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.

Come on over to Instagram!


I’ve had a couple of pretty good weeks comping; and a lot of my prizes have come from Instagram including a case of wine and over £100 worth of beauty products. Both of those prizes came from me simply following the promoter’s page and leaving a comment and a like! Pretty easy right? And chatting to you guys on our Facebook page it seems as though many of you want to give Instagram a go but need a bit of a guide. So keep an eye on our website over the coming weeks when I will be adding a ‘how to comp on Instagram’. In the meantime if you are new to it then follow my page; just search @sammyfairman and I’ll give you a follow back too!


Also, feel free to drop me an email (info@oxonpress.co.uk) or message/post on our Facebook page with anything that you’d like me to include in the guide; such as how to ‘regram’ or how to ‘tag’ a fellow comper.


Make sure to download the app via your mobile device if you haven’t already and start getting a feel for it. Sometimes just having a play and looking through the navigation icons can be as good a starting point as any. Then you’ll be raring to go and the guide will be a lot easier to understand.


And start taking photos; lots of them! And get ready to upload. You will need to post regularly with ‘personal’ stuff and not just use it as a comping platform in order to not been seen as spam!


So I’ll see you over on Instagram this weekend! Just a quick tip; you can view the app via your desktop but you won’t be able to upload any pics – that will need to be done from your mobile device!


Have fun! And have a great weekend!


Sammy x

Ho Ho Ho! Grab yourself a festive spa break with SP Xtra!
With the kids now back to school I'm on a countdown to my winning holiday in Sri Lanka. My tickets arrived at the weekend, so it all feels real now! I've got so much to organise as not only do I need to make sure the hubby and I are sorted, but I need to make lists for the babysitters and jot down the kid's schedules (as they have far busier socials lives than us!). I think by the time I arrive at the resort I'll be ready to chill for the whole week!
Now talking of chilling, I think you should head on over to Simply Prizes where you will find some lovely competitions; settle yourself down with a cuppa and get comping. Most take a few seconds to enter and there are hundreds of competitions currently listed featuring tickets for days out, short breaks, holidays, toys, things for the home and garden plus lots more!
And I've also found a corker of a comp for you too; how do you fancy a Christmas spa break to Bath? It includes a stay at The Queensberry boutique hotel in a deluxe room, including breakfast, tickets to the real outdoor ice rink Bath on Ice, two Twilight Spa Packages at Thermae Bath Spa, Britain's only natural thermal day spa, a hamper of Bath Christmas Market goodies and to top it off a free pass to many of Bath's top attractions and museums. A nice chance to relax before the onset of the festive madness. Simply enter your details here before 17th November to get your name in the draw.
I was hoping to be a bit more organised for Christmas before I jetted off to the sun but then I realised that Black Friday was going to fall while I was away - so I plan on shopping via Wi-Fi with a cocktail in one hand and my iPad in the other! However, I do realise that sometimes the deals can be hyped up so it's best to compare price, especially as a lot of promoters will release their deals before the day itself. But for your reference this year Black Friday is 24th November and Cyber Monday is 27th November. Last year a lot of retailers ran their deals for the entire weekend so if there is a shop or item you're hoping to get discounts in/on then just keep an eye on their website for sale news soon!
Also, pop on over to our Facebook page where you will find a selection of competitions; it's also a wonderful comping community where you can chat to other compers and share your own comping news and advice.
Plus don't forget that tomorrow The Postcard Store are putting their prices up, so if you want to grab a pack of your favourites and beat the price increase, click here to visit their online shop now. 


Good luck and happy comping!


Sammy x