The Problem with Rafflecopter

RafflecopterThe ‘problem’ with Rafflecopter isn’t the app, but the user. Call it, operator error.

Annemarie commented on Play Nice!: While I can understand the need for a program such as Rafflecopter to deter spamming, I find that its tedious and time consuming. One contest I entered seemed to take forever to get each step done after 10 minutes, I ended up deciding not to complete all the steps. If I see a contest using Rafflecopter now, sometimes I don’t even bother. If they automated it so you could sign on with them and it auto-entered you it would be much better IMO.

I agree with her. I do not enter blog contest with more than 10 options and many times I don’t even enter all of those. That isn’t Rafflecopter’s fault. The blame lays squarely on the blogger, or bloggers when they band together to co-host a giveaway, who decided to implement too many entry options. Even Rafflecopter recommends fewer options in their Field Manual (7 Important Giveaway Participation Topics & How Many Giveaway Options Should You Use?)

If you have a problem with a blogger’s contest, tell them so. Give them critique, not criticism, so they may improve their promotions in the future and point them to Rafflecopter’s free online resources.

How many entry options do you like?

If you have a sweepstakes, contest or giveaway question, please email me.

GOOD LUCK!

BlissdomHeadshotsLR-37 squareCarolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.

2015-03-17T09:57:55+00:00 March 3rd, 2015|Marketing, Your Questions Answered, YQA|2 Comments

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Carolyn
Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.

2 Comments

  1. kay March 4, 2015 at 2:28 am - Reply

    I actually like the sweepstakes apps for blog sweepstakes. Its much faster (for me) than the blog giveaways that ask you to type a comment for each step that you did. I do feel like rafflecopter can be glitchy a lot of times. I skip right over the blog sweepstakes that require too many steps-it starts to feel like work and not fun.As for how many entry options I’ll do, it depends on my mood, what the entry options are and the prize.

  2. Belinda McNabb March 4, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

    I can remember back when we had to manually enter everything as well. It was tons of work and it is so much easier with all the platforms that are offered now. Rafflecopter is not my number one choice because it is not as user friendly as other platforms out there. I too skip the group giveaways that require you to follow each blog 5 different ways. Simple is the way blogs should go because it makes us want to keep coming back.Thanks for a another great article Carolyn!

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