What Are The Best Free Facebook Competition Apps?
Facebook has specific guidelines for running a competition on your page. Using a free app is the best way to make sure you don't break these rules. Plus, you don't need to worry about collecting and organising all the entries and manually picking a winner!
You cannot create a competition that requires sharing to private timelines. Also, competitions must have a legal disclaimer that include the specific terms outline in the Facebook page guidelines.
Why put your page at risk of being closed without warning when setting up a competition using an app only takes a few minutes, makes your page look more professional, automates the entry process and lets you pick and contact the winner with ease? It's better to be safe than sorry and use one of the free and easy to use apps available for competitions. Here are three of our favourite free competition apps.
Best For: Competitions involving a lot of businesses, or a lot of entry methods.
Rafflecopter is one of the most popular free apps for competitions. It's suitable for small competitions, but also has the mechanisms for use across a competition with hundreds of social media pages or blogs involved. You can easily embed the app into your Facebook page or link it into your website. Rafflecopter lets you have as many entry options as you wish - including blog comments, Facebook likes, Twitter tweets and lots more. It also has the option to choose your own entry method by adding instructions to the entry. You have the option to decide how many entries each action is worth - for instance you can award 2 entries for each Facebook like and 4 entries for a blog comment.
Rafflecopter Setup Guide
Rafflecopter Pricing Plan (You don't need to pay to use most options.)
Best For: Professional looking competitions.This competition app has a nice professional looking entry form. Easy to use and set up, the only downfall is that you can only have task based entries. No photo, voting or word entries and limited options. However it has several options that Rafflecopter doesn't (such as leaving a comment directly beneath the entry form), so it's really a personal decision based on the type of competition you wish to run. If you’re not a big fan of Rafflecopter, this is a great choice.
Punchtab Pricing Guide (Only required if you want to remove advertising.)
Best For: Quick competitions (with minimal setup) and only one type of entry.
This app is very brightly coloured, and you're limited to just ONE entry mechanism (answering a question). However it has one nifty features that make it great for small and quick competitions or if you want to get your fans working for you - it allows people to invite their friends to enter for more entries.
Giveaway Tab Pricing Guide (Only needed if you want to ask multiple questions as an entry mechanism.)
If you’re after something with a little more variety or have the money to invest, you can try out Shortstack (Some free options, or more for $25/month), EasyPromos ($15/month), WildFireApp by Google ($5+99c a day) or Woobox ($10/month).