How To Run A Giveaway On Your Blog Using Gleam & Grow Your Readership

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One of the easiest ways to drive traffic & build a readership is by using giveaways.

This is also true for building email lists.

In the past, I have shared how a contest helps you to create readership & Vijay has shared some vital information on making your contest viral.

If you are already a regular reader of ShoutMeLoud, you must be aware of the various giveaways I run to help our community start blogging. Most of our giveaways are related to hosting, domain names, WordPress themes, online courses & some other stuff which makes it easier for anyone to start & grow their online business.

If you understand the importance of giveaways (maybe from reading earlier posts of ShoutMeLoud), let’s talk about a tool called Gleam which makes it easier for you to run your first contest.

If you are wondering what kind of prizes you should offer for your giveaway, here is a detailed guide to help you.

Before using Gleam to run giveaways here at ShoutMeLoud, I have also used Kingsumo which is another useful tool to run giveaways on a WordPress site. The only downside to Kingsumo is it’s way costlier. For anyone without a giveaway strategy, it’s not worth the price.

On the other hand, Gleam is a perfect tool to get started with your first giveaway as it offers a free plan & you can upgrade depending upon the features you need. For ShoutMeLoud, I use their “Pro” plan which costs only $39/month.

You can also use Gleam to:

  • Run Giveaways on YouTube channel
  • Run contest on the Facebook page
  • As Instagram contest and competition app
  • As Twitter contest app

It’s good enough for running occasional giveaways. You can upgrade anytime for more features or downgrade anytime to save money. More on this later…

For now, let’s learn how to use this nifty tool for running & hosting your first giveaway.

Why is Gleam a great tool for running giveaways?

Most marketers use giveaways as a tool to build their lists.

This is a good strategy, but ROI is often not that great because such lists also consist of people who have no interest in your niche/product who only participated because it’s a free giveaway. This is why I recommend you use these contests to primarily grow your social media following.

If you are getting sponsors for your contest, you can also use your contest as an incentive to give those sponsors more social media exposure.

Apart from building an email list, Gleam also gives you an option to grow your social media following and/or engagement. It supports all major social networking platforms including Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook (to name a few).

Not just a tool for bloggers, Gleam is an ideal choice for entrepreneurs and internet marketers who are either launching a product or promoting a SaaS product. The best part is they have lots of sample contests that give you an idea of what is possible for your first (or next) giveaway.

In fact, this is the first thing that you will see after getting inside your Gleam dashboard.

See this example screenshot:

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In the below screenshot, you can see an example of a contest created for an app download:

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The possibilities are endless with the features Gleam offers.

Since you & I are on the same page now, let’s start by creating a sample contest.

How To Run a Giveaway for lead generation or for business growth?

(This is an actual contest I created for ShoutMeLoud readers.)

Once you are inside the dashboard, you can start creating a giveaway in two ways.

  1. You can copy a giveaway idea from the example competitions.
  2. You can create a new competition from scratch.
  • For this tutorial, I’m creating a contest from scratch.

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Setting up the giveaway

It only takes a few steps to set up the giveaway.

The very first thing you need to do is give a name to your giveaway & set the start and end time.

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Do notice the box that says “Locations & Language”. Using this, you can restrict your giveaway for a specific geo-location. I believe this is useful for many of us in specific scenarios.

Once you have completed all the fields here, click on the “4. Prize” tab to enter the prize information:

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How to enter

This is where things get interesting as you can set rules/conditions for users to participate in the giveaway. This section completely depends upon your target & what you want to achieve with the contest.

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You can make any method of entry as mandatory or optional.

I usually make email subscriptions & viral shares mandatory. If you also want to build an email list, you should select the “Subscribe to a Newsletter” option.

Currently, Gleam supports the following email marketing services:

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I use AWeber & ConvertKit to manage my email list. You can read about AWeber and ConvertKit in detail over here.

User details

In my case, I made the email subscription mandatory so users don’t have to login before taking an action.

But, if you are not building an email list, you might want your users to sign in. For this, you can click on the “2. User Details” tab & configure the settings. Again, this is simple & straight forward so you should have no issues configuring it.

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Click on “Save” & that’s it. You are done creating your contest!

How to add your contest on your blog or Facebook page

Now, the next step is to add the contest on your blog or Facebook page (or simply let Gleam host your giveaway page).

