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A few months ago I started entering competitions, with very little success to date and by little I mean none, zilch, nothing, but I haven’t enough half as many competitions as I need to change this.
As a newbie to comping the lack of wins might ordinarily have stopped me entering, I’m a master at talking myself out of doing something if I don’t see instant results.
I thought I’d write this post to give you an insight what to expect as a new to entering competitions and provide resources that might help you increase your chances.
Is entering competitions worthwhile?
The fact that you might not win anything shouldn’t deter you.
There are hundreds if not thousands of competitions being run all the time and it’s a numbers game, the more that you enter the more likely that you are going to win something.
Big prizes are nice but don’t neglect those little prizes too.
But the thrill of the win shouldn’t be your only motivation for entering a competition as you will only set yourself up for disappointment if the win is all you’re going for.
So what’s the point in entering if I’m not entering to win it?
I know it’s not the taking part that matters when entering competitions, you are entering to win something, but just knowing that for a little bit of time in your day, you might be given something that you want or need is exciting.
Keeps you occupied
Comping is a great way of occupying your time.
You might be busy enough not to need your time occupying, but if you do get half an hour to yourself or longer, why not take a little time out with your tablet or laptop searching for competitions to enter.
Some important considerations before you entering competitions
Decide what do you want to win?
Don’t waste your time entering a competition just for the sake of entering a competition, be selective, your time is precious after all.
I personally enter competitions for electronics and things that I think that my wife would like for the home.
Are you going to enter free or paid for competitions or those that require a purchase or some other form of effort?
Not all competitions are made equal and you will find that there are those that will require more effort than others to enter. The more effort that a competition requires to enter the more likely that fewer people are going to enter therefore increasing your chances.
Are you prepared to stick at it when you don’t win anything?
Like I said earlier, entering competitions is a numbers game and if you go into them thinking that everytime you stick your name, email address and telephone number in a form is going to result in a knock at the door you will soon become disappointed and likely to quit.
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It’s boring, but a necessary evil. You don’t want to be signing up to something that you don’t want, or win something that you aren’t able to accept due to the fact that you aren’t able to take the time off to go on that luxury holiday that you have just won.
Are you going to set up a dedicated email address?
If you want to keep your comping past time separate from your everyday email address, then setting up an email strictly for entering competitions is advisable.
The last thing you want is to be bombarded with marketing material from companies because you have accidentally agreed to them using your information for this purpose, but remember that you can always unsubscribe.
But doesn’t entering competitions take a lot of time?
That depends on you and the competitions that you are going to enter.
If you are only going to enter those competitions that require you to enter a form then these will not take as much time as those that require an element of skill or imagination.
Entering competitions will take as much or as little time as you are prepared to put into it.
If you are going to spend a lot of time entering competitions I’d recommend that you also set up a spreadsheet so that you can record all of the competitions that you enter.
Where to find competitions
This is where you have to be particularly careful.
Unsurprisingly there are people out there that are looking to take advantage and set up scam competitions purely for the sake of data mining your information to commit fraud in your name, or seeking to sell on that information to the highest bidder.
It is with that you should only look at entering competitions from companies that you recognise or are recommended by other compers.
Your favourite magazine, television programme or your favourite website will no doubt hold regular competitions so this is a good place to start.
Don’t forget that companies will also run competitions on social networks so make sure that you are searching hashtags for certain keywords such as #competitions #win
Resources that you are going to find useful when starting out
There are a number of websites that can take the effort out of searching for competitions and these include:
- If you are want a comprehensive list of competitions that are ending soon or looking for a directly of prizes Loquax is a great place to find those competitions worth entering.
- moneySavingExperts own competition time forum
- SuperLucky.Me offers tips and help about entering competitions. Di Coke also has written a book called SuperLucky Secrets featuring information that has helped her bag over £300,000 worth of prizes.
- theprizefinder is very popular, but this is a direct marketing company, and all the data that they collect is used for direct marketing purposes, they share your data with other companies and brands within their group, groups of recipients within specific industry sectors and marketing service providers
- Don’t let the fact that you aren’t winning regularly deter you
- Only enter competitions for those things that you really want
- Make sure that you only enter competitions from companies that you know or are recommended by other compers
- Check you email junk box, there is nothing worse than trawling through your junk box and finding out that you have missed out on the deadline for claiming your prize.