Archive for the ‘contests’ Category

Guess who just turned ten?! Geek Housecalls celebrates ten years with massive ice-cream giveaway! Are you ready to party?

Friday, August 12th, 2011
yum!!!!!

Friendly's colossal "Giant Crowd Pleaser" featuring 12 scoops of ice cream and 6 toppings is the perfect centerpiece for a Geek Housecalls ice cream party!

The geeks have grown up right in front of your eyes and now 2011 marks ten years of friendly in-home computer service by Geek Housecalls.  And what better way to celebrate a 10-year-old’s birthday than by giving away Friendly’s ice cream parties to our customers?  With made-for-many offerings like their 3-scoop Hunka Chunka PB Fudge Lava Cake Sundae,  5-scoop Caramel Fudge Brownie Sundae, and (get this!) TWELVE-scoop and 6-topping Giant Crowd Pleaser, it’s the perfect way to get a crowd of friends together to help us celebrate 10 years!

In July of 2001:Geek Housecalls was started by Andy Trask and Dave Ehlke in a tiny shoebox-sized office on Mass Ave in Lexington.

2001 geek housecalls website | computer service | computer repair | pc service | pc repair

The original Geek Housecalls website from 2001, complete with hastily scribbled Geek Housecalls logo.

At that time the idea of making housecalls to help people with their computers was rather unconventional, but not nearly as unconventional as proudly calling ourselves Geeks!  We started with a grass-roots marketing approach, posting flyers in local laundromats, donut shops, and pizza parlors that garnered us just over 100 customers in 2001.

want to take a hammer to your computer?

Early ads featured our well-known hammer dude smashing his computer in frustration.

In late 2002 and 2003: things were really starting to roll thanks to an article in Boston Business Journal that was enamored with the idea that calling yourself a geek maybe wasn’t a bad thing! As the article read, “these computer geeks are more like computer gods.”  During that time we also announced our 2,000th customer and in late 2003 were featured by Mass High Tech in an article titled:  Who you gonna call? Geek Housecalls!

In 2004: Positive press coverage of Geek Housecalls continued with two stories in the Boston Globe, one about Geek Housecalls’ role in the emerging in-home computer service industry, and the other, about retail giant Best Buy’s civil lawsuit attempting to force Geek Housecalls to change their name as they felt it infringed on their Geek Squad trademarks. The lawsuit was eventually settled with no change to the Geek Housecalls name, but with a requirement that Geek Housecalls must state on their web site: “Not to be confused with Geek Squad or Best Buy” (yes, you can see it on every page of our website just below the copyright notice.)

Geek Housecalls TV ad circa 2005

In 2005, Geek Housecalls expanded into the Rhode Island market offering our high-reputation in-home service to Rhode Island locals through our acquisition of Providence service provider Down City Systems, and in the same year, was chosen by Delta Dental of Rhode Island as the preferrred vendor to help local dentists get “up to speed” with the technology needed to move forward into the age of web-based billing and claims processing. Also in 2005, Geek Housecalls introduced onsite service for small businesses under the name Geek Officecalls.  As it turned out, we had been gaining a steady clientele of small business customers thanks to positive word-of-mouth referrals from many of our residential customers, and we felt the time was right to create a division that catered to the unique needs of small businesses.

Geek Housecalls customer 10,000

Geek Housecalls customer # 10,000, Erica Flynn is seen in this photo with her geek, Charlie Hoover, and Geek Housecalls founders Dave Ehlke (L) and Andy Trask (R)

In 2006: Geek Housecalls celebrated 10,000 customers with a free year of service to customer 10,000 and $250,000 worth of coupons isssued to existing customers.

In 2008, Geek Housecalls opened a carry-in computer service center located adjacent to our corporate headquarters and call center in Burlington, MA.  The carry-in service center has become a favorite for busy locals and passing commuters who don’t have time to stay home for a housecall and find it convenient to drop off their computers or laptops on the way to work and pick up on the way home at night.

In 2009 / 2010: the Geek Officecalls division of Geek Housecalls was overhauled with a name change to Geek Office Solutions,  and a dramatically improved menu of services that includes a team of IT professionals, a comprehensive Remote Help Desk and network Operations Center that simulates everything needed to support a large organization, and the introduction of our signature “Virtual IT Department” service to maintain your small business  IT infrastructure on an “all inclusive” fixed monthly fee basis.

Geek Housecalls carry-in computer service center

Geek Housecalls carry-in computer service center features flat-rate service prices and plenty of parking.

