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How To Use CliquePrize® For Small Business Sweepstakes

Small Business Sweepstakes

How To Use CliquePrize® For Small Business Sweepstakes

by CliquePrize Staff

July 4, 2023

Small Business Sweepstakes Guide

Am I running a lottery, contest, or sweepstakes?

Before delving into the details of CliquePrize®, it is crucial to understand the distinctions between a lottery, contest, and sweepstakes. Lotteries require participants to pay money for a chance to win a prize, which is also usually money and is thus highly regulated and often illegal without government authorization. Contests, on the other hand, involve skill-based competitions where winners are determined by merit based on a specific set of criteria. Sweepstakes also known as Giveaways are random drawings where prize winners are selected purely by chance, without any merit or monetary requirement. Sweepstakes, Contests, Events, Raffles and Instant Win promotions can all be run using CliquePrize®.

What are some sweepstakes rules?

When running a sweepstakes, it is essential to establish clear rules to ensure fairness and compliance with the law. CliquePrize® provides a free boilerplate template of rules, privacy policy and terms of use already written by a lawyer that you can easily edit and customize for your small business. Or you can simply upload your own version. The rules typically include eligibility criteria, entry methods, start and end dates, prize descriptions, winner selection process, and other legal requirements. For example, if you plan to announce or promote the winner at your small business, you will need the Contestant to agree to a publicity release which gives your small business the right to use, display, and publish the prize winner's identity, including their name and photo, in promotional materials related to the giveaway. By guiding the small business through the process of creating these rules, CliquePrize® helps ensure that their sweepstakes are transparent, compliant, and engaging for Contestants.

Are all online sweepstakes safe?

The safety and security of online sweepstakes are valid concerns for small businesses and Contestants alike. CliquePrize® provides a secure platform hosted on the Microsoft Azure Cloud that safeguards the Contestant's personal information from privacy and online hacking. The iPhone mobile app also utilizes robust encryption and data protection measures to safeguard user data and prevent unauthorized access. Additionally, CliquePrize® incorporates randomization algorithms for prize winner selection, ensuring that the process is unbiased and free from manipulation.

Why do small businesses use sweepstakes?

Sweepstakes offer numerous benefits for small businesses. They can help increase brand awareness, attract new customers, encourage repeat purchases, and generate excitement around your products or services. Furthermore, sweepstakes provide valuable data and insights about customer preferences and behaviors, enabling small businesses to refine their marketing strategies. By leveraging the power of sweepstakes, small businesses can level the playing field and compete with larger companies, gaining visibility and expanding their customer base.

How do sweepstakes companies like CliquePrize® work?

CliquePrize® streamlines the entire sweepstakes process. For starters, the Contestant can Enter to Win with only one click. There is no need to fill out long online forms. The app offers intuitive tools for designing sweepstakes, such as a customizable background and logo functionality for each promotion you run. If you don't have your own graphics, CliquePrize® offers 45+ free small business category templates to choose from. And since the app is local, you are running a sweepstakes that will capture local leads that your small business can actually use. Data is king and capturing local data is crucial towards small business growth. To assist with driving relevant Contestants to your Sweepstakes, Small Business Owners (which are called Sponsors on CliquePrize®) can also work with third party websites known as Publishers or Affiliates to exchange banners and trade targeted traffic. Last, the app tracks Entrants in real-time and segments these leads into two buckets: Marketing Qualified Leads (aka MQLs) and Sales Qualified Leads (aka SQLs). In essence, Sweepstakes on CliquePrize® are designed for lead generation as well as promotion, branding and general awareness building for your small business.

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Do sweepstakes count as income?

Sweepstakes winnings are generally not considered income for the Contestant. In the United States, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) classifies prizes won through sweepstakes as "windfall income" and not subject to income tax for prizes valued less than $600. However, if the Approximate Retail Value (ARV) exceeds $600, then the Sponsor (i.e. Small Business Owner) must issue a 1099 to that prize winner. It is crucial for prize winners to consult with tax professionals to ensure compliance with state tax laws and regulations. Every promotion on CliquePrize® is listed with the ARV for tax reporting purposes. While the app does not provide tax advice, it does simplify the winner selection and notification process, enabling small businesses to easily collect the necessary information for tax reporting purposes.

How do you know if a sweepstakes is legitimate?

With the proliferation of online promotions, it is essential to verify the legitimacy of a sweepstakes before participating. CliquePrize® helps small businesses build trust by providing transparent and compliant sweepstakes management. By clearly displaying official rules, terms and conditions, privacy policies, ARV and Sponsor's contact information, small businesses using CliquePrize® can establish credibility and assure Contestants that their sweepstakes are legitimate. Additionally, CliquePrize®'s twenty plus years reputation as a trusted sweepstakes platform since its beginnings as a desktop website known as HollywoodWin.com (2003) and later HollywoodPrize.com (2005) further enhances the credibility and reliability of the promotions hosted through the app.

Can a prize winner refuse a sweepstakes prize?

While it is rare for a prize winner to refuse a sweepstakes prize, circumstances may arise where an individual declines the offered reward. In such cases, the terms and conditions of the sweepstakes govern the rights and obligations of both the winner and the sponsoring small business. CliquePrize® enables small businesses to customize their sweepstakes rules, including provisions regarding prize acceptance and alternative winner selection. This flexibility empowers small businesses to address situations where winners decline their prizes and determine appropriate courses of action within the constraints of state law. Typically, this results in another winner being selected at random.

What are the risks of fines or lawsuits for running a sweepstakes?

Running a sweepstakes without proper compliance can expose small businesses to risks such as fines, lawsuits, and damage to their reputation. CliquePrize® helps mitigate these risks by providing a platform that ensures sweepstakes are structured in accordance with relevant state laws and regulations. By offering guidance on legal requirements, facilitating the creation of compliant rules, and implementing secure winner selection processes, CliquePrize® empowers small businesses to run sweepstakes confidently, reducing the likelihood of legal complications and negative consequences.

CliquePrize® is a valuable tool for small businesses looking to leverage the power of sweepstakes in their digital marketing strategies. By addressing common concerns and providing comprehensive solutions, CliquePrize® simplifies the process of creating and managing successful promotions. From establishing clear rules and ensuring compliance to enhancing security and user experience, CliquePrize® enables small businesses to engage with customers, drive growth, and achieve their marketing goals. With its intuitive platform and commitment to legality and transparency, CliquePrize® empowers businesses to unlock the full potential of sweepstakes as a powerful digital marketing tool.

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