(WIN A PRIZE) Using a Contest in Your Social Media Promotion

Want to get into Tracky early? Go to Tracky.com now and use this code “ontracky”

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Once you know you have something of value to offer, profiting from social media is simple

  1. Create great content
  2. Make it easy to share
  3. Listen and Love

At ProftiableSocialMedia, we like to focus on profitable ideas to help you grow your business, but sometimes all you need is a sponsor with a super prize. Read the sponsored promotion, then let’s talk about how you will use the 3 steps above to profit.

Tracky is Giving Away This Kindle Fire

a Rafflecopter giveaway.

When the clock runs out, we award the prize. Tracky is a start up using the 3 simple steps to promote their upcoming launch. I saw a demo last year, and now I’m using Tracky myself (this promotion is coordinated on Tracky). Tracky has created great content. Once you sign up, you’ll see this. and want to share it. I know the people at Tracky know the value of listen and love,so they are already using the steps. But how do you get those first customers to see your product’s value? You sponsor a giveaway!

It’s Easy. Just Click to Win

Tracky want you to sign up free for their service. I’d like you to profit from the content I create. We both win when you are more profitable, so we went to RaffleCopter and created this simple contest. All you got to do is click on the buttons to share. Something I you would do anyway. As you click on the buttons to share, you will find more of the content. Even though it feels like you have seen this before, it’s very common that readers miss great content. I hope you’ll see some of the social media news, informative interviews (not just Social Media Radio) and more fun. Of course, it’s very likely that you’ll see Tracky pop up on some of my favorite sharing sites. We all have some fun sharing, you start thinking of how the 3 steps will profit you and projects get done faster by millions of people using Tracky. The world will be a better place

Did You Enter? Great. More About the 3 Steps

I like this age of authentic transparency. Once I got used to you seeing my “warts and all” and letting everyone inside to see how things work, I enjoy not having secrets. And, I discover that the more you share, the more you get Smile

Whenever I take on a new client, set up a joint venture, or create a promotion. I use the same structure I shared in the Social Media Profit Checklist. First off, I had to check to see where the profits on this promotion. Giving away a Kindle will get some extra visits to my web site but that would be worthless if I did not have the book and business behind it. Tracky is run by some great people, is wonderful software and is at the heart of what I think is the nexus for future growth in the Las Vegas economy. The sponsored promotion they are doing with me fits, but that’s not a reason to be in business.

Fortunately, I’ve been through the Simple Social Media Profit Formula and know how valuable each reader can be. The contest was a no-brainer for me.

Usually, I tell clients to avoid buying readers with a contest, but the content of this contest was a match and I saw how I could tailor it to a message I want to share with you (you’re reading it) and stay consistent with my brand. Easy sharing is built into the contest by Rafflecopter. Even so, I like offer you a easy sharing on anything here. There’s a floating bar to the left to click whenever you want, and the meme I talk about are specifically worded to make them sharable.

Again, it’s pretty easy to say “prize” or “free” but I spend more time writing headlines and tweets than anything else. The message need to be as simple as bacon and eggsThe other secret to sharing is reciprocity. Make sure you are sharing more of about other people than you share about yourself. This has a huge added benefit in that everyone you know plus everything you read is way more interesting than what you are selling. It’s like Chris Brogan says:

“Always have something to sell, but don’t always be selling it.”

I’ve saved the best for last. These two words sum up what I think will be the best business strategy for the future. It’s been taught in many ways for thousands of years as the way to live. Finally, technology allows us to listen and love like never before.

LISTEN: Every customer, phone call, email, comment, tweet is an opportunity for a conversation. If you listen, you will hear people looking for help. When you help them get what they want, they invariably will be more prone to get you what you want. We were taught business in the 20th Century, a unique time when one way communications made broadcasting and marketing a game of big towers and giant numbers. There wasn’t a way to listen to the TV viewer or newspaper reader in real time. Today, all that’s changed. And you are in on this early. Learn to listen and you’ll be ahead of the competition

LOVE: It simple. Treat people like you would treat the people you love. I’m not talking about romance here. I’m talking doing what you know is right. Sometimes, it’s as simple as that. Think about a time when you called a corporate office, got put on hold, then transferred to a phone that wasn’t answered. When you tried again, you heard “that’s not my department” Is this how you want to be treated? No one else likes it either.

Once you have learned to listen, you’ll know what to do. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Think about the experience that they have with you, your social media content, your sales process, products and company. Make every interaction with anyone a reason for them to say WOW. Like @Zappos says, you want to be delivering happiness.

