Blog giveaways and winners

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?  

Comments

  1. says

    Heck if I had to watch a video to see if I won I would never know as like you I can never remember what I enter and also I do not have the time to go back and double check. So for me it is easier with Raffelcopter and the owner of the blog emailing me.

  2. says

    I would not enter if I knew I had to watch a vi deo to see if I won. I have enough trouble to look on blogger every few days. I like raptcopter because you can see if you have already entered that contest.

  3. tami husak says

    i agree i enter a lot and it is hard to remember each and everyone you enter and when it ends to go back and check to see if you had won, i would be so mad if i won an ipad or kindle and missed out on it.

  4. Michaela R says

    I actually read Bay Area Mommies blog on this and agreed with her (and you now) about the whole situation. I enter so many contests/giveaways there is NO WAY I can remember to check back on such-and-suches blog or website to find out if I won, a week later, if not longer. I know that no one wants to say who this person was to shed no bad light on them. But for myself, I would love to know who this blogger is, incase I had ever won anything from her/them. :/

  5. Aimee Jongejan says

    I COMPLETELY agree with your point. I enter A LOT of giveaways and it is really difficult to remember which ones I have entered. Being notified by email is always my preference – as is rafflecopter. I know some people don’t like rafflecopter because they don’t have a facebook account but once they find they don’t necessarily have to have one they find entering easier. All it takes is setting up an account. Keep up the good work !

  6. Kona Lynn Sankey says

    I, like you, am a bit ‘giveaway crazy’… I enter almost everything I can and follow SO many pages on all the different sites and feeds that I CAN’T check each one.

    I appreciate the Rafflecopter giveaways, it makes it easier for me to enter and allows a fair winner-drawing. I also appreciate that blog owners take their time to email me and let me know I won, even when the sponsor was in charge of follow up.

    <3

  7. Dianna Thomas says

    I personally don’t have any complaints with the ramdom rafta works– I feels the time asked to respond is more than fair, hopefully others feel the same– I know it takes a lot of work to do the blogs and the giveaways–the giveaways are just another plus for me– I don’t enter everything only items I think we (our family) could use. And I know there are many blogger and giveaways out there in cyber blog world.

  8. Azslyn Cole says

    oh that would suck i might have how would i know really i do like when i get an e-mail if i have won something because i do enter a lot of giveaways and it’s even hard for me to remember which one to tweet on each day sometimes it’s overwhelming for sure =}

  9. says

    I am still confused on some blogs they don’t notify you and you have to go back and tell them. This confuses me because it should be said on every giveaway this is what is to be done. I like to know that if I win I am told about it for sure.

  10. Betty Baez says

    I agree! I enter a lot of giveaways and I would be really bummed if I forfeited a prize because I forgot to watch a video

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