2018: my comping year
So, another year of prize-winning comes to an end, and it’s time for the annual review of my comping year. In 2018 I won a total of 107 prizes worth just under £11,000, which I’m delighted with!
This year’s prizes
As usual, I tracked my wins using a Google spreadsheet which gives me some statistics to share at the end of the year. Of my 107 prizes, 43 required a purchase, 4 were judged video comps and 6 were photo comps. 7 prizes were won on Facebook, 13 on Instagram and 11 on Twitter. Like 2017, the majority of my prizes were from website entry comps and prize draws.
Type of competition
My favourite prizes of 2018 were twenty days for my son at The Outdoors Project Holiday club in Brighton (worth £600) and a £1,500 sponsorship package for his football team from Las Iguanas.
A pair of prize flights courtesy of Pringles Take a Bite gave us a lovely summer break in Sweden. And Ryland was excited to win his height in Hasbro board games from an entry form competition at The Entertainer store.
In September, flossing with the family won me a huge £2000+ bundle of gadgets from Heart FM & EE’s #HeartFamilyChallenge – a prize package including an iPhone X, Galaxy Tab and GoPro camera. I was just coming to the end of a 24 month contract with my iPhone 7 so it was great timing!
In October my son Ryland walked out as a Barcelona mascot at Wembley – a Priceless Experience won with Mastercard!
The prize I was proudest to win was the Jet2 #HuntTheHousewives treasure hunt in December, where I drove from Brighton to Intu Lakeside and waited for 4 hours for Dawn Ward (one of the Real Housewives of Cheshire) to turn up – I was the first to find her in the shopping centre and won a £2000 Jet2 Holiday of my choice pus a £500 Intu Lakeside voucher. It goes to show it can be worth putting that extra effort in, and reminded me what comping is all about – looking for those harder to enter comps, and having fun trying to win them!
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Was so pleased for this lady @superluckydi who had been outside from 930am even though the store didn’t open till 11am. She travelled all the way from Brighton well done enjoy your @jet2pics holiday with your family and £500 gift voucher from @intulakeside what a great shopping centre by the way can’t wait to go back. 😘😘
Don’t forget you can always catch up with all my prizes in my monthly round ups and unboxing videos on YouTube.
I love blogging about competitions, and helping people to win them, and this year I worked hard to create three new PDF and video guides to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
My Beginners Guides to Facebook and Twitter have unexpectedly become a bit of a YouTube hit, with over 11,000 views on each so far – I’m getting regular messages from viewers worldwide saying how helpful they have been, although sadly only a few of them have also got stuck in to my Facebook & Twitter Comping Guides!
As a successful comper who’s always prepared to talk about the hobby, I’m regularly contacted by journalists for press interviews – I turn a lot of them down, because of some bad experiences in the past – plus I hate the Sun and Daily Mail! But this year I was pleased to be approached by The Guardian for an interview – and thrilled that they used a photo that my mum had taken in my hallway, featuring all my signed prizes! Read the comping article here.
In 2017 I complained about misleading instant win promotions here on the blog, and on BBC radio – and this year I was delighted when the Advertising Standards Authority took these complaints on board and published advice for companies on running an ‘algorithm’ style instant win promotion. Read more on the ASA website.
In November I was excited to win an award for best specialist money blog at the SHOMO Awards. SuperLucky is too niche to fit into categories at most blogging awards so it’s always an honour to be nominated, and the icing on the cake to win!
2019: celebrating ten years of SuperLucky!
Looking ahead to 2019, it will be TEN YEARS since I started blogging at SuperLucky – and I’ll be celebrating with lots of competitions, a brand new book… PLUS most exciting of all, a SuperLucky LIVE event, which I’ll be telling you all about in the New Year!
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How was your 2018 – and how do you plan to make 2019 your best comping year yet? Don’t forget to tweet me about your favourite 2018 prize – you could win a £30 Amazon voucher in my competition.