Win More Competitions - Some Inspiration

February 1, 2009 by admin  
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Want to win more prizes? Win more competitions? Of course you do…..

It can be difficult to stay motivated because most long term compers know that there are often dry spells where wins seem few and far between.

Here’s a few inspirational quotes that may just life your spirits in those down times:

I LOVE the first quote, it sits so well with the comping motto of the only way to win more is to enter, enter, enter so this is at the top of the list :)

Brian Tracey - I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often. (motto - enter more competitions and win more prizes!!)

Ray Kroc - Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. (do you get the hint yet> :))

George S. Clason - Men of action are favored by the Goddess of luck.

Robert Collier - All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck - who keeps right on going - is the man who is there when the good luck comes - and is ready to receive it.

These quotes are definitely well suited to comping. When all seems futile, keep going and keep entering you just never know when a life changing win is around the corner :)

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Congratulations to Our First Winner!

Well, it’s official!!! Our First Competition Winner has been drawn:

competition winner announced

competition winner announced

A huge congratulations to Nellbe, who had the 7th valid entry into the competition. I have sent nellbe and email and hope she’ll enjoy her super food ideas subscription!!!
Huge apologies once again for the delays in announcing the winner. It’s funny how just when you get on a roll (starting prizetastic in this case :)) life often manages to throw speed humps in your way… This has been very much the case with prizetastic. Not only has blogging been impossible but so has entering competitions :( I know this means some regular readers have missed out or probably become disheartened with prizetastic, but I guarantee 2009 is going to be a wonderful year here and I’ll make it up to readers and hope to meet lots more people who drop by for some winning tips ;)
But never fear!!! With tonight being New Years Eve I sense lots of fun and winning in the New Year and Prizetastic will now be updated at least 3 times a week by either myself or a fellow comping friend AND will definitely include some great competitions in the New Year (Our next competition is for problogger’s book so don’t miss that one) :)
The problogger Book Competition will start tomorrow! Good Luck Everyone :)
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Top 5 Mistakes When Entering Competitions & Sweepstakes

November 3, 2008 by admin  
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It’s easy to get carried away when you are excited about the possibility of winning a prize.

Not only that, but there’s generally a stack of rules, terms and conditions that you need to follow and keep in mind for every competition or sweepstake that you enter.

Here are my top 5 mistakes that people make when entering Competitions, Contests and Sweepstakes of all sorts.

1 - Being an ineligible Entrant - This can be because they live in the wrong state, are the wrong age, or may have won from a company previously for example. You always need to read eligibility requirements thoroughly.

2 - Forgetting to Enter - I have done this so many times, hoarded away an entry with good intentions of entering, only to remember the day after the close date. You can’t win if your entry is still sitting there with good intentions, so get those entries in as soon as you can.

3 - Lying - It can be tempting to stretch the truth about eligibility, address details, age or any other number of terms and conditions if you are really eager to win a prize. Those who have tried to do this and failed will surely tell you it’s not worth the risk. These days promoters are much more thorough when checking eligibility. Just stick to the truth and you’ll be fine.

4 - Not keeping Proof Of Purchase - This is quite a big mistake and a common one, many people don’t realise that they are required to keep proof of purchase for most competitions that require a product or service as a qualifier to enter. Find a filing system for all your receipts and other goodies that is easiest for you and stick to it. It would be horrible to lose a major prize for lack of receipts.

5 - Not following entry requirements - It can be as high as 50% of entries are disqualified for not following entry requirement instructions. Don’t let that be you! If a competition says to buy a certain product, keep or send in receipts, use a certain size envelope, then it’s important that you do it! The more determined you are to win, the closer attention you should pay to terms and conditions. Making a small mistake could cost you a big prize!!

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Words or Less Answers - Lesson One - Get your creativity Flowing!

October 31, 2008 by admin  
Filed under Creative Answers, winning hints and tips

Over the last couple of days I’ve listed a few competitions that require a “words or less” component. Otherwise referred to as a “tie breaker” answer.

I know that many readers may shy away from these competitions as they don’t feel confident that they can write a winning answer. I’ve written about hints and tips to entering creative competitions before, but nothing really about how to craft your answer.

This time around I will focus on how to get your creativity flowing for the particular answer you are trying to draft.

Some questions and competitions don’t require much thought. In fact sometimes, a great answer will pop straight into your head and you write it down and voila a winning entry is all yours. I absolutely recommend if something unique pops into your head when you first read the question, then use that answer. Most times though, I find i have to put a bit of thought into what I write.

For this purpose I am going to create a fake question just to give you some ideas and inspiration to follow when you are writing your own.

Question: Answer in 25 words or less why a new car would change your life

First step - Write out all the creative words or ideas that you first get pop into your head.

*** This can include things such as wheels, clutch, ride, drive, fast, road, kids, family, shiny, paint, desire, exhaust, tyres, windows, speed, luxury… you get the picture.

Second Step - Take a look at the words you’ve written down and see what pops out to you as your favourites. In this case I am going to say clutch, desire, exhaust, paint, luxury, wheels

(as I am writing this I have no idea what the final answer will be, this really is a process I would follow so we’ll see how it goes.)

