Facebook contests have been around for a while now and are proving to be a great way for companies to increase their popularity on world’s most famous social network. There are many creative ideas one can come up with for a contest and fans seems to respond well to them. Some are so popular they have become regular events.
However, in order to organize a successful contest, one must closely follow Facebook guidelines. And don’t be fooled by “guidelines” part, these are very strict rules that must be obeyed, or risk wrath of Facebook gods.
One of these guidelines states that a winner must not be announce using Facebook resources, like posting on a wall or using messages or chat. So, how do you do it? Here are 10 creative ways to announce the winner of your Facebook contest.
If running a sport related contest, a great way to announce a winner may be on a sport event, like during the basketball game. Just make sure your winner is there.
If you are giving away free trip and you want to surprise your winner, just have him picked up from his home. Organize a transport to the airport and “kidnap’ him.
Organize a party and invite everyone who has participated in your contest, telling them that you will announce a winner during the party.
Make a video about your winner and publish it on YouTube at the end of a contest. Make sure everyone knows when it is being published. With some luck, it may go viral.
Ask that people who participate in your contest send at least one photo of themselves, telling them that you will publish a winner picture at Flickr.
Show up at winner’s workplace and announce his win in front of his coworkers. Make sure you get everything on tape.
Same as previous, but you do it in front of winner’s family. Again, don’t forget your camera.
Have a celebrity announce the winner on YouTube. Even better, have him or her tell it in person, but this may get a bit expensive.
Make a song about the winner. Not many people have song inspired by them, so it will be very motivating for contestants.
Tell everyone that you will announce a winner via live feed on your site. Make sure they all know at what time it will begin, so that you can create some hype about it.