Thoughts on Facebook contests

As I mentioned in the previous post, I’m currently setting myself in the photo competition in Facebook. It’s not a huge photography contest or anything like that, but it’s good enough for me to get started. I never joined any photo competition before, though I had a showcase before back in 2008. So I pondered on the effectiveness of Facebook contest. 

There’s one picture that got 174 likes as of right now: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=499349042771&set=o.144696395578869… and not to be mean or anything, I don’t think this picture deserves that many votes. There are many other beautiful ones that only got a few votes such as:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=495113367679&set=o.144696395578869
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=499573012325&set=o.144696395578869…
– http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=499573507325&set=o.144696395578869…
– http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=527996365696&set=o.144696395578869…
– http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100101722539500&set=o.1446963955…
– http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150402845110338&set=o.1446963955…

Afterall, this is not about who has the nicest picture, but who has the most friends. It’s almost like a fame race. At first I did not know what to expect, I don’t know how many of my friends would actually listen to me and help me out, yet the result has been surprising as I have covered below. Winning this photo competition would not grant me the title of the best photographer out there as it’s not the point anyways. The competition is sponsored by the Lunar Festival and they do not care about who has the best picture. If they do, then they wouldn’t based the winner on the amount of LIKEs one picture gets by Feb 21st.

Instead, what they care the most is people finding out about their event. This is done successfully through such contest. You see, now that I am in the contest, I asked my friends to visit the page and LIKE it before they can actually LIKE my picture. Sure not a lot of them would probably couldn’t careless what page they LIKEd and just pressed on it, but I’m sure there are some of them that would spend some time just reading over it. With this contest too, they instantly get hundreds more votes than they otherwise would get without it. I got 77 of my friends to LIKE my photo, which means I indirectly add 77 “fans” to their page. It’s a really smart marketing strategy.

If you’d like to vote for me, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150394855620647&set=o.1446963955…

Remember though, you have to like this page first: http://www.facebook.com/lunarfest
You can unlike the page after you LIKEd my photo.

Thanks!

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