How to enter Twitter competitions
This is an old post – please see my 2018 post How to find, enter and win Twitter competitions!
Once you get the hang of Twitter, it’s simple and addictive – it’s also the best way to comp on-the-go as the Twitter app works brilliantly on a smartphone. Companies run prize draws and competitions on the platform because it’s a fun way to raise their profile – ‘Retweet’ giveaways get hundreds of entries, reaching thousands of Twitter users in the process! But how do you actually get started with Twitter comping?
My latest video tutorial is a 14 minute beginners guide to comping on Twitter. Even if you already tweet, you might still want to watch as I’ve included useful tips about Favorites and Lists, which are super handy for compers!
I’ve been asked a few questions since uploading the video, and have summarised the answers in the tips below.
- Don’t just tap retweet all day long – without any original content on your page, Twitter will filter your tweets out of searches thinking that you’re a spammer. Reply to promoters, tweet comping friends and send original tweets too – it might feel like a daft thing to tweet about the weather, but trivial tweets are what makes an account look human!
- If you retweet via another comper, and then reply to the promoter, remember to delete the comper’s name from your reply before sending.
- You can only retweet a tweet once – the retweet button will change to green. If you try to do it again it will undo your retweet and turn back to grey.
- If a promoter sends several tweets about the same prize, you can retweet each one – unless there are T&Cs that specifically state it’s one entry/tweet per user. Good promoters should be sending a single competition tweet that includes a closing date and link to T&Cs (and then pinning it to the top of their page) – unfortunately this rarely happens!
- Retweet giveaways are hard to win, and hard to administer fairly – it’s believed that tweeting near the closing time, interacting with the promoter and being a popular Twitter user all work in your favour when it comes to winning! (see my research on choosing a winner for a RT giveaway)
- A hashtag signifies a topic on Twitter – click or tap it, and you’ll see all the tweets including that hashtag. For example, you might be watching The X Factor on TV – people will be tweeting using the #XFactor hashtag while it’s on.
- For competitions, promoters might decide on a unique hashtag for you to include in your tweet, and use that hashtag to track entries, eg. #SuperLuckySelfie. Click or tap the hashtag to see the entries so far – this is useful to see what you’re up against in a creative or photo comp!
- There are several widely-used competition hashtags on Twitter, for example #freebiefriday or #winitwednesday – you can find lots of comps on those days by clicking the hashtag!
- Twitter parties use hashtags to track tweets and entries – see my post about prize parties here.
- If you @ mention a Twitter user at the beginning of a tweet, it will appear in the Notifcations of the person you’re tweeting PLUS the timeline of anyone who follows both of you. On your own profile page, that tweet appears only in your Tweets and Replies tab. If you @ mention in the middle of a tweet it goes out to everyone who follows you and also appears in your main Tweets tab on your profile.
- For example, if you tweet “Here’s my entry to the @Heals photo competition” everyone who follows you will see it – if you tweet “@Heals Here’s my entry to the photo competition” Heals will see it in their Notifications, plus any of your followers who follow Heals will see it on their timeline.
- Be aware that tweets that start with @ are visible to EVERYONE who visits your profile page – if you need to chat to someone privately, use the Direct Message function.
Tweetdeck & ManageFlitter
- If you’re tweeting from a computer rather than a mobile device, I recommend Tweetdeck, which organises your Twitter feeds and searches into multiple columns. It’s great for finding competitions, and tracking hashtags!
- If you’re at your follow limit, I recommend ManageFlitter to reduce your follower numbers.
If you’ve watched the video and still have questions, please comment below and I’ll do my best to help out!
Also read my posts:
- Ten tips to win more prizes on Twitter
- How to use Twitter lists
- Is Twitter filtering you from searches?
- How to win at Twitter parties
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