So you entered the contest daily for the whole run of the contest. The end date passes and you notice an email in your inbox. It is a notification that you were chosen as the winner!! Hooray!! You dutifully fill out the release form, fax it off and you are now checking the mail box daily!
This is when your winners etiquette should kick in! There are three things that will make you a gracious winner!
Thank the Sponsor
First and most important is to thank the sponsor or host. Without the them there is no contest! This is a perfect thing to post on their Facebook and Twitter. I usually take pictures of the prize and post a thank you on the host and sponsors Facebook page. Seems so simple but a detail often overlooked. I once saw a contest host post a thank you letter from a winner. The winner thanked them for the wonderful opportunity she got to share with her granddaughter and friends. This winner was a doll!
Be Patient While Waiting for Your Prize
Second is to be patient while you wait for your prize. Sponsors have to go through a verification process that can take a while to finalize. Remember that you may not be the only winner! The average delivery time I have noticed is about 6 – 8 weeks. If you feel that your prize is in limbo, contact the host or sponsor directly and privately. Stay away from their Facebook page and Twitter with negative comments. I recently came across a company Facebook page that had negative comments all over it from winners of a recent contest. Nasty stuff. The contest? Had ended between Christmas and New Years and the comments started the first week on January! The winners looked like whiners to me and it was unfair to the sponsor.
Third is to promote! Tell everyone where you won your prize! The sponsors will appreciate it. Besides we can all use good contest karma right?
Don’t forget your manners and congrats on your win!
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