5 Facebook Contests That Increase Holiday Engagement

Opening Presents

There’s no better time than the holiday season to give back to your fans and add a theme to your Facebook content. Closing out 2013 by using Facebook to show off your brand’s personality, offer holiday discounts to fans, and spread holiday cheer is a great way to engage your fans and get momentum for 2014.

Recent data shows that holiday campaigns on social media are both effective and easy to set up:

  • 63% of Facebook users say they’re likely to share a link to a holiday contest or giveaway
  • Fill-in-the-blank status updates receive 182% more engagement than other kinds of status updates
  • It takes 30 seconds to set up a contest using a fill-in-the-blank status update
  • It takes 10-20 minutes to set up a photo contest on Facebook — and 20-40 minutes to set up a multi-day giveaway

~ Information courtesy of our friends at ShortStack

Here are a few ways you can get started today:

1. Fill-in-the-blank contest: You’ll want to use holiday themes here. But even with just holiday topics, there are countless fill-in-the-blanks you can use.  For example:

  • The first Christmas song that pops in my head is _________.
  • The first thing I do when I get up on Christmas morning is _________.
  • The one word the best describes my family during Christmas is _________.

Status updates reel in the comments — and there are no wrong answers. We recommend using a fill-in-the-blank question for daily giveaways whenever possible.

Pro Tip: Our Status Ideas Engine has seasonal suggestions (many of them being perfect holiday contest templates) and a whole category devoted to Timeline Contests.

2. Photo contests: Use an app like ShortStack to host a photo contest. You can have the winner decided by votes or just pick one randomly. It’s a great way to reward fans, and has the added benefit of providing you with tons of user-generated content for further promotions. Make sure to give the contest a theme:

  • Best awkward family holiday photo
  • Best Christmas decorations
  • Craziest holiday weather photos

3. Giveaway a day: The social media equivalent of Oprah’s famous “favorite things,” this type of contest takes place over multiple days. It requires a new prize each day, but you don’t have to be Ellen and offer Beats by Dre or luxury vacations to see the entries pour in. For example, Perfect Balance Therapies banded together with other businesses in their shopping center to give away a daily prize and every post received tons of comments, likes and shares.

4. Nominate a friend: Everyone has a special person in their life whom they’d love to spoil during the holidays. Help your fans do that by hosting a “nominate a friend” contest. Allow them to submit a short essay or photo of the person to enter. Then let people vote on the entries or just pick a random winner.

5. Unlock a coupon: This isn’t a direct contest so to speak, but using an app that allows fans to enter their emails to unlock a coupon code is still giving them a gift, and it could deliver you ROI. Of course, this only works for companies that sell products.

The deciding factor in many of these contests is how much time you have as a community manager. If there isn’t time for your brand to build an app for holiday contests, don’t worry! Keep it simple and just focus on a Timeline contest.  Your fans will thank you for it.

Are you running any holiday campaigns? Comment below with details!

5 Ways Social Media Can Enhance Your Portfolio

IT portfolios aren’t usually the most exciting thing outside of a few experts within the company. It basically outlines how IT is managed within a company, and it’s used as a foundation to keep departments in the loop for larger corporations. As an IT Portfolio Manager, many people get sucked into “filling in the blanks” of old portfolios, but that means missing out on a great opportunity: Social Media. Here’s how Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other sites can make a portfolio better.

1. Get Input

Those in charge of IT Portfolios probably depend on the same handful of colleagues each year to provide input. That’s great, but what’s LinkedIn for if not connecting with colleagues around the world and even getting their help? Compare portfolios (as long as there’s no sensitive information), and be open to input and watch it flourish. Who said Facebook is just for pictures of the company lunch?

2. Get Inspired

There are groups for everything on social media, including IT Portfolio Managers. Join some of these groups and networks, and seek out other portfolios for a little inspiration. If there’s nothing recent, go ahead and start the thread from scratch. People put a lot of work into these portfolios, and it takes little encouragement to get them to show off a bit.

3. Get Surveys

One thing that makes any IT portfolio stronger is cold, hard facts. It’s possible to conduct surveys to include in the portfolio, whether it’s from IT managing pros or the average user. Questions can be asked about CRMs, the chain of command or anything else that can provide necessary information. There’s no greater survey pool that thousands of Twitter followers–all in under 140 characters.

4. Learn New Techniques

Once a person starts perusing other portfolio images on social media, it’s easy to spot trends or tricks that haven’t been seen before. Tunnel vision is a big issue for everyone, but luckily there’s a cure. Along with getting inspired, people can also learn new techniques to try when looking at other’s portfolios.

5. Spread the Love

Just like an annual report, some portfolios are meant to be shared with the public. However, how many people actually go through the trouble of requesting a portfolio? Make it easy, or even break it down into infographics or video versions that are easy to share. Great software and direction simply has to be enjoyed by all.

If a portfolio is meant to be read, put it where people are reading: Their favorite social media sites.

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