Ways to Encourage More Entries Into Your Giveaways/Sweepstakes

This post is for any bloggers or website owners out there looking for some advice on getting more entries into your giveaways.  This is something I continually work on in terms of how to promote, what works for what kind of prize, etc. I’m certainly not telling you what to do.  Everyone runs their site the way they want to but through trial and error I’ve found ways to encourage more entries into my giveaways.  Also as someone who is an avid sweeper I tell you ways to make it easier for your entrants (and increase entries).

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Know the value and appeal of your prize

Of course if we could all choose whatever prizes we wanted to give to our readers we’d love to giveaway $500 gift cards, Dyson vacuums, and 2 week vacations.  That’s not to say the small prizes aren’t fun and appealing too.  What I’m saying is, there is going to be interest and appeal for someone to enter a $250 VISA gift card giveaway than for a bottle of hand soap. Whatever you’re giving away though, consider the value and appeal in what you’re having your readers do to enter.  As a rule of thumb, simple and quick entries encourage more entrants.  As a sweeper myself when I see there are three mandatory entries to win a bottle of laundry detergent, I’m just not going to do it especially when Joe Shmo’s blog over here is giving away the same prize and all you have to do is follow them on twitter. Also realize that some prizes are just going to have less entries because they have a narrower audience.  For instance, giving away a runners magazine subscription is only going to appeal to those that run, want to run, or know someone who runs where a $20 Walmart gift card can be useful to many more people.

Mandatory Entries

This is usually the first entry and often the only entry NEEDED, to be entered into the giveaway/sweepstakes.  I listen to my readers, I’ve heard other bloggers and sweepers voice their opinion. There is an overwhelming majority that say they really don’t like seeing giveaways with more than one mandatory entry.  I know I’ll pass a giveaway right up if I see it has 3 mandatory entries just to qualify. Don’t make me subscribe to your newsletter, like your on facebook, AND leave a comment just to qualify to win a flashlight.  I won’t do it and from what I’ve read, there are a lot more that won’t either. Honestly, I’d stay away from it even for big giveaways because you could always add those things to bonus entries and people are more likely to complete it and actually want to.

Bonus Entries

This is one I had to change myself.  I listened to my readers opinions and those of avid sweepers.  It’s tempting to throw every single social media follow into your bonus entries, sign up for this, subscribe to that, and vote for me here, type entries as well.  But I’ve cut down on those myself because the people say “we don’t like seeing lots of entries”  not sure why, I always felt bonus entries were bonus entries and they can do them if they want or not do them.  Honestly though, since reducing the amount of bonus entries in my giveaways I’ve seen more unique entries. Who knew?

Jacking Up Your Entry Points

Ok this one might just be me but I’m looking at it as a blogger and a sweeper.  The blogger side of me doesn’t like seeing someone have 25+ entries for each and every action in the giveaway form.  Sure it might sound good to say hey I got 3000 entries for my $5 gift card giveaway but when you’re assigning “facebook like 25 entries” “twitter follow 25 entries”  All it’s doing is inflating number.  From a sweeper side, especially one that isn’t aware of this tactic, they may see that your giveaway for a bottle of body lotion has 1200 entries and it turns them off and they think “I won’t win it anyway” I prefer to provide one entry for each action.  If there is one I really want to encourage I might make it 2 or even 5 but the 5 is a rarity.  This also gives entrant a truer idea of odds.

Make It Easy

I already talked about the mandatory entry being easier but this is in reference to any entry whether mandatory or bonus.  Don’t make entrants search high and low for your twitter follow button or email subscription form.  Put the clickable link right in the entry form.  It’s easy, only take an extra second and in forms like rafflecopter and giveaways you can even reuse a form and it will be there until you delete it.  Don’t assume entrants are going to go over to your sidebar or homepage to find your social links because they may not.

Here is an example of how to do a clickable link in giveaway tools.  I wanted PenGems.com to be clickable.  I typed out the sentence as it would show up. Click and drag over “PenGems.com” so it’s highlighted, then click “add link” in the right above the text box. A box will pop up showing what you highlighted as being clickable then it asks you what url you want it to direct to and you paste the url in, that’s it. You just made the entry easier for your entrant.

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Let Entrants Help You Spread the Word

What I mean by this is, offer a daily tweet option or a social share option.  Some entrants like daily options to get more entries in especially for a great prize.  If you’re forming the tweet make it simple and to the point so if someone else sees it, they know exactly what is going on “Enter to #win a $20 gift code to Jewelrycoco.com ends 8/2 US”  and include the link. You just told them everything in that tweet: who it’s open to, when it ends, what it’s for, and where to enter.

