Blogging is a full-time business for many. We take our jobs seriously, and giveaways are a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. I am always looking for new and creative ways to do my giveaways. I have tried the many different ways and considered switching to all videos. After reading Bay Area Mommies post about announcing giveaway winners, I have a few thoughts that have come to mind…
I try hard to ensure the winners of my giveaways have a fair chance of being notified and replying in the given time. I have only had a few that I needed to redraw a winner because I didn’t get a response. Bay Area Mommies stated that she found a blogger that was using videos to show her randomly drawing a winner. Sounds like a great idea, right? Wrong. There are so many things wrong with it.
First, she didn’t prove that anyone other than the person she drew was in the giveaway. I could print out 100 pieces of paper with the same person’s name. I like to know that I have a fair chance of winning and it isn’t being rigged. This is why I like Rafflecopter for my giveaways. Rafflecopter using Random.org to choose a winner. I can then verify the entry and email the winner.
Secondly, she didn’t notify the winner in any other way. I enter SO MANY giveaways, how can I remember to check each one after it ends? There is no way I could keep up! I am sure that using that method leaves her having to redraw winners over and over. It isn’t fair to make someone watch the video to see if they won. Shoot, most of the time I couldn’t tell you the last five that I entered…there is no way I have time to go back to each site and see if I may have won.
All-in-all, I think Bay Area Mommies and I are in agreement. While it is great to do a video (which I have in the past), you have to give your winners a chance to reply and claim their prize. I think using Random.org to choose is much more efficient and emailing the winner gives them a chance to claim it. How mad would you be if you won, say an iPad and didn’t watch a video to see that you were named the winner. Doh!
What do you think?