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Organize Your Blog Giveaway, without loosing your mind!

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What? An informational post on Becoming Sabra Gilbert? Bet you haven't seen one of these in FOREVER!! Well, I guess my last one was about a month ago, but was puppy related and we all know how much puppy stuff has been on this blog lately. What can I say, I'm an obsessed blog mom. I'll admit it!!

So anyway, onto blog giveaways! Giveaways can be extremely beneficial for you and your blog readers! They get free stuff and you get your posts and name seen by a few more people! It's a win-win for everyone (well, I guess not the people who didn't win :/). But anyway, as much fun as the end of a giveaway can be, the beginning can be a little scary!

Organize your blog giveaway! || Becoming Sabra Gilbert

Before Your Giveaway Begins


1| Ask Yourself

What kind of readers are you trying to attract?

What prize would attract these readers?

You could very easily throw together a cash or general prize giveaway that would attract a TON of new readers! But would those readers actually stick around? If you take the time to figure out who actually enjoys your blog and pick a prize to attract that specific kind of reader!

Who else shares these readers?

While there are plenty of giveaways that you could do on your own, it can be super fun to bring others in on the fun too! This is a great way to share readers with other bloggers who share the same reader demographic. I would suggest finding these bloggers and specifically asking them to be a part of your giveaway! I also think it is best to keep the number of bloggers decently low. No one wants to spend an entire hour filling out entry forms. So stick it to 4 or 5 other bloggers with a limited number of entries each!

2| Get Organized

Put together a spreadsheet!

Things on this spreadsheet should include names and information for your target bloggers, list of names and information of the bloggers who join you, and a list of the items and prices that you want to include in your your prize package!

Hate having to put spreadsheets together? I've done it for you already! Feel free to customize it (once you save your own version  to your Google Drive!) and use it as many times as you want!

Set a date and time for the giveaway!

I usually find it easiest to set a date, time, and prize BEFORE starting to contact people or getting a ton of people to chime in, this way, you can also gouge exactly how many people you need and what buy in each member would have to contribute for the main prize and if you want to add in extras (like how I usually like to purchase a planner and then collect extra for pens, highlighters, stickers, and such), those can be from the money of extra links and not the main gift! 

Then you can also have a due date to have everyone contribute their links and send in their money to your paypal BEFORE the giveaway! 

Get everyone on the same page.

Ok, so by this point, you will have wanted to invite people and have filled out the spreadsheet on everyone who has joined in! Send out a welcome email to everyone who has decided to participate and restate all the main details! You may also want to say when you will be sending the final giveaway images and rafflecopter codes! Just so they can mark it on their calendar and look out for the email.

3| Three Days Before Your Giveaway

This is when you really want to make sure that everyone has the graphics and codes to put up the giveaway on their own blogs! You can also recommend post ideas that would go with the giveaway! That way, if they are scheduling or even writing the post the day before, everyone can be prepped! 


During Your Giveaway


1| Be available for questions & emergencies

While it might look like giveaways are easy to just drop and walk away from, things can actually get a little crazy after you have the giveaway up! People have random questions about the products you are giving away, the rules, and some link always fails to work the day of for some reason! 

2| Double Check EVERY SINGLE Link!

Seriously. Every single time I have thought that I checked all the links and that they are all fine, it always seems like right then I get an email and one of the links is no longer working for some wonky reason.  So check. Then double check. Then check again when someone complains that it isn't working! 

3| Get packaging ready!

Don't forget to prepare and pack up your giveaway prize! I find that it is less flustering for me to do this during the giveaway so then I can just add the address and go after the giveaway! 

4| Promote like CRAZY on social media!

And don't forget to tag all those girls who have joined you! Get them sharing like crazy too and send out a few email reminders to those who aren't, but remember, this is YOUR giveaway! You are expected to do the majority of the heavy lifting! Just send a friendly reminder out and maybe a graphic for Instagram or Pintrest!

5| Keep your new followers interested.

Don't just post a giveaway and walk away! Put your best foot forward with your new content on your blog, be posting Instagram photos a few times a day, and engage on your social media! If people start seeing your gorgeous face right away, they are more likely to stick around than if you randomly pop into their feed a month later and they no longer remember about the giveaway they entered, and probably didn't win. . .  Awkward! 


After Your Giveaway


1| Email your winner!

Do this RIGHT AWAY! If it was a really good prize, people want to know if they have won it before the giveaway is even over. So get in their inbox and squeal with them! 

2| Write another blog post!

After my winner is confirmed, I like to write a quick blog post announcing the winner. Maybe a photo of me mailing off the prize, just to make it super fun! 

3| Mail off the prize!

4| Send a thank you to everyone who participated!


I hope this helps you have a FANTASTIC giveaway!

The Weekender Project || 19

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Well, I have no goals to report for last weekend! We had a ton of fun traveling for the weekend and getting to explore Nebraska some more. Simeon surprised me by loving UNL, but as I keep saying, I'll share some more on that another time. When I can share a little bit more of the picture. Actually, I should probably share this whole process with those who might be going with it in the future.

But I'm going to be working my butt off this weekend to make up for not doing a ton last weekend and having fun most of my Friday with my dad! That has been a lot of fun!

The Weekender Project || 19 with Becoming Sabra Gilbert

 

1|| Start a little packing

 Simeon and I have books upon book upon books. We have two giant bookshelves overflowing with books. And those are just the ones on the shelves. There are plenty of books scattered around the house, some in the entertainment center and even some books still packed away. So I'm going to leave out ones we might use in the next few books and start packing away ones that we wont need. And other living room things that don't need to be around. And we can get started moving some boxes to my parent's house.

