My tips for entering competitions

Do not be secretive!! There are a lot of people who enter comps who don't like you knowing where they're entering their comps from. I guess, the fewer that know the greater the chance of winning. However, when you comp pretty seriously, it's always great to have the support of fellow compers and they're more likely to tell you about comps that exist that you would never know about normally. So it definitely pays to share!


Use Google Chrome to enter comps, then you can use the auto-fill to save time when comping en mass!


Dedicate one email address to comping - it helps you spot the WEM'S (Winning Emails!) and you'll start the lost track of what's spam and what is not. If you don't fancy manning more than one email account, always opt out of marketing emails/calls/sms etc. There's normally a box to tick/untick near the T&C's. 


Twitter competitions.
Follow & RT SimplyBeUK - NOT ME!!
These can really rile some compers so take note. Seriously! 


Firstly, RT means retweet. You can click the retweet button or you can copy and paste the tweet adding RT at the beginning of the tweet. I tend to do both for the avoidance of doubt as some competition hosts accept one but not the other (weird I know, but it's confusing to everyone!!) If the T&C's clearly state that only one RT per person counts, I click the RT button. Don't do both you'll void yourself.


Secondly, Make sure you DO NOT retweet (RT) a compers entry. To avoid this, every time you see a competition tweeted by anyone at all - click on the comp host. So, for example, you see a tweet like the one to the right and you don't copy & paste my tweet, nor do you click the RT button on this. You click on @SimplyBeUK, follow them and find their version of this tweet to RT.


Thirdly. Always follow the comp host. You/they can't DM (Direct Message) you if you're not and you are always checked that you abide by the rules, if not by the host then by us compers!! There are a lot of cheats about, including spammers that use scheduling software to whizz their entries in. Tut Tut!!


Facebook Competitions.
Rules are a'changing on Facey these days. Like & Share comps are being clamped down on, which is a shame for us mobile compers as the app comps are not usually accessible from a mobile device. If you see them though, they're worth a bash! The FB app entries are just as reliable. Afterall, I won a corner suite couch via 123sofa.co.uk on there - whoop!!


WEM's tend to be sent via inbox and are likely to land in your 'other' inbox i.e. totes seperate to your friends messages. It can be difficult to check these all the time so I use Compers Corner on moneysavingexpert.co.uk to help me with identifying any wins that I never noticed on my FB timeline. Click here for the link and get yourself familiar with it. 


Remember, if you've followed my first rule you will have the comping community keeping an eye out for you so if you're on hols or simply miss your post, your crew can give you a nudge via other channels e.g. shouting you out on twitter. For example, a Joanna Smith won an awesome prize on the Debenhams page once and I had a friend message me to say 'hey have you had a WEM for this?' ... it was some other lucky Jo Smith in the end, but it's nice to know that people are willing to help you claim a prize. Treat others as you'd treat yourself!


Rafflecopter Competitions
Here's where it can get a bit overwhelming but trust me, once you've done one - you've done them all!! Log in using facebook or email and literally do what each point tells you - but again, DO NOT CHEAT!! Having held these comps myself on this here blog, I can categorically tell you that it is blindingly obvious if someone doesn't do what they've ticked and falsely claimed an entry. You will not win!! 


Integrity.
This isn't a must, but it's a personal rule I follow. I enter competitions where I will make use of the prize either myself or by gifting to close friends or family.

Don't be known as 'That One Who Enters Anything For The Sake Of It' .... or even worse....  'That One Who Enters Anything For The Sake Of It -Then Sells It Off On Ebay'


Read the T&C's
Yeah OK... we all miss t&c's every now and then but try your best to look out for them. If the comp is for something awesome but needs picking up from say, Scotland, in the next 24 hours when you live in Dorset, is just not practical nor fair. Think of your 'crew' again. You're taking up someone's real chance of winning.

Well... good luck!! 

I'd love for any comments below please regarding my post. Anything you'd like to add, ask, or even challenge, please feel free. Comments seem to be few and far between these days, shame really!!

8 comments:

  1. Think people should start adding to this with their wins each month to keep other compers going as some months you can not win nothing and want to give up. xxx

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  2. Fab idea hun! I'll post my wins here :+)

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  3. Fab post Jo. I'm loving your advice about sharing is caring, comping shouldn't be a secretive thing, its nice to have friendly banter and make new friends with people that have the same hobby. I'm always happy to see other people winning.
    Brilliant advice on Twitter comps. I have recently blocked a few people, as they have been going through my timeline and retweeting all my comps. I don't mind a couple, mistakes happen. But if I have warned/asked them to go direct to company to retweet the original tweet and they don't listen! Well there you go :)
    Integrity, interesting comment: I went through a stage of entering every comp I could find, i don't have the the time anymore so now I'm more selective. However, I believe you can have a comping addicted, possibly meaning you entering even for things you don't need, want or have use for. But I would never question why someone has enter a competition its their choice. Even if they have entered the same comp and won 15 packets of sweets each time they play, its their choice. As long as they are being honest, using one account and the won fairly, good for them.
    My advice, enjoy comping, its a hobby don't let it rule your life.
    Happy Comping lovely lady. Hope you get something super nice soon.

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    1. Aww what a lovely comment to read :-).thank.you and i hope u have loads of wins upcoming :-).xx

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  4. I am a fellow #Mymillicano winner. (@beingdaud). Good write up, let's keep winning comps. You may follow back on twitter, just so we can dm....

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  5. IVE NOTICED LOADS OF PEOPLE RT MY TWEETS, ITS SO FRUSTRATING, AS MY NOTIFICATIONS ARE ALWAYS GOING OFF AND I GET EXCITED THINKING ITS A WINNING MESSAGE :-( IM SICK OF TWEETING FOR PEOPLE TO COPY AND PASTE, I DONT MIND PEOPLE PINCHING ONE OR TWO, OBVIOUSLY IT WILL HAPPEN, BUT IT CAN GET ANNOYING WHEN IVE SPENT AGES FINDING MY COMPS, AND PEOPLE GO RIGHT THROUGH MY FEED RTING ME :-( THE ONLY UPSIDE TO THAT, IS THAT THEIR ENTRY WONT COUNT I GUESS.

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  6. Found this very useful, thanks! (Sarah Gibson)

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  7. Great tips! My tip is not to be put off by a high number of entries on a blog competition because many people disqualify themselves by not doing what they are supposed to do! Also you go through quiet patches - carry on as you WILL win sometime.

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