Just As We We’re Getting Comfortable…

December 5, 2006

…we’re moving.

Yes, indeed, this blog has moved to its permanent home at entertowin.upshiftgroup.com.



Enter To Win – Weekly Round Up – Dec. 6, 2006

December 4, 2006

Most Popular Posts – This Week

1. The Nissan Win A Versa Campaign – Mobile Marketing
2. Contests We Like – Las Vegas Vacation
3. Contests We Like – Where Do You Uno?

Most Popular Posts – Historical

1. The Nissan Win A Versa Campaign – Mobile Marketing
2. Contest Opt-In Rates: Subway Canada’s Good Stuff Giveaway
3. An Interesting Promotion With A Lamborghini Gallardo

Search Engine Highlights

– Smirnoff
– and my name was Googled / Yahood only three times this week…

European CGM Contest – The 12-Second Thriller

November 30, 2006

In Europe, Mazda has an interesting CGM video contest happening. Its promoting the launch of the new retractable hardtop Mazda MX-5 (the sports car formerly known as Miata).


It’s called The 12-Second Thriller because it takes 12 seconds to either open or close the hardtop.

Users create their own video and upload it to the microsite for a chance to win an Mazda MX-5 Hardtop and some Bose hardware. The grand prize winner will be presented with the car at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. For an automobile-themed contest, you can’t get much cooler than that.

Visitors to the site, on the other hand, have the pleasure of viewing both some funny trailers as well as the user-submitted videos.

Contests We’re Not Fond Of – TorontoLife.com GAP Adventures

November 30, 2006

TorontoLife.com is currently promoting a contest for G.A.P Adventures, the “Win an adventure to Africa!” contest.

The entry form mentions the prize “… win a 9 day Masai Mara Experience in Kenya!…” Sounds exciting but after reading the official rules and regulations, the prize description is not at all appealing. What the winner actually receives is “…one G.A.P Adventures tour – Masai Mara Experience (DCM). Retail Value of prize package $870. The prize does not include airfare…This prize must be accepted as rewarded, it is non-transferable and has no cash value.”

I have a few issues with this description. What does the actual prize include? Hotel? Ground transportation? Can the winner take any travel partners with him/her? A winner really shouldn’t have to pay for airfare to another continent for a prize like this. You may find other contests that do not include transportation as a part of the prize but typically they offer prizes that are local, within province or within driving distance. It is good practice to include airfare when the winner must travel outside there country or continent. For a company that boasts $100 million in revenues, the least they could do if they are set against airfare or transportation, is to offer cash equivalent for the prize.

I doubt they’ll have a many people entering this contest…or at least a satisfied winner.

Contests We Like – Las Vegas Vacation

November 28, 2006

Kudos to Custom Marketing Group for their understanding of Canadian contest legislation with their Las Vegas Free Getaway Sweepstakes.


The contest microsite is simple for entrants and has just a single opt-in. Their contest rules demonstrate knowledge of applicable Canadian legislation, which is exceptionally rare among contests managed by American firms. Our only recommendation is to disclose the full prize value in the contest rules. Otherwise, well done, Custom Marketing Group.

Contests We Like – Showcase Miami Vice

November 28, 2006

OK, this Showcase contest caught our attention simply because it’s about Miami Vice.


We love Miami Vice, old, new, doesn’t matter. The “trivia questions” could be a little more challenging, but we understand that not all contest entrants would appreciate it. The contest offers a grand prize of a $2,000.00 shopping spree at Harry Rosen. Sadly, Harry Rosen’s bespoke suits start at $3,400.00.

All that aside, Alliance Atlantis knows how to build a contest site. It’s simple for consumers, asks for opt-ins and automatically prompts the acceptance of the contest rules from the entrant.

P.S. We’ll be buying the DVD.

Contests We Like – Rogers Video Direct

November 27, 2006

This contest for Rogers Video Direct has an interesting on-line game.


After entering basic contest entry information, entrants can play the game which involves matching movies to the cities in which the movies take place. For players, the game is fantastic because they can’t actually “lose”. We think the game is fantastic in that respect, but the contest could be better with more tie-ins to the Rogers Video Direct service.

The link to the contest microsite is here.