Monday, June 8, 2009
Question? Do you benefit from doing reviews, contests give-a-ways?, product give-a-ways? These are just a few of the products I have given away to have my product promoted on blogs for reviews, free give-a-way, etc.
The reviewers all did a great job, the pictures were great. I have no complaints with the write up or how the reviews were handled. All in all I have given away a total of 14, yes 14 products since the beginning of the year ... that means the cost of making the product, (I am not counting my hours which were considerable considering I had to spend time picking out, ordering the fabrics, cutting out, sewing the aprons, and then paying for the postage for sending the aprons to the contest winners).
I know the idea is great, I appreciate all the hard work and energy of the Blog owners in writing the reviews, setting up the photos, running the contest, and notifying the winners. I do not have a complaint of how the give-a-ways were handled; everyone has done an excellent job of handling things.
My concern is that perhaps give-aways may not be the best for me. I have had my website looked over for content and pricing -- everything seems to be in line. But I have not had one sell from any of the contests.
I am just curious, has anyone had the same experience or has the Give-A-Way contests worked for you? I would love to hear from you and any advise, positive or negative, what has worked for you, if you have some better approaches to promoting? I feel, looking back, that for me it would have been better to take the $200 I spent for the give-a-ways and put it into paid advertising? what is your opinion?
I would love to hear from you, I am very open to learn from any suggestions you have to offer as far as paid advertisement vrs. "free" reviews/give-away-contests, product review with a product for promotion Looking forward to any and all ideas!