Optimizing Your Sweepstakes
One of the biggest advantages of a sweepstakes is the huge amount of email addresses you can collect. When you create your contest, be sure to include an email opt-in. This is the best way to reach out to people for future marketing campaigns. Here are some tips for crafting the perfect email opt-in.
If you have a valuable prize, you can ask for more information than just the email address. Besides demographic data, consider adding on a couple survey questions to collect even more data about your consumers. If you have a sponsor, this is an ideal way to collect hot leads for your advertiser.
Entercom New Orleans worked with a local bakery to create a holiday sweepstakes. The first year, they collected nearly 2,200 opt-ins for the advertiser and gave the bakery tons of consumer data from their survey questions.
Picking Your Prize
When it comes to a sweepstakes, the better the prize the more entries you’ll receive. We recommend most sweepstakes prizes be valued over $500 (preferably over $1,000!) But these prizes don’t have to break the bank. Some of the best prizes are fan experiences like an exclusive on-field tour or backstage passes. Work with your vendors to see if they can help provide an invaluable experience to your users.
WE Vancouver gave away a 6-pack of tickets to see a CFL (Canadian Football League) game at the local stadium. The contest attracted 2,682 entries, but also – even more significantly – generated 3,570 email addresses for publication’s email lists thanks to the two opt-in checkboxes they included on the entry form.
The “Yes, I would like to hear about future contests” checkbox received 2,093 opt-ins (a 78% opt-in rate!) and the “Yes, please sign me up for money-saving deals and coupons from BCDailyDeals.com” checkbox received 1,477 opt-ins (a 55% opt-in rate!).
Planning Your Sweepstakes Calendar
If you know you need to grow your email database, the best place to start is with sweepstakes. And the first step, is creating a month-by-month sweepstakes calendar. Take a look at the sample calendar below to get some ideas for the types of sweepstakes you could run throughout the year.
Use this sample calendar as a jumping-off point and adapt it based on the free tickets you get for productions or events throughout the year. Be sure to tie your sweepstakes in with holiday themes when it makes sense!
|Month||Sweepstakes #1||Sweepstakes #2|
|January||New Year, New You Gym Membership Giveaway||Sports Ticket Giveaway|
|February||Valentine's Date Night Giveaway||Movie Ticket Giveaway|
|March||Luck of the Irish VISA Gift Card Giveaway||Local Theater Ticket Giveaway|
|April||April Showers $500 Cash Giveaway||Sports Ticket Giveaway|
|May||Mommy Makeover Mother's Day Giveaway||Movie Ticket Giveaway|
|June||Daddy's Day Out Father's Day Giveaway||Local Festival Ticket Giveaway|
|July||Gas Card Giveaway||State Fair Ticket Giveaway|
|August||Football Ticket Giveaway||Outdoor Theater Ticket Giveaway|
|September||Ultimate Tailgate Giveaway||Grocery Store Gift Card Giveaway|
|October||Pumpkin Patch Family Fun Day Giveaway||Haunted House Ticket Giveaway|
|November||Grocery Store Gift Card Giveaway||Sports Ticket Giveaway|
|December||VISA Gift Card Shopping Spree||Local Theater Giveaway|