I enter every contest I can. I call in and answer the surveys found on your grocery store receipts. I would even respond to the Publishing Clearance House contest if they mailed it to my house. Though the recipients always seem to have grey hair so I am sure I will start receiving the entry forms for that contest once people realize this blond hair hides some shady silvers.
So when I see people post on Facebook for Giveaways, contests, and prizes, I always enter. Whether I have to Like a page, a Post, Share a post or a page or a link, I am all game.
As a result, I have been blessed enough in the last few months to win three really cool giveaways. One was a cute Peacock pendant that I never actually received. No hard feelings, but I just will not share their web or Fan Page here.
My second prize was a cute signature cap sleeve t-shirt from The Bucking Mare. No, even the Ladies large did not fit me, but I think it will make a cute gift for one of my nieces. Check out their site or find them here on Facebook.
The third giveaway was the yummiest of all. A can of Blueberry Jam from Earth to Glass Canning. Check out their informative and mouthwatering Facebook page here.
Being a believer in paying it forward, I knew it was time for me to do a Giveaway from my Facebook page.
I had asked my Facebook fan page fans for advice on which pair of earrings to give my sister for her birthday and thought it would be nice to then give one of the pairs to a fan. I had made five pairs of the earrings. Take away the pair chosen by fans for my sister, and the pair I could not do without myself, I had 3 pairs to choose from.
So, I had the prize chosen, the rest should be fairly simple, right?
I am sure that there are instructions or tutorials, lessons learned and easy instructions on how to do a Facebook Fan Giveaway. I did not bother to look before I started my contest. Silly me.
I figured I would see how many people may be interested in a giveaway so I posted a little blurb asking to get 33 Likes on the post to show enough interest in a Giveaway. Well, three days later, I only had ten Likes on the post, so I decided to forge on.
Many Facebook pages use a tool called Rafflecopter that accepts, sorts and picks contestants. I find the tool a bit annoying myself because it prompts extra entries for Pinterest and Tweeting. Wanting to start things off simple, I chose not to use an automated tool.
I set up a three day Giveaway and encouraged everyone to enter simply by performing three easy actions:
1) Like my Executive Beader Facebook Page
2) Share the Contest Post, and
3) Comment that they had done both steps above.
I sent out a reminder each morning with the original post attached.
At the end of 3 days, My Business Page Likes had increased by 19, but only 14 people had followed the instructions and actually Liked my Page, Shared the Contest, and even fewer had commented.
Having to search through the pages of Fans that like you on a Business Page is not a simple task. There is no alphabetic list. It is all done by date, who Liked you most recently shows up first.
After closing the contest with only 25 shares showing on the original post (4 of which were mine), I had to verify the 14 contestants. That is when I realized only 11 people followed all 3 instructions.
This meant really good odds for the participants who read the instructions. This was pretty sad for the 19 new likes who thought they had somehow entered a Giveaway contest. Most of the entries were friends who had been a fan of my page for quite a while.
When the contest ended, I got all fancy and pulled out paper and scissors. I hand wrote each qualified contestant name on a piece of paper, folded it twice and put it in a ceramic tray that was recently gifted to me.
Then I went to find my handsome husband.
“Pick one” he was instructed.
The contest was that simple.
Lots of lessons learned here. No one tells you giving things away is difficult, that you have to remind people to follow instructions, or that your expectations may meet this little thing called reality.
So I have now had my first giveaway. I feel a bit let down more people could not participate, but I hope my next one goes more smoothly.
Now as for those earrings, I still have two pair left. One pair is listed on Etsy here.