It’s not that easy to search and discover new Facebook contests without someone telling us about it. Usually we find out about Facebook contests through viral channels – either we read someone’s tweet, or someone posts a contest link on their wall with “<Laura> entered … contest”, or similar. In addition, we can find multiple Facebook contests on sweepstakes listing sites and forums, but there exist many more FB contests than the ones listed there. So, how to find those hidden opportunities to win?
Facebook Promotions Applications
These applications are often used by companies to run contests and sweepstakes on Facebook. It’s a much easier choice for them to go with one of these Facebook promotions providers, rather than create their own sweepstakes application from scratch. What is great for us, is that promotions applications list all contests and sweepstakes that they run, in one place.
PromotionsHQ is the largest promotions application provider on Facebook. Visit their application, to find a large list of great sweepstakes and contests that they run, and enter them directly through their application.
Figure 1. PromotionsHQ
SweepstakesHQ, just like PromotionsHQ, is powered by the same company (Wildfire), but we noticed that their SweepstakesHQ app provides additional filtering features, such as filtering by prize value, and the ability to see most popular sweepstakes. They also list expired sweepstakes here, so check whether it doesn’t say ‘Sweepstakes Closed’ before clicking on the ‘Enter Sweepstakes’ button.
Figure 2. SweepstakesHQ
ContestsHQ is also powered by Wildfire, the same company as for the two above. Using this application you have access to more/different filtering features, than you would, using PromotionsHQ.
Figure 3. ContestsHQ
Fanappz is another promotions engine application, only much smaller than PromotionsHQ. They also list all their promotions in one place. Go to their application, to see their list.
Figure 4. FanAppz Promotions
Custom Facebook Sweepstakes Pages
If companies choose not to use any Promotions applications on Facebook, and develop a custom sweepstakes tab on their Facebook page, they become much harder to find. We have discovered several google search phrases that work quite well. To find many additional Facebook contests and sweepstakes, use this search phrase:
sweepstakes -wildfire -blognetworks -netwokedblogs -search -topic -posted -story_fbid -ogn -promotionshq -contestshq -sweepstakeshq -posts site:www.facebook.com
Make sure to edit your Advanced Settings in Google, to show only english pages. If you don’t, you will see many sweepstakes with english write-up, but hosted in European or Asian versions of Facebook, targeted to non-North-American audiences. Also, filter your search results using the sidebar option ‘Past week’ or ‘Past 24 hours’, to see the most recent contests. We recently wrote a blog post with tricks for googling new contests and sweepstakes – you could apply many filtering options, learned there, to your search for Facebook contests on Google.
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