Winspiration: Topshop & #London Experiences; First #Pinterest & #Instagram #Competition #Wins

January has been a busy month for me trying to fit in a number of wins from the festive season.  Last week I had an amazing time at Topshop.  I won a like and share competition on Facebook from a Leeds pub, The Botanist, to attend a personal shopper experience in the new shopping centre there, Trinity Leeds.

I was greeted by fedora wearing Lauren in the chicly styled white leather suite reserved for these appointments.  Champagne in hand I was led to a room which had outfit after outfit specially selected for me, (as I had communicated with Lauren previously my fashion inspirations).  I felt like a celebrity and Lauren was just amazing, she exactly had my style, gave me some useful tips, and picked out key looks for the season to keep me up-to-date in the fashion stakes!  This is why I love my hobby as I don’t think I would have booked in for something like this, but it was really worthwhile and I recommend Lauren without a doubt.

Next I had a completely free night in London, (except for the trainfare to get me there).  Both wins on twitter advent giveaways.  The first being £50 to spend in Gourmet Burger Kitchen, from the N1 centre in Islington.  I love there burgers but sadly as we had to eat later as well, (the hardship), we spent the prize on chips and prosecco.  Must be the northerner in me!  Their sweet potato fries are especially delicious I have to say.

Then for a mad dash on the tube as we headed for Piccadilly Circus.  We walked towards Leicester Square and the venue Cafe de Paris.  I’ve previously enjoyed some fun-filled nights in this establishment, dancing away ’til the early hours.  A well-known nightclub it now opens its doors earlier for cabaret shows throughout the week.  You can watch the show for a very reasonable price, but lucky us had the VIP dining package.  We ate a splendid 3 course meal, shared a bottle of champagne, and had front row seats for the entertaining performance from the London Cabaret Society.  Singers, comedians, burlesque dancers, fire-eaters, magicians and more, if you enjoy something a little risqué this show is definitely for you.  I loved it and what a fabulous night out in London!

Fire Eating at Cafe de Paris, London.

Fire Eating at Cafe de Paris, London.

Next week I have to try to squeeze in taking my car to a local garage for a full valet, it’s the premium service and costs £45 normally so I’m looking forward to having my car just like new!  So with these experiences out-of-the-way I can get on with winning some more to enjoy later in the year.  As you can probably tell eating out, and attending events and experiences, are prizes that especially appeal to me.

If you follow me on Facebook you will know I’ve had my first BIG win of the year.  A Surface Pro 2 from Currys PC World, worth £799.  I’m especially pleased with this win as it is my first ever on Pinterest,  an easy repin to win.  It’s inspired me to keep entering competitions on that platform.  Something about firsts this month as I also had my first ever Instagram win, a Calvin Klein iPad case from Superdrug  – for which I simply had to like their status.  From Virgin Experiences I won a meal for 2 with wine at Brasserie Blanc by leaving a comment on a Facebook post.  Very pleased with my wins so far this year totally over £1200.

Don’t agree with voting competitions as a rule – but this one from Expedia has an exceedingly good prize to win a pair of first class plane tickets! Would be much appreciated if you could give me a vote, (and if you enter please comment below and I’ll return the favour). Thanks in advance; http://goo.gl/mnsqQF

A nice big win is always inspiring, thanks Currys!

A nice big win is always inspiring, thanks Currys!

Please do share with me your wins on facebook, twitter or even instagram…..  its great to hear your winning ways too!

Competition: Win a Ted Baker iPhone 5 Case worth £25: Ends Midnight 30/01/2014

Incase you missed it on facebook or twitter the lucky winner of the Ted Baker ‘Timeless Romantic’ iPhone 5 case, was Zoe Roxby.  The competition was so popular, (over 230 people entered), I have decided to run another giveaway, for another Ted Baker iPhone 5 case.  This design is called ‘Sweet Talking’ and is watermelon scented!

