A couple of days ago I posted that I’m going to be giving away a free Hilton hotel night.
The only thing I’m waiting for is to decide how to do it.
In the comments to that thread some folks commented stuff lke
make it one entry per reader or such. not much fun for those who can enter 50000000 times.
When I gave away a travel power strip there were over 670 entries, many many from the same people. I was fine with that, but appears it didn’t play well with some of you (presumably the people who didn’t enter 100 times!).
At the same time, I gotta tell you, the easiest way for me to do a giveaway is to have each comment be a separate entry, with no limit on the number of times any given person can enter. Then I run a random number generator and pick the comment niumber that corresponds to the ensuing generated number. I’m looking to keep it easy for myself, while giving away travel items to you.
If I limit entries, I have to police who comments multiple times. Or create accounts. And de-dupe against folks using multiple email addresses. And it becomes even more unfair when I can’t do that — anyone with their own server can enter as many times as they want, generating unique email addresses for each entry (or do Imake it one entry per domain name?), while anyone without their own server can only enter one or maybe three or four times, limited by the number of email addresses you have. So limiting entries is a bit less fair in some sense, than opening it up to anyone to enter as often as they’d like.
So the bleg for this post is: how should I run this contest and select winners, offer me some ideas, while keeping in mind that I’m not a computer programmer and don’t want to make a huge investment in an apparatus or Rube Goldberg scheme to run this, I just want to offer a free hotel night to one of you (thanks to Hilton and to Boarding Area).
Let me know your thoughts and suggestions!