2016: You Win Some…
It’s time for the annual review of my comping year, where I look at my comping successes (and a few of my comping failures!) – in 2016 I won a total of 143 prizes worth around £21,000, making it my most successful year since 2012!
I’m a geek, so here’s some statistics of my wins this year. I work these out using a Google spreadsheet, which I’ll show you how to set up next week! Of the 143 prizes, 27 required a purchase, 4 were video comps and 34 were photo entry. Only 14 prizes were won on Facebook, 11 on Instagram and 25 on Twitter – the majority of my prizes were from website entry comps and prize draws. I also had 3 Blippar wins, and a few wins from other mobile apps including Lufthansa.
I didn’t find Instagram comping as interesting this year: a lot of brands are asking for regrams (reposts) which I don’t really enjoy. I’ve also spent a lot less time browsing Facebook, because some comps get thousands of comments – many of which can be painful to read! Of course, there are lots more people comping now (I take some of the blame for that!) – which means we have to be resourceful and look for competitions in new places, rather than relying on listings sites which are overloaded with new visitors! I still get a lot of success from Googling and searching for low entry comps using the Tweetdeck app on my Mac.
I have enjoyed comping using apps like Blippar and Pepsi Max, and introducing SuperLucky readers to the daily giveaways on the Wamo app. I reckon 2017 will see lots more brands, magazines and shopping centres hosting giveaways on apps!
In spring this year I started a new feature on my YouTube channel, Di’s Prize Buys, where I share new on-pack promotions. Lots of compers are puzzled by instant wins and winning moments, so I thought it would be helpful to demonstrate how they work with current competitions. This proved popular, with many viewers going on to win Müller Transformers, Plenty Trolls, Pepsi PS4s and YouTuber ‘The Mini Millionaire’ even bagged a holiday to Orlando in the Monopoly Empire instant win!
In September I was delighted when SuperLucky won an award at the SHO-MOs for ‘Best Couponing, Deals or Freebies blog’, and in December I entered the HIBS100 chart of lifestyle blogs at number 4!
And what about the prizes?
The comping year started off well, with my festive #SurprisedSelfie winning me a fancy GHD hairdryer, straighteners and products worth over £200!
And a bit of extreme comping on Brighton Beach won me a family holiday to Orlando in Heart FM’s Faces for Florida photo competition (read about our adventures here).
In February I won a set of car tyres in the Tyresafe 20p selfie challenge – there were hardly any entries for this and it took four emails and an ASA complaint to get them to award the prizes – eventually in July I finally received my prize (actually given as £300 cash!).
Also in February I won a Galaxy tab from Tesco – plus a rather unusual prize of a flotation session for two in a local comp (which was ace!) For World Book Day in March, Ryland’s Wimpy Kid costume won him a Kobo H2O and a Harry Potter colouring book.
Heart gave away several weekly prizes to their favourite recreations of a childhood photo – I submitted my Brownie photo I’d taken for a competition a few years ago (which I didn’t win) and won £1000 cash, which we used to buy DisneyWorld tickets!
In April I won the top prize on my 2016 wishlist – a trip to Euro 2016 for the England v Wales match, in a Greene King/Carlsberg prize draw. Not only that – we got VIP treatment and I also got to present the Man of the Match trophy to Kyle Walker!
In May my jackpot winning face won me a GoPro Hero 4 camera with National Lottery Good Causes, which I put to good use in Florida!
I also won a BeatsPill speaker (one of my favourite wins this year!) in the third week of the Chicago Town Freeze a Move challenge with my dance moves.
I wanted to do something fun for my birthday – and spotted a great tiebreaker competition on the Kiss FM website to win an overnight stay on Osea Island with entry to an exclusive Charli XCX gig. I also found myself at a roller disco for the first time in 30 years!
In July I won a £3,500 Betta Living bedroom in a Rafflecopter draw, which I gave to my mother-in-law. It was finished a few days before the company went into administration – unfortunately other winners weren’t as lucky. In the same month I received £500 in my PayPal account from their #MyPayBack promotion. I also picked up Camp Bestival tickets from @Arsenal in a Twitter prize draw – another one off the wishlist!
The second half of 2016 was much less successful for me, but the little prizes like Plenty Trolls, Müller Transformers and Whitworths aprons kept me going! We also had four small wins with this year’s UFO pumpkin creation:
Things picked up in December with a £500 gift card win in the Debenhams wishlist competition, a cleaner for a year (what a dream prize!) from Surf and Wilkinson, and Ryland won some tasty chocolate prizes for his festive artwork too!
All in all though, another fun year of comping – how was it for you? Leave a comment to let me know!
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