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Engage Your Customers with Contests & Sweepstakes

Marketers tend to think of contests and sweepstakes only in the mindset of acquiring new leads, and emails for the database. But contests are also a fantastic way to engage your existing customers, whom you’ve spent much time and cost acquiring!

While contests are certainly not new to the marketer’s toolkit, they have taken on new life with the growth of the social web. Campaigns create high levels of awareness as they tend to be shared virally.
Sweepstakes entry form on website, showing a gallery of the giveaway prizes, embedded video, and terms and conditions.
Gone are the days when you needed to build contests from scratch. There are dozens of platforms (popular ones now include Rafflecopter and WizeHive) that can be used to deploy contests for your business, on your website and/or Facebook and everywhere in between.

While these may make things simpler, there is the key matter of data ownership and privacy. Most contest platforms have third-party terms and conditions that you, and often your entrants, are forced to agree with – and who knows where personal data is being stored.

Single Entry Point’s contest pages are branded for seamless integration in your existing website, and you completely own and control the data, as campaigns are deployed on your servers (or ours).
Sweepstakes app on Facebook, showing a gallery of the giveaway prizes, embedded video, and gated call-to-action.
Our Facebook app also makes it easy to grow your fan base and engage with your audience. The entry mechanism is build right into your page, and gated – meaning users must first like your page to access the entry form. At no time is any data shared with Facebook (or any other third parties).

Lastly, a critical component contest platforms don’t typically offer is front to back strategy and execution. Your checklist needs to include campaign branding, creative, legal, deployment, promotion, project management, entrant support (for tech trouble or questions), winner drawing, data scrubbing, entry validation, reporting, and prize shipment.
Sweepstakes entries plotted on Google Maps, showing their Canada-wide geographical distribution.
Happily, this is what Single Entry Point does best! Plus, you can track individual customer engagement with detailed, visual reports that show entries by source, by day, and by location, plotted on Google Maps for easy visualization.

Get more details and view some examples of recent contests and sweeps to inspire your own!

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About Mike Lascut

Mike Lascut is Principal of Single Entry Point® Marketing, focusing on the search, email and analytics practice and leading the development of the Single Entry Point Email Marketing next generation product. Mike's professional career spans over twenty years, including twelve years of intelligent search and email marketing and over a decade and half of software architecture and development. When he's not pointing businesses in a smarter direction, Mike spends his time pointing his lens at wildlife. Connect with Mike on Linkedin, read his Nature Research Photography blog, or reach him via email or phone.
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