Updated March 2017
Influence Central, Inc. (“Influence Central”), is the parent entity to Mom Central Consulting, Dad Central Consulting, and Millennial Central. All Influence Central Giveaways (“Giveaways”) – including Mom Central Consulting, Dad Central Consulting, and Millennial Central – follow the overall rules outlined below. Specific Giveaway parameters are identified at the time each Giveaway is announced.
The sponsor of the Giveaway is Influence Central, Inc. (parent entity to Mom Central Consulting, Dad Central Consulting, and Millennial Central) P.O. Box 35038, Brighton, Massachusetts 02135 (“Influence Central” or “Sponsor”). In cases where Influence Central or any of its specialty divisions collaborates with a brand owner for a Giveaway, the brand is a “Co-Sponsor.”
Who Can Participate:
All Giveaways (the “Giveaway”) are open to all legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry and have an active e-mail account and Internet access prior to the beginning of the Entry Period (as defined below). The Giveaway is governed by U.S. law and subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST IF YOU ARE NOT LOCATED IN THE 48 CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES OR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. YOU MUST HAVE INTERNET ACCESS TO PARTICIPATE.
By entering the Giveaway, entrants agree to accept and be bound by all terms of these Official Rules and Regulations (“Official Rules”). Employees of Sponsor, Co-Sponsor, client program partner, principal, agent, or any organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling or administering the Giveaway or supplying the prizes, and immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to enter or win. “Immediate family members” shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses, regardless of where they live. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year, whether related or not. Potential winner may be required to provide proof of eligibility and that such person is the prize winner upon request prior to prize award. Void in Puerto Rico, Alaska, and Hawaii, and wherever prohibited or restricted by law.
Types Of Giveaways
Several types of Giveaways are conducted in conjunction with programs executed on behalf of clients. Specific giveaway parameters that pertain to each type of program are listed below; otherwise all provisions listed in these official rules apply.
A. Twitter Party Giveaways:
This Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter. Twitter is completely released of all liability from each entrant in this Giveaway. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Giveaway must be directed to the Sponsor and not to Twitter.
Influence Central will define the entry period (starting and concluding times) at the time the Twitter Party is announced (the “Entry Period”).
How To Enter:
Current Twitter users or those willing to create a Twitter account can enter by following a specific Influence Central Twitter username (e.g, @momcentral) on Twitter and posting a Tweet during the Entry Period with the specific hashtag announced. Only one (1) Twitter account can be used to enter the Giveaway. If it is discovered that you use more than one (1) Twitter account to enter the Giveaway; then (in the sole discretion of the Sponsor) you may be disqualified from the Giveaway and all of your entries voided. The Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, delayed, incomplete, or incompatible entries. The Sponsor may disqualify an entrant for any reason, in its sole discretion.
Winner Selection Process:
The Sponsor’s designated representative will select six (6) winners in a random drawing every ten (10) minutes from all eligible entries during the entry period. The Sponsor will Tweet the names of selected entrants from the designated Twitter account handle following the Entry Period on the date designated. Each entrant is limited to one (1) prize within a period of six months. Limit of one (1) prize per immediate family members or household members.
Before being declared a Winner, the selected entrant must respond to the designated Influence Central Twitter username acknowledging the acceptance of the prize as awarded. If the entrant does not acknowledge the acceptance of the prize before the designated date and time, the entry will be forfeited (and the entrant will forfeit any right to his or her prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to deem the next eligible entrant to be a selected Winner.
B. Facebook Giveaways:
This Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Facebook is completely released of all liability from each entrant in this Giveaway. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Giveaway must be directed to the Sponsor and not Facebook. In order to be compliant with all Facebook regulations, as we understand them, any and all Giveaways and Promotions will be done through the Giveaway or Contest tab on the Mom Central Facebook page and all winners will only be notified via email directly and through our website.
Influence Central will define the entry period (starting and concluding times) at the time the Facebook Giveaway is announced (the “Entry Period”).
How To Enter:
To enter the Facebook Giveaway, follow the directions on how to enter. All entrants who enter during the Entry Period will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win the item specified. All entrants must disclose that their entries are part of a contest, as further described in the directions on how to enter. Entrants can only use one (1) email account to enter the Giveaway. If it is discovered that used more than one (1) email account to enter the Giveaway; then (in the sole discretion of the Sponsor) you may be disqualified from the Giveaway and all of your entries voided. The Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, delayed, incomplete, or incompatible entries. The Sponsor may disqualify an entrant for any reason, in its sole discretion. Each entrant is limited to one (1) prize. Limit of one (1) prize per immediate family members or household members. If the entrant does not acknowledge the acceptance of the prize before the designated date and time, the entry will be forfeited (and the entrant will forfeit any right to his or her prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to deem the next eligible entrant to be a selected Winner.
