What is super silly is, it was my own giveaway! (It could have been worse. It could’ve been a client’s!!)
Clare left a comment on my blog post Why You Are not Winning on Twitter: I wasn’t able to re-tweet every day. Is there a way to do that?
I emailed back: Can you clarify? Are you trying to RT the same tweet each day?
Clare: Yes. That’s what I was trying to do. I looked briefly for a new tweet to retweet each day and didn’t find one. Maybe I missed it?
Me: Do you know what contest it was/is? Who the sponsor is? I will go look. Yes, you can only RT one time from each tweet, so if they are not posting every day you can only enter once.
Clare: It was for your Twitter McDonald’s gift card contest. LOL! 🙂
And that’s when I felt really stupid … Still shaking my head as I write this blog post. I can’t believe I did it …
How could I muck-up my own contest? The answer is easy. I am human. I am messy. I am flawesome. I am juggling many balls (daughter, clients, divorce, etc.) and sometimes one drops. (It’s the reason why, when a sponsor makes a contest error, ask nicely as they are human too. You don’t know what else is going on in their lives that they dropped a ball.)
What did I do wrong? Simple. I forgot to schedule a daily contest tweet for the duration of the contest. It would have been easy too as I use Hootsuite.
THE ORIGINAL CONTEST TWEET
— Carolyn Wilman (@ContestQueen) February 25, 2015
You can’t retweet a tweet more than once, and copying and pasting the text into a new tweet doesn’t show as a retweet, therefore you wouldn’t be in the drawing.
To make up for my mess, I am going to hold another Twitter contest. Not sharing a prize I won. Out of my own pocket. Your choice.
What company would you like to win a $25 gift card for?
Post a comment below and later this week I will run another Twitter giveaway, properly! <UGH!>
NOTE: This one will be to replace the one I mucked-up in Canada. If you are in the U.S., post your preferences too. Next month I’ll host one for you when I can buy a gift card in USD.