If you also want to embed the contest on your blog post (just like ShoutMeLoud did), click on the “6. Install Options” tab & copy/paste the code into your blog post where you want giveaway widget to appear.

HostGator Hosting Giveaway By ShoutMeLoud

Since this contest is currently live, you can see the example of the giveaway we just created in the above giveaway widget.

Picking the winner & handling the faulty submissions

Once the contest is over, you can directly select winners from the Gleam dashboard. They also handle bogus entries.

Here is a result from the latest giveaway I ran for Bluehost hosting:

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The winners’ names can also be displayed on the widget. This saves a lot of time & once you have set up everything, the next contest could be run by one of your team members.

Pricing & conclusion of Gleam review

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I have used various giveaway tools in the past, but to date, Gleam is the best.

It offers all the features one needs to run a successful giveaway. The base plan starts with a price tag of $0 which is perfect for anyone with no budget.

For a user like me or you, the “Pro” or “Business” plan is most appropriate.

As I said earlier, you can always downgrade your plan to free or upgrade your plan to Pro/Business. This way, you are not locked in with them forever & you pay only for those months when you need to run the contest/giveaway on your blog or Facebook page.

Get your account on Gleam

Overall, I’m pretty happy after using Gleam & give it 5/5 stars for the great features & perfect pricing.

If you have never hosted a giveaway before, this is the right time for you to start.

If you have a popular blog, you can drop an email to [email protected][dot]com for getting sponsorship for one of our products (here & here).

Do let me know: how did you find this review & what kind of giveaway are you planning to host using Gleam?

Do share this guide with others, as it might help them to grow their blog with the help of giveaways!

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

39 thoughts on “How To Run A Giveaway On Your Blog Using Gleam & Grow Your Readership”

  1. Great post harsh. I am also looking for this type of tool to run a giveaway campaign on my blog. I will definitely give it a try. Thanks a lot.

    1. Hello Vishwajeet.

      Gleam will give you everything you need to host a giveaway, just give it a try.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Very well post harsh..This post definitely works for all blogger, who would like to run contest on their website. Thanks a lot.

  3. Hey Harsh,

    Gleam is best Giveaway tool because its free account, most of new blogger may not intrested to get paid subscription (including me).
    I will definitely try Gleam but thinking what should I offer to my reader, can you please help me that I offer something without spending thousands of rupees.

    1. Thanks for your comment Mangesh,

      Yea, you can go with the free account if you can’t afford to go premium. As to what you can offer your readers, i believe you already know your strength so, decide on what you can afford.

    1. Glad you agreed with me Hafis,

      Even the free version of Gleam can be very handy for giveaways.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Nice post brother, before reading this article, I was little confused about launching giveaways, but now it looks so easy.

  5. Earlier it was allowing the unlimited number of winners on the free account, but now it is limited to 10 only.
    BTW, it’s the best giveaway system I have ever used.

    1. Glad you’ve used it Khatoon.

      I’m sure it gave you a pleasant experience.

      Thanks for contributing to the discussion.

  6. Pretty well explained! Well, I would like to host a give away for one of your product in near future (Need to increase my blog readers first ๐Ÿ˜› ) Hope to contact you soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Great review. I have registered on Gleam network . Now I’m trying to see How it works.
    Harsh, Thanks for sharing this review..

  8. Hi Harsh,
    Never heard of Gleam before. But as you explained, it indeed is a great powerful thing to do. Thanks for this lovely tips…. Have a nice day….
    Ugyen

  9. First time heard about Gleam through your article and i feel it’s very useful..I will try it..thanks for sharing it..

    1. @Kumar
      After discovering Gleam, I have hosted about 4 giveaways in one month. It’s only coz Gleam makes it easier to host a giveaway. You must try!

  10. I’ve never heard about this before. But from the above explanation of how gleam works, I think it is the best for now. will possibly try it too.
    thanks a bunch

  11. Thanks Harsh, never heard of Gleam giveaway tool before, but i’ll like to know how it will work on a wordpress blog.

  12. Hi Harsh,
    I’m writing a plan for building email list with give away, and this Gleam tool will also help me to build mail list quickly but i’m confusing that Is Gleam like social media ?. I mean that after i hosted giveaway, will my contest go viral on Gleam ?.

  13. Wow, Harsh. I was about doing my first giveaway before I stumbled on this post. I have heard of Rafflecopter but it seems I will definitely go with Gleam. It looks like a better option. Thank you for sharing.

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