Isn't this spam?
Nope. Not even close. For all the reasons we list below:
If a confirmation email were to get lost in transit or accidentally deleted the customer could be locked out of any draws for your facility, so there is an administrative function located in the subscriber's list on the You're a Winner! client program that allows you to re-send a confirmation email.
Can't I just use my email software to do the same thing You're a Winner! does?
Not really. There are a number of problems.
So, with an email or list manager package, you would have to have a staff person enter the names and addresses, and that person costs money, raising the cost of the campaign. Also, with the pressure of events in any business the data entry work required to support a marketing campaign down the road tends to get downgraded until it just doesn't get done. With You're a Winner!, your customers can do the work for you.
Can I send emails to my customers without running a contest?
Sure. The You're a Winner! client works hand in hand with MailChimp. Your mailing list is maintained on MailChimp's servers and you can send emails to all the active subscribers through the MailChimp interface.
Where are the email addresses stored? Who "owns" them? Do you share or sell email addresses that I collect?
How can I edit the emails You're a Winner! sends?
You edit the content of the templates you've created on MailChimp and identified in the You're a Winner! configuration pages. Any changes you make in the templates will appear the next time the template is used to generate emails.
What's with the QR code on the registration window. How does this work?
The QR code on the registration window actually is a URL that directs your customer to our (christiesoftware.ca) server along with an identification code that identifies your facility as the client. If your customer has never used the device they're using to scan the code to scan another You're a Winner! QR code then they'll see a registration window similar to the one on display at your site, and they'll need to fill in the form (first name, last name, email address, optional birthday and anniversary dates) and submit it. Once they've done that the server places a cookie for christiesoftware.ca on the device. The cookie contains a UUID that is meaningless to anyone except our server. When your customer encounters another facility running the You're a Winner! client all the customer has to do to register is to scan the QR code at that facility and the code is sent along with the cookie content to uniquely identify that customer to the new facility.
How secure is your system?
You're a Winner! uses TLS for all communications to MailChimp's servers and to our server.