Overview of Competition Creator for Magento
Competition Creator, what is it?
Competition Creator is a Magento extension that allows you to create your own competitions.
First of all, you can create a competition, choose the start and end date, detail the competition and finally, select the winners thanks to the automatic random draw of Competition Creator.
This Magento extension allows you to improve the relationship between you and your customers by proposing competitions. But the main aim of Competition Creator is to allow you to collect some email addresses to send newsletters for example.
How does Competition Creator work?
Once you have created your competition, visitors of your Magento website will have direct access to that one thanks to the URL rewriting, used to optimize the indexing of the dynamic pages.
The competition will show a description, a disclaimer, the competition's end date. Your customers will have the choice to subscribe to the competition or not. They will have to fill in their first name, last name, and email address to be able to participate in the competition. Once the subscription is over, a notification will appear at the top of the page.
Your customers will also be able to discover the list of all the competitions you are proposing on a page available via the URL: www.yourwebsite.com/competition.
Here is what you get:
How to use Competition Creator for Magento?
STEP 1: Configure Competition Creator in a general way
First of all, you need to configure the extension in a general way in:
- Countdown format
Define the format of the countdown. For example:
X days, Y hours, Z minutes
- Dynamic countdown
Choose to display a dynamic countdown or not.
- Send the result of the competition to
Define to which email address(es) to send the results. Emails must be separated with a comma (,).
- Send confirmation email to the participants
You can send a confirmation email to the participants.
- Email confirmation subject
In the above case, you need to define a Subject for the email.
- Email confirmation body
You can add your own message to the confirmation email.
- Send email from email
Define the email of the sender.
- Send email from name
Define a name for the sender.
STEP 2: Create a competition
To create a competition, go to:
Click on Add one competition.
You can also edit a competition, by clicking on the line of the competition you want to modify.
You can now configure all the details needed to create the competition in the Competition Details tab on the left.
First of all, you have to name your competition.
- Url Key
You must enter a unique URL, without any space just as in the example below.
- Number of winners
Define how many people can win.
You can also add an image to your competition that corresponds to the competition's topic.
- Store views
After that, define the different store views in which you want the competition to appear.
- Customer groups
Choose the customers that can participate in the competition. You can select all customer groups or just choose retailers for example.
- From date - To Date
Then, define the start and end date of the competition as well as the hours.
Once the competition is over, and only after that, you will have the possibility to draw the winners.
Next step, write a detailed description of your competition helping with the complete editor that you can show or hide by clicking on Show / Hide Editor.
You must write one for each one of your competition.
In order to collect data about the entrants, such as their email addresses, go in the Competitors tab on the left.
You have then the possibility to see all the competition's entrants, their first names, last names, email addresses as well as their status (subscribed, non-activated, unsubscribed, non-confirmed).
To have an overview of your competition, click on View the competition page from:
You can also see all the competitions you have created listed on a page by using this url: www.yourwebsite.com/competition
STEP 3: Draw lots
Once the date exceeded, a new tab is available in the competition's edition.
Click on Draw lots now to select automatically the winner(s).
In order to be able to select one or more winners, according to your settings in the competition's details, the competition must be over.
Go to the Competitors tab to know the names and addresses of the winner(s).