Voting contests seem fun by offering a little friendly competition and the opportunity to win a prize. However voting contests in particular can be frustrating and alienate your friends.
In order to save your sanity, consider the following:
Do You Really Want to Win?
Ask yourself if the prize is worth the effort you might have to put in. You may have to remind your friends regularly to vote. It can be challenging to keep up with the competition, especially if they have a lot of friends online.
Duration and Voting Frequency
How long will this contest run and can you vote daily? If there is a long voting period, be considerate of your friends. While it may be tempting to ask for their votes every single day, it will get old very quickly if the competition is running for several weeks.
Contest sponsors want voters to keep coming back and to tell their friends. Often you’ll find coupons or the opportunity to win a prize just for voters. Extra entries for sharing the contest with friends is also common. Incentives make it easier for you to promote the competition because it gives voters something for their time. It also is more appealing for the fans of the sponsor to take the time to vote. This is a great way to get votes based on merit alone.
Be sure to stay away from anything that is obviously cheating like votebots or could be cheating such as offering giveaways for votes. Check the rules carefully and refer to the sponsor if you are ever in doubt before offering incentives of your own as it could disqualify you.
Likewise, if you notice anything that looks suspicious, don’t be afraid to say something privately. A large number of entries at once can sometimes be legitimate but can also be a sign of cheating.
Voting Contests Are Not Fair
Unfortunately voting contests often come down to a popularity contest. It is typically the person who has a lot of friends or access to a larger community that wins unless the sponsor heavily markets the competition. Keep this in mind and do not to take it personally if your prized recipe doesn’t win top honors or your child isn’t voted as the cutest.
If after reading all these voting contest pitfalls, you are still interested in entering a contest be sure to weigh your investment. You may decide that you’d rather invest your time in contests judged on merit alone or by random draw. They are certainly more fair and almost always less stressful.