Third Step - Start to craft your answer using your creative words. I generally create rhymes, but there are many people who do really well without rhyming and in fact there are promoters that can’t stand rhymes so the choice is up to you.

**** My answer - using the words clutch, desire, exhaust, paint, luxury, wheels

I’m “exhaust”ed being a mum, “Clutch”ing at my desires, I’d “wheely” love to have some fun, and a brand new set of “tyres”

As you can see, I ended up using the word “tyres” but I’m happy with the final result. It takes a bit of fiddling with words, but the end result is definately worth it.

I hope that helped :)

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5 MUST know tips for Entering Competitions and Sweepstakes.

October 20, 2008 by admin  
Filed under Featured, winning hints and tips

I’m so glad that readers discovering my blog are getting interested in entering competitions, contests and sweepstakes for themselves. It’s really so amazing to get notified that you’ve won something, and somebody has to win all these prizes that companies give away, so it might as well be you!!!

There are some really important things you have to take note of when you enter some competitions, so I thought I would write this quick start guide for anyone new to “comping” so you can be sure that your first entries are not disqualified, or money isn’t wasted on products purchased for competitions.

Tip 1: Check eligibility - Before you take the time to enter a competition, the first thing you should do is check you are eligible to enter. Check clauses in the terms and conditions such as age requirements, geographical limitations (is the competition only open to certain states)

Tip 2: Purchase Requirements - If a competition requires you to make a product purchase (this is illegal in some countries and states but applies to most states of Australia). It is important to check that you are buying the correct product and product size.

I’ve been caught out buying the 200g for example when only the 500g version of a product was eligible for entry. There may also be specific varieties required for purchase, such as a diet yoghurt and not the full fat version of the same company. Read the terms and conditions closely and stick to them as much as you possibly can.

Tip 3: Proof of Purchase - In those states and countries that are legally able to request product purchase for entry, many will require proof of purchase is kept and produced by the winner before the prize will be awarded. Before I really got into “Comping” as a hobby, I entered several product competitions without keeping my register receipts.

It’s always best if you are in doubt to file your receipt. It’s a horrible feeling thinking you’ve lost a receipt and having to search the house top to bottom if you need to produce proof of purchase.

Tip 4: Write Clearly - It’s really important to write clearly on entry forms. If the company or promoters can’t read your writing, there’s no way for them to contact you to advise of your win. Always take the time to write your details clearly and consisely onto entry forms and coupons. It’s worth the extra effort.

Tip 5: Check Prize Details - If you are tempted to spend money on a product to enter a competition, it’s important to first be sure that you can take the prize if it’s something like a holiday. Many holiday prizes are non transferrable and only allowed to be redeemed between a certain time. Check the fine print before you enter, or enter in a partner’s name if they have a more flexible job for example and would be more likely to fit a hoiday win into their schedule if there’s a chance you may not.

The same can be said for prizes that are awarded to home owners for renovations. Often these prizes will be in the form of cheque. Some are able to be transferred to another person, but some will be forfeited for those who are renting.

A quick skim of the terms and conditions will tell you everything you need to know.

So there you go, these are the basic things you need to keep in mind before you jump in head first and buy products in order to enter competitions. The most important thing I tell anyone interested in starting out in this hobby is to read the terms and conditions. This also goes for free online sweepstakes and competitions. There’s no point wasting time if you’re not eligible.

Now get out there, enter and win… GOOD LUCK :)

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How to Write Great Competition and Sweepstake Answers!

October 11, 2008 by admin  
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If there’s one type of competition or sweepstake worth entering, it’s those that require a skill based answer in order for your entry to be valid.

You know the type…. to win, just answer this question “blah blah blah” in 25 words or less.

In Australia these are called “words or less” (WOL) competitions, generally they are known as “tie-breakers” or “slogan” contests in other countries such as the UK or US.

No matter which country you are entering these competitions in, the main principals for winning are the same. Sure, it takes practice, patience and sometimes hard work to produce a winning answer, but you’d be surprised what answers win sometimes. It can just be a “top of your head” few words.

Here’s my top tips for now about how to increase your chances of winning this type of competition:

Make sure you enter: As a general rule, the number of entries into these types of competitions is much lower, this in turn means you have a greater chance of winning.

Enter ANYTHING: If you can’t think of a clever, funny or stand out entry believe me when I say it REALLY doesn’t matter. Enter anything that comes to the top of your head, even if it seems silly. You have to be in it to win it, and you just really never know what the judges are looking for. Revert back to tip one in this case also, if you find it hard to enter, then chances are so does everyone else :)

Stand Out: OK, so this is easier said than done sometimes. There are lucky moments when witty or funny answers pop into my head, and other times I can’t seem to think of anything to write. But if you can, especially if you have skills with writing humour or wit, make your entries stand out in this way. Totally left of field way out entries can also work well.

Feature the Product or Company: It is often possible to include the product or company featuring the competition in your answer. Use one of their slogans and put a twist on it, use the product name, and make the representatives feel good about your praise of the product.

