I hate getting free stuff. …Said no one ever.
Seriously, if I told you that you could win $1000 for posting a picture of your cat on Facebook, wouldn’t you be interested? I mean, you were probably going to do that anyways, so might as well win some sweet cash and prizes in the process!
Obviously as a consumer, promotional contests can be a fun way to win some pretty cool prizes for limited effort. But as a business, they’re an incredible opportunity to promote your brand and truly connect with both current and potential customers. It’s a win-win!
That’s why every week we’ll be searching high and low to find the coolest and most creative contests out there to share with you. Both so we you can (hopefully) win some great prizes, and (perhaps) get some ideas for promotions of your own.
Here are our favorites from this week:
Truvia – Turning the Town Contest | $5000 Grand Prize
Truvia, a natural, low-calorie (non-sugar) sweetener wants your help finding restaurants to carry their sweeteners. All you have to do is nominate your favorite restaurant to Truvia (that doesn’t already carry their products) and you could win up to $5000!
It’s a brilliant way to bring together Truvia, their customers, and an untapped market for distribution: restaurants. Not only is it a great way to win some cash while promoting a great product in the process, but it’s free publicity for your favorite restaurant. Win-Win-Win!
K9 Resorts – Dress up your pet | $150 Visa Gift Card
K9 Resorts and Luxury Spa for pets wants to see your pet dressed up for the holidays. All you have to do to enter is send a picture of your pet dressed up for the holidays from their contest page. Entries will be voted on by users and the winner will receive $150 VISA gift card.
Enter by January 2 – Voting ends January 20, 2013
Jello #funpocalypse | $100 (12 winners per day)
Jello decided to have some fun with the impending Mayan apocalypse and give away some cash prizes to their tweeps in the process. To enter, Twitter users were asked to follow @jello on Twitter and compose a tweet with the hashtag #funpocalypse that included their final bucket list wish before the world came to an end. Jello gave away $100 to 12 winners per day while the contest was running. The results were very interesting.
This contest ended when the world was supposed to…blame the Mayans, not us. Sorry.
Morton Salts – Best in Snow | $10,000 Grand Prize
Morton Salts, looking for a clever way to promote their Safe-T-Pet pet friendly ice melting product, wants to see a picture of your pet all bundled up for the winter. To enter, submit a picture of your pet dressed up in their best sweater, boots, and other protective winter gear. Winners are to be decided by a panel of judges based on creativity, audience appeal, and relevance to pet safety in winter.
Morton will also donate $1 to the ASPCA for every qualified entry (up to $25,000). Hey, that sounds eerily familiar.
To enter, submit your picture by January 11, 2013
Pantone Color of the Year and ART.com Pinterest Contest | Various prizes
In case you missed it before, Emerald is the Pantone color of the year. And since Pinterest.com is the (unofficial) social network of the year, what better way to increase your Pinterest engagement than to run a contest their users will love?
Here’s how the contest works:
- Step 1: Follow Pantone (http://pinterest.com/pantonecolor/) and Art.com (http://pinterest.com/artdotcom) on Pinterest
- Step 2: Create a Pinterest board of their own page titled “PANTONE Color of the Year 2013 and Art.com Pinterest Contest” and repin the “entry pin” (contest announcement image) and at least one other pin from the Pinterest board. Participants need to add ten other pins inspired by the Color of the Year.
- Step 3: Submit a link to their “PANTONE Color of the Year 2013 and Art.com Pinterest Contest” Pinterest board to Pantone. To submit, users need to leave a comment on the original “entry pin” on the Pantone/Art.com Pinterest board linking to their board
Three lucky winners will receive a print from Art.com as well as an Emerald mug and iPhone case from Pantone. Perhaps not the most impressive prizes, but the contest certainly is creative!
Enter by January 4, 2013 to be eligible (official rules)
Find a cool contest to enter? Share it with us…we might just send you a prize of our own!