SA’s City of Durban to be engulfed by STEEM! The world to follow!

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The world’s first Super Spectacular Advertising Billboard, crowdfunded by the disruptive blockchain social media website, Steemit.com, may soon be hitting Durban’s shores in South Africa!

This groundbreaking blockchain funded concept becoming a reality, pends only on the outcome of the support this article (or post) garners from the Steemit.com community in the form of upvotes which will increase the SBD monetary value of this suggestion post on Steemit.com, the proceeds of which will be used to purchase billboard space.

The @steemdrive blog, a sub-blog within Steemit.com, was created by Durban born entrepreneur and Steemit blogger, Ricardo Goncalves; to serve as a ‘real world’ promotion vehicle for the social website which he has beta tested since the early stages and has become familiar with the use and use-case opportunities the platform can provide to both corporate and the individual.

The ground-zero launch of the @steemdrive billboard advertising campaign to promote the Steemit.com social site is set to be in held his hometown of Durban, South Africa, following a successful funding round received from the blockchain community and thereafter scheduled to spread worldwide at a pace to be established by the community voting support received.

For those of you who are not yet involved with, or are new to Steemit.com, it can be described as the first decentralized, immutable (un-censorable) social media website ever created.

Steemit.com, unlike traditional social media which profits off users’ content with advertising revenue; actually pays its users to blog and produce noteworthy content and incentivizes readers to engage and vote on good content (curatorship).

Upon signup, each user currently receives approximately a 10 USD equivalent from the blockchain platform in the form of Steem Dollars (exchangeable 1:1 with the US Dollar) , as gratis starter funding to begin exploring, voting, blogging and best of all … earning revenue for receiving upvotes for content which the community appreciates to be adding value!

All worthy participants are paid in the aforementioned Steem Dollars within 24 hours of posting their content; furthermore, these rewards, if left in the user’s virtual wallet, accrue interest at a rate of roughly 10% pa.

In addition to this, Steem Power is also paid out. Steem Power enhances activity rewards received for curation voting and also frequently compounds in the virtual wallet throughout the day. In a unique customer retention strategy formulated by Steemit.com, Steem Power can be regarded akin to receiving shares in a company, redeemable over a 2 (two) year period in 104 equal weekly instalments into the Steem crypto currency ( the exchange listed Digital Asset ), which has seen its value rise from $0.21 early July 2016 to today’s indexed market price of $3.5 at the time of writing, after stabilizing from a recent peak of approx. $4.4.

Steemit.com is built upon the graphene blockchain of the Bitshares cryptocurrency, not too dissimilar to bitcoin (from a non-technical point of view of course) ; where the underlying blockchain (distributed network) also requires mining to process transactions, nodes to bear witness in transaction verification and an index-able token of value which fluctuates with market sentiment, much like bitcoin.

The Steem graphene blockchain has added industrial performance and scalability capable of processing more transactions every second than VISA and MasterCard combined.

It is important to note that posts compete for a share of a daily pool of funds released by the blockchain itself and voting does not reduce the holdings of the voter, instead merely informs the blockchain of the content which is worthy of receiving a share of the pool

Not all posts win massive revenue and users do need to carve out a niche for themselves to become successful. In saying that however, there have been a great many posts that have achieved between 10 and 150 Dollar payouts; with noteworthy posts earning upwards of this, as high as a make-up tutorial achieving 607 votes adding up to a staggering $26 659.84 payout for the author of the post.

The Steemit.com social concept is in itself the very definition of Ubuntu, a South African term stemming from the Nungi language; which refers to “behaving well towards others or acting in ways that benefit the community.” Apart from the literary novelty of launching this campaign in South Africa, there is an abundance of other socio-economic factors whereby Steemit.com could help improve the lives of South Africans as described by the @steemdrive campaign founder, Ricardo Goncalves in his personal address below:

Public Address - The Launch of @steemdrive

My name is Ricardo Goncalves, family man and entrepreneur, born and raised in Durban, South Africa.

In the crypto space I started out researching bitcoin and various crypto currencies that intrigued me and created a vlog and Facebook group called TheCryptoDrive to share my findings.

