Do You Fold Your Paper Contest Entries?

Do you think always folding entry forms makes a difference when putting them into a box?


Here is why.

As the Administrator for this particular contest, all the in-person entries are being mailed to me, I then key them into a database, which is then emailed to the Agency who will be filming the official drawing (done via computer) for the Sponsor.

You should note the photo above is only one batch, from one ballot box. This was a national sweepstakes. Lots of data entry on my part!!

And you can’t enter any longer as it closed. Which is why I am sharing this information now as a glimpse behind the scenes.

Behind The Scenes

Episode 1

Here are the Top 5 Mistakes I found when administering this sweepstakes:

  1. Assume the drawing is being done in-store.
  2. Folding your entries.
  3. Putting in more than one entry.
  4. Not filling in the entire entry form.

Be sure to watch the video as I go into far more detail on each error.

Do you make any of these in-person entry mistakes?

2017-11-14T17:33:08+00:00November 14th, 2017|Contesting, Marketing, Sweepstaking|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. Carole D November 15, 2017 at 12:02 am - Reply

    That’s interesting, lots of data entry. One of our local mall now use tablets for us to enter. They use to have a huge barrel, with daily entry not sure if they input the info a database.

  2. ALICE SPENCE November 15, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Just read your episode on FOLDING PAPER ENTRIES. What is you advice about “DECORATING” or using FANCY ENVELOPES for the rare MAIL IN contests?

    • Carolyn
      Carolyn November 16, 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Sounds like time for another video!

Leave A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.