In 2011 and beyond:  In the ten years since that shoebox office in Lexington, Geek Housecalls has grown to serve over 15,000 customers in three states.  Likewise our service offerings have grown from simple in-home pc repair to cover all of our customers’ diverse needs such as Windows and Mac installation, troubleshooting and service, as well as wired and wireless networking, and personalized tutoring.  In recent years our offerings have been expanded further to cover gadget devices like the iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and other smart phones, iPad, Tablet PCs, netbooks, gaming systems like Wii, PS3, and xBox, and home audio/visual systems hookups including Flat Screen TVs, Surround Sound, Blu-Ray DVD Players, and online services like Tivo and NetFlix . Our geeks have become skilled not only at making it all work smoothly together, but more importantly, have become skilled at helping customers learn how to get the most from their technologies whether Computer, laptop, tablet, smart phone, home entertainment system, or cloud application.

Geek Housecalls continues to offer the best of the best to residential and small business customers in eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and southern New Hampshire.  With Geeks on staff who have been with us for five years or more and some dating all the way back to the autumn of 2001, we are able to offer a level of steadfast maturity to customers who feel, frankly, a bit nervous about being serviced by the inexperienced kids offered by many competitors.  And so to the 15,000+ who have used Geek Housecalls, we say “Thank you!” and good luck with the contest, we hope you get some Ice Cream!  And to those of you who have not yet tried Geek Housecalls, now’s the time to find out just how good – and how friendly – computer service can be!

 

The Contest:

Between August 13th and October 1st, 2011, Geek Housecalls is choosing lucky winners to receive an Ice Cream Party for ten in the form of a $100 Friendly’s gift certificate (Gather your friends, that’s a lot of Ice Cream!).

How to Enter:

Customers who use Geek Housecalls during August and September of 2011 are automatically entered into the weekly gift certificate drawings.

No purchase is required to enter the drawings.  Residents of  Geek Housecalls’ service area may enter by sending their

  • name
  • mailing address
  • birthdate
  • email address
  • phone number

on a postcard addressed to:

Geek Housecalls 10-Year Anniversary
7 Cypress Dr
Burlington, MA 01803

Contestants must be 18 years or older by August 13, 2011 to be eligible to win prizes. Only one entry is allowed per person/household.

The Fine Print

Geek Housecalls is giving away Friendly’s gift certificates valued at $100 each. Geek Housecalls will draw winners at random from all eligible entrants.

Eligible entrants are those customers who use Geek Housecalls during the period from August 1, 2011 through the day preceding the drawing, or who send a mail-in entry that is received at the address stated above by the close of business on the day preceding the drawing.

The contest is closed to new entries after September 30, 2011. Mail-in entries received after 09/30/2011 are not eligible for prize drawings.

Winners will be notified via email and must respond by 12/31/2011 to claim their prize.

All decisions and results are final. No prize substitutions are permitted. Winners are responsible for any taxes. Odds of winning vary depending on the number of entries received and customers serviced during the contest period..

 

Lucky Wellesley Family Finds Andy and Dave on Their Doorstep With an iPad!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Andy (L) and Dave (R) hand over "the goods" to Charlie and Cindy Brown

Andy (L) and Dave (R) hand over "the goods" to Charlie and Cindy Brown

When Cindy Brown received an email from Geek Housecalls telling her that her family had won the Geeksgiving grand prize drawing for an Apple iPad, her first reaction was: “is this real?”  And who can blame her?  With so many supposedly free iPads spattered across seemingly every website in contests and giveaways, it’s hard to decipher what’s real and what’s just a come-on. So Cindy called her husband Charlie (at that time on assignment in Dubai UAE), and he gave her sensible advice; “If it’s from Geek Housecalls, it must be real, but call them and ask.”  (I like that… trust but verify.)

So that morning, Cindy called Geek Housecalls and talked to Andy who greeted her with “Congratulations Cindy! You really won the Geek Housecalls iPad!”

It wasn't long before youngest daughter Sally, staked her claim on the new iPad by connecting it to her MacBook and syncing with iTunes. Mom and Dad and sister Joanna look on as Sally explains the finer points of iPad ownership.

Sally Brown quickly stakes her claim in the new iPad, demonstrating to Mom, Dad, and sister Joanna how to connect to her MacBook and sync up with iTunes.