Soon after I discovered Steemit.com, I approached Bravenewcoin.com, a Digital Asset market data provider and Expanse.tech an upcoming crypto currency, to allow me to assist them in posting their content on Steemit.com and am now proud to be Community Manager for both on Steemit.

The Steemit community will know me as @thecryptodrive, @bravenewcoin and @expanse. In addition, I will now also be involved in the @steemdrive sub-blog which will be dedicated to world-wide promotion of the Steemit.com social platform.

In the real world (outside of crypto currencies) my background is in Marketing and Information Systems; having graduated in marketing and Information Systems from the University of Kwazulu Natal (UKZN) and later obtained a Digital Interactive Media Studies Diploma from Mediatek (now Vega International School of Arts Durban).

Among other things, I started out in business as co-founder of an IT support and ISP venture and later went on operate an Industrial Parts Heat Treatment company, in addition to this I have 10 years of import/export experience; which will be useful for the global co-ordination of this project. I believe that my overall experience and research has led me to this point to have conceptualized this campaign, which I am uniquely positioned to manage and execute on a global scale.

In my mind, South Africa is the perfect use-case for the launch of Steemit.com billboard campaign!
Since the 2007 financial markets collapse and the recent passing of our iconic president, Nelson Mandela (Madiba) in 2013; South Africa has never quite been the same. Even before these events; our country was plagued with violence, corruption, high unemployment, inequality, crime, unrest and a racist divide.

Relevant to this billboard campaign, Statssa.gov.za provides key economic and demographic statistics about South Africa; most notable is the vast population of 55.6 Million registered people to be reached and in addition to this, there are undoubtedly thousands of unregistered and unbanked persons who will benefit from exposure to an online Digital Currency and earning platform.

The youth as a percentage of population is also a significant factor, reported at 36.2% and the government has since acknowledged that high youth unemployment is currently a national burden and an Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) for businesses has already been issued to promote job creation for youth workers by local industry, but the effect of this incentive will still take a long time to fully bring about change.

Today’s youth are greatly under-empowered, with relatively few job opportunities available for them in an embattled economy.

A large number of young people are already computer and mobile phone literate, with access to the same in one form or another; Steemit.com thus has the potential to become an entrepreneurial platform for the youth to innovate and express themselves and their causes, creating their own opportunities.

Official unemployment figures in South Africa across all age groups remain staggeringly high at 26.7% of the population in Q1-2016, being one of the highest in the world.


With high unemployment, comes high crime rates as can be seen by the murder rates listed on
crimestatssa.com , showing South Africa to have the 12th highest murder rate in the world of 31.8 homicides per year, per 100,000 inhabitants.

All other crime levels are also highly elevated, including housebreakings, human trafficking, petty theft, hijacks, unlawful and disruptive riots, drug related crime and general violence and abuse.

Corruption and censorship are also major problems. Corruption is a well-known and exhaustive topic in South Africa, however an attitude towards censorship is recently creeping in, where South Africa recently voted against a United Nations Resolution for “the Promotion, Protection and Enjoyment of Human Rights on the Internet.” seen by the public as a step in the wrong direction.

In further censorship related news events, the top 8 journalists of local parastatal broadcaster SABC, were terminated for speaking out and objecting against censorship instructions.

It is my belief and hope that Steemit.com can help address the aforementioned issues in South Africa by creating jobs for those who have the initiative to join the community and contribute content. The idea is to create and promote this platform as a creative outlet to take the focus away from committing crime and rather directed into the potentially lucrative online experience Steemit.com offers; thus reducing the need to resort to violations of human rights to make a living.

South African’s have a wealth of history and struggles to share with the world, and what better way to create employment than through a medium where the previously disadvantaged, can now uplift themselves on Steemit.com.

Steemit.com is a platform where the local artist can post a blog about his soap stone or wood carved creations for example; local ministries and political parties can evangelize their causes, or where even the traditional story-teller can create an audience to sustain him.

Journalism can thrive on the immutable Steem blockchain of Steemit.com, journalists will no longer fear the suppression of news content where only they control its existence on the blockchain; all-the-while creating self-employment through being paid by the community to host their own sub-blog site, perfect for the promotion of quality freelance journalism.

South Africa also has an abundance of sporting talent, many players of which are grossly underpaid by international standards; who could benefit from exposure in Steemit.com and possible sponsorship by the community and blockchain itself.

