What will competitions be like in 100 years?

 

 

Competitions, contents or sweepstakes as they’re known in America, have been around for thousands of years. The Romans were known to make crazy bets with their gladiators and in ancient Greece prizes of medallions were given out to winning victors in the Olympics. Then there was the introduction of lotteries and prizes for literature and the arts. Fast forward to today where the beginnings of the internet and ease of email, we can enter to win a round the world trip.

 

Our lives are full of competition in one form or another and like our lives, contests will evolve with the times. The emergence of new technology will be the catalyst of such change. Here are my predictions of what competitions will be like in 100 years:

 

Virtual Reality

The internet changed the world and the next big thing in marketing will be Virtual Reality. No doubt promoters will find a way to capitalize on games and other entertainment when we are fully immersed in other worlds. Our contact details will be tied to our accounts and competitions will be quick to enter with a swipe of a hand.

 

Digital Currencies  

The rise of Bitcoin and other digital currencies will force many marketers to innovate with their prizes. I predict there will be competitions where Bitcoin money will be the prize. Physical prizes will slowly die as digital currency become more valuable and popular.

 

Hologram

Have you ever seen The Fifth Element Movie? The movie is set in the future and there is hologram advertising everywhere! Mail (yes, there’s still physical mail) gets delivered instantaneously through mail shoots. Messages are delivered fast and advertising invades our every public space. Marketers will find a way to engage and get our details through direct advertising and hologram contests.

 

Competitions change and they come and go but fundamentally the objective is the same, to conquer and win! Happy comping everyone.

How to solve the biggest problem with Competitions

 

 

The biggest problem with completions is losing, and the discouragement that comes with it. It’s a problem none us want or like but it is a necessary truth we must live with. The antidote for losing of course is winning! But we can’t win all the time, that is just a fact. So how can we deal with the biggest problem with competitions, here are a few ideas.

I remember when I was sitting in my car and I got a phone call from a radio station. It was for a trip to Mykonos. I couldn’t believe it. I pulled over and waited my turn to answer the ‘golden’ question. I was second in line so slightly disadvantaged but better off than the first person. When the radio DJ asked the question to me, I went with the first thing that popped into my head. Big mistake. I totally blew it. I actually did know the answer. It took me days if not weeks to get over. I was so close! If I had of just took my time to answer the question, maybe the correct answer would have come to me. Afterwards I was so upset with myself. I was completely discouraged with everything in my life including competitions.

Discouragement

To get over discouragement I decided to pick myself up and keep positive and move to the next competition. It’s important to not compare yourself to other winners and forgive yourself. It took me a long time to get over it but I do wish I had of just dusted off my negativity and got on with things.

Enter and forget

With problems come opportunities so every time you enter just forget about the competition and enter the next. If you put all your hopes and dreams in a few buckets you can’t see the stream ahead. Whether it’s a small loss or a big one that just go away and you were so close, remember there are thousands of competition ready for you to try again.

Lastly, don’t think of ‘losing’ as a problem. I know I’m contradicting myself but like all problems we see (and it is all perception), we feel we need to ‘fix’ them. Losing is part of the game with competitions. In fact losing is a part of life. If it were easy to win, it wouldn’t be so much fun. The reward feels so much better when we’ve hustled and struggled to get it. Happy comping compers!

Achieving Balance in a World of Competitions

 

 

Competitions can be exhilarating and exciting to enter and be a part of. Who doesn’t want to daydream about winning tons of prizes and sometimes those daydreams come true. But it’s important to balance our hobbies with life. After all, we all have many hobbies, interests, passions and of course family and work obligations to take care of. It can be easy to lose track and put our eggs all in one basket.

There have been times in my own life when I’ve been extremely determined to win and have spent probably too much time on competitions.

So if you’re struggling with balance this post is for you. Here are a few tips to achieve a �?competitions-life’ balance:

 

Self-care

It’s important to take care of yourself and completely shut off. That might mean going digital free for a few days, a weekend away or going to yoga. Whatever time out is for you, do it, schedule it in and put it on your to do list regularly. Block out the time and commit to it. You can’t accomplish much (including entering competitions) if you’re not looking after your body, mind and soul.

 

Get your priorities straight

Take a step back and remember what really matters. Make a list if you have to but make your priorities and their importance clear to yourself and to the people who are close to you. It’s easy to go down the rabbit hole and over do things so get things straight and realign your priorities.

 

Drop your expectations

Give up the need to know what will happen tomorrow. We’re constantly being told everything is in our control and the more work and effort we put in, the more results we will get out, but there is a level of randomness to life we don’t want to believe, most things are out of our control so drop the expectations and go with the flow. A little bit of everything and unattachment goes a long way.

