What is a Text to Win sweepstakes?A Text to Win sweepstakes is a text messaging contest where contestants enter by sending a keyword to a phone number or SMS short code. Text to Win contests are easy to set up and allow contestants to enter with a single text. Just ask customers to text a keyword to your phone number to enter your SMS sweepstakes.
They’ll receive a confirmation message and be added to your contact list. SimpleTexting automates the whole contest process for you.
Benefits of hosting a Text to Win sweepstakes
Everyone loves free stuff, and you love growing your customer base. With text message sweepstakes, all you have to do is pick a prize and let your target audience know they can win it by texting in your keyword.
Engagement and growth aren’t the only reasons to host a Text to Win contest:
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Text to Win sweepstakes use cases
Creating hype around an event or product launch
Growing subscriber lists
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How Wine Hooligans runs its Text to Win contests
Damian Davis and the Wine Hooligans team are Text to Win pros, and their sweepstakes continue to be fan favorites among their subscribers.
Let’s break down how they run their real-life Text to Win contests.
First, Damian sets up a campaign announcing the contest and connects it to a keyword (in this case, “BLACKLETTER”).
Then, he sends out a campaign that looks like this:
Note that the campaign includes:
- The prize to be won
- How to enter to win
- A way to order more products
- The name of the brand
- A compliance message telling recipients how to unsubscribe
On your selected date, we select the winner(s).
Then, all Wine Hooligans has to do is notify the winner(s).
How to set up a Text to Win contest
You can get the same results in minutes right from your SimpleTexting account.
Head to the Apps tab on your main account screen.
Choose Text to Win Contests.
Click create new contest.
Name your contest (this is just for your reference) and choose which keyword to connect it to.
Fill out your auto-confirmation message. This is a good space to let your subscribers know what you’re giving away and tell them they can reply to your text to enter the contest.
Set any age restrictions necessary for your giveaway and save your contest. We’ll randomly select a winner from those who enter.
Why choose SimpleTexting for your Text to Win sweepstakes?
There are a lot of Text to Win companies out there. What makes our text marketing platform different?
We’re easy to implement
Once you’ve created your campaign and keyword, our clever system will do the hard work for you! Our system will randomly shuffle through the entrants and pick a random winner for you. Write the perfect congratulations message for your lucky winner and our platform will send it out.
Stay connected with our autoresponder feature
By combining Text to Win with our Autoresponders feature, you can use your Text to Win promotion as an opportunity to automatically reconnect with customers. When a customer enters your sweepstakes, you can add them to a messaging flow. Send entrants automatic messages days, weeks or even months after they enter.
We’re experts in texting for multiple industries
We’ve seen businesses across several different industries use our text contest software. Here are a few more common use cases:
- Radio stations ask listeners to text in a keyword to a short code, registered local number, or verified toll-free number to win a prize
- Restaurants use sweepstakes promo texts to give away free meals or vouchers
- Salons and spas offer a chance to win free services
- Sports teams use it to give away season tickets, team gear, or other merchandise