The allure of a sweepstakes rules generator is that you can create a set of sweepstakes rules for less money and less time. In fact, back in the day, Marden-Kane had an online sweepstakes rules generator of our own. Clients at that time could easily and cost-effectively create their own sweepstakes rules without legal fees or lengthy review times. The reality, however, was that most of our clients actually needed a custom solution. They would generate the rules and then realize that significant changes would need to be made. And while custom changes are always possible, if you don’t … Continue reading
A sweepstakes is a promotion that involves an element of chance – usually a random drawing or random instant win. So are there ways to have a sweepstakes advantage if the drawing is random? Only if you make your entry count. Here’s how: Enter! Seems simple enough, but we have seen people start the entry form process and then never get to the submission success page. You can’t win if you don’t enter! Read and follow the official rules. If the rules say one entry per day, then don’t enter more than that. Similarly if you don’t live in the … Continue reading
Marden-Kane welcomed two new account coordinators this past month: Daniel Moss and Liz Spencer. They recently completed Marden-Kane training and are hard at work on servicing your promotions. We spoke to them recently to learn more about them…. Meet Daniel What did you do before coming to Marden-Kane? Before Marden-Kane I was a sales associate at Lowe’s for the appliances department. I did this for 3 years while in college but recently left to join the Marden-Kane team and make the best of my Business Degree. What have been some of your biggest accomplishments or proudest moments in life? Graduating … Continue reading
We are constantly asked by our clients what promotion incentives work best. Should they give away a lot of small things, or one big thing? What is the ideal value of an incentive or prize? Do small incentives work? Here is a short summary of what promotion incentives work to entice consumers to register for a promotion such as a sweepstakes or contest or loyalty program. But first, we need to understand who your brand’s customers are and identify the types of marketing that work with those customers. There are two types of marketing that work with … Continue reading
Marden-Kane originated the first scratch-off game card with Tigerino. The Tigerino promotion was designed for Humble Oil’s ESSO and ENCO gas stations in 1966, to capitalize on the already popular “Put a Tiger in Your Tank” ad campaign. The idea was simple: if you purchased gas you could get a game card. Every game was a winner, but some game cards awarded big cash prizes depending on the letters revealed. You can read more about how the game worked here. The first Tigerino scratch-off game cards debuted in Buffalo, New York. Gas sales sky-rocketed as a result of the … Continue reading
TikTok does not currently have any posted contest guidelines, but that doesn’t mean that there are no rules. To keep your TikTok Contest or Sweepstakes legal you should adhere to these seven basic recommendations for running a promotion on a social platform: Use a unique hashtag to track entries. The best way to track entries for a TikTok contest is by using a unique hashtag. Any post that is made during the posted timeframe of the promotion that has the pre-determined hashtag is considered an entry. Include official rules. Official rules are what protect you in court should … Continue reading
The next Summer Olympic Games will be in Tokyo, Japan from July 24 – August 9, 2020. Brands often want to capitalize on the Olympics by offering a promotion or campaign that ties into the Olympics theme, but should not do it. The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), in tandem with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has already lined up sponsors of the games. If you are not a Worldwide Sponsor or a Tokyo Partner, Sponsor or Supplier, or a Team USA Sponsor or Licensee, or if you don’t already have an ongoing sponsorship of an Olympic athlete, then you need … Continue reading
Did you know what creative development and animation for a digital scratch-off game or other instant win game can cost thousands of dollars? And that does not even include legal fees to write official rules, procure and fulfill prizes, or programming. Why not use a budget-friendly, pre-built game, customized with your brand colors and logo(s), to execute your next digital scratch-off game. Why should you run an instant win game? Here are 5 reasons: Instant gratification for your customers Brand awareness — daily entries equate to daily traffic to your company Generate sales leads and email opt-ins Increase brand … Continue reading
Recently, Facebook made an API change to brand pages that prevents a new custom application (also called a custom tab) from being added to a brand page if that brand page has less than 2,000 followers. This means that if you are starting a new Facebook page for your brand or business, or if you a small brand, and you want to add a custom application (i.e. a sweepstakes form on your Facebook page), you won’t be able to do it until you get at least 2,000 followers. While this doesn’t hurt large, established brands, it does impact smaller brands … Continue reading
Take a look at your social feed right now. Look on any platform — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat — and start scrolling. How long does it take for you to find a post or story or tweet running a “giveaway?” The “giveaway” is everywhere on social. Mommy bloggers, Instagram dogs, major brands, and influencers are all running giveaways. And while the chance to win some swag might be appealing to some, the giveaway sponsors need to avoid clickbait tactics as social platforms have had so many bad actors and fake giveaways that a legal social sweepstakes could get … Continue reading
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