Monday, September 1, 2014

Results of my latest #Rafflecopter - the pluses and cons to using these types of #giveaways.



I’ve just run a rafflecopter! My first. And I must say, it was quite simple.

I had decided ahead of time that my purse could stretch to providing a $25 Amazon gift certificate and at least one free book - I chose my most expensive - The Vegas Series. (If you decide to try this, your prize should be whatever you feel you can afford. Don't go too crazy - unless you get a group together.)

Not too sure how effective it was since all I added was 19 followers for my newsletter but I blame that totally on myself. And here’s why…

I really had no idea what I was doing. I knew when I’d been in a book tour a while back, the rafflecopter had been hugely successful. We had over a thousand entries. I believe to enter that one, all a person had to do was send a tweet. Since it was for the Bride’s collection, (see on right) it was helpful at the time.
But personally, I really want to grow my newsletter list. Therefore, this time, I asked everyone who entered to do two tasks - sign up for my newsletter and - tweet about one of my books.

Mimi's Ongoing Rafflecopter:

Again, it I believe I made a number of mistakes:
1. I should have asked the people entering for one thing only - to sign up on my newsletter. As you can see, out of 122 entries only 19 chose that as opposed to tweeting. Either that or give a significant number of entries for signing up versus tweeting. Maybe 10 to 1.
2. Plus, I was very remiss in adding the rafflecopter to every one of my blogs. Just got too busy and wasn’t focussing……sigh!!
3. And this would have been the perfect time for me to be a guest on as many blogs as I could, of course using the rafflecopter in my guests posts.
4. And finally, I hardly pushed the rafflecopter at all on social media. After all the years of working at it, I have quite a reach now. It was a huge waste of opportunities to get more activity – not only for the contest but new readers to my blog…..arggrrr!!!
For any of you who want to set something like this up when you’re having a book being released, need tweets for a promotion or just want new signatures like myself, here’s where you go to:
Please read the instructions through carefully so you understand your options!!

*** Congratulations to Enrique Herrera for winning the $25 Amazon Gift Certificate and Laney 4 who won the Vegas Series - 6 book collection.




  1. Thanks for sharing your experiences, Mimi, it helps a lot. :)

  2. Thanks for the info, Mimi. I haven't done a raffle and would have never known how to go about it. Now I have an idea at least, lol.

    1. It's fun when it's over - but kinda scary at the beginning, Dale. As anything is when first tried. I'm glad I did give it a go and wouldn't hesitate for the next time :-)

  3. You were brave enough to try something new and you learned from the experience.
    I call that a success.

  4. Wow! Mimi. You are a font of info. And brave. I would be scared witless to have a Rafflecopter solo. With a group or on tour, I'm good with it--somebody is always nearby to answer a panic call. Otherwise, my courage sinks to China.

    1. LOL - I had to try it cause I'm such a tryer. Guess it's how I've learned so much that I think sometimes my brain can't hold any more "stuff'. Then along comes a new fantastic group called ENovel Authors and there I go trying something else.

  5. Congratulations to Enrique Herrera for winning the $25 Amazon Gift Certificate and Laney 4 who won the Vegas Series - 6 book collection.