Protecting yourself during contests and games
Many models enjoy playing games or running contests in their rooms. For models with little experience in this area, there is often a risk of having things turn badly. Games are fun, but they also provide a bigger opportunity for loss and mistakes than normal countdowns.
Being smart about your prizes
Offering big prizes does not always lead to big interest in a contest or a raffle.
It may be better to offer fewer or less interesting prizes than to risk screwing yourself with big fancy expensive prizes. Here is why:
- Offering huge prizes means you will have to make huge amounts of tokens just to break even
- For new models with a small following, your contributors are likely just going to be your preexisting fans who are going to tip towards the contest anyway.
Suppose you offered about 15k tokens worth of prizes. You would need to earn at least 15,000 tokens just to break even on your prizes. For a new model with almost no following, do you think that's very likely? Be reasonable with your expectations.
But let's say you only offered 500 tokens worth of prizes (A semi-custom re-sell-able video, perhaps). That might not entice big tippers to spend huge amounts of money, but realistically, they might not do that anyway. Judge the realistic outcome of your contest or game, and hopefully you'll come out ahead in the end.
It is easy to sign yourself up for big prizes, but it's not always so easy to hand them out
It is extremely easy to say, "You can win my phone number for six months!" but not so easy to deal with that member after the fourth time he calls you that week when you're trying to spend time with your boyfriend, and it's not so easy to realize that now that your biggest tipper has your number he doesn't need to come in to your room any more and tip, and he's starting to get really weird and possessive and he's making you uncomfortable, but sucks to be you he's got 5 months left on his prize.
It's also very easy to sign yourself up for hours of Skype time or lots of custom content, but it's not always so easy to put in the time. Committing to these things in advance can lead to headaches down the road.
You don't need to overdo it - you don't need to give your number out for six months when four weeks will do, and you don't need to give out ninety minutes of Skype time when fifteen will be just fine. Start small and move your way up when you are confident about your abilities to sell your contests.
Do some simple math, count up how much your prizes are worth, and ask if you are likely going to make back that much money.
Avoid promising prizes which you do not already have on hand
It's so easy to believe that you'll have five new prize videos ready by the end of the pay period, and quite another thing to do it.
- Don't promise physical items (like panties) that you do not already own, ESPECIALLY if you cannot currently afford them and you are hoping the contest income will allow you to purchase the prizes.
- Don't promise digital prizes if you don't already have them done (unless it is custom content, of course).
- Don't promise prizes if you know you cannot currently give them out, and are hoping that situation changes before the contest ends.
Being clear about your rules
It's always lots of fun to get this message:
"Hey babe! I've tipped you a few times over the past couple weeks, I see you have a raffle now so could you please give me however many tickets I've earned with those tokens? Thanks! Those prizes look great!"
Also, this is a real exciting one:
"Hello, can I get those raffle tickets? I tipped 300 tokens. Yes, I know they were put towards your countdown. Yes, I know I was also given a video for that amount. But I still tipped 300 tokens and I think I deserve 6 raffle tickets..."
"Lol, so if I get the top 2 highest tips I would get 5 hours of Skype time? Lol that's like a year's worth... let's hope nobody beats my 1k tip."
Create your rules, be upfront about them, stick to them, and be happier for it. Here are some rules to consider:
- If you have multiple winners, will it be possible for one member to win more than one prize?
- If you have Skype time, will the member be allowed to split and divide his time in any way he chooses, or will he have to use all the time at once?
- How long does the member have to collect his prize? How many days or weeks can he wait to order his video, Skype with you, or get his downloads?
- Can the member order any type of custom video he pleases? Are there restrictions?
- Can a member buy prizes off of your profile and combine them with your contest prize to create megaprizes? (For example, if you have a 30 minute Skype prize, and the maximum number of minutes he can buy off of your profile is 30, will you allow him to win 30 minutes, buy 30 minutes, and then force you to do an hour-long Skype show?)
