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Free is good. Most people would agree with that statement.

But what does that mean for you, the business giving away the free products?  Does it equate to lost revenue?  Will it just add to your operating costs?  Not necessarily.

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One of the main goals of promotional contests and giveaways is to create that initial relationship with the user. That first step of engagement is key. Perhaps you have excess inventory that has been sitting on your shelves collecting dust. Giving this stuff away for free in contests and draws won’t make you any money at that particular moment. But more importantly, it will give you valuable data which will likely lead to more business.

Contact information, age, gender, geographical location, and other data can be absolutely vital for your business.  In addition to that, you can now stay permanently connected to those potential customers using social media. Asking potential customers to “Like us on Facebook” or “Follow us on Twitter for an additional contest entry” are examples of ways that you can do this.

 

Here are some of the different kinds of contest strategies that you can use: 

Social Media Sweepstakes – Entrants can enter the contest through social media posts on Facebook or Twitter.

Purchase Required – Entrants are automatically entered into a draw upon purchase of a product.

User-generated Content – Entrants must submit their best photo, idea, or answer, to be eligible to win.

Simple Email Entry – Entrants must submit their email address to be eligible to win.

 

Once you have a healthy list from your contest entries, use that information to your full advantage.  Promote your website, new products, company blog, social media and YouTube channel(s) to those who’ve entered the contest. Online giveaways are a great way to reward loyal customers, create more engagement from existing customers, increase brand awareness online, and gain new customers, as well.

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