The magazine group of titles, "How it Works" had a relaunch with a format geared towards children studying Key Stage 2. It is called History of the World and is quite expensive at £6.99, but it is a lovely magazine. The editor decided to run three launch competitions on Twitter. For each competition you had to buy the magazine and take a "selfie" in various places.
Just take a look at the latest issues I have been helping our subscribers with.
The company Families Worldwide is an online travel agency which plans lovely holidays all over the world. Over the summer they ran a competition on their Facebook page called Snap Happy. Entrants had to submit their best family photos in one of two categories, Best Family Moment and Best Selfie. The photograph judged the best overall would win a holiday to Mexico. The closing date was 30th September and our reader Mrs H made all the usual enquiries about a winner, but was largely ignored.
A Pizza restaurant called Zizzi ran a competition on their website to win a £100 meal voucher. For a chance to win, you had to upload a video of yourself spinning a pizza base. There were only two entries, both Compers News subscribers! Both members had asked the question about winner notification on the Zizzi website, their facebook page and their Twitter account, but received no response. I sent them a recorded delivery letter explaining the guidelines about winner notification, but this was also ignored.
This problem was from a competition in OK! magazine. Mrs A received a letter on 12th September to say that she had won a prize of Metaburn slimming supplements, and that the prize would be sent out within eight weeks. Christmas came and went and Mrs A made numerous attempts to find out where her prize was. The company supplying the prize was allegedly to blame, and when they did send the prize out, it went missing in the post. Mrs A finally contacted me in February saying that it was now more about the principle than the actual prize.
Mrs R contacted me about a children's competition in Transformers Magazine, part of the Titan magazines group. The prize was ten Autobot books. Children had to colour the picture in the magazine of a "Rescue Bot", construct the Bot, and then take a photo of it with the child entrant. This photo should then be uploaded to Twitter - phew, plenty of effort needed there then! There were twenty prizes on offer and Mrs R had made the usual enquiries about winners but was ignored.
A Chatterbox member spotted a low entry competition on Twitter with British Gypsum with lovely prizes:-
We are giving away 10 weekend trips for two to Dublin to the best Selfies! The prize includies; flights, and a two night stay in a 4 star hotel, bed & breakfast. All you have to do is take a picture of yourself with our Thistle UniFinish product and Tweet this using @BritishGypsum and #UniFinish.
Case involves the Sainsburys Carling on pack competition. Prize winners have received different vouchers to Expedia. Two ASA rulings pending.
Compers News reader Mrs M was delighted to win a competition listed on Chatterbox to win a weekend break in conjunction with The Sun and the company Superbreaks. Mrs M received a winning email to congratulate her in June 2014, and then Superbreaks phoned to confirm receipt of the email, and this is when things started to go wrong. Whilst on the phone, Mrs M asked when she needed to book the break by (as this was not mentioned in the email) and was told 31/03/15.