C. Gift Guide & Editorial Giveaways:
Influence Central will define the entry period (starting and concluding times) at the time the Gift Guide or Editorial Giveaway is announced (the “Entry Period”).
How To Enter:
To enter the Gift Guide or Editorial Giveaway, leave a comment on an individual gift guide item and/or article/blog post. All entrants must disclose that their comments are part of a contest. All entrants who enter during the Entry Period will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win the item specified. Limit one (1) entry per person/per email account. Multiple entries from the same person/email account will be disqualified. The Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, delayed, incomplete, or incompatible entries. The Sponsor may disqualify an entrant for any reason, in its sole discretion. Each entrant is limited to one (1) prize, and in cases where Influence Central runs a giveaway in concert with a brand co-sponsor conducting a related giveaway, each entrant is limited to one (1) prize overall. Limit of one (1) prize per immediate family members or household members If the entrant does not acknowledge the acceptance of the prize before the designated date and time, the entry will be forfeited (and the entrant will forfeit any right to his or her prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to deem the next eligible entrant to be a selected Winner.
D. Other Giveaways:
Influence Central will define the entry period (starting and concluding times) at the time the Giveaway is announced (the “Entry Period”).
To be eligible: (i) All entries must be submitted by an individual person, and the prize can only be awarded to the person whose name and email address is on the randomly selected entry. All information provided as part of an entry must be in English. Entrant warrants and represents: (a) he/she is the sole and exclusive author and owner of the entry content, including all rights therein; (b) entrant has the full and exclusive right, power and authority to submit the entry content and to grant the Sponsor the rights to use the entry content as set forth in the Official Rules; (c) no part of the entry content infringes upon any statutory or common law intellectual property rights (including, without limitation, any copyright) under United States and/or international laws, nor does any such entry content constitute a defamation, or invasion of the right of privacy or publicity, or infringement of any other right of any kind of any third party; and (d) no rights in the entry content have been previously granted to any person, firm, corporation or other entity.
Sponsor reserves the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any entry content at any time in the event it is determined that the entry content is offensive, inappropriate, fraudulent, not in keeping with Sponsor’s image, or if it is determined that the entrant has not otherwise complied with these Official Rules. Entry content generated by script, macro, or other automated means will be void. If the entry content contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the entry content by Sponsor in the manner set forth in these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to Sponsor from any participant at any time.
The Sponsor is not responsible for misdirected, incomplete, lost, late, fraudulent, or inaccurate entries, nor for technical, hardware, or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions or other errors or problems that may limit or affect a person’s ability to participate in the giveaway, whether human, mechanical, typographical, printing, electronic, network or otherwise, relating to or in connection with the giveaway, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Giveaway, the processing of entries, the announcement of the Giveaway or in any Giveaway-related materials. Proof of entry is not considered proof of delivery or receipt.
In the event of sabotage, acts of God, terrorism or threats thereof, computer virus or other events or causes beyond the Sponsor’s control, which corrupt the integrity, administration, security or proper operation of the Giveaway, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, cancel or suspend the Giveaway. In the event of cancellation, Sponsor reserves the right to judge all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the event requiring such cancellation using the random selection procedure outlined below. False or deceptive entries or acts will render the entrant ineligible. Each entrant hereby acknowledges and agrees that the relationship between entrant and Sponsor is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that entrant’s decision to submit his/her entry to Sponsor for purposes of the Giveaway does not place Sponsor in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public with regard to elements of entrant’s Submission. By entering this Giveaway, entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may receive many entries under this Giveaway and that such entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to others submitted under the terms of this Giveaway and/or other Giveaways staged and/or sponsored by Sponsor, and waive any and all claims entrant may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any entries and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by other entrants and/or Sponsor (or their designees) may be similar to entrant’s submission. Entrant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor has not, nor shall have in the future, any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of any copyright in and to entrant’s submission.
Entrants further agree not to knowingly damage or cause interruption of the Giveaway and/or prevent others from participating in the Giveaway.
ANY ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE ANY ONLINE SERVICE OR WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GIVEAWAY VIOLATES CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL LAWS. IF SUCH AN ATTEMPT IS MADE, SPONSOR MAY DISQUALIFY ANY ENTRANT MAKING SUCH ATTEMPT, AND MAY SEEK DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.
