It’s a rainy afternoon here in Boulder, but we’d like to announce an awesome new Rafflecopter upgrade anyway! :D
Verifying that your winners’ entries are all valid is one of the most important parts of the giveaway process. No one wants cheaters to prosper. And yet it’s one of the weakest links in the Rafflecopter chain. Besides the “Export to Excel” button, the Moderate Page doesn’t do much to help with the verification process.
We’re working on some things that will hopefully make bogus entries a thing of the past, but for now we’ve made it much, much easier to tell if an entry is valid or not.
…introducing The Grid :)
It may seem like a lot to take in, but it’s easy to get the hang of, and it makes verifying your winners a lot easier!
Knock ’em Out with a 1-2 Punch
You can analyze your entries however you want, but here’s how we do it. There are 2 main steps to catching a cheater. Let’s say that Mr. Greg Goodson won our giveaway, and we want to find out if he cheated.
Step 1: Search for the Winner – You can search for their name, email, IP address, or any other column. This will filter out any entries that don’t match your search term, leaving only the person in question.
Step 2 – Group the Entries – this breaks down the person’s entries in a way that’s easy to figure out at-a-glance.
Look at that. Those were supposed to be 1-time entries and he entered way more than he should have. Busted!
There’s a lot more you can do by combining your abilities to search, sort, and group the entries. For instance…
- You can group the winner’s entries by entry option, then use sort to quickly scan and make sure the winner only tweeted once per day
- You can search the winner’s IP address to see if the entered under multiple names from the same computer.
There’s a lot more you can do with the grid. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Along with The Grid, we also added the ability for you to add entries manually, which should come in handy!
… in case you missed it, don’t forget that you can now add multiple winners to your giveaways!
UPDATE (BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND)
Your wish is our command. We’ve added back the option to delete entries from The Grid!
— J.R. (@runningskull)
- Cheaters Never Prosper . . . Or Learn Much (learningisthereward.com)
- Rafflecopter Mini-Tip: Total Number of Entrants (rafflecopter.com)