Cindy and Charles Brown and their daughters Joanna and Sally have been customers of Geek Housecalls since 2004 when they first contacted Geek Housecalls for help with a couple Windows laptops that were having trouble accessing their wireless network, and one that was freezing up on them frequently.  After their first service call, they knew they had found their perfect home computer support team, and have used Geek Housecalls ever since.  While they started out like many families with all Microsoft Windows PCs and laptop computers, more recently, Cindy decided to take the plunge into the Apple world and got Macbooks for herself and her daughters.  They were pleasantly surprised to learn that Geek Housecalls services both Windows and Mac computers and had one of our ‘hybrid’ PC/MAC geeks out to assist with set up and wireless networking, as well as data transfer from the older Windows computers to their new Macs.  And it was one such service call in November of 2010 that got the Browns entered into the Geeksgiving contest.

And what would a grand prize celebration be without balloons in /Geek Housecalls' signature yellow, white, and teal?

And what would a grand prize celebration be without balloons in Geek Housecalls' signature yellow, white, and teal?

Geeksgiving is a contest Geek Housecalls holds each year around Thanksgiving time and generally involves giveaways to customers and mail-in entrants. In the  first-ever Geeksgiving in 2009, Geek Housecalls gave away ‘turkeys’ in the form of supermarket gift cards to dozens of daily winners and held a grand prize drawing for an Acer One Netbook computer. The 2010 Geeksgiving celebration included weekly winners of Geek Housecalls Gift certificates valued at $150 worth of service, and of course our grand prize was the iPad that went to the Browns.

_______________ o ________________

Loading the player …


So don’t be in too much of a hurry to discard that email from Geek Housecalls announcing this years’s Geeksgiving. The next winner could be you!

_______________ o ________________

Geek Housecalls is the New England area’s original traveling computer geeks, on the web at www.geekhousecalls.com. Geek Housecalls specializes in “anything computer” and, since 2001, has become the trusted in-home computer and technology support provider for over 15,000 families and small business computer users in eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and southern New Hampshire. For help with your computers, gadgets, or network at home, contact Geek Housecalls via the web.  And for your small business IT support needs, find out why our Geek Office Solutions division is growing rapidly with small business customers finding out just how good it is to have a team of professonals on hand for both reactive support needs as well as important pro-active planning and prevention!

 

Toll free:               1-877-4PC-GEEK             (1-877-472-4335)

 

 

Week 8 Geeksgiving Winner Announced. Grand Prize Apple iPad Winner to be Drawn Next Week!

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

winner-graphicweek8

12/29/2010 – Congratulations to Michael Armington of  Rumford, RI. Michael’s name was drawn on 12/24/2010 as the winner of a one-hour gift certificate for Geek Housecalls in-home computer service.  Michael is our final weekly drawing winner.  So stay tuned for our grand prize Apple iPad drawing next week!

 Geeksgiving 2010 is taking place in November and December of 2010 with weekly prize drawings for Geek Housecalls in-home service gift certificates and a grand prize drawing of an Apple iPad tablet computer.

 Learn more about Geeksgiving including how to enter for a chance to win one of our weekly prizes or our grand prize Apple iPad here: http://www.geekablog.com/?p=832

Geeksgiving Week 7 Winner Announced

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

winner-graphicweek7

12/28/2010 – Congratulations to Bob Fox & Andrea Mintz of West Newton, MA. Bob & Andrea were drawn on 12/17/2010 as the winner of a one-hour gift certificate for Geek Housecalls in-home computer service. Stay tuned for more weekly winner announcements and our grand prize drawing of an Apple iPad at the end of December.

 Geeksgiving 2010 is taking place in November and December of 2010 with weekly prize drawings for Geek Housecalls in-home service gift certificates and a grand prize drawing of an Apple iPad tablet computer.

 Learn more about Geeksgiving including how to enter for a chance to win one of our weekly prizes or our grand prize Apple iPad here: http://www.geekablog.com/?p=832

Week 6 Geeksgiving Winner Announced – Only 3 More Weeks Till iPad Drawing!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

home computer service

12/15/2010 – Congratulations to Leslie Cashel of Greenville, RI. Leslie’s name was drawn on 12/10/2010 as the winner of a one-hour gift certificate for Geek Housecalls in-home computer service. Stay tuned for more weekly winner announcements and our grand prize drawing of an Apple iPad at the end of December.

 Geeksgiving 2010 is taking place in November and December of 2010 with weekly prize drawings for Geek Housecalls in-home service gift certificates and a grand prize drawing of an Apple iPad tablet computer.

 Learn more about Geeksgiving including how to enter for a chance to win one of our weekly prizes or our grand prize Apple iPad here: http://www.geekablog.com/?p=832

Geeksgiving 2010 Week 4 Winner Announced

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

winner-graphicweek4

12/3/2010 – Congratulations to Joan Hass of Boston, MA. Joan’s name was drawn on 11/26/2010 as the winner of a one-hour gift certificate for Geek Housecalls in-home computer service. Stay tuned for more weekly winner announcements and our grand prize drawing of an Apple iPad at the end of December.