311 thoughts on “(WIN A PRIZE) Using a Contest in Your Social Media Promotion”

    1. Plum

      You read my blog and “place an ad in the comments” came to mind?

      I won’t be looking at the link, an recommend that anyone wanting long term results from social media avoid this pratice

  1. I like the way you have all the “do it’s” together! Great way to get to know your product or each other. Tracky is a great idea!

    1. Thank you for the feedback.

      The post was trying to do several things at once and I think we kinda lost our way.

      Normally I talk about strategies and ideas, give tips about use of something. Here, I realize there is no “shared knowedge” about what is going on. Add to that a new idea for a promo, and me usually being “anti giveaway”

      I’ve learned a lot, and now writing a “what is Tracky” post that will be up shortly.

  2. I’m not sure what I’d use it for – I’ll need to get access and check around inside it before I decide if I’m ready to take on one more social media responsibility.

    Thanks for making me aware of it.

    Connie

    1. You are right Connie.

      I have seen bits and pieces of Tracky for nearly a year as it was being developed. I liked what I saw, but it was hard to describe that.

      Then last Monday, we set up my account. What I noticed was how little we talked about “how” to use the software. I was just typing in some things that needed to be done to run their widget and how I wanted to share the post.

      Tracky is project management.. but nothing like any project management software I’ve ever seen.

  3. This sounds very interesting! It could help me keep organized! Being a SAHM and homeschooling, there are lots of things that need to remembered! Kindle Fire would be great to have since I don’t have a internet phone and also a great tool for the kids for school!! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  4. If I understand it correctly I think I can use Tracky for many things. I want to use it to organize my home based cleaning business and expand it. I also want to use it to try to connect all my family members better, which are spread out all over ten buck two. And try to organize all my giveaway entries. It seems like I can accomplish all those things and more. i will wait and see.

  5. Thank you Warren! This is just the kind of “thingie” I need to keep on track with my all-too-many-projects!!! I signed up and will start using it this morning [need my coffee and breakfast first :-)]

    Lynn

  6. I’m not exactly sure what Tracky is, but am going to take a look around. I’m interested in starting my own business in the future and am curious to find out how/if this can help me in that path. Thanks!!

  7. I love the looks of the site (Not that theres much so far!) The screen to sign up was cute & appealing, a definite plus in my book. I’m digging the name too. Tracky. x3
    I’d have to give it a look when it fully opened but would love to use to help out with planning a vacation for me and my mom!

  8. Thank you for this giveaway and I would give this to my nephew because I am a senior and just becoming technically involved .I just started using twitter and face book and that is because I just started a hobby entering Sweepstakes and contests.I am learning as I go along .As far as developing a think tank or forum mine would be about the plight of people such as myself decent folk caught in the crossfire of scoundrels and hoodlums also living in the inner cities causing decent folk to fear for their lives and the lives of family friends etc So if I were to win I would let my great nephew have the prize because thru all the chaos we live thru he excels in school and would put it to good use.

  9. I would use tracky to keep a list of my tips and tricks and to plan my tasks and break them up into more manageable steps.

  10. Tracky is a startup which has some very cool features like Collaboration between people in doing their work ! Best of luck to Tracky.

  11. Well, I can’t wait to have “access” to Tracky in full. It sounds like it would be really beneficial from what I can tell so far. I’m very busy with being a work at home mother with my own business & trying to juggle the demands of family & toddlers with networking can be quite tricky! It’s well worth it for the satisfaction of doing what I love though. I think this could help! Thanks Warren!

  12. I am the author of a medical blog that I am trying to promote. I would use tracky to post new blog posts and to post medical tips and suggestions as well as explaining medical procedures, tests, and other things my readers want to know about.

  13. Thanks for ALWAYS Sharing such Great, Useful information, Warren… AND for Being the warm, caring and Genuine YOU you I always look forward to Learning from no matter where we happen to ‘connect’.

    I Won’t be going to the link in that Spammy Post either.

    Namaste

  14. Th link was bad for Warren Whitlock’s Facebook. I did there different ones I thought was him. Hope I was right.

  15. Im not really overwhelmed by what Ive heard it can do. I signed up but dont see that I actually have access to tracky.

  16. I’m not sure what I’d use it for either, but know when I find out more about it it will come in very handy.

    swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

  17. I will have to see all that Tracky has to offer, but it sounds like I will be able to use it gather ideas and possibly collaberate with others which will be great to help take my blog to the next level! Thanks for the chance.

    1. Great idea Karen

      I’m thinking we’ll need a post on BestSellerAuthors.com blog about using Tracky to write a book. I’m going to need to find a user who want to write a guest post

  18. Until I can use Tracky, I wont really know what to use it for…

    I Would DIE with happiness if I win the Kindle Fire!!!

