Copywriter: Sam Jones, PR Assistant, YouCom Direct
Photo Credit: Master Benjamin Fryatt, son of Louisa Fryatt (with a little help from Daddy)
Pumpkins are pretty hard to ignore. After all they are huge and a lovely bright orange. You can find them just about everywhere this time of year, from your front porch to your daily latte. In the spirit of Halloween celebrations, we asked our mystery shoppers to enter a competition with us. We want to thank everyone who took part, we had a lot of fun looking at all the ways people can carve a pumpkin! There were scary pumpkins and funny pumpkins, pumpkins with amazing animals carved and pumpkins with bugs on top, even a pumpkin that looked like Peppa Pig! They were all absolutely brilliant, we found it very tough to pick a winner, but we had to choose. The winners are as follows:
First Place – Olivia Hack for this outstanding tiger. Olivia is one of our elite mystery shoppers, if you want to know more about becoming an elite mystery shopper contact me via the website contact form. Olivia wins £25.00
Second Place – Viki Marden, this one scared us! Viki wins £10.00
Third Place – Rebecca Morgan, we couldn’t resist Maya Morgan’s adorable smile (while trying to look spooky) and the amazing effort that she did on this pumpkin. Maya wins herself £5.00 to spend on her favourite sweets (with mummy’s approval of course!)
Competition’s don’t have a fourth place, but we have a Group Account Director Special Award and that goes to Jemma McGowan for a Poppy Day Memorial pumpkin in honour of our fallen heroes. The special award wins £7.00
Congratulations to the 4 winners!
Here are a few other entries that were on our shortlist but just missed out.
The Larkin family made this one; “Luka and Mario loved carving pumpkins but it turned the pumpkin’s stomach.” (Luka showed her brother a thing or two when it came to pumpkin carving, but Mario added the boys touch of sauciness to this dinner guest)
Mystery Shopper Eileen Teo’s daughter Caitlin made a scary yet cute cat:
Mystery Shopper Eileen Teo’s son Kieran created this one, the triangle eyes are great:
Mystery Shopper Emma Easton, very scary!
Mystery Shopper Florinela Nedelcu, cute kitty, the whiskers are great:
Mystery Shopper George Laws, the eyes make this one look extra evil:
Mystery Shopper Georgia Knight, the crosses above the eyes look like stitches eeeeek!
Mystery Shopper Jacinta Zechariah, such an excellent effort
Mystery Shopper Katie Shacklock, the bug on top is just class
Mystery Shopper Katy Mitchell, the one on the left looks afraid of the one on the right haha
Mystery Shopper Kerrie Haywood, wicked witch
Another one from Kerrie Haywood, outstanding effort
Mystery Shopper Lauren Hulme, this was made by her husband for their daughter who is Peppa Pig crazy
Mystery Shopper Leyla Preston, we loved this small cute pumpkin
Another one from Leyla Preston, scary pumpkins
Mystery Shopper and first prize winner Olivia Hack, this was another entry that was submitted, the hat and broom are awesome
Mystery Shopper Petra Robertson, not a pumpkin but we loved this entry. Petra makes Portuguese Pumpkin Jam
Mystery Shopper Shane Walker, the eyes stand out
Another one from Shane Walker, we love the teeth
One more from Shane Walker, this one made us laugh
Mystery Shopper Tamsin Mathias, spoooookyyyy
Mystery shoppers are keen market researchers and online media experts who undertake a variety of work for our clients and those of our parent company YouCom Media. Work includes online questionnaires, qualitative studies, focus groups, product reviewers and many more ad-hoc market research work which assists us in supporting our clients and their brands. We have tens of thousands of online followers and enjoy building a fun online community of new friends and valued members. This year we look forward to sending all Elite mystery shoppers a beautiful motivational calendar which will be our next event following the Halloween Pumpkin Carving 2016. Thank you everyone!
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Required reference: YouCom Direct News Article, Oct 2016, London, ‘Pumpkin Competition.