Why is Rafflecopter Free?

You’ve asked hundreds of times. Will Rafflecopter be free after it’s publicly available? How can a service like this be free? What’s the catch?

We want to make it clear, everything you see now (and more to be added on as we move forward) will be free. No charge, no questions asked, no hidden catches. But just because it’s free doesn’t mean we slack on things that are important. We should note that we abide by a strict privacy policy. We realize privacy is always a concern; we have best practices in place to protect your personal information.

We want to continue to build and expand our giveaway and sweepstakes applications into a suite of products. The widget that you see now is a great foundation for what we have in store, and we have some really great stuff on the way to make it even awesome-r.

In the future, we might add some business-y features (like advanced analytics and reporting, etc…) and some advanced customization options that we would charge a small amount for under a “freemium” model, meaning you only pay if you want to upgrade. You’re probably familiar with a lot of ‘freemium’ companies: LinkedIn, Flickr, WordPress, Skype, Typepad, & Pandora are all freemium businesses.

Over the past three weeks, we’ve been fortunate to work with many different groups of folks: bloggers, mom and pop shops, entrepreneurs, inventors, social media experts, small businesses, retailers. We hope that we’re building something that is valuable to you and that a truly valuable free version of Rafflecopter combined with great support and customer service will be something you’ll love to be a part of.

Finally, we’re also considering building a community where sponsor companies can meet influential bloggers and publishers and vice versa. Over the last 3-4 months, we’ve had a lot of conversations with bloggers and advertisers alike. We think there’s a better way to connect the two parties yet to be invented and we think we’ve got what it takes to build something special.

If you have any questions for us, feel free to leave a comment or contact us. We’re always here to help!

 

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.

  • http://twitter.com/makobiscribe Makobi Scribe

    I can not wait to see what you come up with for the freemium model!

  • Carries Rambles

    You have been wonderful! Anytime I had a question or need help you were on top if it right then! I can’t wait to see what else is in store for us!

  • beth

    Thanks you are doing a great job. The cat is cute need a bigger box

  • http://twitter.com/BusyWorkingMama Aleks Nearing

    Good for you all!  I look forward to watching your progress, especially since it spawned in my hometown of Atlanta :)

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

      Hot-lanta represent :)

      • http://lifeonthefrancofarm.blogspot.com Vicky D Franco

        Show some love to a fellow ATL blogger!!  :-)  

  • http://www.dealdishingmom.com Googles

    I just listed my first giveaway.  This was so easy to do.  Thank you! http://www.dealdishingmom.com

  • Webmaster

    THE BEST!!! I’m going to be using it in a few days… this will save me allllot of pain with the other contest deals ive been using.. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!! 

  • http://lifeonthefrancofarm.blogspot.com Darlene Franco

    I can’t wait to get my invitation!!

  • http://www.icultgen.com.br/ Alonso

    I wish the app could be translated into more languages. I’m in love with it, but at my country people don’t apply to a giveaway if the app is not in our language. You guys could arrange for people who want to collaborate for free to translate this amazing web tool into other languages :-D

  • http://www.modparent.com/giveaways ModParent.com

    We just used your service for the first time today. Amazing!! Thanks so much for creating this. We can’t wait to see the advanced features in the future. We’re definitely one of the customers that would be willing to pay for upgrades and stuff! :)

  • http://www.techcrates.com/ Salman @ Tech Blog

    Its really amazing … Although I participated in giveaways organized using RC but yesterday I planned my own giveaway, thanks to the easy user friendly interface of RC

  • http://twitter.com/damama825 Gigi Holcombe

    can’t wait to see what you come up with next

  • HasithaP

    rafflecopter rocks!

  • Kim Davis

    Thank you for this there are rumors flying that you are going to start charging per giveaway and this squelched it for me until you post otherwise.

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

      hey Kim! I know this blog post is from June 2011, but what’s written in it still stands :)

  • Lori E

    I big puffy heart love your gadget. Thank you. I would love to see a connection between bloggers and sponsors. 

  • Fabi

    Creg,
    Thank you for the feed back. I am new so i am like scarry cat.

  • http://www.divatise.com/ Fabi

    By the way there is any place were I can learn about how your give away sytem works. Please?
    I will really appreciate it.
    Thank you.

  • Frugalsales.com

    I will definitely be looking into this service to run contests on my site http://www.frugalsales.com

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

      Good luck, Peter!

  • Lee@sweatsuitsforwomen

    Hi my first giveaway starts tomorrow. It is a great widget to use really straight forward and easy. Will use rafflecopter for all my comps

    Great product thanks lee

  • http://www.facebook.com/RoscoesPamperedChefSite Roscoe Simmons Jr.

    Why can I not see my Widget on Facebook?

    • http://www.facebook.com/RoscoesPamperedChefSite Roscoe Simmons Jr.

      its there now, must just take a while to post.

      • http://www.facebook.com/RoscoesPamperedChefSite Roscoe Simmons Jr.

        its gone again, I don’t get this!

  • mjhooper

    Would be nice to find instructions for signing up for giveaways. Where are they?