Final Day to Vote in the #CMchattys

I am so thrilled for all the excitement we’ve seen throughout the #CMchattys process. So much of which was, honestly, baptism by fire on my part. I wanted to do Digital Country Music Awards for nearly two years, but couldn’t wrap my brain around the process. After kicking it around, I finally came up with what I thought would be pretty darn cool:

-have 100% open nominations via Social Media
-recognize fans, stars and industry pros side by side

#CMchattys were designed as a way to honor Country Music Industry folks and fans who excel in Social Media.

We asked the #CMchat community to nominate their favorite Must Follow Country Music Stars, Fans and Industry Pros. We had thousands and thousands of nominations. We then used Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus to narrow down the categories and ultimately took it to the website where we set up a structure that was meant to be 1 person/human = 1 vote, from 1 browser or 1 cookie.  I am not an expert in online voting or polling, nor do I claim to be an expert in voting applications or widgets, but I set up the back end of the contest in such a way that I thought was fair, not knowing it could be bypassed or that some people would purposefully distribute ways to get around the cookie or IP throttle.  Some of that made me sad but I still think that in the end the people with amazing communities are winning.

In all honestly, we never really gave any rules. I sincerely wanted the #CMchattys to be “of the people, by the people, for the people” and I consider myself a people.  With that said, this past week I’ve learned that you are never gonna make everybody happy. EVER. So, please just bear in mind that the #CMchattys are meant to be special and honor those who are active on Social Media, not that they talk to everyone all the time, but that create content that you just can’t wait to consume. I refer back my original #CMchattys announcement:

Ask yourself … Who stands out to you, wherever you are, when you’re online? Is she the Queen of the Instagram selfie? Can’t get enough of his webisodes on Youtube? Reading their tweets is better than a box of chocolates? Your fingers simply can’t wait to click on their Facebook page? The way they Google+ makes you giggle? Their Vines are divine?

Some of the results aren’t at all what, or who I expected, but it was really incredible to see mass amounts of people rally for their favorite artists. To think that some of these newer artists ARE the stars of tomorrow is incredible, and I hope you’re paying attention to the results so far. Did you know that we have had nearly 750,000 votes this past week? Thank God for the guys at HostGator giving my website some extra BOOM and being such an AMAZING Sponsor to work with! BTW they have a 50% off deal on hosting this Memorial weekend!

In closing I’d like to thank some people who made the #CMchattys happen!

Thank you Ronnie Dunn for introducing me to Lela Davidson and TJ McDaniel from Country Oufitter, and for them seeing value in this project as well as Sarah Barrow for making it come alive visually. Can’t believe I get to work on something with a ROCK STAR entrepreneur like Ed Warm–WOW. Shannon Davis for guiding me through this electronic jungle. Charlie Jeffers for being my 411 and 911. Miss Destructo–who is the best cheerleader ever. Jonny Levine I don’t know how you put up with me, but you’re some kind of Saint.
I owe a debt of gratitude to my own Fight Club, the Country Cadre: Jen Swirsky for having as much passion and belief in this as I did. Scotty Bredin for being 2nd best boss in the world. Tyler Winters for believing in CMchat–and ME. Nicole Piering for being the calm in the CMchat storm. Bethany Priest for always having the questions to the answers. Our other incredible contributors Tim Shank, Scott Colvin, Jason Scott, Brittany Vance, Heather Cheyenne you make our site grow one amazing story at a time.
Most of all my Mom for being my partner in Country, the wind under my wings who makes me eat and hydrate when I forget, as well as Sissy for being Boss #1 who never forgets to take me on a walk and totally gets all my passion projects.


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Author: Jessica Northey

Everyone asks “what exactly do you do Jessica?” What some of my family members say, “she tweets for a living” is my favorite, but really the title that puts food on the table is “Social Media Influencer,” the definition sounds simple, someone who influences others through social media, but I consider myself a Citizen Journalist broadcasting and entertaining with news, thoughts, opinions, delivering information in my own unique way. Famous for my ‘sass wit and straight from the hip’ style I’ve always been called a “Social Media Pioneer” in the music industry. I’m also an On-Air/Online Broadcasting Host and Personality, Digital Media Strategist, Country and Music Blogger/Journalist as well as a Nationally recognized Speaker and Founder of Country Music Chat, News and Views Entertainment Website My favorite accomplishment is starting the largest Country Music Hashtag community in the world Country Music’s #CMChat. It all started with a hunch...back in the early 2000’s I would dial up the internet via AOL and join chat rooms whilst watching my favorite programs on TV. Loved watching Reality Shows with my Mom in Tucson, and blowing her mind with how I always knew who was going home on the Bachelor or Big Brother. Don’t think she ever caught on that I was talking to people via computer on the East Coast, where it had already aired. (We didn’t have the uber-spoiler Twitter or Facebook to ruin results and awards shows for us yet.) I’ve been taking over the internet, one tweet at a time and have accumulated over 3 Million followers/friends/fans across all my Social Media networks. Over the years I’ve been consistently ranked as an influential online personality and even named as a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer. I was the first person Merle Haggard followed when he got on Twitter and spent the day with Garth Brooks at Twitter and Facebook when joined the social media world.

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