SP Xtra: Editor's Blog

Hi, my name's Sammy and I'm the Editor of Simply Prizes magazine. Every week I'll be bringing you an update or two about any interesting competitions I find or any comping news. Plus I'll bring you any competitions or offers I find.

Are you being spammed?

 

I’ve heard from a few compers recently that have been entering competitions and then all of a sudden are finding an inbox full of spam! It’s easy to get attracted into entering competitions that promise you prizes of cars and holidays and big amounts of cash however, if you aren’t using a site like Simply Prizes (who never list affiliate competitions) then you could end up screaming at your mail box!

 

Affiliate competitions are ones where upon entering you have to tick check boxes to accept offers from other companies. And only on doing this will you then be entered into winning your dream car! I avoid comps like this completely. My inbox is full enough with newsletters that I actually want to subscribe to without being asked if I’d like my teeth whitened or eye laser surgery done ten times a day!

 

So if you have fallen into the trap of entering these kind of promotions and you’re near to throwing your laptop out the window every time you open your email, make a cuppa and chill! There is a site called unroll me which offers a pretty good solution to helping you get on top of those pesky emails. It will basically trawl through your email account and then give you an alphabetical list of all your current subscriptions. You can then click through fairly quickly to unsubscribe from ones you no longer want, or maybe never even wanted in the first place! When you’ve clicked a few you’ll then be asked to like unroll me on Facebook or send a tweet before you can continue further. This is fine! There are other benefits to the site too where by you can organise your subscriptions into a list that they will compile and choose when you would like to receive it through the day. You can register and get started here .

 

For future proofing your inbox be careful on the tick check boxes at the bottom of competitions; nearly all will ask you whether you want to subscribe to their emails and most will ask whether you want contact from reputable third parties. I only ever subscribe to the promoter’s email (if I want to) and never to the third party stuff. Otherwise again your mail box will be tripping over itself with all the different subscriptions and you’ll be reaching for that wine bottle…

 

If you do decide to have a ‘clear up’ let me know how you get on. You can either drop me a line via email to info@oxonpress.co.uk or post on our Facebook wall .

 

Chat soon!

 

Sammy x

Tuesday Talk! (And a little prize draw!)

 

There are always hundreds of EOM (end of month) comps doing the rounds and I just wondered how many of you managed to be organised enough to do them? Every month I tell myself to start entering them in the middle of the month by doing a few each day so I’m not so inundated on the last day, but I never do! So tonight I’ll be settling down as early as I can and ploughing my way through as many as I can. (Vowing to myself that things will be different next month, ha ha!)

 

I tend to be quite organised with my comping routine but the EOM stuff just beats me every time. My main comping time is in the evenings but I do try and sneak some dailies in through the day if I can. I concentrate on staying a few days ahead of the closing dates so I can have an evening off every weekend and I keep a spreadsheet of wins to track prizes.

 

So, how do you organise your comping? I’d love to hear from you and I’d like to post the best tips on our Facebook page to help other compers get their game into gear! So you can either post on our wall  or email me at: info@oxonpress.co.uk. And at the end of the month I’ll choose my favourite to win a little something.

 

Chat soon!

 

Sammy x