A Yearly Review for all Compers

 

 

The year is not over yet that’s for sure but soon it will be that time of the year where we evaluate and review all things competition related. I hope you’ve had a winning year and had oodles of fun! If not I’m sure 2016 is going to be your year.

 

Once January hits there will no cars on the road and the country quietly goes into holiday mode. I know I will be taking a much needed break and hit the beach. Then it will be on to another year so lets make it a good one.

 

As the time for reflection near I thought I would list some questions to ask yourself, to start evaluating how the year went and so we can start thinking about our game plan for 2016. No doubt you’ve probably been keeping a spreadsheet of all your wins but if not don’t worry, an estimate is fine. Here are some questions to kick off your yearly review:

 

  1. How many competitions have you entered in 2015?
  2. How many prizes have you won?
  3. What do you estimate the value of all your prizes?
  4. How many 25 WOL competitions have you entered?
  5. Any 25 WOL answers you are most proud of?
  6. What has been your overall Experience? Positive/Negative.
  7. What connections or friends have you made? Eg Comper Forums.
  8. What were the prizes that got away that you wish you had of won?
  9. Where did you feel you got close?
  10. Were there any dud prizes or prizes that didn’t show up?
  11. Any Favourite Competitions?

 

Whatever questions you ask, its important to measure your your own comping year however you like. Don’t forget the year is not over yet! Between now and the 31stDecember you could still get a winning phone call or email. Allot of competitions will be closing and drawing before the New Year and all winners will need to be contacted before, you guessed it the New Year!

 

Setting an Intention for 2016

Before the New Year arrives its important to set and intention. What do you want to win? How much do you want to win in 2016? What do you need to win? What kind of year is it going to be? How much time are you going to allocate per week/day? How are you going to improve or break this years record? Remember to think big and put your order in, the universe is listening.

 

How was 2015 for you? How many prizes did you win?

Crafting the Perfect Christmas Winning Answer

 

 

This is my favourite time of year! Not just because I can’t wait until the big feast, Boxing Day sales and the warm weather but who can forget all the Christmas competitions that come around this time of year. I especially love getting surprise prizes after Christmas because then I can claim them for myself. After all Christmas has usually passed, I can’t give them away then!

 

This is also the best time of year to enter 25 Word or less comps. You’re probably thinking, what? Most people dread the 25 Word or less comps but trust me it is! Why? Answers can be Christmas themed and this is so much easier than thinking up a �?general’ answer. Tailoring your answer accordingly gets you bonus points and if you can connect it to the promoter, bang! You got yourself a winning a WOL answer.

 

If you are a newbie to WOL you won’t be short of ideas when you can include things like mistletoe, reindeer, sleighs and snowflakes. This is the perfect time to have a go. Unfortunately you will get addicted and start dreaming in rhymes. Ideas will come to you in the oddest of places.

 

Here are some Christmas Buzz Words for crafting a Winning 25 WOL:

 

Festive Saint Nick Presents
Ivy Santa Claus Tidings
Red / Green Toboggan Party
Rudolph Toys Pudding
Reindeer Turkey Spirit
Snowman Tree Fireplace
Unwrap Joyful Barbecue
Carols Bells Angel
Chimney Family Elf
Christmas Eve Gifts Gingerbread
Kris Kringle Kings Holiday
Holly Hope Mistletoe
Greetings Cookie Decorations
Gold Snowflake Wrap
Tinsel Wreath Xmas

 

Don’t forget to answer the question but make sure you put a Christmas twist on it and include the promoter or product somehow. Rhymes and Poems tend to work well eg Hope/Cope, Tinsel/Sinful, Mistletoe/Gusto, Bells/Farewells, Snowman/Wiseman.

 

If your strength is the one liner, think about transporting the reader (judge) to a winter wonderland and making them witty and funny eg Because I look like Santa Claus who’s been on a holiday for most of the year.

