Facebook Contests: How to Get Your Fans Excited

Have you ever run a Facebook contest?

Are you wondering if you should use them for your business?

To learn about Facebook contests, I interview Andrea Vahl for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

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The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Andrea Vahl, co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies. She regularly writes about Facebook for Social Media Examiner (in fact she was our community manager for 2 years), and has an alter-ego known online as Grandma Mary.

Andrea shares how a Facebook contest can work for your page and your business.

You’ll learn about the different contests available and what contest apps to use.

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How to Choose the Right Type of Facebook Contest

social media how toAre you thinking of launching a Facebook contest or giveaway?

Is your goal focused on recruiting new fans? Collecting qualified emails? Engaging your existing fan base?

How can you be sure the type of contest you choose fits your Page and your goals?

Choosing the right type of contest to run on Facebook can be a challenge.

To help you decide what will work best for your goals, here are six types of contests you can run on Facebook.

#1: Sweepstakes Campaigns

A sweepstakes is a great vehicle for collecting email addresses from existing or new fans.

Participants enter and a winner is chosen by a random draw on a specified date.

sweepstakes example

A sweepstakes campaign shows your participating friends and provides various sharing features.

Sweepstakes are the contest of choice if you want to maximize the number of participants without spending a lot of time on the effort. But it has its drawbacks. Here’s what you need to know:

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How to Ensure Your Facebook Contests Attract Genuine Fans

social media how toAre you thinking of running a contest on Facebook?

Have you run a contest and had little success with retaining fans past the award date?

One goal of a successful Facebook contest should be to recruit fans who are genuinely interested in you, while avoiding the cheaters and faux fans who are only interested in material gain.

In this article you’ll discover five tips to help ensure that your contests attract genuine fans.

#1: Award Appropriate Prizes

Don’t offer attractive prizes that have nothing to do with your brand.

Everyone wants an iPad—not just your potential customers. A free vacation will not just attract fans who are interested in your beauty products, but pretty much anyone who sees the contest.

An appropriate award deflects the prize-hunters who hide your posts or unlike your Page as soon as the prizes have been awarded.

Offer a prize that interests your current or future customers. If your contest attracts entries from people who have no reason to become your customer, change it.

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Lord & Taylor, an online fashion retailer for women, is awarding fashion accessories from its website.

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5 Tips to Make Facebook Marketing Mobile-Friendly

social media how toDo you know how your audience accesses Facebook?

Do your Facebook fans see your updates on their mobile devices?

According to Facebook’s fourth-quarter report, around 680 million of the company’s one billion monthly active users access Facebook from mobile devices.

It’s up to brands and businesses to make sure that any marketing efforts they add to Facebook are mobile-friendly, including custom apps, email, advertising, etc.

Here are five things you can do until Facebook fine-tunes its mobile experience:

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How to Grow Your Email List With Facebook Promotions

social media how toAre you looking for ways to grow your email list?

Can email list-building and Facebook promotions work well together?

In this article I’ll outline the potential synergies of email marketing and Facebook promotions.

Included will be a dive into example Facebook Page promotions and how companies can use them to build their email lists.

Why Email?

Email marketing continues to be a strong method digital marketers use to inform, educate and push information to opt-in recipients. It is a universally used tool that everyone sits down to check at work or home.

As outlined in a past interview with Mike Stelzner, Christopher Penn notes that email is an important “push medium.”

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Reach people where they must take action ---> their inbox. Image source: iStockPhoto.

Email serves as one leg of a three-legged marketing tool along with a blog and social media. Within this three-pronged strategy, email is the distribution mechanism, while a blog is the content center and social media is the conversation mechanism.

When new content is posted on a blog, email can be a method of distributing notice of the new article, while social media offers a conversation mechanism for users to talk about the content.

For many companies, their email list is really the foundational marketing piece. It’s a jewel of great value containing the names and direct contact method of customers and would-be customers that enables them to “get in front of” these people regularly.

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How to Make Your Facebook Contests Stand Out

social media how toDo you run contests on Facebook?

Would you like to make your next Facebook contest stand out?

This article will give you 4 ideas to improve your next Facebook contest.

Why Facebook Contests?

Facebook contests are a popular way for you to get your audience engaged and excited about your brand. More and more companies have adopted the use of Facebook contests to better track participation and engagement.

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Contests are a popular marketing tactic for businesses on Facebook.

With so many companies using contests, even if you’ve read 9 Tips for Running Successful Facebook Contests, it can be hard to differentiate yourself. Your Facebook fans are pummeled with tons of advertisements and other promotions. So it’s important to stand out against your competitors.

Simply giving out a free iPad or a gift card isn’t enough to attract the attention of social followers.

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4 Ways to Boost Your Facebook Engagement With Promotions

social media how toDo you want to boost your Facebook engagement?

Are you wondering if promotions will help?

79% of Facebook fans are more likely to purchase from a brand they have liked, so pursuing more fans and deeper engagement with existing fans is a huge priority!

While there are many core methods for increasing engagement such as creating highly shareable content, posting images and videos and posting succinctly at key times—a powerful method is to run promotions.

Promotions have the ability to draw visitors to a Facebook Page, and when used correctly, can be a very valuable tool to accomplish your business’s engagement objectives.

Selecting the Right Type of Promotion for Your Page

A key question when thinking about running a promotion on a Facebook Page is, “Which type of promotion will work best for my goals?”

The answer: It varies. Certain promotion types lend themselves to different objectives. In addition, certain promotions may work better for certain industries.

Below you’ll find an outline of 4 types of Facebook Page promotions and keys for selecting the right type to run on your Facebook Page.

All of the types of promotions mentioned below must use third-party apps displayed on a Facebook Page tab. This is necessary to comply with Facebook’s promotion policy.

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9 Fun Facebook Page Examples to Spark Your Creativity

social media toolsAre you looking for creative ways to engage your Facebook fans?

Do you need some fresh ways to infuse fun into the Facebook experience?

This article will examine nine Facebook pages that bring excitement to their Facebook pages.

My hope is you’ll find inspiration for your own page.

NOTE: Many of these Facebook apps are developed by a third party and have a standard look and functionality. Other Facebook apps can be used to create a custom tab, but can have some limitations on how the tab looks.

#1: Seasons 52: “Mini Indulgence” Quiz

Seasons 52 is a restaurant chain with signature desserts called the “Mini Indulgence.” The restaurant has developed an interactive quiz that asks you questions to determine “which Mini Indulgence dessert is you?”

The reason this works is because it asks personal questions about things you like to do and “matches” those things with the type of dessert. Yes it’s kind of silly, but people love quizzes about themselves.

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Take the quiz to find out which dessert matches you.

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9 Facebook Marketing Tips to Improve Engagement

social media how toNeed some Facebook marketing inspiration?

Here are nine Facebook pages using some great techniques for more engagement.

Keep reading for some awesome tips from businesses of all sizes.

#1: Get Personal

Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn does a great job with a variety of posts but also adds some of his personal life. You can throw the old “don’t tell them what you had for lunch” advice right out the window with this tip.

Your community wants to get to know you and wants to be able to relate to you and your company.

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You can tell them what you had for lunch. Better yet, add a picture!

smart passive income

Personal cover photo with his podcast setup and a picture of his son.

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