How To Enter Competitions On Facebook

Back in 2011, when we first wrote our guide about comping on Facebook, the social media platform was a relatively new frontier for compers. Many brands wanted to build their following and prize draws were a great incentive to click like and follow. Apps or plugins soon followed as brands became savvy to the reach of Facebook but this caused a few issues and over the years Facebook has tried to introduce guidelines for brands running competitions. That said, and despite some of the below being several years old, the basics of using FB for comping remains the same. Before you can get underway you'll need to register a Facebook account.

Finding Facebook Competitions

Most competitions on Facebook tend to run a lot longer than those on Twitter so there's a large number to get your started listed on Loquax. Once you've joined Facebook, then your first stop should be to like Loquax. We use our wall (the place to post messages) to mention a few competitions and any Loquax news. If you have comping mates on FB then make sure you like them too as by reading their timelines you can spot other giveaways. If you're feeling more adventurous you can always try searching for hashtags like #competitions or check out brands that run regular promotions.

Like/Tag/Share Competitions

Entering giveaways on Facebook is quite easy. Usually you'll be asked to follow/like a page then like a specific competition post. You may also be asked to leave a comment. This could be by answering a question or tagging friends. Promoters also love it when you share their giveaways and you may also need to share their post to your timeline. Of course there are other ways to enter comps on Facebook such as uploading images but the brief overview below should help you get started or at least familiar with things.

  1. Like A Page - Follow a brand simply by liking their page
  2. Like A Post - Click the 'Like' button underneath the competition post
  3. Leave A Comment - Click the and post a comment under the competition post. Make sure you follow the instructions!
  4. Tag A Friend Or Friends - Tag friends using the @ symbol
  5. Share The Post - Click the share button to post the competition to your own Facebook timeline
You might want to check out Super Lucky Di's video on Facebook Competitions. This video covers things in much more depth.

Loquax on Facebook

We do try and seek out Facebook competitions that are run by big brands as the prizes are usually pretty good. These get included on our Facebook Competitions listings. However, unfortunately we can't find each and every like/tag/share promotion as many are short notice. Our advice is colloborate with your comping mates plus keep an eye on the forums where our users share with fellow compers (thanks to them too).

One Account or Two?

Some compers use two accounts for Facebook - a personal one and a competition dedicated one. However, Facebook do state in their terms that it should be one account per person. Our advice is be careful as you could lose both accounts if caught.

Loquax's Top Ten Facebook Tips

  1. Follow Loquax on Facebook - just because!
  2. Find fellow compers (who you know) and find/share comps together!
  3. Be careful if you're using two Facebook accounts, you're not meant too!
  4. Check the rules, terms and conditions!
  5. Not all Facebook comps are UK based, so do look out for locality.
  6. You're sharing your details so make sure you know who you're sharing with.
  7. Watch out for marketing type competition sites - they run comps on FB too.
  8. Some "like at x000" member competitions have no hope of finishing - be careful who you like.
  9. Keep an eye out for winner announcements - you're not always notified!
  10. Don't worry if you don't get it - there's always other comps to try.

Watch Out For Scams

Facebook is probably the worst platform for scams. In recent times there's been a huge increase in bogs accounts mimicking genuine brands as sending messages to entrants with "you're a winner" style messages. These spammers sadly have forced a number of brands to close their giveaways and/or stop them altogether. Another thing to watch out for are bogus pages that offer ridiculous prizes. For example they may say that their warehouse has 100 iPhones returned and must be given away or 4 campervans have to leave the forecourt today as prizes. These are just nonsense and should be avoided.