Facebook decided that it was time to switch things up – and drastically. In an effort to help make it easier for small businesses to run promotions on Facebook, the new guidelines no longer require businesses to run their promotions through a Facebook app. Instead, they can just run the promotion right through their page, saving users time and the hassle.

What does Facebook define a promotion as?

Promotions are defined by having 3 features:

  1. Entry
  2. Registration, the element of chance,
  3. And a prize

facebook-changes-contest-rulesIf I don’t need to make an app anymore, what do I need to do?

Since you’re no longer required to run your promotion through an app, promotions can simply be run on your page’s timeline. However, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each. For example, apps allow you to create a more customized experience, provide more space for content, and are able to collect participants’ data in a more secure, controlled way. On the other hand, running a promotion through your page is much faster and easier. In addition, by posting your promotion to your page’s timeline, your post will be displayed in the news feed of all your fans.

Now that you’re able to run promotions directly through posts on your page, you can collect entries from likes (including using likes a voting measure), comments, or even messages to the page. However, personal timelines can’t be used to administer promotions. This includes asking contestants to share your post or tag themselves in your picture.

When creating a promotion, there are 2 important things you must always include:

  1. A complete release of Facebook by each entrant.
  2. Acknowledgement that the promotion is in now way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Regardless of how you promote your contest, however, it’s crucial that you follow the rules. Next time you need to run a promotion, reference these guidelines above, and watch your engagement grow.