Having previously hosted both Rugby and Soccer World Cups and a potential candidate for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, South Africa is a noteworthy country in its own right and with the proper stimulus could become great again, as Africa’s biggest economy.

The Campaign

The campaign will operate fairly simply, the popularity of this initial post will determine the feasibility of this venture, while the current payout model is in place, 80% of all liquid Steem Dollar (SBD) will go towards purchasing billboard advertising space to promote Steemit.com.

@steemdrive has obtained preliminary prices and even if this post achieves only half of what the make-up tutorial paid out, we will at least be able to afford some decent exposure. The higher the value of the post payout, the longer the billboard(s) can remain in flight, and the greater the number of sites that can be rented.

• Should the post be a phenomenal news-worthy success, we will further engage with local radio and print media to cover the story.

@steemdrive will also motivate to the various billboard agencies to offer us extended rental of the billboard spaces in exchange for the promotion of their brand on the @steemdrive Steemit blog.

• Eventually billboard agencies who accept payment in Steem Dollars (SBD) will be favoured in our campaigns, thereby increasing adoption of the Steem Dollar Digital Currency.

• Weekly progress updates will be posted and once the billboards are erected, photos will be posted, inclusive of proof of expenditure for transparency to the community.

• On an ongoing basis, we will post renewal and new site campaign offers for the community to vote on.

• Active sites will have their own post within the @steemdrive blog on Steemit.com with the title prefix “Active”, eventually the website steemdrive.com will go live with a gallery and details of each site, and showing expiry dates for renewal purposes.

Taking the Campaign Global!

Following a successful initial launch in South Africa, we will launch globally and be looking to partner with international Steemit community members to be our liaisons in their respective countries and states to scout for local billboard agencies, assist in translation, obtain quotes and make recommendations to @steemdrive for billboard placement, provide verified proof or site installation etc. (In the United States we will most likely need one liaison in each state)

Liaisons will be paid 20% of the Steem Dollar (SBD) payout for the post related to the campaign they are involved in facilitating.

I would like to propose the following liaisons for the regions listed below; these are people I will find easy to work with, due to my existing relationship with them:

Australiabravenewcoin.com ( @bravenewcoin ) a crypto media publishing and market data powerhouse, headquartered in Australia and with satellite offices in New Zealand.

France - @cryptoctopus – esteemed Facebook and Steemit marketer and co-author of the Steemit 101 e-book and first mentor on Steemit; @clement data marketing consultant, analyst and really nice person.

New Zealandbravenewcoin.com ( @bravenewcoin ) and @cryptoiskey a very supportive and creative Steemit friend.

Romania - @razvanelulmarin all round great guy!

Portugal - @kanoptx – a good friend of mine and the reason I was introduced to Steemit.

USA, Michigan - @madhatting, enthusiastic Steemit supporter and writer for hongcoin.

USA, Tenessee - @fuzzyvest, good friend and founder of @beyondbitcoin weekly hangouts.

If I haven’t mentioned some of you which I often liaise with, it is mainly because I don’t know or can’t remember where you were from, or because you are a Steemit developer and your time is stretched already.

All potential applicants in other countries and regions please motivate in a reply below why you should be selected as liaison and include your Slack name or other contact detail. Alternatively pm me on Slack @thecryptodrive .

Disclaimer:

@steemdrive and its operator(s) reserves the right to amend the terms of future campaigns based on operational feasibility. All billboard artwork shall be copyright of @steemdrive and its operator(s).

In parting I leave you with these images of what could be potential Steemit advertising sites if enough support is garnered for this and future @steemdrive upvote events. @steemdrive welcomes your support and assistance to make Steemit.com great and change the world for the greater good of scociety!

Super Spectacular Billboard Type

LED Billboard with rotational adverts and changeable in-campaign graphics to broadcast any important announcements

Colossal Landmark Sites


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Congratulations, Ricardo! Extremely well-written article. Great professional style and even better content, of course.

There are paragraphs in your article that could be taken out and immediatelly used as an abstract or short and concise explanation for many fundamental concepts here at Steemit.

The only thing I am puzzled about - will you really put up those signs or is this just a PR stuff? :)

Congrats again and good luck with your campaign.

