Survey Says…

 

 

We are excited to announce the release of Surveys on Competitions.com.au

You can now be paid for answering short 3-20 minute surveys from a range of interesting topics and influence decisions of the world’s top brands.

How it works

  1. Visit theWe are excited to announce the release of Surveys on Competitions.com.auYou can now be paid for answering short 3-20 minute surveys from a range of interesting topics and influence decisions of the world’s top brands.How it works
    1. Visit the  Surveys section of Competitions.com.au
      2. Select the “Take Survey” button to begin a survey
      3. Respond honestly to the questions
      4. Complete the survey and be rewarded
      You could have paid surveys waiting for you now.
      We value your privacy. We will never pass your contact details to a third party without your permission. Your opinion counts; Your responses will be used by brands and researchers to help shape the products and services you use.
      Want to know more?
    • You will be rewarded in “Comp Bux” our rewards system
    • Exchange Comp Bux for cash
    • 10,200 points = $100
    • Once your account reaches more than $30 you can request to be paid
    • Receive payment as a direct deposit into your bank account
    • You will be told the amount of points rewarded and the estimated length of the survey at the beginning of each survey
    • You will receive the points for completing the survey
    • If you do not qualify for the survey (and you are screened out) you will still be rewarded a small amount of points for your effort

    Still want to know more, then post a comment here

    You could have paid surveys waiting for you now.

    section of Competitions.com.au
    2. Select the “Take Survey” button to begin a survey
    3. Respond honestly to the questions
    4. Complete the survey and be rewarded
    You could have paid surveys waiting for you now.
    We value your privacy. We will never pass your contact details to a third party without your permission. Your opinion counts; Your responses will be used by brands and researchers to help shape the products and services you use.
    Want to know more?

  • You will be rewarded in “Comp Bux” our rewards system
  • Exchange Comp Bux for cash
  • 10,200 points = $100
  • Once your account reaches more than $30 you can request to be paid
  • Receive payment as a direct deposit into your bank account
  • You will be told the amount of points rewarded and the estimated length of the survey at the beginning of each survey
  • You will receive the points for completing the survey
  • If you do not qualify for the survey (and you are screened out) you will still be rewarded a small amount of points for your effort

Still want to know more, then post a comment here

You could have paid surveys waiting for you now.

Snap Happy

 

 

Never has it been so easy to take photos. Most of us have mobile phones with inbuilt cameras. Digital cameras are becoming quite sophisticated and small enough to carry in a purse or top pocket. There are also many ways to instantly copy, crop and enhance and then send your snaps to family or friends or upload them to your Facebook page, Instagram, Flickr or a website. It is no wonder that photo competitions are becoming more and more popular by the day.

Once it was only professional photographers who entered competitions. Now they are open to just about anyone. They can be fun, creative and as many other compers don’t want to go to the bother of entering them, there may be a better chance of winning a prize for your efforts.

Since January I have won three prizes for photographs. My husband is a keen amateur photographer and out computer is jam-packed with photos from all kinds of family occasions and holidays around the country. So many I certainly have plenty to choose from whenever I need a photo and my husband doesn’t mind as I always acknowledge that they are his creation. This partnership seems to be working well!

Photo competitions can be based on just about any theme but some of the most popular ones seem to include:-

(1)   Babies and children. These are always popular, especially in parenting magazines and websites. Often the prizes are very attractive too. If you are a proud parent or grandparent you probably already have plenty of these or are more than willing to take some that might be suitable.

(2)   People having fun. Those with lots of happy, smiling faces and can be useful depending of course on the theme of the competition.

(3)   Landscapes and interesting tourist or historical sites. It is always a good policy to take as many as you can while on holidays. They could come in handy at any time and you can always crop or change the view to make them even more interesting.

(4)   Unusual objects or events or scenes taken from an atypical perspective or cropped in tight to reveal something different. Again, it should meet the criteria of the competition theme. And, you never know when you might need them and this exercise can be a bit of fun too.

Pretty much the same rules apply to photo competitions as with other competitions. These include – always stick to the theme and answer the question – make sure your entry is in before the closing date – take care when filling out the entry form – and always read the terms and conditions and any other fine print. However with photo competitions it is also vital you’re your images will impress the judges. Make sure they are unique, sharp with good contrast and the colours are natural (unless you have opted for black and white, which could be interesting). Many photo competitions are just after something fun that goes with their theme. Always make sure you are authorised to share the photos whether published in a magazine or online. Copyright laws are strict and apply to photos as well as written works therefore they must be your own work and not taken from another source.

I have one more tip from my personal experience. If you are not sure about uploading photos to Instagram from your mobile phone or you don’t have one, you can download bluestacks (www.bluestacks.com) onto your PC or Mac and use that instead. It will install a program where you can access android or iphone apps through your computer. That is what I do.

Finally anyone really keen on the idea of photo competitions might like to take a wander around www.photocompetitions.com.au.

 

Everyone needs a getaway by Kenny Louie

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Scam Spotting

 

 

Scams of all kinds have probably been around since time immemorial. Now with the ever-present internet in our daily lives, scams are becoming more common and sophisticated from Nigerian inheritance notifications arriving in our inboxes to fake charities looking for donations to potential love interests on dating websites asking for financial assistance from desperate singles in search of romance. Competitions can also be scams with fake organisers luring willing participants with promises of big prizes then collecting personal data that they then pass on or banking details they can then access.

