Arid desert scene with the text "Has your comping cup run dry"

Hidden gems – where to look when you run out of competitions

Dry January?

So it’s January, and after the insanity of the December advent giveaways, comping really seems to die a death! As a compulsive comper, I often find myself scratching around for new competitions to enter at this time of year. Does anyone else ever end up half way through entering a comp and then second guessing their motives. I know it’s an addiction when I find myself asking if I would ever really use a hoverboard!? (I walk badly, with crutches)

As usual, I digress. The point is, I’ve noticed quite a lot of people commenting that they are similarly struggling to fulfil their personal comping quota this past week or so. I thought it would therefore be useful, to dig deep and provide you with some additional places to find competitions when the comping cup runs dry.

Hidden Gems

These 5 lesser known sites all have a great collection of competitions to enter and I highly recommended them. I usually tend to dip in and out of these whenever I have extra comping time anyway, but this month, I’ve been a daily visitor to them all. They have done a great job keeping me busy in the bleak January drought.

Twitaculous

Twitaculous is actually a really cool little app (can be used on laptops etc, not just for phones) and the only reason I don’t use it more often is due to lack of time. I’m an incredibly methodical person and as I discuss in my top 5 competition sites post, I rarely get beyond those five. Nevertheless, January has found me wanting for more competitions and Twitaculous has been a great little source. It’s not a pretty format, but it’s easy to use and the service is free. As it’s clear a lot of time and hard work has gone into creating this platform, there is a small voluntary contribution that you can pay if you intend to use the service often. This seems only fair and it does offer VIP access (advert free).

To use Twitaculous, you simply create an account, connect it directly to your Twitter account and it lists available Twitter competitions, complete with a nice easy entry system. Each competition post has its own Retweet, Like or Tweet button, allowing you to enter right there, without following a link to Twitter. It has nice sort functions, including sort by category or the option I prefer, show only those you haven’t entered yet. This is very handy! I would definitely recommend this to those who like to enter Twitter competitions.

An example of what the Twitaculous page looks like.
A screenshot from the Twitaculous listing page

 

PrizeDeck

PrizeDeck is a nice neat little site that provides their own giveaways with a simple one click entry format. Once signed up and logged in, you literally just click enter on the prizes that you fancy. There are no links to follow and no additional information to input.

I spoke to Lon at PrizeDeck about their ethos. PrizeDeck was born of the desire to stand in opposition to the increasing number of prize draw promoters running unfair giveaways (especially on Facebook), with elusive or non-existent prizes, difficult entry methods and dodgy terms and conditions. In stark contrast, PrizeDeck only run their own exclusive giveaways in a fair, honest and compliant way. They always list winners, announcing them both on the website and across social media. The prizes are widely varied and they make great efforts to work with local British brands, particularly start-ups. I have to say that I really appreciate the sentiment of this website and their good nature makes me want to comp with them that little bit more!

PrizeDeck is a relatively new site and I have seen them grow quite significantly over the past year. The prizes are not added daily, but there are at least a few new ones each week and you can set up email notifications for these. The new comps are very obvious, as those you have entered will automatically show you with a big green tick. It couldn’t be simpler!

They also have a blog page, which generally focusses on points of interest in the comping community and their own giveaway sponsors. It’s certainly worth a look if this topic is of interest. Highly recommended.

A screenshot from my PrizeDeck account

Prize Ticker

Prize Ticker is a very new competition listing site, which went live in late 2018. It is a nice simple, but very bold and colourful format, with some basic sort functions such as prize category and one I don’t think I’ve seen before, Age group. This refers to the age group that the prize is intended for. Obviously some of this might be a bit objective, unless it’s very obviously baby related items, so I would tend to steer clear of this function for fear of missing things.

I spoke to Anthony, who administers the new site. His main goal is to provide a place for competition listings and promotions but without any of the adverts or spam. The website, although live, is still undergoing some development and he intends to add a directory page that links to other listing sites, which sounds very useful.

