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7 Facebook Contest Rules: Complete Guide for Businesses

7 Facebook Contest Rules: Complete Guide for Businesses 2022

Do you want to grow your Facebook page with a giveaway? Want to know Facebook contest rules before you start?

Running a contest on Facebook is an excellent way to increase engagement and grow your audience on the platform. Yet, there are some rules you should follow to ensure your competition is compliant.

This article shares some critical Facebook contest rules you shouldn’t ignore.

Before we start, let’s clear something up.

Are Contests Allowed on Facebook?

In short, yes! Contests are allowed on Facebook.

According to Facebook, only Pages, Groups, and Events can run a giveaway, competition, contest, or sweepstakes. However, they ask that when you administer promotions, you should follow their policies.

What Are the Key Facebook Contest Rules?

Facebook has several policies for running promotions on Pages, Groups, and Events. With that in mind, we’ve outlined the most important ones below to make them easier for you to understand.

Disclaimer: Since we are not legal experts, it’s always best to check the giveaway rules with your local authority before running any type of contest. For instance, rules in the United States might differ from other countries, etc.

1. You Are Responsible for Running Your Contest

Facebook contest rules for communicating a promotion

Before running your contest on Facebook, you must understand that you are responsible for lawfully operating it. This means that it’s your job to make the following details crystal clear:

  • Your official competition rules
  • Offer terms and eligibility requirements
  • Compliance with rules governing the promotion and prize you offer

It’s a great idea to create official terms and conditions to ensure your contest runs smoothly.

Your contest rules should include:

It would be best to display your contest rules where users can see them. For example, you could create a landing page and link to it from your Facebook giveaway post.

An even easier solution is to run your Facebook contest with RafflePress, the best WordPress giveaway plugin.

RafflePress comes with a built-in giveaway rules generator that allows you to create a detailed set of contest rules by entering some essential information.

Easily generate contest rules in seconds

You can then show the official rules right inside the RafflePress giveaway widget.

Giveaway rules in giveaway widget

2. Be Clear Your Contest Is Not Affiliated with Facebook

In addition to the rules above, Facebook requires that you make it clear your promotion isn’t affiliated with Facebook in any way. This includes clarifying that “the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.”

Facebook contest rules on required content

There are several ways you can tell participants about this, including:

  • Adding the release to your giveaway landing page
  • Including it in your official contest rules
  • Adding the disclaimer to a Facebook post promoting your contest

You can even use all of the methods above to ensure your audience is well-informed.

3. Know Which Contests Are Allowed on Facebook

Facebook allows you to run only certain types of contests on the platform. You’re allowed to run:

  • Giveaways where you draw the winner randomly
  • Contests where entries require effort and a judge draws the winner

However, you cannot run contests that require users to pay to enter, for instance, buying a ticket, as this falls under Facebook’s gambling policies.

To quote Facebook:

“Common types of gambling or gaming activities which may require permission [from Facebook] include betting, lotteries, raffles, casino, fantasy sports, bingo, poker, skill game tournaments, and sweepstakes.”

Related: 11 Must-Have Facebook Marketing Tools

4. Do Not Require Prohibited Actions to Enter

There are several actions you cannot encourage participants to take during your contest.

According to Facebook

“Personal Timelines and friend connections must not be used to administer promotions (ex: “share on your Timeline to enter” or “share on your friend’s Timeline to get additional entries,” and “tag your friends in this post to enter” are not permitted).”

In other words, this means that you can’t encourage people to:

  • Share one of your Facebook posts
  • Share your post on a friend’s timeline
  • Tag people in your post

While you may have been hoping to use some of these actions to drive more contest entries, you can use several other solutions.

For example, you can use a 3rd party giveaway app like RafflePress to run a Facebook contest. Our giveaway actions comply with Facebook’s rules and policies by not requiring users to carry out Facebook tasks.

view facebook post or video entry action

For instance, with RafflePress, you can ask users to enter by:

  • Visiting a Facebook page
  • Viewing a Facebook post or video

The choice of liking your page or post is left entirely in the user’s hands.

5. Avoid Running Competitions on a Personal Profile

Given the complexity of Facebook, it’s easy to create a personal profile instead of a business profile by mistake. If you’re in this situation, it’s good to fix it before running your competition.

According to Facebook’s contest rules, you can only run promotions and contests from a Facebook Page, Event, Group, or App. This means you can’t run a contest from your personal profile.

You can go here to create a Facebook Business page.

6. Get Permission to Use User-Generated Content

User-generated content (UGC) is an excellent way to generate interest in your contest and raise brand awareness. However, when collecting UGC, you need to ensure you have permission from the owners to use it.

Facebook’s data collection policy stipulates you should “obtain user consent for your use of the content.” In other words, make sure you get permission to use it first.

Facebook contest rules for data collection

To comply, you can add a waiver to your official giveaway rules, stating that users agree to allow you to use their content.

For instance, you could write:

“All entries and any copyright subsisting in the entries become and remain the property of the promoter who may publish or cause to be published any of the entries received.”

You can easily add a consent checkbox to your giveaway with RafflePress. Just enable the GDPR consent checkbox setting and paste in your terms and conditions.