 

My best tip is to have fun with it! Get creative and throw in a reindeer or two. Make the judges laugh and you will stand out from the crowd.

 

Image Via Unsplash By Kate Zaidova

 

10 Time Saving Tips to Win in the New Year!

 

 

The end of the year is nearly upon us but wait there’s still time isn’t there to win? Right! In fact this is the busiest time of the year for competitions. Christmas themed giveaways are in abundance.  Companies are unleashing their best comps yet and it’s holiday time! Which means lots of holiday comps!

 

I must admit it’s been a long year and I’m exhausted but I’m determined to go out with a bang! It’s a race to the finish line. I need to bulk up my spreadsheet of wins! We’re all busy but where to find the time? Ah never fear I have some time saving tips to win in the New Year!

 

  1. Write down all the unlimited WOL questions you want to answer. Put them in your phone and when you are on your commute, start brainstorming. If you drive to work spend part of your lunch break stewing over creative answers.
  2. Allocate a time when you can just enter competitions. Make sure to tell the family that this is ‘your’ time.
  3. Enter as many ‘easy’ competitions as possible and leave the ones that require more effort (WOL) to later. You will need this momentum to get to the harder comps.
  4. Like on Faceboook all your local shopping centres, department stores and supermarkets, this way you will be the first to be notified of local competitions that might require a visit in store.
  5. Make a shopping list of items you need to buy for store competitions. This will save you time in the supermarket trying to remember all the things you have to buy and the requirements.
  6. Make Forms Automatically Fill by magic! Chrome Auto Fill and Roboform will be your best friend and save you tons of time filling in your name and address a hundred times.
  7. Ask friends and family if they have any ideas when it comes to tricky WOL answers. Brainstorming as a family really is fun and it helps to get all the creative juices flowing. You will be surprised by everyone’s ideas which will give you even more ideas.
  8. Develop a system to keep track of all competitions entered. There’s nothing worse when you think of a killer WOL answer for a comp you have already entered. Start a spreadsheet or Word document, its up to you what system you choose but make sure its fast to look up the info you need.
  9. Create a weekly schedule so you make time for everything want to do for the week. This way you don’t feel overwhelmed and you can keep to your schedule.

10. Keep SMS comps on you phone and copy paste your details to enter every day.

 

This time of the year really is magical and what a better way to end it than with a few wins. The good news there still is time to enter and you can rest when January arrives! So get cracking!

Radio Competitions and Mykonos

 

 

I’ll never forget that phone call, where I was and what I was doing. I was driving home with my sister when I got the call from a radio station. The competition was for a Trip to Mykonos. We pulled over and parked the car. My sister was practically screaming. I just had to do one thing. Answer the question correctly.

There were two other callers on the line. In a panic I asked the producer ‘What’s the topic?’ and she replied ‘Famous Greeks’. It made sense the competition was for a trip to Greece. I was then put on hold and so I put the phone on loudspeaker. The music on the phone was the same as the on the radio. Fancy that? Then my sister had a panic attack because she couldn’t believe I was going to be on the radio. I wasn’t really fazed being an experienced comper and having many and I mean many close calls and runner up prizes.

 

Next, we got Googling. Famous Greeks? Jennifer Aniston…..um who else? I could smell the beach at Mykonos. I felt I so had this. They had picked me after all to ring. My WOL must have stood out from the crowd. It felt meant to be. Then lady luck chose me as the first person to go. Unlucky because the first person to guess who the famous Greek was went into the draw. Being first I would have the first clue. Could I guess it with one clue?

 

Now I can’t remember the first clue but I remember the answer I said as It was the first thing that popped into my head. You see I was scared if I delayed my answer they would say ‘Times up!’ so in a hurry I said ‘Alex Dimitriades!’ (I was a big fan of Heartbreak High when I was a kid). Their response cut me like a knife. ‘Sorry, but good try’. Then it was onto the next person. My heart sank. My sister sat frozen with the phone, enthralled by the whole thing. I think the third person got the correct answer but being the third person was an advantage! The mystery Greek ended up being John Stamos (I also was a big fan of Full House as a kid).

