25 prize-winning tips from top compers

While preparing for SuperLucky LIVE I contacted some of my favourite successful compers and asked if they would share some of their top comping tips with me!

I then edited the tips into a slideshow which I showed at the event, and I’m also sharing them here so everyone can appreciate them. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to send me their tips.

Want to enter creative comps but don’t feel very creative? Think about what type of memes have been circulating or videos that have gone viral – it’s a great source of inspiration, but always add your own twist to be relevant to the promoter or prize!

Nikki Hunter-Pike (Glam and Geeky Mum)

When tagging a promoter on Instagram, always tag in the comment field rather than in the image – no competition management software can read tags in images!

Carolyn Wilman – The Contest Queen

If you’re entering a Willy Wonka-style instant win comp, with actual winning messages in packs rather than online codes, always take a close look at packs on the supermarket shelf. Winning packs are likely to have been produced separately, so may have a slightly different cut or shade, could look or feel unusual, or might have an inconsistent batch code or time stamp.

Steve Middleton – Editor of Compers News

Judges of photo comps seem to love seeing the older generations and young together. Lots of family fun can be had if you get everyone involved – our family have won many big prizes with creative fun photos!

Fiona Haward

Get a handle people can remember in case predictive tagging goes offline (@1FN0RKSchnittGRR-GRR76_31, I’m looking at you!)

Neill Johnstone – Gary Wasabi’s Golden Luck Muscle

Fine-tune your comping radar – look out for competitions wherever you go… shopping malls, summer fêtes, food festivals etc. These are great places to find low-entry comps!

Rebecca Beesley – The Beesley Buzz

Lucky mascots work! Not by any kind of magic, but regularly seeing or holding your mascot helps to put you in the right mood and give you the positive attitude that leads to fruitful comping.

Jane Willis – @JanesGrapevine

For tiebreakers, don’t use long words or complex ideas: simplicity is the essence of genius!

Kev Francis – President of London Competitors Club

Use the bookmark facility in Facebook and Instagram to save comps to folders – I save comps by date two days before they close!

Emma Gough – @StarshineForMe

Ask comping friends in different areas to help you by buying qualifying products that you can’t find – and do the same for them!

Nicola Allen

Don’t let anyone forget what’s on your wishlist!
(that would be granola, please and thank you!)

Neill Johnstone – Gary Wasabi’s Golden Luck Muscle

Try something out of your comfort zone! Creative comps are much more fun than ‘like and share’ comps and web entries. Do you have a quirky talent you can use to make your entry stand out? I love to create themed cakes!

Sue Stoddart

Need to write a slogan in a hurry? Just head three columns with the subjects ‘Promoter’, ‘Product’ and ‘Prize’ and write as many words and ideas you can think of in each column. You’ll be surprised at how often a rhyme or common theme will jump out at you!

Steve Middleton – Editor of Compers News

Comping is a hobby of highs and lows so when you hit a dry patch arm yourself with motivational strategies – keep a list of your wins to look back on, read through the Winners Posts on Lucky Learners, watch some unboxing videos. Any or all of these are sure to get your mojo going again!

Jemma Webster – The Mummalogues

Learn what a winning formula looks like – look at previous winning entries and think about how you can make your entry stand out!

Rebecca Beesley – The Beesley Buzz

Try to enter Twitter RT to win comps within the last few days of closing, this ensures the Twitter algorithm won’t filter you out when picking winners.

Nikki Hunter-Pike – Glam & Geeky Mum

Take pictures of everything. Cooking, vacations, family events and holidays are popular topics sponsors like to create contests around.

Carolyn Wilman – The Contest Queen

Use TweetDeck to search for comps on other platforms – my favourite search is “head over to win”, which captures Facebook, Instagram and web comps!

Emma Gough – @StarshineForMe

Find a happy balance – your comping hobby needs to fit into your life, and not take over your life!

Rebecca Beesley – The Beesley Buzz

Be nice to other compers – share comps, tag friends on social media, congratulate winners – and you’ll find more and more people being nice to you too.

Jane Willis – @JanesGrapevine

If creatives are your thing then organise a spreadsheet or planner of closing dates to ensure you don’t run out of time. Make a wishlist and run Google searches once a week, write shopping lists for purchases, ensure you send postal entries off in good time… a little planning can go a long way!

Jemma Webster – The Mummalogues

Don’t limit your chances – explore and investigate Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, texting, radio comps, photographic and video comps…you might surprise yourself and open up endless possibilities!

Kev Francis – President of London Competitors Club

Share the cost of buying competition qualifiers with a friend – take turns buying them to keep your costs down!

Nicola Allen

An easy way to find new text competitions is to search “text to win”, which works in both Google and Twitter search engines. If you set up Tweetdeck with a search column for this you can even get notifications to your desktop when the phrase is used in a tweet!

Nikki Hunter-Pike – Glam & Geeky Mum

Get a crew (…everything’s better with friends!)

Neill Johnstone – Gary Wasabi’s Golden Luck Muscle

I hope you enjoyed reading these – what’s YOUR top comping tip? Let me know in the comments! And if you’re after even more tips – you can find a hundred of them in my SuperLucky Secrets book!

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