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Win Win Win! What Do You Want To Win??

 Creating a Win- Win - Win situation! What Do You Want to Win?

Just in case I haven’t mentioned to you before, let me share with you; I have a passion for Twitter, I love it.  I love it because I get to connect with so many bright, witty & fun people.

 

Yesterday I experienced another of the really great things about Twitter-one of my lovely followers @AndrewEmmett asked if I would think about creating competitions for my followers, and get other companies on Twitter to donate prizes.  Which I think is a brilliant idea.  

 

However, the most important person to tell me if it's a good idea, or not, is you, because you're the one reading this blog post.  You're the one I will be running the competitions for.

 

So please, tell me what you want, what you really really want!

 

  • What do you want to win? 

I'm thinking some of the prizes could be tickets to my courses, (Dates of which we'll be announcing next week), One to One coaching sessions with myself, and of course goodies like Flip cams, Skype headsets, Domain registration, hosting, things that would be useful for your business.

Please tell me what YOU WANT TO WIN

 

Sponsorship Opportunities: Also, if you're already running your own business what kind of things could you donate as prizes- a great way to get new customers to experience your products & get a wider exposure.

 

  • What competitions do you want to get involved in?

There will be a monthly competition, so it's a regular opportunity to win something that will be useful & valuable for your business, but what topics do you want to see?

 

One of the ideas I have is to have a Celebrate Your Success competition- where people post their successes, large or small & winners are chosen from those posts.  The most witty or inspiring successes would of course have the edge.

 

Or, we could put a case study up from business owners that need help, and the prize will go to the best/most helpful suggestion.  This type of competition creates a win-win-win!  The business gets the help it needs, the person suggesting the help gets to show off their knowledge & expertise & the prize, & the sponsors of the prize get exposure to some of the most inspirational, problem solving business owners around!

 

Those are just a couple of ideas, I know there are lots of others out there & we could easily do a different theme each month, so let me know what  your ideas are.

 

Life is exactly as you create it to be, so now's your opportunity to create the prizes & competitions that you want. 

 

So please, leave a comment below, or tweet me so that you can design the competition & prizes that you really want to win!

 

 

I'll keep the discussion open until Tuesday the 15th of June, so that, fingers crossed, we'll have time to run our first competition in June :)


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Comments: 37

  • #1

    Andrew Rayner (Friday, 04 June 2010 08:14)

    I think that coaching sessions would be the best prize. Someone's time is more valuable than a gadget or a specific prize that may not be suitable for some individuals (and therefore leave them disinterested)

  • #2

    Maya Hanley (Friday, 04 June 2010 08:29)

    I think the case study idea is great as well as coaching. Gadgets are good too. It depends on who participates in terms of giving away the prizes. You could do a few competitions with a variety of prizes depending on what people have to do to enter.

  • #3

    Wim.Apperlo (Friday, 04 June 2010 12:08)

    I love it Claire. I want to win gadgets & reach my goal ---> On a mission to raise money for Eco project's on Costa Rica.

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    #4

    Claire Boyles (Friday, 04 June 2010 12:22)

    Andrew: It's interesting that you should say time is more valuable than gadgets, it's so true, it's such a valuable commodity that often gets under-rated!

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    #5

    Claire Boyles (Friday, 04 June 2010 12:24)

    Maya: Thanks for joining in :) It's a great idea, maybe some techy related competitions would have the gadgets as prizes.

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    #6

    Claire Boyles (Friday, 04 June 2010 12:27)

    Wim: great you like gadgets :)
    What do you think will help you most in achieving your goal?

  • #7

    Wim Apperlo (Friday, 04 June 2010)

    Claire, to get more companies ads on our site to reach my goal. And more shout outs about our site. That would be nice :)

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    #8

    Claire Boyles (Friday, 04 June 2010 13:46)

    @ Wim Maybe we could use you as a case study for one of the competitions? The best suggestion wins the prize :)

  • #9

    Mairead (Friday, 04 June 2010 14:16)

    What a brilliant idea. I've got to agree with Andrew and Claire, time is much more valuable than gadgets. Once mastered you can achieve so much more.