 

This competition has always stuck in my head as the one that got away. Sure I don’t know if I would of won in the next stage but I was so close! Radio competitions are fun to listen to but being on the other side can be complicated and filled with disappointment. I prefer the mystery of never finding out the outcomes of all the competitions I enter.

 

Since then I have tried many times to get back on but it seems you have to an avid listener to the radio and hear the clues, code words and call outs.

 

Looking back it is a great memory of my sister and I huddled in my car, the excitement of it all and playing the game. My sister still talks about it and recently I heard a 10K competition that I thought maybe I should try. I’m tempted but I think lady luck gave me my chance.

 

Has anyone won anything on the radio and what do you think of radio competitions? Let everyone know in the comments…

Odds, Luck and the Melbourne Cup

 

 

I hope everyone had a fruitful and lucky long weekend in Victoria and for everyone else I hope you had a bet on our famous Melbourne Cup. This race is really when time stands still for 3 minutes. When the clock strikes 3pm you wont see a car on the road. But yesterday was unusual special Melbourne Cup.

 

I was absolutely gob-smacked. Not just because I didn’t have 19 in any of my Melbourne Cup trifectas but a woman jockey won for the first time in history! Yay and this got me thinking since the odds were 100-1, anyone can be a winner! It really is true! This was a win for all the people where the odds were against them.

 

As compers the odds are usually more than 100-1 but someone has to win? Right? Michelle said something I found interesting when she won. She said she woke up that morning she felt like she was going to win. She felt lucky. And luck is when hard work and preparation meets opportunity. But there were a few more things I took away from this momentous historical win:

 

  • Michelle Payne had been riding Prince of Penzance for seven years!
  • Her father had raised 10 children after their mother had died.The odds were 100-1 (only 4 times in history have odds been that long).
  • Michelle’s brother, Steven (a beautiful human who happens to have Down Syndrome) has been the strapper of the horse Prince of Penzance for 10 yrs.

 

What an amazing win. Persistence and hard work really does pay off and most of all anything is possible. Happy comping compers. The odds don’t mean anything!

Image: Reuters: Hamish Blair

What to do when there’s a Prize drought

 

 

It happens to everybody. Wins are coming left, right and centre. Sure they are probably small prizes some might be big. But they seem to be consistent for a while. Everything is going just fine. Then it happens.

 

The dry spell comes. No prizes. No winning emails. Not even a double movie pass. Nothing. Nada. So you enter some more and still nothing. Your hand feels like it has RSI from all the typing and clicking. Still nothing. So what is a comper to do? How does a comper keep going when the going gets tough.

 

Here are few things to do when the dreaded prize drought strikes:

 

  1. Don’t panic! You know panicking will stuff up your ‘lucky equilibrium’. Just relax and don’t get yourself all worked up.
  2. Keep calm and Comp on. Keep going. Do nothing, nothing happens. Keep comping. Keep entering.
  3. Realise a drought is normal. It would be rather strange if you constantly won all the time.
  4. Find your happy place. Write down everything you want to win. There’s an oasis in every desert.
  5. Be grateful. Look at your list of wins in the last year. Things are not as bad as they appear.
  6. Be happy for other winners. Get out of your own head and enjoy someone else’s win.
  7. Accept that its just not your time and the prize you are meant to win is on its way.
  8. Improve your WOL answers by researching other winning answers and getting more creative.
  9. Eat chocolate. Treat yourself and take a break. Sometimes you just need a rest to refresh.

 

When there’s a drought it’s important to not lose site of the bigger picture. The prizes you have won. The connections you have made on Competitions.com.au. Learning new things and enjoying a hobbie.

 

I would love to know how do you survive a prize drought?

