Notifying winners can be a lot of fun, but also needs to be done carefully! Winners will be overwhelmed to hear that they have won something from your company. Many then go on to be ambassadors of your brand.
It is important to take care when notifying winners, as mistakes can be costly. In one case, a Junior Marketing Assistant conducted a competition draw before the scheduled draw time, then contacted the winner, and then went out for lunch. The Marketing Manager, unable to reach the Assistant, assumed the draw had not occurred, so conducted a second draw and notified a second winner. The prize was valued at over $25k..
Prior to contacting winners you should ensure that the winner’s original entry was valid i.e. that they completed the entry requirements, met any minimum age requirements and provided required information.
There may be some information that you need to award the prize, such as a prize delivery address, or preferred dates of travel. You can request this information in your email or letter to the winner. It is always best to have information you need in writing.
Winners must be notified in accordance with the competition terms and conditions. For a chance-based competition, you will need to notify winners in writing within 2 days of the competition draw. You may also need to publish their details on a website or in a newspaper.
Below is a sample letter that can be used to notify winners of a chance-based competition. Ensure that you change the wording to suit the circumstances of your individual competition.
Sample winner notification letter
When publishing a winner’s name on a website or in a newspaper the common format used is: [Competition Name], [Prize Details] winner: First Initial] [Last Name], [Suburb].
It is a condition of competition permits that prizes be awarded in the manner specified in the competition terms and conditions.
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