DO NOT False Advertise or Over-exaggerate

I’m a fan of low entry giveaways. I like the odds, they are usually smaller prizes that will save me money on groceries like coupons for free juice or laundry detergent.  What I can’t stand is when someone is claiming low entries and you eagerly go over to the site and see that there are 8000 entries for one prize.  I feel duped and I feel like they were crying wolf to get page views. I won’t even enter at that point.  Don’t over-exaggerate. If your prize is a $20 off coupon don’t say it’s a gift card, there is a difference in some cases.  If the winner is going to have to pay shipping say that upfront, you don’t want a winner coming back at you upset that they had to pay shipping.  I realize there are times that the sponsor is not always upfront and honest and can put you in a bad position.  I learned a long time ago to ask all the pertinent questions when it comes to reviews and giveaways products for my readers.

PROMOTE PROMOTE PROMOTE

Lastly, companies want bloggers to do reviews and giveaways to gain exposure.  Word of mouth is an age old an proven method of advertisement.  You shouldn’t promote a smaller giveaway any less than you promote a large giveaway.  Share on all your social media channels (where allowable), add to giveaway linkies, cross promote with blogger friends, tell your friends and family about it in person, etc.  Do audience specific promotion.  If you’re giveaway is open to Canadians add it to Canadian friendly linkies, If you’re in a couponing group and you have full value coupons to give out, tell that group about it (again, where allowable)

 

That being said, I want to know your opinions.  If you have something to add, if you have a suggestion for my giveaways, let’s hear it!

 

 


Best Buy Audiofest Happening in August

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Are you in the market for some new audio equipment?  Some new speakers for your computer?  Surrounds sound for your living room?  A portable speaker you can hook to your phone and take with you on vacation?  Whatever kind of speaker or audio system you’re looking for you’re gonna want to check out the Best Buy Audiofest happening at your local Best Buy store         August 3 – August 31, 2014.

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During Audiofest at Best Buy you’ll be able to test and try everything from bluetooth speakers and headphones to home theater solutions and car audio.  You’ll also find the best offers on these products through the month of August.  They already have the best selection of audio products so this is the time to upgrade your audio and “Love The Way You Listen”.  One item that you’ll be able to find at Best Buy’s Audiofest is the HEOS by Denon.

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The HEOS by Denon is a wireless multi-room speaker that allows you to stream music to any room in your house. It’s portable design make it easy of you to take it from your living room, to the kitchen, or even the bedroom if you like.  HEOS by Denon works with select iPad, iPhone, and iPod models and some android devices, Machspeed, and SanDisk devices.

You’ll need to download a free app to use the device with your wireless devices.  If you don’t have wifi and need a wired connection.  It has a USB port and auxiliary input for a wired connection to your devices and an ethernet port for wired network connection. It comes with the cords you need for each action.

I received the HEOS 5 by Denon to review for the Best Buy Audiofest. I’m gonna be perfectly honest, I sometimes get a bit intimidated by wireless devices.  I almost never get something working right away.  I’m usually troubleshooting, switching cords around, and reading/rereading the directions to figure out what I did wrong.  So here I am receiving this awesome sounding speaker and I’m wondering if I can make it work to do a proper review.

 

 

 

 

I took the HEOS 5 out of the box.  It was slightly bigger than I expected and a bit heavier than what I thought it would be.  It had a nice looking design though.  There weren’t many buttons on the speaker but a lot of jacks and outlets in the back for all the connections you can choose.

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There was a quick start guide along with some attachment cords and booklets regarding warranties, etc.  I set mine up in my kitchen.  To start using the device the directions simply stated to plug in the speaker, download the free HEOS app, connect your device to the speaker (the app gives you simple instructions and it seriously takes only 5 seconds), then use your app to select music.  The app allows you to play music from services you may have like: Pandora, Spotify, or Rhapsody, you can play songs from iTunes or other music libraries on your device or computer, and …this is the coolest part I think…you can select the tunein option to stream radio stations from just about anywhere: Local, other countries, or online only stations.  How cool is that right? We’re actually headed to Ocean City, MD in the near future and I was able to stream Ocean City radio stations.  Great for me because I heard commercials for different restaurants and activities going on in the area.  I just might learn something for our trip. You can actually set it up for different rooms in our house.  It will ask you when you first connect. So if you want different playlists set up for our bedroom than your kitchen, you can do that.

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I was floored by the sound that came out of the speaker.  The base was amazing, the sounds was crystal clear.  There was no crackling, garbled sound.  This is probably the clearest I have ever heard my music or radio stations before.  I also did a YouTube video to show you the speaker in action.  It’s a little longer than my typical video but to show you what I did I think the speaker warranted a longer video.  PS I still had my phone connected to the speaker but I can actually use the app with my phone wirelessly to access music.  You only have to hook it directly to the speaker initially to connect your device and if you don’t have wifi.

