Over the last month, I’m sure that you’ve been enjoying the posts submitted by our finalists in the Awesome Engagement Strategies contest. (The contest is over, but you can check out the winners right here!)
I know that I have, and I’ve got to say that I am simply AMAZED with how well this contest has turned out.
Originally, the plan for this post was to talk about how gamification and incentivization works, but I think that Tea Silvestre covered that pretty well last week. So instead, I want to share with you all, just what a success this has been thanks to our talented finalists, and the support of our amazing, engaged readers.
In brief: contests work. Now for the details… 😉
Let’s Look at Some of the Stats!
Over the last 4 weeks, we’ve seen posts that generated more than 790 comments, 1030 Facebook Shares and 680 Tweets.
As of yesterday, we’ve had 56% more visitors to the site than in any other month… and January isn’t even over yet!
All to say that we’re going to be doing a lot more contests, challenges and activities around here – and you should too!
The Results are Almost In!
In a mere two days, on Thursday, we’re going to be announcing the winners of the Awesome Engagement Strategies contest – both from the finalists and from the commenters.
Let’s have a quick refresher about what’s at stake:
$500 in cash + 3 consulting sessions with Danny ($750 value!) for your business + recognition and acclaim on the Contest Results Post.
$250 in Cash + 2 consulting sessions with Danny ($500 value!) for your business + recognition and acclaim on the Contest Results Post.
$100 in cash + 1 consulting session with Danny ($250 value!) for your business +recognition and acclaim on the Contest Results Post.
Special Commenter Commendations
The 5 best comments (as judged by the Mirasee Team) over the course of the entire contest will also be included on the Contest Results Post, so anyone who misses them throughout the contest can bask in their glory.
And because we believe that good commenting is incredibly important, we’ll give each of those 5 commenters $100, too!
Now I imagine that after reading this you’re convinced – you need to be running games, contests and challenges.
To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve got a couple of posts from around the internet all about running contests effectively, and with maximum results.
- Top Rank Blog has a thorough run down of how to plan and promote your contest – great tips here about rules of promotion and things to keep in mind when drafting participation criteria.
- Famous Bloggers has 7 essential tips for running your blog contest or giveaway – and I couldn’t agree with them more.
- And for those of you who are more into social media, Jeff Bullas has a comprehensive post on giveaways from the less formal platforms.
So that’s all for today – but this might be a great opportunity to leave a note in the comments about which post you enjoyed the most, or learned the most from – I’m anxious to hear what you found the most valuable!