As part of running my book forum, I love running competitions. It helps readers get new books, and it helps the publishers and authors get word out. However, I’m having a bit of trouble working out the best way to do this.
I often go for the simple option, and run the competition on the forum itself. This has the bonus of rewarding the forum members, but doesn’t reach that wider audience, and entries are often low.
Twitter does reach a wider audience, but then I get fed up with the accounts which are obviously set up just to win competitions… I’m trying to get books out to readers after all. Plus, if you’re not on twitter, you’re being left out.
This morning I set up a rafflecopter account, and went through the process.. only to find that I can’t post it on wordpress because I don’t host it myself.
So… to the people who enter book competitions.. which type of competition do you prefer to enter? Do you like the simplicity of a ‘Retweet and follow’ on twitter? Do you like or dislike rafflecopter (personally, I’m not keen)? And what are you willing to do to enter.. would you follow a new twitter account, sign up to follow a blog, join a forum?
Plus, is it enough of an incentive to simply win a book, or are you looking for signed books, extra swag etc?
To those of you who offer competitions.. what is your method of choice? Twitter, Rafflecopter, blog comments.. or something completely different? Do I really need to run an amalgamation to cover everyone, or is there an easy solution out there?
Thank you! :)