Planning Facebook Contest? Use Binkd!

In my recent article about Facebook contests  I have discussed some tips on how to run the successful Facebook contest. One of the things mentioned was that Facebook rules PROHIBIT running the contests directly on Facebook. Yes, this means no trivia, no “click like it”, no picture contests, no anything related to contests DIRECTLY on Facebook. However, you CAN run the contest through a 3rd party application (special tab you install on your Facebook page).

How do you do that? The easiest way is to go with the solution designed by one of the companies that specializes in online promotions. There are tons of firms that offer Facebook contest apps (WildfireWooboxPromoboxx to name some of my favorites), but they are often fairly expensive, especially if you want to run a contest that requires the users to like your Facebook page before they can enter. As I mentioned in my previous post, making users (and those who vote for them if it is a voting-based contest) like your page before they can participate is extremely important, because it is the best way to increase your Facebook fan base. Some basic (cheap or free) versions of the apps will allow you to run the contest BUT will require you to upgrade to much more expensive version if you want this functionality enabled. This is why I love, love Binkd. You don’t have to pay a penny for this function and you can run all kinds of contests (picture voting, text voting, sweepstakes & more). The free version will let you run 1 contest at the time for 21 days. If you want to run more contests at the time or for longer period, the upgrade is under $10.

It is relatively new, so there are still few issues, but Binkd is very good at responding and fixes everything in 24 hours.

Give it a try and let me know your thoughts!


About Lucie
I am curious and passionate about all things social and pretty much anything else I put my mind into.

4 Responses to Planning Facebook Contest? Use Binkd!

  1. I’ll have to give this a look – thanks for the recommendation. I always like learning about new apps. 🙂

  2. Hi! Any other alternatives you think are worth considering? I am running mad into this “sea” of “contest-esque” applications…
    We have to run a contest where entrants will submit us their propposals and later we’ll open them free for everyone else to vote. We don’t really need them to be our friends on Facebook (actually we could very well run the contest out of FB at all), nor like our page or similar, but we need to make sure each voter votes only once (here in Spain we could force them to enter their personal national ID number; bit tough though but may be acceptable; in that case we need a platform where we could force that). Later, we’ll close the voting, and find who the winner is.
    Gee… I seem to be unable to find some platform that could help us do that… any hints will be much appreciated! Thanks a $M!

    • Ola to Spain!
      Thanks for your comment! As to contest applications, check out Woobox, Involver, and Wildfire. I have been working with Binkd for quite a few contests, but ran all of them on Facebook. I found Adam from Binkd very helpful, so he will certainly be able to help if you contact him (customer support).
      A bit of advice though – make it as easy for people to enter as possible, so I’d not ask for ID numbers. You want this contest to be as viral, as popular as possible..
      Also make sure to look at my article Top 10 Tips on Doing Facebook Contests – many of these principles apply to contests in general, even if you’re not doing Facebook contest. Let me know if I can help with anything else!

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