So I've started to think about doing my first giveaway. I've got a couple of items that I've managed to get from my friends who work in PR and one item I have received from doing my own PR and contacting companies. Obviously it's not been too easy as I can not prove I have a lot of visitors and I don't have hundreds of followers, but since I've added Google Analytics I've been able to track my visitors and I have seen that very slowly, but steadily my blog is growing, which I am very thankful for!
However, just as I was thinking about doing my giveaway I saw an interesting discussion on IFB. If you want to have a look click here... you don't have to be a member to read but will have to be one to post a reply! They were asking the question of whether giveaways do actually help develop your blog and promote it. Many people stated that they think they are a waste of time as people will just follow you to enter the giveaway and then disappear. I do agree with this to a certain extent. However I see my blog and everyone else's blogs out there as their own brand, and own identity. All companies and brands reward their customers, and this is usually by offering discounts on goods or special shopping nights etc. So I have decided to go ahead with my giveaway.
But... I'm going to do it slightly differently. I am not going to say you have to be a follower to enter. However I'm not sure how many more times I can blag free stuff off friends, so obviously if my followers start to increase it will probably be easier to get companies to listen to my request and prove that their brand will be seen by however many people.
I'm also not going to ask entries to simply post a comment on the giveaway post asking them to be entered. I am going to ask all those who want to be entered to tell me which is their favourite post of mine, and why. I got this idea from a competition that My-Wardrobe did recently for their birthday. They asked all their facebook 'friends' to post on their wall what they would spend a £400 my-wardrobe voucher on, and then they selected the best entries.
Now some of you may think this is unfair as the selection will not be completely random, but I think I would like to do a giveaway which will promote my blog, but by encouraging people to read older posts, hopefully there may be one person who actually enjoys my blog and becomes a 'loyal' follower.
Details of the giveaway will follow shortly but I just wanted to put this out there first to see whether people would still enter my giveaway even with these slightly adapted rules? Obviously I don't want to do a giveaway and then have no one enter it... that would be slightly embarrassing, but I am starting to get a good flow of comments on my posts and so think that I should get a good handful of responses. But do let me know if you think I am being too optimistic and people are really only interested in the free stuff!
I wont tell you exactly what is going to be in my giveaway, it's not massive, but will include some make up and something pretty! I would love to hear your opinions on giveaways!