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Consumer Alert

Sweepstakes winners are NOT required to pay any money before receiving their prize. If you have been called or have been mailed notification that you have won a sweepstakes or other type of promotion and need to send money before receiving your prize you are most likely being scammed.

Over the past few years, NSC has advised consumers not to fall prey to these frauds. Unfortunately, these individuals are now using our name and logo in order to appear legitimate.  These sweepstakes are NOT legitimate and are in no way associated with NSC.

If you have been notified that you have won a sweepstakes or other type of promotion and are asked for money please contact your State Attorney General, or you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

For more information, please click here or call 800-894-5461.


15 Reasons to run a sweepstakes in 2017

Feb 02, 2017


Whether you’re on the fence about running a sweepstakes this year or you’re pretty certain you’re going to give it a try, it never hurts to brush up on the many reasons launching a sweepstakes is a win for you. 


Do you have a brand new product you’re introducing to the market this year?  If so, a sweepstakes is a great way to spread the word and encourage product purchase.  Just remember to add a free method of entry too (it’s the law!)


Whether its Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest , Snapchat or another social media giant, launching a sweepstakes on social media is a sure fire way to get more likes, follows, tweets, pins and snaps.  Just make sure you’re following the guidelines (we’ll help you out with that!)


You might not know this, but employee sweepstakes (and contests) make up for many of the sweepstakes we administer for our clients.  Providing employees an incentive to work harder is the perfect way to increase your bottom line and create loyal team members.  And, your advertising is minimal so they are a very cost effective way to kill two birds with one stone.


Surveys are a great way to collect data about your brand, market, a product or virtually any topic of interest to the growth of your business.  Plus, you get to collect name and email addresses to market to later.


Do you have a brand hashtag?  Sweepstakes (and other online promotions) are a great way to encourage the use of your brand’s hashtag on social channels.  Check out our post on hashtag promotions, here!


Yes!  If the five ideas above haven't gotten your wheels spinning yet, we’ve got 10 more reasons to add a sweepstakes, contest or game to your marketing plan for 2017:

  • Create an email or mobile opt in list
  • Create a mailing list
  • Reward customers with your products (as prizes!)
  • Distribute coupons and other offers
  • Increase sales
  • Increase visits to a retail location
  • Increase visits to an online store or website
  • Promote an event
  • Launch a new campaign
  • Encourage brand loyalty

Contact us to brainstorm or get a quote!  We offer a variety of services to help bring that fabulous sweepstakes idea to life!

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