First, I would like to say this list is a compilation of my favorite sweepstakes sites. I use all of the sites listed on the chart below to promote my giveaways and contests. In my opinion, these are the best sweepstakes sites out there. There are lot of giveaway sites and they all want your hard earned money. I decided to write this post after a bad experience with one of them. In hopes, that others can benefit from my experience and knowledge, and in turn, running a successful giveaway, sweepstakes, or contest.
I run a contest every month and must emphasize the importance of marketing your sweepstakes on your own Facebook and Twitter social medias at least a few times a week. If you don’t have a social media presence, than start today. In my opinion, Facebook and Twitter are the bare minimum every business should have. I also have accumulated an awesome mailing list over the last year, which has a high open rate and engagement with my sweepstakes. My occasional email announcements generate an immediate buzz and viral affect for my giveaways. Your following will build slowly but over time you will have a great fan base to market to for free.
Sweepstakes Promotion Suggestions based on my Personal Experience:
Here are a few ideas on how to run a giveaway from personal experience. I run all my contests through the Gleam contest app, which is free, but I pay $39 per month to get more features. Everyone knows that Online sweepstakes and contests are an effective way to increase brand visibility, while, introducing new users to your blog, products and services. There is one major key to building your own list and increasing your social media and website popularity. You must promote your sweepstakes or giveaway on high trafficked and effective sweepstakes sites. Most of the sites in my list below have a free option, however, if you list a free giveaway you are not guaranteed that your sweepstakes or contest will be posted on their site.
I spend approximately $20 per month on sweepstakes marketing and have an average of 4000+ people enter my contests every month, which is growing as my popularity and trustworthiness grows. My prize is usually valued between $100-$175, anything less is not exciting enough to get lots of entrants and traffic. I hope my list below helps and I am sure you will find your own favorites. Over time you will find the perfect combination of sites to spend your allotted marketing budget on.
On a negative and cautionary note: Be sure to check these sites periodically to make sure they are fulfilling the upgrade you paid for! I had a negative experience with Giveaway Frenzy. I reluctantly paid their $14.99 upgrade to have it featured in three locations on their website for the life of the giveaway, as stated in the promo details. My sweepstakes was only displayed in these featured areas for two weeks and then disappeared. Most importantly, I didn’t get much referral traffic, in comparison, to the sites I listed below.
All the sites in my chart below have fulfilled their promises and I see a surge in entries when the post goes live on their sites. I have paid for listings with all of them except the Canadian sites, however, their free listings work great if you run an international sweepstakes or contest. Every business and blogger needs a good sweepstakes marketing strategy; knowing how to boost their contest entries and finding the best sites is the first step.
The table below contains a link to each of the 10 websites (simply click on their logo), number of followers on each social media platform, range of costs for upgrades, my personal rating, and of course the minimum you will need to spend to be posted on these sites, as you can see most of them are free.
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