The Power Of Contests In Social Media Marketing

Small Business Trends: The Power Of Contests In Social Media Marketing

David Cotriss shows how Docker used its online Wear the Pants contest to generate interest in the brand and make it seem cooler, and offers tips on how small businesses can emulate the bigger company’s success.

“Contests and promotions have been a popular form of marketing on Facebook and other social sites in recent years, and a campaign by the Dockers clothing brand is a particularly good example of how to use such a contest to build a strong fan base and positive brand association. Although this is a large-scale campaign for a well-known brand, it provides key takeaways that can mean the difference between success and failure for any business hoping to turn social site visitors into loyal customers and brand advocates.

Dockers launched its “Wear the Pants” contest in February to promote its line of khaki pants. The contest awards a $100,000 post-tax prize for the best business plan submitted through its Facebook page. Submissions were accepted through March 15, 2011, with the winner to be announced on May 2, 2011. Entrants were asked to submit their ideas for a new business or project in 400 words or fewer, and community members and friends could vote on the plans. A panel of judges selects five finalists, with the community again voting on the final winner from April 25, 2011 to May 1, 2011. In addition to the $100,000 prize, the winner receives a year’s worth of Dockers khakis, and the first 500 entrants receive a free pair of Dockers. Every entrant gets a shareable coupon for 30 percent off Dockers pants.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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