Why 'Hit & Run' Sweepstakes Suck

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All too often I come across what I call “Hit-and-Run” promotions. 

You’ve seen them. 

They’re the digital sweepstakes that feature prizing visuals and a registration form on the splash page.  After entering my personal info and clicking submit I’m shown a “Thank You” page and the virtual door. 

Frankly I don’t understand why advertisers run promotions like this.  All I see is a missed opportunity. 

A Wasted Opportunity

Put yourself in the shoes of the consumer. 

You land on the splash page of a Hit-and-Run promo and you see the prizing visuals.  If the prizing’s lame, you leave.  If the prizing’s good, you sign up.  The only value being offered is the prize, so once you’ve registered you leave.  In both cases, the only thing you’re going to remember about the experience is the prizing.  

From an advertiser’s perspective Hit-and-Run sweepstakes don’t make sense. They waste a valuable opportunity to engage consumers.

They do little, if anything, to promote the sponsoring brand. And they don’t educate consumers about its value propositions. 

They don’t drive repeat traffic or prolonged engagement. 

At best the advertiser will glean some consumer contact information and maybe a Facebook like.

So What’s The Alternative?

If you are going to invest the money and effort (planning, development, prizing, legal services, fulfillment, media, etc.) required to execute a a Hit-and-Run sweepstakes why stop short?  By adding some entertaining content you can keep consumers engaged and create a more impactful brand experience. 

What’s more, if your content is good consumers can become addicted and end up spending hours engaged with your brand. 

Once you have a engaged audience you can broadcast messaging to motivate them to do any number of things such as opt in to your email, tell their friends, Like or Follow you, take a survey, etc. 

That’s an awful lot of return for a small incremental expense.