Have you ever entered your name into a drawing for a gift certificate, tickets, lunch, a t-shirt or some other stupid prize? Congratulations. You didn’t win, but you did get onto a mailing list. I’ve said this before.. I work in marketing. One of the many things my staff does is represent us at big events, where we collect sales leads for our sales
How do we do that? Through Enter To Win contests. You’ve seen the kind… “Sign Up To Win A ________” Fill in the blank. Usually it’s a lame prize like a $10 spa gift card or one single movie ticket.
My company is sort of in the entertainment business and we have prizes that are very desirable. I can’t divulge anymore without threatening my anonymity. But we collect lots of entries for our contests on those little white slips of paper. And there is something lots of people do that absolutely positively keeps them from winning. Crumple up the paper before dropping it in the box.
Some dumb asses think by doing that they have a better chance of being drawn out of the box. No. You don’t. Not at all. Moron. For starters the names are not drawn by just reaching into the box randomly right there at the event.
At the very least they are drawn later, after the box is emptied and people who are not eligible (under 18) and those idiots who crumpled their slip have been removed. But often they are drawn at random days later by a computer, after we’ve entered in all the data – adding them to our e-mail list.
Unless you’re dropping your business card into a fish bowl at a shit ass greasy spoon diner this is the way things are done in the business world. So quit being a jackass crumpling or folding your entry into some lame origami thinking that’s going to get it done. Trust me, it ain’t working buddy.
And if you ever feel like you’re getting weird spam emails, random unknown phone calls or texts or crap showing up in the snail mail – it’s probably because you entered a contest. Was it worth it?