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How To Plan, Execute and Measure Social Media Contests Document Transcript

  • 1. HOW TO PLAN, SOCIAL EXECUTE AND MEDIA MEASURE CONTESTS
  • 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION BEFORE YOU BEGIN Know the law | 01 Know the rules | 04 Know the risks | 06 PLANNING, EXECUTING AND MEASURING YOUR PROMOTION Defining your goals | 07 Budgeting | 08 Workflow | 08 Choosing your network | 09 • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest Cross-promotion | 10 Tracking | 10 Post-contest analysis | 11 Prize fulfillment and delivery | 11 CONCLUSION
  • 3. HOW TO PLAN, EXECUTE AND MEASURE SOCIAL MEDIA CONTESTS Looking for a fun way to attract new users, increase engagement or build a library of user-generated content? Run a social media contest. But before you start brainstorming, do your homework. A poorly run contest can get you in trouble – with your audience and social media sites. You could also suffer legal ramifications if not executed according to federal and state law. In this guide, we’ll give you a general primer on social media contests, along with specific tips for running them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You’ll also get some advice for executing your contest and making the most of your results. BEFORE YOU BEGIN 1. Know the law If you’ve ever run any type of contest, you probably already know that they are subject to various legal requirements. All these laws supersede any channel-specific rules or etiquette guidelines, and violating them can subject you to fines or civil litigation. Laws can vary depending on your region or state. It’s a good idea to consult your legal team before running a major promotion, but here are some general things to keep in mind: 3 1
  • 4. Use the right terminology: A “sweepstakes” awards prizes based on chance: every entry gets equal consideration. A “contest” implies skill: winners are chosen based on the merits of their entry. Sweepstakes and contests are subject to different laws, and there are multiple definitions of what constitutes a skill. Sweepstakes Cannot require a purchase to enter. You can ask for a purchase, but you will have to provide a free entry option and clearly disclose it. You may be able to require that entrants opt-in to receive emails or subscribe to your blog. Contest These include many popular social media promotions: photo and video contests, caption contests and the like. While you cannot require a purchase to enter, you may be able to mandate that an image of your product be used in the entry. If it involves some sort of judging process, you should disclose who the judges will be and the basis for selecting the winners. If winners will be selected through a random drawing, though, it may qualify as a sweepstakes. 2
  • 5. Terms and conditions In addition to the contest deadlines and conditions for entry, you’ll want to think about: Eligibility You should consider prohibiting certain people – typically company employees, their immediate families, agencies or vendors, and maybe even people under a certain age – from entering. You’ll want to avoid introducing any kind of bias, or the risk of violating consent laws. Rights of usage If the contest asks for user-generated content, such as photos, videos, taglines, etc., you might want to specify that all entries become the property of your company, and can be used in any way you see fit. Announcement of winners Clearly define when and where winners will be announced. Make sure to post them somewhere on your website, so you can benefit from the increased traffic. Disclaimers Include “cover your hide” language such as “void where prohibited,” “no purchase necessary,” “all federal, state and local taxes apply,” etc. Again, your legal team should be able to draft a solid set of disclaimers. Registrations, fees and bonding Some states require that companies register or post a bond before launching certain promotions, so be sure to check. Other legal considerations Not to scare you, but your promotion may also be affected by certain other laws. While it’s tempting to cut and paste your rules and conditions from another source, you should use caution. Have your legal team read over everything, just to be safe. 3
  • 6. 2. Know the rules Every social media platform has specific rules for contests, sweepstakes and promotions, and they get updated frequently. If you violate them, you won’t be charged with a crime, but your promotion may be halted, and further violations may get you banned from the site. Facebook Facebook probably has the most extensive set of rules – all of which can be found on the Facebook Promotions Guidelines. Be aware that Facebook is a little more lax about its rules than in the past. As of August 2013, you can now use “likes,” posts and personal messages as voting mechanisms, and promotions can be administered on Page Timelines as well as via Facebook apps. But you still must make it clear that your promotion is in no way endorsed or administered by Facebook. 4
  • 7. Twitter Their guidelines can be found here, and mostly revolve around preventing spam, duplicate postings, and discouraging the creation of multiple accounts. Violating the rules could get your promotion filtered out of Twitter search. Pinterest Being a highly visual site, Pinterest contest guidelines focus on adhering to their brand guidelines emphasizing quality over quantity. You can’t require that entrants pin specific items, or add a minimum number of pins. Like Facebook, Pinterest makes it clear that they are not responsible for the contest in any way. And they must have gotten sick of the phrase “Pin It to Win It,” because you can’t refer to your contest by that name anymore. Read the full guidelines here. 5
