Giveaways are very popular with our readers and also get you extra promotion, exposure to new buyers and new social media followers.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the pandemic, we are taking a break from giveaways as there are so many issues with mail services globally. Send us a message if you want to discuss a giveaway later in the year, otherwise I would recommend submitting your site for a feature or having a look at our advertising opportunities.
How Giveaways Work
As a sponsor, you provide prize/s of your choice plus images and descriptions. Prizes can be actual products, digital products or vouchers/gift codes.
We write up a blog post with all the details of you and your prizes, and also promote your giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr to our tens of thousands of followers. A large ad on our site promotes the giveaway to new visitors.
We use Rafflecopter to run all our giveaways so you can be sure that the giveaway is run legally and all entrants are real engaged kawaii fans. Rafflecopter offers entrants a variety of ways to enter including following your social media accounts, promoting the giveaway and leaving comments on the giveaway post. Here’s a great guide to how Rafflecopter works.
Winner/s are chosen by a random number generator and we check their entries to make sure they have followed the rules before announcing it on the blog. Once we’ve made contact with them, we then provide you with the winner details so you can ship out the prizes.
We usually run giveaways on a Wednesday and keep them open for two weeks, closing on the Tuesday and with a winner announcement on the Wednesday. If you have specific requirements for dates, we can try to accommodate them.
Tips for a good giveaway
Make it a great prize. Obviously the cooler and more lucrative the prize, the more people want to win. We’re happy to help you choose a prize we think our readers will like. We do not support copyright infringement so please only offer official licensed products and original work. That does include fan art – it’s fine if you have some fan art in your shop but don’t make it a focus of your prize.
Provide clear, large photographs. You’ll also get more entries if you have great photos of your prize. If you’re offering multiple items, photographing each item against a plain background helps us tie everything together. If you’re not so great at Photoshop, don’t worry as we create the giveaway images from your product pics.
Open your giveaway to international readers. We always prefer to have our giveaways open to all our readers, and those giveaways are way more popular too. We do accept occasional regional giveaways, but there needs to be a good reason.
Keep it simple. Offer too many prize options or make entering too complicated and people will get confused.
Think about the entry question. Is there something you’d like feedback on? Use your giveaway for market research. We can ask entrants to visit your site and tell us their favourite product or character, or you could ask for their favourite colour combinations, product requests or anything else.
Add an offer for the ‘losers’. It’s always disappointing for everyone who doesn’t win, especially if it’s been a popular giveaway. Since they already love your products it can just take a little push to get them to make a purchase. Consider creating a discount code or other offer that we can share in the winner announcement and you might get yourself some sales.
Apply to sponsor a giveaway
If you’d like to sponsor a giveaway, please fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you.
We often work a couple of months in advance so contact us as early as possible if you have any special requirements. We can’t guarantee any specific dates for your giveaway but current and past SCK advertisers will get priority on dates and at busy times (November/December). We will consider all applications but it’s not possible to accept everyone.