Dear Karl and Lisa…

 

 

Dear Karl and Lisa,

 

It’s time we talked. For a long time I have resisted your competition. Maybe it’s been a year or two. I’m not sure. But I resisted. I decided to opt out. Not participate or Join in. I watched in envy as your callers answered with those magical words ‘I wake up with today!’ and I watched with sadness when it passed the five rings.

 

Sure I was tempted. It looked like fun. Waiting in anticipation when you announced the chosen one. Counting the rings one by one. Rejoicing with the team when they finally answer. Oh and all the daydreaming I could do before 9am.

 

There have been many times I wanted to register. Karl’s friendly voice encouraging me ‘Text your name and suburb to…..’. After all it was just one text message I told myself and ‘You gotta be in it to win it’. Just do it. Still I resisted.

 

Why you ask? Fear.

 

What if I missed the phone call? What if there was a jackpot? What if I froze and stumbled on the words? What If I was in the loop and you couldn’t get through to me? What If I ran for the phone, tripped, broke my leg and I couldn’t answer in time? What if a family member or work colleague heard my name? What if I missed my chance!

 

This is a regret I could not live with.

 

That is until now.

 

Today I am now registered. I am no longer a spectator but in the arena. The ease at which I can enter multiple times makes me a definite contender. I’m not sure if entries roll over but I enter every day just to make sure.

 

Sure it’s not going to change my life. I might miss out. I might trip and fall. I might say ‘Hello?’. But I just wanted to let you know…I’m now ‘in’.

 

I admit being a Victorian this makes me slightly unlucky. The competition gods seem to prefer Queenslanders. I promise I really do ‘Wake Up with Today’. I laugh at all of Karl’s jokes and I love Lisa’s wardrobe.

 

So now I’m registered……I have just one question? When are you going to call me?

 

Kind Regards,

 

Nicole

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Melting in the October Heat

 

 

I don’t know where you are but Melbourne is in the middle of a heat wave and so the only thing to do is to stay indoors. As far as I’m concerned 35 degrees is not the kind of weather you stay in for long.  But it is a much welcome change, considering the long winter we just had.

 

So today I’m staying indoors, air con on and sitting at my desk procrastinating and comping with a gin and tonic. And this week I have good news…..

 

I was the lucky winner of a double movie pass. Yay! And drum roll….I also won some wine from my local shopping centre. Yay X 2! And drum roll…I gave everything away! Why you ask? Because I love giving away prizes to family and seeing their faces when my freebies arrive. My mum got the wine and my sister got the movie pass. It still gives me a thrill to win and give my prizes away.

 

But the main reason I love giving stuff away is I love the hunt more than the prizes. OK I’m exaggerating a little. I do love winning big prizes for myself but I also love entering just as much. Digging deeper I was wondering what exactly I like so here goes:

  • Productivity. I feel productive when I enter allot of comps.
  • Lucky. They make me feel lucky.
  • Positive. They put me in a positive mood.
  • Pass the time. Time fly’s when you’re having fun like during heat waves and long cold winters.
  • Escape. I get to escape into the land of Prizieland.
  • Exclusivity. Sometimes I feel no one knows about competition clubs so I feel like I’m a part of a secret society.
  • Karma. When I give away prizes or promise to take family on trips I might win, I feel I put good Karma out into the universe.

 

This is why competitions are great for weeks like these. When a heat wave zaps all your energy from you, you need all these little things to keep you going.

 

About giving away all my prizes…

There was a time when my family wasn’t that sportive of my new hobby but now they get to benefit from my hobby and they see all the benefits that go along with it. So bring on the heat and all those small prizes.

Image by By Rachel Paprocki via unplash.com.

11 Ways to get your Comping Mojo back

 

 

Do you feel like you’ve lost your comping mojo? Can’t remember the last time you won a prize? Feeling low in comping energy? Feel like giving up?

 

I’ve definitely been on my own comping rollercoaster ride. Winning many prizes then not seeing anything for months. Thinking its all too hard and maybe it’s just not worth it. I’ve spent weekends trying to come up with the most killer answer possible only to be disappointed when I don’t get that phone call.

