Free 8″x10″ Print Giveaway (Engagement/Interaction Question)
I’ve been thinking about what to do for my latest prints giveaway for a few months now, and I’ve settled on doing a question/answer contest, curated by me.
I am giving away between two and four 8″x10″ prints which were unsold in my ongoing prints sale (as of this writing: all thirty-five prints). To enter this contest, first think about your presence on the web, as well as the presence of brands, companies, celebrities, photographers, musicians, artists, and/or other entitites you know. What I am curious about is how you interact and engage with the audience. Is there something that this entity (subject) does that invariably leads you to come back to see more and more of their work, their new product line, their blog posts, etc.? If so, can you distill what they’re doing right in a paragraph or two?
To enter this contest, leave a comment on this blog post incorporating some of the points/questions raised below:
- If you’re a devout follower of a certain brand/website/celebrity, can you explain what they’re doing that is grabbing your attention? Is it their presence on twitter? Their excellent facebook page? The way they are responding to your comments?
- To answer the question above, it may help if you leave a comment about your personal experience with one (or more, if you choose) subject (be it a person, a product, a celebrity, a website) which made you think: wow, I want to continue interacting (by interacting I mean: following/replying on Twitter, commenting on blog posts, subscribing to the RSS feed, buying products, using word-of-mouth to tell others about your experience, etc.) with this subject, because they’re totally getting me. It may have been just one experience that totally swooned you, and you became a total fan. Or it might be the continued reciprocity that you’re receiving, which leaves you coming back for more.
The reason for the open-ended question is that I’m trying to get a better idea of how people connect. I need to become better at interaction and engagement, so I think it’s a good question to ponder. The details of the free print giveaway are below in the FAQs.
Q: What does this contest entail?
A: It’s a free print giveaway of 8″x10″ prints, which may be seen here.
Q: How do I enter the contest?
A: Simply leave a comment on this blog post responding to the engagement/interaction question I raised above.
Q: OK, so I want to leave a comment. Is there a restriction on how long my comment should be?
A: Nope, there isn’t. If you think you can distill your thoughts down to a sentence, go for it. If you need a few paragraphs to explain, that’s fine too.
Q: How many prints are you giving away?
A: I will give away anywhere between two and four prints, depending on the number of responses I receive.
Q: How will you pick the winners?
A: Unlike my previous free print giveaways, I will not be using a random number generator for this contest. I’ll be looking for interesting and thought-provoking responses, and I’ll pick the best responses myself by the end of this contest.
Q: How long do I have to submit a comment?
A: I’ll leave the comments open on this post until 11:59:59PM on December 24, 2009. UPDATE: Contest extended until December 31, 2009.
Q: If I win, can I exchange the print for cash?
A: As usual, the answer is no.
Q: What if I really want to answer this question, but I don’t care for a free print?
A: Feel free to participate in this discussion! I’ll be emailing you before I send out the prints, so if you don’t want a print, either simply state your preference in your comment, or in a subsequent email exchange.
Q: What if I have something interesting to share but don’t want to respond in public?
A: I prefer people respond in a public space because I think it will tune others to interesting examples of interaction/engagment on the web. So, for this contest, I’m only soliciting public comments.
Q: Are there any restrictions on who can receive the print?
A: Yes, my only restriction is that you live in the continental United States (saves me on shipping costs). I still encourage everyone to chime in with their thoughts, however.
Q: But what about…
A: If there is anything I didn’t cover, or if I was unclear about something, please send me an email or leave a comment on this post.
Q: What prints are available in this free print giveaway?
A: Images of a select number of prints are below. For a complete list, see this entry.
Thanks for looking and participating!