SmallRaffleDrumLess than a month, and it’s Christmas Day! During this time of the year, people look forward to lots of gifts and freebies. Why not take advantage of the prevailing spirit and promote your business as much as you can?

One way by which you can do this is to use your business Facebook or Twitter account (create one if you haven’t already!) to launch a contest. This is a great way to promote your business without costing you much. In fact, it could very well be a free thing for you as well.

Why hold a contest? As I said earlier, people love freebies, and contests give them an opportunity to get something without paying for it. The good result for you is that you gain more attention and, hopefully, new customers as well.

Here are some things to bear in mind when holding a contest.

One, make it easy. Contests are supposed to be fun. Do not make the participants jump through hoops just to qualify. Being a follower on Twitter or a fan of Facebook should be enough.

Two, make it worth their while. What’s in it for the participants? Make sure that they will want to join and win. A good idea is to provide a gift cheque for your product or service – it’s a win-win situation.

Three, get the word out. You can hold a contest but if you do not let people know about it, no one’s going to join. So more than announcing it once on Facebook or Twitter, be more aggressive about it. Use other means to promote the contest – your web site, for example. Also, make sure that the rules and stipulation are clear so as to avoid potential problems.

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Originally posted on December 2, 2009 @ 11:39 am

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