2017: my comping year
Here we go again… another year draws to a close, and it’s time for the annual review of my comping year! In 2017 I won a total of 119 prizes worth around £7,400. For the first time in twenty years I didn’t win a single holiday (…erm, do Camp Bestival tickets count?) – I’m sure this means I’m due to win a trip somewhere amazing in 2018 though!
This year’s prizes
A Google spreadsheet is essential to keep track of my prizes and to check what’s arrived, and it means I have some statistics to share at the end of each year!
Of my prizes, 32 required a purchase, 3 were video comps and 16 were photo entry. My social media prize stats were down on 2016 – just 11 prizes were won on Facebook, 7 on Instagram and 18 on Twitter. The majority of my prizes were from website entry comps and prize draws. This year I struggled to find time to enter as many creative comps as I usually would, and I’m looking forward to getting back into my photo and video entries in 2018 as that’s how I win my biggest prizes!
My favourite prizes of 2017 were a year’s supply of Hampstead Tea (52 boxes!), six months free petrol (£600 in cash), and a PS4. I also picked up Camp Bestival tickets for the second year in a row, this time courtesy of Capital FM. The prize I worked hardest for was the Brockman’s ‘Press for Gin’ treasure hunt, where I spent an hour driving and running round Brighton – and was rewarded with 12 bottles of gin!
The second half of 2017 was much less successful for me, although I did win a great BBQ Party with a chef in the Wonderful Nuts purchase-necessary promotion.
After a couple of slow months, just before Christmas I won a fabulous £1000 Intu shopping voucher thanks to the Spot-the.com mobile app – a brilliant end to the year!
You can catch up with all the prizes I won in my monthly round ups and unboxing videos!
This year’s best prize was officially Ryland’s though – I filmed his half-time team talk for the Emirates competition, and he won the chance to be a mascot at the FA Cup Final! A real dream come true which you can read about here.
I’ve worked hard on SuperLucky this year, ensuring it’s an appealing, popular and reliable source of information for compers, bloggers and promoters – and a big THANKYOU to everyone who reads my blog and shares it! The Lucky Learners Facebook group has gone from strength to strength with some frankly unbelieveable prizes being won this year, and I’ve received lots of positive emails and messages from new compers excited at discovering this fabulous hobby via my blog, book and TV appearances!
Back in March I ranted about misleading instant win promotions, and the BBC invited me on the radio to talk about the McCain Great Village Raffle promotion. It even featured on the BBC News site (I hope they will do a follow up after the promotion ends next month too!). I was also invited back to record a spot for BBC One’s ‘Right on the Money’!
In June I was invited to ComperCon in Sunderland, where I condensed 20 years of comping into a 20 minute presentation and had a brilliant day signing books and taking selfies with compers (anyone would think I was a celebrity!)
With my bloggers hat on, in September I presented a session at Blog On in Manchester about running fun and fair Christmas themed competitions. That month, SuperLucky was featured in Blogosphere magazine, as one of Emma Mumford’s top five lifestyle blogs – and I was runner up for best specialist money blog at the SHOMO Awards too.
And of course I have lots of goals and plans to make 2018 a brilliant year full of both comping and blogging successes – so watch this space!
How was your 2017 – and how do you plan to make 2018 your best comping year yet?