From The (Contest Queen)

26th Annual National Sweepstakes Convention | Pre-convention Chaos

August 31st, 2015|

On Wednesday September 2nd 2015, the 26th Annual National Sweepstakes Convention will begin. It’s my favorite annual event. I have only missed one since 2005.

This year I was was lucky enough to get a vendor’s […]

What to do if Friends or Family are Ungrateful

August 30th, 2015|

In yesterday’s blog post, at the end of her reply Lauren made this comment:

Then it also started the discussion of entering a relative and they weren’t appreciative when they won, LOL.

This is such an interesting […]

Should You Enter Friends & Family into Sweepstakes?

August 29th, 2015|

Lauren writes:

I just found your page from the IWIN Contests Newsletter. I love all of the articles you have written! You have answered and discussed a lot of sweepstakes related things that I have wondered […]

DEFINITION: Blacklisting

August 28th, 2015|


Londia wrote me in a follow-up to my post on There is No Such Thing as a Blacklist.

Personally, I suspect it is Woobox divesting themselves of responsibility, but if you have an avenue to verify […]

What Do You Do if There is Nowhere to Show Your Gratitude?

August 27th, 2015|

Barbara left this comment on my blog post, Why it’s Important to Show Your Gratitude:

What do you do under the circumstances when you would like to thank them, but you don’t know who they are? […]

It’s Important to Show Your Gratitude

August 26th, 2015|

I didn’t think I would be writing about the Skittles contest again, but something occurred that saddened me as a marketer and I had to blog about it.

I received this email from the agency running […]

U.S. Entries Only!?

August 25th, 2015|

I enter contests as a hobby and I’ve begun to push back at contests that freely advertise and ask for subscribers in Canada that do not allow Canadians to enter their giveaways. I’ve re-tweeted, contacted […]

Is There Such a Thing as a Blacklist?

August 24th, 2015|

Abbey writes:

I’ve heard you mention a “Blacklist”  Why do companies blacklist sweepstakes entrants? How long do you stay blacklisted? Does it effect other entrants in my family or at my address? Is there a way […]

Is it Really That Simple?!

August 23rd, 2015|

Hi Carolyn,
I am wondering about the Twitter contests where it says “to enter all you need to do is follow and retweet”. Is that really all we need to do to win? Seems too […]

Why Not Shut It Down?

August 22nd, 2015|

After my blog post and newsletter article on the theft of potential codes I received this email:

Why do you think the company that had the caps stolen just doesn’t suspend the promotion?  They got worldwide […]