First, I hope I don’t offend anyone, but as you know, on Thursdays, I like to talk about blogging and my thoughts on issues I’ve seen around the blogosphere.
Last week in my group SoCalLadyBloggers someone mentioned giveaways and how annoying it is to go through so many hoops for one giveaway.
Last night I also meant some fabulous ladies and the topic of giveaways was brought up again. I just have to write about it!
First off, nothing is MORE fun than winning something. Giveaways are great, it draws people into your blog, but the true question honestly comes down to this. Are the people who take the time to read your blogs a consistent following or are they just there to sign up for the giveaways?
I admit, in the beginning, I was the second. Ooooh, free stuff, sign me up, but now that I am truly beginning to develop relationships with the bloggers around me, I love to check into their blogs. Sometimes if I see they’re giving something away I’ll sign up, other times I’ll just read about it and see the fun stuff they’re giving away. They’re working hard for that giveaway. They talked to the company that is sponsoring the giveaway or if not, they’re paying their own money to make the giveaway happen.
BUT lets get down to business: What is the purpose of Giveaways?
Remember, we are bloggers, we have a readership, we are INTRODUCING new products to our readers, but when it comes to a giveaway, honestly, it truly comes down to THE Company and the Product that is being given away.
I love when the people show the site of the company or have you connect with the company via twitter or facebook. I love when bloggers take the time to truly introduce you to the product and to what the company can truly offer you. Remember, it’s about the company, and the people behind the product more than the product itself. The company wants promotion, so to have a giveaway and by the end of the blog you don’t even remember the company promoting the product, it’s probably not a GOOD thing.
My other pet peeve when it comes to GIVEAWAYS?
I’m going to say it: RAFFLECOPTER.
Seriously? Why so many hoops to go through? Why do we have to follow 20 people? I know, I know, you just have to follow one person or do one thing on the blog in order to be entered, but when I go to a blog and I see a huge list of things to do for one giveaway I quickly jump off the page and say HELL WITH IT.
I have seen some blogs that use Rafflecopter and they only have 1 or 2 items for you to do. BTW, to those blogs, I thank you =)
I guess what I’m trying to say is what does blogging mean to you? Do you want a huge list for people to go through hoops to get to the giveaway or do you honestly want people to remember the company and product that you’re promoting? And also make it fun for the giveaways?
I love the blogs where you leave a comment on the blog. There are some really neat things people will say about the product, and when you read through those comments and people haven’t heard of the product before and they’re psyched about it, to me, that’s what BLOGGING is truly about.
Just my thoughts for today. What are some of yours? =)