Subscriber Appreciation Giveaway
Welcome to the last portion of a series of posts thanking subscribers, showing my appreciation for folks out there who’ve viewed the site, shared advice, and provided encouragement. In part one, I discussed some favorite art sites and asked readers about the types of giveaways they might be interested in. In part two, I shared some interesting statistics (to me, anyway). Now, we’re to the actual giveaway!
According to the results of the poll in the first post, 80% of respondents would like a color portrait, while 20% would prefer some sort of art supplies as a prize. I decided to keep this contest flexible, and let the winner choose their prize. Basically, if the winner wants a portrait drawn, I’ll let them pick whatever they’d like (within the scope of my ability). If they want some art supplies, we’ll find something that fits with the winner’s preferred medium and ship it via USPS. Or, if the winner just prefers a cash prize, I can send them $20 via PayPal.
These prizes aren’t amazing, but I thought even a small gift was a decent way to express my thanks to people who check out this site. And on the plus side, even though it’s a small jackpot, I doubt many people will enter, so the chances of winning are probably high!
The giveaway will be conducted using Gleam:
- I picked Gleam because it’s commonly used for giveaways on others sites (like Android Authority, for example).
- I’ll let it run for 30 days. After that, Gleam will automatically pick the winner at random.
- To enter, you have to provide Gleam a name and email address. It seems safe, and I haven’t received any spam from them. But, when I’ve entered contests before, I created a junk/throwaway email, Twitter, and Facebook just for that.
- Once you’re logged into Gleam, to actually enter, you just click the buttons to visit, subscribe, or “like” the page.
- I was able to get an easy “click to enter” button (the first entry), but there are some other bonuses if you want to up your odds. Each one you do counts as an entry.
- If you win, we can communicate about your prize however you’re most comfortable. It can be through the Amdall Gallery forums, via email, or just through the comments section here – totally up to you!
- Shipping something internationally will probably be a bit pricey, so if the winner is outside the U.S., we’ll have to stick with either the portrait/drawing or cash via PayPal options.
Amdall Gallery Subscriber Appreciation
I also considered using Rafflecopter, which I did a test run with…but it didn’t look as nice, and wasn’t quite as user friendly. So, hopefully this works out, and we don’t have any hiccups. As I’ve mentioned, this is the first time I’ve ever done a giveaway, so my fingers are crossed that it runs smoothly.
Thanks again to everyone, and good luck!
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Thanks for having the giveaway!
Hey Richard, thanks for visiting and entering the giveaway…guess what? You won!
I’m going to write a post about it shortly, and send you a message via the Giveaway portal (Gleam). I think it will go to your email, but this is my first time to use this, so we’ll see. Congrats to you!
Thanks for the great giveaway!
Sure thing Sand – thanks for visiting
Thank you for this chance. Amazing giveaway
You’re welcome, and thank you for coming by
Hello! Thank you so much for the chance and have a great week!!
Absolutely – thank you for visiting!
Hi! This is my first time on your site.
Hello to you, and welcome!
You are such a gifted artist!
Thank you Laurie, and thanks for visiting!
Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
Absolutely! You caught it right in the nick of time, too – two days left
Thanks for the chance.
You are quite welcome – good luck to you
Thank you so much!! It’s much appreciated!
Sure thing Tracy, thanks for visiting!
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I enjoyed seeing your blog entries, and wanted to thank you for being the first to visit my new website, Arteveryday365.com
Glad to find your site!
I enjoyed your sites as well – thanks for visiting, Pamela!
I enter a lot of contests, and concerning your dilemma about Gleam vs Rafflecopter, they each have their strong and weak points. The best thing I like about both of them is the fact that they let you know if you have already entered the contest–very important if the contest shows up on several sites (maybe not an issue for you) AND allows only one entry!
I agree, that is pretty useful! I do wish they opened things up a bit more for the free version (like allowing email subscription entries), but I understand. They’ve got to make money somehow, because they are pretty cool services. If not for Gleam (and their competitors) existence, I probably would have had to install another plugin, which I try to do in moderation.
This is such an awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance!
Thank you – good luck to you on the contest!
Hi there Alex
Hello! Cool drawings, and thanks for the opportunity!
Thanks Clem! Good luck on the contest
Hello, I like this site!
Thanks for the chance to win!
You’re quite welcome, thanks for visiting – best of luck!
Hello, and thank you for the giveaway.
Hello! Thanks for stopping by, and good luck
Hi! I would love to win a portrait/drawing!
Excellent, best of luck to you!
Hello to you, thanks for visiting
I did some browsing in the WordPress Reader for keywords like “giveaway” and “contest,” and it looks like most people (at least in WordPress) have been using Rafflecopter for stuff like this. Oops. Hopefully, that doesn’t make this too high of a barrier for people. It does seem pretty easy to enter this Gleam contest (type a name and email), but you never know. The more clicks something takes, the less likely people will do something.
Well, I did know this was a learning experience going into it. Glad to see some activity so far, though!
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