AAdvantageGeek Video Awards: My list of favorite videos from the American Airlines “Lights. Camera. Action” contest

American Airlines and SCORE partnered together to give small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations and opportunity to win free travel in the  American Airlines Business ExtrAA “Flights. Camera. Action.” contest:

We asked small business owners to create a video telling us how flying benefits their business. Vote for your favorite and you could win 25,000 AAdvantage miles. Your vote will also help one company win up to 50 round-trip tickets and exposure to hundreds of potential customers.

Voting ends Friday and for fun, I decided to put together of list of some of my favorites with the first (and only) AAdvantageGeek Video Awards:

Award:  Best Direction – For best production quality, interesting editing, and best use of music.

Winner:  YAK FILMS.
The first time I saw this video, I was compelled to watch it again. I’ve watched it several times since then. Very cool. Nicely done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SqLntsPWPE

Runner up:  PARALLEL MEDIA.
High quality video, looks like a television ad you might see while watching a golf tournament.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLopSZuwCoI
Award:  The Importance of Being Earnest – Given for sincerity and believability.

Winner: EMPLOYEE BENEFIT ADVOCATES
Straight forward approach.  I know people that would pay a lot of money in order to come across this authentic.

Runner up: EXHIBITVIEW SOLUTIONS, LLC
Perfect pitch. Can’t fake this kind of enthusiasm or energy. Very appealing.

Award:  Hometown Favorite – Given to a Dallas-Ft. Worth company or organization

Winner: GONDOLA ADVENTURES, INC.
I live in Dallas and until I saw this video, I didn’t realize that the DFW metro area was the center of a budding Gondola industry.  If courage had been a category, this guy would win it for singing in a video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cnPWF3YoPo
Award: Former Hometown Favorite – Given to an entry from Oklahoma.

Winner: KSBI-TV
I’m originally from Oklahoma. And when I saw this video I recognized the man in front of the camera. He’s Vince Orza, former Oklahoma City television personality, political candidate, entrepreneur, restauranteur, and the man I consider the “Father of Fried Cheese Sticks” in the Sooner state. Back in the 80’s he started a casual dining chain, sort of a cross between Chili’s and “Uncle Moe’s Family Feedbag“, so for sentimental reasons, KSBI-TV gets a vote from me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b993P_9irTw
Award:  Most Original Concept

Winner: BACK TO THE ROOTS
This is highly original: Grow your own mushrooms kits made from recycled coffee grounds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnIORm0gbv8
Award:  Humor

Winner: BANDWIDTH MARKETING
If you like your humor dry (I do) you’ll enjoy this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QelReBNw6EE

Runner up: CHISPA MARKETING, INC
Goofy and fun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WxL6YWXwEo
Award:  Cool idea – Recognizing an idea, product or service that I wish I had invented.

Winner: BUZZTABLE
How about using your phone instead of a table buzzer the next time your waiting to be seated at a restaurant. Very clever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLjlJjjvhKQ

Runner up: LUX ART & DESIGN
Cool use of technology. Nice video too.  I wish I had one at home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=digpEo_u73c
Don’t forgot voting ends Friday, so you still have time to earn a few entries.  If you’re saving your vote for a good cause, I’m working on a list of submissions from non-profit organizations.   To see all the videos or to vote for your favorites, go here and feel free to come back and share your picks in the comment section.

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