I haven’t been targeted for too many scams yet although I do have the occasional email informing me that I have won something. When I look a little further into it I know I haven’t won because I also know that I haven’t even entered it. Most of these come from overseas and I never enter international competitions because I am rarely eligible. Mostly these come into my spam box so these are fairly easy to detect and delete.

What I do find irritating is the phone calls I get from businesses and charities after filling out an entry form with a questionnaire. I assume the information and contact details are passed on without my awareness. They aren’t exactly scams though and I can handle them. Thank heavens for caller ID!

Here are some clues I have picked up during the last few months to spot scammers:-

  1. Check that the competitions you are entering are legitimate by looking to their websites. Do a Google search or contact then my email or phone if you are not sure.
  2. Only provide as much personal information in an entry form that you are comfortable with. If you think they ask for too much, give it a miss.
  3. Don’t fall into a trap of handing over money or providing your banking details in order to claim a big prize (or any prize for that matter). Legitimate competitions don’t require this.
  4. If you get an email saying you are a winner or have won a prize, do not reply straight away or click on any links, even ‘unsubscribe’ until you have checked that you have actually entered it and it is legitimate.
  5. Be wary of filling our long detailed questionnaires attached to of following an entry form. The organisers are most probably compiling the information to sell on to third parties who will definitely contact you in the near future.
  6. Compare notes with other compers in Forums or chat rooms or with your comping friends. Others have probably been scammed (or at least approached by scammers) before and will often have good advice on these and other matters.

The best advice to follow is simply the old saying ‘if it looks too good to be true, it probably is’. It is easy to get carried away by the mention of ‘win’ or ‘prize’ and don’t assume that the world is a safe place to spend time. It isn’t so take care because according to the government website ScamWatch (www.scamwatch.gov.au) Australians are handing over $7million a month to internet and telephone scammers. Unexpected prize scams can involve an email, phone call or SMS with the notification of a fake prize where you are encouraged to call a 190 number (which can be very expensive) in order to claim it. Scams hurt many people so if you think anyone you know is being targeted by a scammer, report it immediately through the scamwatch website or call 1300 795 995 to spread the word.

Having said all that about scams there are still hundreds, if not thousands of competitions operating at any given time for real run by reputable companies and organisers. What I have decided to do (for the next few months at least) is to make a list f my favourite products and brands and websites that I can trust and stick to those competitions for a while until I find my comping feet and keep a watchful eye out for scammers.

The scam truck by Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier
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Inspiration

 

 

There is a lot resting on those ‘25 words or less’ answers to competitions. Just a quick survey of the myriad of awesome prizes that await a dedicated comper who can turn their words into something creative that will stand out from the rest, shows this. While a large number of entries submitted to a random draw are more likely to increase your chances of winning, in a skills-based competition it will be the quality of your entry that might make it one of the top ones for consideration by the judges.

With this in mind I have been doing a lot of thinking and a little bit of research to enable me to enter the most reputable competitions with the best entries I can create. Sometimes it’s hard to get inspired but I have recently come across an interesting site – www.winspiration.co.uk. It is full of all the words you might find useful in coming up with a catchy paragraph or rhyme. This site also gave me my first two pieces of good advice. That is to be prepared and think theme.

Christmas and New Year have already come and gone. So have Australia Day, Valentines Day and St Patricks Day. So many of the competitions over the last few months have had questions based on themes around these key dates. With Easter closing in fast and in order to get a head start on other compers, its time to think Easter. We’re talking Easter hat parades, chocolates, Easter eggs, Easter holidays. There is very likely to be questions such as ‘what is your favourite destination for your Easter holidays?’ or ‘your favourite chocolate recipe’ or the like. Any photos you have stored away with Easter themes might come in handy too. Mothers Day in May will be next but why not get even more prepared by thinking winter too. Such as winter sports, your favourite winter recipes, snow and skiing and how you love to spend your winter nights.

The third piece of advice that I have gained from personal experience is to be a little quirky. Easier for some than others, I must admit. It just takes a little time to think outside the square, play with some words and ideas and come up with something a little different. I find a walk around the block helps. Chatting with a friend or two can also start a new train of thought. But don’t be too worried if you can’t come up with something unusual, just give it your best shot.

It is always a good idea to mention the sponsor’s brand or product in your answer but only if it makes sense and doesn’t look too much like you are just trying to impress them and haven’t given much other thought to your answer. There needs to be a genuine feeling about it too as they want it to reflect their brand and may use it for further promotion. Those are my forth and fifth pieces of advice.

The sixth involves an ongoing conundrum – to rhyme or not to rhyme. As these skilled-based competitions are judged and all judges have different ideas about what entries will be entitled to win prizes, it is difficult to know in advance whether a rhyming answer will impress or not. If you can put in more than one entry you could try one rhyming one and one non-rhyming one. Otherwise you might just have to take a punt. I have won prizes with rhyming answers and I still do submit them but I try not to be too corny. If you don’t feel creative enough to rhyme your answers have a look at www.rhymer.com. That might help.

Finally it is vital to always keep to the word count. If it is 25 words they are after, then make sure you only write 25 words. Some entry forms count the words for you which is very useful if you are making it up on the spot, but I prefer to think about the answers for a while first, write them on a piece of paper and when I am completely sure I can do no better, enter them. But I am a little old school. For those who might like help with counting their words online I suggest trying www.wordcounter.net. It will count words and characters.

*inspiration* by Cornelia Kopp
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