For bloggers and prize promoters, they offer a nice simple upload page where you can share your own competitions at the cost of £1 for 90 days. Whilst other listing sites don’t charge for this service, Prize Ticker guarantee no adverts around your listing and a direct link to your competition.

A screenshot of the upload page for interested bloggers or giveaway providers

Snizl

Snizl is an unusual format for a competition listings website. They are another relatively new site and offer prizes from predominantly small businesses in the East Midlands area, although most prizes are available nationally. I have been entering competitions with them for about a year now and won one of the first that I entered last year for a cute Easter bunny plush toy.

The entry method is simple, as all giveaways are hosted directly on the site. Once signed in, you can just click on the picture of the prize you want, which will go to the main comp page. Click on ‘confirm entry’ and there is the option to share each prize on social media for additional entries. New prizes are not by any means added daily and tend to come in peaks and troughs. They are also very long dated comps, usually with about 3 month entry periods. Still, it’s easy enough not to take up too much time and you might get a nice surprise when you had completely forgotten about it, 3 months later!

A screenshot of the prizes listing on Snizl

 

rosemary and pork belly (blog)

Rosemary and Pork Belly is a great blog with really varied content, but largely focusses around travel. If you’ve read my “About me” page, or actually any of my blog posts, you have probably got the gist that I enjoy travel. They also have an excellent discounts and deals section, again largely centred around travel. So right of the bat, this is a blog for me. You might be thinking, that’s great, but your post and blog are about comping!?

Well, you’d be right of course. And here we have my favourite thing about Rosemary and Porkbelly blog, their travel competitions listing page!

The format is beautifully simple, with a “new since …” section each time the feed is updated. The descriptions often go above and beyond any other comp listing sites, due to the blog format, so closing dates and terms and conditions are clearly laid out for you. There are not hundreds of competitions on here by any means, but they are great ones, often that I haven’t come across on the big 5.

I love this blog and highly recommend keeping it on your watch list if you are a fan of free holidays!!

A screenshot from the travel competitions page on the Rosemary and Pork Belly Blog

 

Still not enough? Enter My Competition

So there are some of the great additional sites that I have been using to get me through the comping dry spell this January. Are there any new ones there for you? I’d be keen to hear your recommendations for comping sites that I haven’t mentioned yet. There are some that I don’t use because I either don’t trust them or don’t like the format (I’m a bit fussy like that). Please check out my post for comping site to avoid for further details.

If you still haven’t found enough, you can pop over to Twitter to enter my new giveaway, which you will find pinned to the top of my page. I’ve decided to change it up from the Gleam and Rafflecopter entry systems this time around, just to keep things fresh.

Terms and Conditions:

This giveaway is provided by Prizewarriors.com.
Entries must be received by 31 Jan 2019
The prize is one Transformers shaped wall puzzle.
Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only.
Entry is via instructions on Twitter, with an additional entry for those that have commented on this post.
The winner will be informed on Twitter within 48 hours of the closing date and have 7 days to claim.
Please allow 14 days from claim for delivery of the prize.

 

I list my free-to-enter competitions on Competition Database! Competitions listed on Loquax! I list my competitions on The Prizefinder!

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Full Spectrum CBD Oil Giveaway

Win Full Spectrum CBD oil from Bristol CBD (Closed)

This week, I have joined forces with the amazing Bristol CBD  to bring you a great giveaway. Simply complete the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a 300mg bottle of full spectrum CBD oil.

You may have read my recent review of the very same oil, which I tried myself with huge success (and continue to use daily). If you suffer from any type of ailment, whether it be physical or mental, then I would strongly recommend a read.

2 bottles of Briston CBD oil, one dropper top and one spray

The Giveaway

If you would love to try Bristol CBD Oil then I have a couple of options for you. You can either enter the giveaway below or I also have a discount code available if you can’t wait to find out if you have won or not.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I list my free-to-enter competitions on Competition Database!