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Hi @ervin-lemark thank you for the fantastic and thoughtful reply. The idea was to explain Steemit because a portion of this post may be used for local press releases. It was written in a style suitable for print media, however may need to be truncated.

This is real, I obtained prices and datasheets from the billboard agency prior, I didn't tell them what it was for though, so they should be pleasantly surprised. We will be posting photos and proof of payment to the Billboard agencies in subsequent posts as "proof of work"

Thanks for the wishes.

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Great. I am eagerly awaiting your Real Life Proof of Work :)

Good luck again!

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I like the idea of advertising but without the referral program in place we have no way to measure the effectiveness of non-digital ad campaigns. How can we know if these ad campaigns are having an effect and how can we confirm the billboard?

You will have to take pictures for us and make a video asking people about Steemit. At least with that you can have an idea of the effect of your campaign by collecting a random sample.

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We have to be EXTREMELY careful with these type of fund raise posts. Encouraging the raising of funds (upvotes) based on promises can be extremely detrimental to the community in the long run. We need to develop some clear guidelines for this type of thing. See my comments regarding a similar situation here:

https://steemit.com/homeless/@brookdemar/i-m-homeless-but-not-forgotten#@james212/re-dunja-re-brookdemar-re-barriexy-re-brookdemar-i-m-homeless-but-not-forgotten-20160725t232742298z

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Hi James212, I understand your concerns, which is why I publicly staked my reputation on it, if you look at my name in the post it has a hyperlink to my LinkedIn page, I have provided social credibility and not just a username. I will also post proof once the billboards are in flight.

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Hi steemdrive, thanks for your reply. My concern is not particularly with you or your project, as you seem to be very honest and quite capable of doing what you propose. My point is that we as a community need to set some basic standards and best practices for this type of activity. We will shortly have a large volume of people in this project, and Steemit as this is a unique community with resources at the ready, will be deluged with solicitations for all kinds. How do we deal with the scammers who are sure to come? The best community standards should be basic, clear, and with few exceptions. My initial suggestions for guidelines are in the link provided above, and I am sure there are many other valid approaches. I look forward to the community giving this issue some serious attention.

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Hi @james212

May I suggest you host a post on it, request feedback in the reply section. Pm me the link if you do, in Slack, "thecryptodrive" is my name there.

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I know thedashguy, I believe him when he says he was working on the same idea the same week as me that week, he took long to execute so decided to post unofficial version. I'm cool with it. Steemit is greater than any one post or person.

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Thanks bro!

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And...there's also no problem that more people do billboards. It will only grow steemit. The problem is more if there's scams out there. It's also not really an efficient crowdfunding model as half of the 75% will go to steempower...

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Hi @luckybit your comments are very insightful and diligent.

Part of the campaign is proof of advertisement, the proof will be a photo of the billboard as well as a video because photos are easy to doctor. I will also include the invoice and proof of payment to the billboard agency. The plan is to eventually have the agency receive SBD for additional transparency and improve adoption rates.

WIth outdoor media, it is always difficult to gauge effectiveness in terms of signups, unless a referral code is given to give the new signup say an extra 10$ for using the code.

There is another solution, I have registered steemdrive.com which currently points to this post, but if the steemdrive.com URL is flighted on the billboards, it can be used as an onboarding site with tutorials etc and a signup link to Steemit.com for the user to join once comfortable enough to wade into the waters of Steemit,

By landing on Steemdrive.com, and signing up thereafter we can be semi-certain that the signup came from a billboard.

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Another way to gauge effectiveness is based on geographic signups from Durban South Africa, compare the number of signups from Durban before and during the month long campaign, if the adoption rate increased during that time then the billboard was a success.

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Steemdrive.com as a landing page is a good idea if you keep a mailing list or something similar. This way you can register and track statistics and present them in your future posts. As a dual purpose the landing page and mailing list can become your mechanism to communicate with your street team for in the field word of mouth advertising aka buzz marketing.

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fantastic, thanks for the advice @Luckybit, you have lot's of good input. Would you like to join as liaison for your region? if not, I can add you to our slack pvt war room channel as an advisor if you like.

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Liaisons will be paid 20% of the Steem Dollar (SBD) payout for the post related to the campaign they are involved in facilitating.