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The competition is hosted on facebook; https://www.facebook.com/How2bBornLucky/app_143103275748075

This competition is unsponsored and will close at Midnight on Thursday 30th January 2014.  (The same closing date as the Pinterest competition which is here incase you missed it)!  The winner will be announced within 48 hours of this date.

Normally I use the Rafflecopter app to allow a random winner to be drawn, but on this occasion I’ve decided to trial Woobox – I’d be grateful for your feedback as entrants as to which app you prefer.  Please let me know in the comments section below.

Good luck!

Creative #Competitions I’m entering this month! Jan 2014

I found at the end of last year I turned into a very lazy comper, sticking mainly to facebook and twitter competitions which took just a moment to enter.  Not that I will be stopping that as I’ve had some great wins, but I wanted to go back to doing more involved and fun competitions too.  The kind that really got me hooked on this fabulous hobby almost 15 years ago.

Pinterest is something I’ve been aware of but never used to its full potential, so I’ve been having practice over Christmas, and now I’m looking for competitions on there with low entries.  This year I’m especially interested in any prizes of furniture, home decor, household goods, etc. as I wish to completely revamp my property.   Thats why this competition to win a £9000 new bedroom from Furniture Village really caught my eye!

http://www.furniturevillage.co.uk/magazine/Competitions/New-Year-New-Bedroom.aspx

You can have multiple entries but you need to submit each individually with a new board.

I came up with my first bedroom idea centred around the theme of Hollywood glamour, you can view my entry here.  I submitted this on the 9th Jan and then I was a little disheartened as on the Furniture Village facebook page their resident blogger released a post entitled Hollywood glamour on the 10th!  I had a feeling this might prevent me from winning as the judges might think I hadn’t had my own idea so I came up with 2 further entries.  My second entry, submitted on the 16th Jan, was all about the perfect bedroom for peace and quiet and can be viewed here.  Finally on the 18th Jan I submitted my seaside bedroom theme found here.  It was time consuming entering this competition, I estimate around an hour to complete each board as I was really looking for the right pieces, but the prize is of such a high value I felt it was worth the effort.  Fingers crossed!

The closing date for the competition is 20th January 2014 so be quick to get your entries in.  Feel free to share with me your boards too.

Another Pinterest competition here with Next to win 3 x £100 Gift Cards.

http://www.pinterest.com/nextofficial/new-year-new-you/?utm_source=Twitter+&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_term=Monday1300&utm_content=130102014&utm_campaign=socpinterest

Here is my entry: http://www.pinterest.com/MeSueYouWho/new-year-new-you/

And now for some photo competitions……….

I’m not sure photo competitions are altogether ‘creative’ but I’ve found just that little bit of extra effort involved can reduce the number of entries.  Although this one from Topshop just because of who they are will undoubtedly be very popular.  But as I love my not so little William I thought I couldn’t miss out on this opportunity for him to have his image on a pair of socks, (and the pets owner also gets a £250 gift card)!

http://insideout.topshop.com/2014/01/is-your-pet-the-next-topshop-sock-star

To enter, simply tweet or Instagram a picture of your pet @Topshop with the hashtag #TopPets by 26th January at midnight.  This is the image I entered of William, I’m guessing it might not be ‘kooky’ enough for Topshop but he wasn’t in dressing up mood whilst I was wanting to enter!

WillyBillyBaby

I spotted another pet photo competition with Pets At Home so thought I’d make double use of the photo while I was at it.  You do need to be a VIP club member, the winning prize is a £25 gift voucher, and it closes on January 31st.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/pets-at-home/facebook-vip-pet-of-the-month-competition/10153286884000372

And my final competition for this post I haven’t actually entered yet, I’m pondering how I’ll persuade a friend to join me in dressing up as a man as its really a fabulous prize………  but it requires a ‘bromance’ photo!  Send in your pics before the 13th February for the chance to win a VIP experience to the England v Ireland Legends match on 21st February at The Stoop.

http://www.englandirelandlegends.com/#!competition/c1ede

Would be great to see your entries to these competitions so feel free to share with me on facebook or twitter, and of course do let me know of any wins.  Happy Comping!

