Always Remember to Check Your Notifications!

Do as I say. Not as I do.


I can’t even describe the level of frustration I have with myself when I drop the ball and don’t follow my own advice.

On the way to my sister’s for my family Christmas gathering I had a chance to catch up on social media contests as I wasn’t driving. I got to Instagram and noticed I had 3 notification requests. One was from Hellmann’s.

My stomach immediately went into knots as I read the text. How in the world had a missed a notification for almost 2 weeks?!

Of course the URL link had expired …

I emailed Veronica to see if there was any redemption. It was a shot in the dark, but at this point I literally had nothing to lose.

For the rest of the drive I stewed, along with kicking myself. I knew I was going to blog about my foolishness to teach you not to do as I do.

(UPDATE: Veronica emailed me back in January and I will be getting my prize. Now I just have to wait and see what it is.)

Have you ever missed a notification?

2018-01-05T17:41:03+00:00December 28th, 2017|Social Media Contests|3 Comments

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.


  1. Michael Montague January 6, 2018 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Hi Carolyn, I think everyone has missed that elusive notification that gets shuffled into their junk email folder or deleted in error. That’s all part of being a avid contest participant! My suggestion is to create a Google alert of one’s own name to notify of a win. I’ve received a google alert and had received no personal notification of a prize won from the contest host. Google alerts has personally saved the day with alerts and notifications. One can also conduct searches of junk and other email folders for the words “win”, “winner” or “congratulations” to sift through the possible notifications to be even more vigilant!
    Good luck and may 2018 be a winning year!

  2. Teresa Young January 6, 2018 at 11:29 am - Reply

    I missed a notification because we were on a cruise (win!) and had our cell phones off while out of US territory. When I logged back on I had an email notification with 48 hours to respond, about 2 days after the time had expired. I emailed and kept my fingers crossed, luckily I was able to get the prize, a book for my grandchildren.

    Question regarding Michael’s comment above – won’t a Google alert only work if your name has been posted on a website? Thanks

  3. Christina Zawadiwsky January 6, 2018 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    I’ve missed notifications from having been ill and being in the hospital (wasn’t online at all then). Luckily the places were understanding and I got my prizes anyway. It always pays to ask!

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