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08 may

5 Tips for Running a Social Media Sweepstakes

By: Sync Marketing | In: Ask Sync Marketing, Best Practices, Facebook, Instagram, Legal and Prize Fulfillment, social sweepstakes, Sweepstakes, sweepstakes company, sweepstakes marketing

Social media sweepstakes can be a great way to increase engagement, grow your following, and reward your audience. However, managing a social media sweepstakes requires careful planning and execution to ensure its success. In this blog post, we will discuss 5 tips for running a social media sweepstakes.

  1. Clearly Define the Rules and Regulations 

The first and most crucial step in managing a social media sweepstakes is to define the rules and regulations. Clearly outline the eligibility criteria, entry requirements, prize details, start and end dates, and any other important information related to the sweepstakes. It is essential to ensure that your sweepstakes comply with the rules and regulations of the country in which you are running the sweepstakes. Moreover, include a disclaimer stating that your sweepstakes is in no way affiliated with or sponsored by the social media platform.  

Hiring a sweepstakes company to handle this element for you can be helpful as we specialize in sweepstakes law and stay up to date on the latest changes in social media. In addition to drafting the official rules and abbreviated rules, Sync review all of your marketing materials to ensure it is legally compliant and contains the necessary disclaimers. 

  1. Choose the Right Platform 

Choosing the right social media platform is important for the success of your sweepstakes. Different platforms have different rules and regulations, so it is important to choose a platform that aligns with your sweepstakes requirements. For instance, if you want to run a photo or video-based sweepstakes, Instagram or TikTok may be the right platforms. If you want to reach a wider audience, Twitter may be a better choice. Sync recommends running campaigns on no more than two platforms at a time. This way your messaging can be more focused and you can better track the success of the campaign. 

Check out Acer’s #AcedIt Hole in One sweepstakes with the LPGA that Sync has been managing for the last five years.  

  1. Promote Your Sweepstakes Effectively 

To ensure maximum participation in your sweepstakes, you need to promote it effectively. Use all the relevant social media channels to reach your target audience. Create visually appealing graphics, videos, and posts to grab the attention of your followers. Moreover, collaborate with influencers or other brands to reach a wider audience. Make sure to include a clear call-to-action in all your promotional content to encourage people to participate. 

  1. Monitor and Respond to Entries 

Once your sweepstakes is live, it is essential to monitor all the entries and respond to any questions or concerns promptly. Using a sweepstakes company like Sync Marketing to track and manage all of your entries, will ensure that all entries meet the eligibility criteria. Moreover, Sync can respond to any questions or concerns related to the sweepstakes within 24 business hours. This will not only improve the user experience but also help build a positive brand image. 

  1. Announce the Winner and Follow Up 

After the sweepstakes has ended, it is important to announce the winner publicly and follow up with them after they have been confirmed and verified. After obtaining the necessary release forms from the winner, use social media to publicly announce the winner and tag them in the post. Before doing all of this, you will need to contact the winner privately to inform them of their win and provide them with details on how to claim the prize. This is typically don’t through direct message. Make sure to follow up with the winner after they have received the prize to ensure that they are satisfied with their experience. 

In conclusion, managing a social media sweepstakes can be a great way to engage your audience and grow your social media following. By following these top 5 tips for running a social media sweepstakes, you can ensure that your sweepstakes is a success and builds positive brand awareness. Contact Sync today to find out how we can help you execute your next social media sweepstakes!

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02 may

Top 10 Types of Sweepstakes to Run in 2023

By: Sync Marketing | In: Ask Sync, Best Practices, Contests, Instant Win, Legal and Prize Fulfillment, SMS Campaigns, social sweepstakes, Sweepstakes, sweepstakes company, sweepstakes marketing, User Generated Content

Sweepstakes have long been a popular marketing tool for businesses as they produces a tremendous return on investment (ROI). In 2023, there are many different types of sweepstakes that brands (and their agency partners) can run to engage with customers, build brand awareness, and generate leads. Here is list of the top 10 types of sweepstakes to run in 2023: 

  1. Social Media Contests:  

With billions of people using social media every day, running a sweepstakes on platforms like Instagram, TikTok and Twitter is a great way to reach a large audience and interact with consumers. Brands can ask customers to like, comment, and share their posts to enter the sweepstakes, and can even require entrants to follow their social media accounts to participate.  