Winspiration: Makeover @FruitionSalonS2, Cabaret Tickets, Champagne & a New Bag!

I found your comments on my New Years Resolutions post really inspiring, so I decided it might be a nice feature of the blog to share some of my wins.  I won’t bore you with them all but once or twice a month I’ll send a winspiration!

Towards the end of last year I was lucky to win a competition on twitter from a beauty salon in Sheffield.  It was a simple RT & Follow, the prize was for a hair makeover, full set of nails, and a meal and cocktails at a restaurant.  I wanted to write about this lovely win from Fruition Salon, City Road, Sheffield as it goes to show, as I always find, how accommodating and helpful prize promotors generally are.

Firstly it took me ages to book in the hair & beauty part of the prize as I was overseas for a month, I changed dates on several occasions.  Secondly I was really struggling to get the restaurant part booked in.  But always patient and helpful with me the staff at Fruition got me booked in last Saturday, and kindly offered as I was unable to take the meal and cocktails, to give me some goodies instead!

My hair was done by the very warm and friendly Kerri.  As I opted not to have a colour she kindly gave me a deep conditioning treatment which my hair was very pleased to receive in these cold winter months.  Next I had my nails done and I really felt very spoilt, everyone making a fuss of me and making me feel nothing would be too much.  Just as I was about to leave there were a few nudges and winks……  and I was presented with a bottle of wine, (never fails to make a girl smile)……. and a gift box full of goodies from Lush.  It was a great day!  All the staff at Fruition, both in salon and running the promotion were ever professional.  Here I am very pleased with my prize:

Fruition Hair

Fruition often run competitions over social media, and infact there is one on their facebook page now, so if you live in Sheffield I’m sure they’d be pleased if you give them a like and/or follow:

https://www.facebook.com/Fruitionhairandnails

https://twitter.com/FruitionsalonS2

I have now also had my first wins in 2014.  4 Cabaret tickets & a bottle of champagne to any friday or saturday performance at the Cafe de Paris, London.  This comes in very handy as I’m in London to visit friends this month.  (I had that in mind when I entered the comp)!  It was again a RT & follow on twitter.  On facebook I did a like and share competition and won a lovely new bag from the Camouflage company as pictured below.  So a prize haul of over £100 already, I’m feeling 2014 is going to be a lucky year!

Bag from Camouflage Company

I’d love to hear from you…….  how many wins have you had so far in 2014?

#Competition Terms / #Comping Definitions / #Comper Acronyms

When I first started out entering competitions, almost 15 years ago now, the focus was on postal competitions rather than the web.  There was a lot of terminology that went with the hobby, and still is!  I was a little bamboozled to say the least.  So, for any newbies out there here is a quick guide to some common competition terms you may encounter, along with their definitions.

  • Comper – An individual who enters competitions
  • Comping – The (some might say) art of entering competitions
  • Professional Comper – The Press tend to use this term for very successful compers
  • AIOE – All In One Envelope (a little extinct now but back in the day you would enter multiple competitions from one magazine, for example, by putting all entries in one envelope, isn’t the www a magical thing)!
  • CD – Closing Date
  • DTT – Day Time Telephone
  • E/F – Entry Form
  • FB – Facebook
  • Follow & RT – in reference to a competition on twitter indicating you should Follow the company or individual hosting the giveaway, & RT the competition tweet
  • FPD – Free Prize Draw
  • Like & Share – in reference to a competition on facebook indicating you should Like the page which is hosting the competition & Like & Share the competition post
  • LWE – Long White Envelope (those were lovely days when the postie brought more than bills)!
  • NPN – No Purchase Necessary
  • OOM – Order Of Merit
  • PC – Postcard
  • POP – Proof Of Purchase
  • PPE – Plain Paper Entry
  • SAE – Self Addressed Envelope
  • STD – Spot The Difference
  • TXT – Texting competition ie. Text to Win
  • WEM – Winning E-Mail (more of these please comping fairy)!
  • WTC – Winning Telephone Call

Comping is a hobby which can be very time consuming, but also extremely rewarding.  I sometimes feel I need an assistant though to help me get through all the ones I want to enter!

