Contest collusion is a term used in conjunction with scams or fraudulent promotions or promotion activity. Here is the definition of collusion. Contest collusion by a brand could occur if a contest is rigged by a sponsor so that winners are selected based on something other than actual entry criteria. Other examples might include not selecting a winner at random, or allowing people to enter and win who either work for or are related to people who work for the promotion sponsor. Contest collusion is not limited to brands though. Consumer contest collusion could also occur if a consumer, or group … Continue reading
Is your company thinking of running a sweepstakes or contest for the first time? Here are some tips for sweepstakes success from the seasoned promotional marketing experts at Marden-Kane! Do one thing well, not ten things poorly… focus on one type of promotion, ensure marketing messages clearly communicate the call to action, create an easy to enter means of entry, and promote participation to meet the established goals. Beth, Account Executive Keep it simple and don’t set your goals too high. Make sure the theme of your promotion is relevant to your audience. Peggy, VP Make sure the prizes are … 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
A holiday sweepstakes is an easy affordable way to increase sales or traffic to your store. Not sure how to make it happen? We are! Just take a peek at this super early present from Santa Kane: a series of articles and links about how to run a holiday sweepstakes that we have compiled in one neat, handy package of a list. The links cover things like holiday sweepstakes planning, strategy, prizing, and legal tips. Any one of them can help get your holiday sweepstakes up and running quickly and without a lot of searching for ideas! You’re welcome! Holiday Sweepstakes Ideas and … Continue reading
Trying to figure out how to run a legal giveaway? It’s easier than you think – or not, depending on where you are running your giveaway, who can enter, how you collect and use data, and what you are giving away. First, there are some basic things to know about the legalities of a giveaway. In the United States, a giveaway, or sweepstakes in legal terminology, is when you collect entries and then randomly select a winner. There are many other federal and state laws to be aware of as well, which may include bonding, state registration, and other … Continue reading
A Commercial Co-Venture (CCV) occurs when a for-profit business and a non-profit organization make an arrangement for a donation or some percentage of profit from the business’ sales go to the charity. This type of cause related marketing is regulated in almost half of the states in the U.S., and may require that the business complete some sort of CCV filing or registration in the state(s) where the transaction is taking place. This is in addition to any federal, state or local promotion laws that might govern the deal. If you are a business looking into cause marketing, or … Continue reading
Online vs offline contests and sweepstakes — what are the differences, and which is best? The good news is as long as all legal requirements are met, your brand can run either successfully! Entries can be collected online using a web form or offline on printed entry forms that can be mailed in or collected in stores. Instant wins can be done with an online virtual scratch-off or animated “play to win” scenario, or using old fashioned printed scratch-off cards or seeded “open the box to see if you are a winner” type mechanism that is printed in or on … Continue reading
You should approach working with third party brands in a contest or sweepstakes with caution. Giving away highly sought after prizes like trips, electronics or gift cards, or running promotions on social platforms, may seem like a great idea to garner interest and new followers for your brand. However, if you are naming a specific brand name other than your own as part of your contest, you may need to ensure you are using best practices for using that third party brand. Ask for permission It is a good idea to obtain permission prior to offering third party products … Continue reading
Black Friday is coming, and it’s time to come up with a hook that will make shoppers want to come to your store on the big day. Here are some tips to get your planning started. Start early. Get your mailing or email list ready a few months or weeks prior to Black Friday. A good way to make sure your list is ready is to send out countdown emails and encourage social follows to get bigger discounts on the big day. Then as the day gets closer, you can send out email announcements or post and promote your Black … Continue reading
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even Snapchat seem to be the hot ticket for social promotions these days, but don’t forget that Tumblr still has a strong user base. If your target demographic uses Tumblr, and you consider running a contest or sweepstakes, make sure to keep the Tumblr Contest Guidelines on your radar. The guidelines follow many of the same parameters as other social platforms do. Namely, that Tumblr is not responsible for your contest, you must have legal Official Rules, and you must follow community guidelines. However, Tumblr’s Contest Guidelines have a few quirks that other social channels … Continue reading
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