General Contest Ideas

POPPING TO SUCCESS

IDEA: To celebrate National Popcorn Day on January 19th

ALTERNATIVE NAMES: A-maizing Success, More Than a Kernel of Success

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “Pss, got any popcorn?”

GOAL OF CONTEST: Run a Team Based contest based on percent to goal. Take a look at the goal of your choice from the first quarter of last year, and increase that goal for this year.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: A gallon of popcorn from a local popcorn place or popular online site (http://www.thepopcornfactory.com or http://www.popcornindiana.com)

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SCORE A PIECE OF THE PIE
IDEA: To celebrate National Pie Day on January 23rd

ALTERNATIVE NAMES: As American as Apple Pie; Not Just a Pie in the Sky

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “Ooh, floor pie.” (Homer Simpson)

GOAL OF CONTEST: Run a one-day competition based on the behavior of your choice, such as updating Contacts or Opportunity Advancement. The day after the competition concludes, provide the winner with a special privilege normally reserved for an executive.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Pie of the winner’s choice from a local bakery (or from great pie makers: http://www.achatzpies.com/ or http://gtpie.com/)

YOU’RE SO MONEY
IDEA: Based on famous line from “Swingers” (“You’re so money and you don’t even know it”)

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILE:  “You’re so money…”

GOAL OF CONTEST: Run a month long parent/child competition with points being awarded for your selected behavior, such as closing deals. Each week,, provide the winner of the daily (child) competition with a $25 cash (or casino chips).  Award the winner of the month long (parent) competition with $100 in casino chips.  A list of alternative prizes are listed below.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: “Swingers” on Blu-Ray; $XX in chips to be used at a local casino; “You’re So Money” banner to hang in the winner’s work space

THE PRO BOWL
IDEA: To commemorate NFL’s game of the best players across the country

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: Monday Night Football theme

GOAL OF CONTEST: Run a contest based on the behavior of your choice and crown the best in that behavior the winner!

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Custom bobblehead of the winner in their favorite NFL jersey; if running a team contest, have each team pick their favorite NFL team as their picture and then provide the winners with a “tailgate” (free lunch) at the office

Lead Generation/Conversion

WHERE TO START: The most popular lead contest being run with LevelEleven partners is one that rewards participants for converting leads.

Don’t stop there, however!  Design a contest that rewards the lead response time of your participants, one that rewards participants for generating leads, a contest that is based on prospecting, and/or one that rewards participants for new leads generated when bringing a new product to market.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB
IDEA: In celebration of the amazing John Hughes movie

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “Don’t mess with the bull, you’ll get the horns.”

GOAL OF CONTEST: Designed to be a team contest, reward participants for the fastest lead response times.  Award different tiers of points for how quickly a lead is responded to (e.g. 5 points for a lead responded to in <8 hours, 3 points 8-24 hours, or 1 point >24 hours).

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Breakfast for the winning team, “Breakfast Club” on Blu-Ray

 

HOW DO YOU SPELL SUCCESS? L-E-A-D-S
IDEA: A play on words from the famous tagline for Rolaids: “How do you spell relief? R-O-L-A-I-D-S”

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “Here I come to save the day” (Mighty Mouse)

GOAL OF CONTEST: Who can create the most leads in the first month of the year? Award points for adding leads, and then award double the points if that lead is converted to an opportunity

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Lunch for Team on Boss, Board Game of the winner’s choice


SCORE A PIECE OF THE PIE
IDEA: To celebrate National Pie Day on January 23rd

ALTERNATIVE NAMES: As American as Apple Pie; Not Just a Pie in the Sky

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “Ooh, floor pie.” (Homer Simpson)

GOAL OF CONTEST: Run an individual based contest that awards participants based upon who can convert the most leads to opportunities in a specific timeframe. The person with the most converted leads wins.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Pie of the winner’s choice from a local bakery (or from great pie makers: http://www.achatzpies.com/ or http://gtpie.com/)


New Sales

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.

