Winner of the $25 Amazon Gift Card

by Kevin on September 1, 2008

For the month of August I ran a contest for the readers of No Debt Plan. In an effort to increase the number of RSS and e-mail subscribers, I dangled a $25 Amazon Gift Card for those who wanted to subscribe and enter the contest.

(Full details of the contest here.)

Did it work?

Based solely on the numbers involved it is hard to tell whether or not the contest worked. At the beginning of the contest I had 301 subscribers. My RSS subscribers peaked at 353 on August 27 for a total growth of 52 subscribers (currently at 343). Since I didn’t hit 500 subscribers, I’ll only be giving away one gift card.

90 people entered the contest. I was fully expecting 300+ since I started with that many subscribers. I’m not sure I can solidly explain why I didn’t get that many entries. Perhaps the simple fact of having to send me an e-mail was too much work for some people, or they didn’t want to share their e-mail addresses.

I tried to send a short e-mail message in response to every entry I received. I asked most people how long they had been subscribed. Some had been long-time readers that were just now subscribing, some were brand new subscribers. So to that end, it may have worked somewhat.

How to Subscribe to No Debt Plan

One last reminder on how to subscribe to my blog. If you look at the top right of the sidebar, you see two options: RSS and e-mail.

Okay, Seriously, Who Won?

I tracked each entry as it came in with an Excel spreadsheet. I tracked the person’s name, e-mail address, and time I received the e-mail. Once I had all of the entries, I simply started at the top and numbered them from 1 to 90. I used a random number generator from to generate a random integer between 1 and 90.

The result?

random number

So who is number 78?

Well, I’m not going to reveal the winner’s full e-mail address, but here are some hints so you can figure out if you won:

  • The e-mail looks like this: [email protected]
  • The entry was submitted to me via e-mail August 29 at 8:43AM

I’ve sent an e-mail to the winner. If I don’t receive a response in 3 days, I will redraw for the winner.

Thanks to everyone who entered! I hope you’ll stick around, stay subscribed, and contribute to the discussion via comments. I’ll be running another contest some time in the future.

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October 30, 2008 at 6:19 am


Texas Girl September 2, 2008 at 5:24 am

I didn’t enter because my computer was out of commission for two weeks, otherwise I would have. 🙁

Russell September 2, 2008 at 9:16 am

I’m surprised you found 90 people who would say I Love The Tennessee Vols. Wait until those Florida Gators get up there.

Kevin September 2, 2008 at 9:42 am

@Russell: You are absolutely right. I am thinking we go at best 7-5 this year. Going to be a long year.

philip September 2, 2008 at 3:11 pm

I made sure to put a disclaimer as to my love of stated team. Wonder if that had to do with my unfortune in this drawing!

j/k Kevin I know you are fair.

Kevin September 3, 2008 at 10:05 pm

@Philip: The winner had connections to a school in Texas, so yea, I was fair 🙂

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