Competitions listed on Loquax!

I list my competitions on The Prizefinder!

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A beautiful christmas scene with an armchair and presents in a sack.

Big Christmas Stocking Filler Giveaway

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My final Christmas giveaway of 2018

Well, it’s been a great start to the blog this year! Having launched on 1st November 2018 and already built up a small, but lovely community of followers, I am ecstatic with the progress to date.

As a huge thank you to everyone that’s given me a chance by reading and/or following my little blog so far, I am making my last Christmas giveaway of the year a big one!  So I wish you all the best of luck if you’re entering and a very merry christmas and holiday season.




This competition ends on 16th December and I will be posting it out to the lucky winner on 17th December (providing the winner comes forward straight away), so it should reach you just in time for Christmas.

What’s in the bundle?

After struggling for a while with exactly how to put together a bundle of stocking fillers, I came up with the only solution I could think of. I’ve tried to include something that would be suitable for everyone. So, here we have a 12 piece prize bundle, see below for descriptions and to enter.

This should be ideal for anyone that has a couple of awkward people left to buy for or just need a few extras to complete their gifts. Either way, enjoy!



A picture of a number of giftable items intended as the prize for this giveaway.
A Christmas stocking bundle with something for everyone!

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For the little ones:

A Big and Small 35 piece jigsaw puzzle set

A snuggly fleece Gruffalo hat and scarf set

For the slightly bigger ones

2 x 3DIT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crafting sets

2 x Top Gear Stig Stuff putty tins

An Odd Dog Balloon cross stitch picture set

Super Heat skateboard trading card game




For the full sized ones

A set of 2 official Coca Cola ‘Holidays are coming’ Photo clip frames

A beautiful Tropical Paradise LED dome jar ornament

A 4 piece faux suede Rodier Make up bag set with mirror, key ring and document holder

A limited edition X-Files flash light by Loot Crate

How do I win?

So if you would like to win this entire bundle of gifts, just enter using the Rafflecopter below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

A beautiful christmas scene with an armchair and presents in a sack.

You still have time to enter this other great giveaway I have on:

Win a Nightmare Before Christmas Wallet – E: 16/1

 

I list my free-to-enter competitions on Competition Database!

Competitions listed on Loquax!

I list my competitions on The Prizefinder!

SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky: the UK's biggest list of blog giveaways
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Jack Skellington Wallet

Win a Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Wallet




Win a Disney Jack Skellington Nightmare Before Christmas Wallet

For my penultimate Christmas giveaway, this week I have a fabulous Disney Jack Skellington wallet to give away to one lucky reader. The competition ends on 16th December, please see the bottom of the page for terms and conditions.

We’re huge fans of Tim Burton’s A nightmare before Christmas in this house. We watch it as both a Halloween and a Christmas movie as it can easily get you in the mood for both. It’s a film that transcends age ranges and I know plenty of adults, as well as children that love it. The prize is a bi-fold canvas wallet with all over print and plenty of space inside for money and cards, as well as the all important photograph window.




Jack Skellington Wallet

For your chance to win this awesome prize, just complete as many or as few options as you like in the rafflecopter below. Obviously the more methods of entry you complete, the higher your chances. Plus I have put a few daily entries in there, so you can go nuts if you choose to!

Win here!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions:

This giveaway is provided by Prizewarriors.com.
Entries must be received by 16th December 2018.
The prize is one Disney Nightmare Before Christmas Wallet.
Open to UK residents over the age of 18 only.
Entry is via the Rafflecopter form and amount of entries awarded will depend on the number of actions performed by user.
The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date. 
Please respond within 7 days of your winner notification email or the prize will be redrawn.
I will try to get the prizes posted out to arrive in time for Christmas, however please bear in mind Christmas post times and that you will need to respond quickly to enable me to do this. Therefore please allow 14 days from claim for delivery of the prize.

More chances to win!!

