Thursday 11 November 2010

Introducing the latest service for compers - Competition Hunter

Today we have a guest spot, so I'm going to hand the rest of the space over to Iain Haywood who has just set up a new site for compers - please give him a warm welcome:

My name is Iain Haywood, and I'm the founder of I've run many successful startups, as well as some very silly ones over the years, and myself and my team have significant experience in running many large and small-scale online competitions. Now I'm on the other side of the fence. I've set up Competition Hunter as a dedicated UK competition community, which hopefully takes some of the best aspects of some of the other competition platforms you know, and provides a useful, fun, and easy-to-use place to find the latest competitions and contests. I'll be honest, it's a big job, and I need your help...

The way it works is very simple - users can register, submit competitions, vote on these cometitions (up or down, depending on whether the entries are worthy), comment, make friends, join groups, share - all the things you'd want a proper community site to do. We've made it that both compers and providers of competitions can submit and interact rather than just one group or the other, as other sites are known to do. Everything is open, free, and made with the comper in mind. Hopefully we've achieved this - we've still got a lot of work to do though, and we'll be working very hard to make sure this community works well for its users.

And so, as we're about a day old, we're reaching out to compers, old and new, to sign up, try us out, submit competitions they find and help build and grow our community. We're naturally going to take some time to get up to speed, but the sooner we get a core of passionate and resourceful compers at our centre, the site will start to really fly. So why bother joining at all? Well, hopefully we do certain things better than other sites, like how easy it is to register, and submit competitions. Perhaps we offer things that others don't, like the opportunity to moderate the quality of competitions through voting, or dedicated community features. Maybe it's because we've implimented a fun and accessible incentive scheme called Karma. Karma is something every user can earn simply by submitting, voting, commenting or interacting every day. It's a thank you from us, and a way of showing how brilliant you are to other users. Eventually we will open Karma up and allow you to exchange the Karma you've earned for real-life rewards. You can see it in our Top Users section, and on your profile.

So that's us in a nutshell. We want to be the "go-to" place: a democratic, fun, and accessible comping community. No complications, no ridiculous rules, and certainly no charges. Get involved, and I know you'll be glad you did!

We're at For those who are Twitter inclined - you can follow us here: For Facebook'ers - we're here:

My door is always open, any comments, issues, suggestions or marriage proposals, feel free to email me at

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