Here are our top tips on how to win competitions in order to nab free prizes and money for very little effort.
They’re usually fast and fun to enter, and your chances of winning are often much higher than you’d imagine.
Right now there are lots of people out there snapping up all the prizes you could be winning, but as the saying goes ‘you gotta be in it to win it’!
- Warning, warning, warning!
- Latest competitions – try them now!
- How to win online competitions
- How to win competitions in newspapers and magazines
- How to win competitions with slogans
If you enter an online competition you’ll be asked to include your email address. This generally means that your inbox will soon be flooded with spam – lots and lots of it. To avoid this problem all you have to do is set up a separate email account.
Try Outlook (formerly Hotmail), Yahoo or Gmail for a free email account. This can be your ‘competition account’, where everything competition related gets sent. That way your personal email account gets left alone, and you still get the chance to win big prizes. Don’t let the spam win!
Do also note that for some of these competitions you have to give your phone number. Not all these companies give you the choice of opting out of receiving marketing texts etc, so make sure you check the terms and conditions if you hate receiving them.
Here are some different types of competitions to consider entering:
Online competitions are generally the easiest to enter. Since these are geared towards generating traffic, all they really want is your email address which is easy to provide.
Tip 2: Concentrate on reputable brands or companies like supermarkets and packets, jars or tins of foods you know and regularly use. Also, check out the magazine site Goodtoknow for their regular fun competitions (mostly aimed at women and families).
Tip 3: Never pay to enter an online competition. If you like browsing through competition sites, stick to ones which offer free entry like ThePrizefinder.com. Another great site is Freepostcodelottery.com which gives away £300 every day at noon to one of the postcodes on their list. There’s no catch; the only downside is that you have to check each day to see if your number has come up. This increases the site’s traffic which helps them get advertising on it. So if you can be bothered to keep checking the site you could win at least £20 – or £100s if it keeps rolling over! Take a look at our article about how to make money from your postcode here.
Other online competitions allow you to make money without much effort include:
- Nielsen Online Panel is one of our favourites because you don’t have to really do anything. All you have to do is download their app onto your home computer and you’re automatically entered into a prize draw of up to £30,000. The longer the keep it, the more chance you have of winning.
- You can win £1,000 for signing up to GFK Media Panel and rating TV and radio content, and you can win £5,000 by answering trivia questions about your favourite TV shows and films at RewardsTV.
Newspaper and magazine-run competitions are very similar to online competitions. For the most part all you have to do is visit their website and answer a simple question, or fill out a postcard and mail it in to enter.
Tip! It’s a good idea to grab free postcards whenever you can to enter competitions where you have to send in your answer. These sort of entry-form competitions take a bit more effort – and therefore have far fewer entrants. So if you do come across them, get your answers in as you have a greater chance of winning.
Don’t be put off by the big ticket items – remember, fewer people enter these competitions believing the odds of winning are slimmer. Check out these current competition providers:
Think you’ve got a bit of creative genius in you? Slogan competitions are terrific for the keen comper who’s ready and willing to put in a little more effort than simply typing in an email address or sending back a postcard.
Companies love to use slogan competitions as a way to market their products at low costs and encourage consumers to think positively about what they’re selling. With most slogan competitions, the sponsor company will begin by having you answer a few simple questions to determine whether or not you’re fit for the task. You may be asked to complete some part of a phrase in an ‘apt and original’ manner.
Once again, because so few people make an effort to enter, slogan competitions are a dream for the avid comper.
How YOU can create knock-your-socks-off slogans:
- CompersNews monthly newsletter publishes thousands of prize-winning slogans. Have a look at those that have won in the past to help you get an idea of the kinds of slogans that companies look for.
- Winning slogans typically have rhyme, rhythm or a pun. Go out and grab yourself a rhyming dictionary and dictionary of English idioms at Amazon, which takes all the hassle out of creating history’s next greatest slogan!
- Remember that the point of the slogan is to advertise the product in a positive light. Your slogan should always make the product look good.
- Word limits are key! Slogans that surpass the given word limit will not be considered. Always stick to the competition rules.
- If possible, enter more than once. But be careful – don’t send in several horrible slogans. Instead, come up with two really good ideas that are different in their approach – for example one that’s clever and witty and one that’s more direct and serious. Be careful to check the terms and conditions of each competition as some specify that you can only make one entry.
- Remember – the more obscure or difficult the competition, the fewer the entrants and the better chance you have of winning.
- Join websites like Loquax and CompersNews for free details on upcoming competitions.
So, remember: set up a separate email address for any unwanted junk mail, and enter as many online competitions as you can. The more you enter, the more likely you are to win!