I have a couple of competitions closing today (30/11) at midnight. There are also these awesome Doctor Who figures and a  My Little Pony giveaway finishing in the run up to Christmas. Also, remember to check back next week for my final giveaway of the year, which will be a bundle giveaway. My final giveaway will close on 16th December, so that I can get the prizes posted out to you in time for the big day!


I have also recently written a blog post about how to win the biggest Christmas toys of 2018. This contains plenty of links to toy giveaways elsewhere, so if you’re still trying to fill those stockings, I would recommend having a look.

A fireplace with christmas stockings surrounding and a lit candle.
Lotto Social OFfer link button

I list my free-to-enter competitions on Competition Database!

Competitions listed on Loquax!

I list my competitions on The Prizefinder!

SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky: the UK's biggest list of blog giveaways
Mudpie Fridays

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Winning what you want! How to maximise your chances




Have a Game Plan

Winning at competitions! This might seem like an odd thing to plan out, but it doesn’t have to be anything formal. You can simply have in mind what your intentions are before starting out. If you are comping short-term, it may be to help provide for or pay for a life event, such as a wedding or a baby. You might lust after a high-priced item or holiday that you couldn’t afford otherwise. Or you may just want a stock of products to use as gifts, to save you a little money.

The reason I say “know your intentions”, is simply so that you can use your time wisely. If you are new to comping or always stick to one type, social media comps, for example, then you may be overwhelmed by the total amount of online competitions actually available. Each day I set myself the insane task of entering all of the competitions across all of the listing sites that I use. I have never done it. Never!

Desk with planning tools in use

What are my comping goals?

I am a comper by addiction, hands up. Having said that, I do have a very clear goal when entering competitions. Travel. I love to travel. I love holidays, mini breaks and day trips so much and barely go a month without ticking at least one of those boxes. Below is a brief explanation as to why winning these types of prizes is so important to me – feel free to skip, it’s just an insight into why I comp the way I do.

Back in 2008, one year after I met my husband and a couple of months before we got married, he was diagnosed with cancer. It was a tough time, but he came through it healthy, thank goodness. In 2009, I needed life saving surgery myself, due to a bizarre exploding cyst. Surgery came just in the nick of time, thanks to the advice of a good friend who demanded I go to hospital, instead of on a night out. Needless to say, my husband and I entered 2010 with a much greater appreciation for life.

In 2013, with one testicle and one ovary between us, we managed to create our wonderful son. My pregnancy and labour were both very unpleasant experiences that I won’t go into here. The worst part of all, being that my son was born not breathing and quite blue, which was absolutely terrifying. At the time, we obviously though we’d lost him, which was the most difficult thing I’ve ever experienced. Thankfully he’s now a beautiful (almost) five year old boy, full of life and very healthy. Thank you NHS, we love you!!

Anyway my point is, as a result of the above events, a part of me did actually die. The previously career driven and luxury apartment desiring Kellie, doesn’t really exist now. ‘Things’ mean very little to me. Experiences and particularly experiences with my family, are everything! Unfortunately, my disability doesn’t allow me to earn the type of income needed to travel much at all, let alone fulfil my monstrous desire for it. So for me, comping is all about winning holidays, day trips and even cash that I can use to book us more of the above.

A family in the outdoors on an adventure together



What’s my game plan?

Of course, you don’t need to have anywhere near as dramatic an explanation for your comping goals. It does help, of course! Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of competitions available online. A colossal amount, in fact. To improve my chances of winning them, I do the following:

Every day I enter competitions using five main competition listing sites, which I talk about here. Firstly I sift through each site using the closing soon filter, to ensure that I don’t miss out on anything closing that day. I try to prioritize prizes that mention holidays, particularly family ones, or days out.

The next step is to view new listings, utilising the categories filter that most competition listing sites offer. I filter by holidays, then short breaks, then day trips, then by cash. Last year some of my cash wins actually helped me to pull off a trip to Walt Disney World for my son’s 4th birthday!

