Pinning to WIN!

Submitted by tpf_kirsty on Mon, 2014-05-19 10:13

Hello everyone!  Well, we have had some nice weather recently, been outside a bit more and have maybe all had slightly less time for comping than we do when the weather is dull and grey and uninviting.  This does also mean usually that our success rate in winning comps goes down too, so what do we do?  Well, one way to try and increase the odds of winning comps, is to go in for those competitions that require a little more effort, and usually have a lower entry rate.  Traditionally, this has meant entering photo based and slogan writing competitions, which aren’t everyone’s forte.  However, with the creation of Pinterest comes a whole new way to enter competitions that, although they require a little more effort, aren’t beyond the reach of most normal compers, providing they have a Pinterest account.  Here at The Prizefinder we even split out those competitions that require a Pinterest entry for you!  On the front page, to the left hand side you will see our Social media competitions menu.  The Pinterest comps are held within the “Other” category, so why not head across and see what comps are on offer at the moment.

Entry methods for Pinterest comps can vary – they can be as simple as just “Repinning” (clicking the little red “Repin” button on the picture) one competition picture and adding it to your own board (I have a “Competition” board setup ready for such comps), or it could be a bit more time consuming.  Lots of Pinterest comps revolve around a theme – your perfect wedding, Easter baking, Christmas crafts etc – and the majority require you to setup a board.  This is very easy to do, from you own profile page you simply create a new board with the required name and add some details about its nature.  The competition entry instructions will then usually tell you how many pins you need to add to this board on a certain theme, and how many, if any, need to come from a specified source.  You will sometimes need to comment on the pins you repin too, using a specific hashtag to identify your entry into the comp.  Once you have spent some time creating your lovely board, you will usually need to reply to the promoter somewhere, on twitter, Facebook or via email maybe and use a specific hashtag to identify that you are entering the comp.  Winners are generally contacted by email or direct via Pinterest if they win.  As with most things, all Pinterest comps vary so do read all the instructions carefully when entering them.

So that’s all there is to it, it can take a little time to get used to entering comps on Pinterest, but they are still a relatively untapped comping resource, so you often have a better chance of winning something nice.

Don’t forget to follow the Prizefinder on Pinterest too, to keep up to date with all the latest comping advice and comp listings, and head over over to our “Other” social media category to find lots of fab Pinterest comps.  To keep you going until then, here is a run-down of some fab ones open for entries now:

  • Are you getting married, or just dreaming about it?  Well, you could win a £500 Debenhams Voucher AND a gorgeous Lancôme beauty hamper with the Debenhams Blog!  For this one you will need to create a Pinterest board depicting your dream wedding.  You need to call it “My Dream Wedding”, add pinned images of your dream dress, accessories, hair, make up, hen party etc.  The board must include at least 4 images from the Debenhams site and at least 10 images in total.  When finished you need to tweet a link to the board to ~Debenhams using the hashtag #mydreamwedding.  This comp ends at midnight on Tuesday 20th May 2014 so you will need to get your skates on!
  • Those of you living on or visiting the South coast will love the comp from the Smartsave Blog!  You can win 1 of 5 All Attraction passes for Portsmouth historic Dockyard in their easy entry Pinterest comp!  All you need to do is follow Smartsave on Pinterest, pin any image from to one of your boards, add the hashtag #smartsave to the description and you are in with a chance!  Entries close at 18:00 on Wednesday 21st May 2014 so pin, pin pin!
  • Maybe a £500 House of Fraser Voucher would convince you to enter your first Pinterest comp?  Well if you enter their latest comp you could win just that!  You need to create a board entitled “Summer Wish List” and populate it with at least 10 items from the House of Fraser website.  The board description needs the hashtag #houseoffraser in the description, and when you have finished you need to email them a link to the board.  Entries close on Friday 23rd May 2014, so start thinking about your wish-list now!
  • Do you have a flair for Interior Design?  Then Atlantic Shopping could have just the Pinterest comp for you.  If you win, you will be able to choose an item from the entire Atlantic Shopping range!  For this comp you need to design a Best of British Themed room, entitled “Best of British”.  The board needs to have at least 3 Atlantic Shopping items pinned to it (including the one you would like to win), as well as the Best of British competition post (all can be found on their Pinterest boards).  Al pins need the #bestofbritish hashtag in the descriptions, and when you have finished you will need to email them with a link to your board and your contact details.  Entries close at midnight on Saturday 31st May 2014, so get pinning!
  • Are you a pet lover?  Would you like a hand-made fluffy cushion with their image immortalised on it?  Then the very simple to enter Bye Brytshi comp is the one for you!  All you need to do is to pin a picture of your beloved pet to their interest board, and Like their page on Facebook.  Entries close on 25th June 2014.

Happy comping, and lots of Lucky Dust to you all!

Kirsty x