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posted 16-4-2008 @ 07:48 PM www
How do you answer these questions ... ? ( comp question )

How do you answer the questions that ask:

"In 25 words or less why you do you want to win (this prize)?"

Do you answer from the heart? Make up something funny?

I hate these questions cos they don't leave you much room to be creative. I try to be sarcastic. But it doesn't seem to work. How do you answer them?
posted 16-4-2008 @ 07:54 PM www

A mixture of all of the above. Sometimes i make up what i consider to be brilliant answers that don't win and crappy answers that do. Little rhymes seem to work better for me but i have heard of people winning with answers like "Because i really, really, really, really, really want it".

Just keep entering and entering & best of luck. :)
posted 16-4-2008 @ 07:59 PM www

I know, its such a generic question, its like the promoter cant be bothered coming up with an interesting question and it makes me wonder what kind of answer wins!
posted 16-4-2008 @ 08:19 PM www

I have tried "cute" little rhymes but they don't seem to be successful so now I just say from the heart why I want to win. Still no better results as yet! LOL!:P
posted 16-4-2008 @ 08:30 PM www

I think all of the above could win, just depends what takes their fancy if indeed they bother judging all of them anyway PLUS you need to look at the target promoter - r they a racier sort of mag, then they might not mind a racier answer whereas a more conservative mag or site might be looking for something funny or heartfelt.

Going on things I've seen that have won and from those who have given guidance in the past who are better qualified than moi...guidelines generally have been
1. dont whinge or swear or be offensive
2. mention the product
3. be positive
4. humorous if you're good at it
5. spell correctly
6. don't go over the word limit (oh, unless it's an OROTON comp
7. try & be a little different

There - that's easy isn't it? ;);):D:D:):):o:o:P:P

Good luck - relax and go for it.

posted 16-4-2008 @ 08:32 PM www

I usually write whatever pops into my head. It may be verse, something serious or funny depends how I feel on the day

Although, I did win a years supply of chocolate from Kerrie Ann show with the sentence.. " because I really WANT chocolate

Go figure


posted 16-4-2008 @ 09:48 PM www

Going by your answers kismet , I'm a shoein for just such a comp I entered tonight ,won't hold my breath though .:D:cool::D

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posted 17-4-2008 @ 05:50 PM www

A lot of the above answers.

But make sure that you try and mention the product/promotors name in the answer.
posted 17-4-2008 @ 06:33 PM www

I think the less you think about it the better...just the first thing that comes to mind, if possible using the promoters/products name.

I still genuinely believe they don't actually read all the answers anyway...(my opinion, I know) BUT I just cannot see promoters reading hundreds, thousands or even hundreds of thousands of entries and choosing a winner. I think it more likely that they draw a winner and assuming it sounds are the winner! :D

Like others, I've won on pretty ordinary 25wol entries and not won on well thought out and pretty darn good (in my humble opinion) ones!

I think the most important thing is....just keep on entering! ;)
posted 18-4-2008 @ 08:56 PM www

I think it is harder to answer the 'why do you DESERVE to win?'

It feels like I have to suck up to them just to win. :mad:
posted 18-4-2008 @ 10:56 PM www

Originally posted by gypsy
Going by your answers kismet , I'm a shoein for just such a comp I entered tonight ,won't hold my breath though .:D:cool::D

I always think I'm a whole LEG-IN gypsy, but very rarely do I pull it off unfortunately, although Babies Galore like me, I've won 2 strollers with them with 25WOL...oh, if only that brilliance would translate into something just a little larger!

That being said I agree that promoters are not going to read 1000's of entries, which is totally unfair by the way, instead I think they grab a largish sample and choose from those.

I DO keep on entering, I just want to win something decent!!! :(

posted 22-4-2008 @ 10:15 AM www

I hate those "Why do you deserve...?" questions too.

My life’s not hard, I’m not needy
I just want it coz I’m greedy
I don’t deserve this great vacation
Ask a silly question, get a silly explanation.

How'd you reckon this'd go down? :D
posted 22-4-2008 @ 10:22 AM www

LOL!! :D:D

Only trouble is it wouldn't win because it's more than 25 words!!! :P:P:P
posted 22-4-2008 @ 10:22 AM www

Oh and you forgot a glass or 10 sometimes helps:P:P:P hic
posted 22-4-2008 @ 11:06 AM www

Eve, very clever, no wonder you're a pro at 25 WOL!!! :D
posted 22-4-2008 @ 01:09 PM www

Well done Eve59. I reckon that is a great answer. I am sure the judges would have a laugh they must get really sick of all the "nice answers". Let us know if you ever try this sort af answer and have success.
posted 23-4-2008 @ 10:43 AM www

I remember one of those 25 wol questions, it asked, if you could go dancing anywhere, where would it be.

My responce was. I would go dancing at home, that way I can have a dance with my sons and, they would be in bed on time.

And I won, I cant remember what the prize was, but I won. :D
posted 23-4-2008 @ 10:57 AM www


I still genuinely believe they don't actually read all the answers anyway...(my opinion, I know) BUT I just cannot see promoters reading hundreds, thousands or even hundreds of thousands of entries and choosing a winner. I think it more likely that they draw a winner and assuming it sounds are the winner! :D

I asked a friend who is the marketing manager for a large corporation that regularly has comps (I don't enter them - that would be unethical!) if they actually read all the entries. He told me that they pay people to do that (outsource it to another company/group) and they then present my friend with the top 100. What a job! I asked him the best entry he ever received and he said that someone entered a beach holiday comp by sending in an entry on a surf board! Don't think I'll manage to go to that much effort!

posted 23-4-2008 @ 11:13 AM www

Oh, and I really hate the 'Why do you want to win' questions.

posted 23-4-2008 @ 02:58 PM www

Thanks ndiyo, that's good to know. I know my kids won cash through a kids comp once and the lady on the phone said they had 12,000 entries and they quite often get their work experience students to help judge. Worth putting in the effort if you know your entry will be looked at.
posted 25-4-2008 @ 05:24 PM www

Ok for those who have won with Vogue...please tell me how!!! I've tried rhyming, heartfelt and attempted humour but to no avail! Ok so they're probably never any good or clever but I just can't win! :P
posted 25-4-2008 @ 06:05 PM www

Hi Tabs, have you tried doing something outside the square, not quite as elaborate as sending your answer on a surfboard but sending your answer in some other way than just on a piece of paper. we never do our 25wol on the coupon. My 2 children have won big time on the 25wol. I am still to have any luck online but have been successful when doing as above and sending via post. Good luck!
posted 25-4-2008 @ 11:21 PM www

i've even tried reverse psychology... Answering ' I don't wanna win this prize.'.
But that didn't work...:P
posted 26-4-2008 @ 09:39 AM www

Slightly off the topic, but do people have more success with mail in competitions than online? I'm lazy and just do the online ones but I'm starting to think that maybe there are a lot of people like me and statistically I'd be better off getting out the old school pen and paper. Any thoughts?

posted 26-4-2008 @ 12:38 PM www

Everything works ndiyo if you have the answer they love!!!! :D:D

hhmmm work experience students, in my experience some of them can't read so that'd help! oh dear. :(

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