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Matt Badura is special guest at the Sweeva Surf Party

Former Alphas leader Matt Badura was a special surprise guest at yesterday’s Sweeva Surf Party.

He braved assorted hounds – of the oven variety and otherwise – to enter the heart of TimTech’s Canadian operation and then had to watch as CSN stopped SurfAholics Alpha from getting their third outright teams splash pages victory in a row. (But more of that later.)

Matt also introduced a new twist to yesterday’s proceedings…he asked viewers to nominate their favorite splash page on Twitter using the hashtag #SweevaSurfParty. Jon and Matt then chose two winners at random and Hunters leader Valentin Mavrodin and WealthBuilders leader Evelyn Kramer both winning CTP teams branded t-shirts.

It was another really intense battle, both for the individual pages and the team pages.

The Alphas started out really strongly and dominated the first 15 minutes but they soon faced a strong challenge from both Renegades and CSN. It was these teams which were to dominate the contest and, as often happens with the Sweeva Surf Party, the team winners were not decided until the very last page.

CSN piled on the pressure to the very end and with just 60 seconds left in the contest the Alphas and CSN were level on points. Both teams needed the next page and it was the Alphas who got it.

Had they gone with a 60 second timer they would have frozen CSN out but they chose 30 seconds leaving their rivals with a chance, which they happily took and this caused both teams to tie for first place.

The teams winners were:

=1. SurfAholics Alpha and CSN

2. Renegades

3. Lucky 13.

The individual contest was equally intense with eight people sharing the winnings as follows:

=1. John Novak, Carl Belcher, Ken Locatelli.

=2. Scott Rohn, Norbert Ladner, Monica Wilson.

=3. David McKay, Terry Allison.

And finally there was even a guest appearance from the Lucky 13 branded mug which Lynn sent Jon to add to his mug collection.

Sadly I was not able to get a screengrab of the mug from the Surf Party but here it is after it arrived at Jon’s house.

This splash page from SurfAholics Alpha member Martin Bolger made me laugh. It was posted in TELive on Thursday when Matt announced that he was stepping down as team leader.

Funny splash page - Matt Badura's influence on SurfAholics Alpha in CTP Teams

Hopefully it made you laugh too.

And if you have a funny splashpage about your team, then please let me know, as we all need a good laugh from time to time.

SurfAholics Alpha logo

Matt Badura has announced that he is to step down as leader of the top team in CTP Teams and hand over the reigns to Terry Allison.

Matt led SurfAholics Alpha to become the best team in the ultra competitive Premier League and under his leadership the Alphas have broken more records than any other team in the competition.

They more or less won just about everything there was to win and picked up the $3,000 Season One winner’s prize just a couple of weeks ago.

Matt said it was a tough decision to make but one that had to be made as he needs to free up time to focus on his offline business.

He will still be a member of the team, offering advice and assistance, as needed but will be taking much more of a back seat role.

Matt broke the news to team members and then explained his decision on a post on the @CTPSurfAholics blog.

He wrote: “I went into 2015 having set myself some goals, as I think all of us did. To accomplish these goals meant that I had to re-arrange how much time I spend where and how I get things done…

Sadness And Excitement

“As many all ready know, I do run a full time business offline and I do have ambitious goals to achieve. So today I came to my crossroad, choosing one way will enable me to achieve many of my goals, personal and team oriented.”

“It would be unfair of me to choose the way I want to, and try to hold on to some things that I need to let go. So it is with some sadness that I announce the stepping down as leader of the SAA but it is with excitement that I announce Terry Allison as my replacement.”

Taking an opportunity to praise the new Alphas leader, Matt said: “Since day 1 Terry has shown an intense commitment to our team, he is always there for team members and available more often than I am. Terry shares the vision for our team and I hope you give him the support he deserves.”

On a personal note I would like to say I will be very sad to see Matt go. I met him through CTP Teams and he has become a very good friend in that time.

This is further evidence that running a top team in CTP takes a lot of time and commitment but if that amount of time starts to interfere with business then it is time to reconsider.

Further reading: @ctpSurfAholics: On the highway of life we come to a crossroads.

Matt Badura and I join Jon Olson on TELive from Manhattan

I had a lot of fun on Monday when I met up with SurfAholics Alpha team leader Matt Badura in New York. We were wandering around Manhattan during the afternoon and decided to pop into a coffee shop and surprise everyone by taking part in TELive together.

We found a suitable coffee shop, set up Matt’s laptop and were chatting away when someone noticed that the camera was pointing out onto the sidewalk behind us and asked if any passers by had noticed what we were doing.

Somehow this got translated into Matt leaving the coffee shop and walking out onto the sidewalk in order to persuade a New Yorker to join us for coffee (on us) and say a few words on TELive.