Method of Determining Winners:
In all Giveaways, a potential winner will be selected in a random drawing by Sponsor from among all eligible entries received during the Entry Period. Each entrant is limited to one (1) prize. Limit of one (1) prize per immediate family members or household members. The results of such random selection are final and binding in all matters. The merchandise to be given away will be selected by Influence Central in conjunction with Co-Sponsors, where applicable. The specifics of all aforementioned elements of the Giveaway shall be solely determined by Sponsor. The Winners will be confirmed by U.S. mail, e-mail and/or telephone and must meet all eligibility requirements including the timely execution and return of all necessary releases and documents required by Sponsor as further set forth below.
By participating in this Giveaway, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final in all respects. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute for any reason whatsoever a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, at their sole discretion.
All costs, taxes (including Federal, State, and Local), fees, and expenses associated with acceptance and use of any element of the giveaway prize not specifically addressed above as being awarded are the sole responsibility of the Winners. The winner will receive a 1099 tax form reflecting actual value of any prize valued at $600 or more. No substitution or transfer of prizes permitted, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Winners are responsible for the reporting and payment of all taxes (if any) associated with acceptance and use of a prize not specified herein.
Sponsor may disqualify any individuals who attempt to tamper (or who do tamper) with the entry process, violate these Official Rules or act in a disruptive or abusive manner.
Prize winners may be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Publicity Waiver & Release (the “Affidavit &Release”) and return the Affidavit & Release within fourteen (14) days after the announcement of the winner. If a prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to a potential winner, if potential winner cannot be reached within three (3) calendar days from the first notification attempt, if potential winner fails to return requisite documents within the specified time period, or if a potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, then such person shall be disqualified and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, an alternate winner may be selected by random drawing from a pool of all eligible entries. The potential winner may be subject to verification before any prize will be awarded.
Odds of Winning:
The odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received during the Entry Period.
Limitations of Liability:
By participating in this Giveaway, entrants agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Co-Sponsor (if any) and each of their respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, advertising, public relations and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims or actions of any kind, including but not limited to any claim related to entrants’ submission of an entry, entrants’ participation in the Giveaway, or for property damage, product liability, wrongful death or personal injury arising out of or relating to possession, acceptance, receipt or use/misuse of the prize, whether under contract, tort or any other legal theory, and agree to indemnify the Released Parties against any liability or expense (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising in connection with the foregoing.
SPONSOR MAKES NO WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION, OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, RELATIVE TO THE PRIZE (OR ANY PRIZE ELEMENT), INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ITS QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Rights Granted By You:
By entering this content (e.g., photo, video, text, etc.), You understand and agree that the Released Parties, anyone acting on behalf of the Released Parties, and the Released Parties’ licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes. without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. Sponsor is not obligated to use any of the above-mentioned information or materials, but may do so and may edit such information or materials, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, without further obligation or compensation. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Where applicable law prohibits Sponsor from making the above requirements a condition of winning or claiming a prize, the winner may claim his or her prize without agreeing to said conditions.
By entering this content, you represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, you will be disqualified at the sole discretion of Sponsor. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, you shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which the Released Parties may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.
By entering, entrants agree that they will comply with all applicable requirements of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) involving disclosure of endorsements, including but not limited to the FTC Endorsement Guides. FTC guidance on endorsements can be found on the FTC website. See, e.g., https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/ftcs-endorsement-guides-what-people-are-asking#social.
Disputes – Arbitration/Choice of Law/Choice of Forum:
Except where prohibited, entrants agree that: (1) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Giveaway, or any prize awarded, or the determination of the winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by arbitration pursuant to the Rules of the American Arbitration Association, then effective, and (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Giveaway but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and/or Released Parties in connection with the giveaway, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard to the conflicts of laws principles of Massachusetts or any other jurisdiction. Any legal action arising from any Giveaway under these Official Rules, whether to enforce an arbitration award or otherwise (to the extent such legal action is permissible in light of this arbitration clause), shall be brought in the State or Federal courts presiding over Newton, Massachusetts.
Official Rules and/or Winners List Requests:
For a copy of the Official Rules and/or the Winners’ names, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the following address: Influence Central, P.O. Box 35038, Brighton, Massachusetts 02135. Indicate “Rules Request” or “Winners Names Request” and name of the Giveaway on the front of your envelope. Alternatively, if applicable law provides that contestants who request a list of winners may not be required to pay for postage for the response, you may send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests must be received no later than 90 days after the winners have been announced.