Case Study: Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco Used Text-to-Win to Promote Shows, Award Seat Upgrades

Comedian uses text-to-win to promote his shows, award seat upgrades

Case Study from Sweeppea

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco uses his humor, Italian-American upbringing and funny facial expressions to cause tears of laughter.

He’s not only funny, he’s also smart and wanted a way to capture fan information to promote his shows and award prizes. The convenience and speed of text worked well during his shows.

  • Objective: Boost fun and engagement, while capturing fan information for marketing efforts. With a Text-to-Win through Sweeppea, Sebastian Maniscalco captured his fan’s mobile numbers and emails. This opened the channel for future event marketing and text message offers post-event.
  • Prize: Seat upgrades at his show.
  • Results: Hundreds of audience members entered during his shows. Sebastian Maniscalco awarded seat upgrades to happy fans and built a database of fans to help him promote future shows.
  • Client said: The sweep went very well!

Find out more about him and watch some funny clips on Sebastian’s website.

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What Should You Ask Your Text-To-Win Participants?

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You’ve gotten people to sign up for your text-to-win campaign. But are you sure you have all of the information you need from them?

Here are a few things to consider if you’re trying to decide what to ask your text-to-win participants.

Perform Age Verification as Required by Law

If your company sells products or services that are designed for people 21 and over, such as alcohol, you’ll need to make sure you verify their ages before they can sign up for your campaign.

This ensures that your campaign follows the rules of text message marketing. It also protects you from awarding prizes to ineligible winners.

Plan for Future Promotions

A text-to-win campaign should only be the beginning of your engagement with your participants. As a result, you should decide exactly how you plan to re-market to them after the campaign has ended.

What information will you need to collect from them in order to send them future offers? Figure out when you will ask for this. It’s not always necessary to get mailing address, gender or other information upfront, especially if it will make the entry form too long. Long forms may lead to less entries.

Planning for future promotions before you even start your campaign is the best way to keep the momentum going and keep your participants engaged.

Getting Permission is Important

You need to let entrants know that participating in any kind of SMS marketing campaign may cost them money in data or text message fees. It’s not only important, it’s legally required.

Another requirement is getting their permission to receive your texts. This is handled by having each person opt in and using a notice of written consent: “By participating, you consent to receive text messages from XYZ, sent by an auto phone dialing system.” Be sure to follow these and other legal rules for mobile marketing

 

How to Get It Right

Keep in mind that participants’ interest and engagement is always highest at the start of a new campaign.

The bottom line is that you should ask for all or most of the information you’ll need upfront. The longer you wait to collect important information, the less likely you’re going to get it.

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Case Study: Link Transit Public Bus System Offers Text-to-Win for 25-Year Anniversary

Public bus system offers text-to-win to riders to mark 25 years of service.

 

What do you do to highlight a 25-year anniversary? With a giveaway to thank your customers of course!

This is exactly what Link Transit, a public bus system in Washington state, did in December 2016. It marked 25 years of service while offering a gift card prize for bus riders.

Objective: To create a fun and engaging text-to-win sweepstakes to thank riders and celebrate 25 years of service.

Prize: $225 Fred Meyer gift card

Results: Hundreds of passengers entered while riding the bus system. The campaign also helped promote Link Transit’s long history of serving the local community.

How Many Fields Should Your Text-To-Win Entry Form Contain?

How do you create a high converting text-to-win entry form? The key is to make sure that your form contains the right number of fields. But, how many is too many? How many isn’t enough?

Here are a few tips to help you sort it all out.

Your Entry Form Shouldn’t Discourage Signups

The key to designing and entry form that will get as many signups as possible is to ask for enough information to contact your subscribers while eliminating unnecessary form fields that will cause people to abandon your entry form without signing up.

Privacy is important to your customers and the more information that you ask for, the more they’ll wonder why you need so much information and what your company plans to do with it.

At Sweeppea, we’ve had the opportunity to run many campaigns for our customers and we’ve generally found that text-to-win entry forms convert best when then they have the following three fields:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email

These are the three recommended fields that your subscribers will have to manually complete while a fourth Mobile Number field will be auto filled.

Rules to Follow When Adding Fields to Your Text-to-Win Entry Form

However, these fields might not be enough for your campaign. If you’re considering adding additional fields to your text-to-win entry form, follow these rules to ensure that you’re only asking high-value questions:

  1. Don’t make repeated or unnecessary requests. Don’t request information from subscribers that you already have or could have obtained from your subscribers some other way (e.g. from your analytics data or CRM software).
  2. Make additional fields optional. This is a great way to make it convenient to enter your text-to-win campaign while also allowing you to separate people who have high interest in your business from those participants who are only in it for the prize.
  3. Keep it short. People have short attention spans when it comes to mobile marketing and no one wants to spend more than a few seconds filling out an entry-form (unless the prize is a billion dollars).
  4. Test multiple versions of your entry form. A/B testing your entry form can help you to find your sweet spot.

Final Thoughts

If you need to collect additional information in order to run your text-to-win campaign effectively and select winners, then by all means, add the fields that you need.

For the best results, we recommend keeping your text-to-win entry form brief and very basic.

Now that you understand the variables that go into creating a text-to-win entry form, you’re one step closer to creating your first campaign. Reserve Your Sweepkey now to get started.

Case Study: WNBP AM Radio’s Holiday Text-to-Win Shopping Spree was Easy for the Station, Fun for Listeners

Radio station offers holiday text-to-win shopping spree

Radio stations are always raising the bar to keep listeners engaged and entertained, especially during the holidays. And what better way to do this than to tell listeners to send a text for a chance to win a shopping spree?

The ease of use is what made this a winner for WNBP AM Radio. Consider their goals…

Objectives:

  • To thank listeners and spread holiday cheer with a fun and engaging text-to-win sweepstakes.
  • WNBP AM Radio also wanted an automated way of collecting entries that would not clog up their phone lines or require a person to write down the person’s information.

Prize: $1000 in Gift Cards from local merchants.

Results: Hundreds of participants entered.

Client said: “I love how easy Sweeppea is to use.” Pete Falconi, WNBP Manager

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