  • 8. 3. Know the risks You can’t expect everyone to follow the rules, or even the spirit of the contest. Opportunists and trolls may come out of the closet. Or worse, your competition may shut you down. A few things to watch out for: Cheating If you put your entries up for public voting, don’t be surprised if users create multiple accounts for the sole purpose of racking up votes. This is especially dangerous on Twitter. Cheating can lead to customer complaints, which can harm your company image and derail your promotion. Trolling If you run a photo or video contest, make sure you have control over whose content can be viewed. Like it or not, some people may see it as an opportunity to complain, or present your brand in a poor light. Trolls also have been known to hijack comment threads and contest hashtags. Lawsuits Avoid mentioning your competition in your promotion. Quizno’s, the sandwich chain, was sued by rival Subway after it ran a promotion inviting users to create and upload homemade commercials showing why their sandwiches were superior. Even though Quizno’s argued that they had no hand in content creation, the ads were created on the company’s behalf and Quizno’s ended up settling out of court. What is an internet troll? Trolls are people who literally “troll” the internet – social media, blogs, forums, comment sections, etc. – seeking any opportunity to make comments that incite reaction from other users. 8 6
  • 9. PLANNING YOUR PROMOTION Legal ramifications aside, social media contests and sweepstakes are a great way to promote your business and drive lots of great fan activity on your social pages. Now that you have an overview of the general landscape, it’s time to get started. 1. Define your goals for the promotion Do you want to attract new friends and followers? Add to your email or opt-in list? Build a library of user-generated content? Sell products? Your goals should tie into your overall sales and marketing objectives. What does success look like? If there’s a metric you have had trouble reaching, a promotion could help move the needle. Conduct pre-promotional analysis to see where you need help, and then design your promotion accordingly. Make sure you clearly define goals and KPIs before the promotion, and decide which metrics you’ll use to determine success. Furthermore, make sure you’ll have access to those metrics. There’s nothing worse than wanting to track something after the fact, and realizing that you don’t have the data. Additionally, make sure there’s buyoff on what your success metrics are, and what numbers you need to hit to call the campaign a success. If your boss, your boss’ boss or your boss’ boss’ boss needs to OK the plan, have them sign off before you start running the promotion. All of this will make it much easier for reporting and determining success after the campaign is finished. 9 7
  • 10. 2. Carve out a budget A great set of prizes will help generate interest. Get creative: discover what’s trending or popular among your target demographic and base your prizes around that. You might be craving the latest techie gadget, but your audience might respond better to a spa day or glamorous getaway. Think about what your brand offers and why your target audience might be interested in you – your prize should reflect that. Figure out how much you have to spend on prizes, as well as the hard costs involved in promoting it (a few online ads or sponsored posts could help immensely) before you get going. 3. Work it into your workflow Keep in mind the time it will take to run the promotion. If it depends on curated content, make sure you have time to review the entries on a regular basis. Shameless plug: Simply Measured can help you track all submissions on a weekly or daily basis (or however often you want). Want to test it out? Start your free trial. Start your FREE Trial You may also be required to track entries and metrics via Google Analytics or in your marketing automation system to determine web traffic, leads generated and conversions (aka the good stuff). Get help if you need to and make sure you give yourself enough leeway before the contest launch. Contests take more time than you think, and your audience will be expecting a well-run promotion. 10 8
  • 11. 4. Choose your social network appropriately You can run promotions on just about any social channel (we’ve outlined a few of the more popular ones below). Your choice will depend on your target audience, existing or desired user base (promotions are a good way to attract people to a new page or channel), goals, and channel-specific rules (some sites won’t let you run certain types of promotions). Performing audience analyses before Start your you’re ready to run your promotion is key to figuring FREE Trial out which channel(s) to choose. Don’t have a tool to help you analyze your current or desired audience? We can help you with that. Start a free trial. Facebook If you’re looking for simple engagement, Facebook promotions are wonderful. Users can enter your sweepstakes by liking your status, posting something to your wall, or sending you a private message. Facebook is also popular for photo contests and other promotions designed to generate usercreated content. You can also easily attract users to your landing page or website by enabling them to sign up using their Facebook account. Twitter Though Twitter is also great for photo contests, it’s ideal for gathering short (140 character) testimonials or stories. You can also use Twitter for trivia contests and other promotions that require a succinct but creative response. And even if you don’t run your promotions on Twitter, you should definitely promote them on your account. Pinterest Want to encourage visitors to your website? Encourage them to pin items to win a prize (just don’t call it “Pin It to Win It,” per their rules). The nice thing about Pinterest is that pinned items stay there until the user takes them down, so your promotion can continue to drive traffic and engagement long after the deadline has passed. 9