 

I’ve even contemplated just giving up but then something comes in the mail or I get an expectant email and I’ve won something! So before you do anything rash stop and read this:

 

  1. There is currently approximately $27,000,000 in prizes up for grabs in Australia! And someone has to win them.
  2. A drought is usually followed up by a win. It’s.….…..science, I swear.
  3. Right now in a conference room somewhere, someone is dreaming up a competition that you are going to win.
  4. Grandpa was right when he said ‘Everything works in cycles’. When there’s a crash, its followed by a boom.
  5. Feeling low in energy? Physical energy will give you more energy to enter and don’t forget going for a walk boosts creativity for all those 25 word or less answers.
  6. Visualize all those prizes you’ve won over the years and get excited for the prizes that are still to come.
  7. Remember your WHY. Why are you comping? To win yourself a well deserved holiday? To win mum some goodies? For the fun of it? Reconnect with why you started in the first place.
  8. Have a break. Sometimes just stepping away from the computer can recharge your comping batteries.
  9. Every competition you view is earning you points on Competitions.com.au! Congrats Jessiebutcher.
  10. Think about all the connections you’ve made in the comping community and start reaching out again. Everyone really is a winner.
  11. Daydream. Have you ever thought about winning Tattslotto and then had a little daydream about it, got excited and then bought a ticket. This happens to me all the time. Daydream and you will get enthusiastic again.

 

Recently a friend of mines sister-in-law won another trip. I couldn’t believe it. First there was one to LA and now to Sydney. I asked this friend ‘How many competitions does she enter?’. The friend then answered ‘Allot she enters them whenever she sees them. But she’s been entering them for years.’.

 

It’s normal for things to have their ups and downs. Everything ebbs and flows and winning is no doubt the same. When things are not going to plan or you wish you could just win that car or getaway. Know it could be just around the corner or down the road, around another corner.

Is a Marketers dream a compers nightmare?

 

 

Recently I saw a great competition. I clicked the link and was delighted to see there was no 25 word or less answer required and what looked like a short form. My imagination took a sigh of relief, it had the day off and I was feeling high in spirits. The prize was also a good one. Straight forward. Cold hard cash. Five figures. It would look nicely sitting in a bank account. The competition ticked all my boxes and I was feeling productive, one competition down and another couple to go.

 

After submitting the form, a dread came over me. This was no simple competition. What appeared was a marketers dream and a compers nightmare.  Page after page of survey questions. You know the ones. What kind of wine do you like to drink? Are you interested in pet insurance? What charities do you support? Are you interested in life insurance? It was 4 pages of continuous questions and multiple choice answers.

 

Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind answering a few questions here or there for a great competition and the privilege of entering. I get it. I too think about digital marketing strategies and how to stand out from the crowd. But is it just me or are these survey/competitions becoming more common? And I have to ask the question, How many people actually answer ‘Yes’ to contact them. I would imagine many do by accident but how many would actually be potential customers?

 

I remember a few years ago when Facebook competitions started to become popular. Allot of compers complained and resisted. Now they are commonplace and some people have dedicated social media profiles for such competitions.

 

Maybe playing cat and mouse with ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ is just going to be part of the game. Competitions are going to take longer to enter. You almost have to work harder for your comps. There’s no more switching off to enter. Now you have to be alert, waiting for your form to submit.

 

On the flipside people are more likely to give up entering the competition all together. Allot of people will just think this is all too hard. I know I have. Pressed for time, I just couldn’t go through all the pages trying to evade answering ‘Yes’.

 

There’s no doubt marketers are becoming smarter and these types of competitions are here to stay. Businesses know they are competing for our time and want to get on our screens anyway they can. Brands need leads. Every week there seems to be more brands participating in these types of survey/competitions and maybe we as the compers are just going to have to get use to it.

 

What do you think?