I have been having a problem with giveaway/contests and decided to get a discussion going about them.
Recently a blogger who had entered one of my contests, contacted me and asked about a prize that was suppose to be mailed from the publishing company. She still hadn’t received it, and frankly, if she wouldn’t have emailed me, I never would have known. Thank goodness, I save all of my info and contacts for giveaways that I post. We were finally able to get it taken care of, but it left me wondering about contests I have entered as well.
I enter contests all the time, whether it be twitter contests or blog contests. I have noticed recently that I too have not been receiving my prizes either. Yet, dumb me, I never wrote down which blog and exactly which book it was. I just know that I am missing some. So I asked around a bit and was amazed at some of the ways people keep track of their entries.
Now if I am mailing the prize out myself, I try to get it out within one week. If I have a problem, I TRY to email the winner and let them know. I know things happen in life, but I just think it is common courtesy. Just a week or so ago, we had a problem with our checking account and I even posted a sticky note to my winners on my sidebar for this.
Some people have a separate blog page that they list their entries on. Others use a blog roll type system. Now, usually I can be pretty organized, but lately I have slacked. I really need a system that works. I am thinking maybe a spreadsheet, but darn it, I am computer dumb!! I am still learning Twitter, and at time I am cussing out Blogger!
What system do you use? Do you have a spreadsheet? Do you ever contact the blog if you don’t receive your prize or do you just let it go since it was free anyway? What is your opinions and techniques?