BOOK ‘EM DANNO
IDEA: Based on the famous line from “Hawaii 5-0”

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “Book ‘em Danno, murder one”

GOAL OF CONTEST: Run an individual based contest that awards points based upon scheduling meetings. The person with the highest number of scheduled meetings wins. Make sure to keep this contest short. Remember: give them time to get plenty of points but not too much time that they lose interest in the contest.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: The winner gets to choose someone to wear a Hawaiian shirt for the day (a variation on this is that the winner’s manager has to wear a Hawaiian shirt for the day); Hula Girl Dashboard Doll for the winner’s desk

BONUS: Decorate the office with leis, hula hoops, etc.


I’LL BE BACK
IDEA: Based on the famous line from “Terminator”

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “I’ll be back.” (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

GOAL OF CONTEST: Upsell contest built around the team reaching out to upsell on new or existing products; the end goal is to get more of new products sold or to increase existing revenue with current clients.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Terminator on Blu-Ray; The Terminator Anthology on Blu-Ray, Amazon gift card

BUY, BUY, BUY
IDEA: Based on NSync’s hit song “Bye Bye Bye”

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “Bye bye bye” (N’Sync)

GOAL OF CONTEST: It’s a new quarter, a new calendar year, and potentially a new fiscal year.  Don’t let the first few weeks of the year go to waste with people coming out of vacation mode, go strong with a contest rewarding participants for adding new opportunities into Salesforce.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: N’Sync poster for the winner’s desk, N’Sync vinyl record, N’Sync bobblehead


New/Updating Opportunities

WHERE TO START: The most popular opportunity contest being run with LevelEleven partners is one that rewards participants for stage progression; motivate your folks to move their opportunities a step closer to a “win”.

Other ideas include a contest that rewards participants for new opportunities added during the contest timeframe, a contest that is based on prospecting, rewarding participants for adding a competitive presence (if applicable) to an opportunity, or one that rewards participants for new opportunities generated supporting a new product you are bringing to market.

OPPORTUNITIES, AUSTRALIAN FOR DOLLARS
IDEA: A play on words from the famous tagline for Foster’s Beer: “Fosters, Australian for Beer”

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GOAL OF CONTEST:  Make this a team-based contest to foster collaboration and excitement over creating opportunities.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Drinks and appetizers for the winning team, Outback Steakhouse gift card


OUT WITH THE OLD…
IDEA: Clean up Salesforce for 2015 with a contest

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GOAL OF CONTEST: Dead opportunities existing in the pipeline is an all too common occurrence for sales managers; award participants for closing out the opportunities so that you can present a more accurate pipeline to upper management.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Maid service, Spa gift card, Car Wash gift card


NEW YEAR, NEW OPPORTUNITIES
IDEA: Contest around adding opportunities discovered at the end of last year.

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “New Year’s Day” (U2)

GOAL OF CONTEST: It’s a new quarter, a new calendar year, and potentially a new fiscal year.  Don’t let the first few weeks of the year go to waste with people coming out of vacation mode, go strong with a contest rewarding participants for adding new opportunities into Salesforce.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Bottle of champagne, Gym membership


YOU’RE SO MONEY
IDEA: Based on famous line from “Swingers” (“You’re so money and you don’t even know it”)

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILE:  “You’re so money…”

GOAL OF CONTEST: Run an individual based contest that awards points based upon creating qualified opportunities. Run this contest for two weeks, the person with the highest dollar amount of qualified opportunities wins.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: “Swingers” on Blu-Ray; $XX in chips to be used at a local casino; “You’re So Money” banner to hang in the winner’s workspace


Adding Activities (Tasks/Events)

WHERE TO START: Launching a new product?  Run a contest that rewards the participant for every conversation that includes the new product being introduced.

Other ideas include a contest that rewards participants for every new activity created during the contest time frame.

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY
IDEA: Contest around an announcement of a new product and everything must be sold quickly, “Get it while it lasts” type of motivation that comes from an auto auction.

