Download: 30 Contest Ideas in 30 Minutes

In June 2012, we hosted our 3rd annual 30 Contest Ideas in 30 Minutes webinar. We shared the top 30 contest categories run on UPICKEM, as well as examples and best practices for contesting success. Below you’ll find the recording a slide deck from 30 Contest Ideas in 30 Minutes and the slide deck. Also, check out the list of all the contests we mentioned during the presentation, plus advertisers to target for each contest category.


30. Fitness
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

Sponsored Fitness Contest

  • Gyms
  • Diet Programs
  • Salons
  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Personal Trainers
  • Wellness Centers
  • Doctors’ Offices



29. Recipes
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Grocery Stores
  • Specialty Food Stores
  • Bakeries
  • Food Companies
  • Farmers’ Markets
  • Restaurants







28. Essay
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Grocery Stores
  • Travel Agencies
  • Healthcare Centers
  • Clothing Stores
  • Supermarket
  • Banks
  • Local Universities





27. Memorable Moments
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Amusement Parks
  • Sports Teams
  • Stage Shows
  • Sports Stores
  • Hotels
  • Travel Agencies
  • Airlines
  • Photography Studios
  • Fairs
  • Bakeries
  • Museums
  • Malls

26. Prom
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Tuxedo Rentals
  • Dress Shops
  • Florists
  • Event Venues
  • Limousines
  • Restaurants
  • DJs
  • Photographers
  • Salons/Spas



25. Weather/ Temperature
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

Sponsored Contest

  • Camera Stores
  • Photo Printing Studios
  • Photography Studios
  • Credit Unions
  • Banks
  • Outdoor Supply Stores
  • Theme Parks
  • Travel Agencies



24. Fishing/ Hunting
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Gun Shops
  • Boat Stores
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Taxidermy/ Deer Processors
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • Outdoor Supply Stores



23. Brackets
Examples:
Sponsored Contest


Advertisers to Target:

  • Restaurants
  • Event Venues
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • Athletic Teams
  • Apparel Shops



22. Drawing/ Art
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Family Restaurants
  • Hospitals
  • Grocery Stores
  • Art Supply Stores
  • Performing Arts Schools
  • Theatre Troops







21. Wedding
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

Sponsored Contest

  • Wedding Venues
  • Florist
  • Grocery Stores
  • Tuxedo Rentals
  • Dress Shops
  • Limousines
  • DJs
  • Restaurants
  • Salons/Spas

20. Makeover
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

Sponsored Contest

  • Remodelers
  • Landscaping
  • Flooring Stores
  • Appliance Stores
  • Carpet Stores
  • Lawn and Garden
  • Department Stores
  • Cosmetic Surgeons
  • Make-Up Stores
  • Salons
  • Tanning Salons
  • Home Storage
  • Credit Unions
  • Painters

19. Travel/ Vacation
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

Sponsored Contest

  • Travel Agents
  • Hotels & Resorts
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Camera Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Tourism Centers
  • Waterparks
  • Travel Magazines
  • Car Rental
  • Sports Teams
  • Breweries
  • Cruise Lines
  • Airlines
  • Tourism Board

18. Nature
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Camera Stores
  • Photo Printing Centers
  • Photography Studios
  • Credit Unions
  • Banks
  • Travel Agencies
  • Theme Parks
  • Outdoor Supply Stores





17. Creative
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Electronic Stores
  • Cosmetic Surgeons
  • Concert Venues
  • Carpet Stores
  • Lawn and Garden
  • Department Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Make-Up Stores
  • Salons
  • Tanning Salons
  • Home Storage
  • Credit Unions
  • Painters



16. Big Giveaway
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Airlines
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Jewelry Stores
  • Car Dealerships
  • Motorcycle Shops
  • Bed & Breakfasts
  • Sports Venues
  • Concert Venues
  • Furniture Stores
  • Wedding Venues





