The reason you are struggling to picture this, especially if you attended the RANT Conference, is that this is exactly the opposite of what turned up on the day. Three feckless fools turn up in yesterday’s clothes, unprepared and with a disastrous, incoherent cornucopia of swag and content for their stand. Regularly contradicting each other, sometimes it seems just for fun, our three ‘presenters’ muddled through the day with their shoddily spelt swag, poorly prepared patter and all round pretty poor presentation skills.

Still, nobody seemed to notice.

It was an excellent day all round, and Host Unknown would like to thank Acumin, especially Simon and Donna, for putting their personal reputations as well as that of the RANT Conference itself on the line and graciously allowing Host Unknown to play a part.

We hope you enjoy the film.

Why did they bother? (or Tip #4 on attending a conference as a vendor)

We do feel a little bit let down by our so called “internet phenomenon” hosts who took the Host Unknown brand on the road at the 2014 RANT Conference. Even with all of that help and support (and money) we gave them, they still couldn’t get a stand that stood out from the rest.

Perhaps tomorrow’s Top Tip will make us feel a little bit better.