 

 Be efficient

Getting organized and being strict with your time will help you achieve a competitions-life balance. Cultivating an efficient mind-set is going to help you achieve more in less time while still fulfilling you pursuing your hobbies and your obligations.

 

Achieving balance doesn’t have to be hard. It is possible to win at everything in life, just not all the time. Happy comping everyone!

The Benefits of Joining a Competition Club

 

 

There are so many benefits to joining any club of any kind for whatever hobby you have but joining a competition club like Competitions.com.au will be the one thing that will give an edge over anyone else.

 

We all want to win prizes and save time and the hobby clubs are the perfect place to organise, share and learn.

 

Here are just a few benefits of joining a competition club or sweepstakes website:

 

Number of competitions

This is the true beauty of a competition website, it has thousands of active competitions listed in an easy to see format. Competitions are posted by community members for the sole use of members. This makes sites like Competitions.com.au a large storehouse of competitions saving you heaps of time giving you the opportunity to enter lots at a time.

 

Organisation

Competition websites and clubs are designed for your convenience. You can see how to enter, the expiry date and the state for eligibility. Filter for most popular, the prize pool or ending soon, making it even quicker to find comps to enter.

 

Sharing information

Don’t you love it when you get insider knowledge about something? The great thing about being a part of a community is all the tips and tricks of the game. Any advice or edge you can get is good in my book.

 

Learning

If you had no idea how to write a 25 word or less answer and now you know, you can relate to this one. There are many things the ordinary folk don’t know about competitions. By constantly learning in a community of like-minded compers ,we learn and grow together.

 

Joining a competition club will be the single best thing you do, next to winning of course!

Inbox Zero and How to Achieve it

 

 

Have you ever noticed when you enter a whole bunch of competitions and the next thing you find your inbox is full? The byproduct of entering competitions is often a tsunami of newsletters and emails. Managing your personal emails with your hobby can be tricky. It can feel like a losing battle at times. The competition cycle often repeats itself, as you enter more competitions, you get more emails!

Complicating things are, some promoters require you to be �?subscribed’ until the draw date so unsubscribing is not really an option at least for a while.

But you can get a grip on your inbox and achieve that illusive inbox zero. Here are a few tips:

 

Keep separate emails for competitions

If you really don’t like your personal emails mixing with your hobby, the solution might be to separate the two but make sure you check your inbox regularly for a winning email.

 

Create folders

Filling away emails for later can help the dreaded overwhelm when you’re a comper. After all, we’re all looking for that winning email! Folders will help you get organised while prioritising your inbox.

 

Learn to love the delete button

Delete, delete, delete! Tap it. Click it. Scan it. Don’t hesitate. Don’t think, just hit delete. I promise, you won’t miss that email.

 

If it’s safe to do so, unsubscribe

This can be tricky when some competitions require you to be subscribed during the competition period. But a quick search on Competitions.com.au can discover if that competition has expired and it will save you time in the long run.

 

There’s nothing better than that satisfied feeling of reaching inbox zero. Happy comping everyone!

Good Competition Karma and how you can earn it

 

 

If you’re a person who believes you make your own luck, then isn’t it highly probable you can ‘earn’ it too? Karma, in simple terms can be defined as good or bad luck, viewed as resulting from one’s actions. That is, your actions in the comping world can affect your luck and improve your results. Seems highly probable and possible to me.

 

Whatever your views, it doesn’t hurt to try and earn some good comping karma along the way. Whatever cant tip the odds in our favor, right?

So here are some ways you can start earning a visit from lady luck:

  • Subscribing to the promoters mailing list. I’m often tempted to skip and uncheck the box that says ‘Subscribe to our newsletter!’ and if its not required in the terms and conditions, I often won’t do it but this is the perfect way to earn some good comping karma.
  • Helping other compers out. Sharing is caring. Next time you see a fellow comper who needs help or a competition needs code words. Don’t hesitate or think twice, help your fellow compers out.
  • Sharing competitions when you’re not asked to. Many competitions today require you to share in order to enter but I like to share the competition on social media regardless if I have to or not. Promoters like it and yes its good comping karma!
  • Saying thank you to the promoter. I must admit, I love it when I see comments from people to the promoter saying thank you. It’s a nice gesture and good manners too.

There are many opportunities to earn good comping karma. The trick is to identify them and take advantage of them. Wishing lots of good comping karma to everyone!

