Winning a contest on the world’s most popular social media site can be difficult. With these ten creative and helpful tips, however, you will significantly increase your chances. Here we go:
1. Use your personal Facebook
The first and most obvious way to gather votes is by posting a request on your own wall. Post a link to the contest and ask friends to please click and vote. Explain the ease of voting! Note to your friends that it only takes “a click and a like” –or whatever is required of them– to vote. Ask your friends to vote and then share your post so that others (friends of friends, etc.) may as well! Explain the limitations of voting; tell them if they can vote once, once a day or as much as they want!
2. Request Votes in a forum
There are forums that are specifically designed for asking for votes. Post your Facebook link there in the same way you did on your personal Facebook page. This is sure to reach a larger audience than just your Facebook friends, their friends, etc.
3. Use Facebook Vote Exchange Groups
The same concept as the forum exists within the Facebook community. Many pages and groups are created specifically for voting. Again, simply post your link and ask for people to vote. Similarly to the forums, these groups and pages are full of people asking for the same thing. Return the favor and vote for other people’s contest entries as well. People are more likely to do you the favor of voting in your contest.
4. Create Your Own Facebook Voting Group
Set up your own page or group designated for the contest you are trying to win! Link the voting page, explain the ease of voting and then share, share, share! Invite all of your Facebook friends to like or join the page or group. This may spread easier than a link for privacy reasons. Sometimes settings on people’s pages prevent them from sharing a link but public groups can be seen by all.
5. Know the rules
If soliciting on websites other than Facebook gets you disqualified, you might need to know that before you start. Read the rules and regulations of your contest a few times and know what your limitations are. It’s also important to know if a voter can vote only once, can vote once a day or can vote as much as they want. This will influence how you solicit!
6. Use Twitter
If your limitations are not set to Facebook only, use Twitter! The site was designed to reach more people in less time, which is perfect for what you want to do. Create a Twitter account for yourself if you don’t already have one. Add your voting link or Facebook page link to your profile description. Tweet daily with the voting link or Facebook page. Just as you did with the Facebook wall post, explain the ease of voting (within reason and truth!) and use a little humor.
You could also send messages or daily reminders on Twitter to specific people asking for votes. If you follow celebrities on Twitter that have thousands or millions of followers, you can ask them to retweet your link or page. Although it may not happen, if it does your vote request link will circulate to millions of people!
7. Go old school
Though it may seem desperate or like a lot of working, sometimes going back to basics is the best way to get results. Make simple flyers on your computer and print them out. Bring them to technically savvy areas like college campuses. Many times they will have bulletin boards for public posting. Post them there! Hand some flyers out to students walking by. If a student has an iPhone or Droid in their hand, ask them to vote then and there! Go to a wireless internet enabled area like Starbucks or the local coffee shop. Post the flyers there. Talk to the patrons; hand out flyers. Sometimes face-to-face contact and communication trigger the best results! It’s hard to say no to someone’s face!
8. Use e-mail
Again, it may seem old school but you have to break out all the stops to win Facebook contests! Tap into your address book on your email. Send out mass emails to your school, work, family and friends. Include the link and directions. Make sure to remind them of the ease of voting if it applies. Tell them how many times they are allowed to vote. Ask them to forward the email to their friends, family, work and school. If you are affiliated somehow with a college, they often send emails to “all students” or “entire campus.” This is a great way to reach a lot of tech literate people at once!
9. Go viral
When all else fails, make a YouTube video. Whether it’s humorous, serious or ridiculous, seeing someone’s face begging for votes is a great way to spread the word (I’m kidding, there are better ways to accomplish this than begging). After all, what spreads faster than a funny video on YouTube? Make sure to link your voting page with all the directions in the description. Share the video through email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
10. Use blogs
Use a search engine to search about the contest you’ve entered. Find blogs that have posted articles about it and post in the comments. Link your voting page, directions and limitations.
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