is a big pain in the butt. Don’t get me wrong, traffic and exposure
benefits are great, but keeping track of everything and staying on
top of things takes a lot of hard work.
I ran a relatively big contest a few months ago winners of which were
announced a month after the contest commenced. It took me a minimum
of 2-3 hours a day just keeping up with all the emails and keeping track
of all the stats and everything else that goes along with a contest of
Well, according to ContestMachine, the days
of keeping track of your contestants, entries, stats, prizes etc are over.
On their home page, they invite you to
"Run a contest or giveaway on your |
blog or website. We handle it all, from collecting entries to choosing and
on your blog. Features that they provide include the ability to:
* Create your widget in seconds
* Match your site’s colors
* Set entry requirements
* Set start and end times
* Add your own prizes
* Gather valuable data
Additionally, you have the ability to collect emails of your contest entrants
to be used later for upselling purposes.
How does it all work?
1. Create - Create a contest or giveaway. Set entry requirements and limits.
2. Customize - Add your prizes (one per winner) and match the widget colors to your site.
3. Embed - Embed the widget in your site and collect entries from your users.
4. Select Winners - Review qualified entries and select winners.
Collect mailing addresses along the way if you wish.
What’s the catch? The only thing that I could notice was that the free
account places some limits on the number of promotions you can do and
does not allow you to have an opt-in list. But, this is fair enough in my
opinion - you can’t expect to utilize their resources completely without
forking out some money.
Overall, it looks like a decent service and I will consider using it the next
time I run a contest on my blog.