Small Biz Tip #1 – Giveaways

Now, as a Small Biz, there is not always a pot of money sitting around to be able to give everyone free items from your business. This is where social media and giveaways come in. If you are giving away an item and in return benefiting, it’s a win-win situation!

Benefits of Giveaways

You are probably wondering what benefits you might receive from running a giveaway:

  1. Increased social media following
  2. Traffic directed to your Etsy/website
  3. Wide promotion of your business and items
  4. Engagement with new and present customers

All of these could inevitably lead to sales. And sales makes everyone happy, right?!

How to go about it

As part of running a giveaway you firstly need to decide on the social media platform you’d like it on and then decide how you want people to enter. Take Twitter for example. You could ask people to RT the specific tweet and follow you. Or you could ask them to RT the tweet, follow you AND leave a comment too.

It’s all a bit of a domino effect really. You gain a new follower, they start retweeting your tweets, this pops up on their follower’s twitter feed, you gain another new follower etc etc etc. Or, the winner receives their amazing prize and being so impressed subsequently buys all their Christmas presents from your Small Biz. Those people they give the gifts too are so impressed they then buy all Birthday presents from your Small Biz. Your business will be booming!

Don’t forget to always include an end date and time and to announce the winner too! Perhaps you could ask them to post a picture of their prize (once they receive it) on their social media accounts.

You can also promote the giveaway over on your Website, Facebook page and Instagram page too, to help increase the number of entrants.

What to Giveaway?

  • A bundle of items
  • Items specifically from a new range
  • Give the reader the choice of selecting their prize to a fixed value (eg. 5 greetings cards of their choice or £10 worth of items)
  • A personalised item
  • A gift card from your Small Biz

Hosting a Twitter Giveaway with ME!

I have previously hosted Twitter giveaways with other Small Businesses including Picture A Name, Nudge Cards, Yorath Designs, KA Graphic Design, The Lazy Lemon and Angela Chick.

All you need to do is let me know what you want the winner to receive and I will do all the rest for you and host it on my Twitter account! I have over 4.5k Twitter Followers so the giveaway will already be reaching a wider audience, but I’d also ensure they follow your Twitter account too to get those extra followers. Where space allows, I will always try and include the link to your Etsy/website.

Below is a Twitter Giveaway I hosted with Holly from The Lazy Lemon. It had 344 retweets and helped Holly gain over 270 followers!

Some of the wonderful comments I received following these giveaways have been:-

“You’ve doubled my Twitter and Instagram following and that’s what I was looking for, a chance to increase the number of people seeing my work :)”

“I got loads of new followers. I really enjoyed working with you!”

“The giveaway proved to be a huge success. Thanks so much!”

“The giveaway was a big success and you’ve really helped me to promote my business so much”

If you want to team up with me to host a Giveaway (either on Twitter or Instagram) then feel free to DM me on Twitter/Instagram or drop me an email on info@rebeccasreviews.com 

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2 Comments

  1. August 6, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    This is such a great tip Rebecca! I always love entering a giveaway and hosting them is such a fab way to increase your following and reach a wider audience. That’s such a brilliant idea to offer to host giveaways for small biz, your giveaways have always been really exciting with lots of great goodies! Wow! And that’s amazing you helped Holly gain over 270 followers. Go girl! 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  2. August 7, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    I’m bookmarking this to send to friends of mine who have their own small businesses, it encapsulates every reason why giveaways are so good if you get the social media channels working for you. Fab tips, Rebecca, thank you so much 🙂 xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

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