2|| FINALLY play around with my new lighting equipment

Simeon and I have been so busy that I havne't gotten to actually play with my new stuff! I am putting it up after I put up this post and make sure to get to it this weekend (a big sheet and light umbrella's in the middle of the living room should get me to do it! :)

3|| Get some Blog Posts sketched out & scheduled

I was pretty unproductive this week for some reason. And I need to make sure that I don't do that again! So I'm going to be working on getting some posts started and done beforehand in case that I forget to get some posts up on certain days again. 

4|| Get my Editorial Calendar for BSG and MPD filled until July

With moving, getting a puppy, and MPD doing so well, I need to know what I'm doing for the next few months! So getting post ideas out there and scheduled ahead of time makes it a million times easier. 

Why I Love My Day Designer

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Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post only because it is honestly a product that I am in love with and all opinions are my own! I bought my own Day Designer and have been given nothing for this post!

Why I Love Day Designer || Becoming Sabra Gilbert

With 2016 right around the corner, I am obsessed with getting myself organized and ready for the new year. My Day Designer is a giant part of that! While I was in college, it was obvious on how I would need to use it. I had to schedule my classes, work, and when I was going to fit blogging into my day. And I also could just write my homework to do list and things that I needed to remember throughout the day.

Now that I've graduated and am working from home for myself, my Day Designer needs to do something completely different for me! 

WHICH IT CAN!!

And I honestly believe that it is one of the best parts of the Day Designer! It isn't specialized to anything and I can make it do what I want to do quite easily. Instead of blocking my time by where I needed to be, I can now block my time by what topic i should be concentrating on at that time. Am I in my office hours? Then I should be working on my blog or a client project! If I'm off office hours (which is something I need to remember to do now that I work at home!!) I should be working on something else. 

Random Fact: I'm breaking the rules of everything I just said at the moment because I'm writing a blog post and doing laundry at the same time. While watching a replay of a webinar. I'm technically on vacation too. Oy. 

The only thing that I have to do to make the transition is to customize it differently! Sure there are some things that the Day Designer has designed into it, but there are also plenty of stickers and ways to customize what your Day Designer does for you! 

For example, I really don't need to track anything in the dollars section of the Day Designer. I was part of a wonderful planner supply swap (OMG I should host one of those in 2016!) that I loved and my partner got me wonderful stickers that I could use in place of that little square and keep track of my water intake! Which is something that I would rather use than budgeting daily.

Another glorious thing about the Day Designer is that it is beautiful! The outside is built to go through anything! I mean, mine has been thrown across the room (on accident, I'm clutzy) and has been banged around in the backseat of my car, but it still looks great! And I love that Day Designer just likes to call Day Designers that maybe have a few scratches or bumps "Authentic" because lets be real! You can't keep everything super gorgeous all the time! Not if you are using it right!

With the simplicity of the design inside and out of the day designer, it screams for you to make it your own! I know people who choose color schemes, or just go crazy with all the pretty!!  I love using bright colors all over the place. I love ones that use black and gold accents through their entire Day Designer as well! 

The Day Designer doesn't just put you on schedule, but it focuses on you! And there is a fabulous community of Day Designer Lovers if you don't believe me! (Like seriously, follow them on Instagram!)

What is your favorite way to plan your day? 

5 Ways to Prep Your Blog for the New Year

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December is the month that kind of kicks you in the butt. I suddenly realize that there were plenty of things that I had wanted to do this year but wasn't able to do for random reasons, but know that I really want to accomplish this next year. So I start preparing like crazy to make those things happen.

This next year is going to be big for BSG here and MPD. So I've been working like crazy brainstorming everything that I want to acheive this next year and what I want these things to become. And how I'm going to do it. 

And it's time for you to start doing the same!


1| Dig Deep into your Blog 2016 Goals

It's pretty easy to grab a piece of paper and write down that you want so and so followers on this and that form of social media, but it honestly isn't going to get you anywhere. Make a game plan for those goals.

How are you going to increase your followers? What are you going to change about your routine to fit in blogging more? What programs are you going to buy or download to improve your graphics?


2| Revisit your Branding

I'm not saying go and get a new design, but revisit the purpose and vibe of your blog.

Are you really being true to yourself? Does your blog fully represent you? 


3| Update all your Social Media Profiles

This is a little task that we all seem to forget to do. Right now is the perfect time to update everything that is out of date or change things that no longer represent you.

What information is important for your followers to know? How old is your profile photo?


4| Steamline Some of your Tasks

As a blogger, I know there are some things that just seem to take forever! And that we all hate. I mean lets be honest, as much as we love blogging, we hate parts of it. Look up different ways to avoid spending the majority of your time doing these tasks.

Still posting to social media manually? Look up different schedulers and spend less time on social media every day. Images taking forever? Find a template for InDesign or use the same method on Picmonkey every time. Then there is no questioning if something looks good, you can just do it and change things up a little bit.


5| Work on Your Editorial Calendar

 This is a great time to plan ahead for 2016! If you are anything like me, you completely forget about a holiday or big event until it is right up on you, unless you plan ahead. Now is a great time to plan out different holiday posts and plant reminders ahead of time to do them!

Are there any big events coming up in life this year? Like a blogaversary? Big wedding anniversary? Any special holiday projects that you just can't wait to write about?


I would love to see what you guys are doing to prep your blog for 2016! Show me on Instagram or tell me on Twitter using #PrepYourBlog2016

PS - What are your goals and dreams for your blog in 2016?                Tell me below!