Marketing apps can help you in a variety of ways. But, do you sometimes feel that there are just way too many options out there? It’s hard to decide which solution to go with, isn’t it?
“I don’t know if I should I run a photo contest, a sweepstakes or a giveaway. Nor do I know the difference between them.”
Well, at first it was confusing for me, too.
To help highlight the differences, here are five campaign examples from Antavo’s database.
You will see what each app type is useful for, and decide for yourself which fits your goal the best.
#1. Driving Engagement With Selfies
Lessthan10pounds.com is a fashion retailer. They ran a photo contest where people were asked to upload pictures of themselves.
Since Ellen DeGeneres‘s legendary Oscar selfie, such pictures are not lame any more. Ellen legitimized it for all of us, and it’s a great marketing tool. (Thanks Ellen and Samsung!)
According to Antavo’s numbers, photo contests with people in the pictures spread much faster and wider. The reason is that once people upload their own picture, they do their best to drum up votes, so they spread the word among friends.
To achieve better results, instead of awarding the prize only to the top entry, the company could distribute prizes among the top 10 entries. This strategy encourages sharing and inviting friends. Also, giving multiple prizes encourages participation.
#2. Rewarding Fans and Building Connections
Postplanner.com is a social media tool that helps to find great content and to schedule posts on Facebook.
It works in reverse too. Postplanner helps John by bringing traffic to his site. It’s a win-win situation.
See the app below. To facilitate sharing, the app has an inbuilt viral mechanism: “Spread the word after entering, and you will get 5 more entries per referred friend!”
Bonus points work as a great incentive for sharing. Plus, it’s often the only way you can convince someone to spread the word about a sweepstakes. (Otherwise, why would you share a sweepstakes if you’d simply be decreasing your chances of winning if others sign up and stiffen the competition?)
#3. Encouraging Newsletter Signups
Reloved Cornwall is a home décor and furniture store. They use newsletters to recommend new products to their customers. To grow their email list, they ran a sweepstakes where people could win a valuable gift pack.
See the app below. From the copy along, one can learn why it’s worth it to sign up for their newsletter, and what the prizes are. Right off the bat, it introduces you to their shop and what it offers.
The shop could make the sweepstakes more attractive by offering multiple, lower-value prizes.
#4. Capturing Leads After an Offline Event
LUX, the beauty brand runs offline events called “Girls’ Night Out” when they invite fans to watch a movie and get to know each other.
To keep contact after the event they chose a fun and engaging way. They asked participants to upload their photo that was taken at the event. The photo with the highest number of votes won.
Just like #1. To maintain a high interest level, the condition of winning could have been to earn a spot among the top 10 entries instead of only the top entry. In addition to this, it’s a perfect way to keep in touch with fans and reach friends and family members of the attendees.
#5. Getting Large Exposure With Viral Spread
The Rock n Roll Resort is a concert venue in New York. They ran a sweepstakes where they gave away a pair of tickets to a local music festival.
After entering the sweepstakes, you could earn more points if your friends enter the sweepstakes from your shared link.
This app has a clean design, and it’s very easy to enter. The sole purpose of this app is to capture leads and encourage sharing.
No frills, no extra questions.
The Simple Truth Of Marketing Apps
For the record, there is not much difference between sweepstakes and giveaways. They are synonymous, in theory.
After seeing all these apps, it’s clear there are patterns in the campaigns above:
Facebook contests are for engagement.
Facebook sweepstakes are for lead generation and growing your email list.
Which one do you want in your next campaign?