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correct!

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What concerns me is that people are pushing Steemit before it's had any formal security audit??
Since when does it make sense to pump an untested platform?

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If we didn't do it someone else would have done a post like this, I think a lot of the issues have been ironed out. But be safe and withdraw at least some SBD and Steem out to another wallet so as not to keep eggs all in one basket, common sense.

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I haven't pentested their platform so I can't say, but until there's been a formal security audit, I will withdraw all of my substantial SBD gains, and understand my account to only probably belong to me, given that someone else might be able to take ownership of it.

Slock.it devs in their arrogance conducted no thorough security audit, and look what happened. $100 million fund collapsed.

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I'm not gunna lie I'm already in touch with Lamar and was going to make a very similar post soon enough, but looks like you beat me to it! I had planned on getting a billboard or two in Seattle, Washington in the next few weeks/month.... and I honestly thought noone would beat me to it but hey here you are!

Edit: pigging backing on this lol https://steemit.com/steemit/@thedashguy/the-unofficial-steemit-billboard-campaign-of-the-pacific-northwest

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I'm too fast buddy, but good on you, keep me updated with your progress!

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I guess great minds think alike I was in the process also, I got the pricing yesterday.
"The Future of Social Networking"
Steemit
"Where it Pay$ to post"
Cheers

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That is cool, were you going to do billboards also? Which region are you in?

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Virginia

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@cryptocurrency1 Yes the people vote and the blockchain pays. No-one has to pay anything. @madhatting is doing Chicago, but he is also doing Michigan so I'm sure if you are keen he won't mind if you do Chicago or collaborate with him. Can you pm me in Slack "thecryptodrive" we can take it further.

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@jpdimensions confirmed for virginia! Please pm me "thecryptodrive" in Slack

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lol I love it!

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Thanks for the cuppa!

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Thanks Steemdrive

Follow @bullionstackers

Edited: Steemdrive , thanks for the support ,
Will follow you bullionstackers

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Followed, thank you!

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seen this used before... kinda like a trump card! lol. guess it works!

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https://steemit.com/steemit/@minion/youtube-vs-steemit-enemies-or-siblings

[IMPORTANT] This post covers the Similarity between YouTube and Steemit as well on How to use Steemit and It's OFFICIAL CONTENT RULES.

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Thanks minion

May be you should checkout my post 👍👍👍👍👍

@bullionstackers follow me

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Checked and voted buddy, will have more vote power in future to help upvote others like you.

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Announcement:

Dear Steemdrivers

As the campaign draws to a close and only limited time remains to vote, I offer you an official vote of thanks and gratitude, please see my official address on this link:

https://steemit.com/steemdrive/@steemdrive/steemdrive-the-last-mile-for-27k-billboard-campaign-and-vote-of-thanks

Sincerely,

Ricardo Goncalves
@steemdrive

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I'm more than happy to represent Michigan/Chicago. This is brilliant, if we get the word out like this, there will be no stopping us!

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There no stoping us , no stoping,no one knows steemit better

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Phenomenal idea!!! You sure got my UPVOTE, thrive on, all for one and one for all! and namaste :)

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and one for all :)

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Announcement: A #steemdrive channel has been created within the steem.slack.com parent Steemit Slack Channel. This is a private war room and some of the liaisons who have pm'ed me in Slack have been invited.

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my name on here is this though :D

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Great Post.
Learn some of the Steem's Fundamentals Here

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@steemdrive This is briljant. Having roots in Durban Myself I would really like to be involved in this. I could set up a similar operation here in The Netherlands.

Lets get in touch!

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That will be fantastic, please pm me in Slack "thecryptodrive", for replying first, you have first option for the Netherlands campaign.

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I can send you an email? or vice versa.

@steemdrive done ꒪̔⌔̫꒪̕

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emailing you now! you can delete your email from here now so you don't receive spam. If the billboard concept takes off I will ask you to scout for me a site in the Netherlands for the next post.

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Hi, This is such a good idea and things already moving fast!
I would love to help for Belgium territory,
maybe we can combine the campaign with the Netherlands?

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@Omarb for belgium! Please pm me in Slack so we can collaborate.

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I look forward to seeing how this all comes together.

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the support is coming, looks like it will happen! Very exciting!

