Essential Tools to Help You Win Competitions
There are plenty of tips and tricks out there to help you win competitions. One of the most important pieces of advice is “you’ve got to be in it to win it”. No matter which way you look at it, competitions are all about luck, and luck has a funny way of increasing when the odds are in your favour.
Spending hours in front of your laptop entering competition after competition probably isn’t your idea of a good time. Thankfully it’s possible to take the boring parts out of comping with these tools; the majority of which are free.
Roboform & Auto Fillers
If you enter a lot of prize draws and giveaways then you’ll know that the most time consuming part is entering your name, address, and phone number. Auto filler programmes such as Roboform remember your answers and insert them automatically, saving you precious minutes. You can pick up a free or paid version of Roboform, but most browsers also come equipped with their own hassle free auto filler.
Snap Links Plus
The Firefox browser is well worth downloading. Not only does it have an in-built auto filler, you can also download a wealth of powerful add-ons to make your browsing experience easier. Snap Links is an add on that lets you open a number of hyperlinks at once, all in separate tabs; saving you from clicking them all individually. Perfect if you want to enter a lot of competitions from one site. Simply draw a rectangle around all the links you want to open, and away you go.
You can win money and prizes in crossword competitions, which just makes it more frustrating when you can’t work out that last word. The website One Across can help you to solve the crossword and claim your prize. Just type in your clue, and tell them the number of words in the answer. If you already have a couple of letters, you can indicate this by using question marks for the unknown parts and putting the letters in where you do have them.
This UK based website is perfect if you’re struggling to come up with a tie-breaker slogan and need some inspiration. Winspiration lists winning tie breakers for a range of industries, so it’s easy to find out what big brands want from their entrants. Don’t copy them, but do use them as the basis to come up with your own ideas. A good trick is to look at marketing material from the company sponsoring your contest and follow their tone of voice.
Sometimes we don’t need inspiration to write a tie breaker, we just need a word that rhymes to finish ours off. Rhymezone is a great tool for amateur poets. Type in the word that you want a rhyme for and the website will present you with a list of words; you’ll be surprised how well some of them fit your needs.
Your Own Email Signature
Some compers suggest a time saving method of creating a template for entering email competitions with. An easier way to do this is to write your template as an email signature. This works best if you have a separate email address just for entering competitions. When you write your signature, leave a space for the answer followed by your name, address and phone number. Every time you open a new email from that account, the form will appear. Just type in the answer to the competition, click send, and you’re done.