For some reason everyone Matt stopped was just that little bit too busy to chat with a random Canadian and British guy but Matt didn’t give in and he managed to find a guy from the Netherlands to talk to us in return for a cup of coffee.

It was fun, all a bit random and I really enjoyed it…I hope everyone else did too.

The next day I got a Skype message from Strays Team Bee leader Kris Rogers who told me that our little mini international gathering had inspired her to write a blog post which set out to put locations on the places the members of the CTP community come from.

I think this is a great idea and have added my name to her online map. The funny thing is that I had previously thought about how cool it would be to see where we all came from on a map so I am really pleased that Kris has decided to do this.

Kris Rogers CTP members world map finder

Check out Kris’s original blog post and why not share your location with our community. You can click on the map above to add your location or view the location of other CTP members.

Yesterday with just over two hours to go before the Sweeva Surf Party, I was chatting online to Matt Badura.

I told him I really wanted to make a funny page for the party again this week but after killing the show dead with the last page shown a week ago, I had decided to hold back.

“We could always do a page together?” suggested Matt, and that was all the convincing I needed to get to work.

We wanted to do something “funny, topical and relevant to the SSP audience” and the clock was already ticking.

Both of us had seen the “Marcus dressed as a nun” page. That’s not its official title, and he wasn’t even dressed as a nun, but if anyone has seen the real page then you will see how that description fits very well.

Matt pointed out that it was also Ken’s birthday…and now there was less than two hours to go.

All we had to do was download Marcus’s original video, import it into some video editing software, delete the audio track, come up with a new soundtrack, add the new audio, re-upload the new file, create a splash page and get it seen on the Sweeva Surf Party.

Just to add a bit more pressure we both decided to make new audio tracks to see how each of us approached the challenge.

We didn’t compare notes in advance…just fired up the editing software and got to work.

Then disaster for me…it is so long since I edited a video that I had completely forgotten how to record an audio file. When I worked it out I had changed a setting which muted everything and spent 30 minutes working out how to put it right.

Now I only had time for one take, a quick edit to remove the pauses before uploading it to Dropbox and sending it to Matt.

He laughed…it was a good sign. At about the same time he sent me his video…I laughed out loud…another good sign.

Matt had huge problems with the video code for some reason and only got one page uploaded to the SSP so here are the links to all the videos.

First of all this is the original splash page from Marcus Wahl…click the page to see the video in a new tab.

Better Than Gold

Better than gold or Marcus dressed as a nun splash page

This is the splash page seen at the Sweeva Surf Party.

Happy Birthday Ken

Happy Birthday Ken splash page Marcus dresses as a nun spoof

And this is the video Matt recorded which is similar to mine but far funnier.

Party With Nuns

Party with Nuns splash page spoof on Marcus dressed as a nun

I don’t think I have had so much working on a splash page in a long time…thanks Matt and thanks Marcus for inspiring us with such a memorable splash page to begin with.

Oh and Ken, I hope you had a great birthday.

Tom Wacker on Spreecast after million points CTP Teams victory

First of all many congratulations to Tom Wacker and the whole of Lucky 13 for becoming the first team to smash the one billion points weekly team points barrier.

After a huge push for success yesterday the team closed with more than one billion points which is an amazing achievement.

Lucky 13 become first team to smash one billion weekly team points barrier at CTP Teams

And on Tom’s weekly Spreecast he became the second team leader to make the big declaration…”We are going all out to win the first annual prize on CTP Teams.”

Matt Badura from SurfAholics Alpha has already declared that his team is also going for the win so now we have two teams who have said publicly declared that they are in this for the big prize.

But Tom went one step forward…he announced that if his team win the annual CTP Teams contest then he will get his first tattoo at the age of 63, to mark the fact.

The first CTP Teams tattoo…that is probably worth a badge on its own…got the tattoo…now get the badge.

So congratulations Lucky 13 on being the first to one billion…now that the barrier has been broken I think others will be quick to follow suit.

Life really is not fair you know. It is bad enough that the SurfAholics have an Alpha and a Bravo Team but now they have FIVE team badges as well.

These badges were first shown off at last week’s Sweeva Surf Party and are designed to reward members of the SurfAholics Alpha team for outstanding performance. Now the team members who win the monthly team performance awards will also get a cool badge to collect.

This is a great idea. It is taking some of the existing game elements which are within CTP and personalizing them for an individual team.

There are four monthly awards within the team for the following categories:

  1. Earning the highest Daily Challenge percentage in a given month
  2. Earning the most team points
  3. Completing the most number of promos
  4. Peer Choice Award – a member selected by their team mates each month.

