10 tips to win more prizes on Facebook
There are thousands of competitions launched every day on Facebook, most of them with thousands of entries too! So how can you increase your chances of winning? Here are my top tips for comping on Facebook…
1. Read the instructions
It’s an obvious one, but you wouldn’t believe how many people fall at the first hurdle! Read the instructions – and also the text on the accompanying photo. If there’s hardly any instructions or details, are you certain it’s genuine? (see my post How to identify a scam Facebook promotion). Always click see more if you can’t read all the post – sometimes the final sentence will be ‘Enter on our website’, and all those people who left just a Facebook comment won’t even be included in the draw! Follow the instructions exactly – if it says to comment ‘WIN’ then don’t leave your life story. Check what the closing date is, and who can enter – I see a lot of my friends commenting on Australian and US contests they’re not even eligible for.
2. Check your ticker
Not everyone has a ticker, and it’s only available on the web version of Facebook – it’s a scrolling live feed on the right of your browser window. Make your window as wide as you can to see if it appears – to activate your ticker, look for the settings icon (cog) and choose Show Ticker. You’ll immediately see the pages and posts your friends are liking and commenting on, and can hover to see more details – you can like and comment on comps directly from the ticket without visiting the pages. It’s only really useful if you have lots of comping friends though – otherwise you’ll not see much action!
3. Search for low entry competitions
Local comps are always low entry. Join a local Facebook Comping group to share and find local comps, and Like your local magazines, shops, entertainment venues and restaurants on Facebook (you’ll often find links at the bottom of their websites). When you click to like a Facebook page, you’ll see More Pages You May Like pop up underneath – you can find lots more local pages this way. Visit these pages too, and search for giveaways by finding the Search for posts on this Page box underneath the profile photo (unfortunately not on mobile!) and typing win.
Use Facebook search and view Latest results to find local and low entry comps, especially on special days that have their own hashtag (#WorldGinDay, #WorldBookDay etc) – I find the search results easier to scroll through on mobile. Strangely enough, Twitter can be a great source of Facebook comps too – search using keywords like Facebook, page, like, comment, photo, win, competition, tickets, meal, etc in a search and click to view ‘All’ results – you can often find low entry comps like this! You can also adapt a Google search – use the text site:Facebook.com in your search box to restrict your results to Facebook.
4. Never miss a post from your favourite pages
You can select to see posts from certain pages at the top of your Facebook news feed – to do this, click Liked then See First. You can also choose to receive notifications of every post from a Facebook page, which can be handy if there’s a certain type of prize you’re after (eg. toy shops), for pages that run regular short-lived comps or for local Facebook pages that have low entry comps you might miss. To do this, click Liked, then the pencil icon next to Notifications to see a pop up window – tick the boxes to receive post notifications.
5. Don’t share!
When you share a post, it appears on the tickers and news feeds of your friends, as well as on your own profile page. That’s brilliant for a referral comp (eg. Gleam or Woobox), where any extra clicks will get you bonus draw entries, but in most cases, you’re reducing your chances in the comp as dozens of your mates click through to enter. If a promoter doesn’t even mention sharing is required, then don’t do it. If the promoter does ask you to share a post in order to enter, they’re breaking Facebook rules – and in many cases, a promoter won’t even check if their winner shared or not because it’s too difficult to do! Lots of compers don’t share at all, and still win prizes. What I tend to do is to share on the Only Me setting – and then if I’m lucky enough to win, I scroll through my timeline to find the competition and change the privacy setting of that post from Only Me to Public – just in case anyone points out they can’t see my share!
6. Make comments funny and relevant
A bored promoter will smile at a comment that stands out amongst a hundred ‘Ooh lovely giveaway!’ posts featuring 40 emojis. If they’ve not been specific about what you need to comment, then post something that will make them chuckle, or something relevant to their brand. Do your research – pop to their website, read their menu, show an interest in what they have to offer rather than leaving an OTT copy & paste paragraph. Epic sob stories rarely win anything – they just make people miserable!
7. Enter as late as you can
Found a low entry comp? Don’t enter right away! Your comping friends will see your entry on their feed or ticker and come over to join you, reducing your chances of a win! Save a link to the post on a ‘to do’ list or in a bookmarks folder and return near the closing date – this is handy for creative comps, where you can check out all the other entries before submitting your own. Not sure how to get the link? Right-click on the ‘timestamp’ of the post then ‘copy link address’. After entering, move your link to an ‘Entered’ list instead of ‘To Do’ so you can check back to see who won!
8. Get some Facebook comping friends
9. Search for your wins
You wouldn’t believe how many people forget this bit! They busily enter hundreds of competitions, and then presume if they win, they’ll get a message in their inbox. Unfortunately it doesn’t always work like that – promoters can be slack at contacting their winners if they get no response from their first attempt! Make sure you check your Filtered Messages folder and search for your name in the public Competition Winners group. Search for your name (in quotes) plus Congratulations or Winner on Social Searcher and in the regular Facebook search bar too. If it’s a low entry or effort competition, I always save the link and keep checking to see if a winner has been announced. Having said that, I did miss my own Specky Wren win in August and only found out I’d won a pair of £250 sunglasses when I popped into the shop a fortnight later!
10. Enter photo and video competitions
Most compers will skip effort competitions completely, so it’s worth taking the time to have a go. Store folders on your phone with competition photos in, so you can find them and upload quickly – great for Halloween, Mothers Day, Christmas, or just your favourite photos of the kids! You can upload a photo to your comment even for a ‘random’ draw – after all, not all promoters do pick their winners fairly, so why not make an attempt to stand out? This works well where you’re asked to comment with a unique answer (eg. what’s your favourite barbecue food, what’s your favourite Autumn activity?). On the other hand, if the promoter simply asks you to comment WIN, then adding a photo will probably make you less likely to win – use your own judgment!
Finally, upload a friendly Facebook profile photo and cover photo – and make sure your profile page is more than just spammy competition shares, because some promoters will take a look! Remember that despite what they say, lots of promoters won’t be choosing a random winner at all – so do what you can to make your entry stand out!
Found this useful? Check out these two posts with my winning Twitter and Instagram tips:
And of course, there are lots more tips in my SuperLucky Secrets book!
What are your winning tips for Facebook? Leave a comment and let me know!