Finding Low Entry Competitions on Loquax

Posted on: February 25th, 2011 by Jason 14 Comments

Sometimes people make comments about Loquax that are so far off radar that you do wonder if they know what they’re talking about. This week’s gem suggested that there are “thousands of entries for each” competition that is listed on Loquax. Now, if that was the case why would we bother highlighting blog competitions, twitter competitions and creative competitions to you?

The fact is that not every competition listed on Loquax gets “thousands of entries”. In fact many competitions don’t attract that much interest. A recent competition for Truffle Shuffle for example, which was listed on the site, only got 327 entries (their figures). Our own blog competitions (posted on here) tend to attract a few hundred entries. Blog competitions (something we’ve mentioned as far back as The Mirror’s Blag It giveaways) only get a few hundred entries.

The fact is that just because a competition appears on Loquax, or indeed any other popular competition forum or service, doesn’t always equate it being swamped with entries.

So what competitions traditionally get low entries?

1. Blog Competitions

We might have mentioned these once or twice already! But, competitions that require you to post on blogs tend to attract low entries. The prizes tend to be fairly small (<£50 value) and targeted at mums. Entry format also tends to be quite complex (comment, tweet, facebook) etc. 2. Facebook Competitions

Despite them being listed on Loquax, on our Facebook Wall and on other competition services the short time span FB competitions tend to only pick up a few hundred entries. OK, not everyone likes Facebook, but if you can overcome your fear then there are some good prizes on offer.

3. Twitter Competitions

Despite their perceived popularity, our research indicated that not as many people as you think do Twitter competitions. Naturally numbers will grow, but with prizes such as a Jason Donovan CD on offer for Freebie Friday you know that not too many people are going to chase these kind of goodies.

4. Photo/Video Competitions

Our photo/video competition is a mish mash of competitions that involve .. erm .. photos and videos. Get creative with your camera or camcorder to try and win usually some decent prizes. Sometimes the prizes are for cameras and camcorders which we never really understand.

5. Creative Competitions

Write a story, write a poem, send in a recipe or draw a picture! Yes getting a bit creative does take a bit of time but not many people enter. Artful Adventures for example has very few entries. If you can spare the time then it can be worth the effort.

On top of those above don’t forget those Tiebreaker Competitions as well as local radio and local newspaper competitions. Sometimes the local forums on Loquax will highlight comps in your area too.

But What About Free Prize Draws?

Time though is a problem for many a comper. It’s often much easier to enter 10 send in an answer type entries than create a video, chase votes or come up with a cracking tiebreaker. So what prizes tend to get the least entries?

CDs and Music, books and DVDs often get overlooked. There’s a tendency by many to chase the biggies (cars, cash, holidays) and ignore the smaller prizes. If that’s you, why not take a moment to try for a few prizes in these sections that you might fancy?

Our local interest listings are also worth a quick look to see if there are competitions specific to your locality. You might find a local radio competition listed or the chance to win tickets to the local theatre.

Tickets for concerts, sport and other events attract fewer entries. Usually because people have to travel or the tickets for a specific date or the competition is short notice.

Travel is another factor when it comes to choosing competitions to enter. Holidays can get a lot less entries than many people expect as well. Travel to destinations in the UK for example is often not included. Overseas holidays are sometimes date specific whilst many prizes are either aimed at couples or family.

So there are low entry opportunities for compers right here on Loquax, it just may mean a little extra effort on your part to try them. But if that’s not for you then even the traditional free prize draw has factors in it that can increase your chances of winning because other people aren’t taking part.

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  • lorenza

    I mentioned on a thread in the forums that I had won a comp that had only 3 entries and 2 of them were mine. It involved uploading a pet photo, so I suppose most people couldn’t enter if they didn’t have the right pet. If this happens again I won’t be mentioning it as I was accused by onother member of ‘hiding comps i had found and not sharing’. It was a comp on the main site, available to everyone who bothers to look.

  • I think sometimes because there are so many comps that people often overlook things – so like you say when you win with a low entry comp that wonder if you’ve kept it quiet.

    What I hope the blogs do is make people stop and think about their comping a little… be a bit more considered.

  • sophia8

    Entering more prize craws that offer small prizes is a really good idea for banishing that gloom that comes on when you never seem to win anything. It always cheers me up when the post brings me a surprise prize, even when its only a CD – it reassures me that I’m not wasting my time with comping!

  • mtp123

    Thanks for the information, I always try to do quite a lot of the smaller prize competitions especially for prizes of products I use or can give as presents. It is lovely to receive anything no matter how small.

  • jonathon1486

    Thanks Jason, i think twitter comps are generally low entry but seem to be smaller prizes, although giving away x prize when “we reach x amount of followers” at least gives you an idea of how many your up against!

    I can never understand why photo/video comps give away cameras either, just like some that say “upload your best travel photo” to win a holiday?! when i’m too poor to afford a holiday surely i am more deserving than someone who’s already been somewhere amazing and they win another holiday!? lol i digress….

  • lizziebr

    We entered the B&Q comp which was listed on Loquax before Christmas : the best/worse Christmas lights and there didn’t appear to be many entrants for that. Still didn’t win though!

  • keriku

    Perhaps this thread will generate a stampede towards blog entries….
    Or perhaps not!

  • everquest

    Looking through the loquax forums I spotted a post recently that stated a promoter had extended the closing date of their competition by a month. The reason being that they hadn’t had a single entry. This too had been advertised on Loquax.

    The competition was to upload a photograph of you installing or using one of the companies central heating thermostats. I think the prize was for an ipad, the thermostats were freely available to buy in a DIY store and the rules didn’t state you had to be a tradesperson to enter. There was also the chance that one may have already been installed in your home, so a picture of you tweeking it would have sufficed.

  • kimmy2849

    I have only been comping since the end of December. I have had two phone calls today one saying I had won a designer bag and another to say I have won a very expensive camera £800. This comping lark is no con. It’s fantastic what a great start to the month !

  • DCLane

    Thanks Jason.

    The Branch FM competition on Loquax is from my own radio show. Despite it being a monthly competition, we only get 25-30 entries each month for the CD/DVD prize. That’s probably because it’s a specialist audience, but it shows the low entry rate despite being on the main listings.

  • chie

    I’d like to start by saying what a great competition site Loquax is, the format is head and shoulders above the others. I have only had a p.c. for three months, and started entering comps straight away, it’s like a part time job! i’m loving it! especially since I discovered autofill, there’s no stopping me now! I have been very lucky so far, winning a top prize of dinner for 5 at a top London restaurant for my daughters 40th! a prize draw! as well as other prizes. Keep up the good work Loquax, I think you’re great!

  • Midastouch

    The Sunday Star text comps surprisingly have low entries (a member posted the number of entries in the winners list). I would have thought they have many more. Maybe the price is putting people off lol

  • clairewilson48

    I am a new comper but I am already very addicted

  • crazyt

    thanks for all the great tips.