Sunday

RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT BLOG GIVEAWAYS

Hey, thanks to those of you who tweet and facebook about contests for an entry and then protect your tweets/posts. It greatly improves my chances of winning. Ha Ha.

Just a suggestion -- when you ask us to pin an image to Pinterest, plase provide the link in addition to the Pin It button. Almost every time I try to do this, when I click on the "Pin It" button, there is nothing there and I don't know exactly what you want pinned!

Please be explicit about when your CONTEST ENDS -- instead of saying "midnight" say 12:01am or 11:59pm or something more precise than just midnight. I never know when you consider "midnight" to take place!

And please be explicit about how you will NOTIFY WINNERS -- is it is by e-mail or do you want the winners to contact you?
That said, I LOVE blog giveaways! Thanks to everyone who hosts them! You are AWESOME.

PromoSimple is a really annoying way to enter!


Are these long, illegible captcha phrases really necessary? Don't the ones where you just check a box saying you are human suffice? Or even the ones where you have to type in the answer to a simple math question? I HATE CAPTCHA PHRASES! DOESN'T EVERYBODY?
No Comment Captchas

I am REALLY annoyed right now! I contacted not one but TWO blog hosts about a giveaway -- high value prizes -- that I had won about 6 weeks ago to see where they were. They responded that they had to choose another winner because I had not responded within the correct amount of time. NOT. I sent them both a copy of both their e-mails notifying me of my win and my response to it. I responded WELL WITHIN THEIR TIMEFRAME. WTF? Did my mail not get to them in time? Did it go to their spam box? Was the giveaway a phony? This is a good reason to notify winners a second time. There have been instances where winning notifications have gone to my spam mail, so wouldn't the reverse be true? I appreciate the bloggers who do this and also the ones who respond to my e-mail right away telling me they received it and have sent my info to the company. Just venting since these were both prizes I really wanted a lot and now there's nothing that can be done at this point.

Ohhhh, another rant! I won a Visa gift card from someone several months ago. I was going to give it to my daughter for Christmas, but ended up not doing that -- thank goodness. I just kept it. Anyway, yesterday, I went to use it and found out it had never been activated! I don't know who I won it from and it's been too long to rectify it anyway -- but a suggestion -- if you are giving away a Visa/AMEX gift card, keep the receipts for awhile, or even send the receipt along with the card. When I give gift cards to people at Christmas, etc., that's what I do.


2 comments:

Ellen said...

Just began doing simple giveaways. Thanks for the suggestions.

Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I'm your newest follower and look forward to reading more of your posts.

Jennifer @ Mom's Got Mail said...

Thank you for the giveaway feedback, I appreciate it! Some of your suggestions I can incorporate. I need to specify an ending time, for example!

The reason that I switched to Giveaway Tools instead of Rafflecopter is that Rafflecopter costs $60 per month for the same features as Giveaway Tools costs $9. I do prefer rafflecopter as an entrant. But, my blog is young. I am giving more away to my readers than I am bringing in. As my blog grows, I will reconsider my decision. RIght now I need to stick to a budget that fits my family. Thank you for your visit, I hope to see you again!