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Pick your favorite prize type(s):

Several small prizes to increase odds of winning
One uber-prize with a single winner
Festool "bucks" that you can use toward Festool prizes
NAINA products and/or swag
Festool training class or similar

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What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« on: February 05, 2013, 10:02 PM »
Title says it all...

Please take the time to vote in the poll at the top of the thread. - You can select multiple choices.

It's important that we maximize participation in our forum contests. There's a fair amount of time and effort put into conducting contests here on the forum. I want to make sure we're making it worthwhile for you, yes YOU, to participate.

Any feedback you have about past contests, your favorite contest we've had, reasons you have or have not participated in past contests, etc. can be shared here or sent to me via PM.

Thanks for your feedback and let's rock out the next contest, coming soon.

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2013, 12:23 AM »
I'd suggest involving Festool HO and finding a way to get "the rest of the planet" encouraged ... apart from the complicated parts of Canada  [wink]

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2013, 12:27 AM »
I'd suggest involving Festool HO and finding a way to get "the rest of the planet" encouraged ... apart from the complicated parts of Canada  [wink]

Kev,

We, meaning Festool USA, have sponsored international contests on the forum. It's a bummer to say it, but the participation outside of North America was sparse. We may do another one that's available for participants worldwide in the future. Be sure to cast your vote, since it's a possibility.

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2013, 12:31 AM »
In making Festool training/seminar a voting option, does that mean a prize whereby Festool pays travel and accomodation to attend a training/seminar for the winner(s)?
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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2013, 12:34 AM »
In making Festool training/seminar a voting option, does that mean a prize whereby Festool pays travel and accomodation to attend a training/seminar for the winner(s)?

For the sake of voting, let's say yes. These are just ideas I'm floating at this point. So, the details aren't fleshed out. Let's gauge interest levels in each of the options, or other ideas that members might have and go from there.

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2013, 01:59 AM »
A trip to Festool Germany?  [big grin]

Edit:  Perhaps a series of contests thru the year each with their own prizes.  Then at the end of the year all the eligible participating members would have their name placed into a drawing for a "Grand Prize" that would a trip, personalized one on one training, etc.  Members who participated in multiple contests would have multiple chances to win.

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2013, 03:14 AM »
I think multiple smaller prizes is nicer as it increases the odds of getting something for the effort.  Random winner selection is nicer, too, since someone seeing a nice entry by someone else might not make an entry thinking theirs won't be better; with a random drawing, it levels the field... it also can allow for uninspired entries for the sake of an entry, but I don't think we've seen much of that at all here.  Carefully crafting the rules can also make that more difficult.

Problem with smaller prizes is which to make available?  I like the Festool Dollars idea since I wouldn't want to win a TS-55 panther blade when I don't have a TS-55 or an FS-800 guide rail when I already have one.

Something like tee shirts for all entrants can greatly increase participation, I think. In that way, nobody loses and certainly the advertising of the shirts on job sites or -ahem- videos can't be bad.  Maybe even a custom shirt à la CafePress that calls out the contest.
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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2013, 06:12 AM »
Although the odds are really long I like the monthly Festool drawings. The monthly prizes (at least) gets me dreaming about "what if".....kind of like the lottery". My vote is big prize, one, two or maybe three winners.....

How about Festool stretch tickets????? One ticket given every time you purchase anything with the Festool logo on it....

For what it is worth....

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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2013, 07:01 AM »
i would guess that the percentage of the rest of the world to the north america has risin in the last while.
hope fully there will be another worldwide contest(or even a eu one)

i voted for classes because they are very hard to get. anyone can buy the rest but no money can get your name on the list

for the usa market . i would offer all those little extras we have over here. like the floor mats,clothing,glassses,measuring tapes etc and other once off things like the   first aid kit  systainers ,aprons in a mini,

that way the prize is really desirable and limited to who has it. hopefully people will go mad to get one
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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2013, 07:29 AM »
I voted multiple smaller prizes. I would like to see the " Festool bucks" as the prizes some times also.
Pretty much what Paul Marcel said.
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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2013, 08:19 AM »
I honestly like all the prize ideas.   What other tool company is giving away great prizes each month?  Plus, if contest are available here on the FOG that doubles your chances to win something, if you enter. (for NA members)

The FOG contest are fun.  It's like the lotto,  you have to be in in to win it.   If you don't enter then you can't win.
If you don't like the prize then you don't enter.  If people don't enter the contest, then that give the people who do better chances to win  [big grin].

