Social media competitions can be cost effective and easy to run, but not necessarily a tool for winning more customers.
Ask yourself, is it about building a community when in reality it is not about building a dialogue, just someone wanting a prize.
So, Why Bother With A Social Media Competition?
We thought earlier this year, at The ID Group that if we ran competitions then we’d grow a fan-base. Here is why we wanted to create a social media competition:
- use social media channels in a way that was different to broadcast a message
- use alternative means to create a dialogue with people
- give prizes away that were not geographically sensitive ie. cinema tickets
- create an element of fun and build up
- build recognition to The ID Group brand
This is what we realised and looking back some lessons
- Rather than a loyal community, what takes it’s place are followers/fans who like free stuff and not much else
- By giving away prizes, whilst being aware of the geographical nature, the demographic wasn’t necessarily a wishlist of potential prospects (so doesn’t compliment the target markets)
- The majority of people are “˜engaging’ with you because of a prize, not to build a dialogue
- You may receive new followers (and looks great when others see you brimming with popularity), but the likelihood of becoming customers is pretty slim
- It becomes an almost faceless exercise. It’s great when receiving information from new people, but do we know who these people are (and to build a dialogue with)
So If This Isn’t The Best Way To Build A Loyal Community, What Is?
Over the following blog articles, we’ll highlight some examples where looking to build a community has worked in 2012. The secret, looking to provide information and value to people that they can use, share and interact with. There are no shortcuts to building a following and a competition is by no means a quick win.
Before you go and buy that new iPad mini for your next competition, have a think. If it’s to use as a tool to build a committed following to your brand, think again!