No single method is a guarantee for winning these competitions, and of course there is much  more to discuss, but for now, don’t be scared of entering words or less competitions, give it a go and you just never know when a prize might arrive on your doorstep :D

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Finding Motivation To Enter Competitions & Sweepstakes

October 1, 2008 by admin  
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Ok, so it sounds a bit weird that someone who’s main hobby is winning things would find motivating themself hard!

But if you’ve been entering competitions or sweepstakes as a hobby for a while, then chances are you know exactly what I mean when I say that sometimes you just can’t be bothered entering anything no matter how lucrative or exciting the prizes might seem.

Burnout is actually quite common in this hobby surprisingly enough. In my experience, and many “compers” and “sweepers” I have spoken to, burnout tends to happen anywhere from 6 months to a year after you first start entering really heavily, or after a life distraction that takes your attention away for a while, when you have other major commitments, or sadly after a long string of losses.

Never fear, there are some ways to get your motivation boosted again.

I have said before that it’s not always best to enter anything and everything. This definately applies if you are short of time, or in the United States where taxes are applicable on prize wins. HOWEVER, there’s always an exception to the rule.

If you are having a down time because you haven’t won anything, stop focusing on only prizes you would like to win, and enter as many things as you can possibly enter. Once a win comes your way (and we all know the more you enter the more chance you have) it may only be a CD, but that CD or small prize always brings with in renewed vigour.

If your down time is due to time constraints, or other major events in your life, my last post on entering on limited time should help out. Focus only on prizes you want, and allocate a designated entering time each day. Fit it into your schedule and soon you will wonder why it felt so hard to do!

If, like me lately there’s  no real reason, just be sure to enter at least ONE competition, contest or sweepstake each day. This month I have really changed things up a bit and am focusing on mail in competitions which isnt normally something I do. I even got creative with an entry which I will post a picture of shortly.

All in all, if you really can’t find the motivation and haven’t entered or won anything in a while, don’t beat yourself up over it, the motivation will come back to you for sure, find someone who loves chatting about your hobby with you, it’s always fun to have a buddy to enter sweepstakes and competitions with. Dream about winning and alert each other to great competitions that are running!

Chat Soon xx

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Time Saving Tips for Entering Competitions and Sweepstakes.

September 22, 2008 by admin  
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Just like any other mother, wife, student and hobbyist, I often find it hard to keep up with all my daily tasks. There’s 3 littlies to take care of, my husband, my studies which often seem to be behind, and of course there’s my comping :)

Mostly, it seems to be my comping that falls by the wayside, closely followed by my studies. That’s definately been the case over the last few days, I have entered only around 10 Competitions over the entire weekend!! That’s definately not many :(

So today, my goal is to try and enter at least 10 competitions, which can feel like 100 when you are tired and really not in the mood…. but of course, it only takes one prize win to shift that unmotivated feeling into elation and joy!!
So here’s a few quick tips for how to save time when entering competitions, contests or sweepstakes (depending on which country you’re from LOL)

  • Only enter things you know you want or can use - It’s pointless entering a competition for a cd that you’ll never listen to and then missing out on entering a draw for cash, a car or even the chance to win that much desired holiday. Believe me, i’ve done this myself… put thought into a “words or less” slogan answer for a competition, realise it’s now past midnight and skim down the list just a tiny bit further to see I could have been entering a competition to win $5000 instead!!! So now, if I won’t listen to it or don’t know anyone who would then I just don’t enter, I leave the prize for someone who would really love it.
  • Set aside an our a day specifically just to enter competitions - Fit entering competitions into your schedule and your lifestyle. If you know you have an hour (or however long you dedicate) each day to enter as many competitions as possible, you’ll be surprised how motivated and focussed you become. Remember, don’t procrastinate, just enter and move on, it’s better to be in the draw than still thinking about entering!!
  • Get Family Members Involved - If you find yourself really short of time, ask your partner to fill out entry forms or write out envelopes for you. If your kids are old enough, get them helping, after all if you win then everyone reaps the rewards and excitement after all :)

Ok, that’s enough blabbing, I’m off to finish my 10 entries for today.. only 2 done so far!!!

Happy Winning :)

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How do you win Prizes?

September 17, 2008 by admin  
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When people first start entering competitions as a hobby, or out of curiosity, one of the most common questions is “How to win”?

That’s a really question to answer, simply because there are hundreds of tips, tricks and techniques you can use to increase your chances of winning. Not only that, it depends on the competition in question, and the company running the competition, different companies prefer different entries when it comes to winning word or less competitions, some instant wins “go off” at certain times and sometimes that time can be figured out,

For the most part, winning competitions really is about luck, sure there are times when circumstances make it easier for you to win, but really the more you enter, the greater your odds of winning a prize, its really as simple as that.

When I remember, I will try and track on here how many competitions I have entered for a day, and report back on any wins, just for interest…. some weeks or months the prizes seem to roll in, and then there’s other months where you seem to enter, enter, enter and the wins just don’t happen :(

May the prizes roll your way xx

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