  • #10

    Mike Heath (Friday, 04 June 2010 14:34)

    I think you have a wonderful idea on how businesses can compete and promote their business all at the same time. As for prizes, I would suggest offering free webinar trainings, web cams, books, etc.

  • #11

    Wim Apperlo (Friday, 04 June 2010 14:40)

    @ Claire , yes why not :)

  • #12

    Nicky Harris (Saturday, 05 June 2010 03:36)

    Great idea, I'm trying to think about what I have to offer and it's all fashion and women related. If you think you would like to offer clothes or jewellery gifts let me know. Right now if I was entering a competition I love all the tech gadgets.

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    #13

    Claire Boyles (Saturday, 05 June 2010 03:58)

    Mairead thank you for joining in :) I want to get as many people as possible to get involved in this- crowd sourcing so that I can be sure to give people what they want!

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    #14

    Claire Boyles (Saturday, 05 June 2010 04:03)

    Mike, thanks for joining in :)
    Free webinars is an interesting one, I've been resisting doing them for a while now, I think it's probably getting closer to the time I'll start doing them!
    I'm talking to a couple of people about giving books they've written as prizes (business type books)

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    #15

    Claire Boyles (Saturday, 05 June 2010 04:04)

    Wim, excellent, I shall keep you in mind when we kick of that challenge :)

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    #16

    Claire Boyles (Saturday, 05 June 2010 04:05)

    Nicky, there are lots of women entrepreneurs who would love to win clothes & jewellery gifts, and for the male entrepreneurs if they win- maybe they could treat their wives/girlfriends/mothers/sisters/friends :)

  • #17

    Malcolm Rendle (Saturday, 05 June 2010 04:57)

    Hi, I really think this is a good idea, the prizes that you suggest are universally useful and so will attract, hopefully a broad spectrum of participants. Well Done

  • #18

    nessy (Saturday, 05 June 2010 05:05)

    Claire, great idea. I think though its the use of gadgets efficiently that is a benefit and could lead us to using our time better. Just because you have a netbook on your knee doesn't mean you're using it best for what you're doing

    I do think though some kind of seminar or meet up would be a good prize, looking at ways to make the most of your time but something like that could be more beneficial. From a few seminars and meet ups I've been too I've found that while there may be some ideas and processes I would be familiar with it, it was how other people thought about them and how they integrated them into their lives that I found most beneficial.

    I think we learn most from each other

  • #19

    Lee Carey (Saturday, 05 June 2010 05:09)

    Since it is international and virtual, one prize to consider could be linking a business mentee with an appropriate mentor. The donors would be business veterans and the recipients would be entrepreneurs in need of help.

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    #20

    Claire Boyles (Saturday, 05 June 2010 06:44)

    Malcolm thanks for the encouragement, its great to know we're on the right track :)

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    #21

    Claire Boyles (Saturday, 05 June 2010 07:26)

    Nessy thanks for your input, great insight, you're right of course, gadgets are only useful if they're used in the appropriate way :)

    Agreed, one of the reason I love Twitter so much is the opportunity to learn so much from other people!

    Will definitely be taking your feedback on board, and everyone else's too of course :)

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    #22

    Claire Boyles (Saturday, 05 June 2010 07:27)

    Lee great idea, would you be interesting in Mentoring yourself, or would you have any recommendations of people that would be good Mentors?

  • #23

    Marky Moto (Saturday, 05 June 2010 12:10)

    I think sharing and developing Business ideas with your awesome experience would be the best prize! :D

  • #24

    Frederique Murphy (Saturday, 05 June 2010 12:57)

    Claire, I LOVE it.
    Taking it one step further, with your 3 x Win.
    WIN, WIN, WIN ;-)
    Would love to support you and happy to offer a couple of prizes.
    @IrishSmiley

  • #25

    KarenFlint63 (Saturday, 05 June 2010 14:36)

    I think this a great idea Claire, the coaching session as well as the prizes. Would love to win either :)

  • #26

    Lesley Aveyard (Saturday, 05 June 2010 14:46)

    I think this is a very innovative way to both 'lead generate' and reward customer loyalty and of course Claire you are going about it all the right ways by inviting the very people you wish to reward to tell you exactly what they want!This is Social Media in action!!
    What would I want? You and I to collaborate :)

  • #27

    Roy Atkinson (Sunday, 06 June 2010 07:21)

    Claire-- Terrific ideas! I love your suggestion about a case study, and crowdsourcing solutions. It's productive, rewarding for both the contributors who provide answers and the subject business.

