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How To Do A YouTube Contest & Get Subscribers As The Payoff?

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by rocknrollchef, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. rocknrollchef

    rocknrollchef Registered Member

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    Hi:

    Has anyone here ever staged a contest or prize giveaway on YouTube, with the goal of acquiring real subscribers?

    I have a client who would be happy to give away some of their great products; maybe a contest (decided by likes? Comments?) with the winners receiving prizes, etc. Lots of possibilities, I'm receptive to anything that makes sense.

    The goal would be 1 million (or more) YouTube channel subscribers within a 12 month contract timeline.

    NOTE: Knowing how easy it is to buy likes, views, faves & comments might make it unrealistic to choose a winner based on whomever got the most of those right?

    Finally, let me know if you offer some kind of service for this, as there will be a budget to make this happen.

    THANK YOU

    chef
     
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    How do the top YouTubers give stuff away? You will find your answer doing research.
     
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    mix of likes and views that will be the winner

    bigger the prize faster it increase
     
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    AudioMacOSX Junior Member

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    It is my understanding that doing a giveaway in exchange for likes, subscribers, etc... is now against YouTubes Terms of Service.
     
  5. rocknrollchef

    rocknrollchef Registered Member

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    Uh oh... if you have a direct link somewhere you could share to verify this I'd much appreciate it thanks
     
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    rocknrollchef Registered Member

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    As mentioned... anyone can buy likes & views on YouTube, I'm curious if there's a way to monitor that and disqualify anyone who tries winning by doing that?
     
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    rocknrollchef Registered Member

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    "... you will find your answer doing research..." Not sure how to respond to how obvious that one is
     
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    Dude get mailchimp and get their emails. You can do this really well if you try.
     
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    Back in the day I did this and said I was giving away my iPod touch (On a small scale), ended up with 500 subs and loads of comments and likes then the video was removed.
     
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    BELIEVE ME I need this program to succeed, and I ALWAYS try hard (I have to, or the client has every reason to fire my ass hah). I know how to run contests in "the real world," but doing this on YouTube is a new one for me. So what do you think Mailchimp can help with for what I'm hoping to do with YouTube? thanks chef

     
  12. rocknrollchef

    rocknrollchef Registered Member

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    You are correct AudioMacOSX (language from YouTube below). So... any clues on getting a "custom solution" and what exactly that is? And is that something that is only available to a so-called "Brand Channel?"

    [h=3]Voting Tools[/h] Both during the submission and voting phase of your contest, you will need a custom solution (which you or a vendor you hire will provide) on all of your approved contest entries. YouTube will not be able to share information about users or usage in order for you to conduct your voting. Additionally, note that you are not permitted to use YouTube functions, like view counts or ‘likes,' in order to determine the winner in the voting phase.
    Your Voting tool must comply with YouTube ad policies and the Contest policies and guidelines.



     
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    rocknrollchef Registered Member

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    Thanks Amanda:

    Yes, I've been doing what you recommended already. After confirming that YouTube's TOS forbids asking for likes or views to win a contest, the most common thing I've seen is someone 1. Encouraging people to "subscribe, like, comment & favorite" a video; 2. From there, they cut & paste the new subscribers into some random line selection software to pick a winner (at least, that's what they SAY they do).

    Obviously, any contest can be rigged, anywhere/anytime. With this particular approach on YouTube, the first red flag is this: The contest owner could easily just set up a phony YouTube channel & award the prize to themselves - without giving away anything right?