SPAR Merry Textmas UK campaign to give away up to £100,000 worth of prizes

December 12, 2022 IN THE CATEGORY: Community, Responsible retailing

SPAR UK regional partner A.F. Blakemore & Son has launched a SPAR Christmas campaign giving away up to £100,000 (over €115.770) worth of prizes. ‘Merry Textmas’ is a 25-day text-to-win competition that will be live in more than 300 stores across the territory covered by this regional partner from 8 December to 1 January. 

The competition will feature both a spot prize promotion and a grand prize promotion. 

The grand prize promotion consists of weekly prize draws offering customers the chance to win one of four big budget-boosting prizes: cash towards Christmas, fuel for a year, energy for a year or shopping at SPAR for a year. 

Shoppers can play daily to win one of more than 30,000 spot prizes redeemable at SPAR stores simply by sending a text. Every valid entry into the spot prize promotion will also give one free entry into each weekly grand prize promotion draw. 

SPAR Merry Textmas

Customers can win additional entries into the weekly grand prize draw by scanning a QR code on a poster at a SPAR store or downloading a ‘SPAR Merry Textmas’ app. 

The app offers an instore game that uses the customer’s camera to create an augmented reality Christmas tree, with virtual presents dotted around the store to place underneath.

A.F. Blakemore Group Marketing Director Sarah Ellis commented: “The Merry Textmas competition is one of our biggest in-store engagement campaigns this year. Following a successful trial at Easter, we’ve now rolled out a bigger and better campaign for our stores for Christmas.

“It’s a chance for our stores and retailers to do something special for their shoppers. The prizes reflect the issues that are keeping our customers awake at night, so we’re looking to ensure they have the best Christmas.

“The competition is a great opportunity for retailers to attract new customers into their stores, promote their products and create a positive brand experience.” 

The Merry Textmas campaign will be communicated across social media and SPAR Radio. 

Source: SPAR UK

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The UK became a SPAR member in 1956 when SPAR International granted the SPAR licence to a group of independent wholesalers. As a result, there are now five regional partners in the UK. A central office in London provides national marketing and buying services for the group.

SPAR has led the highly competitive convenience market in the UK for many years. Always innovative, the five regional partners continue to grow the brand. SPAR UK comprises independently owned licensed retailers and company-owned stores. These include forecourts, airports, train stations, city centres, and local neighbourhood stores.