Any idea where I can get free prizes?

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It seems to me you can get companies to donate free stuff that business operators can give away to their customers / subscribers, but I'm not having much luck finding them. They all want money, ie: incentives, promotions, etc.

This would be like discount coupons on certain products, sample products... that kind of thing.

Does anyone know of such online companies?

I want to run some contests in my new dog ezine, which means having something to offer the winners. I'm taking Kevin's video workshop right now and expect to be able to create some training videos to use. But that's going to take some time. I need something sooner.

I'm hoping to find things related to dogs: dog food, toys, books, gear, dog training stuff, etc. The idea would be that the companies offering those free "prizes" would benefit because the winners would have to go to their sites to get them - ie: entering a coupon number, register, or whatever. Then, the businesses would get people onto their lists and build their customer base.

It would be a win-win.

Thanks.

Sylvia
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  • Profile picture of the author cage73
    Have you tried contacting the marketing departments of the companies that your interested in working with?

    One of the sites that I operate deals in dvd/blu-ray reviews so I went to the websites of all the major film studios, contacted the marketing departments, which they put me in contact with their ad reps. To make a long story short, they were more than happy to add me to their distribution list which in turn resulted in free DVD/blu-rays sent to me every month.

    The only catch for me is that I have to watch and review the DVD's but I'm a big movie buff so this is no problem for me at all and they don't send titles that I don't request. Once I'm done I use the DVD/Blu-rays as a giveaway for my site. Often times, upon request, I can ask for a DVD or Blu-ray just to use as a giveaway with no strings attached other than the exposure my site is giving the studio.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Sylvia, how about something a little different? Try Gary's idea with dog-related movies (the Beethoven series, Air Bud, the classics like Old Yeller, White Fang, Call of the Wild, etc.).

      Or try some of the dog food companies and ask for sample packs to distribute.

      Then there's dog art - everything from classic sporting prints to dogs playing poker on black velvet.

      How about T-shirts? Look through the catalog at CafePress.com and if you see something you like, contact the owner for a possible donation. Maybe you can trade a free sidebar ad for a prize...

      Originally Posted by cage73 View Post

      Have you tried contacting the marketing departments of the companies that your interested in working with?

      One of the sites that I operate deals in dvd/blu-ray reviews so I went to the websites of all the major film studios, contacted the marketing departments, which they put me in contact with their ad reps. To make a long story short, they were more than happy to add me to their distribution list which in turn resulted in free DVD/blu-rays sent to me every month.

      The only catch for me is that I have to watch and review the DVD's but I'm a big movie buff so this is no problem for me at all and they don't send titles that I don't request. Once I'm done I use the DVD/Blu-rays as a giveaway for my site. Often times, upon request, I can ask for a DVD or Blu-ray just to use as a giveaway with no strings attached other than the exposure my site is giving the studio.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheMagicShow
    if you site has lots of targeted traffic, then I don't see why a company wouldn't want to give you a prize for exposure. Look at the tv show "Price Is Right", its all about getting free prizes for primetime tv airtime.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jagged
    Try bartering....I use craigslist & barter for some cool stuff...many of which i use for local charities that I support.

    I did a barter for a local hot air balloon company...got 2 gift certificates for 4 people, includes 3 to 4 hr ballon ride, champagne brunch...a value of over $200 pr person...$1600 in all.....all for doing some local seo for them...I used those gift certificates as donations for local charities here in Tucson.

    Another barter was for a custom made cake...like those you see on TV....for designing them a new website.....I received gift certificates which I gave to the local pet rescue...they in turn raffled them off & made some good money to help the dogs & cats...

    Point is it's a great way to get some cool, unique gifts....have to do a little work for them so it's not exactly "free" but it's rewarding......many business owners will be more willing to work with you if they feel they are getting something in return...

    Also...since you are doing the work for them & you are donating the items......you get the promotion & you get the tax rightoff....

    Give it a try...

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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Why not try finding what you want and writing the company that owns the product? I used to run a monthly contest on one of my websites. I wrote to different companies and explained my contest and how may page views the contest got, and asked if they'd be willing to sponsor a contest by donating a prize. My offer was accepted a lot more than it was turned down. Some offered to sponsor several contests in a row.

    What do you need prizes for and how much publicity do you offer? I might be willing to donate a prize. It would be digital, as all my products are except one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jagged
    Have them donate some pet related product or service now....in exchange for mention or use of their products / services in your new training video series....that way they still feel like they are getting something in return...

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  • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
    Hey Sylvia,

    I used to have a computer review site a couple of years ago and manage to get HP and Dell both to donate 3-4 laptops each for prizes. All I did is contact the sales department and ask to speak to a representative, then explain what I was trying to do, showed them my site, and told them what they get out of the deal.

    Now I don't know if they still do this type of stuff or not anymore, but it is worth a try.

    If your subject is "Pets" then try going down to your nearest Petco company and speak with them about it. At least they can direct you to who specifically to contact and where.
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  • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
    Let me know if you want more contestants too, I have a list of thousands of dog lovers. I know you are legit so I wouldn't mind mentioning it to them! :-)

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    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Thank you to everyone for all of your fantastic suggestions. I'll definitely implement some, if not all, of them.

      I was reading an excellent book by Robert G. Allen on Multiple Streams of Income where Sean Casey gives his ideas on running an ezine. He mentions the site: www.marketingpromo.com which appears to no longer be active. I understood you could go there and find offers from people who want to boost their businesses by providing various types of related gifts that we can use as prizes, incentives, etc.

      I ran a search for more such sites, but everything I found wants you to pay or they are for people just looking for free stuff.

      Great ideas some of you offered - I never thought of getting those freebies myself and giving them away as prizes. I don't suppose there's any rule against that ?!

      I'd prefer to get prizes that I do not have to ship or post (you know, like the old fashioned way? )

      Sylvia
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    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Originally Posted by Allen Graves View Post

      Let me know if you want more contestants too, I have a list of thousands of dog lovers. I know you are legit so I wouldn't mind mentioning it to them! :-)

      Allen
      Thank you very much, Allen. I'm sure we can work out some sort of arrangement.

      My newsletter only launched on April 5 (with 1 subscriber), so it will be great to add more. The contests I'll be running are only available to members of the newsletter - so they have to sign up first. But since it's free, I don't see why they wouldn't want to.

      And then, they get to share their own dog stores and dog photos as well enter contests, which can make it really worth joining.

      {gee, I hope no one is going to steal my idea!}

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