A few months ago I started using Rafflecopter to run my giveaways. This was a Beta version with limited sign-up. I was really happy to be accepted as a user, because it made running my giveaways so much easier! So much is automated. Previous giveaways can be used as templates and simply updated. You can notify your winner(s) from within the Rafflecopter widget.
I give it a two thumbs up.
Well, after nine months of limited membership, Rafflecopter just announced they are now open to the public. If you run giveaways on your own blog I definitely suggest you check this out and see if it is for you. Just visit Rafflecopter.com to get started. It's free!
To celebrate their "grand opening" so to speak, the folks at Rafflecopter are running a giveaway of their own. They have an Apple iPad 2 16GB and two Kindle Fires up for grabs. To enter, please use the widget below, and tell them I sent you :) (Whoever refers the iPad winner will win a Kindle.)
Oh! And they are also looking for a name for their mascot (a happy helicopter). From Rafflecopter:
"Suggest a Mascot Name – You’ve seen the Rafflecopter smiley-face dude hanging around the web. The poor guy needs a name, and we want to leave it up to you to decide what his (or her?) name should be. For an additional entry, suggest a name! After the giveaway is over, we’ll go through the list of names and pick out our favorite suggestions (be creative!) and bring it to a vote on Facebook. If your name is chosen, you’ll win a Kindle Fire and be immortalized in Rafflecopter history :)"
This giveaway is open for the US and Canadian residents and will close February 9th at 12:01 a.m. EST.
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