Idea Girl Media used Wildfire App to facilitate a promotion for Romantic EndeavorsFacebook is hot-hot-hot and the name of the game is to attract fans!  Promotions are one way to fan the flame…

The Right Kindling

Facebook’s promotions guidelines are restrictive and tricky.  They pretty much point you in the direction of a third party application to facilitate any contest, sweepstakes, or coupon promotion on Facebook.

Enter Wildfire App!

There are a good number of  application choices to choose from, but Wildfire App seems to offer a good bang for your buck.

Stacking The Wood

Wildfire App markets themselves as “the Promotion Builder for Brand Marketing on the Social Web,”  to get more leads:

  • Facebook Fans.
  • Twitter Followers.
  • Email Signups.

Some of the companies boasting their use of Wildfire App:

  • Pepsi.
  • Sony.
  • Universal.
  • AT&T.

So for small businesses and marketers looking to attract new customers with social media marketing, those mentions can really light your fire!

Striking The Match

As I described in a previous post, I was jumping through fire rings – so anxious to give Wildfire App a whirl!

During January and February I ran a Facebook promotion for Romantic Endeavors – A young company active on Facebook.

The goal was to grow their fan base and increase subscribers to their email list.

The plan was to engage the Facebook Fans, Twitter followers, and email subscribers to encourage their friends and family to Like the Romantic Endeavors’ Facebook Page, and to attract new fans that new group of fans as well.  A desired snowball effect.

The Grand Prize? A $100.00 Victoria’s Secret Gift Card – Awarded on Valentine’s Day, 2011.

Igniting The Flame

Sign-up was very easy and inexpensive — Less than $40.00 for about a month’s time of service!

Groovy features that lit my fire:

  • A custom tab to utilize right on the Facebook Page.
  • Specific links & mini-pages for Facebook, Twitter, & Email to help promote.
  • Real-time Stats – daily, weekly, etc.
  • Awareness of brand ambassadors.
  • Exportable contact information.

Feel The Heat

At the end of the promotion, Romantic Endeavors was quite pleased!  Results:

  • Almost doubled their Facebook Fans.
  • Twitter followers increased, as well as klout score.
  • Email subscribers went from 280 to over 2000.

Due to Facebook’s promotion guidelines, notifying our winner took a bit longer than we had hoped, but the Victoria’s Secret gift card went to a wonderful person.  See who won here.

Fueling The Fire

Would I use Wildfire App again?  Yes!

Why?  Ease of use and good results.  Also the ability to utilize branding features that may bring greater results in the future.

Have you used Wildfire App?

Have you used other third party applications?

Tell me your experiences below!