15. School Spirit/ Biggest Fan
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

Sponsored Contest

  • Sporting Good Stores
  • Sports Venues
  • Local Sports Teams
  • Local Breweries
  • Restaurants
  • Outdoor Outfitters
  • Sports Bars
  • Gyms
  • Memorabilia Stores
  • Colleges
  • Health Food Stores
  • Recreational Clubs
  • Clothing Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping Centers
  • Florists
  • Tuxedo Rental

14. Mother’s Day/ Father’s Day
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

  • Salons & Spas
  • Golf Courses
  • Restaurants
  • Sporting Good Stores
  • Boutiques
  • Jewelry Stores
  • Home & Garden
  • Florists
  • Tanning Stores
  • Nail Salons
  • Bed & Breakfasts
  • Movie Theaters
  • Sports Venues
  • Concert Venues

13. Goodwill
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

Sponsored Contest

  • Charities
  • Landscaping
  • Flooring Stores
  • Appliance Stores
  • Carpet Stores
  • Lawn & Garden
  • Department Stores
  • Cosmetic Surgeons
  • Make-Up Stores
  • Salons
  • Tanning Salons
  • Home Storage
  • Credit Unions
  • Painters

12. Cars/ Motorcycles
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

Sponsored Contest

  • Insurance Agents
  • Auto-Body Shops
  • Car Stereo Shops
  • Window Tinting Services
  • Car Dealers
  • Car Clubs
  • Speed Shops
  • Auto Specialty Shops
  • Garage Flooring
  • Tire Stores
  • Speedway/ Racetrack

11. Best Of
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

Sponsored Contest

  • Restaurants
  • Car Services
  • Handymen
  • Accountant
  • Local Event
  • Nursery
  • Carpet Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Car Dealer
  • Dentist
  • Kennel
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Doctor
  • Bank
  • Movie Theatre

10. Holiday
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

  • Department Stores
  • Arts & Crafts Stores
  • Kids Clothing Stores
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Restaurants
  • Nurseries
  • Party Supply
  • Packaging & Shipping
  • Card Stores
  • Photo Printer
  • Movie Theaters
  • Sports Venues
  • Concert Venues

9. Beauty
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Hair Salons
  • Nail Salons
  • Tanning Salons
  • Clothing Stores
  • Fashion Boutiques
  • Gym/Fitness Centers
  • Restaurants



8. Advertisers
Examples:









7. Halloween
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Costume Stores
  • Grocery Stores
  • Florists
  • Kids Museums
  • Pet Stores
  • Candy Brands
  • Haunted Houses



6. Talent
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Craft Stores
  • Music Supply Stores
  • Talent Agencies
  • Dance Studios
  • Voice Trainers
  • Recording Studios
  • Art Galleries
  • Camera Stores
  • Community Colleges
  • Pottery Studios



5. Couples
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

Sponsored Contest

  • Jewelry Stores
  • Hair Salons
  • Hotels
  • Travel Agencies
  • Candy Stores
  • Florists
  • Spas
  • Malls
  • Restaurants
  • Furniture Stores
  • Photographers
  • Wineries
  • Movie Theaters
  • Live Theatres

4. Pets
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Pet Stores
  • Grooming Salons
  • Vet Clinics
  • Local Humane Society
  • Dog Walkers
  • Pet Boutiques
  • Breeders
  • Doggie Daycares
  • Pet Boarding Facilities
  • Dog Trainers
  • Obedience Schools



3. Sports
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Convenience Stores
  • Fast Food Chains
  • Sporting Good Stores
  • Memorabilia Stores
  • Car Dealers







2. Sweepstakes
Examples:

Sponsored Contest


Advertisers to Target:

  • Lotteries
  • Grocery Stores
  • Convenience Stores
  • Concert Venues
  • Appliance Stores
  • Electronics Stores

1. Kids/ Babies
Examples:


Advertisers to Target:

    Sponsored Contest

  • Children’s Clothing Stores
  • Specialty Baby Shops
  • Photography Studios
  • Kids Restaurants
  • Daycare Centers
  • Nanny Recruitment Offices
  • Babysitters