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    I want to run competitions

    In order to promote a site of mine when it launches (it's currently in the planning stages) I plan to hold a few competitions to get people visiting.

    It's going to be an educational site so prizes will, I suspect, be books, revision guides, etc. I don't mind putting my hand into my own pocket to fund these but I've spoken to a couple of people saying that it's normally possible to get a deal with book publishers for them to supply you with a copy of one of their books to give away.

    Does anyone have any experience with doing this? Is it easy?
    Which department/person at the company should I send my proposal to?

    Any input would be great

    -Sam
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    SitePoint Evangelist comfixit's Avatar
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    I dont have experience with that. However there are several e-books online for a great number of topics with the advantage of immediate delivery. They tend to be much cheaper, some even provide free unlimited distribution. So consider that as an inexpensive way to incentivise visitors.

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    That's not a bad idea, I just don't want my visitors to think I'm cheap or anything by offering them as prizes. Most people who enter competitions want something tangible, something they can see and show off to their friends ("Hey dudes, look at my cool new textbook!").

    Thanks
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    Just a suggestion...

    you could also give them free t-shirts and stuff with your site's name on it.
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    I've done it with a book publisher, graphic novels. They actually approached me though as they wanted to promote news on my site. It helps if you have the traffic already, as they won't want to fund a competition if it's not going to give them the desired publicity.

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    Unfortunately I won't have the traffic straight away. I may fund a competition with my own money to start with (a couple of books won't set me back too much), and when traffic picks up perhaps approach a publisher or two.

    Thanks

    -Sam
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    If you run a vbulletin forum ive found the best way to run a competition is by simply using the ucash hack and setting a high amount for a particular prize. Then when members reach that certain amount they can "buy" the prize they earned.

    By this time you've often earned enough additional ad revenue to cover the cost of buying the prize as well
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    Unfortunately I won't be running any kind of forum. Thanks for the input anyway though, I'll certainly bear that tip in mind.
    Sam Hastings


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