Kellie's family in front of the Disney World castle

Lastly, I go through the same sites yet again, but this time looking at new competitions in all remaining categories. This might seem like an obvious thing to say, but please don’t waste your time entering competitions that you are not interested in. In my first few months of comping, I got carried away and entered every giveaway that I found. This just ended in me winning a bunch of things that I had no desire or use for. Also, these might have been prizes that somebody else would have loved, so I ended up feeling guilty. I did manage to gift them though!

The reason I won so many things in certain categories (but not the ones I had hoped for) is that some categories tend to have fewer entries, therefore increasing your chances of winning. If these categories interest you, then you’re at an advantage. unfortunately flowery crochet sets and horse blankets are not really for me.

Maximise your chances of winning – check list

  • Know what you want to win, or at the very least, what you really don’t want to win
  • Prioritize your time so that you focus on your most desired prizes first
  • Think local – enter competitions that are only open to residents in your area, local magazines and shopping centres often run these
  • Use the filters on competition listing pages to find your favourite prizes more easily
  • Don’t waste your time entering competitions when you don’t want the prize!
  • Cut down on time entering competitions by using a form filler – I use Dashlane
  • Avoid entering competitions on certain sites that provide very remote chances of winning
  • Search your spam email folder and do social media searches on your name to check for missed winner announcements
  • Try to choose lower entry competitions. Social media competitions and gleam or rafflecopter style entry systems all show the amount of entries received, this works best on the closing date.
  • If you are willing to enter the competitions that require effort, such as writing a caption, taking a photo or asking your kids to draw a picture, these usually have far lower entry than standard prize draws!




"Keep Out" sign on a baron highway

Competition Sites to avoid




Competition sites to avoid

Everybody wants to know which competition sites are the best to use, but not many people ask which competition sites to avoid. There are many “competition sites” which exist simply to gather your private information for marketing purposes. You can usually spot these because they ask for more information than a normal online competition. At most, I am happy to share my name, address, email address and possibly date of birth. Competitions that ask for much more than that start to raise my suspicions.

Some of these sites, although their main purpose is to gather information, do still have a genuine prize to win, although it’s often not exactly as it seems and there are generally hoops to jump through in order to claim it. There are also some that are simply scams and don’t have a prize available at all. Once you have been comping for a while and have had a good look at the type of sites I am referring to, you will become confident in spotting them for yourself.

Please bear in mind that this post is my opinion only. Whilst some of my advice will be from direct personal experience, a lot will be an educated guesses based on these experiences. If you feel that any of the sites below shouldn’t be on the list, then I would love to hear success stories that prove me wrong. Let’s face it, another credible source of prizes can only be a good thing! But if you want to save yourself a lot of time and improve your chances of winning prizes, I would advise you to avoid the following:

Sites that exist purely to gather information from you:

  • Instant Win 4 Now (instantwin4now.co.uk)
  • My Offers (myoffers.co.uk)
  • Surf 4 Prizes (surf4prizes.com)
  • UK Free Win (ukfreewin.com)
  • UK Prize (ukprize.co.uk)
  • Active You (activeyou.co.uk)
  • Winnersville (winnersville.co.uk)
  • My Offers (myoffers.co.uk)
  • Catalink.com (catalink.co.uk)
  • Free Stuff (freestuff.eu/prizes)
  • Alphalam (alpha-lam.com)
  • Offerx (offerx.co.uk)
  • Prize Reactor (prizereactor.co.uk)
  • Vaniki (vaniki.co.uk)
  • Want2Win (somuchwins.com)
  • Dynamic Rewards (dynamic-rewards.org)

Gate with please do not enter on it. Suggesting competition sites to avoid

Sites that require you to pay to enter competitions

Not everyone will share my opinion, but I see comping as a free activity. I refuse to pay to enter a competition, whether it be directly, like with the sites below or via purchasing a product. If I purchase a product that I would have bought anyway and there happens to be a competition on the pack, I will always give it a go, but I would never buy an item just to enter the competition – that’s what they want you to do!!

