Random Factoid #370

2 08 2010

One only has to see “(500) Days of Summer” to know that great things can begin in an elevator.

As a kick-off to their “31 Days to Build a Better Blog” series, Anomalous Material inspired all participants (which include yours truly) to write an elevator pitch for their site.  According to a quote on Wikipedia which they so kindly posted, an elevator pitch is “an overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The name reflects the fact that an elevator pitch can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride (for example, thirty seconds or 100-150 words).”

They suggest several practical uses for this pitch, but I have an entirely different (and potentially unique) one: it will help me talk about it in college interviews and applications.

You can do either a long pitch or a shorter one.  The abridged version is meant to get bluntly to the point of what your blog is about.  So here’s my short pitch: “Marshall and the Movies is about me sharing my obsession with movies with everyone who will listen.”

Here’s my longer pitch: “I’ve always been the movie guy, and I’m trying to use all my knowledge for good.  Whether it’s alerting people to good movies or steering them clear of bad ones, sharing my moviegoing experiences, or just writing thought-provoking pieces about the Oscars or whatever pops into my mind, Marshall and the Movies is a blog about those two things but written for you.”

Be honest – would you visit my site if I came up to you and told you that in an elevator?



2 responses

3 08 2010

I work in an industry of elevator pitches, and I hate them. Half the time they are lies, the other times they simply don’t cover nearly enough ground to be valid observations.

On the other hand, I think you might have found a good one, but – again – it’s very hard to do yourself justice in so small a space.

8 08 2010

Elevator pitches always seem too cheesy to me, so I tend to stay away from them.

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