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Saturday, 2 February 2019

Comping Resolutions

New Year, New Me....New bunch of overambitious resolutions: never snooze the alarm, give up all things tasty and run a 100km in January (I somehow did manage this one). 

I thought that I would compile a list of comping resolutions that may be a wee bit easier than the other ones you've set (and promptly forgotten about). I'm planning on focusing on one of these each month, as I find it's really easy to get stuck in a comping rut (for me, that's entering Instagram competitions in bed when I should be sleeping).

With the help of the lovely members of my Facebook Group (join here) the list is nice and varied. Comment below your resolutions and which you will be focusing on in February....

1) Do at least one creative comp a week/month

For me, it's more realistic to say one a month, for others it will be one a fortnight or even one a week! Creative comps often can't be entered straight away, so I have a little folder in my photos on my phone of screenshots of creative comps. That way if I have spare time, I can come up with ideas for my entry, even if I don't have any internet/signal!

2) Create a monthly wish list

I love having wish lists, as I find them a massive motivator. However, in reality, these change quite frequently. Last month I was wanting to win presents for my mums birthday at the end of January (therefore now passed), and now it's a food bundle to try some tasty new snacks (and save some money). Therefore, I am resolving to create monthly wish lists to try to keep up the motivation and focus of my comping.

3) Enter more local comps

Local comps naturally have less entries than UK wide comps, and therefore you will have a better chance of winning. However, they are also less frequent and harder to find, so can require more effort. The thing I love about local comps is that it often supports a small brand, for example a new restaurant in the area, and also gets me trying new places/companies! I would recommend searching in Prize Finder for your local town/city to find competitions, and also joining your local Facebook comping group where people will share the competitions that they have found. 

4) Comp less

Now this one might seem counter-intuitive, but it's a really important one. Comping is one of those hobbies that is so accessible and seemingly endless that it can be easy to become overwhelmed. You could enter a competition every minute of the day and still not get through them all. And that is okay. It's important to be okay with taking time off of comping and not feel guilty about it. For a while, it was really starting to get to me, and so I took a month off.... which turned into almost a year. And that is okay. As Neill Johnstone once wisely told me, if the fun stops, stop (I'm sure he stole that from somewhere but I won't argue it).

5) Don't compare yourself to others

This applies not just to comping but to life in general. It's all too easy to watch prize unboxings and wonder why you aren't winning as much as them. The thing is, everyone's situation is different. Perhaps your wish list is more niche, you don't have as much time or it's just not been your month. Write yourself a wish list, look over your past wins or just chat to other compers to inspire each other and rebuild motivation! You can do this! In the end, comping is a personal hobby and none of us are in competition with each other. I have found that compers are simply lovely people and a real motivational boost when I'm going through a dry spell.

6) Get out the comfort zone!

A lot of the resolutions that were suggested were to enter a specific form of comping: more postal comps, more Gleams, more Instagram etc. For me, Instagram is my safe zone: I get most of my wins from there and I spend a lot of time on it anyway. For others, Instagram is a minefield (check out this post here and here to help with that). Therefore, each month I am going to focus on a style of comping that I don't do much of (as well as continuing my Instagramming). This month it has been Twitter, next month I'm thinking postal. Switch it up and see what you like! Life begins outside the comfort zone and all that!

So there we have 6 resolutions, and therefore half a year of monthly challenges. Do you have any I've missed, or any tips on how to achieve these? Comment below and share the luck and love...

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Prize Unboxing: November 2018

I have something to unbox this month!! 3 things to be precise, and all from Instagram! Here's a breakdown of this months wins:

Prize: Soy Candle
From: BOUS/ Room to Breathe Bristol
Entry: Instagram

Prize: Breakfast Bundle
From: Real Handful
Entry: Instagram

Prize: Gardening and Breakfast Bundle
From: Primrose Kitchen
Entry: Instagram

Friday, 26 October 2018

WINstagram: 2018 Update

Like with most social media, Instagram is constantly updating and changing the way that it does things. This means that the way we enter competitions is also constantly changing. And so I felt it was high time to update my old Instagram tips blog with this brand spanking new one. While my old one had more tips and tricks, this blog serves as more of a guide as to how to enter Instagram competitions (with the odd tip thrown in for good measure of course).

