Ten reasons why voting competitions are a BAD idea

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  1. Charlotte says:

    Wish I had read this article before I entered this competition currently running https://breton-top.petit-bateau.co.uk/ You don’t even stand a chance of reaching the judging stage unless you get enough votes to put you in the top 20 and the top entries are now way into the hundreds. As I’m not very social media savvy I won’t be able to compete which is a shame because I put time, effort and heart into creating my design.

    I rather naively went ahead and entered thinking I’d be able to get people to vote by sharing my design on twitter and facebook but without having a long standing following there it’s pretty much impossible. Thanks for taking a stand on voting contests Di.

  2. tammi nutting says:

    i think you have a lot to answer for di. you say this yet promoting a voting comp as you being paid for it ! every day i have had compers asking for likes . http://www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com/en-gb/uk/our-brands/rescue-remedy/rescuemoment/shareyourmoment#view=gallery&for=QIaIzxzUi1c…. i asked you about this on fb and you blocked me. im just so disappointed in you i thought you was genuine and honest but you ain’t . if the price is right you sell ya soul

    • tammi nutting says:

      i have copied and will share . if you reply . you probably just black me so thats why im copying

      • I’ll leave your comments here Tammi. On that competition page the text states: “Share your moment with us for a chance to win £750 worth of Secret Escapes travel vouchers. The entry that most reflects the theme of ‘taking a moment’ will be the winner:”. This is a competition JUDGED on creativity. The voting element is separate, and I’ve recommended that people avoid it. I’ve also communicated with the marketing agency, who have strict T&Cs in place – and suggested they avoid any voting element in future. I’ve previously been paid to promote comps where there have been a combination of random, judged and voted winners – but always telling people to skip the voting. I’ve also turned down a lot of paid jobs for pure voting competitions, which I would NEVER promote. If you’re frustrated then please join me in contacting the promoters to let them know that voting comps don’t work!

        • tammi nutting says:

          i have done, as its been brought to me that the person that won has cheated !. its so wrong i do hope you wont be promoting these types in the future .

  3. Sophie Lily says:

    Oh I think I posted on a different blog entry yesterday but this is more on point.
    Maisons du monde is currently hosting a vote competition on designing a room with there products , lovely idea but it’s been open a few days and some have over 13k likes.
    The t and cs state you can vote for an entry, even yourself, once a day. I thought I could stand a good chance sharif it on twitter , asking my friends but when I saw this I was immediately bamboozled as to how on earth people could be so popular?
    My friend said that she could vote repeatedly using private browsing … and that’s another cheating hack for vote competitions.

    • Oh dear – there’s nothing in their rules/T&Cs about the voting really – allowing people to vote daily without leaving an email address or completing a captcha is a surefire way to ensure people can cheat!

  4. tammi nutting says:

    had a email asking to enter my pet . its a voting one . i have sent this link (hope thats ok). i hate them

  5. Brian Mcneil says:

    Easypromos has a game changing Fraud index that takes these issues out of the equation for voting contests. – http://www.easypromosapp.com/blog/en/2016/07/everything-you-need-to-organize-a-successful-voting-contest-in-facebook/

  6. Cecelia Allen says:

    Yet another voting comp. Have recommmended that Ocean Finance on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OceanUK read your 2012 page about them. Sadly first round of this comp is voting.

  7. Sandy Ralph says:

    voting comps should be banned..

  8. Hi Di, I always find your blog so useful and a great read. I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award http://blogmumjd.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

  9. Tracey Ashburn says:

    https://www.facebook.com/PlantMeNow?v=app_178776240420&rest=1 I have entered only because i love plants/gardening but i messaged them and this is the reply Hi Tracey, thanks for your message and concern with the #FabFlowerbeds competition. Please be assured that all votes for the potential winning entries are review by both our competition app and by us in the office. At the end of the competition we’ll manually check every vote to ensure that they’re genuine. Unfortunately it’s too late to change the way the competition works as some entrants have worked extremely hard promoting their entry to friends and family and it wouldn’t be fair on them if we were to change it now. We have run both types of competition in the past and also plan to in the future.

    Most of the entries have the normal few votes but one in particular has 322 votes.

