In the past, I've been reluctant to do a giveaway on my blog because I was afraid that I'd get a lame 1 or 2 responses. This would just be so sad!
But then I looked around at various web resources for ways to publicize my giveaway. There are a bunch of great ones! Just google something like "free blog giveaways" and you'll get a whole list of different sites that feature some of the great stuff you can enter to win on the internet! Because blogs are typically less trafficked than, say, a national print campaign, your odds of winning these prizes are a lot higher!
On many of these sites, there's a link for your to submit your own giveaway.
This discovery encouraged me to go ahead and do it -- the idea is to get some new eyeballs over to my store.
Here's one of those sites:
It was really easy to find a link to submit my giveaway information.
When I did, I was also given a choice to purchase a small ad with the assurance that the ads typically received many times the traffic that a simple listing would get. Okay, I was sold and the price was quite low, so I went for it! I've highlighted my ad on the right.
In order to enter my drawing to win one of five Halloween cards, you have to leave a comment on my blog letting me know which card at my etsy shop you like and why. You can enter a second time by becoming a follower of my blog. By becoming my fan on Facebook, you get a third chance to win.
All of these, of course, expose people to my cards and may result in future sales, so this is excellent. I've seen a serious uptick in the traffic to my site. And people's comments have been seriously kind.
In addition to promoting the giveaway on the free blog giveaways site, I also purchased some spots on Project Wonderful. My favorite pop-up card blog is http://extremecards.blogspot.com/. If you visit Carol's terrific site, you'll see my ad on the right side. She's also very kindly plugged my giveaway in a recent post (so right back at you, Carol!).
All of this activity has resulted in a satisfying number of entries to my contest -- 20 so far!
It's hard to tell if any of this activity has resulted in any sales yet, but, heck! It couldn't hurt... and it's kind of fun to try something new!