And so – here we are at the end of another year. Was it a winning year for you? Every year I look back on my comping successes (and failures) and reflect on what a fantastic hobby we have!
WIN! At the end of the post you’ll find details of how YOU can win a £50 Amazon voucher in my #SuperLuckyStories prize draw!
So, how successful was I in 2015?
My biggest success this year was the publication of SuperLucky Secrets, finally achieving my ambition to write a book to help people get into comping. I also published another Kindle book, Blog Giveaways, with advice for bloggers. I was invited to speak about prize promotions at BritMums Live bloggers conference, shortlisted for an ‘outstanding contribution to blogging’ award at the MADs and recorded a new BBC money-saving show Right on the Money Live. SuperLucky.Me is getting more visitors than ever, and I’m getting daily emails, messages and tweets from people telling me about their comping successes. Overall, it’s been an amazing year!
But what about the prizes?
In many ways, comping took a back seat this year as I concentrated on writing and marketing SuperLucky Secrets. I squeezed in a few comps wherever I could, but didn’t find the time to enter as many creative ones as I would usually. Over the year I won a total of 152 prizes, with a total value of £14,541 – I keep track using a Google Drive spreadsheet, which I recommend doing if you don’t already. A third of those prizes were won on Twitter! After seeing Ryland fascinated by unboxing videos, I realised we should start making our own – and in April I started the #prizeunboxing playlist on my YouTube channel, with each monthly film getting over 1000 views!
My biggest win was £1000 Selfridges vouchers and a new camera worth £450, a prize from Olympus in their ‘red lips selfie’ competition. I held on to the vouchers until Christmas and used them to treat the family to some lovely presents!
My favourite prize was the family trip to Legoland in Denmark, won with Shell, which was as exciting for my husband and I as it was for Ryland and his cousin! Here’s my winning photo:
Back in January I won an iPhone 6 in the Silver Bay Point Facebook competition, where you had to take a photo with their wine box. This had very few entries, but ten iPhones up for grabs.
In the same month I was announced as the winner of Harvey’s Furniture’s Christmas Pinterest competition, winning £1000 of vouchers with my cosy Christmas board:
Ryland loves sushi belts in restuarants, so we created one at home for him. A few months later, Yo!Sushi asked for fans to share photos and videos on Facebook for a competition and we won sushi school for two with our mini movie!
We did some fun tennis themed photos with a giant ball for the Wimbledon comps, and I won an Evian goodie bag…
New app ASAP54 ran a competition to create a moodboard, and my Leigh Lezark sunglasses board won me £300 ASOS vouchers…
I explored South Wales with my camera, winning a pair of pyjamas with this photo taken in Margam Country Park…
…and an annual Adobe Creative Cloud membership (worth £360, and a prize off my wishlist!) with a photo of the green door on our holiday cottage!
Ryland loves his football, and won us a VIP trip for 4 to see Arsenal v Chelsea with his skills:
Ry also won £100 of football gear plus tickets to the Community Shield (his first trip to Wembley) with McDonalds Grass Roots Football #CelebrateBetter campaign, where you had to share a photo of your child’s goal celebration. I entered several times, but I think this one was the winner:
SyFy channel sprayed ’12 monkeys’ promotional stencils in 6 locations around the UK which you had to track down and photograph – the Brighton one had less than 10 entries, and I won £500!
A2 Milk wanted selfies with their product (which was tricky to find!) and I was one of their daily £100 Tesco voucher winners. It was nice to see a few SuperLucky fans go on to win in this one too!
Levi’s gave away fifty £100 vouchers in their #LadiesinLevis Instagram competition – although they needed a lot of badgering from entrants before they awarded all the prizes (and I even think there were less entrants than prizes in the UK!). You had to portray your first time doing something in your new Levis – mine was ‘time travelling’!
Other nice prizes included a dishwasher in a Tesco/Fairy text prize draw (posted on the Compers News forum), £250 holiday vouchers with The Little Domain, £250 Hamleys vouchers from Shopomo, £250 vouchers with BHS and an iPad with QuiddiCompare (all Facebook prize draws).
How successful were you in 2015? Did you keep a spreadsheet of your wins? Leave a comment and let me know!
WIN a £50 Amazon voucher!
Every year I share my own creative wins, and then ask for SuperLucky readers to send in their own for my SuperLucky Stories series. I’ll be publishing posts about YOUR 2015 wins – and I’ll be picking one contributor at random to win a £50 Amazon voucher. I always love to hear about your wins in photo, video, tiebreaker and creative competitions, but this year I’d love to hear about any win you feel proud of – no matter how small. So whether it’s a Munch Bunch iPad or a Costa £5 voucher, get in touch and tell me all about it!
To take part, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (use ‘SuperLucky Stories’ as the subject line!) telling me about the competition, what you did to enter and the prize you won before 31st January 2016 – if it was a creative comp, attach your winning entry or send a link if you can! I’ll only publish your first name with your contribution, and you can tell me about just one of your 2015 prizes, or as many of your wins as you like.
Thank you so much for reading and contributing to my SuperLucky blog – and best of luck with your comping in 2016!
Terms & Conditions: SuperLucky Stories prize draw
1. Open to SuperLucky readers worldwide aged 16 or over
2. Entrants can send as many emails, photos and stories as they like, but each person will only get one entry in the draw
3. Winner will be chosen at random from every entry received by 31st January 2016, and notified by 31st March 2016.
4. The winner will receive a £50 Amazon e-voucher (or, if the entrant lives outside the UK, the equivalent amount as a PayPal transfer)
5. By sending an entry in for this prize draw, you agree that your contribution may be featured along with your first name on www.superlucky.me and associated social media accounts.