    Good luck everyone and may the odds be ever in your favor!
    (Any Hunger Games fans here??)

    ;)

  19. I’m a freelance writer so I love the idea of using Tracky to work with clients throughout the project. I can also see using it to have an interactive calendar with my family!

    Thanks!

    1. Katy

      When you get access, consider using Tracky to plan a campaign to write reviews and/or guest blog posts. I know I’d be interested it publishing such a post with links back to you

  20. I tried to like Warren’s FB page but raffelcopter didn’t work. Anyway is tracky a way to find a job maybe?

  21. I don’t know exactly all things that a Tracky could be used for doing, but I would love to win and I am sure I can use it for many things. :)

  22. Also btw I tried to like Warren Whitlock page and it won’t let me.? I wanted that one to count but I guess not. :(

  23. I would use it to make grocery lists and plan vacations. Also, there was no link to ‘like’ your facebook page.

  24. I think Tracky is an interesting concept. Its seems there is a wide range of things to do, but all have a common goal of getting people together for common reasons. I would utilize the feature of vacation planning with family. My family and my brothers family plan on going on vacation at the end of July and since we live in different states this would be a great way to put our ideas, deals and anything else we can think of doing. I also love the idea that it is work related. You can’t really get that into work issues on other network sites and Tracky can be something that would be a great way to do that.

  25. I’d use Tracky to help organize my life. I think I’d use it help prioritize all my to-dos and housework and keep me on-track with my writing.

  26. I would use it to break up big tasks into manageable pieces — maybe assigning certain things to different people.

  27. My brain gets fried very easily and I think tracky may help me with organization greatly. Can’t wait to try it out.

  28. Hello, the option to like your facebook page, the link specifically, is not working on this contest form, for me. I added you to my facebook friends just now.

  29. I would definitely use Tracky to help me down my to-dos into manageable tasks. I am moving into a new home soon and need all the help I can get!

    Of course I would use Tracky to help me gather resources for blog content, being that I have several blogs.

  30. Warren, you have inspired me to plug back into the social media grid, LOL. Thanks for spreading the Love. I think Tracky could be very useful to manage the deets of collaborative projects but not sure since I can’t see what’s in there.

  31. the web page only said I would get an invite when they are open? or something to that effect so I have no idea what its about, the web page is very vague and there was nothing in my email that I signed up with

  32. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful information about using “Tracky”. I think everyone would agree that this is something that would be so beneficial and also make our lives easier at the same time. And I’m always interested in something that will help me stay on “track”.

  33. I would use Tracky for home, office and volunteer projects. I get to scattered sometimes so it would help me to be better organized and get ahead of the game. The link to “Like” Warren Whitlock on Facebook has an error.

  34. We are planning a whole family vacation this summer and with 5 families we have a lot of “tracking” to do! This would be a great help!

  35. I did not know that there was a Kindle with wi-fi and the ability to watch videos. Good to know.
    Would Tracky be able to help me to find recipes using certain ingredients (more than 1 ingredient) in my Word documents? I copy recipes from the Internet or other source in Word. I started out itemizing them in Excel by type, location (page number after I printed them) and 3 main ingredients. I fell waaaaaaaaaay behind in documenting them (like, maybe, a five inch stack!). So, even though I know I have a recipe, I cannot find it without an hour of searching. Please tell me you can help.

    1. Several of the Kindle’s have wifi. Most of the newer ones.

      Tracky will work on any web browser. They aren’t open yet, but you can register for early access with my VIP code “ontracky” (minus the quote marks)

  36. i would use tracky to get organized

    by the way the Warren Whitlock liink to face book did not work so i did a facebook search and liked the Warren Whitlock that is an author. there are a bunch of Warren Whitlocks on facebook . i hope i got the right one.

  37. Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway, I found things definitely worth ‘liking’ that I never thought I would and there’s so much to read!! :) Great idea/promotion!

  38. I’ve always wanted to make a family cookbook and have it printed for everyone in the family to have. However we are so spread out (and my grandparents had NINE children so there are ALOT of us). I think this would be such an easier task with tracky!

  39. I am considering Tracky for keeping track of my house – inside and outside- renovation projects.. fencing bids, materials needed for kitchen redo, outdoor furniture sites and items that I would like to buy and where to buy , schedules for contactors… etc

  40. Thank you for the contest offering. Just getting familiarized with Tracky now, so I’ll have to learn more at present time. Definitely good for time management and planning/scheduling √

  41. I am doing a study abroad over the summer and need something to keep track of all of my to do lists. I have thinks to do for school before I leave, while I am there, things to pack, people to contact… Gah! So much to do! Leaving in a month!

