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To Rafflecopter or not to Rafflecopter - that is the question  

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I took a hiatus from my blog for awhile, as you who are still sticking around noticed, and all of a suddent, I'm seeing Rafflecopter everywhere. I enter giveaways using Rafflecopter and I think it's rather convenient, but then, I wonder, what EXACTLY is Rafflecopter? What's behind it? Who made it? What is it doing with my personal information? how does that little widget always know it's me? (I do know it's because I'm being tracked via cookies, but I'm scurred. I don't really like those type of cookies.)

Do you know about Rafflecopter? Can you share some pros and cons with me?



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3 comments: to “ To Rafflecopter or not to Rafflecopter - that is the question

  • Diane W
    January 22, 2012 at 7:45 PM  

    Welcome back : )

    I love using rafflecopter to enter (it makes it much faster) and for hosting giveaways.

    The Rafflecopter team seems to always answer my emails really quick. They keep making changes (like allowing you to log into it with facebook) and having it track your entries (great for when multiple blogs are hosting the same joint giveaway, and using the same rafflecopter form). They love getting feedback on how to make it easier and better.

    On the backend, all the info you enter into the rafflecopter appears in a spreadsheet for the person hosting the giveaway (and i suppose the rafflecopter team can see it as well). It has Random.org built in, so when you want to pick a winner you just hit a button.

  • Sarah - PS Mom Reviews
    January 23, 2012 at 9:44 AM  

    Love, love, love Rafflecopter. Have I mentioned how much I love Rafflecopter?

    I've been using it for quite a while as a blogger. It is so much easier to run giveaways with this. It's easier for people to enter. The Rafflecopter people have thought of everything, and many of the standard entries are built right in when you're setting up a giveaway. You choose what you want your entries to be and they take care of the rest. Everything is nicely organized in a spreadsheet, and when the contest is over you draw the winner and email them right from the Rafflecopter site. It's awesome! When you're setting up giveaways you can "duplicate" a previous giveaway. This is handy for me, since most of the time I offer the same entry options. I can just change the ones I want, and I'm good to go.

    I've entered Rafflecopter forms and love the ease of that as well. It's so much better than reloading a comment page over and over and typing out multiple entries.

    The concern for storing information doesn't bother me much. I don't see that Rafflecopter has available anything more than you would have been able to find in the comments section of a giveaway post before.

    Rafflecopter is easy to set up. I hope that you'll give it a try. And if you need any help, let me know.

  • Steve n Vickie
    January 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM  

    Hi, I popped in from PF. You have my vote. Hope you will return the favor.

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