- Is there a minimum number of tickets a member needs to buy, or a minimum tip amount necessary to enter the contest?
- Is the highest tip a single tip or cumulative?
- Does the member's highest tip count towards content and countdowns? Does he get raffle tickets if his tip was for the countdown?
When a model runs her contest with a minimum contribution rule, it means that nobody will win any prizes unless she receives at least X amount of entries or X amount of tokens. This may seem mean or unnecessary, but it is a smart choice to protect yourself from a contest falling flat. You might choose your minimum requirements to be a point of acceptable loss, or the point at which you break even, or the point at which the contest starts to become profitable.
Here are some examples:
- "Unless we can sell at least 200 raffle tickets total, everyone who contributes will just get some content off my profile equal to the amount they tipped."
- "To enter the highest tip contest, you must tip at least 500 tokens! No tips under 500 tokens will get you in!"
- "To qualify for the Mega Ultra Wheelspin Prize, you have to spin the wheel at least five times!"
If you are worried that the minimum required contribution will make members unwilling to participate, promise consolation prizes to members if the contest does not start.
Dealing with bullies
Especially when we rely on a few big tippers, or when we are close to some members, it is easy to get pressured in to doing things we aren't comfortable with.
Do not let members bully you in to changing the prizes
This is a common situation: A big tipper already has all the videos off of your profile. One of your prizes is a video off of your profile. There is a pretty good chance he might start saying stuff like, "so are you going to make a new video?" or, "I'll just wait to get the next new video," or even, "I don't like any of your videos so I will just take the next anal vid you make."
These requests might not seem significant, but I have seen more than one model upset that the member just assumed he was not bound by the rules of the game.
- If the prize is premade content, do not let the member bully you in to making new content for any reason. Be clear about the rules.
- If the prize is non-nude Skype time, do not let the member bully you in to doing nude Skype time because he tipped so much or because he's not really in to non-nude.
- If the prize is a 10 minute custom fetish video that will be resold, do not let the member bully you in to doing a different type of video, or a longer video, or a video that is not resellable.
Do not let members bully you in to changing the rules
Don't let a member try to nag you in to changing a 'one prize per member' rule, or the minimum requirements to get in.
Members may 'suggest' the contest didn't need to last so long, and you could shorten it by a week or two; or that it was stupid to not allow raffle ticket tokens to also contribute to the countdown, so maybe that rule could go as well. Stay strong. Don't twist your contest for the benefit of one member.
Do not let members guilt you in to giving them free stuff if they don't win
A lot of members would probably like to tell you, "man, I'm so bummed out that I didn't win, a free video would make me feel a lot better." But most of those members realize that we would not be very open to that suggestion. However, when we get close to members or when we are dealing with big tippers, sometimes the members do actually expect that they should receive free prizes even if they didn't win the contest.
It is sadly not uncommon for members to pressure or even threaten models to get prizes if they did not win, and this can provide incredible stress and anxiety for a model.
You should consider stressing that if members do not win, they should not expect prizes. If a big tipper is planning to invest a lot of tokens in a contest, you should remind him that if he does not win, he should not be expecting free gifts to ensure his patronage.
Most of all, members should understand that your contest is a CONTEST and your raffle is a GAME OF CHANCE. If they do not win, they only get a consolation prize (if that was part of it) and they do not get to threaten you or make you feel guilty to make you cough up free prizes they do not deserve.
Contest run times
Some contest formats, such as fundraisers, can end up lasting quite a while.
For example, if you want to raise 20,000 tokens on top of your normal daily goals, that could be a high-tipper contest that may end up lasting weeks or even months.
If you have above-normal goals you need to reach, you should be aware that the longer a contest lasts, the less excitement there will be around it.
- To raise a large amount of tokens, consider breaking contests up in to multiple parts.
- Unless you are very certain of yourself, always limit contests to a set day amount (7 days) instead of a token amount that could stagnate indefinitely (7,000 tokens).