I have been running giveaways for over five years now on different blogs. I started on my first blog which was a savings and coupon blog, which I don’t have anymore, and now I run a lot on this site every month.
Entries are where you can ask your readers to perform an action to be entered into the giveaway. You can have as many different entry requests as you would like.
When I started there weren’t a lot of options for entries. Now there are a few options to collect entries and make it easier for people to enter. They also make it easy to pick a winner by randomly selecting one for you at the end.
Here are a few of the most popular now:
- Rafflecopter – This is the one I use now and is still my favorite. You can sign up and use most of their features for free. I’ve never had a paid account because I’ve felt like I’ve gotten all I needed with the free one. The paid account is $7.99 for bloggers and has added features like photos and more entry options.
- Giveaway Tools – This is free also for basic options. The paid account is $9 a month for more features.
- You can also go the old-fashioned way with just blog comments. This can get a little messy and confusing. If you do choose to do it this way make sure your comments are numbered to make it easier to select the winner.
Here is an example of what my entries look like on Rafflecopter –
- Sharing on social media – After you post your giveaway make sure you share it on all your social media sites and make it easy for people to do so also. Nothing bugs me more than finding a post I want to share and it ends up being such a pain to do it that I give up.
- Social Media Scheduling – With sites like HootSuite you can schedule tweets & Facebook posts ahead of time so you can promote multiple times during a week without having to worry about it later.
- Optional Entries – You can also use your optional giveaway entries to have people share the giveaway on different sites. A lot times you can have this set up with one click, such as a pre-wrote tweet.
- Hashtags – Using hashtags is a great way to promote. Some people put them right into the titles of their posts. I just stick to using them in my tweets. Using ones like #giveaway or #win can be effective. I put them right into the pre-wrote tweet, in Rafflecopter, so if people choose to tweet the giveaway as one of their entries the hashtags are already in there.
I’ve tried many different sites to list my giveaways. I’ve narrowed it down to the top four that give me the most traffic each month in order.
Blog link ups for giveaways are also a great places to list. I am currently making a review & giveaway link up directory so if you have one you host weekly please list it in the comments below and I will add yours to the list.
Do you have any great tips for running giveaways?