I think we all wish we had more time to enter sweepstakes and giveaways, right? I just read about a person who pays a virtual assistant to enter for her! On one hand I think, hey what a great idea, but on the other hand I almost feel like it is cheating.
There are a few other issues I see with doing this and I wonder if the person who is paying this VA is aware of them.
In the rules, many giveaways state that no third party entries will be accepted. This means if the winners email and the ip address from where the entry originated don’t tie up, then they won’t win.
While I’ve got you here, let’s discuss something else which could get the winner disqualified. Entering online is convenient, there is no doubt about it and it makes it almost impossible to enter late as more often than not the software won’t accept late entries.
Being too young will also get you disqualified, check the age limits, this is especially true of sponsors who are either offering alcohol as a prize or if this is their business.
Giving a false email address! What, why would someone do this? The answer is of course they don’t want a bunch of spam. If you are entering online, it is likely your notification of winning a prize, will come as an email.
Some giveaways can detect auto form fillers which they don’t like and will disqualify entrants who use these. You may see no problem with this but the longer you are on their site, the more likely you are to click on something on their page. Also if you aren’t staying longer than 30 seconds on a page, your view isn’t counting in the statistics of their site. If you aren’t familiar with why this is important, it would mean they have a high bounce rate which devalues a site. The quality of advertising revenue is determined by many factors including bounce rate.
These are just a few things to be aware of when entering online sweepstakes and giveaways.