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The response to your post has been.........SPECTACULAR! You are ready for take-off!

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Worldwide! Already talking to liaisons in slack war channel about other countries to launch.

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Go Bokke!
All the best. This is fantastic news!

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Fellow South African?

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Jip, living in JHB. Missing my days in Durban. I think what you're busy with can only be good for the people of South Africa.

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Thank you @ecom!!! Viva South Africa!

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I think the biggest support that we can give to STEEMIT project is to attract people who create valuable goods and services.The social network is perhaps the best tool to build a market of goods and services. Modern corporations spend more and more money on promoting their products and services via social networks. This proves the fact that social networks, not television advertising become the main way of promotion.
The real strength of Bitcoin is in the infrastructure. So most people in the world still don't know anything about Bitcoin and alternative crypto-economy. I think Steemit is able to distribute itself much faster than Bitcoin. Because Steemit uses the potential of social networks.
So we need the infrastructure. We need to attract people and tell them about the new features. This will benefit all.
I live in Russia, in the third largest city. It's called Novosibirsk. People in Russia easily accept new ideas and they think, as a rule, very creative. The idea STEEMIT should attract them. I do showbiz and can monitor the value of advertising spots in our city. If you are interested, waiting for your contact information.
Let's do this!

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Hi @Poteshnik83

Only saw your post now, I agree that Steemit can disrupt possibly faster than any other crypto, because it is based on something familiar. go to http://steemit.chat and send me a direct message, my name is thecryptodrive in there. Or else email me on public {at} thecryptodrive.com

Let's do it!!

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I would like to help for the northern part of Germany :) Contact me if you like

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@timsaid yes please make contact with me for billboards in Germany. Find me on Steem.chat my name is thecryptodrive or email me on public [at] thecryptodrive.com

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nice information sir,

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the cat is cool!

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This is awesome I was thinking of something with billboards as well. Way to pull an idea together!!

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Thank you, we have traction under @steemdrive now, which region are you from? I can sign you up as liaison for your country.

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As you may know, tjis is one great way to reach the unreach so that they can benefit from the goodneaa of steemit

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Thank you gabbans, my heart is filled with joy today at the support and wonder of this campaign. I am really excited! @steemdrive for Steemit.com!!!!

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I love Durban! I'm also currently based in Minneapolis, MN USA, and organizing a steemit uprising here. :) Happy to collaborate with you!!

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Done, lovejoy as liaison for Minneapolis, USA, please PM me in slack so we can communicate "thecryptodrive"

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Welcome aboard! :-)

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Just packed a Marley Naturals Taster http://www.marleynaturalshop.com/taster/p/M1ASM0010 with some Durban Poison

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Lol, thanks for posting in support of Durban!!!

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UpVoted Ricardo! Good luck and we'll keep waiting for developments!
Do you speak Portuguese? :) Cumprimentos!

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Obrigado @brunopro I speak a little, not too well, I understand it well but to reply is not always easy.

We will post developments, the billboard agency don't even know yet, I didn't say what the campaign was about, they are going to be super happy, if we can beat the "make-up" post I'm sure we can get print and radio coverage.

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;) Nice - I'll be following, keep us in the loop!

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Will do! I will give you response from billboard agency next, they have no idea the exposure opportunity they are about to get. :)

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Yea steemit is officially getting ready to head to the moon....

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The index price is back over $3 at about $3.29, maybe this caused it?

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Cool idea I hope you are able to pull it off and we see the real deal up and working.

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We will see very shortly, will provide proof of flight, takes about 10 days give or take, but will keep you updated! We will move with other locations, first liaison to get back to me with a quote gets their location promoted next.

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Our first fan tweet for @steemdrive: https://twitter.com/jacobgadikian/status/757714917004812288

Jacob Gadikian
@jacobgadikian

On @Steemit, @TheCryptoDrive and many co-conspirators plan to overtake the city of Durban with positive energy

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jacobgadikian Jacob Gadikian tweeted @ 25 Jul 2016 - 23:11 UTC

steemit.com/money/@steemdr...

