Monday, July 2, 2012

guide to life: how to win giveaways

so first up i gotta admit that for a long time i was one of 'those' people who just assumed that noone ever won a giveaway...
sure i'd read the lists and lists of winners names in magazines, newspapers and online...
but i just assumed that the people running the giveaways were handing the prizes out to their family and friends (despite their disclaimers)...
that is until a few months ago when my sister won a trip...

mexican pyramid.

to mexico...
all expenses paid!
crazy huh!?!

tequila for breakfast... why not!?!

she simply entered a paragraph long answer to an online competition for a major travel tour company...
made it to the second round for a skype interview...
and was then told she would have her scuba diving course paid for, flights, a tour and extra travel time paid for AND she would be filmed as part of a documentary while she was scuba diving off the coast of mexio!!!

learning to scuba dive.

now, obviously we can't all win competitions that big...
though im still crossing my fingers (and toes!)...
but within the blogging community we are often presented with the opportunity to win a giveaway or two...
lately i have won the opportunity to attend disney on ice, a sydney dance theatre production and the soundtrack to brave...

below are my top 5 tips for making sure you are that winner...
 (assuming it is a talent based comp, random draws are simply a matter of being in it to win it!)

1. BE CREATIVE!
"umm because it would be fun."
is NOT going to win you the prize...
get creative people...
try a poem, be funny, be witty, put some effort in!

2. READ THE RULES!
if your entry needs to be under 25 words, count those damn words and make your response fit in...
if there is no word limit, make your response a little longer to show you are really eager to win...
if you need to follow a blog, or tweet about a giveaway do these things, otherwise your time spent commenting trying to win will have been pointless.

3. DON'T BEG/WHINGE!
"i want to win because i cant afford to go myself"
"i want to win soooooooooooooooooo much, please please please please please please"
urgh, quit it with the sob stories and over dramatisation...
if you want to win that badly and its that important to you, then refer to tip one, get creative and be proactive in winning that prize!

4. BE IN IT TO WIN IT!
just like giveaways/competitions which are random and require no skill...
you must actually enter if you want to win...
no point whining about how you never win, if you aren't actually entering...
enter everything you come across...
i can tell you now my sister had no idea that she would actually win a trip to mexico, it was just something she entered quickly one afternoon whilst she was searching for travel deals online.

5. BE CREATIVE!
yes, i said it twice!
because it is really important, especially for 25 word limit answers...
make the judge laugh, or cry or just try to elicit ANY emotion from them...
stand out and be unique...
make your answer unforgettable amongst the 200 others!

mexican man statue.

have you got any other advice for giveaway entries?
do you host giveaways? what are you looking for in a response?
have you ever won a giveaway?

18 comments:

Miss Caitlin S. said...

wow! bravo to your sister! that is SO awesome and what a cool win. That's seriously amazing, I never hear of anyone actually winning those things.

Great tips! and I agree that creativity is key. Gotta find a way to stand out from the crowd :)

I don't really have tips bc most of the competitions I shoot for just require me to enter my name or something. But I will use yours!

femmefrugality said...

SO awesome! I use rafflecopter when I do giveaways so it's all random, even if the comments people leave suck. As long as they leave one. These are really good tips for those ones where the blog owner seems to be the judge, though!

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