The reason behind our Spin and Win Contest


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By Chuck Woodbury, editor

Our new contest Spin and Win Contest will be a lot of fun for you and for us, but we are doing it for an important reason that is probably not readily evident.

spin-win-sm-730The video contest will be hosted on our YouTube channel. More than 38,000 people subscribe to the channel; the videos there have been viewed about 11.6 million times.

spin-blog-731What we have discovered, however, is that only about 20 percent of our videos are watched by our YouTube subscribers, the rest by people who just stumbled upon us. With rare exception, the latter group doesn’t even know exists.

Our hope with the contest is that we can get some of these “strangers” to participate. To do so they will need to visit the website, where they will be greeted with an invitation to subscribe to our newsletter. The idea is that if enough of them do so we can grow our readership.

It’s not as easy to profitably operate a website like today as it was even five years ago, before so many people were watching on mobile devices, including their phones. In our case, only about half our audience reads our weekly newsletter and website on a computer: the rest do so on tablets and phones. The result is that readers on mobile devices do not see many of the ads and messages that contribute to our income.

We also know that about five percent of our readers voluntarily subscribe to our newsletter/website with one time or small, ongoing pledges. Increasingly, we are dependent on these contributions to replace revenue we’ve lost elsewhere. The larger our readership, the more revenue we receive from the people who believe that the benefit they receive from our work is worth their support.

So, while the Spin and Win Contest should be a lot of fun, we hope it will ultimately help us fund our business so we can keep on truckin’ — and get better all the time.

Watch Spin and Win and answer the quiz question:

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8 Thoughts to “The reason behind our Spin and Win Contest”

  1. Dan

    the website i get is I can not find a clickable link or place to enter the 2 answers. I see all the rules and disqualifications but no place to answer. Great Idea game show

    1. RV Staff

      Hi, Dan. Sorry you’re having a problem. Here’s the address again: Once you get to that website, below the rules and under the picture of the prize, it says to “Log in to enter this giveaway.” Just click on one of those buttons to log in and enter the contest. Two question options will show, and you just click on the down-pointing arrow next to each question number to get to the actual question and type in your answer. Good luck!

  2. Leonard

    I can’t seem to find the contest site, there should be an easy to find click to get there

    1. RV Staff

      Sorry you’re having trouble, Leonard. Here’s the website address:
      Just paste that into the space at the top of your screen for the URL and it should take you right there. Or else you can just search for on Google or Bing, and you’ll find it that way. Good luck!

  3. Rick

    Chuck I can not seem to find the site either to answer today’s question

  4. Pat Smith

    There is nothing easy about entering this contest. There is no site that I can get to and leave my answer to question?????. There needs to be a link after watching YouTube spin??
    I,am 70 . There has to be an easier way. ??

    1. Chuck Woodbury

      Pat, the address where to enter was right on the screen, very obvious — . Pretty simple. Sorry you had a problem.

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