  • ITV (itv.com/win) Paid Entry – although they have the occasional free comp with smaller prizes
  • BOTB (botb.com) Paid Entry
  • Simply Prizes (simplyprizes.com) Paid subscription required (Although a 14 day trial is sometimes available for free)
  • Compers News – Paid subscription required
  • WeWin4U (wewin4u.co.uk)  – Paid subscription automatic entry site



Bauer Media Site Competitions – Are they worth it?

You will probably come to realise, as I have, that a fairly significant percentage of the online competitions available are provided by Bauer Media. They are an enormous media company that own hundreds of magazines, newspapers, radio stations and tv channels. This means that they often have excellent prizes on offer, however, the chance to win them is relatively low.

Bauer media competitions usually run across numerous different websites (which all share the same prize). They can also run for long periods of time, often over a month.  This usually applies to the magazine sites, many of which also allow daily entries. These can often be identified by the web address precursor ‘winit’ or ‘winsomething’. Bauer Radio station and TV channel competitions generally have shorter entry periods and much bigger prizes than their magazine counterparts.

All of this, of course, means that the amount of entrants for each prize will be colossal. Having said that, I’m not going to advise against Bauer media competitions. Personally, I do enter them. I’ve also won a large prize in the past from one of its radio stations, proving that, although unlikely, a win is certainly possible.

I work on the basis that somebody has to win! But do bear in mind my advice about prioritising your time. My method is to only enter a competition on a Bauer media site if it’s offering something that I REALLY want. If time is minimal for you, you might be best to skip them, or at least leave them until very last.

A picture of lots of clocks




Japanese Lucky Waving Cat Symbol

What’s luck got to do with it?




Make your own luck

On hearing my long and impressive list of prizes, a lot of people say to me, “Wow, aren’t you lucky!”. Well actually, no, I’m not. I mean in a very loose, ‘I live in the developed world’ sense of the word, then sure, you could say that I am a lucky person. But actual luck, the suggestion that some people will always win more competitions than others?Nope! I don’t believe that for a second.

Let me start with a really important piece of advice. Comping (that results in winning) requires a lot of time and effort. You have to be relentless, you have to be resilient to losing and you have to stay positive. Otherwise, you may win one or two prizes over a long period of time, but the frequent and regular wins will elude you. Frequent competition wins are not a result of luck, they are a result of chance combined with effort.

There are ways to improve your chances and increase your effort, but there is no way to improve your luck, unless you are superstitious or religious. I am neither. I am stubborn though and I have a really strong work ethic. Work ethic might seem like an odd thing to reference when talking about a hobby. However, when you take the definition of work, ‘activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result’, it’s easy to see how this could apply to my suggestion.

By no means am I trying to put anybody off comping! That’s actually the exact opposite of why I’m here. I just want to be as honest as I can, so that I don’t give anybody false hope. Comping is great! I have won A LOT of prizes. A rough calculation is that I have received over £11,000 worth of prizes in the past 3 years.

Now, £11,000 for free is not something that many people would turn down. It also isn’t a 3 year salary that many people would accept, certainly not in the western world. So please believe me when I say, to live exclusively from the proceeds of competitions, is practically impossible. Once you’ve accepted that it’s not an easy or quick fix to financial hardship, feel free to get very excited about comping.

Dice universal symbol of luck and chance



How much time and effort is ‘a lot’?

One grey area of course, is that people have different ideas of what ‘a lot’ is. The interpreted value of prizes will also vary greatly from person to person dependent on desire, wealth, lifestyle and personality. I thought, therefore, that it would be helpful to show you my interpretation of ‘a lot’ of effort.

