2011: You win some…

At the end of each year I like to have a look back at my competition successes, but for 2011 I also want to mention a few of my favourite failures, which you can read about here! I put more work than ever into my competition entries last year and with my husband and son as my enthusiastic sidekicks my YouTube channel certainly makes interesting viewing…

So, 2011 brought me a total of 165 prizes worth over £23,000 – I was amazed when I totalled this up yesterday! Many of these prizes were from blog comps (via my monthly Blog Comp Linkys) but most were from creative competitions promoted on Facebook.

My first big win of 2011 was a day’s shopping trip to Paris with £500 to spend with Ford Ka. This was my first visit to Paris and although I only spent a few hours there I was itching to go back – as luck would have it I bagged a weekend trip with Lending Stream in a voting competition a week later!

As well as all my new French clothes, I also grabbed an Alexander McQueen scarf in the Müllerlight Treasure Hunt (LOADS of you got fabulous prizes in this one thanks to my Facebook posts – it was a race to the finish line for many though!), some £170 Carvela boots, £175 to spend at the North Face and £250 to spend at Sweaty Betty.

I got back into the radio comps in Spring and won tickets to the Carling Cup Final (to see my beloved Birmingham City beat my husband’s beloved Arsenal!) on TalkSport, a Nokia E7 on Absolute (for being the fastest texter!) and an amazing Live like a Princess prize on Gem106.

Whilst at Wembley I took a photo for the Fairtrade Fortnight week of Facebook competitions – you had to ‘show off your label’ to enter. METRO liked my entry so much they printed it in the paper, although I couldn’t get enough votes to win the challenge! Some of the daily photo challenges unbelievably had more prizes than entrants, so it was no surprise when my comping friends and I picked up dozens of fabulous runner-up hampers between us for our daft photos.

In 2011 I also discovered the benefits of blogging for compers – understandably, bloggers’ competitions get very few entries. I picked up two iPhones from Priceminister’s generous promotion, and a £20 voucher for being one of the first entrants in the Blog an Avo comp.

There have been other comps this year where I bagged a prize for being an early entrant – the first 50 videos in the Fearless Fred comp got £50 cash, and the first 10 in the Cafe Collection Queen of Chat video comp won a case of wine. It’s worth keeping an eye out for these type of comps as if you’re able to rustle up a photo or video quickly you’re guaranteed a prize. I will always post links to comps like these on the SuperLucky Facebook page as soon as I find them, so make sure you’re a fan!

2011 was the year of silly comps, which are definitely my forte as since becoming a Mum I have no qualms at all about embarrassing myself. Singing karaoke with a wig onwearing a tissue box on my headchanging t-shirts as fast as I can, singing the Toys R Us ad… if it’s daft, count me in!

I roped in Ryland to help me out with my video comps this year with huge success. Our recipe for purple swamp pasta won us a £3500 trip to Sorrento, we won £500 vouchers when Annabel Karmel judged us the best video in the ‘Baby Gaga‘ competition and WOW Toys chose our video as their £1000 cash winner too.

I also managed to get hubby to help out with our Father’s Day video, where you had to show how Dad helped out round the house with a Toblerone bar. This took an absolute age to make, but it won us an amazing trip to Switzerland!

I did well in the daft photo comps too; my ‘Hoxton Fin’ won me £1000 of hairdressing at Toni and Guy and my Lidl ‘Spot the Bus’ photo won me a 40 inch TV and Blu-Ray player.

And who can forget my favourite photo of the year, for the Asda ‘show us something that needs a good clean’ comp, where I won £300 of cleaning products:

Of course 2011 wasn’t just about MY prizes. I know that lots of you have been entering these creative comps too and it’s been brilliant to see your amazing wins – in particular I’m looking forward to seeing Ian Graham in the Autoglass TV ad this week!

As for my 2011 prize wish list, I managed to win 4 things off it – a Smart Trike, trip to Paris, £500 supermarket vouchers and nine handbags! I’ll be compiling a 2012 wish list this week…

Finally, I must thank everyone who has taken the time to vote for me in comps over the last year. As you know I work really hard at getting promoters to make voting comps fairer and judge them, but if I can’t change their minds I really appreciate your help with votes.

Wishing you all the best of luck with your 2012 creative comping!

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