I plan on trying to enter all the contest that I can.  Nothing is free,  so if Festool is going to promot a contest on the FOG, then I have to spend my time to try to win.  I'm doing what I like doing anyways, and that using my Festool tools [wink]

I didn't win the grand prize when I entered the "Demonstation" contest.   BUT,  Festool did send me a shirt AND hat for participating.  [big grin]

So for me that was a win.  I did n ot  ask for it and I did not  expect it.  But it was very much appreciated.

I can't wait to see what kind of contest are in the future.


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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2013, 08:23 AM »
Festool bucks, rather than a prize of a redundant tool.

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2013, 09:00 AM »
+1 to internationally open competitions.

I have only seen that one international raffle that was run a year or so ago - have there been others?
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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2013, 09:32 AM »
+1 to internationally open competitions.

I have only seen that one international raffle that was run a year or so ago - have there been others?

There have been two of them. Granted it's been a while. And the forum has seen continual growth, including internationally, since we took ownership.

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http://festoolownersgroup.com/fun-games-diversions/international-fog-contest-win-one-of-two-cxs-compact-cordless-drills

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http://festoolownersgroup.com/fun-games-diversions/international-contest-write-a-review-for-your-chance-to-win-a-rotex-150!/

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2013, 12:50 PM »
Honestly, it doesn't take much to get me to participate in anything Festool related.  Given the size of this forum, I was somewhat baffled at why there was so little participation in the last contest both from an entry as well as the voting perspective.  Although I am fundamentally opposed to any form of bribery, perhaps Festool swag to every entry might generate more participation. 

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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2013, 12:54 PM »
Again, worldwide entry's accepted.  As soon as I see a thread with another competition I gloss past it.
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« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2013, 01:03 PM »
What, That systainer contest didnt get much participation?? thats crazy!

I agree with others, it doesn't take much to get me to participate in anything festool related!  [tongue] loved that systainer contest and this months domino w/ct26  [smile]
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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2013, 02:32 PM »
Again, worldwide entry's accepted.  As soon as I see a thread with another competition I gloss past it.

Same here.

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« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2013, 02:55 PM »
I love participating in the contests.  It does take effort and I enjoy the process and you have to enter to win.  Would like to see international participation too.  I did like the one contest that had a video entry and a written entry and two draws -- that way folks are encouraged to use whatever means they are comfortable with to enter, allowed to enter both for two chances or one or the other.  The Festool Dollars was a really cool prize last time around too.  I enjoy learning tips and tricks and seeing projects and also the build in process.  These are more interesting than tool reviews. 

I really appreciate Festool sponsoring these contests!

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« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2013, 03:01 PM »
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Again, worldwide entry's accepted.  As soon as I see a thread with another competition I gloss past it.

Same here.
i also pass over all those treads.
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« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2013, 03:20 PM »
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Again, worldwide entry's accepted.  As soon as I see a thread with another competition I gloss past it.

Same here.
i also pass over all those treads.

Same here.

The winners of the 2 international comps were from.????? USA?
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« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2013, 03:25 PM »
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Again, worldwide entry's accepted.  As soon as I see a thread with another competition I gloss past it.

Same here.
i also pass over all those treads.

Same here.

The winners of the 2 international comps were from.????? USA?

thats proably because of the higher percentage of us members able to enter.
i dont mind that.
id be happy to be just able to enter
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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #22 on: February 06, 2013, 04:18 PM »
I voted for more multiple prizes rather then one uberprize and a festool training class.

A suggestion:

Be able to spend some time say 4 hrs with the local festool rep getting one on one instruction on your favorite(s) festools.

It could even be how to use the festools  to their fullest or maxium potential on a particular project.  

 believe that we festool fans only use about 30% of a tools potential. Im always interested in new jigs, methods etc…
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« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2013, 05:03 PM »
Again, worldwide entry's accepted.  As soon as I see a thread with another competition I gloss past it.

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #24 on: February 07, 2013, 09:23 AM »
Thanks for all of the feedback so far, keep it coming. And, for taking the time to cast your vote.