4 reasons you’re not winning and what to do about it

 

 

It’s only natural to feel discouraged and disheartened after you’ve been entering competitions for what seems like ages. Entering day after day or for most compers years and to only have a few prizes to show for it. When there seems like there’s little reward for so much effort. Here are four reasons you’re not winning and what you can do about it:

  1. You’re entering the wrong competitions: The most popular competitions are the big brands and the bigger they are the more people who enter them. Try entering more smaller competitions from lesser known companies.
  2. You’re just not entering enough: You think you enter a lot but get lost down the rabbit hole of forums and surfing the net and only end up entering a few competitions a week. This is not enough! If you really want to win something, it’s purely a numbers game, the more you enter the more chances you have. Pure and simple.
  3. You’re trying to ‘wing it’ with your 25 word or less answers: You know you’re answers lack originally and creativity but you enter them anyway. You don’t read the question properly and come up with an answer on the fly. Most judges will read 600 or so answers. Sure some won’t read and will choose at random. Do not hope (see next point) yours get picked. Dress to impress and you will get noticed.
  4. You’re just hoping for the best: If only things were this easy. Little effort plus random luck equals big prize. Sure it happens and you hear about but that’s why you hear about it because its so rare! Don’t depend on hope. Tip the odds in your favour and make your own luck.

So there you have it, It might have been a little harsh but we all needed to hear it! Happy comping compers!

How Walt Disney can help you win

 

 

“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

— Walt Disney

 

Walt Disney was an expert on making dreams become reality. Entering competitions is making your dreams come true one competition at a time. The special secret he used were the four Cs. They were Curiosity, Confidence, Courage and Constance and here’s how to apply them to the comping life:

 

Curiosity

Having curiosity is the life blood of a comper. Always be on the hunt for the next competition, trip, win and everything in-between and you’ll never get bored with your hobby.

 

Confidence

We are all riddled with self-doubt and negative talk. What if we don’t win. What if we don’t deserve to win. What if we can’t come up with a clever 25 word or less answer. What if we’re not creative enough for creative comp. Have confidence in yourself and your abilities and yes you are worthy of winning!

 

Courage

We need courage because we are faced with criticism from family and friends. We need courage to continue when we don’t win anything for months. We need courage to feel worthy of the big wins and the small ones too. Have courage and as the Nike saying goes ‘Just do it!’.

 

Constancy

The formula is simple. Being constant, consistent and persistent is the key to getting anything you want. Enter as many competitions as you can, when you can and the odds are guaranteed to be tipped in your favour.

 

Use Walt Disney’s four Cs and watch yourself win in every way.

Second Chance Draws and what you need to know

 

 

I don’t know about you but when I see a competition has a second chance draw, yes! More chances to win. And I know many compers who have won prizes just with a second chance draw. So here what you need to know about second chance draws:

 

 Why do Completions have second chance draws?

  • The winner cannot be contacted
  • The winner cannot provide proof of purchase with a receipt or barcode
  • The winner cannot provide winning token to the promoter
  • The winner did not fulfil all his/her requirements in the terms and conditions
  • Prize has been forfeited

How to prepare for a second chance draw

Firstly, a competition is never really over until the winner receives their prize. The most common reason a second chance draw is taking place is because the winner cannot provide proof of purchase. This can be either a receipt, barcode or both. It’s also highly possible the product wasn’t bought at the right store or within the competition period as stated in the terms and conditions. We’ve all been there, it’s sometimes just an accident by the comper. Whatever the reason, the best way to prepare for a second chance draw is to keep all your receipts, tokens, barcodes and more!

Keep all competition related receipts and documents for a minimum of 6 months as sometimes second chance draws are conducted months after the competition has closed. This way you will be fully prepared when or if the time comes and avoid disappointment as another winner will picked after you.

Second chance draws are a compers dream because they are just that- a second chance!

You know you’re addicted to competitions when…

 

 

Here’s a fun post for all the experienced and newbie compers out there! I think you can relate!

You know you’re addicted to competitions when…..

  • You buy dog food and you don’t have a dog.
  • You have a pantry full of food with no labels.
  • You miss your stop because you were too busy entering competitions on your phone.
  • You don’t think twice about going out of your way to shop at a different supermarket.
  • You enter your friends and family in competitions with their emails just for the fun of it.
  • You call/email promoters to put in a ‘good word’.
  • You check your emails whenever you have a spare moment, seeing if you’ve won anything.
  • You pull over and take note of abandoned trolleys for the trolley tracker competitions at supermarkets.
  • You drive your family to a car dealership just to put an entry in the barrel even though you can’t afford a new car.
  • You get excited when the mailman comes to your house.
  • Your passwords are all positive affirmations to win prizes.
  • You tell people about your latest favourite competition and get the eye roll way too many times.
  • You have a draw that’s overflowing with barcodes and receipts but you can’t seem to throw them away.
  • You think in rhymes and try and to recruit family to help you with a 25 word or less answer.
  • You regularly Google ‘win’, ‘competition’ and ‘prizes’.
  • The perfect day to you is staying home and comping!

It could go on and on. Happy comping everyone!