Facebook helps businesses connect with their customers, share news, and generate buzz about their products. To help attract people to their Facebook pages, more and more companies are giving away big prizes in Facebook giveaways.
Many sweepers love Facebook contests, too. After all, why not win some prizes while you're connecting with your family and friends? If you haven't tried winning on Facebook yet, this easy tutorial will help you get started.
1. Open a Facebook Account (If You Haven't Already)
To enter Facebook giveaways, you have to have a Facebook account. If you don't have one already, opening an account on Facebook is free and easy. To get started, visit Facebook and follow their directions.
Tip: When you make a Facebook account, you need to be careful about what information you make public. You don't want to display your address, phone number, and other personal information to just anyone. Techlicious has a Guide to Facebook Privacy Settings that will walk you through the steps to make sure only the right people see the things you share.
2. Find Facebook Giveaways to Enter
Once your Facebook account has been set up, it's time to find Facebook contests to enter. You might do this organically, by following the pages of companies that you like and which hold giveaways on a regular basis. Some companies even have separate pages just to promote the company's giveaways.
If you want to hone your efforts to enter more giveaways quickly, use the Facebook Sweepstakes List, which contains a selection of the biggest and most exciting giveaways that require a Facebook account to enter.
You can also follow Facebook pages that list giveaways, such as About Contests and Sweepstakes, Sweepstakes Advantage, and Woobox Sweepstakes. These will ensure that a good mix of giveaways pops up in your news feed on a regular basis.
3. Find the Giveaway's Rules
Just like any other giveaway, you should always read the sweepstakes rules before you enter to win on Facebook.
Tip: Having trouble locating the rules of the sweepstakes you want to enter? Many companies have a separate tab at the top of their Facebook page that lists information about their giveaways.
4. "Like" the Company's Page on Facebook
If you like a giveaway, go ahead and like the sponsor's page as well. When you like a page, you can see a company's updates on your wall, which makes it easy to find additional giveaways from the same company.
Although Facebook's rules prevent companies from requiring you to "like" their pages to see their entry forms, it's a good idea to do it anyway. The "like" button is at the top of the company's Facebook page.
You can "like" up to 500 pages at once. If you have too many companies liked, or you aren't enjoying their updates, you can follow these tips to easily unlike multiple Facebook pages.
If you want to continue to follow a company, but you don't want to read all their posts, you can also stop companies' posts from appearing on your Facebook wall without "unliking" them.
5. Enter Your Personal Information into the Entry Form
Most Facebook giveaways use a standard sweepstakes entry form. The Facebook Promotions Guidelines prohibit companies from taking contact information directly from your Facebook profile, so you'll need to type your information into the form.
Be sure to follow the same guidelines for sharing personal information with sweepstakes as you would with any other giveaway.
6. Share Basic Facebook Information
After you submit the entry form, many companies will ask you to install an app which gives them permission to access your Facebook account. The app might ask you to give them the rights to view your publicly-displayed information or even to make posts for you on your wall. Use your judgment as to whether that's a good idea.
After the giveaway is over, you can remove Facebook applications that you no longer need.
7. Share the Giveaway on Your Facebook Wall
Many companies ask whether you want to share the word about their giveaways on your Facebook wall. You can choose to post the sweepstakes, skip this step, or you can use a Facebook list to share the giveaway with only the friends you know will be interested,
Voila! You've Entered a Facebook Contest
Congratulations, you've just entered your first Facebook giveaway. Now you just need to wait to find out if you're a winner.
Many companies will notify their winners through a direct message on Facebook, by email, and/or by posting the name of the winner on their Facebook page, so be alert. And while you're waiting, be sure to enter lots of other giveaways to boost your odds of winning.