Thanks to everyone who completed my giveaway survey! Here is a summary of the results and what my plans are to make things better for my awesome readers:
Question 1: How do you learn about the newest giveaways?
Email updates: 83.3%
Sweepstakes Advantage: 0%
Come directly: 10%
Why I asked: Posting giveaways is A LOT of work and I was looking to see what truly drives traffic to my blog. In the event that I am short on time, I can now see where it is critical to post the giveaway announcement.
Question 2: What is your opinion on the number of EXTRA entry options available on Cake Mom?
I wish there were LESS entry options: 26.7%
I wish there were MORE entry options: 6.7%
I think there are just enough entry options: 66.7%
Other: 10% (one said 3-4 was enough)
Why I asked: Before I had my own blog, I used to enter giveaways frequently on other blogs. Nothing irritated me more than having to spend 15 minutes on each giveaway because there were so many entry options. Looks like I will keep my standard entry options and add those as required by companies. A note about the Facebook entry: I will only be offering 2 entries until I reach 500 likes.
Question 3: Are the giveaways easy to enter?
No, I get confused at times: 3.3%
Why I asked: Just wanted to make sure I was not confusing people!
Question 4: What would you like to see more of or less of on Cake Mom?
More cakes, cake tutorials, and baking related reviews/giveaways (numerous comments)
Eliminate the "buy something to get 10 entries" option - No purchase necessary should be the rule
More giveaways, multiple winner giveaways, reviews
More giveaways open to Canadians
Response: When I first started Cake Mom, the intent was to chronicle my trials and tribulations with cake decorating. However, I work full time and just do not have the time to constantly bake. Plus, it is just not healthy for me or my family to bake that much! I decided to start putting some product reviews and giveaways in between the cake posts and the product review/giveaway aspect just took off. Now I have companies approaching me and it is going great. I will continue to feature cakes, when I make them. I am always willing to feature reader cakes, but my last couple solicitations did not work well. I have decided to add another page and feature my "Technique/Terminology" posts from the earlier days of Cake Mom and that will be coming soon!
Also, I am going to try to start remembering to ask sponsors if they are willing to ship to Canada! The "buy something to get 10 entries" is one I struggle with. I know not everyone likes it, but if someone does make a purchase (and this is only way I can track it), the companies will see that blog promotions do work and they will be much more likely to work with me, and other bloggers, in the future. More opinions on this would be greatly appreciated!
Question 5: Any other comments?
Make sure all images on your blog have image tags so people who are blind and using reading software can enjoy your site. Comment: I have NO idea how to do this. If someone could explain, I would certainly try to do this!
Don't make people include their email if it is in their profile. Comment: I will change this in future giveaways.
Thanks again and if you have more suggestions, recommendations, or comments please feel free to comment on this post or email me at email@example.com.