How to reach more people with my new facebook contest?

After spending thousands of dollars on your more creative campaign, the “If you build it, they will come” expression can be a very dangerous approach . Over ninety percent of what makes a Campaign successful is what you do to promote it. That said, there are lots of ways to promote a Campaign — most of which don’t cost much because you’re making use of resources, like your website and social media channels, that you already have.

Our social media specialist have create the top 30 must-do ways to get the word out about your new facebook or social media contests and campaigns.

DESIGN WITH SHARING IN MIND

First and foremost, if your Campaign isn’t designed with sharability in mind, you’re limiting its potential virality.

– Lets your users share your Campaign on their various social media channels platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google+

– Incentivizes people to fill out extra fields of a promotion form by awarding them more chances to win.

– Let your Campaign’s visitors easily invite their friends to your Campaign.

– Display entries submitted and let your Campaign’s visitors vote, share and comment on each entry.

ADD FEATURES TO YOUR WEBSITE (OR BLOG)

Identify which of your online properties gets the most traffic and turn them into promotional assets for your Campaign. Most brands, for instance, get most of their traffic on their website and/or blog. Add the following to drive traffic to your Campaign:

– Place it on the most prominent yet less disruptive place on your website – the Website header notification bar

– Website sidebar displays ads

– Popup notifications

– Call-to-action footer images on blog posts

– A graphic announcement on the main page of your website and/or blog

UPDATE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS

Beyond posting frequent status updates and posts about your Campaign on your favorite social media networks, there are handful of small profile updates you can make to create awareness for your Campaign:

– Update your brand’s Facebook cover photo and/or profile photo

– Update your Twitter header image

– Update your Twitter bio to include a link to your Campaign

– Update your brand’s Instagram bio with a link to your Campaign

– If you created a video to promote your Campaign, include a shortened link to your Campaign at the end of your video (like McDonald’s did for their World Cup Campaign) or provide the link in the video’s description box. Use these same tips across all your social profiles throughout the duration of your Campaign.

DO EMAIL MARKETING

Email conversion rates are three times higher than social media, with a 17 percent higher value in conversion, according to a report by McKinsey & CompanyIt’s also the channel on which the large majority (90%) of consumers would like to receive updates from brands, according to the Nielsen Norman Group. Use these email marketing efforts to let your customers and/or subscribers know about your Campaign:

– Send an email blast to your subscribers notifying them of your Campaign

– Include a footer or header image that promotes your Campaign in your newsletter’s design

– Set up auto-responder emails so when a person shares with you their email address via your Campaign, they are sent a special message to their inbox

CREATE THE RIGHT KINDS OF CONTENT

Content can be used to create awareness for a Campaign. Here are examples of content you can create and share to promote your Campaign:

– Blog posts that support your Campaign’s message

– eBooks, white papers and/or downloadable PDFs that support your Campaign’s message

– Guest posts for a blogger who has an audience you want your Campaign to reach

– Infographics that have a call to action on its footer

– Graphic tutorials or how-to content

– Videos with calls to action to visit your Campaign

ADVERTISE

If you have a budget to promote your Campaign, there are many options for paid advertising. Here are the most popular options to consider first:

– Facebook advertisements

– Promoted tweets

– Youtube video ads

– Google Adwords

– Retargeted display advertising

– Radio ads

– Television ads

– Magazine or newspaper print ads

– Brand sponsorships

– Pinterest-worthy images

USE TRADITIONAL MEDIA EFFORTS

Traditional media efforts serve a larger purpose: To formally let the world (not just the internet) know about your Campaign. Here are three ways to do that:

– Publish a press release

– Create in-store advertisements

– Host an event and integrate “social” into it. For example, you could create a special hashtag for the event.

LIST ON GIVEAWAY SITES

If your brand’s Campaign is a giveaway, there is one effective way to promote it that not many people consider:

– Promote your Campaign on giveaway listing sites

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