I created a twitter crowdsourcing contest to get some tagline help and raise pre-launch awareness (build a great tagline and get an iPhone). http://roadbud.com/iphone-contest/ The problem is, I'm new to the twitter world and don't have it figured out yet. I launched the contest yesterday, got a few responses, but it is an attenuated virus at best.
What went wrong? Some ideas:
1) boring contest
2) didn't figure out correct way for people to tell their friends about the contest
3) need to find proper place to announce it
Thanks a ton.
Update: I ran the contest. Lessons learned at http://www.roadbud.com/blog/seven-lessons-on-twitter-crowdsourcing/
Twitter is all about who follows you and the retweet. Judging from your twitter account, you don't have many people following you. That's probably why it did not go viral.
It does not sound like a boring contest at all. It's kind of witty actually but the problem will be no one knows about it.
So, it looks like you need to build a following or reach out to someone with a big following. As for the contest content, you probably need to tweet it more with different variants on the theme. You should also use a URL shortener since your site URL takes up a lot of the message and is harder to retweet.
Twitter doesn't automatically get your message in front of eyeballs. Only people following you see your messages, and only if they re-tweet does it start to spread.
There's at least two parts of going viral:
For #1 you don't have enough eyeballs to get it rolling. For #2 you need a combination of:
I think you have the first of these already -- as Jarie said it's a good idea. #2 is trickier. One thing to do, again like Jarie said, is to shorten the URL so there's more room for people to spread the word and make commentary. Another thing you can do is literally ask them to spread the word, e.g. "Plz RT!"
Here's a longer article I wrote on the subject, with more examples of what specifically you can do.
did you try more hashtags?
#contest #iphone #runners Best tagline for our #roadbud app wins iphone + app. Details @ http://bit.ly/rb-contest Hits people who have iphones, runners and like contests. Adding the runners hashtag can get some interest. could try #cycling and #jogging as well.
Jason Calacanis does this kind of thing all the time and his followers/listeners might be helpful.
His startup show is on Ustream on Fridays. "This week in startups"
In addition to the above great advice, try using a third party platform like http://wildfireapp.com/ to help you facilitate the contest. They run contests on Twitter AND Facebook. The company charges a small fee but on the upside - they take care of all the marketing for you.