How to Generate Rich Consumer Profile Data

by Liz Huff Second Street


Quizzes are an opportunity to collect tons of data. First, you can understand general consumer interests by the quiz topic itself. With a “What Type of Car Should You Drive?” quiz, you can tag your user with an interest in automotive.

Beyond that, a question about the number of passengers could allow you to tag the user for future promotions and interactive content related to families. A question about their oil change preferences could tag them for future marketing campaigns with a prospective local advertiser.

Quizzes Collect Consumer Profile Data


Sweepstakes aren’t just excellent list builders, they can also build rich consumer profiles. When it comes to designing your sweepstakes for data collection, there are two aspects to keep in mind.

First, consider the prize for your sweepstakes. Prizes like a spa package, season tickets to your local sports team, or a new air conditioner should have you tagging users for salons and spas, local sports, and home owners. If you have a lot of home improvement advertising dollars in your market, running sweepstakes with a specific prize can help you quickly generate a database of interested users.

Sweepstakes Drive Consumer Profile Data

Additionally, if you’re providing a great prize, consider adding on a couple survey questions to collect more details on your entrants. Take a look at these two contest examples. The survey question in the first could be used to tag users for marketing campaigns with more potential advertisers. In the second, the Northwest Herald, collected data to help them learn more about their reader’s interests for sending them future content or newsletters.

Sweepstakes Generate Consumer Profile Data

Photo Contests

Everyone loves a photo contest – they drive tons of ad impressions, get shared across social media, and create great content for your site. They’re also excellent for collecting data about your consumers. In this first example from WTIC-TV, a fun Halloween pet photo contest can be used to identify the pet owners in your audience. Plus, with a prize of free pet food for a year, they helped drive in qualified entrants.

Photo Contests Drive Consumer Profile Data

This second example comes from The Examiner. Their “Cutest Babies, Kids, and Siblings” photo contest doesn’t just identify users with families, but their three age-specific categories give them even more details for future campaigns. This is excellent consumer data for their sponsor, a local pediatrics facility.

Photo Contests Drive Consumer Profile Data


Not only are ballots huge revenue drivers, but they are an excellent tool for cultivating data about your audience. Since users choose which categories they want to vote in, you know explicitly what businesses a person cares about (and what they don’t).

In the Commercial Appeal’s annual Memphis Most metro ballot, users cast their votes in over 150 subcategories. Based on what people pick, they can tag the users with interests in dining, nightlife, home improvement, and much more.

Ballots Produce Consumer Profile Data

Understanding your audience and providing them information related to their interests is a crucial step in forging a relationship with your users. Whether you’re running a sponsored photo contest, a list-building sweepstakes, or anything in between, make sure you’re leveraging your campaigns to cultivate rich consumer profile data.

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