Want them to pay attention to your updates?
Big brands know how to engage people on a regular basis.
In this article I’ll show you five ways nationally known companies keep their audiences coming back for more and how you can too.
#1: Host a Video Contest
For the last seven years, Doritos has run its “Crash the Super Bowl” contest asking customers to create commercials for its crunchy treats. The incentive that really caught attention? The winner gets his or her commercial aired during the Super Bowl.
The response is huge. Hundreds of commercials are submitted. The company narrows it down to a pool of five, and then asks everyone to vote for their favorite.
The result is a viral campaign driven by finalists sharing their entry with friends and encouraging them to vote, as well as customers and fans who want to see the best videos (which are usually the funniest).
In 2013, Doritos brought the video contest to Facebook (they had previously used a microsite) and went beyond the success of all previous years.
Have you thought about how fake entries can hurt your campaign?
Left unchecked, phony entries can negatively impact your contest and drag down your page’s reach and credibility.
In this article you’ll discover how people cheat, and more importantly, how you can guard against prize hunters.
The Ugly Truth About Facebook Contest Fraud
With Facebook’s recent changes to its news feed algorithm, it’s harder to reach your audience organically. If you can’t reach your audience, you lose interactivity and engagement–and your spot in the news feed.
A Facebook promotion (i.e., a contest or giveaway) is widely thought to be a good tactic to get people’s attention, engagement and more eyes on your page. But if you’re planning to host a Facebook promotion, be aware of potential fraudulent behavior so you can protect your fans and your brand.
Have you used crowdsourcing to gain consumer insight or to choose your next product line?
Do you use contests as motivation to get input from your customers?
In this article, you’ll discover how crowdsourcing your products through contests on social media will help you deepen customer involvement and increase loyalty.
Why Use Crowdsourcing?
Crowdsourcing is a method of getting ideas, content, support or other types of solutions from a group of people. The term was coined by Wired magazine in 2005. In a nutshell, it is like “outsourcing” solutions to crowds through social media.
You’ve heard of crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo that allow fans to give financial support in exchange for incentives, so people can complete their projects. There are many other businesses that incorporate the idea of getting input from the masses into their business model, too.
Do you need a guide to ensure that you don’t miss the crucial elements of a successful sweepstakes promotion?
Sweepstakes, contests and giveaways are increasingly popular among marketers who are vying for the attention of their social media audiences. Choosing a prize is the easy part.
Whether you run your promotion on Facebook or Pinterest, it’s easy to overlook something. Making sure you’ve got all your planning, technical and legal “i’s” dotted and “t’s” crossed is critical to your success.
In this article, you’ll learn the five steps of running a successful social media sweepstakes.
#1: Assess Sweepstakes Objectives
This is where most companies shortchange themselves. How? By focusing on superficial objectives that may not benefit their business.
Are you looking for creative ways to run contests and giveaways on Google+?
Although there are restrictions on using Google+ for contests, there are ways for you to promote your contests successfully on Google+.
Interestingly, most brands and businesses on Google+ aren’t taking advantage of this opportunity, and they’re missing out.
In this article, you’ll discover how three brands leverage Google+ as a core component of their social contest strategy and the keys to their success.
Google+ Contest Rules
Running contests, giveaways, promotional offers, etc., has become a staple part of online strategy for business owners and marketers.
They’re used to stimulate engagement, build community, encourage user-generated content, create a unique experience and increase brand awareness.
First let’s look at the rules.
Unfortunately, the Google+ platform has specific restrictions when it comes to hosting contests. In fact, Google+’s Contests and Promotions Policy clearly states:
“You may not run contests, sweepstakes, or other such promotions (“Promotion”) directly on Google+ or in a manner that requires use of G+ features or functionality.”
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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.
Are you looking for an easy to follow guide to formulate a plan for your business?
Keep reading for seven tips to help your business develop a social plan…
Why Businesses Fail With Social Media
Businesses often fail in their social media efforts for the same reason New Year’s resolutions fail: It’s a good idea, but there’s no structure or commitment.
Then, when there are no immediate results, or the goal ends up being more difficult to attain than previously thought, it goes by the wayside.
Has this happened to your business’s social media presence? You aren’t alone. Very few people can simply choose to be active in social media and stick with it.
For the rest of us, we need something to keep us honest. That’s why I advocate you create a social media plan—a checklist, if you will—complete with daily maintenance, recurring tasks and milestone projects.
These seven tips will help you design a social media plan that will keep you on track, active and moving forward.
Previously I wrote How to Run a Successful Social Media Contest outlining some important foundational steps: be clear on your marketing objectives, know your audience, understand different promotion types and plan ahead!
If you’re looking to gain even more traction with social promotions, here are eight additional tips to enhance your next social media campaign.
Ensure Your Promotion Doesn’t Get You In Hot Water
It’s difficult to run a successful campaign if your promotion is blocked, removed or challenged in a court of law. So before we get to the fun part of marketing, there are a few logistical tips to keep in mind.