RafflePress GDPR consent checkbox

As a result, when anyone clicks “agree” when entering your contest, they grant you their permission.

7. Facebook Will Not Assist With Your Promotion

The last of Facebook’s contest and promotions rules is that Facebook will not administer your contest or assist. In addition, any Page running a promotion on Facebook does so at its own risk. 

If you break any of Facebook’s rules or any local laws for running contests, you cannot hold Facebook liable.

For example, in RafflePress, we include bonus giveaway actions to ask users to ‘like your page’ and ‘share on Facebook. However, since these actions go against Facebook’s policies, we advise you to use them at your own risk. 

Like on facebook to enter contest

If you go ahead and use them, both RafflePress and Facebook cannot be held responsible. The choice is yours.

Facebook Contest Rules: FAQ

After looking at the rules for running a giveaway on Facebook above, you might have a few questions. We’ll do our best to answer your most pressing Facebook competition rules questions below.

Are Like and Share Facebook Competitions Allowed?

Facebook states that you cannot use personal timelines and friend connections to administer promotions.

Specifically, you cannot:

  1. Share on your timeline to enter
  2. Share on your friend’s timeline to get additional entries

Therefore, you should not run Facebook like and share contests.

Are ‘tag a friend’ Contests Allowed?

As stated in the Facebook giveaway rules, you shouldn’t encourage people to tag friends to enter your contest.

An excellent alternative to tagging is to use RafflePress’s refer-a-friend giveaway action. It asks users to share your contest on the social network of their choice, including:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Email
rafflepress refer a friend entry action

This is a great way to spread the word about your giveaway contest because it awards users with bonus entries. As a result, the more people share your contest, the more people will enter by sharing it.

Can You Ask People to Like Your Facebook Page to Enter?

Facebook claims that you can’t incentivize people to use social plugins or to like a Page. Therefore, running a contest asking people to like your page to enter is also against the rules.

Instead, you can ask them to visit your page. Anyone who visits will like your page if they like what they see.

What Can Users Do to Enter Your Contest?

Even though there are several things you can’t require users to do to enter your contest, all is not lost! Here are plenty of things users can do to enter for a chance to win your contest:

The best part is enabling all of the above giveaway actions with RafflePress. You can offer participants multiple ways to enter right from your WordPress website.

rafflepress giveaway entry actions

How Do I Do a Contest on Facebook?

If you’re a WordPress website owner, the easiest way to run a Facebook contest is with RafflePress.

Our WordPress giveaway plugin has everything you need to make your contest viral. With several premade giveaway templates and an easy drag-and-drop builder, you can spin up contests in just a few minutes.

Publishing your giveaway is easy; use our WordPress giveaway block to embed our contest widget in any post or page. Or, you can create a standalone giveaway landing page to remove distractions and boost entries.

rafflepress giveaway landing page

In addition, you can use the built-in winner picker to generate winners randomly and see which actions drove the most entries with our Giveaway Entry Report.

rafflepress giveaway entries report

Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to run a Facebook Contest.

Or, if you’re ready to dive in…

You might also like these Facebook giveaway ideas for inspiration for your next promotion. And if you need them, you can check out these excellent Facebook giveaway examples.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to follow our YouTube Channel for a range of helpful video tutorials. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter too.

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Comments

  1. Please can I ask my audience as a contest rule to make an order of a book for example, and leave a review?

    1. Hi Joy. Providing you don’t make it mandatory for people to buy your book and leave a review, it should be okay. However, if users MUST buy your book to enter the giveaway, it depends on your local rules and regulations. We suggest checking with your local authority to learn what is and isn’t allowed.

  2. Can I create a promotional ad on facebook that asks applicants to visit my facebook page AND comment on a post?

    Otherwise, how would you track who actually visited the site?

    1. Hi Jessica. Providing you don’t make it mandatory to leave a comment, we think you should be okay doing that. You can always check with Facebook support beforehand to see if they allow that.

      If you want to track who visited your website, we recommend using analytics tracking. That should give you a more accurate idea of who clicks your giveaway and visits your site. Here’s a beginner’s guide to installing google analytics.

    2. This is from the facebook meta website about commenting for competitions:
      “For example, businesses can now:
      Collect entries by having users post on the Page or comment/like a Page post”
      So yes they you can ask them to comment on the page or a post.

    1. Hi Jean. It’s best to check with Facebook’s guidelines or contact them directly to confirm this.

  3. Hello, I have a question:

    Is there any way to post about the contest publicly, but also publish the contest files privately? In essence, what I mean is a person wants to enter and visits my page. The person clicks to enter the contest and they get the “sorry, this page is only available to people who ‘like’ this page.”

    I know that’s an extremely technical way of going about it, but it does seem like that’s a legitimate optimistic attempt.

  4. So if a 501(c)(3) nonprofit is allowed, under its own state rules, to have a raffle, can it be mentioned on Facebook, with those interested directed to the nonprofit’s website for details? (I see groups doing this, just odn’t know if it’s “legal” with Facebook or not?)

    1. Hi Judith. This is something you’d have to check in with Facebook about. Since we’re not legal experts, we’d hate to give you any misleading information.

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