Ready to enter that online sweepstakes or contest? Use these strategies to improve your odds, no matter the prize.
Keep it Effortless
Automate the process. Enable the auto-fill feature on your Internet browser so you can plug your data into the form fields with a single click. Or check out roboform.com to save heaps of time.
Create a routine. The more you fit promotions into your schedule, the greater your likelihood of winning. Enter via your smartphone during your lunch break, when your kids are doing homework or just before bed. Use idle minutes in the waiting room of the doctor’s office or the auto mechanic.
Check all your mailboxes regularly. With online giveaways, know where to find the winning notification. Entered via a brand’s Facebook page? Look for a public posting of the winner on that page. The brand might tweet at you or send you a direct message. Watch for both. And check your spam! Notifications are often diverted there, and you might have as little as 24 hours to claim your prize before it is awarded to the next person. Also, answer phone calls from numbers you don’t recognize and give junk mail a once-over before tossing it.
Did you know? Sweepstakes promoters are legally required to offer a free method of entry. If you’re asked to buy a product (if, say, a beverage company asks you to enter a code from the inside of a bottle cap), check the rules for an alternate method of entry (AMOE). One option might be to have the code e-mailed to you.