I'll look into making the next contest international again. But the participation needs to be there from our international members to make it worthwhile to do that.  [wink]

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« Reply #25 on: February 07, 2013, 12:34 PM »
Thanks for all of the feedback so far, keep it coming. And, for taking the time to cast your vote.

I'll look into making the next contest international again. But the participation needs to be there from our international members to make it worthwhile to do that.  [wink]

Shane

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2013, 11:35 PM »
Bump. Any other votes or comments? Thanks to all who have participated.

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« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2013, 12:56 AM »
I'm amazed there's only 87 votes thus far!

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« Reply #28 on: February 10, 2013, 08:16 AM »
I like the idea of Festool Training classes, education is empowerment and learning new or better ways to utilize OUR Festools and the money we spent on them seems like a win win situation to me. I also like the Festool bucks idea as it allows the winner to acquire a specific item that will be most useful to them. Another idea might be to offer refurbished tools as prizes, this might help offset the cost on Festools end, and potentially allow them to offer even more prizes or contests.

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« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2013, 08:38 AM »
I like the idea of Festool bucks for whatever the winner(s) need and therefore would like to spend on.  It would be even more interesting with the option to spend the bucks on an individual end-user training class or week series of classes with the added bonus that Festool USA contact the grand winner a few days in advance of making the class schedule public.  That would be a prize in itself to have first dibs on scheduling for whatever, wherever, and whenever since the classes fill up in less than an hour typically.  It would make it even more grand to offer both Festool bucks for tools AND an end-user training class to the grand prize winner.

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« Reply #30 on: February 10, 2013, 09:13 AM »
I like the idea of Festool bucks for whatever the winner(s) need and therefore would like to spend on.  It would be even more interesting with the option to spend the bucks on an individual end-user training class or week series of classes with the added bonus that Festool USA contact the grand winner a few days in advance of making the class schedule public.  That would be a prize in itself to have first dibs on scheduling for whatever, wherever, and whenever since the classes fill up in less than an hour typically.  It would make it even more grand to offer both Festool bucks for tools AND an end-user training class to the grand prize winner.



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« Reply #31 on: February 10, 2013, 09:22 AM »
I think multiple smaller prizes is nicer as it increases the odds of getting something for the effort.  Random winner selection is nicer, too, since someone seeing a nice entry by someone else might not make an entry thinking theirs won't be better; with a random drawing, it levels the field... it also can allow for uninspired entries for the sake of an entry, but I don't think we've seen much of that at all here.  Carefully crafting the rules can also make that more difficult.

Problem with smaller prizes is which to make available?  I like the Festool Dollars idea since I wouldn't want to win a TS-55 panther blade when I don't have a TS-55 or an FS-800 guide rail when I already have one.

Something like tee shirts for all entrants can greatly increase participation, I think. In that way, nobody loses and certainly the advertising of the shirts on job sites or -ahem- videos can't be bad.  Maybe even a custom shirt à la CafePress that calls out the contest.

I like the idea of random selection if there is more than one prize being offered.  I'd like to see the grand prize winner be selected on merit.  I feel like there should be just reward for someone willing to go all out with their entry.  Let the rest of the prize(s) be awarded by random. 

I also like the free t-shirt thing too.  Maybe ever make that retroactive for past judges. [tongue]
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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #32 on: February 10, 2013, 05:31 PM »
I don't know if this is even possible or would be considered, but what if there was a drawing for a tool or accessory each month that is open to everyone.  After the 12 winners have been selected, an additional contest is held for these winners.  They have 30-60 days to do a project, whether there own design or something (theme) choosen by a panel of moderators or dealers from the FOG (Shane would be the ring leader).  Sort of like March Madness for those in the US.  After everything is submitted, FOG members would vote and then the panel would select the grand prize winner from the top 3 vote getters.  The top 3 would get Festool bucks for a new tool or class.  Example of prize breakdown.

1st place - $1500
2nd place - $750
3rd place - $500
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« Reply #33 on: February 10, 2013, 07:51 PM »
I forgot to mention in my previous post, the 9 people that don't qualify for the grand prize would get a small something like a Festool T-shirt, or something similar.

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #34 on: February 10, 2013, 08:10 PM »
Again, worldwide entry's accepted.  As soon as I see a thread with another competition I gloss past it.

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #35 on: February 11, 2013, 11:57 AM »
International participation, got it.  [wink]

I'm working on it already.

