Rebrandly has been selected as one of the 160 businesses through to the next round of the UK and Ireland’s biggest and most valuable pitch competition, VOOM 2016.
The shortlisted businesses – those who earned the highest number of public votes – will now take part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record™ for Longest business pitch marathon on 1st/2nd June 2016. The 29 hour live-streamed event will see Rebrandly pitch back-to-back against 159 other entrepreneurs to a panel of esteemed judges.
Judges will be challenged to whittle these down to just 40 semi-finalists who could go on to pitch to Richard Branson and international business heavyweights Tyra Banks, Sara Blakely and Marcus Butler, in the VOOM 2016 grand finale on 28th June.
“Rebrandly is a fresh approach to short links, which allows you to create cool, descriptive links using your own custom domain name. Anybody using a URL shortener such as goo.gl or bit.ly, or really anybody sharing links on the Internet, should care about this” says Davide De Guz, Founder and CEO of Rebrandly.
“Short links like “bit.ly/1N8ywh” are anonymous, unpronounceable, not trusted, not memorable, brand unfriendly, and are often marked as spam or even blacklisted. Rebrandly links are simple to pronounce, easy to remember, and they promote your brand. A branded link, such as “brand.link/marketing” increases trust and raises CTR (Click Through Rate) by up to 34%. Our links are also SEO friendly, because they include a keyword in the URL.”
‘‘Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016 is all about seeking out, supporting and celebrating the UK’s and Ireland’s most exciting businesses. It’s the biggest and most valuable pitch competition out there – we’re hoping everyone will find a way to get involved!” says Sir Richard Branson.
VOOM 2016 has been a huge win for many hundreds of our entrants, above and beyond the shortlist. They’ve honed pitches, made videos and collectively contacted millions of people to promote their businesses.
They’ve also participated in THE biggest mass crowdfunding campaign in UK history. Collectively, they’ve raised over £675,000 (roughly $755,472) to make their ideas a reality.
Peter Kelly, Managing Director of Virgin Media Business said: “I’m looking forward to hearing 160 innovative and inspiring ideas over the course of 29-hour record attempt, although I am not underestimating the challenge. Like any true entrepreneur – we never do things by halves at Virgin Media Business and achieving this record will add another level of ambition to the ‘VOOM 2016’ competition.”
To watch the pitchathon live and show your support for Rebrandly and all of the other worthy contestants, tune into www.vmbvoom.com.
Team Rebrandly is already getting into the Richard Branson spirit 😉