2016: You Lose Some…
You can’t win ’em all! Yesterday I shared my 2016 comping successes – but each year I like to share my favourite entries that didn’t win prizes too. I have so much fun entering comps, and don’t mind too much if I don’t win – after all, losing entries can often be used again for a different competition!
McCain gave away £10,000 across Bauer radio stations in their ‘TeaTime Anthem’ promotion. McCain featured this photo of Ryland and I in their banner ads on the radio websites – but we didn’t win anything!
Hanging with Deadpool
Tornado Energy drink gave away lots of prizes in their confusing #DeadpoolDoDamage competition, which involved using the app to take a photo of yourself with Deadpool. I missed out on the top prizes of a US holiday and games consoles, but won some merchandise with this shot:
Nectar card asked entrants to submit a catwalk strut to win points – I happened to be at Madame Tussauds during their special Fashion Week feature so had a go!
Dance and Clean
Before long I was on the move again – this time for the Poundland Dance and Clean video comp!
Suzuki Saturdays was one of my favourite creative challenges of the year – entrants needed to say ‘Suzuki Saturdays’ in a short video that showed what they got up to on a Saturday. The winner (Annie Taylor with this ace video) got a Suzuki Swift. Although I didn’t win the car, I was pleased with a runners up prize of a £50 Ticketmaster voucher – and learnt how to use a GoPro in the process!
— Di Coke 🍀 (@SuperLuckyDi) July 14, 2016
I didn’t do any comping on our Florida trip apart from this – you had to take a photo of the free Brighton ‘Together the People’ festival newspaper, so I took it to Kennedy Space Center. I didn’t win festival tickets – but as far as I could see, nobody else did either. Grrrrr!
I entered my Rice Krispie brains in a few Halloween comps, but no luck. They tasted great though!
No Elf respect?
Peacocks asked customers to take a photo in their ‘Elfie’ cutout, dressed as an elf or with an elf toy… I decided to do my own mannequin challenge, to the delight of the shop staff!
But my ultimate failure of 2016 has yet to be seen – an embarrassing appearance on Tipping Point, where I stumbled over the answer and had to re-record it, giving one of the dumbest wrong answers of all time! I’m dreading Twitter the day that it’s broadcast – and keep hoping that maybe they might decide not to show it at all. Mind you – I don’t think I’d win such amazing prizes if I wasn’t prepared to embarrass myself in public occasionally!
What about your failures? Did you spend hours – or even days – on a competition entry that flopped? Don’t let it go unrewarded – share it in the comments!