Juggling the responsibilities of a fledgling business can be incredibly overwhelming, you can have the right product and price but without proper advertising a business can be rather unsuccessful. Social Contests is a WordPress plugin that quickly and easily helps get the word out on sweepstakes and promotions on multiple platforms. Here’s an overview of how to run sweepstakes and promotions while using Social Contests!
Installing “Social Contests”
First, head over to the Plugin Directory at WordPress.org and download the zip for Social Contests. Go to your WordPress Admin and find Plugins and Add New. Once there, click Upload, choose file and select the previously downloaded zip and click Install Now! After a few seconds, Social Contests will be installed, but don’t forget to activate it!
Configuring “Social Contests”
After activating, you’ll notice that Social Promotions has been added under Settings in the WordPress Admin. On the Social Promotions page you’ll find the option of getting started by either creating an offer or a sweepstakes.
The process of creating both are fairly simple and this plugin does a fantastic job of adding descriptions and walking you through the process. Let’s walk through the process of creating both!
Step 1 for both prompts you to specify the location of the offer, choosing from your Facebook page, website, blog, Wishpond or combination.
Step 2 delves into the description of your offer including: business name, offer title, image choice, detailed description, required and maximum participants (for Social Offer) and Timing (for Sweepstakes).
Step 3 of the Social Offer differs from Sweepstakes and includes regulations on Timing, Purchasing, options of Coupon codes, Additional instructions and the possibility of exporting campaign participants’ emails.
Implementing “Social Contests”
Next, Social Contests compiles all of the information from previous steps and lets you preview your Sweepstakes or Social Offer before publishing so that you can go back and make last minute adjustments.
Once you’re satisfied with your preview, publish, and you’re all set!
Social Contests is easy to navigate and was designed in a time efficient manner. This plugin offers a free 30 day trial so you can play around with it and decide if it is right for you before committing to a purchase of $19 per month. You can download the plugin, read more about Social Contest and watch a tutorial here. This plugin is ideal for businesses and campaigns that can’t afford to spend a great deal on advertising and want to get the word out on promotions quickly. Because it is such a bargain and in the early stages of development, there isn’t a whole lot of variety in design options so make sure to weigh out your options! If you’ve considered this or similar plugins, leave us a comment and let us know what your experience was like!