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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.

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Do Small Giveaways Need Official Rules?

It’s a common misconception that a small giveaway run at an event doesn’t need Official Rules. But, the law doesn’t discriminate based upon size.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/08/do-small-giveaways-need-official-rules/

3 Ways to Collaborate on a Giveaway

Giveaways are an awesome way to spread the word about your brand, gain new followers & potential customers. Here's 3 ways to collaborate!
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/08/3-ways-to-collaborate-on-a-giveaway/

Sweepstakes Hobbiests? Yes, it's a Real Thing.

While some of our clients want nothing to do with “Sweeps Hobbiests”, some of them find a great value in their participation! See why.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/06/sweepstakes-hobbiests-yes-its-a-real-thing/

5 Tips for a successful social media giveaway!

In this day and age, you can’t do much of anything without incorporating social media. And, if you haven’t done so already, launching a social media giveaway is a great way to engage your audience, encourage viral sharing and gain new followers!
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/05/5-tips-for-a-successful-social-media-giveaway/

Why promotion companies have E & O Insurance

Today we’re talking about a super important piece of the puzzle when it comes to hiring a contest or sweepstakes administrator. E & O insurance. If you’re researching promotion companies, you’ll want to ensure they have it.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/05/why-promotion-companies-have-e-o-insurance/

Want to run a DIY Sweepstakes? Read this first.

You have a good idea of how you want to run your sweepstakes, so why not forgo hiring a Sweepstakes Administrator and DIY it? 5 reasons here.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/05/want-to-run-a-diy-sweepstakes-read-this-first/

2017 Social Media Guidelines Refresher

Almost halfway through the year! We're talking Social Media Guidelines and offering up a refresher to ensure compliance.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/04/2017-social-media-guidelines-refresher/

Social Media Marketing trends for 2017

We’re discussing a few social media marketing trends forecasted for 2017. From video to getting touchy feely - we're sharing.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/04/social-media-marketing-trends-for-2017/

The Best Way to Advertise Your Sweepstakes or Contest

We're sharing some of the best ways to advertise your sweepstakes or contest, including a few you might not have discovered yet.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/03/the-best-way-to-advertise-your-sweepstakes-or-contest/

Sweepstakes Bonding & Registration Quick Facts Infographic

Since we get so many questions regarding the basics of bonding & registering, we thought we’d create a simple infographic to access in a pinch.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/03/sweepstakes-bonding-registration-quick-facts-infographic/

Influencer Marketing and your Sweepstakes

Developing a marketing strategy surrounding social influence is a an awesome way to promote your sweepstakes (and brand!).
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/02/influencer-marketing-and-your-sweepstakes/

Why Not Offer a Student Loan Sweepstakes?

With student loan debt on the rise, we are seeing a lot of our clients offering sweepstakes or contests that provide debt relief to winners. Here's some information to get you started!
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/01/why-not-offer-a-student-loan-sweepstakes/

Sweepstakes Live? Here’s 5 Mistakes to Avoid

We talk a lot about what to do before your sweepstakes or contest launches. Today, we thought we’d shake things up by offering a little advice on what to do after your promotion has launched. Here's 5 mistakes to avoid once that promotion goes live.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/01/sweepstakes-live-heres-5-mistakes-to-avoid/

Hashtag Contests & Promotions Defined

Way back when we wrote a post about the type of hashtagging the FTC requires when running certain types of promotions. Today we thought we’d take it a step further and talk about hashtag contests & other hashtag promotions, including structure, cost and …
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2017/01/hashtag-contests-defined/

Everything You Need to Know About Prize Coverage

Have you ever wondered how brands can afford to offer big prizes (we’re talking millions) in their promotions? Here's a breakdown of how Prize Coverage can work for you.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2016/12/everything-you-need-to-know-about-prize-coverage/

Social Media Contests & Sweepstakes on Pinterest (new Guidelines)

Whether you’ve run a social media contest or sweepstakes on Pinterest before or you’re in the process of thinking one up, you’ll want to pay close attention to their latest guidelines so you can brainstorm and plan accordingly.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2016/11/pinterests-latest-promotion-guidelines/

How to Determine the ARV of a Prize

When we write the official rules for your sweepstakes or contest, we need to determine and disclose the approximate retail value (or “ARV”) of each prize you are awarding. And, while some prizes are very easy to attribute a value, others may be a bit mor…
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2016/11/how-to-determine-the-arv-of-a-prize/

Promotion Definitions: Why Sweepstakes Can't Be Called Contests

If you’ve worked with us before, you know we are pretty particular about the terminology we use when talking about different types of promotions. We never call a contest a sweepstakes and we never call a sweepstakes a contest. But, why is that? What do…
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2016/11/why-sweepstakes-cant-be-called-contests/

Black Friday Promotion Tips

If you are planning on running a sweepstakes or contest surrounding Black Friday, you’ll want to get the ball rolling on that now. Here’s what you need to get started!
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2016/10/black-friday-promotion-tips/

Flashback Friday: Promotion Tips and Fall Ideas

Instead of posting something new this week, we thought we’d flashback to a couple of posts that are definitely worth revisiting.
http://nationalsweeps.com/blog/2016/10/flashback-friday-promotion-tips-and-fall-ideas/

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