Tuesday, 23 April 2013

How to Host an Awesome Giveaway on Your Fashion Blog

How to create a blog giveaway, tips for fashion bloggers, how to increase traffic on your blog, how to promote your blog, fashion blogging 101, blog contests
Original image by Roberto Trm
Don't you hate it when you click on someone's giveaway link and the contest sucks? Or they ask you for too much information? Or the product doesn't make any sense with the blog content? I know I do.

Here are some steps in simplifying your blog giveaway and getting more people to enter:

1. GIVE AWAY A PRODUCT WITH HIGH VALUE.
People don't want to come to your blog and enter 5 pieces of information on 5 different websites for a bracelet worth 10 bucks. 

Here's a perfect example: I hosted a giveaway on another blog that had 2 products under 8$. It was a stationary item and a nail file. Doesn't make much sense on a fashion blog does it? Nobody entered. Two weeks later I hosted a Topshop giveaway for a leather backpack worth $50-60. Approximately 10-15 people entered.

2. ADVERTISE PROPERLY.
Don't advertise your fashion giveaway on different lifestyle blogs being hopeful people will want to enter anyways. People MIGHT, but usually it's a waste of your promotion time. 

Promote to your fellow Heartifb.com friends (not crazily, just with a sweet message), promote on http://www.freegrechen.com/submit-a-giveaway/, promote on fashion blogs you follow and social media sites linked to your blog. A big tip that I discovered is to create a great photo of the product with the words "FREE GIVEAWAY" and share the photo on Pinterest making sure it links back to your blog. In my Topshop giveaway, it worked very well. People shared the photo and it translated into traffic and more people entering.

See example below (created using Serif Drawplus):


3. MAKE IT SIMPLE TO ENTER BY USING ONLINE TOOLS.

Don't make people jump through hoops to enter your contest. People don't have time for that. Some sites simplify the process for you, making it easier to navigate for your users, check out: http://www.rafflecopter.com/ and https://www.punchtab.com/giveaway-page. \

4. BECOME AN AMBASSADOR FOR GUMBALL.

Gumball approached me and said they'd love if I signed up as a co-host for their giveaways. I checked it out and discovered it was a great way to promote my blog and givea away high value merchandise to my readers. Although your reader's won't have as high of a chance to win, the products are awesome. Apply here to become an ambassador: http://www.getgumball.com/fashion/22-Fashion-blogger-#.UXbJ7LXyL4c or email Kelly@getgumball.com.

How to create a blog giveaway, tips for fashion bloggers, how to increase traffic on your blog, how to promote your blog, fashion blogging 101, blog contests

To close off, just remember that blog giveaways should not just be about increasing traffic. Giveaways are a great way to give back to your readers and show them you appreciate them.

-Tara

10 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the helpful tips. I just applied to Gumball thanks to this post.
    Please keep posting more of this stuff. Behind you all the way!

    Nadya
    eyeshadow illustrator
    The Dilly Chic

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    1. Great to hear. You're welcome!!

      Thanks Nadya!!!

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  4. Great post Tara and very helpful. Thinking of hosting a future giveaway so handy tips, thanks.

    Stay Stylish,

    TL. Xx
    Twynkle Loves
    http://www.twynkleloves.com

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  5. Wow! Thanks for sharing this great info. Gumball sounds like an awesome idea. I'll definitely be applying.
    Newest follower here :)

    --Allie
    http://lunavida23.blogspot.com/

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  6. Great advise.I will use it. www.fabuloustorture.com

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