Competition: 6 Friends Theory with Mercure Hotels

Friends splashing in the sea at sunset. Credit: Mercure

On Friday I was part of a group of bloggers introduced to a new competition by Mercure Hotels, which aims to put the ‘six degrees of separation’ theory into practice. The theory, developed in 1929, says that everyone can be connected to everyone else on the planet by only six stages of communication or fewer. At the launch event we tested our social media skills with some blogger challenges, and soon realised how easily we could connect with strangers from all over the world, helped by the hashtag #6FriendsTheory.

Now we’re able to tell you how you could win a six destination trip across the globe, to be filmed by director Jean-Fran├žois Julian and shared online. It all starts with an inventive 60 second video task and ends with one lucky winner taking the trip of a lifetime. That winner could be you.

Wing of a plane viewed from window seat, looking onto fluffy clouds
Who fancies flying around the world?

The Prize

Over several weeks from March 2015, you’ll visit six destinations around the world, meeting different people along the way and staying in Mercure properties. Your flights, accommodation, transport, meals and activities are all covered, so you can just relax and enjoy the experience. Expect to meet new friends and discover friends-of-friends you never knew you had!

On the last stop you’ll get to meet a man belonging to an Aboriginal group, the Bundjalung Nation, based on the east coast of Australia. This incredible journey will definitely bring the ‘six degrees of separation’ theory to life.

Six degrees of separation in travel competition by global hotel chain
Some of the stills from the YouTube launch of the competition. Full video here: youtube.com/watch?v=V-0rO8VTiSg.

How to Enter

Entering the competition is really simple – you just have to record a clear one minute video of yourself talking about what makes you a great best friend. What are your interests? Do you have any hidden talents or unusual skills? What drives you, and what are your ambitions? Fill that 60 seconds with a great introduction to who you are and why you’re an awesome friend, then upload it through the dedicated tab on the Mercure Facebook page. Full Ts&Cs can be found here, and you don’t need your own YouTube channel to enter.

Based on Facebook votes, 50 videos will be chosen for the next stage of the competition, then the judges (including a film director, a journalist and two bloggers) begin to whittle down the shortlist to just one ultimate winner. There are some cool runner-up prizes too, including a touchpad and a two night stay in any Mercure hotel for the 2nd-5th prize winners.

Vintage photo of presenter talking to camera in Poland
Make your video a bit less formal than this, obviously. Credit: 25.media.tumblr.com.

Advice for Entrants

If you’re stuck for ideas, or you’re worried about appearing on camera, fear not. My suggestion would be to ask your existing friends for their insight, then they could tell you why you’re a great person to spend time with. Sometimes we all need a little confidence boost, and this challenge could be the perfect pick-me-up.

The judges are looking for originality, creativity, openness, emotion and something that surprises them; don’t treat this like a super-scary and serious job interview. They suggest your entry should be full of ‘authenticity, enthusiasm, curiosity and sincerity’… basically, be yourself. Maybe your talent is making playlists for your friends, or you love planning crazy days out as a group? Now’s the time to let your quirky, fun-loving side shine through. You have until 10th February 2015 to enter, so get posting your one minute video A.S.A.P. Good luck!

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