It’s that time of the year again. Yasss! It’s giveaway season.
At the end of the year, many brands and influencers carry out online giveaway contests mainly to show appreciation to their followers and customers and also to gain even more followers.
Quite a number of people avoid giveaways for a number of reasons why others live for them. I for one used to avoid giveaways until I read this blog article and decided to give it a shot.
Did it pay off? Oh, it sure did! So far I’ve won about 10 different giveaways all from Instagram.
Let’s take a step back. First off what is a giveaway?
According to the online Oxford dictionary, a giveaway is “A thing that is given free, often for promotional purposes”. It’s literally giving something away at no cost. You only have to follow the rules and do simple tasks. Easy right?
Yet, many people still refuse to participate in giveaways.
Why? Well here are some reasons people have given;
- The rules are too many
- I don’t want it to seem like I’m begging
- I’ve never won anything online so why try?
- The giveaway poster will disrupt my Instagram feed.
That last one though…
Anyway, if you are all for giveaways yet you have never won anything, here are a few practical and helpful tips.
- ALWAYS FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS – This is as simple as A.B.C. I mean even during exams they always tell you this. If the brand or individual carrying out the giveaway says “tag a friend and that’s all”, don’t go leaving an epistle as to why you should win and all DONT!
- BE LOYAL – What do I mean? Personally, If I haven’t been following a brand or individual for a while I hesitate in contesting in their giveaways. Why? I totally feel like I haven’t been with you since day one so why start following just for a giveaway. So ensure you’ve been a loyal follower and always engage – drop comments, like posts, retweet… This will better your chances of winning.
- USE THE RIGHT HASHTAGS – This still takes us back to point 1. Many people use hashtags to monitor their giveaway participants. So, use the right hashtag so your entry can be easily seen.
- BE CREATIVE – Sometimes you might be asked to state reasons why you want to win and blah blah. Ensure you are creative with your responses and don’t simply give a generic response.
- BE OPTIMISTIC– Do not enter into a giveaway half-heartedly. Be optimistic and you just might win. If you don’t…?
- BE A GOOD SPORT – Truth be told we can’t win every giveaway we put in for yet our attitude when others win can better our chances next time. Also, do not discredit the methods used in picking a winner. It’s really not your business. You don’t win, you suck it up and move along!
That’s it guys, quick and easy tips for winning online giveaways.
Got any tips? Feel free to share.
BONUS TIP – Unfortunately some people do not fulfil their own part of the giveaway (i.e you wouldn’t get your gift after all the following and liking)
What to do? You can either call them out and start a social media rant or be the bigger person and just let it go. Whichever way the choice is yours.
Now go partake in those online giveaways and win your fine self something nice.
Until next time,