10 Places To Promote Your Social Media Contest For Maximum Exposure

How To Promote Your Contest on Social MediaIn my last article, I talked about the Why, Where, When & How of hosting a social media contest for engagement. In today’s post, I will go into where you should promote your contest for ultimate exposure.

The success of your contest relies on how many targeted individuals enter. While the contest market is heavily saturated, the response you will get is related to the prize you giveaway (the better the prize, the more entries) and how well you promote it. Just as I focus a lot of energy on blog promotion, contest promotion should be taken just as seriously.


1. Facebook

Facebook is the first place you should turn to when deciding where to promote your contest. As your audience here is used to this type of engagement, it is an easy place to start to build up the excitement around the promotion. Often times your contest might even live within Facebook, which makes it an even more sensible place to start your promotion.

In general I’d say 2-3 posts per week about the contest is suitable. You don’t want to overdo it, as that will annoy your fan base. Keep your contest updates different and varied to avoid social media overload. As always, include a photo with your contest update, as photos get more views, likes and comments.

2. Twitter

Twitter is also a great place to promote your contest. As your audience is already familiar with who you are, this is a safe place to promote. 1-2 tweets about your contest is fine. As there is more noise on twitter, make sure you space them out to avoid twitter clutter. You want to reach as many people as you can, so back to back is not a good idea. You can also do a little search on twitter for people talking about contests or about your prize and inform them of your awesome contest to encourage them to enter.

3. Pinterest

As I have mentioned many times before, the key to success on Pinterest is strong visuals. Make sure you have strong graphic elements before trying to promote your contest on Pinterest. If you are hosting a PinItToWinIt contest then this is a no-brainer. However, you can promote your other contests here as well. Keep in mind what the Pinterest audience is like so you can create something that suits them. Food, Beauty, Health, & Fashion work best here, so try to tailor your photo to capture that trend.

4. Google +

Google Plus is a good place to promote your contest if you have a techy prize. As the Google+ audience skews male and tech oriented, you are likely to have better luck if your prize makes sense for this audience. Keep in mind that Google indexes your G+ posts, so even if your audience is not there right now, they might find you through Google search.

5. LinkedIn

If your contest relates to your B2B service, then LinkedIn is a good place to promote. You can promote your contest on your personal page and your company page. You can even go one step further and promote your contest with groups and individuals. ?Have I told you that I love LinkedIn? I do.

6. Your Blog

Your blog is a perfect place to promote your post because it is an entity that you own. People will search for information about your contest and they should be able to find it on your blog. The blog post should include all the rules and details about entering. It should be clear and focused. And, of course, it should be followed up with my rules for blog promotion for maximum reach.

7. Your Newsletter

Never underestimate the value of an inbox. It is still one of the most powerful ways to get information in front of your customers. Depending on what you use your newsletter list for, you might be able to get more eyeballs than you might with a sales promotion. As contests don’t require any purchase, and since you aren’t selling the reader anything, you are likely to see an increase in open rates as well.

8. PPC & Social Ads

If your contest is a driving force behind reaching your sales & marketing goals, then you might want to consider throwing a little money behind it. You can consider a Facebook or Twitter Ad as an option. Or you can go a more traditional route with Pay-Per-Click advertising. Your results will vary, but, depending on your budget, it may be worth it to drive extra awareness and traction for your contest. A more affordable option is promoted posts on Facebook. I am a big fan of Promoted Posts and recommend doing this if you have a small budget behind your contest. I’ll talk more about promoted posts in a future post.

9. Contest & Sweepstakes Listing Sites

This tactic has proven to be super successful for me. I have been employing this around contests for the past 8 years (since I started in Internet & Social Media Marketing). There are tons of sites that list contests and sweepstakes. To find them, do a search for “Submit Contest,” “Submit a Sweepstakes,” and other related terms. Some of them do require you to pay a small fee, but the contest community is gung ho and you will see a spike in entries. My favorite directory is SweepstakesAdvantage; I usually opt for the $40 sponsored post, which usually gets me about 200 new signups.