In my opinion, Instagram is one of the trickiest and also best ways to win competitions and it is where the majority of my wins have come from. These two things go hand in hand: because the competitions often require a little more effort and hunting, less people will enter them.

There are different kinds of Instagram competitions:

- Repost (including repost to story)
- Combination of like/comment/follow/tag
- Loop competitions
- Creative competitions

1. Repost Competitions

Now to be honest, this is the sort of Instagram competition that I enter the least. In fact, I have only done a repost comp once, and that was to win a pair of wellies that I really needed for work, and I was lucky enough to win!

The issue with repost competitions, in my opinion, is that they make my Instagram profile look a bit messy. Some promoters will check out your Instagram page to check if you are a bot or a comper (give us a break), and so making your profile as 'real' as possible is important. For this reason, I would recommend deleting the post from your page after the competition winner has been decided.

To enter a repost to win competition, you have to post a copy of the promoters original competition post onto your own page. The simplest way to do this is to download an app such as 'Repost for Instagram' or 'RepostIt'. This will make sure that the caption below the promoters post is also copied over, and this often contains essential hashtags and handles.

For the repost to story competitions, you just need to take a screenshot of the post and put it on your story, as shown in the infographic below. Once you've chosen your picture you can add things to it! Make sure to tag the company and include any hashtags.

2. Comment/like/tag/follow Competitions (I need to think of a catchier name for these)

The most common type of Instagram competition is a simple interaction one. The promoter will give instruction in the post, and you just need to follow these. Be careful to check how many people you need to tag, and also if the person you tag also needs to follow. If that is the case, I will tag a fellow comper who has already entered the competition (or I'm pretty sure will after my tag) to make sure we are both entered correctly. If you're looking for people to tag, or want to be tagged, comment below this blog with your Instagram handle to build up some comping friends.

Make sure to follow all the brands mentioned, as they will check if you follow if/when they go to contact you as a winner. Be prepared for your Instagram feed to become filled with promoters, so if you're not a fan of  'JD posting a different angle of shoe every 15 second' (Neill Johnstone, 2018) consider opening a separate comping Instagram (but make sure to post to it so it doesn't look like a fake account). A similar style of competition are:

3. Loop Competitions

If you don't like following a lot of brands on Instagram, this is not the competition type for you. The idea of a loop competition is that lots of different brands collaborate together to have one large prize, and each of them benefit.

Starting on any of the competition posts you will have to like and follow the post/promoter before following a link to the next promoter in the chain. When you find the same competition post on their page you then also like/follow and continue to the next page. Do this until you are back at the original post and comment 'DONE' (or they will tell you to comment something). The idea is that all the promoters benefit, however it can be a bit of a long process, as sometimes there can be a hundred brands involved (well, about 15 but you get my point). Easy to enter if you can be bothered, but check where it's open to, as these are more common in America.

4. Creative Competitions

All hardcore compers love a good effort comp! Instagram is the perfect platform for them, as it is such a visual social media channel. These can be harder to find, but there are a few good Facebook groups that advertise them. Whenever I see an effort comp on Instagram I take a screenshot of it and add it to an album on my phone, so that I can check the details whenever inspiration hits. Another way of doing this is the 'Save' feature on Instagram. This way all the details are easily accessible for when you have time to create your post (often not when scrolling through Insta on the bus).

The key thing to remember with creative competitions is to stand out. Really take your time with these and read the brief carefully, making sure to include any tags, hashtags, products or specifications necessary. You don't want to go to a lot of effort for the perfect landscape photo when it has to be a selfie.

Another tip would be to check out the other entries by clicking the hashtag to view the other entries. Obviously not to copy any entries, in fact, the opposite: make sure your post is original and stands out amongst the others. Pick a colour of background or clothing that hasn't been used much, or include text or quirky angles to draw the eye of the promoter. 

Personally, I love a good Instagram competition. They are so easy to enter when out and about, and as I follow so many brands, the competitions just come to me on my timeline when I'm scrolling anyway. 

Follow me on Instagram (@lornab22) and comment below your Instagram handle if you want to be tagged in competitions too.

Luck and Love,