 Geeksgiving 2010 is taking place in November and December of 2010 with weekly prize drawings for Geek Housecalls in-home service gift certificates and a grand prize drawing of an Apple iPad tablet computer.

 Learn more about Geeksgiving including how to enter for a chance to win one of our weekly prizes or our grand prize Apple iPad here: http://www.geekablog.com/?p=832

Geeksgiving 2010 Week 3 Winner Announced!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Geeksgiving Week 3 winner

12/1/2010 – Congratulations to Bill & Maria Boni of Belmont, MA. Bill & Maria’s name was drawn on 11/19/2010 as the winner of a one-hour gift certificate for Geek Housecalls in-home computer service. Stay tuned for more weekly winner announcements and our grand prize drawing of an Apple iPad at the end of December.

 Geeksgiving 2010 is taking place in November and December of 2010 with weekly prize drawings for Geek Housecalls in-home service gift certificates and a grand prize drawing of an Apple iPad tablet computer.

 Learn more about Geeksgiving including how to enter for a chance to win one of our weekly prizes or our grand prize Apple iPad here: http://www.geekablog.com/?p=832

First Geeksgiving 2010 Winner Announced!

Monday, November 8th, 2010

 winner-graphic

11/8/2010 – Congratulations to Linda Moran of Lexington, MA. Linda’s name was drawn on 11/5/2010 as the winner of a one-hour gift certificate for Geek Housecalls in-home computer service. Stay tuned for more weekly winner announcements and our grand prize drawing of an Apple iPad at the end of December.

 Geeksgiving 2010 is taking place in November and December of 2010 with weekly prize drawings for Geek Housecalls in-home service gift certificates and a grand prize drawing of an Apple iPad tablet computer.

 Learn more about Geeksgiving including how to enter for a chance to win one of our weekly prizes or our grand prize Apple iPad here: http://www.geekablog.com/?p=832

It’s Geeksgiving time again! At Geek Housecalls, we’re giving away a whole slew of free service plus an Apple iPad!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Geek Housecalls is giving away an Apple iPad as well as Geek Housecalls gift certificates.

Geek Housecalls is giving away an Apple iPad as well as gift certificates for Geek Housecalls in-home computer service.

The Contest:

During November and December of 2010, Geek Housecalls is choosing one lucky customer per week to receive a free hour of in-home service in the form of a Geek Housecalls gift certificate.  Further, all customers who use Geek Housecalls during November and December are automatically entered into a drawing for our grand prize, an Apple iPad !

How to Enter:

Customers who use Geek Housecalls during November or December of 2010 are automatically entered into the weekly gift certificate drawings as well as the grand prize Apple iPad drawing.

No purchase is required to enter the drawings.  Residents of  Geek Housecalls’ service area may enter by sending their

  • name
  • shipping address
  • birthdate
  • email address
  • phone number

on a 3×5 postcard addressed to:

Geek Housecalls 2010 Sweepstakes
7 Cypress Dr
Burlington, MA 01803

Contestants must be 18 years or older by November 1, 2010 to be eligible to win prizes. Only one entry is allowed per person/household.

The Fine Print

Geek Housecalls is giving away eight Geek Housecalls one-hour in-home service gift certificates valued at $150 each. Geek Housecalls will hold a drawing each Friday in November and December and choose one gift certificate winner at random from all eligible entrants.

Eligible entrants are those who use Geek Housecalls during the period from November 1, 2010 through the Thursday preceding the Friday drawing, or who sent a mail-in entry that is received at the address stated above by the close of business on the Thursday preceding the Friday drawing.

In addition, during January 2011, Geek Housecalls will pick one winner at random from all eligible entries received during November and December of 2010 for our grand prize, an Apple iPad.

The contest is closed to new entries after December 31, 2010. Mail-in entries received after 12/31/2010 are not eligible for prize drawings.

Winners will be announced on www.geekablog.com, the official blog of Geek Housecalls and on The Official Geek Housecalls Facebook Page.

All decisions and results are final. No prize substitutions are permitted. Winners are responsible for any taxes. Odds of winning vary depending on the number of entries received.

Drawing Status  Updates:

  • Updated 11/8/2010 – Congratulations to Linda Moran of Lexington, MA.  Linda’s name was drawn on 11/5/2010 as the winner of a one-hour gift certificate for Geek Housecalls in-home computer service.