  • 12. 5. Cross-promote If your goal is to grow your Pinterest audience and you already have a huge Facebook following, definitely leverage your Facebook to drive traffic to the Pinterest promotion. Post the details to your page with a link directing users to the contest, and consider running a few Facebook ad campaigns. Be careful how you position it though, because sometimes users aren’t receptive to promotions for one social channel on another. Leverage your most active channels, which are typically your website, blog and email list. You might also want to run ads on search engines or other sites where your users congregate, or even on TV, in print, or via traditional marketing media, like radio. Use a single hashtag across multiple networks to tie your promoted efforts into one campaign, so you can gauge success across all channels. 6. Make activity easy to track Create unique hashtags, tracking tokens and/or URLs and require the entrants to use them in order to be considered. This will help you filter entries and chat about the contest, and make it easier to identify customers who entered your marketing funnel through the promotion. Again, be organized at the get-go, and it will be easier to see your results. A successful promotion means lots of data to track, organize and report on. Make sure you have the entire workflow set up and tested before you launch, so you know what data you’re receiving on your end from the entrants, and how you’ll organize it. 12 10
  • 13. 7. Post-contest analytics Since you already established which metrics you’ll want to measure, reporting should be a cakewalk. Pull down all the data and see how well you did. More importantly, what can you learn? If you plan more promotions in the future, you can use this information to hone your strategy. You should also have a plan in place for leveraging user-generated content. Perhaps you can create a gallery of runners-up after the winning entries are announced? Or even post them individually on a daily or weekly basis. This can help improve engagement in the long term, is a great way to repurpose great (free!) content, continue the momentum and nurture a sense of community among your expanded fan base. 8. Prize fulfillment and delivery You’re not quite done! Don’t forget your end of the bargain – prize fulfillment. If you get this wrong, you may hurt your chances of running a successful contest in the future, or even damage your brand. Depending on the size of the prize, it’s very easy to underestimate how much time and effort it can take to make sure your winner(s) receive their prizes. Make sure you consult your legal team, because depending on the prize size, state and federal tax laws may apply. Capture any winner information you’ll need – name, address, phone number, email, age (if prize is age-restricted, such as a vacation), etc. Also make sure you can deliver the prize in a timely manner – not several months after the contest ends. Keep in mind that delivering prizes provides you with an added opportunity to connect with delighted fans, and an avenue to develop additional content that you can distribute to your community later on. 11
  • 14. CONCLUSION Contests and sweepstakes take a little extra planning and groundwork, but executed correctly, they can provide an immediate and lasting boost to your company. Remember to follow all the laws and rules, design a promotion around metrics you want to accomplish, carve out a budget and allocate resources, and be sure to measure and track before, during and after so you can determine ROI and gain insight for your next promotion. Where do you stand with your user engagement? Simply Measured offers powerful analytics to help you see what your audience is doing on social, and what type of contest or sweepstakes might spark their interest. Request your free trial. 12 Start your FREE Trial
  • 15. ABOUT SIMPLY MEASURED Simply Measured is a fast-growing team of data geeks dedicated to making the world of analytics and reporting a better, more beautiful place. Our goal is to put the tools to understand business data in the hands of business users. We think reporting should be simple, beautiful, and accessible for everyone – not just data scientists. Our software streamlines the process from data to deliverables and eliminates the countless hours spent on everyday reporting tasks. We do this by putting cloud data sources at your fingertips, providing a marketplace of best practice reports, and generating beautiful deliverables on the web, in Excel, and in PowerPoint with a couple of clicks. Want to try Simply Measured? Request a Free 14 Day Trial Copyright © 2010–2014 Simply Measured, Inc. All Rights Reserved.