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Should You Get Rafflecopter

Published on 2/14/2019
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Beginners Guide to Utilizing Rafflecopter to Host Giveaways

Rafflecopter, a well-known free gift website, assists services and individuals promote their product or services. The primary method they do this is through hosting giveaways. When I initially began to run giveaways to promote my writing, I had no concept what service to utilize. The first one I stumbled upon was Rafflecopter.

Below is a sincere review of their services.


1. Free to host a free gift

Features of Rafflecopter Free Account

The totally free hosting abilities are standard but do the job. I extremely advise choosing the totally free choice for your very first giveaway and then choose later on if you wish to update.

Also, all of the giveaway linky websites know Rafflecopter and this makes sharing your free gift information easier.

2. Fairly easy to navigate

Hosting your first trip is pretty easy to comprehend, although there was a learning curve that I'll get into later on in this post.

Rafflecopter's site is divided into 3 sections-- setup, installation, and entries.

In the setup section, you add the reward description, decide how individuals can go into, include the terms, and start/end dates.

In the setup section is where you find the links and code to embed the Rafflecopter widget on your blog/website or sneak peek on your Facebook fan page.

The last location is the entries section. You can see a report showing who has gone into the giveaway and what alternatives they picked. You can likewise download the report into a stand out spreadsheet. Another excellent function is that you can add a widget to select a winner at random when the free gift ends.

3. Integrates with Facebook

I found this to be a substantial benefit because when it's setup, the modifications you make to the free gift on Rafflecopter are instantly upgraded on your Facebook fan page. Also, you can improve your posts on Facebook to reach more individuals. Not to mention there is always a direct widget to your free gift. You can likewise arrange posts on Facebook to advise individuals of the free gift as it goes on to increase traffic.

4. Great Q&A Articles

Hyperlinks to Q&A Articles

As I discussed before, there is a discovering curve when using Rafflecopter, however they do supply a field manual about a variety of topics worrying in the ins/outs of using their services. I found them clear and to the point.

5. Ability to copy the settings of a giveaway

I discovered this function really helpful since I hosted three similar giveaways in a brief quantity of time. Generally, I copied the setup from one past giveaway to a brand-new one. This made it easy and fast.

Cons of Rafflecopter

1. Free account has restricted functions

You can easily host a giveaway, but some key features aren't included. The main one for me was that you can't customize your entry type by including a picture of your prize. A great quality photo really boosts traffic to your free gift and the totally free account doesn't include this alternative. After my first free gift, I updated to a fundamental account for $13 monthly to have this option.

I also wished to incorporate my subscriber list with the free gift and have the capability for the entrants to refer a pal. Incorporating your e-mail list is just included in the Grow Strategy. Being able to refer a friend is only consisted of in the Premium strategy.

2. Setup is pretty simple, however there are a few confusing areas.

The very first one is choosing how people can go into. For my giveaway, it was crucial that the entrant chooses my novel, to enter the free gift. To do this you require to develop your own choice and make this necessary.

If you read about giveaways they suggest not making an entry option necessary since it can deter individuals from going into, but considering that this was the entire purpose of the free gift, I overlooked this recommendations.

I did check out that including more than one option is a clever way to go. Some other alternatives include: tweeting about the giveaway, checking out a website or talking about an article. I added a few of these as well. I was confused by the number worth you can provide each choice. 1-5 are the choices. I instinctively understood to offer the Invent Your Own Option a higher value and the others a lower worth to make this choice more attractive, but it wasn't up until later on when I took a look at who entered the giveaway that it ended up being clear that the numbers represented the overall variety of entries each person can make for finishing the various entrant alternatives. So it looks like you have actually had a lot more entrants than you've had.

I was confused by the number worth you can offer each alternative. 1-5 are the options. I instinctively understood to provide the Invent Your Own Option a higher worth and the others a lower worth to make this choice more attractive, however it wasn't till later when I took a look at who entered the giveaway that it ended up being clear that the numbers represented the overall variety of entries everyone can make for finishing the different entrant alternatives. So it appears like you've had a lot more entrants than you have actually had.

Another confusing location is the conditions section. For the totally free account you do not have access to a design template that develops your terms and conditions for you. And for a giveaway rookie, I had no concept what my conditions ought to state. I had to do some major research to find the best language and to consist of all the necessary conditions. Once you upgrade to the fundamental account you have access to a template. However if you do not wish to spend for this, you require to figure this out yourself.

The last complicated location is that you can set your start/end dates but the start/end times should be at midnight. Being able to alter the time your giveaway begins is a function of the fundamental account, not the complimentary one. I discovered this doubly annoying since I keep reading a Rafflecopter's Q&A short article that there are much better times to start and end a giveaway to increase traffic. And midnight is not one of those times.

3. Rafflecopter Utilizes JavaScript

Usually, this wouldn't be a con unless WordPress hosts your site. WordPress does not support JavaScript when you have a free account and utilize a totally free theme. Initially, I wasn't sure why the embedding code wasn't working on my site up until I check out multiple short articles about this on WordPress and Rafflecopter. JavaScript is what makes the giveaway look slick and expert. Otherwise, you have to create a link to a photo or tag in your post. This is what I did, and is a good workaround, however I like things to be ideal, so I found this a drawback.

4. Integrating the Facebook App

There is a finding out curve when integrating your giveaway with Facebook.

Initially, you require to produce the connection on your Facebook page. Basically, link your Facebook account with your Rafflecopter free gift. Once this is in location, you can then produce a post advertising your giveaway on Facebook. However you have to utilize the Facebook generated link, not the one provided by Rafflecopter. This took time to understand. However, once the specifications were clear the treatment easy to carry out.

Overall, when I found out the standard ropes of utilizing Rafflecopter, I chose it was best to stick with them for further giveaways.

The widget is excellent general. I highly advise it.
Let me know what your experience resembled with Rafflecopter below. I would enjoy to hear them.

Check out How to Host a Free gift. This useful blog will help you begin in hosting a giveway.

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