Wooden Skye, wow... that's involved. [eek] Not sure we can pull off something quite that extravagant. I'm going to try to make sure prizes make participation worthwhile. That's why I posted this thread.

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« Reply #36 on: February 11, 2013, 01:21 PM »
Shane, another thing to be mindful off if you do run another international competition.  As has been stated earlier, both international comps were won by American entrants !  Really !!

I think if this happened again then it would probably be the end of international competitions, certainly for me.
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« Reply #37 on: February 11, 2013, 01:24 PM »
Shane, another thing to be mindful off if you do run another international competition.  As has been stated earlier, both international comps were won by American entrants !  Really !!

I think if this happened again then it would probably be the end of international competitions, certainly for me.

That's already been noted and I'm working on having guaranteed prizes for international members. [wink]

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« Reply #38 on: February 11, 2013, 01:37 PM »
Shane

I know that my idea was involved and probably far fetched.  I just think that if offering a Kapex and CT, or a domino and CT as was the case with recent sweepstakes, doesn't garner a lot of interest or participation, then how epic of a prize do you need?  Maybe the epic prize should be a North America and international $5000 shopping spree at Festool USA or in Germany for the not in north America contingent, immediately followed by one of the classes.
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« Reply #39 on: February 11, 2013, 06:40 PM »
Shane, another thing to be mindful off if you do run another international competition.  As has been stated earlier, both international comps were won by American entrants !  Really !!

I think if this happened again then it would probably be the end of international competitions, certainly for me.

That's already been noted and I'm working on having guaranteed prizes for international members. [wink]
now that would be very interesting. Also maybe being able to choose from a range of similar valued items. As we probably would all be interested in different things. So a choice even if small would be nice.

I just hope I'll be able to participate.
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« Reply #40 on: February 11, 2013, 06:53 PM »
this is looking good.
i cant wait
i like jerome s idea
if instead of winning a specific tool you won any tool from a list. knowing my luck ,if i won i would win a tool i just bought.
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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #41 on: February 11, 2013, 07:02 PM »
 Oooooo can't wait.... 
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« Reply #42 on: February 11, 2013, 07:10 PM »
I can only add this, I know that there have been formidable obstacles in the past with having international contests - I can't share details - so, if Shane can make this happen I hope every international member participates and makes whatever contest a huge success.

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« Reply #43 on: February 12, 2013, 01:04 PM »
I will definitely enter [big grin]
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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #44 on: May 09, 2013, 12:14 PM »
I haven't read the whole thread but I'm thinking a giant wad of Festool bucks that can be used towards any Festool products and/or training.
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Offline farms100

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #45 on: May 09, 2013, 04:02 PM »
I'm less interested in one big prize, unless i win it of course :)

I like the idea of smaller "door prizes" for people that don't win first prize. t shirts, rulers etc

Limit participation to one person/household per contest. you loose web page hits but, if someone has entered the same contest 20 times in a month what tangible benefit does corporate get after the first entry?

Offer alternative 1st prizes. for example if someone already has a domino and wins one, give the winner credit towards another festool item.

It really depends what you want out of your contests. converting non festool users, or just to generate interest and web page hits?

Frankly the most difficult first step of getting into the system is that first vacuum/tool buy. getting vacs out into the market place is a good thing.

sponsor online contests of things that were built by users, also local guild/club shows. For example this month the eastern mass guild of woodworkers has a show in conjunction with a gallery. wood craft gave us some prizes.
eastern mass guild of woodworkers. http://www.emgw.org

Offline Wonderwino

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #46 on: May 14, 2013, 08:18 AM »
I like the idea of Festool Bucks - that way the winner can choose the tool they need.  (A lifetime supply  [eek] would be GREAT!)   [big grin]

Maybe throw in a few smaller prizes, like 8mm router bits, Centrotec bits & etc. for another 3 - 3,000 entrants.   [blink]
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Offline IG_Woods

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #47 on: May 14, 2013, 02:31 PM »
Are you going to start another "Festool Usage Contest"? If was very interesting.

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Re: What epic contest prize would make *YOU* participate?
« Reply #48 on: May 14, 2013, 03:01 PM »
Well, we have historically had contests every few months or so and the poll was intended to determine what would motivate members and increase participation the next time we have one.