  42. I want to use tracky to become more productive and be that person that is always plannig events but i can use this service to keep me well organized. The question ihave for tracky is are you going to make a mobile app?

  43. Anything that can help me be more organized would be a blessing and it sounds like Tracky could help with that. Thanks for the giveaway.

  44. I’m obsessed with making lists, so that is what I’ll use tracky for. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  45. Tracky is very new to me as well but I would love to learn how it works. I would definitely use it to set up to do lists.

  46. It is soooo new to me but the possibility of actually organizing and getting a hold of all the to-dos sounds like a big plus!

  47. Is tracky just for big projects or can it also keep you on track for simple goals such as a way to save a certain amount of money?

  48. Don’t know how I will use Tracky… It is new to me.
    So I guess I will learn.

    Thanks For the great sweeps.

  49. Would LOVE,LOVE to win the Kindle Fire!!! I so cannot afford one right now on our budget, it would be wonderful!! Tracky seems like an awesome idea and way to keep track of projects, events, etc. and will help with all of the above and then some!!

    i hope i win!!! Thanks for the opportunity : )

  50. I’m not sure how I’ll use Tracky yet. It looks a bit complicated and will require some thought. :) I’m not really a list-maker but maybe it can help me plan my next trip. Thanks for the giveaway!♥

  51. There are lots of ways I want to use tracky! Planning vacations, managing to-do lists, even scheduling blog posts to go live on my site. Super excited and can’t wait to dive into tracky!

  52. I would LOVE to win this! I am disbaled and am in chronic pain that makes it very difficult to sit in front of a PC for very long and cannot afford a Laptop so am stuck using my phone most of the time which is VERY limiting. A Kindle Fire would be a “Godsent”! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  53. Interesting concept. I’ll definitely have to look further into it! Thank you for the giveaway that give us a chance to explore new products and services.

  54. Not sure how Tracky can help me as I don’t use social media for work and generally only go online for fun and don’t even have a mobile device…

  55. **** NOTE: ****

    I received the following error message inside Rafflecopter in reference to liking Warren Whitlock on Facebook: “Could not retrieve id for the specified page. Please verify correct href was passed in.”

    I did a search of the ‘net & found the following Facebook page so I followed it: https://www.facebook.com/GoWarren I hope that’s the correct one.

  56. NOTE: Can not like Warren Whitlock on FB. It says :Could not retrieve id for the specified page. Please verify correct href was passed in.” (that’s copied and pasted)
    As for using it…probably family vacations and get to gethers, if I could convince others in the family to join.

  57. I would use it to help get all the sister-in-laws to plan out the summer together. We all send the kids to stay with the grandparents for a week… and we have to coordinate that with the 4 summer birthdays!! :)

  58. I would probably use it for when I plan my parties around the holiday/birthday rush. It always gets crazy and although we have an idea of what to expect, it’s always still a learning process with a lot of give and take

  59. I can tweet on computer and i don’t own a special phone for the app so i have a chance and gl to all THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL SO APPRECIATED PRIZE

  60. I would love to win one of these. I am out of work for a while and still in college. Plus with the girls getting older, this would help out alot around the house. I don’t have an extra $200 to spend to buy one…

  61. Since I work many hours, I think tracky would be a great tool in my life to keep me organized and set goals so I can achieve them in a timely manner.

  62. I think it would be a great way to get organized. Also, Warren Whitlock link is not working. I couldn’t “like ” your page.

  63. I think it would be a great way to get organized. Also, the link to like Warren Whitlock is not working.

  64. I’m a student so I really think that Tracky will come in handy for Large group projects. It could be a centralized location to communicate instead of emailing, FB messaging, etc. it would allow everybody in the group to see who is doing what, what needs to be done and what we have already accomplished. I think with Tracky, I MIGHT not despise group projects so much :) Such a great idea!!

  65. to get my family to help plan family holidays

    Jessica Bleasdale (JACB)
    sexxyjessi at hotmail dot com

  66. Wouldn’t allow me to LIKE “Warren Whitlock” on FB

    Jessica Bleasdale (JACB)
    sexxyjessi at hotmail dot com

  67. I’m working on an open source software project right now; once it matures a bit, it might be interesting to use Tracky to organize the project and/or find other like-minded developers.

  68. I just recently started a new job, and I can definitely see how this would help me stay organized and keep track of important dates & deadlines. Thank you for this incredible opportunity!

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