10. Related Blogs

Another way to get increased visibility for your contest is to contact blogs that talk about contests, your prize, or other related items. This is a great way to build a relationship with the blogger as well. I have found that bloggers appreciate good content and incentives. If you can do as much work for them as possible, then the likelihood that they will post goes up. Don’t forget to provide them with as much info as possible. This can include photos, videos, links, and even a little write up that they can use word for word. Once you send the contest details to them, make sure you follow up. Sometimes a little persistence can go a long way. Good luck with your blogger outreach!

Have you run a social media contest? Where did you promote it? Were you successful?

Stephanie Frasco

Stephanie Frasco started helping businesses get results with social networks before Twitter even existed! Stephanie has worked directly with high profile clients like Oprah, Atlantic Records, Dashlane, The International Culinary Center, & many more. She specializes in helping business owners and marketers find massive ROI by developing targeted social campaigns focused on *engagement strategies* that work!

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Stephanie Frasco - April 8, 2013 Reply

Have you run a social media contest? Where did you promote it? Were you successful?

Navy - April 8, 2013 Reply

Thank you Stephanie. I am leading our first social media contest next month and we have no idea what is going to happen… Your guidance is appreciated.

    Stephanie Frasco - April 8, 2013 Reply

    Congratulations! Just be patient and learn from your experience. Keep me posted on your results.

Grazina - June 23, 2013 Reply

Hi, Stephanie,

your post looks interesting but I find the font difficult to read. First, it’s the netlike background, and additionally the top of every line looks like it’s chopped off! I’m using Chrome.


Jemma Taylor - July 18, 2013 Reply

This is great! Thru social media contest we can create a dialogue with our prospects and customers that can lead to a long term personal and professional relationship!!

ayushi - July 30, 2013 Reply

I have successfully run a contest last month for one of the fashion brands client on twitter. It was fun and we received so many entries that it got listed in twitter top trends, although the prize was small.

How To Convert Your Contest Entrants To Super Fans - Convert With Content - August 9, 2013 Reply

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Cailin @ Sassy Dove | Makeup Reviews - February 15, 2014 Reply

Great advice! I always use all of these when I run a contest. I like online-sweepstakes the best for adding sweeps, good traffic for free.

Mary - April 15, 2014 Reply

I really like the way you broke down each social media platform! Usually when I come across articles on similar topics, the writer simply mentions to use social media platforms, but does not further discuss why each one is beneficial. This adds depth and extra information to this article and I really appreciate that. Thank you!

Jess - October 23, 2014 Reply

Hi Stephanie,

Thanks for sharing this with us. I have a quick question – we are launching a promotional contest on social media next month and it will be a ‘guess how many baubles are in the box?’ We are planning on posting it onto Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as we have quite a large following on each and none are the same – if you see what i mean. But our problem is, we don’t know whether to post the contest individually on each platform or not (for example on twitter they must retweet and comment with their guess, on Linkedin they must like and comment, on facebook they have to share and comment and the same on g+) – is this a less effective way of doing it?

Any help would be appreciated!

    Stephanie Frasco - November 10, 2014 Reply

    Hi Jess, I think it is an ok way to do it, but the best way to do something is really to gather email because you can always market to those people again and again. In terms of housekeeping, it may be hard to keep track of what people are doing on which network, but I think overall the idea is good. Let me know how it turns out!

Julie - January 13, 2015 Reply

Just wanted to let you know that Julie’s Freebies now allows submissions of contests and giveaways. With over 300,000 fans on Facebook its a great place to get a ton of traffic to y our sweepstakes. http://juliesfreebies.com/list-your-giveaway/

Lisa - January 27, 2015 Reply

A newer listing site that’s yielded good results for me is WinASweepstakes –


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