Using Rafflecopter to Run Giveaways on Facebook

Run Giveaways & Sweepstakes On Facebook: The Official Rafflecopter App.

This blog post is old. We now have a Rafflecopter Facebook app. Click the link above!

For those using Rafflecopter’s widget to run giveaways on Facebook, we have some updates that we think make your giveaways run better.

We’ve been looking into a whole bunch of different iFrame applications after several Facebook fans had mentioned they were having issues with viewing the widget. We found an application that works much better than the one we recommended in our post several weeks ago. We’re recommending that you use the iframe application called “Static iFrame” (http://apps.facebook.com/iframe-static/).

We strongly recommend using this application on Facebook with Rafflecopter instead of the old iFrame app moving forward! Here are some easy step-by-step instructions:

  • On the page you’re adding the application to, find the new tab underneath your page’s profile picture that shows a gray arrow that says “Welcome!”

  • Click on the “Switch to admin view” link on the upper right hand corner of the page

  • Copy and paste your Rafflecopter code (and any other HTML you’d like!) in the top “Tab content” box, click the “Save changes and view page” button, and refresh the page.

If you’d like to change the name of the tab from ‘Welcome’ to something else:

  • Go to your Facebook page where the application is, and hit the “Edit Page” on the top right.

  • Click on ‘Apps’ on the left hand side of the screen. Scroll down on the page until you see “Static iFrame”.
  • Click on “Edit Settings” below the application description, type in the name you want, and hit “Save”.

Switching to this application should result in less issues for those who use Internet Explorer and slower connections. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us @ support@rafflecopter.com.

Want to read more? Check out our post on “Giveaways and Promotions on Facebook: What’s Allowed?

 

About the author

Greg Goodson

Greg Goodson is the cofounder of Rafflecopter, the world's easiest way to run a giveaway online. Follow his shenanigans, ramblings, and memes on Twitter at @GregGoodson.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michele-Ertter-Brosius/1672489485 Michele Ertter Brosius

    Thats what I used today, looks like it will be great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michele-Ertter-Brosius/1672489485 Michele Ertter Brosius

    Thats what I used today, looks like it will be great!

    • Anonymous

      Great! Thanks for letting us know. Hopefully it wasn’t too complicated. Let us know if we can help in any way :)

  • http://thecinnamonhollow.com Cinnamon Hollow

    I thought we aren’t allowed to host giveaways on Facebook? Their new terms have me so confused.

  • http://thecinnamonhollow.com Cinnamon Hollow

    Ok I just re-read it an as long as it’s inside the iframe app and we include the release statement, it’s ok?
    https://www.facebook.com/promotions_guidelines.php

    • http://www.rafflecopter.com Greg Goodson

      I’ll be honest, I find the Facebook promotion guidelines confusing too. They always seem like they’re written for a lawyer. I’m going to write a blog post in the next few days on the do’s and don’ts of giveaways on Facebook. I think it will help clear some confusion.

      But to answer quick: Yes, you can host a giveaway on Facebook on a tab or canvas page (the buttons under your Facebook page profile pic is where you’ll find them). You cannot ask someone to share a post on Facebook as an entry, or really do anything outside the canvas page. You also must release Facebook of any liability (the sentence “This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook” usually works well).

      More details to come soon!

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  • Jackie Paulson

    What a great idea, sharing it around the world.

    • Greg

      Thanks, Jackie! :)

  • Katrina @ The Interrupting Cow

    when I paste my code and click to view, its blank!  I see the text I wrote above where I pasted the code, but no widget!

    • Katrina @ The Interrupting Cow

      Nevermind!  It shows up now.  =]

    • http://www.rafflecopter.com Greg Goodson

      If you post it, and then come back to your page, you should be able to see it. For some reason, when you post something with this iframe app, you won’t see it the very first time it’s presented.

  • http://twitter.com/InspiringU2Save InspiringYouToSave!

    Thanks for sharing this. Very helpful. I LOVE Rafflecopter ! :)

    • http://www.rafflecopter.com Greg Goodson

      Thanks! :)

  • Shannon Miller

    Thanks, just added it to my page! Very easy instructions! Rafflecopter ROCKS!!

  • http://www.coloradospringsgiveaways.com Leigh Sabey

    Love this!  Thank you!  I wonder if you can give me a suggestion.  I’d like to sponsor a giveaway (to grow my own readership) for a local Facebook “group”.  They’ve done giveaways in the past that are against Facebook rules (having people comment on their wall to get an entry, etc.), so I wonder if I can provide them with an iframe code from my Rafflecopter account instead.  My question is:  do you know if Rafflecopter can be used for a Facebook “group”, as opposed to a “page”?  Thanks in advance!

    • http://www.rafflecopter.com Greg Goodson

      Hey Leigh :)

      From my understanding, Facebook groups don’t give you the ability to have a tab page alongside, therefore I don’t think you’d have a place to post the Rafflecopter giveaway widget (same goes for Facebook profiles).

      I hope that helps!

      • http://www.coloradospringsgiveaways.com Leigh Sabey

        OK, thank you! 

  • http://www.choosinglove.net Wendy

    So love the directions and it worked!  Looks beautiful too!

  • Anton Permadi

    what a great apps, i’d like to try this, but how to get the Rafflecopter code?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RFLMDSM5BBAH6PPM7VOMOLUFY4 Beyond Random

    cant wait to try it!….when I finally get an invite ;)

  • http://angiewith2.blogspot.com/ angiewith3

    Thanks so much, this was very helpful

  • http://ExpeditionMom.com Lori

    Ssssooo excited to start using when I get an invite!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.beafunmum.com Kelly B — Be A Fun Mum

    Looks fantastic. I run quite a few giveaways on my blog and am beginning to worry about if I’m running them legally etc.  Will rafflecopter assist with this?

    Kelly

  • Maggie

    How can I run more than one giveaway on my page? I use the latest app you have for Facebook and I can’t add another tab for my giveaway. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    RD

    • http://twitter.com/rafflecopter Rafflecopter

      hey Maggie – our best recommendation would to be use another iframe application similar to the one we recommend. thanks!

  • Shopaholic Mommy

    I ran a rafflecopter giveaway a few weeks ago using iStatic Frame and now that it’s over I wanted to run another one. I erased the last giveaway but whenever I try to use iStatic Frame it says I’m already running it on my fan page. Any suggestions?

  • Ana

    still having problems, just can’t see my giveaway on my Facebook page

  • ktclick

    Do you have new instructions for how to embed Rafflecopter giveaways on a Timeline-enabled Facebook page?

  • Littleboo-pips

    Love it, thanks so much!!