Posted Friday, March 27th, 2015 by admin
Can we be certain that competitions/draws on twitter and other social media platforms are 100% transparent and fair?
After reading Di Coke’s Blog on Twitter Competitions/Draws – (http://superlucky.me/2014/09/choosing-winner-rt-giveaway/) which I would recommend to anyone interested is competitions/draws. And having run many such draws over the last five years I can say hand on heart we have tried to ensure that the whole process is extremely fair.
However we have relied upon 3rd party software to randomly pick followers For RT & Follow draws or tweeters that have tweeted the hashtag we were using for just RT draws. We use Tweetdraw currently to select our winners.
However as Di points out Tweetdraw only report a winner. They do not say from what pool of entries that winner has been chosen from. One has to draw ones own conclusions as to whether the pool they select a winner from is a complete list. So clearly there are some “draw”backs for many promoters of such competitions & draws. Especially if you are a small business and don’t want to spend fortunes on what is essentially a bit of fun for your social media friends.
Di’s blog goes into some detail about other methods used so I don’t wish to repeat Di’s work on this, however I do want to let you know what the Beech Hill have decided to do so that our competitions/draws are beyond reproach and are 100% fair.
We asked our web developers to wright some bespoke software so that our twitter competition/draw’s entrants information is captured via our website and recorded in a csv file.
We will the remove any duplicate entries, and then a winner will be selected using Random.org to pick a number in the range of entries that are in the csv file.
And finally to make the whole experience slightly more fun to enter the draw. You will first have to find our Hidden Sign Post somewhere in our website. On the sign post the button to enter the draw can be found, all you will need to do then is fill your details in then and agree to our draw terms & conditions and send out a tweet saying that you found our Hidden Sign Post so that your mates/followers can see our draw too!
We intend to start using this Hidden Sign Post draw for our next draw on twitter. Our current draw #WinaHamper is due to finish on 6 April 2015 so I estimate our new draw will commence Mid April so do keep an eye out for it.
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Posted Friday, March 20th, 2015 by admin
Press Release from Peter Rabbit:
The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction is preparing to host its immensely popular interactive Peter Rabbit Egg Hunt. Taking place on Wednesday 1 April, the one-day event promises digital egg hunters a fun day in the beautiful Lake District, searching for one of the 50 highly prized limited-edition ceramic eggs using an interactive google map to help them. Ten of the special eggs have fantastic prizes attached including luxury Lake District hotel breaks and family days out at the best Lakeland Attractions. By taking part in the event, egg hunters are also helping to raise valuable funds for WaterAid, an international charity providing clean water and sanitation to some of the world’s poorest communities.
The egg hunt combines technology and the great outdoors. Participants use the interactive map to help them, and as each egg is found, its lucky winner tweets, texts or calls the Egg Hunt Head Quarters back at the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, where the egg location is then taken off the master copy of the digital map. This then updates every egg-hunter’s map out on location so they can focus on the remaining eggs to find.
This year the 50 handcrafted ceramic eggs, designed and created by local artist Sue Dunne along the theme of The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-winkle, will be placed in top secret locations in the Lake District region, some in woodland areas and others on favourite family walks. The eggs will be placed in open view in public areas, so no digging or delving is necessary. Many families take part every year and experienced egg hunters say that the key to success is to keep your eyes open and use the clues to help you.
Everyone who finds an egg gets to keep it as a collector’s item and also claims a new special-edition copy of the Tale of Peter Rabbit, courtesy of Frederick Warne, publisher of the Beatrix Potter books, plus free family entry to the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. Ten lucky eggs also have special prizes attached including overnight stays. Family prizes also include tickets for Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakes Aquarium, Lakeland Motor Museum, Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, Go Ape Tree Top Junior.
The Egg Hunt will be launched live on Wednesday 1 April at 10am on the World of Beatrix Potter website. Treasure hunters need to sign up online prior to the event and donate £2 to WaterAid before they can view the map and clues on their mobile device and set out on their quest. No special egg hunting equipment is required for the super fun one-day event – just a mobile device with internet signal, keen eyes and fantastic deciphering skills for the cunning clues! Once all the eggs have been found (usually by mid-afternoon) the egg hunt is over for another year and the lucky winners can come to the Attraction to collect their prize.
Egg Hunt progress can be followed on twitter: @peterrabbiteggs with hashtag #PeterRabbitEggs.
Posted Monday, March 09th, 2015 by admin
Steeped in history and intrigue, the Yorkshire Dales are a fascinating point in the English landscape.
From wildlife to untamed natural beauty, there is so much to enjoy in this enchanting place.
Established in 1954, the dales cover an area of 1,762 square kilometres (680 square miles). They straddle the central Pennines in North Yorkshire and Cumbria and are North East of Manchester and directly North of Leeds and Bradford. The area is large and easy to locate.
The dales offer the largest area of nationally and internationally important habitats in the country. The wildflower rich hay meadows, pastures in the dale bottoms and the northern moorland edges, are so important for wading birds. The windswept uplands with their bogs and heathery hillsides, offer a home for native creatures and insects alike.
The south of the national park, displays one of the best examples in Britain of classic limestone, with its crags, pavements and intricate cave systems.
Unbeknown to many, is the fact that this landscape is shaped by ice, with significant glacial and post-glacial features, notably drumlin fields and the post-glacial lakes of Semerwater and Malham Tarn.
There are also some amazing waterfalls such as Hardraw Force with its 90ft single drop and Thornton Force with its erratic streams, unlike any other waterfall. The bodies of water in the Dales, combine to create some enchanting acoustics.
The Yorkshire Dales have inspired artists and poets for centuries, it truly is a special place. The tranquility is immeasurable but if you really want to absorb some captivating beauty, visit it at night, when the lack of pollution enables the night to retain its darkness, allowing the moon and stars to fully sparkle.
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