As I mentioned this HEOS speaker is the HEOS 5 ($399) that I’m reviewing which is the mid-range speaker which is idea for medium to large rooms like bedrooms and living rooms, there is a smaller version called the HEOS 3 ($299) which is ideal for smaller rooms like bathrooms and bedrooms, and there is the larger version, HEOS 7 ($599)  which is ideal for large spaces like great rooms or 1st floors with open floor plans.  I know it’s a bit pricey but if you are looking to invest in a quality portable/wireless speaker you won’t be disappointed with this one.  I encourage you to visit Best Buy between August 3 – August 30, 2014 to see this speaker in action for yourself.  Listen to the sound quality.  If you do, I’d love for you to come back here and tell me what you thought. If you’re ready to buy this now you can purchase it HERE, during the audiofest online on Best Buy (NOTE: this link will work August 3 – 30, 2014) or in person at your local Best Buy store.

Are you in need of some new audio equipment?  What would you like to see at Best Buy Audiofest? What feature did you like the best on the HEOS 5?

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free


Affordable Fashion Jewelry from Jewelrycoco.com

This is a sponsored post from 4sponsor.com with my unbiased thoughts

It’s no secret that I love jewelry.  I”m very particular about my jewelry though.  When I put an outfit on I have a particular idea in my head, maybe I want the necklace to sit so high, maybe I want silver instead of gold, perhaps I only want to wear earrings but I want earrings that will make a statement.  That’s all well and good but having the piece of jewelry I want for the outfit I have in mind isn’t always within my budget.  Because of that I tend to stick to simple pieces that can go with many outfits.  That doesn’t mean that I still don’t have a particular piece in my mind.

Jewelrycoco.com has affordable fashion jewelry.  Whether you want classic and simple or whimsical or bold, they have something for you to choose from. Choosing the right piece isn’t going to wreak havoc on your budget either.  I absolutely loved this piece, it caught my attention right away. It’s available in both silver and gold tone.  It’s only $9.41!

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Vintage Big Leaf Pendant from Jewelrycoco.com

Jewelry is a way to express yourself through style.  What fits me may not fit you and vice versa.  But that’s the great part about fashion.  We can express ourselves in different ways. So if you’re not feeling the Big Leaf Pendant that’s ok, there’s tons more to choose from on the site. Maybe you like something a little more unique, whimsical, even bolder.  Check out this starfish ring, how cool is that?

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It’s only $6.41 on Jewelrycoco.com.  I’m not even into big rings and I think that’s cool.  There is even wholesale jewelry on the site if you have your own shop or want a larger quantity of jewelry for any reason.  If you order from Jewelry Coco the site says it does take 7-30 days for shipping because they ship from China so it’s a good thing to keep in mind if you hope to have a piece for a particular occasion.

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Spellbinders Celebra’tions Collection

I received the below mentioned products as part of the Purex Insiders.

Before my two youngest kids were born and before I got into blogging I used to love to do paper crafts.  Truth is I still do.  As a matter of fact I kept a whole tote of all my supplies thinking that one of these days I’m going to get back to it.  My favorite thing to make was cards. When I had time I’d sit down and make up all kinds of cards: birthday, get well, thank you, blank notes, etc.  I didn’t have to buy cards and they were unique.  Then when I needed a card I’d just pull one out.  I loved it, it was a way for me to express myself.

Spellbinders Celebra’tions Collection by Richard Garay is a complete collection of dies, stamps, paper, inks, and accessories.  All pieces are created to work perfectly with each other.  I was sent 2 kits to try.  When I saw that one of them was the Celebrate Party Hat Card, I couldn’t wait to try it.   The kit came with everything but the glue I needed to put this cute card together.

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The pink polka dot paper was actually 2 sided.  The other side had a sort of polka dot confetti look to it so I decided to give that a try rather than sticking with the pink side.  It had easy step by step directions and I had this card together in no time!

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I decided on the less pink design because I plan on using this card to go along with a baby gift I bought.  I think this will be cute to write a note about celebrating new life.  I may even punch a hole in the corner and tie it to the gift bag with the excess linen thread that came with the kit.  This card is a cute size to use as a gift tag.  What I like about the kits I received is you don’t have to be crafty or have knowledge of paper crafts to get the finished product.  I love paper crafts too because you can just use the picture or directions as an inspiration and go your own way if you want.

Spellbinders also sent me the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Clear Polymer Stamps.  If you’ve never used clear polymer stamps before, you need to have an acrylic block to stick them to to stamp. The acrylic blocks come in different sizes and you can find them at about any craft store that sells paper crafting supplies.  I found some at Michaels for $1 a piece.  I probably use the 2″ x 2″ in the most but you can get bigger ones to create phrases and things with more than one word stamp like the ones included in my kit.

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The polymer stamps self stick to the block and are easily removed to reuse.  Don’t forget to clean your stamps off before storing again.  You can clean them with soap and water but they do make special stamp cleaners that also help condition your stamps so they don’t dry out.

Do you do paper crafts?  Have you ever wanted to try?  What crafts are you into?

 

 


Recyclebank Points: Just Chillin

When it comes to your summertime energy bill, you might want to sweat the small stuff. Find out how and earn 25 points.  This isn’t the only opportunity from Recyclebank though, there are plenty more that can earn you free rewards like coupons, gift cards, and more.

 

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