How To Pick A Winner Of A Giveaway (the Easy Way)
Choosing a giveaway winner can be the most fun part of running a contest. You get to break the great news to the chosen one after all.
But if you haven’t planned ahead it can be pretty stressful. How do you choose just one winner out of the hundreds who entered?
Today we’ll share how to pick a giveaway winner the easy way, so you can get that warm, fuzzy feeling from breaking the exciting news.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the different solutions we have in store for you:
- Option 1: Choose a random winner
- Option 2: Pick an entry with the most votes
- Option 3: Filter entries by correct answer
- Option 4: Pick multiple giveaway winners
- Option 5: Let a panel of judges decide
Shall we get started?
Choose a Random Giveaway Winner
Sometimes the easiest way to choose a giveaway winner is the best way. And the simplest way to find a successful entrant is to use a random winner generator.
There are plenty of websites that can help you to pick a random winner from a list of names. All you need to do is enter the names of the people who entered your giveaway and they’ll choose a winner at random for you.
However, using RafflePress which is the best way to create an online giveaway, you can use the built-in random winner option. This will save you the hassle collecting all the names, adding them into a spreadsheet, and putting them in a random generator manually.
Let’s look at how to find your winner in RafflePress.
When your giveaway has ended head to RafflePress » Giveaways to see your list of contests.
Then under the Status heading click Needs Winners.
Next, you’ll see a page with a list of everyone who entered your giveaway. Click the Pick Winner button to start choosing a giveaway winner.
You’ll be asked how many winners you’d like to pick along with choosing winners with a verified or unverified email address.
When you’re done click Choose Winners Now.
RafflePress will pick one of the entrants at random for you. So now all you need to do is click Email Winner to give them the good news.
But, what if your contest is a little more complicated and needs more input to choose a winner? Don’t fret. We’ve got more solutions coming up.
Pick an Entry With the Most Votes
Let’s say you’re running a photo contest and you’d like to pick a winner from the best submissions. A smart way to get your community involved would be to let them vote for their favorite. That way when the contest comes to an end the photo with the most votes can be chosen as the winner.
There are many ways to run a giveaway based on image submissions, but it’s important to remember that there are certain things you should avoid when collecting votes for the winning submission.
For example, if you’re using Facebook or Instagram, you’re not allowed to require your followers to like, share, or tag a post in exchange for entries.
One way to avoid this is to host your giveaway on your own website or blog, and then have your community comment with their favorite submission.
Alternatively, you could insert an interactive poll in your giveaway post, so visitors can instantly vote for their winner. This removes the need for you to manually choose a winner and can increase the amount of time people spend on your site, as well as reduce your bounce rate.
To go a step further, you can build a poll right into your giveaway by using the RafflePress Polls & Surveys action.
Simply go to Actions » Polls & Surveys and click to add it to your RafflePress widget. You can add as many poll choices as you’d like which is perfect for voting contests with lots of submissions.
Here’s what it would look like to your visitors.
What if your giveaway has a question people need to answer correctly to enter your prize draw? We’ll cover that next.
Filter Entries by Correct Answer
Many contests ask that people answer a question correctly to be in with a chance of winning a prize.
In this instance, an easy way to choose a giveaway winner is to filter all entries by the correct answer. This gets rid of those with wrong answers, leaving you with a list of correct entries to choose from.
In RafflePress you can easily filter entries with the wrong answer. Let’s take a quick look at how to do this.
Head to RafflePress » Giveaways to see your giveaways overview. Then hover your mouse cursor over the giveaway you want to see the entrants for and click Users.
Next, you’ll see a list of people who have entered your contest. Under each user hover your cursor until you can see additional options.
Click Show Entries to view their entry details.
Now you can see the answer they gave to your giveaway question. If the answer is wrong you can mark the entry as invalid, and if it’s correct you can mark it as valid as shown below.
Now when you pick a giveaway winner RafflePress will only choose randomly from entries with valid answers.
Pick Multiple Giveaway Winners
What if you have more than one prize to give away? Well, the logical answer to that question is to pick more than one giveaway winner.
Doing this in RafflePress is as simple as picking a random winner as we highlighted earlier.
When randomly choosing a winner just enter the number of winners you’d like. Then click Choose Winners Now.
Now you can email each winner to give them the good news. Simple as that!
Let a Panel of Judges Decide
Not every contest is that straightforward. Larger giveaways with thousands of people entering take a lot of planning and organizing. And if they include an entry method that’s highly specific like:
- Creating a piece of art
- Giving a performance
- Having the best website in a certain niche
Then it’s probably best that you have a panel of experts choose a winner for you. This is largely down to there being more than one set of criteria for choosing a giveaway winner.
Having a group of people doing the decision making for you takes the guesswork out of it. Plus, it’ll mean the person who’s chosen in the end is a worthy winner.
The Unsplash Awards are a great example of an expert judging panel. In these awards, the experts choose winning photography from thousands of entrants for a set number of themes.
With so many great photos we don’t envy making those decisions!
Today we’ve covered the many ways you can pick a giveaway winner. So now all that’s left is to set up your contest and enjoy the community buzz it creates.
But before you get too far ahead with the planning, you might want to think about what prize you’ll offer. Here are some great giveaway prize ideas your audience will love.