Not only are there badges to collect for each category but SSA also recognize the contribution made by the winners in public…there is no point in making an award and then keeping it secret.

So the winners are featured on the team blog and at the Sweeva Surf Party we saw splash pages which had been specially designed to showcase the winners.

SAA performance Awards splash page 1 SAA performance Awards splash page 2 SAA performance Awards splash page 3 SAA performance Awards splash page 4

These are the first four pages which all feature the new badges:

I did say there were five team badges but I have only shown you four of them. Well that is because the fifth badge is not really a team badge at all, it is a badge for general collection.

The fifth badge is officially known as the “SAA is #1 –  it’s so unfair Badge” and if you want to claim that then you will have to get it from Matt. I have seen him give it out randomly but I don’t know what the requirements are to get it. He hasn’t told me. I wish he would. It is soooooo unfair.

SurfAholics Alpha It Is So Unfair Badge

This is what the badge looks like. Sadly it is not a clickable link to allow you to claim it. I know, I know. It is so unfair.

So very well done to team leader Matt Badura and to all the team members for this really creative use of CTP Badges.

SurfAholics Alpha has suffered a potentially devastating blow by losing not one but two of their top players to main rivals Lucky 13.

In the last two hours former Alpha members Myra P and Moune Monique both switched teams in a move which could not have come at a worse time for their old team.

Both teams are virtually neck and neck at the top of the Premier League as this post has reported with Lucky 13 chasing the Alphas for top slot.

Janelle Pineau was first to leak out the news – about the first defection at least – when she tweeted out that Myra had joined Lucky 13.

News quickly spread through various Skype chatrooms and Lucky 13 team leader Tom Wacker confirmed the news and said: “Does this make our team stronger?  Yes, and at a level much deeper than the points would indicate.”

SurfAholics Alpha team leader Matt Badura said: “I have a huge challenge now, but that won’t stop SAA.”

Lucky 13 take two key players from main rivals SurfAholics Alpha Lucky 13 take two key players from main rivals SurfAholics Alpha 1

Without doubt this is a huge blow for the Alphas and puts enormous pressure on them to take this week and this month.

On paper it looks like Lucky 13 could clean up here but one thing I have learned from CTP Teams – and from these two teams in particular – is never to underestimate their resilience.

Both teams can fight hard under pressure and relish a challenge. Right now the Alphas are under pressure but if anyone can bounce back then they can.


two kittens

I hired a couple of surveillance kittens to work out where the SurfAholics kept their data.

They were super quiet and unlike the kittens Larry used for the CTP login stats, these ones came up with the goods.

Here is just some of what surveillance kittens Stefan and Sabrina found…

  • The Alphas track their daily performance to find out what works and what needs to be improved on.
  • In month three they manged to average a Daily Challenge Boost of 386% (before counting k4 upgrades and renewals).
  • Six Alpha team members averaged a perfect month in completing the Daily Challenge and Kelvin Ross achieved and overall daily average of 20.86%.
  • The monthly top point earner was Rip having earned 146,637,156 points total and having the highest 1 week total at 79,905,211.
  • The data collected has been used to help distribute the monthly TT Reward Points won by the team using the top-secret SAA Performance Points System.
  • The Alphas are still the only team to have won a monthly competition.
  • “Persistence and Perseverance” are two words that Matt loves the most.

At this point the kittens were distracted by a bowl of milk and went off to enjoy that before reporting their findings to me.

Thankfully Matt likes sharing and you can find all the data the kittens missed on the two links below:

Data can be so useful – sharing some performance numbers

Month 3 in review – Performance awards.

Over at the SurfAholics Alpha team headquarters, the focus is all about performance and, more specifically, about rewarding performance.

This week team leader Matt Badura announced two new initiatives via the team blog.

Firstly team members are being asked to nominate one of their colleagues for a special “Peer Choice Award” which, as Matt eloquently puts it, is designed “to show those working their butt off a little extra love.”

Team members who go above and beyond the call of duty, as judged by their peers, will get a bonus while there is a cash award for the member with the most nominations; the cash award becomes active each time the Alphas win a monthly Teams contest.

In addition there are also Performance and Participation Awards which go towards how CTP  Rewards Points are divided among team members.

And again, when the Alphas win a month on CTP Teams, this triggers $50 of cash prizes which team members can share as set out below:

1) Overall top monthly ctp teams point earner – $10 cash
2) Overall top daily challenge % completion – $10 cash (ties decided by top points earned)
3) Overall top promos completion – $10 cash (ties decided by top points earned)
4) Peer choice award winner – $10 cash
5) 2 random prizes of $5 cash (qualify by earning at least an average of 15% in daily challenges during the month)

Would a similar plan work for your team? Are you already doing something similar? Let me know in the comments below.