  10. Pamela says:

    *SIGH* https://www.facebook.com/lowcostholidays.com have just kicked off a photo VOTING comp. I pointed out to them it will probably go pear shaped and their reply, predictably, is

    have chosen to involve voting in the competition as we want to
    encourage people to share their fantastic photos with everyone and have a
    bit of fun, competing against other entrants to see who’s photo gets
    the most votes. We can assure you that no votes will be bought, and the
    public only vote for the finalists – the ultimate winner will be
    decided by us. We hope this makes sense. Thanks

    • The terms are vague on this one Pam – it says “Once entrants have submitted a photo, they will be asked to vote for their favourite photographs. At the end of the competition, the photos with the most votes will be entered into a shortlist, with the ultimate winner selected by lowcostholidays.com judges.” – is it judged from the top 5, top 10, top 20 – or if the 21st photo is the best, are they going to judged from the top 21?! I’ve asked them to confirm. I would like to see it changed so that any photo with (for example) 20 votes goes to the judging panel!

  11. buttonf1fan says:

    I don’t enter votes competitions often. Generally i will only be tempted by a holiday prize. Something I can’t afford to buy, so I’ll have a go. I’m not complaining, i know its stressful and I’m trying not to ask much, or look at votes on it.

    How ppl can enter these often is beyond me.
    I wish my entry was being judged on effort, not just votes then final top 3 being judged.

    Would love voting comps to disappear.

  12. kay says:

    Amen! Exactly as Michelle said on your FB post. They’re a terrible idea, and very unpopular for all the above reasons. x

  13. Sarahmumof3 says:

    yadda yadda yadda blah blah blah it is the same old message all the time and no one listens,no changes are made, voting comps are still around and still being won by cheats, getting anyone to listen is impossible, even when like i did re mercedes, you try to get a change it proves nothing and all the ASA can do is jumble the facts and tell the company not to do it again… Really you would have thought the PR for big brands by now would know no one likes voting comps apart from the cheats :o/

    • Actually, people ARE listening! There are loads more photography and video competitions around now, and a very low percentage of them are voting. I’ve actually seen very few cheats winning vote comps lately because thanks to people sharing posts like this, the promoters are more aware of how people are cheating and they know what to look for. Big companies who ran voting comps last year – Tesco, CenterParcs, Jamaica Ginger Cake are just a few that spring to mind – are judging all the entries this time round, so lessons HAVE been learnt. Just this week a link to this blog post has resulted in Glorious Foods changing their voting comp to a judged one so it’s still worth complaining…

      • Sarahmumof3 says:

        opps, sorry, that sounded like I was complaining about people complaining! I didn’t mean to be ranty I know you do a wonderful job of getting rules changed and bringing awareness it just bugs me that there are still people thinking running a voting comp is good PR, but like you say if it is changing then thats a GREAT thing! 🙂 x

  14. Claire W says:

    A very interesting read – there is one of these on Facebook at the moment for Make time to play, only a few entries and you can’t see the votes but the last entry that was added is over the time length of the video to qualify, has made no effort (not that I should judge the content) and I believe is a seasoned comper getting all her friends to vote – I have a strong feeling I know who will win – not the best entry but the person who can drum up the most votes. I just feel sorry for the genuine entries and glad I never put the effort in to enter now – reading your post has really put me off voting comps for life!!

  15. Shows how small a world the internet is, the final postcscript of the Chrysler competition blog refers to an incident I watched unfold (online) reading the blogger whose work was plagiarised. Of all the blogs, on all the internets, in all of the world…

  16. Candi says:

    I just find them distasteful, but sometimes I feel I have to support a friend who is trying to win money for a charity or similar.

  17. Christina Curtis says:

    I love this thank you! So many companies still dont get it and when I mention it they blab on about how they will check everything is fair and its abit of fun and even more laughable they try to tell me its their likers which will vote so its fair. (no its whoever can nag the most people for votes) lol I would love to enter my dog into competitions purely because I love her to bits, she is pretty damn cute and I enjoy taking amusing/cute photos of her but sadly every Pet competition has been vote so we/she is yet to win any of them.

  18. veryboredincatalunya says:

    Great post, I don’t tend to do any voting competition purely because I don’t have the time to canvas for votes. As you say, a random winner or properly judged winner is the only way these competitions should be run.

    PS I’ve shared this post on StumbledUpon.

  19. Wendy Collard says:

    Very well put!

  20. Angie says:

    very well put 🙂 xxx

  21. Ktbennett says:

    fab … hope more companys will start ot take notice

    • Jilly Pearce says:

      I noticed a voting comp for the best carved pumpkin, with some amazing carvings entries, very elaborate for a simple comp. I then looked up pumpkin carving on google and saw what looked like two of the entries on web pages, not associated with the comp or the people who had entered them.

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