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Well, in case you’ve been hiding inside a sound proofed cave, it’s nearly Christmas again. This time of year often sees those “5001 themed clip art” CDs get a workout as seasonal cards, gifts and emails are sent around the globe.

In an effort to class up Christmas, we’ve run the Christmas email competition for the last 3 years, and in 2008 it is back and better than ever. There is still plenty of time to send that winning email, which will score you some really sweet prizes.

So here’s everything you need to know to get some extra goodies in your Christmas stocking.

What can I win?

{title}Not a pack of socks and a copy of the The Best of Hey Dad! on DVD, thats for sure. This year’s winner will be unwrapping:

  1. A newly released Flip MinoHD, the slickest pocket sized video recorder on the market. We use an older version Flip in the Campaign Monitor offices and love how clean and easy to use it is.
  2. $100 in Threadless vouchers to make sure you have something cool to wear with the cardie that Nan made when attending the family get together.
  3. 50,000 Campaign Monitor email credits, a full $500 worth.

What’s not to like there?

How can I enter?

All you have to do is send a Christmas email, through your Campaign Monitor account, between now and the end of the year. We already review campaigns as part of our normal work, so we’ll spot them and collect our favorites.

Strictly, it does not have to be Christmas, we’ll be looking at other “sentiments of the seasons” emails too. At the start of 2009 we’ll pick a winner, and announce it right here on the blog. It could not be easier than that!

What if I need some inspiration?

A great place to start is checking out our previous winners.

2007 winners

Here’s the grand prize winner from Good Creative:

Good Creative's Bloody Good Christmas

See more of the top 2007 contenders.

2006 winners

In 2006 the top prize was taken by Glasshouse Multimedia for this email:

Glasshouse Mutimedia's illustrated Christmas email

The best of Christmas emails, 2006 for your inspiration.

2005 winners

The very first Campaign Monitor Christmas Email competition was won by Active Ingredients for their email:

2005 winning Christmas email

So that should give you some ideas. What we are looking for is not just the most “Christmassy” design, we’re looking for something different, or something that make real use of the context of an email instead of a website or print card. A word of warning: You are not going to win with an email that is just one big image either.

We look forward to seeing your emails over the next couple of weeks. Good luck!

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