Knowing where to start when entering the award process can be a bit confusing.
In fact, most people will only enter a contest when they are naturally confronted with it, perhaps in their newspaper or on the radio.
But if you know where to look and how to find them, entering a full host of competitions can increase your chances of winning something – and that’s the goal, isn’t it?
We’ve put together some top tips to get you on the path to the best rewards.
1. Set up your social media presence
Using Instagram, Facebook and Twitter is a great way to find new and exciting online gifts. Brands and companies will often use these channels to compete and gift, usually requiring a simple ‘Like, Share, Tag’ entry system. If you are serious about serial comping, one tip is to set up a specific account for the competition only. That way, you can keep your personal profiles separate and avoid too much spam after logging in. There are also many competing providers who have social media pages that give you quick and easy access to the latest gifts directly to your Instagram feed. Another top tip is to search for contests using specific tags, so you can narrow down your search for specific prizes.
2. Enter the world of comper
The term ‘comparator’ is used to describe people who spend a lot of time entering the competition, and to put it bluntly, have done well. Many campers have a social media presence, and by checking out their profiles and getting involved with them, find a great step into their world and find the best competition to finally enter. In fact, many serious campers will be part of a wider community where they will chat, exchange tips and discuss the latest competition. This is especially useful if you enter a contest with a specific entry requirement (such as submitting a short story, for example). Within this community you can really speed up your entry into the competition and stay ahead of the latest gifts.
3. Browse forums and use the internet
Since the birth of the Internet, forums have consistently appeared at first glance no matter what we choose, and competition and prize giving are no exception. By checking out the competition forums, you can easily find the latest contests from car racing to holiday entry.
While you’re online, it’s also worth checking out the competition websites. The Competition Database is a great example of how you can browse and enter various competitions in your spare time. Alternatively, if you are looking for a specific prize, use the Internet to search for competition offers that will welcome you with the said gift and Viola, a full host of online contests awaiting your entry. Online security is also important when looking for rewards. When entering a contest, keep an eye on the T&Cs and don’t enter your bank details when entering a free contest.
4. Brand competition
Some brands and businesses will often offer prizes and competitions, some just specialize in it. By keeping an eye on these brands and checking in regularly, you can stay on top of the latest gifts. The best of the best is a great example, the car competition offers their bread and butter, so if this is a new go that you are after, you may want to bookmark their website.
Finding prizes at your local supermarket should not be overlooked. Many food brands will promote a competition with their food packaging, often persuading you to go online or enter by scanning a QR code. These contests aren’t easy to forget or even notice, so here’s a friendly reminder to keep an eye on the next time you visit your weekly store.
Many grocery stores will also advertise text contests, where you will pay a standard rate for submitting a text. These can sometimes appear on self-checkout machines, so keep those eyes peeled!
5. Radio station
A true home of competition, radio stations can be a potential rewarding center. Traditionally, you have to call a radio station to enter a contest, often answering a question or playing some trivia to win. Although nowadays, you can access via text or social media, radio stations make contests more accessible. One obvious way to increase your chances of winning a radio competition is to listen to the station as often as possible (not at the same time, of course!), And some popular stations, including Top Gift, include Heart, Absolute, Magic, Capital, Virgin, and Kiss.
If you are unable to listen to the radio, you can always check their websites where they will have access to the contest information including their access.
Entering the competition should not be difficult or inaccessible and with the help of the above methods, we hope that there is something for everyone to be ahead in finding the latest competitions and gifts. Good luck, and happy camping!