Welcome to our brand new website, all about the competitions on ITV. We got the idea from entercompetitionsonline.co.uk who keep people up to date with competitions in general, but here, we’re all about channel three!
First things first, if you see something you like, you can find the entry form over at itv.com. More often than not, if a competition appears on screen, you can enter it through the website. One notable exception is the viewers competition on Millionaire, which seems to be by phone entry only for some reason.
To find out about the competitions that are available, check out the sections on the site.
Have you noticed how the daytime TV shows run their big money competitions just before the ad breaks? This got me wondering about whether there’s an added psychological element to the positioning of the trailers of the prize draws. I’ve often noted that they tend to run for the last time right before the end of a show, which I’ve always put down to trying to squeeze a few last minute premium rate entries out of viewers, along with keeping viewers tuned in to the last few seconds of the programme.
But what if there’s a little more to it? You might have noticed that in the last few years there’s been a growing trend for supermarkets to track each others price in some kind of price match promotion. Perhaps by offering big prizes, the viewer’s mindset is more open to the ads, and even more focused on bargains, having been thinking about paying off debts with a big cash prize in the competitions.
It’s certainly not uncommon to see competitions to win free shopping at Asda, Tesco or other types of supermarket competitions (see supermarketcompetitions.co.uk) which appeal to the type of people that fit the stereotypical demographic of a daytime TV viewer.
Most likely, the TV bosses have done their research into when best to run their competitions, just like they’ve worked out that paying for a famous celeb to spend some time on a cruise ship to film the competition promotion will make that cruise even more tempting for would be competition entrants.
Have you ever met somebody that has won a prize in one of the TV Competitions? You might think not, but they’re running on television every day, so there’s thousands (if not tens of thousands) of prizes given away every year.
One of the more eye catching types of contest that is run on ITV is holiday competitions, as they’re always running trailers of golden sandy beaches beneath blazing sunshine with people enjoying the rays with a cocktail in hand.
It’s not surprising that many of us forget about the domestic chores start to dream about winning the dream break as soon as we see the film run aboard a luxury cruise liner or in a 5 star Barbados resort, so it’s no surprise either that so many people reach for the phone as soon as the (premium rate) number appears on screen.
We keep going on about it here at ITV Competitions Watch, but it pays to remember the free web entry that’s available. If you’re a serial comper, all those £1 plus text message entries or several pound phone calls soon add up, so you could be investing in something far more useful, such as Spanish Night Classes or maybe something similar like another language in case you one day are that lucky winner!
So remember, for those expensive premium rate ITV phone numbers, they almost always offer a free web entry at itv.com, and when you’re ready for those language lessons, you know where to go: http://classesinsheffield.co.uk/.
To celebrate the launch of the government’s Green Deal incentive, DIY powerhouse B&Q are giving away £1000 in vouchers. To enter, head over to the Guardian website here. The competition runs until May, so get in soon to be included.
The Green Deal allows home owners to get their energy saving measures paid for by taking out a Green Deal Plan (effectively a loan), which is repaid through the savings on their energy bills. For example, insulation might reduce your bill by £20 a month, and you repay £15 a month over three years (these numbers are for illustration purposes only!). You’d effectively be £5 a month better off than not having the work done for the next three years, and after that, when the Green Deal Plan is paid off, you’ll get the full savings yourself.
You can find out more about how the Green Deal saves you money here, how to book an assessment here and what measures you can benefit from at this link.