In a few more days we will be posting the winner of our latest sweepstakes, Escape To Paradise. The winner will receive a $1.225 credit toward a stay at Hideaway Cove Poipu Beach. The credit can be used in any of our seven villas, space available. The $1.225 dollar amount will purchase a week in our Beachcomber Studio, with four poster carved pineapple bed and a Jacuzzi tub.
Our next sweepstakes,begins April 1st and ends June 30th, and is called “Kauai Paradise Found!” The prize will be another free week stay at Hideaway Cove valued at $1225.
I gave some thought to doing a contest, rather than a sweepstakes. I thought that entrants could post reasons why they wanted to win a free trip and have everyone vote on the winner. Fortunately, I decided to ask our existing fans what they thought of the idea. Boy, did I get an earful and an education to boot. The education was how important it is to ask the people who you hope will benefit from something you intend to do, what they think of it. In this case it saved me making a big mistake of doing a contest. I had not idea that these contests could be “gamed” and that there are even sites on Facebook where you can post “I’ll vote for yours if you vote for mine”. Kind of like when I was a little kid and my friend Sally said “I’ll show you mine if you…” Oh, I guess that was different.
Anyway, I owe a giant debt of gratitude to all of our Facebook fans who took the time to educate me about contests. As a result, we will not be doing any “stinking contests”, we’ll be sticking to sweepstakes. When I asked for ways to improve the sweepstakes and also achieve our goal of increasing our number of Facebook fans, several of you suggested giving additional entries to those who had their friends sign up. I like that idea because it gives more entries to those whose friends sign up and doesn’t penalize those who don’t want to ask their friends to sign up. The drawing for the winner would remain a random drawing at the end of the contest.
What I need now is a tip from someone that knows what software program, if there is one out there, could run this sweepstakes. If you know of one, please comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you with your suggestions. You can also email your ideas to email@example.com.