If you run Facebook competitions on your business page it can be hard to select a winner. Since the rule changes last year Facebook has allowed us to choose a winner from people who leave a comment on a post or Like a post. The problem arises when a competition is successful. If we get hundreds of comments how can we ensure that we are fair when we select a Facebook contest winner?
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In the video below I show you three free apps you can use to select a winner from your Facebook contest entries.
This is the easiest app to use. You just need to paste a link to your post into the app and it will select a winner for you. It selects four winners from people who have Liked or commented on your post:
- From people who like your post
- From people who comment on your post
- From people who like and comment on your post
- The comment on your post that got the most Likes
This is an app that allows you to create custom apps and competitions for Facebook and it comes with a free Facebook competition winner picker. You will need to set up an account but it’s free and only takes a couple of minutes. The app will import all your recent posts and allow you to pick a winner from those who have interacted with them.
This works slightly differently to the other apps. Instead of picking a winner for you it allows you to download a CSV file (that you can open in excel) containing information about the people who have interacted with your post.
- The type of interaction: Like or Comment
- The user ID of the Facebook user who interacted
- The link to the profile of the user who interacted
- The name of the Facebook user who interacted
- The date and time that the comment was left
You will need to pick a winner manually from this data.
See how these tools work in the video below:
*Bonus* Comment Picker
Thanks to the comments on this post I’ve found another cool tool. Comment picker lets you choose a winner from people who comment on your posts. Watch below to see how it works.
Picking Facebook Competition Winners Manually
If you don’t want to use an app you can choose a winner manually. The traditional way is to put names in a hat and picking a winner. For photo / video or contests you might get them judged by a third party.
To add validity to your selection process you can film the draw being made.
How do you pick winners for your Facebook competitions?
Have you tried any of these apps?
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