There’s still a few months to go before the 2016 series of Strictly will kick off but I’m already starting to think about plans for this site during that series and beyond.
However this site is as much your site as it is mine and I’d really like to know what you would like to see when the new series starts.
The first thing I’d like to talk about is competitions. As most of you are I’m sure aware I ran a competition during the 2nd half of the 2015 series where one visitor won a £50 amazon voucher at the end of the series. The prize for this competition was provided out of my own pocket from the advertising revenue this site receives through the adverts it displays.
I am keen to run competitions again this year, as it is one way I can give something back to the people who have made this site the success it has become, but would like to know how often and what level of prize you feel would be best. The options currently being considered are in the poll below:
What would you prefer for a competition
- Weekly Competitions with a £20 voucher as the prize each week (12 competitions in total) (44%, 25 Votes)
- Monthly Competitions with a £75 voucher as the prize (3 or 4 competitions in total) (42%, 24 Votes)
- Series Competitions with a £250 voucher as the prize (1 competition only) (14%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 57
These ideas are not definite and may not represent actual final prize values as much will depend on how much traffic the site receives and how much ad revenue I receive in 2016, especially as my hosting costs will be going up so I can keep the site up at peak times. I’m also considering something like a tablet computer rather than vouchers for the larger prize if it was a series long competition or something like a Kindle as the prize on the monthly one. Also if the prizes did stay as gift vouchers are Amazon vouchers something that most visitors are happy with or would you prefer another retailer?
One final thing I am considering is working directly with advertisers who may provide prizes themselves in return for advertising/sponsorship on the site. This could allow the prizes to be bigger than anything I could afford to provide myself (holidays for one example but I might be being optimistic there).
Please let me know your thoughts on anything in this post, or indeed anything else you would like to see from the site this year by voting in the poll, posting in the comments section or on Facebook/Twitter and I’ll probably be back with some more questions about what you’d like to see this year in a few weeks!