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Rafflecopter Frustrations

Friday, January 13, 2012
Several giveaways later, and I'm frustrated with Rafflecopter. Or should I say that I'm frustrated with people entering the giveaways without reading the instructions first? I like hosting giveaways because I want to share the books that I love. At the same time, it's hard for me when I go through two Rafflecopter giveaways and end up not being able to give out any prizes because not a single person followed the instructions.

This is a problem that I never went through with Google Forms, probably because the forms ask for the information straight up. On the other hand, in a Rafflecopter giveaway, when I ask people to include a little bit of information, like which prize they're entering for, with one of their entries, nobody answers whether I ask for the information in the blog post or under the Terms & Conditions of the Rafflecopter form. I'm starting to think that we'll have go back to Google Forms, which I don't mind to run giveaways smoothly, but it's a bit of a pain when it comes to drawing the winner.

Fellow book bloggers: have you experienced similar problems? What do you do to make sure you get all the necessary information needed for a book giveaway, and which giveaway format do you prefer?

Blog readers: What should we do to make entering giveaways easier for you?

10 comments on "Rafflecopter Frustrations"
  1. i admit rafflecopter can be very confusing as a blog reader sometime sit ask for information but there no room to put the info asked and it can have opposite condition in the title ( when we haven't logged in) and when we are logged in
    The advantage is that we can check if we have already entered so no double entries or disqualification for that ( with very long giveaway it's a plus)

    now what i like in the form is that the rule ( international, us, us and canada etc etc) are written at the beginning so we see them without problem

    it doesn't bother me to enter by comment either ( at least we can check if we have entered)

    Really do what you have more easy to do

    all the best

  2. I get the problem. I have try to ask for as little information as possible because I love sorting the entries better and choosing winners better with rafflecopter. It also prevents double entries a lot easier.


  3. *tosses in her two cents worth* I've had problems with Rafflecopter when entering some contests when it doesn't load the space where I need to type stuff in. (Or it does, but then it won't let me type anything in there.) I've tried different browsers, but it's been happening to me more recently.

  4. So far I haven't had the chance to host a giveaway on my blog, but I know that when I enter giveaways that use rafflecopter, I find it complicated and confusing, and sometimes I choose not to enter giveaways just because of how complicated rafflecopter makes it.

  5. I have had the problem when entering that sometimes it asks for info but there is no box to put the info in.

  6. As Ricki said, I've had the problem of entering the entries where the box doesn't show up to type information. I just hosted by first giveaway rafflecopter and found it pretty easy to use. I also go through the entries to make sure everything is perfect (entering them and clicking through them) and then I just delete the entries I had later.

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  7. Yeah, I have had the no text box when it asks for information and sometimes the task doesn't match what's there I have seen forms all jumbled up where it says tweet and there is a like button in the field, I think some blog owners need to look the thing over before posting it to make sure it looks correct.

    I think I'd make the information needed or question you are asking as the first box and entry and not allow any other entries to be available until that task is completed.

  8. I find with Rafflecopter that even though information is asked for, no space is often provided. I add it to comments, but it's not the best solution.

  9. If the Rafflecopter form is working (or set up) properly, I really like it. I get 100's of emails a day (some with duplicate and triplicate giveaways), so it helps me to avoid multiple entries. Also keeps track of my Tweets so I can tweet once a day for additional entries.

    I've also run into Rafflecopter forms where there was no space for the information required (I usually enter them into the comments later), or where the links to "Like" in Facebook, were bad links.

    Overall, as long as you're actually reading the posts and entering the giveaways, I prefer Rafflecopter!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  10. I don't use Rafflecopter as often anymore. I use Google Docs. I haven't used their new form so I don't know. For my giveaways, I just make it really simple so there won't be any confusion.


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