My standard week day during term time – I work from home

  • Wake 6am – Mom duties followed by 1 hour of comping whilst my son gets ready for school
  • Work 8am-3pm with 1 hour break (most of which will be used comping or doing paid studies)
  • 3pm Mom duties until bedtime
  • 7pm – My son goes to bed and I comp for about 1 hour before having a late dinner
  • 9pm – I enter competitions from now until bed time, which is generally between 1.30 and 2.30am. (I don’t sleep well, due to pain)
  • Total estimated competitions entered per day is somewhere between 200 and 400

As you can see, I spend a large percentage of my day entering competitions. Please bear in mind that I have medical conditions, which result in me spending a lot of time sitting. I can only do a maximum of about 30 minutes house work or other physical activity at a time. I realise that it’s incredibly unlikely that the majority of people, parents in particular, will have this much time to contribute to competitions, but it gives you an idea of my effort vs rewards. This provides me with a win ratio of about 1.5 items per week.

There are ways to increase your chances of winning compared to time spent, which I discuss in other posts such as How to maximise your chances. I should also add that my way is not the only way to comp. Some people may disagree with my methods, but it’s what works for me in my given circumstances and it may suit you too!

Fairground attractions with "Big Prizes" sign and fireworks overhead

 

 

 

Keyboard Enter Key with a heart logo on it

Social Media Competitions




What are Social Media Competitions

Seasoned compers, like myself, will have realised a fairly recent and dramatic rise in social media competitions. Companies, brands and even individuals are finding that giveaways help to increase visibility of and interaction with their social media pages.

Other benefits of giveaways include online reviews and brand loyalty. For example, Joe Browns weren’t a company I had ever bought from before, but since winning a top from them, I consider them to be one of my favourite brands. The quality and fit of the prize I received from them instilled faith in their products. I will also be reviewing the various holidays that I win on my blog, once again, providing value to the awarding organisation.

Social Media Poster

What sort of prizes are available and where?

Most social media platforms offer a plethora of prizes. The majority of these are found across Facebook and Twitter. Instagram competitions, however, are becoming increasingly popular too. There are even prizes to be found on Pinterest and Google+ if you look very carefully.

The general rule is, the larger the brand name, the higher the value of the prize offered. Higher valued prizes though, do tend to receive many more entries. This means that you have far more chance of winning a low value prize from a small independent company, than a large TV from a major electrical supplier. A great tip is to leave entering social media competitions to their closing date, this gives you a better idea of how many total entries there will be as you can see the amount of likes or retweets a post has.

The prize type depends largely on the nature of the business. For example, I once won so much bread from Roberts the Bakery, that I fed my extended family for weeks!  Often cinemas give away free tickets or movie merchandise packs and clothing companies tend to give away clothes. I know, shocking!

There are some strange exceptions, however, which I really enjoy stumbling upon. One example was a funeral directors giving away an iPad! I enjoy these little anomalies so much that I have created a monthly competition in their honour . I will award a prize for whatever makes me chuckle the most and my goal is either to find the weirdest prize in general or the most absurd prize in relation to the organisation giving it e.g a vegan bakery giving away a pig’s head.

Weird object example



Entry Methods

The most widely used and easiest entry method is the “like and share” or “retweet to enter” type competitions. These are quick, easy and provide an amazing pay off in comparison to your effort. There are also competitive competitions, where you may have to submit a photo or come up with an idea or caption. These require more time and effort, but generally have far fewer entries, because people can’t be bothered with them. I can recommend entering those if you can find them!

My pet peeve in social media competitions is the ‘tag a friend competitions’. I entirely understand, of course, that the main reason for social media giveaways is to promote their brand to a wider audience. That being said, I just really don’t like tagging people.

I enter so many competitions, that the constant tagging of friends and family is at best annoying and borders on rudeness. Sometimes I will enter ‘tag 1 friend’ competitions, but some ask for 5 tags or more, which is just too much for my very polite nature. This is why I created the Prize Warriors Social Media Group.

 

Monopoly tiles spelling the word "share"