Hopefully that caught your attention. This is about a giveaway, but first I want to explain why.
Advertising costs money, lots of money and small businesses such as myself don't have enough cash to compete with the bigger companies that spend more than my annual turnover in a day.
Many websites that were originally a great way to promote small businesses have now become difficult or expensive. Social Media was a great way to advertise, but now algorithms hide posts from people, the amount of people that see your posts are limited by how much you pay etc. As an example, it would cost £25 a week to show one post to the majority of people that have already liked a page of mine on a well known website, not all of them, just the majority.
The image below was something I saw on Facebook a few weeks back. I thought this was quite worrying for any small business using the site and thought it couldn't be true. After a while of poking around on the internet and trying to filter out all the obvious junk on the subject, it seems to be right. I thought I would try this out on my page and encourage my followers/friends/fans to react. It made quite a difference.
This has started a ball rolling in my head. Should I pay for some advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or should I give this money to you in the form of prizes in a giveaway? I think I'm going to try the latter as I would rather benefit someone like you rather than a multi-million pound/dollar corporate entity.
So, how is this going to work? Well my aim is to get more people seeing what I do. I would like to get more followers (although I don't like the term "follower"), likes (or I should say reactions), shares, re-tweets, re-posts and comments (nice ones please). I would like to get more people interacting with everything I do, so they can learn more about me and I can learn more about them. I want to show the world what I can do and I need your help.
So what can you do for me? Help me by doing the above. I would like to get my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to a minimum of 500 likes, followers etc. from genuine people, not "user12345" that has never posted and follows 26 thousand people. If I wanted these, I could pay £50 and get a couple thousand from any one of the many messages I get a week. I want to get real, genuine people interacting.
What can I do for you? I'm going to give something away. Everyone who likes pages or follows has a chance, no matter where you are globally, after all, my clientele are international. The first question I had from a friend about this was "Yeah but, if they help you get more followers, their chances of winning go down". A fair point, so here is a sweetener for you, the more followers etc. I get, the better the giveaway. How does that sound? The prizes will start small and get bigger and/or more of them. How does that sound?
Here are the terms. No purchase necessary. The winner(s) will be selected at random from followers across all of my social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, links can be found below). The judges decision is final and there will be no cash alternative. One prize per winner. Winners will be liable for any import charges, if applicable, for prizes delivered outside of the UK. I will pay for carriage to get the item to you, this is part of the prize. This giveaway will run until 30th April 2018, ending at midnight. Winners will be decided and informed within 1 week of this date. The giveaway will start with one prize as detailed below. Any further prizes will be published on this page as and when decided.
I will not be publicly announcing the winners in order to protect their privacy, but it would be very helpful if you could give me permission to share your name and town, just so there is proof that there is actually a winner. If you would be able to provide an image of the prize in use, I would greatly appreciate it.
The first prize in the pot is this set of Sterling Silver, beaded design jewellery. The prize consists of: Pendant on chain (18"), Stud earrings, and a ring to finger size within the G to Z UK size range. The current retail price of the combined set is £65.00
Links to the individual pieces are;
Let's get going and hope we can add some more prizes! Pleas like, share, re-post, react, comment etc.
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Thank you and good luck!
P.S. Do check back from time to time to see what else has been added.
Update: The experiment was completed and the results are in. There was one winner, Maria from Torquay who won the beaded silver set.