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How to Run a Blog Giveaway (and maybe win too)

Posted on: June 29, 2011

Everyone loves to win something right?  A great way to win something handcrafted and awesome is to read and follow craft blogs.

But, not only are they fun to enter, they can be beneficial to you too.  In May I took part in the The Sew Weekly pincushion giveaway. Each day in May, a new pincushion maker would be featured and offered up one of their pincushions as a prize to the blog readers.  I am so glad I took part, as my shop visits and sales certainly were up as a direct result from being included.

lovely lilac pincushion for giveaway

My Sew Weekly Pincushion for the Giveaway

I have also run my own little giveaway on this very blog and it was a lot of fun, thanks to the etsy seller I featured.  She found an increased amount of traffic to her shop too.

However, giveways can be a bit daunting, so here are a few of my tips to running a successful blog giveaway

  • You can offer something you created or an item of a creator you are featuring.  Personally, I feel its a bit rude to ask for things, but if they offer great 🙂
  • Have clear pictures.  No one will enter if they cannot see what they could win clearly.  Show it off!
  • Don’t make it too hard to enter.  Trust me – this puts people off.  Make the condition of entry simple.  There is nothing worse than getting all excited about entering a giveaway and finding out you have to jump through 15 hoops or write an essay to qualify.  Personally, I wont enter if its too hard.
  • Have clear giveaway rules and stick to them.  If people must tell you their favourite item from your shop, then do not award the prize to someone who hasn’t done that.
  • Let people know how you will draw the winner.  Will it be a random draw, or will you judge the best entry or will your cat choose?
  • State your closing date and time and stick to it. Once the time comes, post that entries are closed and that you’ll let everyone know the winner shortly – be prompt.
  • Contact the winner promptly and confirm their postal details.  If your giveaway is being donated by someone else, I would be the go-between and pass on the details so you are in control of the process to some degree.  Ask the prize giver to confirm when they have posted the prize & let the winner know.  Just common courtesy.
  • Let your readers know who won & what they won if there were a few options. Its disappointing to never know if a giveaway was actually completed or not.
  • Its not essential, but if you are doing a random draw, then include pics of the process.  This giveaway draw by June at Noon was very cute and made me feel part of it.  I have seen some use www.random.org and post a pic of the result to prove their winner. Up to you, but these things can be a nice touch.
  • Personally, I would not do giveaways all the time.  To me they should be like sales, rare but special when you do have one.  Having said that I know a lot who do monthly & it seems to work for them.  Just my opinion. 🙂

Blog Giveaways to Enter

Now on to the fun bit for you.  I have rounded up a few blog giveaways for you to enter.  Who knows?   You might find an awesome new blog to read, a favourite new shop or you might just win something.  Having a look at all of these is also a great research opportunity.  See who has done things in a way that appeals to you and plan your own blog giveaway.

Good luck!

Red brick Needle Book from Loft Full of GoodiesTo win an awesome needlebook from Loft Full of Goodies – click here.  Entries close 5th July 2011

Badges by All Night Diner

To win some Vintage styled badges by All Night Diner, click here to visit isewpose‘s blog. Entries close 1st July 2011.Red Blende Earrings by Jenny PooleTo win over $80 worth of earrings from Jenny Hoople – click here. Entries close 3rd July 2011

Stripe lamp by Lulus LampsTo win a lamp designed by you from Lulus Lamps – click here.  Entries close 10th July.

Glass & Crystal bracelet by Miss MonkeiTo win a bracelet or bookmark by Miss Monkei, click here to visit Amaria’s Paper Workshop‘s blog.  Entries close 9th July 2011.

3 badges from Ld DesignsTo win 3 badges from Ld Designs, click here.  Entries close 30th June 2011.

Want More?

If these are not enough for you, then check out these blogs devoted to listing blog giveaways.   You can submit your giveaway to them both.  A good idea I think I will try next time.

Blog Giveaways

Craft Buds – Giveaway Roundup

If you are having a blog giveaway I have not mentioned, please feel free to add a link in the comments.  I hope you’ve found these tips useful. 🙂

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8 Responses to "How to Run a Blog Giveaway (and maybe win too)"

Good tips! Thanks:)

Good tips! Thank your for this post.

Thanks for your insights! If it wasn’t for your blog, I wouldn’t have known of those lovely giveaways out there. 😀

We are having a give-away that I was too late to get in to you on the Dust Etsy page.

Joji Creations is giving away some new products for the new financial year. Please stop past our blog if you are interested.

http://jojicreations.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/new-year-give-away-from-joji-creations/

All the best,
Jo and Rhain

I am currently giving away a gift certificate to my shop. We sell customized family tree prints, birth annnouncement prints and nursery wall art. See my facebook page for details:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Modern-Typography/136504933091612

I am even more excited to announce I will soon be giving away a collection from 6 of my favorite Etsy sellers, I will be including another gift certificate from my shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/ModernTypography?ref=pr_shop_more

To get details on this upcoming giveaway follow my blog! http://moderntypography.blogspot.com/

Thanks for the great tips Spinatomy! Perfect timing 🙂

Thanks for dropping by everyone. Good luck to you all – both for those entering and those running giveaways!

What a helpful post – thanks so much.

I have two giveaways on my blog, All Things Paper, right now… a rare occurrence, but true!

1. Win the new paper crafting book, Pulp Fiction – Perfect Paper Projects: http://www.allthingspaper.net/2011/06/pulp-fiction-giveaway.html Ends at the end of Saturday, July 2. Open to U.S. and Canada residents.

2. Win a stylish wall decal ($20 value) from WholePort (two winners). http://www.allthingspaper.net/2011/06/wholeport-creativity-expo-and-giveaway.html Ends at the end of Tuesday, July 5. Open worldwide.

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