Giveaways


Winners Choice
ends 5.31

August 29, 2013

Gush and Gripe: Giveaways


Giveaways
Every Blogger's Not-So-Secret Weapon

Personally I enjoy giveaways. From a blogger's perspective it works because it brings a lot of traffic and interest to the blog. We get an increase in following, meet new players in the blogosphere and it widens our reach. Win-win!

As a participant I love joining blogger contests for the fun of it and some raffles are really creative. It's also my way of supporting my fellow bookworms by sharing their giveaway to our followers and hopefully our blog's reach will get them the traffic they need. Winning is a perk especially if it's something that I really like.

Back when we used to join giveaway hops, I used to get irritated by hosts who limits the options we can put on rafflecopter or Google docs. I felt that unfair because as we're the one spending money for the prizes, then I think we should have free rein on how we want to conduct the contest. But rules are rules and we must comply.

CREDIT: Discovering Different
It's only recently where I've come to appreciate that limit. I say this because recently I've joined tour giveaways where the prize is ONE average rated ebook and the list of tasks is a mile long like if there are 25 participants we are asked to follow their social media site like Twitter AND Facebook on top of the author's, the tour organizers and the publisher.

I know I sound a little hypocritical because it's their giveaway, their rules. However I think that the requirements should match the prize. Now I know that I can opt to select which task I want to do but if I want to win then I should put in more entries, right? I don't speak for everyone but in my experience I tend to stay away from these kinds of giveaways, I feel like it's a scam and a total turn off. If the prize is for a $2.99 book, I'd rather buy it than "like" and "follow" a bunch of accounts whose content is unknown to me. Maybe that's the goal of the host all along but still, I find it ridiculous to give us the run-around like that. It's like getting a $50 mail-in-rebate instead of an outright discount or a store coupon. 

With Holloween peeping from around the corner followed by the holiday trinity of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, I'm sure we'll be seeing a deluge of giveaways, good and bad. So weigh in, I'd like to know what your thoughts are about this topic.





23 comments:

  1. I agree, I love giveaways for the prizes and because they help bring in traffic and new readers. But the mile long entry options? Oh man, I get so annoyed with that. I usually just skip them too. Sorry everyone, but really, like Braine says, if it's got one 3$ ebook, it's not worth it.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I totally get what you're saying. I stopped entering giveaways like that a while ago because as you pointed out, if you don't know the material why bother "liking and following" right? But on the flip side of it, if you win it's free so if the book wasn't that great, at least you didn't buy it. And there is always the option of "un-liking." My blog's FB page has been included in some rafflecopters in the past and I've found that some will unlike after the giveaway ends. I'd rather have someone "like" my page because they want to see what I'm posting as opposed to 'making' them. And yes, it's super annoying when you have to "like and follow" 100 people for a book that costs less than 3$ =)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. True, I get a little sad when I get "unfollow" notifications. For my part, I can unfollow but then I don't think I'll remember who I want to stop following. LOL

      Delete
  3. gotta agree Braine. I haven't enter giveaway in a "minute", mainly because my TBR list is like a life long, so what is the point of winning a book that I'll probably never get able to read? but yeah...if the book is 2.99, why am I going through hoops & hurdles to win it? yeah, lets just buy that baby. And its like Antonietta said, most people will go an unlike a page or unfollow a blog or unfollow you on Twitter once the giveaway is over...sooo? why are we doing this again? good grip/gush today :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hahaha! Oops! My TBR is miles long but as I'm a hoarder, I still join these damn giveaways! But again, mostly I join it and just select the Tweet About The giveaway button to help push traffic to other blogs. It's an added bonus if I win.

      Delete
  4. Oh Braine, I so agree..those mile long giveaways on tours for a ebook or even one copy spread across 20 blogs is not for me, I prefer to host my own and give my followers a great chance of winning, and keep tasks at less than 6.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! I'd like to think self-hosted giveaway are one of the perks of following a blog. 6 tasks, that's a fair giveaway.

      Delete
  5. I do enter giveaways when I see them, I'm not a giveaway junkie like I know some are. LOL. But I agree there are some that have 30 authors to like b/c they all participated in some way when you may only want to win 1 book of the 30 on there. UGH!! I usually opt out of those.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha! Well I'm a giveaway junkie, throwing and participating in one. I skip those now, I just leave a comment.

      Delete
  6. I completely agree with you, I also avoid the ones that have a crap ton of people to add on facebook and twitter. I always thought they were a scam *shrugs*

    ReplyDelete
  7. I completely agree. I also love giveaways and following new blogs but I usually avoid the ones that have tons of entries. But if I'm not already following the blog hosting the giveaway ill at least subscribe to it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Same here or sometimes I just look for the ones I know but it can get exasperating sometimes. Like I try to visit back and blogs I do follow on a daily basis so sometimes it can be time consuming.

      Delete
  8. I super agree with you Braine. I mean, the categories on the giveaway should be worth the price right! :D I wouldn't like and follow tons of accounts just for an ebook. Not that am choosy. I mean, it should just be worthy. Nice post!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. True. If the prize is like a trip, a cool goodie bag or a limited/first edition signed hardback novel, I probably would select all the options. But for an ebook with a rating of 3stars? Maybe not.

      Delete
  9. Me too- that is I agree with you and everyone else. If the point for the sponsor is to get genuine followers then less is more and if the point is for the reader to win and find a new fun blog to follow, then give them something they have a chance of winning and leaves a good feeling for where they entered the giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's when when we do host a giveaway, we ask the author if they prefer to be followed in FB or Twitter. And that's another thing, in a way, the prize v entries should be realistic and properly proportioned too.

      Delete
  10. I totally agree with you on this. There are like, a dozen or more requirements for ebooks. In fact, usually (not always) I'll skip ebook giveaway entirely. Often they don't tell you how much it costs but most ebooks aren't that expensive, even really good ones with high ratings, or new releases can be cheap as h*** so they aren't worth entering giveaways for. Plus, I just prefer paperbacks to ebooks anyway so those giveaways aren't worth it to me :/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL Good way of looking at it but I agree that's why when we do host giveaways here, it's just one or two mandatory requirement, the rest is optional and we try to keep the list short.

      Delete
  11. I totally, completely, and whole-heartedly agree with this one. That's why I tend to stay away from Book Blasts and such, because the prize will be like $5 Amazon GC and yet you have to like & follow like 50 different accounts. Yes, I want to win the GC, but not that much...

    ReplyDelete
  12. I know what you mean, Its a turn off for me to join a giveaway when I see a long list of entries that they want done...it feels like my chances are so slim its not even worth to follow all this blogs and people.

    We've just started joining giveaway hops, and I give one free entry that is mandatory but the rest is up to them and I don't go over 6 options either.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I HATE when you enter and win a giveaway, and one of the zillion sites you were asked to Like and Follow and Subscribe To put out a post or tweet or blog email (NOT a personal email to the winner)saying you won, and that you have 24 hours to email them back or else you forfeit.

    Do they not understand all of the emails, posts, tweets, etc. that they, themselves (as hosts or participants of the giveaway, by way of the Rafflecopter) asked us to sign up for?! How am I expected to, by happenstance, see that one post with my name in it amongst the bajillions I am bombarded with every minute?

    I end with a Grrrrr.

    ReplyDelete

My reviews are subjective & does not reflect that of Talk Supe's followers.

Also I LOVE commenting back so if you're checking out a post, leave a line or two and I promise to visit your blog back. Let's feed each other's blogger soul!