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How points work on ChickAdvisor and a note about #hashtags

Posted by Ali | Monday March 2, 201597 comments

Chicks, we have some exciting news for you!  First, there are less than 3 weeks left until Spring and winter is dead to you. Congratulations on getting through it!

Points = gift cards
The second great piece of news is that each month, points are going to give you a shot at earning an e-gift card!  Every month we will tally up who has earned the most points within that month*.  

Top points earners can be identified at the end of each month on the Monthly Top Chicks section on our homepage. This section resets automatically each month so it's fair game for everyone, regardless of how many points you have now. E-Cards will be sent out within the first week of each month to the previous month's top earners.   

So how do you earn points?


 
Using our hashtags = more shots at free products
This spring you will notice an abundance of new Product Review Club offers on ChickAdvisor.  Thousands of you will get to test and spread the word about the best new products 2015 has to offer.  Using the branded hashtags we provide is going to become more important than ever for those of you who participate in these programs.  Brands love seeing your tweets, blog posts and cute pics on Instagram.  Instagram in particular is a staff favourite. #apictureisworthathousandwords.

Thank you for your continued support and amazing reviews.  You really make ChickAdvisor a special place and I personally love you.

XOXO,
Ali

UPDATE: FAQs

 
Q: Do my all-time points count toward the monthly contest?
A: Only the points you earn in that calendar month count for the purpose of this contest. Your permanent points total will never be lost, but every month your monthly counter resets.  

Q: What if someone adds dummy reviews or otherwise tries to scam the system?
A: Our site admins comb the new reviews every day and remove any nonsensical reviews we find. We do not tolerate spam on our site and are vigilant to catch anyone trying to "game" our system. Any member who purposely uses our site under false pretenses will have their account deleted and be blacklisted from all of our programs (including the Product Review Club). All potential monthly winners' profiles are examined before we award the monthly prizes to ensure the member's activity is legitimate.

Q: Can we review anything we want?
A: For the most part yes, but please be reasonable! ChickAdvisor is your space to post and read helpful reviews for products and services of general interest. ChickAdvisor reserves the right to remove any reviews for any reason and without notice.

Q: Do negative reviews count for participation in this monthly contest?
A: Yes, we allow negative reviews as long as they do not violate our policy on spam, libel, abusive behaviour, etc. Ranting is discouraged and may be subject to deletion. Keep your negative reviews helpful. Sometimes a product you disliked is better suited for a person with different needs, hair type, etc!

Q: How do we report a review or a member we suspect of scamming your system?
A: We will be introducing a feature for flagging inappropriate reviews soon. If you have any concerns, please email us: info (at) chickadvisor (dot) com.

*Q: How are the Top 10 monthly winners chosen?
A: While the Top 10 Chicks are featured on the ChickAdvisor homepage throughout the month, this does not guarantee that these members will win a gift card. The 10 winners will be chosen based on the quality of their reviews not merely quantity. The awarding of gift cards is at the discretion of the ChickAdvisor Team. 
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on March 03, 2015  mamaluv  STAFF said:

RE: EXISTING POINTS

Hi everyone! Several of you have asked about existing points. We will add that to the article for other readers since it's clearly a common question, but for now, the answer is that your "old" points do not help you on the monthly contests (they do help you for other contests and promotions though). Each month, your monthly counter will reset for the purpose of the Top Ten leaderboard. This allows everyone to have a fresh start every month, or we might have the same 10 winners all the time which is not very fair :)

on March 03, 2015  mamaluv  STAFF said:

@Rogersresaca: thanks for the idea! We will take it into consideration. It's easier to handle just one type of gift card, but it's an interesting idea and we'll look into it. Also, no - you do not lose your points from month to month. They go onto your permanent total, but in terms of the monthly contest that is reset every month to give everyone the same starting line. Think of it like the odometer in your car: you have the counter which you can reset as needed, and then you have your miles/kms in total.

@Cy73: sorry if anything's unclear. The hashtag thing currently only applies to most of our sponsored campaigns (e.g. Product Review Club, etc). Adding reviews, posting comments, etc, is not related to hashtags. #Hashtagaway is just a cute little tag we used for editorial effect :)

on March 02, 2015  Cy73  12,864 said:

I'm glad ChickAdvisor is giving more incentives. ChickAdvisor needs to clarify this a little more. This reminds me of Christmas when the hashtag was #ChickAdvisorChristmasContest was used for Starbucks and Sephora gift cards. Is #hashtagaway our new hashtag for March? I guess, this begins now?!

on March 02, 2015  rogersresaca  89,641 said:

I hope we don't loose our points that we have already worked for?? That is a good idea to motivate people to write reviews, with #hashtagaway. I have a suggestion though. I received the Starbuck's gift cards twice now and truly do appreciate it so much!! However, I don't drink coffee or visit Starbuck's. Could there possibly be another alternative, such as a gift card to another store? Like Wal-Mart or another popular store that's in the US and Canada? It's just something I thought to suggest. Thanks for listening. Ginger

on March 02, 2015  Tatdewar  12,540 said:

Cool but what month does it start in- not really a whole lot of info here guys

on March 02, 2015  flower  4,433 said:

What a great idea

on March 02, 2015  prettyrainbow  20,209 said:

Very nice incentive! I'm also wondering if our existing points will be taken into account in addition to the monthly effort. Would you be able to clarify this for us? Thank you!

on March 02, 2015  S said:

So what happens with our existing points? I have almost 5000 :(

on March 02, 2015  jlgoneboatin  2,388 said:

Wow ! That's amazing, Thank you Chicks:) #hashtagaway

on March 02, 2015  Griechux  35,420 said:

That's a very nice gesture from you guys! Keeps everyone motivated to try more new products and/or share an existing experience :)

#springisaroundthecorner #chickadvisorrule #hashtagaway :))

cheers!

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