William

 

If it would make your life easier you can follow me on any of my social media platforms and check out the competitions I am entering:

https://www.facebook.com/sue.mellor.750

http://instagram.com/mesueyouwho

http://www.pinterest.com/MeSueYouWho/

http://www.twitter.com/mesueyouwho

Please feel free to share your accounts below so we can share the comping love!  Also, please do let me know if you have any comping terms to add to the post.

Competition: Win a Ted Baker ‘Timeless Romantic’ iPhone 5 Case worth £29: Ends Midnight 14/01/2014

As promised a lovely little giveaway for you.  The Competition prize is a Ted Baker ‘Timeless Romantic’ iPhone 5 case worth £29.  You can enter by clicking HERE!

Win a Ted Baker iPhone 5 Case - Competition

PLEASE NOTE! Just a little word of warning, I will be checking that the winner has completed all the tasks as specified! If the tasks have not been completed, I’m afraid your entry will be void. I have set you a small number of tasks to complete in order to accumulate entries into the draw, an additional entry is available every day when you ‘tweet’ about the competition.

This competition is unsponsored and will close at Midnight on Tuesday 14th January 2014.  The winner will be announced within 48 hours of this date.  Be quick!  Less than one week to get your entries in.

Unfortunately with the free version of rafflecopter you can’t enter the giveaway from your mobile as the ‘free’ technology doesn’t allow it.  So email yourself a little reminder to visit again from your laptop or pc to enter the competition there.

Good luck!

New Years Resolutions 2014 & Wins from 2013

My New Years Resolutions are very simple this year:

1.  To get this blog up and running properly, (after 2 years in the thought process)!

2.  To dedicate more time to comping & enter more creative competitions.

3.  To keep a spreadsheet of all my wins.

4.  To be happy & lucky.

To achieve all of these things I am going to need to focus and it starts now……..

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When I started the blog last year I asked you, in this post:

https://how2bbornlucky.com/2013/05/23/210513-210514-prize-log-entry-1/

To guess how many prizes I would win in a year.  I had estimates ranging from 18 to 365, but in general most people felt I would win 52 times – or once per week.  I was very bad and didn’t keep up the log, (or blog), as promised, (hence New Years Resolutions)!  So yesterday I went through old emails, facebook messages and twitter mentions.

I found I had won 28 prizes totally a value of £3180.  

This isn’t a great amount compared to some of my previous years but I am pleasantly surprised.  Remembering I only started the blog in May and had comped very little in the early part of the year, I also spent 2 months overseas during this time, so 28 wins is really for 6 months moderate comping.  I’m very happy, (but will still seek to improve this year)!  It also shows my readers have great guess work as around 52 wins for the year would have probably been right.

As I mentioned in my original post I don’t enter anything and everything.  I do go for the prizes I want.  Often I go in for easy to enter competitions on facebook and twitter but I will look for ones with very low entries.  Infact 2 of the facebook competitions I won this year I knew I was going to win……. as I was the only entrant!  But definately this year I would like to focus more on creative comping, again looking for those low entry competitions thereby increasing your chances to win.

My two biggest wins last year were the trip to London with £500 spending money from Nestle Bueno, and a Caldesi cookery weekend in the Cotswolds worth £1000.  I found I was busy coming up to Christmas so didn’t do much except twitter competitions but had a great run winning Ringside seats at a Boxing Match, Lunch & a Falconry experience, £40 Wagamama Vouchers, £50 GBK Vouchers, a Topshop Personal Shopping Experience and much more!

I have yet to have my first win of the year but I do have my spreadsheet all ready to record it when it does happen and of course I shall be sharing my wins.  It is really great to keep a record of your wins so you can look back and cheer yourself up in those lean times.  Wishing you all a very happy and lucky 2014.

I’d love to hear how many wins you had in 2013?