Loquax Looks Back On 2010

Posted on: December 31st, 2010 by Jason 21 Comments

After countless competition updates, a few tweets, a bundle of blogs and a brand new duck logo it’s time to say goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011. But before we get ready to celebrate The New Year we thought we’d take a look back at Loquax and comping over the last 12 months.

We kicked off 2010 with the introduction of our Loquax 5 A Day, 5 randomly selected comps that are closing soon to encourage compers to try something different from their favourite haunts. This was quickly followed by the remove bingo listings option.

New options and ideas continued throughout 2010, including the introduction of social networking links on our listings. With these options you can quickly click through to Facebook and Twitter pages of the brands and sites we list.

March was a big month for Loquax as out went our old duck logo (sob) and in came a brand new modern version (hooray). We also commissioned some seasonal looks for duckie and during 2010 he’s been St George, a pumpkin, Santa, sported a poppy and even been a slightly odd looking spotty egg. We think we’ll rethink the Easter logo for 2011.

We like ducks (surprisingly) at Loquax and so inspired by O2’s Quacky Races Competition we created our April 1st story about Loquax’s First Annual Transatlantic Duck Race. Popular competitions during April including Magnum’s Crack the Code plus chances to win parts in Neighbours and Glee.

In May we addressed the question Is Loquax a scam? as many people still can’t quite understand what it is we do here. We list competitions other sites run and we don’t charge you, cajole you to hunt the competitions or leave the site abandoned at holiday times. We maintain the site and all you have to do is go and try and win stuff. That’s it.

June was an exciting and busy month and it was also award winning. Jason’s blog and the site picked up A4UAwards at a black tie event in London. Not one to rest on our laurels the same month we introduced mobile versions of Loquax and the very popular Quack Stats.

Sadly, June was also the month we started to see problems occurring with online competitions. We even asked if Voting Competitions were out of control, something that has proven to be true towards the latter end of 2010.

Another month and yet more new options for Loquax users. Some users just want the absolute basics, so we can give you those too in the form of simple listings. Out goes the blurb and paraphernalia – in comes a simple list that also includes the quacker tracker.

Over the year we’ve blogged about cool, but unusual competition prizes, and in August one of the most unusual cropped up. Belgian Beer company, Vedett offered you the chance to win a cement mixer. This would have been our favourite comp of 2010, but Play.com’s A-Team Van totally blew the cement mixer away.

September saw voting competition problems rear their ugly head. Flip Video had voting issues and we blogged about how people picked up votes to win competitions. Sadly they weren’t always in the spirit of competition. We know a number of promoters have been made aware of our blog, so thanks to everyone who refers people to it!

There were more vote competition shenanigans in October with Ryvita, Jeeves and Next all facing the wrath of angry compers. However, the highlight of the month was the brief, blink and you’d miss it, appearance of Loquax on The One Show. Well, we thought it was funny!

After the voting competitions ruckus came fake Twitter competitions and so in November we put together a guide to spotting fake Twitter comps. We also gave you our top tips for Advent competitions too!

December though was a quiet month Loquax wise as we battled with advent competition updates, snow and one of us moving house. That said we still had time to introduce another new feature that lets you remove Facebook/Twitter comps from your listings.

The above is also in addition to around 40,000 competition updates (average 100 a day – it may well be more but this is the conservative figure), several million emails (once a week to our opt in users), a couple of thousand tweets and retweets and one or two of our own giveaways too. 2010 was also our busiest year in terms of traffic!

There are other things missing too, such as the option to print off postal comp details, our Twitter account, Facebook page, the new rate/discuss comp sites section plus the other bits and bobs we do on site. We were a bit too busy to blog about those – oops! However, hopefully you can see just how hard we work on the site, improving it and trying to make it better.

As ever, we can’t do what we do without people visiting the site, supporting the site and helping us. The Loquax Team thank everyone who contributes to the site. Your help and support is truly appreciated. If you want to get involved then get involved with the forums – you can even add competitions if you like.

The online competition sector continues to change and grow. 2010 saw a number of new listing sites open and a number of new listing sites close. Twitter and Facebook brought about massive changes to comping and the community. We hope we’ve moved with the times, but without losing the important elements that make Loquax what Loquax is – our aim will be to continue to do that in 2011 – and we hope you’ll be joining us too.