This can have two positive impacts: 

Increased Brand Awareness: The ripple effect is real. The more people know about you, the more their friends and followers will know about you. 

Increased Engagement: Social media sweepstakes can also help businesses increase engagement with their existing followers. By offering a chance to win prizes, it can increase engagement and help to build a stronger relationship with customers. Additionally, the excitement and anticipation of the sweepstakes can encourage customers to visit a business’s social media channels more often, which can lead to increased engagement overall. 

  1. Referral Sweepstakes:  

Referral sweepstakes incentivize customers to refer their friends to your business. Entrants can earn additional entries for each friend they refer who also enters the sweepstakes, which can help brands build their email lists and reach new customers. Referral sweepstakes can create a greater likelihood that those referrals will turn into new customers because they are being referred by a friend. That’s an instant vouch of support for the brand.  

These types of sweepstakes can be achieved in different ways. You can have a simple enter to win sweepstakes where entrants can refer up to five friends after entry for extra chances to win or they can refer friends by tagging on a social media sweepstakes.  Our client Wealthfront just finished a campaign where they gave away $25,000 to three different Wealthfront members. Entrant received extra entries for doing a number of different tasks including referring friends!

  1. Instant Win Sweepstakes:  

Instant win sweepstakes allow customers to enter and find out immediately if they have won a prize. This type of sweepstakes can be especially engaging for customers, as they don’t have to wait for a drawing to find out if they’ve won. It also allows them to feel like they have a great chance to win. Sync recommends offering daily entries for instant win campaigns as it will keep customers coming back and engaging with your brand. 

  1. Survey Sweepstakes:  

Surveys are a great way for businesses to gather feedback from customers, and adding a sweepstakes component can help incentivize customers to participate. Businesses can offer prizes to random survey participants, or even offer a larger prize to the customer who provides the most helpful feedback. 

  1. Photo or Video Contests:  

Photo and video contests can be a fun way for customers to engage with a brand and show off their creativity. Businesses can ask customers to submit photos or videos related to a specific theme, and then award prizes to the best entries. Sync can help guide you on what type of judging criteria to include in the official rules. We also offer a judging platform for to score entries. 

  1. Daily Sweepstakes:  

Daily sweepstakes allow businesses to keep customers engaged over an extended period of time. It’s best to offer a different prize every day to keep entrants coming back. Then offer a lager overarching grand prize to anyone who entered through the sweepstakes entry period. 

  1. Essay or Writing Contests:  

If you want to engage with customers who are passionate about something, offering an essay or writing contests can be a great option. Brands can ask customers to write about a specific topic, and then award prizes to the entries that best matched the judging criteria. 

  1. Treasure Hunt Sweepstakes:  

These are fun! Treasure hunt sweepstakes can be a fun way to engage with customers and build brand awareness. Businesses can hide clues or information about their brand or products throughout their website or social media channels, and then award a prize to the customer who finds all of the clues. If it’s within the budget you can include it on your website, but if you want to do smaller scare, we recommend running these types of campaigns on your social channels.  

  1. Instant Discount Sweepstakes:  

Instant discount sweepstakes offer customers a chance to win an immediate discount on their next purchase. We typically recommend the discount to appear after entry and still offering a larger overarching grand prize. This type of sweepstakes can help drive sales for businesses while also providing customers with a fun and engaging experience. 

  1. Charity Sweepstakes or Contests:  

Charity campaigns allow businesses to give back to their communities while also engaging with customers.  

Sweepstakes: Businesses can donate a certain amount to a charity based on the number of entries they receive. Allowing entrants to vote on the charity they want to donate to, is another great option. 

Contests: Going back to the essay contests, brands can ask people to nominate deserving people for the chance to win. The person nominated would then money for themselves and the cause they donate their time to. Sync recommends background checks for this and can provide this service for you.  

Charity sweepstakes and contests can produce a great ROI.

In conclusion, there are many different types of sweepstakes that businesses can run in 2023 to engage with customers and build brand awareness. Whether you choose to run a social media contest, a referral sweepstakes, an instant win sweepstakes, or any of the other options on this list, a well-executed sweepstakes can be a powerful tool for driving sales and building customer loyalty. 

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