Categories
BLOG

lucky twitter

10 tips to win more prizes on Twitter

by Di · Published 20/05/2017 · Updated 12/02/2020

I win more prizes on Twitter than by any other method – averaging a prize a week, in fact. But it’s not as easy as you think – some retweet giveaways get thousands of entries! So how can you increase your chances of winning a Twitter competition? Here are my top tips…

1. Don’t just retweet, retweet, retweet…

Retweet comps are easy to enter, which makes them incredibly hard to win. They also turn your profile page into a spammy list of adverts, and could end up with you getting filtered from Twitter search results. Instead, spend more time entering comps where the promoter asks for a reply, photograph or a comment. Send original tweets, reply to people you follow and most of all, enjoy tweeting. If you do enter retweet giveaways, enter as late as you can to ensure your entry is seen!

2. Reply to promoters

Interact with promoters by replying to their tweets – even if it’s not a requirement of entry. Make your tweets memorable. Add photos, GIFs, be funny, say something about their amazing products – try tagging a Twitter friend too. ‘Great giveaway!’ will make them yawn. It’s hard to track all entries and choose a random winner for a retweet giveaway and some promoters will choose from replies instead. Note that if you choose to Retweet with comment, it won’t count as a retweet and won’t pop up on the promoter’s Mentions tab unless you @ tag them – find out why in Are you entering Retweet Competitions correctly?

3. Use a short username

Short, simple usernames are memorable, less likely to be misspelt by a promoter, and quick to type – and you’ll type it more than you realise, especially if you do Rafflecopter giveaways. Avoid numbers and underscores. Try not to let your username give away your age or your comping hobby – some promoters will be looking for winners of a certain age (usually those lucky twenty-somethings!) or dislike compers. Got a crap username? It’s easy to change it – the difficulty is finding one that’s not taken yet! To change it, simply log in, go to your Account Settings and type a new one in. Changing your username will not affect your followers, messages, and replies – you just need to let your followers know you’ve changed names, and search on your old name for a few weeks in case you’ve won a prize.

4. Tart up your profile page

A promoter might pop to your profile before deciding if you’re a winner – so make sure it looks good. Upload a profile photo (the default ‘egg’ rarely wins) and ideally a cover photo – if you’re not camera shy, use a photo of yourself. Add an entertaining bio and pin a fun non-comping tweet to the top of your profile – tap the three dots under an existing tweet to do this.

5. Follow local companies

Find and follow all your favourite local bars, restaurants, shopping centres, theatres, magazines, radio stations and cinemas on Twitter – most of them will do regular giveaways, and local Twitter comps get very few entries! The benefit of following smaller, local businesses is that they usually follow you back – and the more followers you have, the less likely you are to be filtered by Twitter. Add the companies to a Twitter list too. Tweet using your hometown hashtag and you’ll get new followers that way too!

6. Use Twitter search to find competitions

Don’t just look at your news feed and Twitter lists for comps. Use Twitter advanced search at www.twitter.com/search-advanced. Specify hashtags, dates, tweet types, or even restrict your search near a certain location. You can search for all sorts – try combining words like win, competition, prize, then add Instagram, reply, Facebook, blog depending on the type of comp you’re after – try your wish list prizes and your local town too. When you get your results, make sure to select Latest to see all recent tweets – enter right away, or Like the ones to check out later on. Happy with the results? Save by clicking More Options > Save Search and you can choose it as an option any time you start typing in the Twitter search box.

7. Ditch the notifications

If you use a phone to tweet, turn off distracting notifications – it really doesn’t matter who’s retweeted you! Go to Settings (the cog on your profile), then Notifications and turn off retweets and likes. The only notifications worth getting are messages – but I opt to turn off Mobile Notifications entirely in my iPhone settings and check the app regularly instead. If you lose the notifications, you’ll have less distractions and be able to concentrate on the comps!

8. Download TweetDeck

Tweetdeck is amazing – but you can only use it on a computer, not on a mobile device. It shows you a set of scrolling columns, which can be your feed, mentions, messages, a Twitter list, a search, or a user. At the top of each column you can filter the content, even specifying a location or date range. It’s really useful for following a hashtag – for example, if you’re at a Twitter party, or for finding competitions that aren’t hosted on Twitter (try the words Facebook, Instagram, Blog, Pinterest in your search columns).

9. Track hashtags

A hashtag is a topic that you can follow on Twitter by clicking it – #RedNoseDay, #BlueMonday, #WorldBookDay, #Halloween etc. Searching for a relevant hashtag along with the word win or competition should give a selection of results. Twitter parties have unique hashtags – tweet with the hashtag during the party (they generally last an hour, so entry numbers are low) and you can win prizes. TopCashback, Britmums and UKMumsTV host regular parties in the UK – do a regular search on ‘win Twitter party’ to find out when the next one is, or subscribe to my Google Comping Calendar at http://bit.ly/CompingCalendar. Never been to one? Read my Twitter party tips. Another way to find competitions is to follow other compers and click on the hashtags they tweet!

10. Save fun photos on your phone

Lots of my own Twitter wins involve tweeting a photo, so I have folders saved on my iPhone with competition photos and fun selfies in – so if I spot a comp while I’m at the bus stop, I can enter there and then. For Halloween, Mothers Day and Christmas you can guess exactly what promoters will be asking for, so set up folders of pumpkins, mum selfies and Christmas jumper photos. If you don’t win, you can always go back and delete your tweet – then use the photo again for another competition!

Finally, make sure you log in to Twitter as often as you can, because it’s fast moving and some giveaways don’t hang around for long!

Did you enjoy these tips? You might enjoy these too:

And of course, you could buy my SuperLucky Secrets book for lots more tips!

Tips to help you win more competitions and prizes on Twitter

Twitter lets some lucky users schedule tweets on desktop

Finally! The ability to schedule tweets could be on the horizon.

Twitter is testing a new tool for select users. Unfortunately, it’s not an edit button.

On Wednesday, Twitter took to its own platform to announce a new scheduling feature on desktop.

In the GIF below, the new tool looks pretty straight forward. Craft your tweet, tap on the icon with the three dots, and select Schedule Tweet. Then, choose the date and time you want the tweet to go live, tap Continue followed by Schedule, and you’re all set.

Tweet scheduling on https://t.co/8FModRv1sl? Yes please! Starting today, we’re experimenting with bringing one of @TweetDeck’s handiest time-saving features into Twitter. Tell us what you think if you’re part of the experiment. pic.twitter.com/4pI9xrbPEP

The feature was originally exclusive to TweetDeck—Twitter’s dashboard app that displays tweets, hashtags, trends, and more, in columns. That way, you can see more tweets at once. With the ability to link multiple accounts, it’s mostly used by content creators and social media managers.

But aside from the GIF, Twitter remains vague with the details. It’s unclear whether you can schedule multiple tweets, and if/when the feature is coming to the mobile app.

While the company promotes it as a handy “time-saving” feature, some users on Twitter questioned the future of TweetDeck.

You know what this means? TweetDeck would soon get shut down.

But loyal TweetDeck users can rest easy. A spokesperson for Twitter confirmed to Mashable the company has no plans to shut down the platform.

As for who exactly gets to test out the new feature, Twitter says it’s only experimenting with a small set of users on desktop, for now.

Twitter is testing a new schedule feature on the desktop version of its app, allowing some users to craft and schedule their tweets ahead of time. ]]>