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GOAL OF CONTEST: You have a new product and you need to get the word out quickly, so you launch a contest that prospects/clients get a deal for signing on with the new product immediately. This contest could be build around adding an opportunity or activity with the upsell name in the opportunity/activity.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Car detailing, Tickets to a monster truck rally


Adding Contacts

WHERE TO START: The most popular contact contests being run with LevelEleven partners is one that rewards participants for adding new contacts into Salesforce.

NOT THE USUAL SUSPECTS
IDEA: After the cult movie “Usual Suspects”

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “There’s nothing that can’t be done”

GOAL OF CONTEST: Business can live and die by the relationships your team members have at an organization; the less number of contacts at an account, the bigger the risk should one of those contacts leave.  Rewards participants by adding contacts to customer accounts.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Usual Suspects on Blu-Ray, Keyser Soze coffee mug


Talk Time/Calls

WHERE TO START: The most popular call contest being run with LevelEleven partners is one that rewards participants for talk time.

Other ideas include a contest that rewards participants for the number of calls made each day and/or call blitzes which are run for a short amount of time (e.g. one hour or a “power hour”).

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR
IDEA: To celebrate the new year

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “New Year’s Day” (U2)

GOAL OF CONTEST: It’s a new quarter, a new calendar year, and potentially a new fiscal year.  Don’t let the first few weeks of the year go to waste with people coming out of vacation mode, go strong with a contest rewarding participants for deals closed.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Gong/bell that can be hit, Ring pops, Confetti out of a fake canon at the winners desk

Meetings Set/Meetings Completed

WHERE TO START: The most popular meeting contest being run with LevelEleven partners is one that rewards participants for face-to-face meetings conducted within the contest time frame.

Other ideas include a contest that rewards participants for booking future meetings.

PAMPERING YOUR CUSTOMERS
IDEA: To celebrate Bubble Bath Day on January 8th

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “Rubber ducky, you’re the one” (Sesame Street)

GOAL OF CONTEST: Run an individual based contest that awards points based upon the behavior of your choice. Run this contest for a day on a Friday, to let them go to the spa the following day.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Spa gift card


THEY’RE HERE
IDEA: Based on the classic line from “Poltergeist”

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “They’re here” (Poltergeist)

GOAL OF CONTEST: The participant who can book the most meetings within the contest is the winner!

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Poltergeist DVD or Blu-Ray, “They’re here” t-shirt

 

Data Cleanup

WHERE TO START: The most popular cleanup contest being run with LevelEleven partners is one that rewards participants for cleaning up old opportunities (updating the sales stage to “Closed Lost” with a reason for the closed opportunity).

Other ideas include updating the status of current contacts (no longer there, retired, deceased, etc.), adding account web sites and/or adding competitive presence at an account (if applicable).

KEEPING IT CLEAN
IDEA: To celebrate Bubble Bath Day on January 8th

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  Cleaning Up

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “Rubber ducky, you’re the one” (Sesame Street)

GOAL OF CONTEST: Run a contest in which participants are rewarded for cleaning up duplicates or changing old opportunities to “closed lost”; the person with the most points is the winner.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Maid service, Spa gift card, Car wash gift card


BREAKING BAD HABITS
IDEA: Based on the hit show “Breaking Bad”

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: ”Yeah Mr. White! Yeah Science!”

GOAL OF CONTEST: Are team members entering information incorrectly?  Not putting information in the right place?  Run this contest to break those bad habits!

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Breaking Bad: The Complete Series; I Am the One Who Knocks coffee cup; Breaking Bad coffee cup; Respect Chemistry coffee cup

OUT WITH THE OLD…
IDEA: Clean up Salesforce for 2015 with a contest

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CHANNEL11 WAV FILES: “New Year’s Day” (U2)

GOAL OF CONTEST: Dead opportunities existing in the pipeline is an all too common occurrence for sales managers; award participants for closing out the opportunities so that you can present a more accurate pipeline to upper management.

POSSIBLE PRIZES: Maid service, Spa gift card, Car wash gift card