    What a great way to involve your Twitter followers! I'll be watching. -Roy

  • #28

    Dr. Walter Sims (Sunday, 06 June 2010 21:07)

    This would be awesome...I think offering one on one coaching is totally the way to go. Winning time with someone is so rewarding. I am looking forward to the competititions.

    Dr. Sims

  • #29

    Marc Lawn (Monday, 07 June 2010 02:23)

    Claire,

    I love the competition idea people do like to enter things with chances to win. I still can't help but think that varying the prizes and type of competition on a monthly basis is probably the best solution. The type of people you work with, and interact with are very diverse and a 'one-size' solution I think could be divisive. It takes a bit more planning but I would suggest, if feasible, that your competition plan is published well in advance to bring in the right types for each.

    Marc

  • #30

    Andrew Emmett (Monday, 07 June 2010 08:03)

    Hi Claire,

    My first thoughts about two prizes my business can offer are for the first challenge:
    Prize
    Three blog articles worth £39.
    Three SEO friendly blog articles written for their blog. 300 - 400 words per article.

    or

    Prize
    Website package worth £200
    See: http://www.vectissolutions.com/website-developer-design-package
    Restrictions for the challenge: Only one domain is supplied.

    If you don't think either of these are suitable that is okay.

    Best Regards

    Andrew

  • #31

    John Lee (Monday, 07 June 2010 10:01)

    Tickets are the best thing. There are contest addicts who will respond just for the prize and not what is behind the prize. If its tickets you are more likley increase your reach within your focus group. Of course if your tickets are paired with a ticket on Virgin from NY to LON I'd be all over it! :)

  • #32

    Dawn Gomes (Monday, 07 June 2010 11:17)

    Hi Claire,

    I think the competition idea is a great one. And depending on the competition, different prizes would be relevant so all of the prize suggestions so far are valid. I'm going to get my thinking cap on for other competition ideas and different types of prizes to be offered.

  • #33

    Fiona Ashe (Monday, 07 June 2010 16:41)

    Hi Claire,

    This is a super idea. Congratulations for creating this opportunity.

    I would be happy to offer a free Social Media Audit as a prize:
    http://www.fionaashe.com/social-media-marketing-audit/

    I'd love to win the chance to be represented by (or at least to have the opportunity to introduce my work to) London agents who represent film directors.

    Well done again, Claire.

    Best wishes, Fiona.

  • #34

    Niall Devitt (Tuesday, 08 June 2010 05:43)

    Hi Claire, Cool idea! Going on the comments, perhaps a choice as regards prizes might work best?

  • #35

    Derry O Donnell (Tuesday, 08 June 2010 11:05)

    Hi Claire,
    Maybe matching the prizes to the competition could be a good way to go. So for 'celebrating success' the prize could be relevant to the success. Eg. A free Press Release written by a professional announcing the success, a coaching session to help capitalise on the success and achieve more, a photo shoot, gadgets (because I love them) etc.

    If it's a 'case study' competition, appropriate prizes could be such that are useful in addressing business problems eg. financial or legal advice, coaching, mentoring, marketing, free advertising (happy to help there) and so on. Oh, and gadgets (because I love them).

    Prizes that are geared towards a specific competition type are probably more valuable both to the recipient and the sponsor. Also possibly easier to get a sponsor when the prize is more focused in a particular area and there is a greater likelihood that the recipient will actually use the prize.

    Best of luck with it!

  • #36

    Tania Jackson (Thursday, 10 June 2010)

    This is a great idea! I've spoke with some of clients and they would be interested in win social media training or some sort of free marketing advice.

    Let me know if you need any help.

    Best wishes,

    Tania

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    #37

    Claire Boyles (Wednesday, 30 June 2010 12:57)

    Thanks everyone so much for the great interest & suggestions & offers, I was more than overwhelmed with the great response I received!
    I think I've managed to respond to most of you on twitter/email etc now.

    Things are in progress in the background (organising & what not) & I'll be posting another blog soon, so watch this space!

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