Facebook Contest Apps
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
Marden-Kane’s Social Tracker tool is a quick, efficient way to run a social sweepstakes or contest. A social media sweepstakes or contest is a cost effective way for your brand to gain followers and increase sales without setting up a special web site or sophisticated data collection. The Social Tracker tool tracks hashtags, likes and comments on social media platforms. Simply let us know what hashtag to track for your promotion, what social platforms you want to track, and the dates you want the promotion to run. We take care of the rest! We send you daily reports on … Continue reading
The buzzword in contests right now are hashtag contests (or hashtag sweepstakes). These types of promotions are easy to run, less expensive than setting up a contest web site, and don’t require a lot of lead time. The simplicity and low cost appeals to a lot of businesses anxious to expand their social channels, but you will still need to follow some best practices to ensure that you don’t run into any issues. What is a hashtag contest? A “hashtag contest” or “hashtag sweepstakes” is a promotion that requires users to post to a social channel using a unique hashtag. … Continue reading
Today I was sent a link to an article touting Platforms for Social Contests that will “launch and track your contest with ease.” The article then went on to list eleven platforms, all relatively cheap – well, really dirt cheap or even free – and all the wonderful features each one had. If I were looking for a way to run a contest and I didn’t know any better I would think that this contest business should be this inexpensive. Cough up a couple hundred bucks and we’re ready, right? But hold up. I know better. And you get … Continue reading
Running a promotion on Twitter or Instagram or other social platform is fairly easy. You basically follow the social platform guidelines, post rules, collect entries and select winners from valid posts or tweets or pins. The hard part can be contacting and clearing winners. In a traditional contest where a form is used to collect data you typically collect address and phone or email so contacting winners is easy. A small prize can easily be mailed straight to an address. A winner of a larger prize can be called or emailed. But in a social promotion all you may … Continue reading
It’s happening again. Facebook is in the midst of changing their newsfeed algorithm. It’s another in a long list of unannounced Facebook changes that may result in even fewer of your followers actually viewing your posts. So what does this mean for a brand/marketer running a sweepstakes or contest on Facebook? Simply put, you must pay to play. Marketers can no longer rely on a “build it and they will come” philosophy. As a public company, Facebook needs to maintain a lightning focus on revenue. Thus, the need to prompt page owners to pay to promote posts. In some respects, … Continue reading
User Generated Content (“UGC”) are digital assets (videos, photos, essays) created by an individual. When UGC is used in conjunction with a Skills Contest, entrants become really invested in their submissions, and in turn, the brand. Contests, compared to Sweepstakes, typically see a lower number of entries. However, the quality of the entry submissions and entrant engagement often outweighs the high entry count. A “standard” UGC Contest typically consists of 3 – 4 phases. Phase 1: Submission Ensure that ample time is provided so that entrants can complete the Contest ask. We suggest limiting the entry submission time frame … Continue reading
Is the grass really greener at that other promotional marketing company? From a glance at some of other sweeps and contest vendors it might seem that way. Some other companies may charge less. Or even offer “free” promotional services. And they make lots of great promises, such as a guarantee your promotion will go viral or that you get thousands of entries. Sound too good to be true? Well, you know what they say…. It probably is. Marden-Kane Digital Promotions has had clients that tried out other promotional marketing companies. But then they came back. Here’s why: No hidden fees. … Continue reading
Eric Grimm, Senior Programmer, offers up this advice if you run a contest asking for user generated content. I’m going to focus on some UGC (user generated content) aspects from a programming and security side of the equation. Now repeat after me: NEVER TRUST USER INPUT! This is true with a simple form that only collects names and addresses, but requires even more caution when you are allowing large blocks of text, or for your audience to upload scary files as part of a contest entry from their computers or wherever those files may reside. Name, address, and similar fields … Continue reading
Senior Programmer Eric Grimm weighs in on what you should consider when planning your next photo or essay contest. The reasons for running an online contest are many and varied – engage your fans, promote your brand, gather inspiring ideas, build a contact list. There are many different types of contests, but today we will focus on two types: the Essay contest and the Photo contest. Why would you choose one over the other? And when would you use both? Well, as in most aspects of life, it depends. If you want the maximum number of entries, then a … Continue reading
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