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Win Competitions on the Web - Part 2

By Lynne Suzanne

You aren't going to spend hours entering competitions on the web without some sort of incentive.   The incentive of course is the prize.

Here’s a real life instance of how powerful a marketing and advertising tool competitions are.

Six years ago I’d never heard of a Proton car. I wouldn’t have known one if it ran over me.  I took a wrong turning down a street and noticed, in a car showroom, that magic word WIN.

Screeching to a halt, I went inside to discover a  leaflet. Entrants were invited to see how many words they could make from Proton Persona.   The prize? A brand new gleaming bright red Proton Persona 1.5  And the reason for the contest? The launch of this model.

Inspired by the challenge, I locked myself away in the library, only going home when they threw me out at 5pm closing time. 9am next day I was back again.  Three days searching twenty volumes of a dictionary and 1,245 words later, my improvised cut-down cereal box postcard entry winged its way to the judging table.

Now having read, reread and written out words relating to Proton Persona, this car name, unknown to me a week earlier, was now as familiar as the brand name of my favourite chocolate bar.  

So when I’m next in the market for buying a car, whose name will I remember? Why theirs of course and probably be one of several showrooms I’d visit to make my purchasing choice.

However in this instance, I didn’t need to – I won the car!

Instead of a competition, a promoter could place a paid for advertisement in the press. But think of the free publicity for the promoter when you or I win their prize contest. In my Proton example, my prize presentation picture appeared in three different local newspapers, the story was related on Central TV’s Winners, in Win Your Fortune in Prizes book, to friends and compers at Win With Lynne Roadshows and now here too on the Internet. So you can see why prize competitions are so popular.

Having entered a contest  in-store, your name may be added to a company mailing list and they will send you offers and news of their products – sometimes even a contest to enter.  And so it is with the Internet too.

And if it’s cheaper for you to enter contests on the Internet, thus saving postage, then likewise it’s less expensive for the promoter to send you emails instead of snail mail postal offers.

Now for the problem, as I see it, with Internet comping.  The more you comp, the more `junk emails’ you get.  Is there such a term as junk email?

A growing number of websites ask you to register to receive a newsletter with automatic entry into a prize draw.  Or when you read the rules you discover by entering you’ll receive future offers and mailings – either by snail mail post or email.

Believe me when I say these soon mount up.  At home I receive between ten and twenty items of `junk mail’ a day through comping efforts. On the Internet I do not exaggerate when I say every time I check my email I’m downloading (copying to my computer) hundreds of emails each time.  Sometimes three or four times a day – that’s an awful lot of emails.

Not all of this is due to Internet comping. For instance on my website www.win-with-lynne.co.uk  I give my contact email as xyz@domainname.co.uk  Some webmasters must collect email addresses from websites to send out unsolicited emails as I receive `junk emails’ from companies and individuals I’ve never even heard of – let alone entered their contest. 

You have to remember too that it costs you nothing to pick up mail from your doormat, apart from a little time and drop it into the bin if its unwanted, but on the Internet you’re paying connection time phone charges to copy onto your computer for emails, some of which you’ve not asked for nor even want. 

One company sent me five copies of the same newsletter, each of which was so filled with graphics it took half an hour to download !!!  You can imagine how you’d feel about that company.

What I do now and, you may like to benefit from my experience, is to have one email address which you use only for comping. Don’t give this address to anyone else at all. Then on your mailbox software set the filter to place all emails sent to your chosen address into one in-box folder. That way you can quickly scan through them, searching for the Congratulations message to see if you’ve won a prize.

Rest assured, if you opt to receive our free 20 week’s Win With Lynne Comping Tips, we never send out unsolicited emails. Our automated Postmaster software deletes at the end. http://www.wincompetitions.co.uk/infocentre/compingtips.htm

Copyright 2002  Lynne Suzanne www.win-with-lynne.co.uk

About the author
Lynne Suzanne is a freelance writer, consultant and speaker. She has written four books on winning prize competitions and slogan writing and presents Win With Lynne Roadshows and marketing seminars. FREE Win With Lynne Expert Guide to Winning competition prizes
http://www.win-with-lynne.co.uk


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