Queue up for freebies! #AtoZChallenge

The Gift of Truth excels all other Gifts. ~ Gautama Buddha

Blogging giveaways. Everyone has done them. (Except me. But what do I have to give away, except my intelligence and insecurities?)

It seems like fun, right?

Let me spoil the fun real quick. Think about this: Do bloggers and readers join giveaways only for the freebies? Or is the freebie just a way for the to-be followers to enter the world created by the respective blogger?

Has the demon of worry entered your mind yet?

Most giveaways have these conditions: Like Facebook page / Follow on Twitter / Tag on Instagram / Add on Snapchat. You and I know it’s a simple and foolproof way to get followers.

From a reader and follower’s perspective, answer this question honestly: Do you actually go back and unfollow the blogger hosting the giveaway, if you don’t win anything? Or do you keep following the blogger, in the hope that you may win something in the next giveaway? (Read the quote at the beginning of the post, and give me an honest answer)

Giveaways are not the only way bloggers fulfill their social media goals. They also host various competitions, in which cash prizes / gift vouchers are given to winners.

Yay! A freebie that can be used in any way the follower deems fit.

I personally feel that gift vouchers and cash prizes are better than giveaways. Number one reason: I can use it however I want. I don’t have to use a particular thing that I have been gifted (Hint: Please remember this when my birthday arrives. Give me gift vouchers, and not any other trinket I will never use. Or you could take the extra effort and buy me a book. Please check my GoodReads shelf for that.)

Gift vouchers are more economical when you consider delivering it to the winner. But they require a decent amount of investment to buy in the first place. (A Rs. 500 one is the standard, I guess)

Hence, selection of the correct freebie to give would depend on these parameters:

  1. Whether you’re loaded enough to give gift vouchers
  2. Whether you want to promote a book that you have written
  3. Whether you want to promote a product that you have created
  4. Whether the freebie has some significance to your brand
  5. Whether someone has given you a product to promote via a giveaway
  6. Whether you can integrate ‘giving the freebie’ with ‘social media sharing by the winner’. For example: your freebie is a hand-painted mug. Would the winner be inclined to promote this mug on his/her social media? In short, is it selfie-worthy?

Q for AtoZChallenge 2017 Fabulus1710

Here are three useful links I have foraged out, to help you organise the perfect blogging giveaway on your blog. (Because I have no experience in this topic!)

  1. ‘I can build a blog’ Blog, which has a step-by-step list on ‘How to Run A Successful Blogging Giveaway
  2. ‘Wishpond’ Blog, which has ‘101 Best Prize Ideas to Give Away in Online Contests & Competitions’ .  While these ideas are separated as per seasons, with enough creativity you can adapt it to your own brand!
  3. Also on ‘Wishpond’ Blog, ‘7 Blog Giveaway Mistakes to Avoid‘.

Q for 2017

Wassup, happy readers! This post is written for the #AtoZChallenge, and this is the third year I’m participating in this challenge. Do keep cheering me on all through this month, as I’m hell-bent on scoring a hat-trick in 2017, at the age of 18! My theme for this year is : The Encyclopedia of Blogging Memories, Feelings and Lessons.

You can check out my #AtoZChallenge 2015 (Theme: Harry Potter and Hogwarts) and 2016 (Theme: Weird Words) posts, and support my awesomeness!

Here’s a special question for you to answer today: Have you ever hosted a blogging giveaway? Do share some tips for us newbies!

~The-Blogging-Curator

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. I have never done a give away, likely won’t. I don’t think I have ever joined any come to think of it. What I give away is whatever random crazy I typed in for that day. I guess I do give something away then Nevermind 🙂

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  2. Oh, I’ve so wanted to do a giveaway on my blog. But then, it’s the same question: what do I have to give away? And other brands don’t ask to me to do a giveaway on their behalf either. Boohoo! Just as well cos rafflecopter widgets don’t work on my blog. Hmpf. Also, I don’t like participating in any either, for the same reason that I don’t wanna follow them everywhere on SM if I’m not familiar with their work, or it holds no interest for me in the long run.

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  3. I don’t think I’ve every given away anything on the blog – except free advice 😛
    Which nobody really wants, anyway 😉
    I haven’t really participated in many (or any, I think!).

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  4. lissa says:

    I have done a lot of giveaways, actually, I have two running with A and P posts. I never ask anyone to follow me or add me to their feed and I’m not on any social media so there’s nothing to gain, I just like making people happy and promoting other people’s work.

    I don’t have any tips for giveaways except to make sure your comment system is easy to leave comments, I have encountered many that I simply have to leave because I can’t comment.

    have a lovely day.

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  5. Rajlakshmi says:

    I prefer coupons than freebies for the same reason. You may win it but not actually use those things. I still follow a few but frankly unfollow those whose content don’t matter anymore.

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