Posted in: Applications for InstagramLast update: 06/03/19
Tired of picking a winner by hand for your Instagram giveaways? Struggling with the volume of comments? Need a way to pick a winner on Instagram at random, and prove that the contest was fair? Use the Easypromos Instagram sweepstakes app to collect comments, select winners, and avoid bots or giveaway accounts.
Giveaways are a very popular strategy to get more followers and engagement on social media. Followers love them, because of the tempting prizes on offer – and because they just have to comment to take part. But what’s the best way to pick a winner on Instagram?
You need to keep track of all the comments on your post. You want as much engagement as possible. And your followers are watching to see if you run the giveaway fairly.
That’s why we created the Instagram giveaway picker. Use it to pick a winner on Instagram and manage every aspect of your contests – from filtering comments to contacting the winners.
How to run an Instagram giveaway
To get started, just write and publish a post on Instagram. Make sure you share terms and conditions in your bio or website!
When you run an Instagram giveaway, you can ask users to do 3 things:
- Comment. This is the foundation of any Instagram giveaway. To get more participants, try and open up a conversation. Ask an interesting, open question, like “What’s your favorite of our products, and why?” or “tell us why you deserve to win this prize”.
- Mention friends. You can add mentions to comments in your giveaway. Just use the filter tools so that only comments with tags are included in the prize draw. You can ask for up to 5 mentions. Remember, if you ask for too much, then people will be reluctant to join your contest.
- Campaign hashtag. Set up a hashtag that represents your brand, a specific theme, or contest. Ask users to include it in their comments. Then apply filters so that users can only win the prize if they used the hashtag.
You can invite people to follow you on Instagram. But remember, there’s no way to measure followers in your contest! Most participants will choose to follow you, without being asked – or you can remind them to follow you for updates on the giveaway.
How to pick a winner on Instagram
When the sweepstakes comes to an end, log in to your Easypromos account and pick the “Instagram giveaway” app. Connect your Instagram profile and select the giveaway post or posts. Then the app will automatically import all the relevant comments.
Next, apply filters to make sure that your participants used the correct hashtags and number of mentions. You can exclude anyone who behaved badly, or people who have won previous contests. Finally, run a test to make sure that your Instagram giveaway is set up correctly.
Ready? Now you can click to pick a winner on Instagram. The app will make a random choice. And it selects alternate winners, too – just in case you can’t contact your first choice.
How to contact winners of an Instagram giveaway
Like any Easypromos contest, you’ll receive a unique URL where the winners are announced. The app generates a Certificate of Validity to show that the contest was random and fair. So if your followers ask how the winner was chosen, you can show them the permanent, public certificate.
You can also publish a comment on your giveaway post. Mention the winner so that they receive a notification and claim their prize!
When users claim their prize, you have two options. Firstly, you could ask them to reach out in your DMs.
But if you have several winners, or you want to add their contact info to your CRM, then a registration form is more efficient. You can even customize the form to ask for detailed, brand-specific information, such as clothing sizes or color preferences.
Simply send the winners a link to “Claim Your Prize“. This is a secure URL where they can share their contact details, answer any questions you have, and formally accept the prize.
Run an Instagram giveaway for free
Your first Instagram sweepstakes is free.
After that, you’ll need an active Easypromos Basic plan (US$29/month, US$290/year). With the basic plan, you can run unlimited giveaways. Pick a winner on Instagram, with up to 5000 participants per contest.
You can also run unlimited giveaways on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. You can access our advanced contest apps, including registration forms, random winner picker, photo contests, writing contests, and coupons.