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Best practices: Contests

20 July 2009


Moonfruit, a DIY Web site technology company, hosted a week-long hashtag contest that kept it at the top of Twitter’s trending topics. Anyone who tweeted “#moonfruit” during the week of Moonfruit’s 10-year anniversary was eligible to win one of the 10 Macbook Pros that Moonfruit was giving away during the week.  The contest was so successful that Twitter manually pulled #moonfruit from its trending topics.


Squarespace, a Web site publishing company, hosted a month-long contest on Twitter during which it gave out one $199 Apple gift card each day for 30 days to random winners who tweeted “#squarespace.” Squarespace promoted the contest as giving away an iPhone everyday, but as Mashable reported, the $199 Apple gift card is much different than an iPhone, which also includes an AT&T contract. The contest kept #squarespace at the top of Twitter’s trending topics for weeks. The company continues to giveaway Apple gift cards.


Winery Murphy-Goode created a six-month job “dream job” that paid $60,000 to a social media-saavy contest winner. The #areallygoodejob hashtag emerged, and Murphy-Goode drew national press coverage and nearly 2,000 applicants.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 20 July 2009 10:49 pm

    I would call this post examples of contests, where each learned from the success and stumbles of its predecessor.

    What are the best practices that a firm would need to follow if it wanted to conduct a successful (define!) contest?


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