Facebook Contest Ideas
With so many major and minor companies having tons of luck with facebook fanpage contests, it's no wonder you're here, trying to get some ideas and inspiration for a contest you can host on your own page.
I won't keep you waiting to long, so without further ado, here are some of the best facebook contest ideas.
Logo contests are tried and true as great ways to engage your fan base. They also provide you with great opportunities and connections with graphic and digital designers who were already in your midst.
All you have to do, is announce the starting and ending date of your competition and how the logos will be judged. I've found it to be most effective, if you allow your fans to judge by "liking" the logo that they find the most attractive. That way, you know you'll have a new logo that will appeal to your fans - fans that will be loyal to your company because they feel they've been able to contribute to it.
Trivia contests are simple and easy to use at anytime. You can make it trivia about your business, or about something in your industry. Or you can just go with some old favorites - like 80's music or pop-culture.
You can have a "most creative" photo type contest, where contestants try to post the most creative photo according to your theme. Some popular ones are the most creative photograph with your product or people who provide your services. Others might be the best 'Seattle sunset', 'the biggest mess', the 'cleanest house', the 'craziest hair', the 'cutest kid' or 'cuddliest cat'. Whatever strikes your fancy is great for these kinds of contests, and everyone loves to get involved.
This is a little bit more technical than most other facebook contests you could have. What you want to do, is to hid certain images or short sentences of information on your website. Then you have your fans search for what you hid on your website or blog, according to clues that you give to them. Then you want your fans to come back and post their answers in a comment to your posted question. If they find the right hidden object or phrase, they win your prize.
Tag! You're it!
Have your fans take part in a game of tag, where the idea is that they tag you in a photo that fits a pre-specified theme. This is sort of an off-shoot of the 'photo contest' idea, though the focus is on tagging in this contest.
Youtube is an amazing tool, and one that just about everyone is eager to jump on board with. Which is why facebook contests that include using youtube, are very popular. You could have your fans come up with and preform a new jingle for your company, or have them create a 30 second advertisement for your services.
Tell a Story
A good way to build rapport with your fans, is to have story contests, where they are asked to tell a personal story. It could be holiday or business themed. Or you could have them share experiences of crazy times in their life, or
"What is red and black and white all over?"
If you like riddles, try posting a few on your fanpage from time to time and offer a small prize to the fan who can answer the riddle. This is another simply one, though it is slightly more challenging to pull off, only for two reasons - the first is that many people are intimidated by riddles, and the other is that if you're riddle is really common, people will just look up the answer.
If you're good with HTML, or you have a staff member who is, a great contest for your fans, is an egg hunt. What you want to do, is hide small images of eggs on your website pages. The more you can get away with, without being to obvious, the better.
Now, you can do this type of contest three ways - you can either place one egg in a very hidden place, and offer a prize to anyone who finds it. The next way, is to hide tiny eggs in your blog posts from time to time, which will encourage people to read your blog regularly, to find the eggs. The last way, is simply to celebrate with the holidays, and offer a prize to the first person who finds a dozen eggs.
More Holiday Hunts
In the same way that you would use the above egg hunt, you can also have your clients search for:
- Sun's or Moon's during equinoxes
- Hearts or Candy for Valentine's Day
- Ties or Baseball Caps on Father's Day
- Flowers, Jewelry or Hearts for Mother's day
- Rulers, Pencils or Apples for Teacher's day
- Leaf's, Buds, Brownies, Bongs or Joints on 4/20
- Elephants, Donkey's or Snakes during Election season
- Turkey's, Pies, Cranberry's or Pilgrim's for Thanksgiving
- Yellow Ribbon's, Tequila Shots or Sumbrero's on Cinco De Mayo
- Shamrocks, blarney stones and leprechauns for St. Patrick's day
- Fireworks, Sparklers, American Flags or Hot dogs for the 4th of July
- Pumpkin's, Witches, Candy Corn or Goblin's for Halloween or Samhain
- Candles, Xmas Trees, Yule logs and Spinning Tops during the winter holidays
There are ton's of strange little holiday's that happen everyday. Anyone could have a lot of fun with this type of challenge. You could have Bologna slices for Bologna day, or Dunce caps for educational holidays. You could use images of coins for various presidents birthdays or help charities with various ribbons. Be creative and your customers will love you for it.
This is another extremely easy challenge to offer to your fans, and one that many people like to jump into. The only problem with using this type of contest, is that you really need to do it regularly, otherwise your fans probably won't pay attention often enough to participate.
Take a photograph of somewhere local to your business, or at least relevant to your company, and have your fans guess the location of the picture. If you're business is located in Seattle, try taking pictures of one of the hundreds of statues around downtown, or one of the many views from parks located in and around Seattle. The locals to your photo location are most likely going to be your winners, and they will love that.
How Many Marbles?
This isn't just a fun carnival game, it's also a great fanpage contest! And remember, it doesn't have to be marbles. Some other things you can stuff in jars and have people guess on:
- Pre-Chewed Gum
- Hershey's Kisses
- Business Cards
- Pickled Carrots
- Banana Chips
- Pipe Cleaners
- Tooth Picks
- Pen Caps
- Hair Pins
Get creative, plenty of things fit in jars and people love to guess how much of what can go in that jar!
The Best Tip
You never know what you might learn from your very own fans. And very few page managers realize that half of their fan base are people who are in related fields. Even if that statistic doesn't fit your fan base, people still love to offer their own tips and wisdom. So reward your fans for what they already like to do!
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