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Facebook Changes Contest Rules to Benefit Small Businesses

By Gloria Rand

Facebook contests Small business owners got a big break from Facebook today. The social networking giant has changed its rules regarding contests and promotions. You no longer have to use a third-party app to run a contest, sweepstakes, competition or drawing. You can still use a service like Woobox, for instance. But you’re not required to do so.

The Facebook changes allow Pages to:
collect entries via users (fans and non-fans) posting on the Page wall
collect entries by users commenting or liking on a Page post
collect entries by having users message the Page
collect votes via likes (new fans, post likes)

Businesses are still prohibited from conducting contests on personal Timelines, however.

Facebook has also changed the rules regarding tagging. In order to maintain the accuracy of Page content, Pages cannot tag or encourage people to tag themselves in content that they are not actually depicted in. So, for instance:

It’s OK to ask people to submit names of a new product in exchange for a chance to win a prize
It’s not OK to ask people tag themselves in pictures of a new product in exchange for a chance to win a prize

This is huge for small businesses, in particular, because contests are a great way to build brand awareness, recruit new fans and generate engagement! Many small companies with limited budgets had been reluctant to run contests because you had to pay for a third-party app. Now, you can do it yourself! Here are some ideas of contests you can run: photo contests, video contests, design contests, logo contests, essay-based contests and more.

See the official announcement here: https://www.facebook.com/facebookforbusiness/news/page-promotions-terms

Will this change encourage you to run a Facebook contest now? If so, what type will you run? Please share your ideas in the comments below.

About the Author
Gloria Grace Rand is an inspirational speaker, author and host of the Live. Love. Engage. podcast. Prior to launching her SEO Copywriting business in 2009, Gloria spent nearly two decades in television, most notably as writer and producer for the award-winning PBS financial news program, “Nightly Business Report.”

Gloria turned to writing as a way to communicate, since growing up with an alcoholic father and abusive mother taught her that it was safer to be seen and not heard. But not speaking her truth caused Gloria problems such as overeating, control issues, and an inability to fully trust people. After investing in coaching & personal development programs, and studying spiritual books like “A Course in Miracles,” Gloria healed her emotional wounds. Today, she helps entrepreneurs develop the clarity and confidence to express their unique voice online and off.

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