Thinking About a Contest to Attract Fans?

There is no doubt that contests work.  People are quick to act when they have a chance to get something for free, especially if all it takes is a quick click of the “Like” button.  Personally I’m not a ‘fan’ of contests.  Why?  Far too often those new fans aren’t really QUALITY fans.  They ‘liked’ your business fan page in an attempt win something, not because they want to support you or actually like/care about your business.  The net result is having spent time (and money on the prize) to attract fans that are unlikely to interact with or purchase from you in the future.  That amounts to wasted effort.

The goal of a fan page should not simply be increasing the number of fans, but rather increasing the number of fans willing to interact.  Having 500 engaged fans that interact and drive revenue is far better than 5000 fans that ignore your posts.  High fan counts do not drive Edge or visibility, interaction and engagement does.

So how do you increase your fan base with people that will interact with you?  Posting quality, positive, and fresh content should be your starting point.  As people see your page (regardless of how they got there), your posts are part of your initial impression.  I’m more likely to “like” your page and get involved if I see valuable content.  My time is far too valuable to spend it viewing pages with little to no worthwhile content.

The second suggestion – engagement.  Get involved on other pages posting as your business.  Your responses are visible to others and you would be surprised how many of those will like your page based on your comments.

Before you create that contest to drive fans and followers, stop and think.  Taking the easy way out will pay off in the short run, but the slow and steady approve will ultimately win out over the long haul.

Robert Nissenbaum


About Robert Nissenbaum

WHO AM I? The work me: A writer, social media consultant, educator and public speaker. I work with solopreneurs and small to midsized businesses helping them effectively use content and social media marketing to build relationships, improve brand awareness, drive web traffic, improve SEO and generate leads through an organic process. What I teach, implement and speak on has its roots in traditional, old-school networking and cold calling. My techniques have been developed over a decade of building my personal brands through social media and relationships. I focus on a relationship based approach. That content is less important and plays a supportive role. That business, long-term, repeatable and sustainable business, is driven by relationships. Whether your business or organization is business-to-business or business-to-consumer, for profit or not for profit or service-based or retail-based, the principles I teach are highly effective and get real results. The real me: An avid sea kayaker, adventure seeker, and fisherman. I take full advantage of living on the water at Salmon Beach off the west side of Point Defiance Park in Tacoma’s North End. I spend as much time paddling as I do working. When not on the water, you can find me fishing off the deck, hiking, camping or otherwise exploring the PNW. I'll spend my downtime with friends, my children or simply having my feet up on the couch. The volunteer me: I teach LinkedIn classes at Joint Base Lewis McChord to help those transitioning to civilian life and am a kayak fishing guide for Heroes On The Water's Northwest Chapter. HON helps military veterans & their families relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate through kayak fishing.
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