On @steemit, @TheCryptoDrive and many co-conspirators plan to overtake the city of Durban with positive energy


Disclaimer: I am just a bot trying to be helpful.
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Thanks Twitter bot, you did a better job than me in pasting that tweet in :)

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no bot here! What if we went to all the colleges, restaurants, bars asking that they pass out products designed especially for them. Things like Steemit beer glasses, sunglasses, t-shirts, hats, and of coarse billboards. This is getting very easy, thanks for the ideas!

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Yes, you are welcome to do such a campaign, however if you want to include it in the @steemdrive campaign and become a liaison that is cool also, you may get more visibility. @cryptoiskey is doing t-shirts for New Zealand and I have a t-shirt contact in South Africa. Steem-mugs are a cool idea!

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Great article, you got my up-vote! Feel free to visit my blog for inspirational entrepreneur quotes and leave some up-votes too. Kind regards, Jonas Ahrens

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Thanks @future24 I had a look and indeed inspiring. Keep following our campaigns and share your quotes with us, I should have more SP soon to give you better upvotes.

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Hmmm nice sir :)

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thank you!

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great post @steemdrive

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appreciated my friend!

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Against facts there are no arguments, a good post with a single and true piece of content should impossible not of upvote. Congratulations for your post and share their knowledge.

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Thank you @jrfantasma each and every supportive comment on here is appreciated.

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Great!!! QR-code need to billboard, right corner

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we will discuss all suggestions in our slack war room channel with the liaisons.

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Great findings @steemdrive very impressive and informative post. and your mission is really wonderful we all support and pray for your hard work may it be on sky in next moments.

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Thank you @shaheer001 , I am humbled by your support and prayers, we hope to make you and the community proud.

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Very well written...I highly respect the fact that you had all your facts straight. The campaign sounds 100 % authentic and empowering to South African youth! I wish you all the best and want to remind you that a man who fails is a man who stops trying!

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Thank you so much for your kind words!! The campaign is 100% genuine, updates will follow.
We will always keep trying!!

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I love minions, so do my kids, they will be very happy!!!

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:)

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meep

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meep back :)

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meep

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I remember seeing the first Bitcoin Billboard. That was a huge stepping stone and if we see one for Steem it would be a big step forward too.

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I didn't actually know there was a bitcoin billboard, but that is cool!

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Wow great post !. Great cause, great information and very helpful to all users. Well done Sir.

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Hi @cryptoiskey thanks for the vote and support, it would be fantastic to see Steemit advertised worldwide on physical outdoor media. I believe it will show the world that blockchain is a force to be reckoned with.

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Agree and New Zealand needs steem like it's sheep and kiwi fruit!......hell a nice little steem logo on a few of the rugby teams jerseys would be the ticket!

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Nice, you are the NZ liaison, design it, get a quote, location etc and I will post the campaign here.

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I am on it like a "Bad Rash"

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Glad to see South Africans getting involved in Steemit. @Steemdrive, i live in Johannesburg if you are thinking about creating a billboard here id love to help. I'm also a graphic designer and can help with the graphics of billboard if need be.

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Hi @warrensteem that's fantastic, I may need you to verify some sites there and graphics will be awesome, we will most likely hold a separate post for graphics submissions for everyone to vote on. Are you on Slack? If not let me know how I can contact you. (click my name in the link above and add me to Linkedin if you like)

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amazing

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👏👏👏👍📣📣📣

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thanks for the applause, fantastic idea using character map fonts!! Steem to the moon !

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Yes!💸💸💸💸

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Let's get the physical world ad campaign started!

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"Let's get it started" - Black Eyed Peas

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I think it is a crazy but fantastic. How much do you guys need? What is the target sum?

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Hi @winterchan , I don't want to give it away just yet ... votes must keep rolling, :) :) We will publish updates after the post as to what we have ordered from the billboard agency.

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Awesome and I love Durban

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Nice are you from Durban?

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Nice project. Hope all this monney would help you out.
Have a nice day :)

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Thank you, have a nice day as well!

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THE BEAUTIFUL GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF STEEMIT IS HERE

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IT IS HERE!!!

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Springboks rule, nice to see the South Africans taking the lead in advertising!

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South Africa is often underestimated, it will now rise with Steem!

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scarey stuff lol :)

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I also follow steemit...

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We all follow Steemit!

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Yes, that is true

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Good job!

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upboats!!!

