9 ‘Hopping Good’ Ideas for Easter

by Julie Foley Second Street

Easter Dinner Sweepstakes

Star-News | Wilmington, NC

This sweepstakes from Star-News was a great way to promote their advertiser, the local HoneyBaked Ham store. The sweepstakes gave away an Easter dinner ($200 store gift card) to one random user and gave users extra chances for every friend that entered. They included an opt-in for both the sponsor and the paper on the entry form to grow their email databases.

Easter Dinner Sweepstakes from Star-News

Funny Easter Photo Contest

WRDW-TV | Augusta, GA
Pictures with children don’t always work out the way you want, and this photo contest from WRDW was the perfect way for families to share their funniest. Even if the stay-at-home order is keeping families homebound this Easter, I know people will still have lots of pictures to share! The station secured a local pediatric office and a pizza restaurant to sponsor the contest, which was perfect for promoting their businesses with local families with children.

funny Easter Photo Contest WRDW-TV | Augusta, GA

Easter Egg Hunt Contest/Quiz

The Crescent-News | Defiance, Oh
This paper used a quiz to engage their audience and support local businesses. They hid numbered easter eggs in the advertisements of four printed newspapers. Then, readers took the quiz to match the correct numbered egg with its advertiser for a chance to win a cash prize.

The Crescent-News Easter Quiz

Easter Kids Video Contest

JOY-FM | St. Louis, MO
JOY-FM, a Christian station, ran this video contest to celebrate Easter with their audience. They asked listeners to share a video of their children answering a few questions on the origins of the holiday. The best clips were put together for a special telling of the Easter story, shared on-air on Good Friday. One entrant won a prize package including boutique cookies plus four tickets to a Christian-rock concert and an autographed CD from the headliner.

JOY-FM Easter video contest

Easter Art Gallery

KPRC-TV | Houston, TX
KPRC’s daily art assignments have been a huge hit during this stay-at-home order. For Easter, they asked local kids to share their Easter artwork for a chance to be featured on-air. The station is consistently getting hundreds of entries each day and driving just as many opt-ins for their newsletters.

This is a great way to engage your audience and connect with your community. You can easily run an Easter coloring contest with our ready-made turnkey.

Dinner for 4 Sweepstakes

Erie Times-News | Erie, PA
The local Honey Baked Ham store came to the Erie Times-News for an engaging way to promote their curbside pickup and new early hours for seniors due to COVID-19. The paper created this weekly sweepstakes campaign for an Easter dinner for four. The campaign attracts a large audience which makes it great to get the word out for the sponsor. Plus, every entrant received a thank-you email including three different coupons from the sponsor to help drive sales.

Dinner for 4 Sweepstakes - Erie Times News

Easter Trivia Quiz

The Ledger | Lakeland, FL
The Ledger used this ready-made turnkey Easter trivia quiz to engage their audience and drive sponsorship revenue. A local credit union signed on to be the title sponsor and seven other local businesses co-sponsored the campaign. Everyone who took the quiz was automatically entered to win one of two prizes: a $200 gift card or a $100 gift card.

Easter Trivia Quiz The Ledger | Lakeland, FL

Dinstuhl’s Easter Basket Sweepstakes

WREG-TV | Memphis, TN
WREG partnered with a local candy company for this Easter sweepstakes. They gave away an Easter basket full of goodies to one random user, a great prize for attracting those celebrating Easter with baskets. The sponsor promoted their personalized candy services in the sweepstakes description and used an email opt-in on the registration form to grow their database.

Dinstuhl's Easter Basket Sweepstakes WREG-TV

Heerys Easter Extravaganza Sweepstakes

Athens Banner-Herald | Athens, GA
The Athens Banner-Herald ran this sweepstakes with a local clothing retailer, Heery’s Clothes Closet, to help their audience look their best for Easter. They gave away a $250 gift card to the store and offered an extra chance for every friend that enters the contest, too. The sponsor utilized the entry form to grow their email database, Facebook audience, and learn valuable customer information. They used two lead-generation questions to collect valuable customer info and to identify users interested in attending a private event at the store.

Easter Egg Hunt Contest:Quiz The Crescent-News

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