Why your ‘Like and Share’ promotion isn’t fair

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  1. Chris says:

    This needs resurrecting everyone and again so thanks Di. I have just had my knuckles rapped for not sharing a post, although I did like and comment, so you can see how far we have to go on this topic. At least they have read my entry.

  2. Pretty Prizes says:

    Very helpful post. I’ve contacted page owners before about their entry rules, but it makes it so much easier to provide them with a single link to relevant information. That said, I sent a link to this page to five companies between 28-29 January. One replied and thanked me; the other four – all of whom read my message – neither replied nor changed the entry requirements for their competitions.

    Incidentally, Di, although the Platform Policy seems to make it clear that asking for page likes is not permitted, page owners are being advised by the Facebook Help Team that it’s okay to do so; see these posts:



    I’ve commented to the reply on the second post, so it will be interesting to see what the response is.

  3. carole hiscock says:

    I’ve just messaged a company doing exactly this, I await their response x

  4. crazyvicky says:

    i just privately messaged a company with a link to this, the poor guys are getting quite a lot of flack, and im hoping this might help them resolve the issues. x

  5. dmderosa2k says:

    Quit being a crybaby idiot.

  6. Faridah Brooker says:

    Well Di, I have won a competition on FB from one of the pages I sent your link to! Squires Garden Centres. I didn’t share the comp, but just liked the post.

  7. Christine Caple says:

    I would just like to say that for me personally, like and share and any other simple to enter comps are a godsend. Due to damage in part of my brain (MS related), I am unable to do any comps which are in any way complicated, and yes I know they’re against the rules, but they’re great for me. Just saying……

    • Thanks for your comment! Do you win much on them Christine? You might find Twitter RT comps easy to do as well!

      • Christine Caple says:

        I do win on them sometimes, but it’s getting less and less as with all comps with so many more people entering. Thanks for the tip on Twitter comps, I have been putting off trying to master Twitter yet as I can find more than enough comps to enter anyway at the moment.

  8. Faridah Brooker says:

    I have had a reply back from one page so far and they have said thanks and I am still in the draw even though I have told them I will not be sharing.

  9. Julie Lorraine thomas says:

    Good points Di, wish page owners would take note! I’ve missed prizes as tagging hasn’t worked and had prizes picked up by people who have got to the winning announcement before me so I am always happier entering via an app, just wish more pages used them.

  10. Nikki Hayes says:

    Great article, I hate like and share comps but can’t seem to resist doing some. I’ve even won some but its one of my least favourite types of competitions.

    • I’ve won some too – but interestingly, I’ve shared to ‘Only me’ (and changed to public after winning, in case it’s queried, so it’s on my timeline!) – proving that promoters aren’t picking fairly from sharers!

  11. Christine Smith says:

    Hmmm – love Di’s advice but can’t help noticing how keen she is to recommend hosting the type of comps she likes and is extremely good at…

    • True! But the comps I like (and am good at) are the comps that give EVERYONE the best chance of a win compared to sharing or easy prize draws! 🙂

  12. Faridah Brooker says:

    I have sent this link to one page and will wait and see if they take it any further!

  13. jayne hall says:

    all comps on facebook ask you to like and share as a condition of entry which i wrong

  14. sar09 says:

    totally agree as well gave up doing them as I thought ages ago they were a bit of a con.

  15. Natalie Crossan says:

    You know me, I do like a good share now and then but I’m almost physically sick when I see.. “Tag 6 friends”… I mean, really?

  16. Louise says:

    Completely agree, I was put in facebook jail recently, funnily enough I have hardly been doing any competitions for about 4 months so I was quite surprised, I assume it was from oversharing last year. I know loads of us got banned but why do the pages running these comps never seem to get a slap on the wrist? I reported one page which was running fake competitions constantly and facebook simply advised me to stop following them, the page continued on, as did the comps they were posting about once an hour.

  17. Laura says:

    Really really helpful. I had no idea about those rules!

  18. Vicki Macdonald says:

    100% agree with every word 🙂

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