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follow design

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:)

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Great news! I hope everything goes as planned! I admire your hard work and dedication.. It's Everything this community needs! #Steemit for life!

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Looks set to take off!!! Details to follow in the next few days!

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So Good

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Ahaha, thanks Loki!

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thats a grea step.

very well done sir. please continue your steemit support

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Will do!!!

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A very interesting article! Full of substance and information! Great job @steemdrive!

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Full Steem ahead!!

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처음 댓글남깁니다. 잘부탁드려요 .

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I tried google translate but I don't think it understood what you just said!

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Yes, yes, yes and YES!! Mega campaign, and I'm happy to have found that you're creating it! Please shoot me a message, as I'd love to be your Miami, FL/Florida liason for marketting. I've been a member of the YouTube community, running a pretty successfull Ethereum/Steemit VLOG. Let me know how I can help and/or fill bus stop and bench ads with Steemit signs! Cheers!

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So much enthusiasm...I love it! Florida liaison confirmed @crypt0! are you in Slack? If so please pm me and I will add you to the war room channel. my slack name "thecryptodrive" if not please let me have an alternate way to contact you.

Don't be shy to post your Vlog link here, i don't mind! Bus stop signs also cool and may be cheaper! Cheers.

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Awesome! Really glad I caught your reply, and can't wait to get this thing going out here- Miamians are going to LOVE this stuff.

Unfortunately I'm not yet in the slack, but I've considered joining. Feel free to shoot me an email at obham001@fiu.edu and I'd be really happy to work with you on getting the bus stop signs cleared of lawyers ads (This dude named Alex Hannah has a monopoly out here!) and filled with sexy Steemit =D

Cheers and congratulations on raising this money- well deserved for this great idea. Also, you can message me on my VLOG if you'd like! : https://www.youtube.com/user/obham001 (crypt0)

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Awesome, you drive in your car and vlog like I used to! Did thecryptodrive give you the idea?

Will email you now!

Let's get those lawyer adds off :)

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Very Cool - looking forward to seeing all the future progress!

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Thank you, the billboard will be going up, keep voting for more for multiple billboards and extended time!

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It looks good

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Nice post. Verry interesting.

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Steem South Africa! Glad to hear something big gonna happen! Great idea and awaiting from South East Asia, Malaysia! Keep Steeming!

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Hi @pinklee would you like to become liaison in Malaysia?

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Hi, sorry for late reply coz out of town. Thank you sir! Would be more than happy to be part of this great project! Can help to find out for a few countries in South East Asia too. Such as Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

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My personal assistant @annieb was kind enough to dedicate a post to me and to this cause, I saw it today, really sweet, https://steemit.com/life/@annieb/so-proud-of-mr-ricardo-goncalves-steemdrive please support her also, she has been brave enough to tell her life story on Steemit across various posts.

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@steemdrive, as a fellow South African I applaud your article as well as this initiative. I especially love the idea of freedom of expression without censorship. Rather the democracy and liberalism of positive curatorship.
well done to you! and keep on STEEMING.

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@sanjayramjee thank you so much, your words mean a lot, our country needs change and if we do our part eventually we will see it.

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Wow you already got a pretty good amout. How much does it cost for 1 ad for 1 week?
I think you should hold a contest to design the ad.

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Yes I was thinking of holding a contest, thanks for re-inforcing the idea.

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Very excited. Steem will get more and more popular.

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Guys what do you think will happen when the user sell the SBD in the market?

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@bhokor , nothing will happen, refer to @dan's post, the section about the "Dollar-Peg" https://steemit.com/steem/@dan/response-to-coindesk-article-steem-provokes-doubt-of-market-observers it will take a major market collapse to derail the dollar peg. I will try and convince the billboard agency to accept SBD as well.

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Good post

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great ideea. :D

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Hi.... Steem

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hey Faraz!

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my version

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I really think I need to hold an artwork competition so the community can choose, I think that seems to be the preference. I'll launch that once this post has ended and have established the sizes of the billboards we can afford from the agency.

The above looks classy though.

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I do like this design. We should have both a logo and slogan competition. (Easy enough to integrate the two afterwards)

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Thanks @madhatting your input is always appreciated, believe you have successfully managed campaigns before, glad to have you on our team.