We hope you all have a Happy New Year (especially if you read the whole blog).

Join The Conversation

  • lancsman

    Yes thanks Loquax for loads and loads of comps,ive been off work now for 8 months due to an work injury and you give me something to do ive won one small win in that time but keep hoping for something nice.Best of luck everyone in 2011

    Do you really think anyone can make a living from it,somebody asked?As ive been doing it solid for 8 months and years part time i,d say not but the thrill of the chase is there.
    Regards Lancsman

  • flumpypup

    And a Happy New Year to all at Loquax HQ. Here’s to a winning 2011!

  • fluffywhite

    Wish you all a Happy New Year and thanks for all your continued hard work at keeping this amazing site running smoothly! x

  • area

    And that blog post shows exactly why Loquax is the best!

    Thanks to you and Kirsty and wishing you both a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2011.

  • aliali

    Jason, Kirsty and the mods, have the Happiest New Year Ever.!
    I’d forgotten a lot of the things mentioned in the blog, so come on guys and gals, get your feet up, raise a glass or two, and make way for all that 2011 will bring to Loquax.

    Thank you for all your hard work, each and every one of you is appreciated. xxxxxxx

  • bernadette1980

    happy new year to you all and thanks for all that you do all the best for 2011 🙂

  • ladette

    thank you for all the hard work. happy new year.

  • luckyellie

    Brilliant blog, brilliant site, just fab. Happy New Year to you all 🙂 x

  • felixthecat

    Amazing work from Loquax once again, keep it up guys because every single one of appreciates all the hard work you both do!! all the winning best to all on loquax 🙂

  • vodka_cat

    Still as brillaint as ever, whenever i come back to comping its always loquax i return to, by far the Bestest of best out there, All the best for 2011 to Jason and gang xx

  • suroben

    Despite personal problems restricting my Loquax time considerably in 2010 your continuous hard work and the changes haven’t gone unnoticed. I really appreciate the effort that the Loquax “staff” put in and wish you a very Happy New Year. To borrow a line from a certain sci-fi show “May you live long and prosper.”

  • Neil2

    Happy New Year to the Loquax team & Best Wishes for a Healthy 2011

  • libra100

    Happy New Year.

    Fresh and innovative as always, Loquax is the best.

  • hellybell

    Happy New Year to all at loquax, Thanks for the exceptional work you do and for making comping so pleasurable, Happy 2011 to you and all fellow loquats, Lets win big this year duckies x x x

  • jayanna

    Happy New Year to Jason, to Kirsty and to all Loquats. Let’s hope 2011 is a great year for all.

  • juanginge

    Thank you team for your hard work,it realy is appreciated you know. Happy New Year to all loquax team and users.

  • DianeA

    OK, I’ve read the whole blog, and think Loquax has done really, really well to cope with all the changes that the last year has brought. A couple of months ago I ‘very reluctantly’ jointed the facebook brigade, and later, even more reluctantly the twitter lot (though to be honest, still not really got the hang of this). Up till now Loquax has provided all i’ve needed but for a couple of months my luck seemed to have completely disappeared, so I decided to venture into facebook and later twitter comps, as these were relatively new and maybe would bring some much needed ‘wins’. This has proved so, as I really beieve that ‘comping’ has become so big, so very quickly, that, sadly, this is the way that comping has to go (for now). All credit to Loquax for taking Facebook/Twitter in it’s stride and quickly adapting to the changes. I look back on 2010 on a huge change on comping as a whole, and though I do now use ‘Face book’ and ‘twitter’ I would much rather stick to a site I have been a member of for quite a while now and which I have found to be the best. I wish Jason & kirsty a very happy new year, and I hope that Loquax as a site can hold its own in the firecely competative market that comping has become today.

  • ronnieg

    Simply the best.

  • jshearman

    Happy New Year and thank-you Loquax. Just love this site.

  • samarie

    Thankyou Loquax for all the hard work you do. Amazing site and amazing people. Well Done 🙂

  • nd55

    its been 2 years now loads of hours not even a light bulb help