I’ve been holding contests for a while now and recently something happened that really made me frustrated and truth be told pissed off. In one of the giveaways I clearly stated that as a mandatory term of entering the giveaway I would be giving the sponsor the email of everyone who entered and that they would be put on their mailing list. I not only mentioned it clearly in the rules but I also included it in the form. The sponsor had requested of this form of mandatory entry and I thought that instead of having to get my readers to have to take the time to go to the site and then to have to enter their email deets I would take away the step and make it easier for them.
That’s why I was so surprised when I got an email from the sponsor telling me that they had got numerous angry emails about how they did not give them consent to be put on any mailing list. That made me mad because clearly the people that had sent the emails DID NOT read the rules clearly which made me wonder did they even read any of the post or did they just skip to the giveaway part? I mean when I enter giveaways I always read the rules carefully and make sure I know what I’m getting myself into. The giveaway was not an elaborate ruse to extract your information and you don't have to enter the giveaway if you don't want to adhere by the rules it's as simple as that. Usually my rules are pretty easy and it doesn't take a lot to enter, but sometimes the sponsor requests different entries and since they are providing the prizes which in most cases are significant I cater to their needs.
The reason why I’m pissed is because it looks bad on both me and the sponsor. It makes me look bad because it seems as if I am selling your emails off which I never ever do. And it looks bad on the sponsor because it seems like they are spamming everyone who enters. If there are any mandatory rules I will make it clear and obvious and not hide it in small text that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
I’m just asking in the future PLEASE read the rules carefully and don’t complain if you think you got misled because I pride myself on being real and giving you all the information. There are so many great and amazing readers out there and I have mad love for you and this post is definitely not directed at you! That being said have a good weekend and I have lots of updates, reviews and giveaways coming up.
I’d like to get your opinion especially if you are a giveaway blogger, do you ever have problems with people not reading the rules and then later raising up big complaints?
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