WHERE TO START: The most popular call contest being run with LevelEleven partners is one that rewards participants for closing deals.  Closing deal contests are often based on total $$ brought in during the contest timeframe, % to goal for the respective timeframe or sometimes even the number of new sales closed during the contest timeframe.

STEAL A FORTUNE
IDEA: Based on the long-running show, “Wheel of Fortune”

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GOAL OF CONTEST: Reward the participant with the highest sales or steals from the competitor over December.

POSSIBLE PRIZESFancy fortune cookiesWheel of Fortune board game

CLOSING FOR COCKTAILS
IDEA: In Celebration of TV favorite, “Mad Men”

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GOAL OF CONTEST: Make this a team-based competition rewarding the team with the highest percentage to goal of the weekly/monthly goal.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Happy hour drinks and appetizers for the winning team.

A SALE A DAY KEEPS THE BOSS AWAY
IDEA: After the well-known line, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

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GOAL OF CONTEST: Have your boss pick a random figure out of a hat with a specific goal on it. Then divide the sales team into teams. The first team to get to the goal they picked from the boss’s hat wins. Run a percent to goal/team based contest here.

POSSIBLE PRIZESLosing Team has to bob for apples, Apple Pie for the winners

FILL YOUR STOCKINGS WITH SALES
IDEA: A play on the lyrics from “Deck the Halls”

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GOAL OF CONTEST: If your sales cycle is less than 30 days (and ideally less than a week), reward participants with 10 points for every sale closed during the contest.  Make the contest even more fun by providing everyone with a stocking (for those not celebrating Christmas, provide them with a stocking not red or green).  Each day of the contest, throw a little something into the stocking of each participant (candy canes, tchotchkes, etc.).

POSSIBLE PRIZES: A Visa gift card to stuff their stocking; a holiday stocking filled with treats and goodies, lottery tickets