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FAQ's / Tips

Competition Club's guide to how to win competitions

Before you start

If you're new to the Competition Club make sure you get our free guide to help you win competitions . It can be downloaded here

How will I know when I have won a competition?

If you have, the promoter will contact you by either telephone, a letter or email,depending on the promoter’s preference and what details you have given when you entered the comp. Expect to be contacted between one and four weeks after the closing date. Sometimes (and this has often happened to me) you will receive a prize through the post without a prize wining letter. This is when it is good to have kept a record of the comps you have entered, although it’s always nice to get a surprise.

Do people really win competitions?

YES THEY DO! And I’m lucky enough to hear from winners everyday here at the office. Everything from small but valued prizes; vouchers, pampering goodies, DVDs and CDs through to the big ones; two weeks in St Lucia, a brand-new Mercedes and £10,000 cash

Am I likely to get lots of junk mail come into my inbox after entering email competitions?

You should expect to get extra emails through entering competition online and this is all part of comping. Competitions are the website promoter’s tool to gather your name and email address to get in contact with you in the future. However, know that you can always unsubscribe to company emails you don’t wish to receive by looking for the unsubscribe link on the page.

A good way to separate these emails from your other mail is to start your own comping email address, and keep your comping totally separate.

How many times can you enter a competition?

Most competitions are only one entry per person. However on occasions you will find comps that are ‘one entry per household’ or ‘ multiple entries’, read the terms and conditions of a competition for full details. If you cannot find any comment, assume that it is one entry per person.

How do I enter a competition on Twitter?
Most Twitter competitions will require you to 'follow and RT' to enter. To follow a promoter, simply visit their page and click on the Follow button, usually indicated by a green arrow. To Re-Tweet a competition tweet, look below the message for the circular arrows and click – then you're all done!

The most important thing to do is read what the promoter is asking you – some may place restrictions on how many times you can RT, and should also let you know when the draw is being made.

Remember to RT ONLY the messages from the promoter themselves – RTing from another compers page will only re-enter them!

If you have won a prize on Twitter, the promoter will usually contact you using an @ reply. You may be alerted to this by a text message or e-mail, depending on your preferences. Promoters can only contact you via direct messaging if you are both following each other!

How do I enter a competition on Facebook?

The first step to most Facebook competitions is 'liking' their page – you can do this by clicking the 'Like' button next to the page heading.

Liking the page can reveal at entry form, from which you enter the competition as usual. However, there is often other activities you might be asked to do:

Share a page/post: Click the 'Share' button on an image or link, so that it is shared with all your friends anf followers on Facebook

Tag a photo: Hit the 'tag' button and then add your name to an image in a promoter's album. Be aware that other Facebook members will be able to see these too! Often promoters will fill an album with similar pictures, as there is a limit to the number of tags that can be placed on each photo.

Tag a promoter in your status: Change your status in Facebook as normal, but add the company's tag by pressing @ and then the company's name, ie @SonyTV. A drop down box will usually appear displaying the company's name.

More information on entering Facebook competitions click here

Don't forget we also feature Pinterest competitions. Find out more here

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