17 Facebook Contest Ideas You Can Run on Your Fan Page TODAY

Updated: 04/20/2020

A Facebook contest is a GREAT way to build your audience and drive traffic to your fan page. It’s also a fantastic way to build your email list while also keeping your Facebook fans engaged with your brand.

In this article, I’ll share 17 Facebook contest ideas you can use to experience these benefits for yourself!

Please note: Facebook contest changes their rules and guidelines periodically, so be sure to check out their guidelines for promotions before running any of your facebook contest ideas.

Currently (January 2020), promotions that are not allowed include, asking fans to:

  • Tag their friends as part of the contest
  • Share the contest on their timeline in order to enter
  • Share the contest on their friends’ timelines in order to enter

Additionally, all Facebook contests should have clearly stated rules, eligibility requirements and should be in compliance with any regulations that might affect the contest or prize (I’m taking this to mean, don’t do anything against the law!).

Finally, your contest should ask entrants to release Facebook from any liability, and you should clearly state that Facebook in no way sponsors or endorses your contest.

Whew! Enough of the Facebook contest rules!

Let’s dive into the GOOD stuff!

17 Facebook Contest Ideas 

The following are 17 contest/giveaway ideas you can use for Facebook marketing, lead generation or simply to boost brand awareness on Facebook!

1. A Facebook Live Contest

You know I LOVE Facebook Live!

And what better way to generate a buzz about your contest or giveaway than on one of your Lives.

Here’s a great strategy for making sure your fans get excited about your contest, AND stick around for your whole Live: announce the contest in your LIVE video description and mention it right at the beginning of your video.

Then ask viewers to stick around until the end of the video in order to get the official scoop on how to enter!

Announce the contest in your LIVE video description and mention it right at the beginning of your video. Then ask viewers to stick around until the end of the video in order to get the official scoop on how to enter!Click To Tweet

You can also use Facebook Live to announce the winner of a contest… This is another great way to ensure your fans tune in for your broadcast.

2. Caption this Photo or Image Contest

facebook contest ideas - caption photo

Caption contests are great as they allow your fans to show a little personality. And, an added bonus is that other entrants will actually enjoy reading through the entries!

This kind of facebook contest is also preferable to a simple “like this photo to win” contest, as all the engagement on your post will ultimately lead to more exposure in your fans’ feeds!

3. “Help Us Come Up with An Idea” Contest


These are great because they not only help you solve a problem or come up with new and creative ideas, but they get people engaged with and invested in your brand.

You can ask for help with naming a product (or in the case above, a horse!), coming up with new product ideas, or ask for help with a particular strategy.

The best idea wins!

4. Fill in The Blank Contest


What I like about fill in the blank facebook contest idea is that they really get people thinking.

Your contest can consist of a sentence or paragraph, whichever you prefer. Then just ask your fans to add their own unique perspective by – obviously – filling in the blank.

Want to get your fans engaging with your products while they wait for the winner to be announced? Use Cruise Junkie’s strategy above, and ask entrants to choose their own prize from your website!

5. Fan of The Week Contest


Ask your fans to submit a photo or video and then choose the best one. The winner gets to be your fan of the week!

This fan will not only win something, but they’ll also have their Facebook profile and content shared with your audience as an added bonus.

6. A Video Contest


We’ve already talked about using Facebook Lives for your facebook contests, but you can also use pre-recorded videos.

While video contests can be a bit tricky to implement, there are some great tools out there that can automate the entire process.

For instance, Wishpond will help you get your contest set up within minutes. You can specify the colors and branding of your contest, as well as the fields and question formats you want to use.

Other great features of Wishpond:

  • Each contest you create gets its own unique URL, making it easy to share the contest on or off Facebook
  • Collect email addresses from each entrant
  • Add user-voting to your video contests

7. Submit and Vote for Your Favorite Photo Contest


Ask for photo submissions, and then ask your fans to vote for their favorite.

The best part of this strategy is that people tend to ask family and friends to vote for their photo…which can boost both on-page engagement and page likes!

8. A Quiz or Trivia Contest


According to BuzzSumo, quizzes get shared an average of 1,900 times.

While your quiz contest may not get QUITE that many shares, quizzes are still a GREAT way to get engagement and boost contest entries.

TriviaBunch for example (pictured above) typically runs their contests like this: users click the link to take the quiz (which they take on the TriviaBunch website), and then come back and post their score and like the page to enter.

So simple, yet so powerful for getting engagement for your facebook contest!

9. An Instant-Win Contest


An instant-win contest is just what it sounds like – people can win instantly after entering.

You will likely need a contest app in order to run an instant-win contest, but the excitement and engagement you’ll generate from this type of a facebook contest idea will definitely make it worthwhile!

10. A Q&A Contest


This is another one that’s a super easy facebook contest idea to implement. Simply ask your fans a question and the correct (or the best) answer wins!

11. Choose your Favorite Product Contest


This is the same concept as a multiple-choice contest: simply create a post with images of some products you offer, and ask your fans to vote for their favorite.

Not only does this get your fans engaged with your post, it gets them thinking about – and hopefully even BUYING – your products!

12. Share a Selfie Contest


This is the same idea as a photo contest – the only difference is you’ll ask your fans to share a picture of themselves…ideally, using your product!

Again, you can also ask your fans to vote on their favorite pics. This is a great way to boost engagement during your facebook contest.

13. A Game or Puzzle Contest


Via Garena Free Fire

Who doesn’t love a good game?

Leverage the popularity of games by using one for your contest. Create a graphic like the one above and ask your fans to solve the puzzle/riddle in order to enter!

14. Ask a Simple Question


Your Facebook contest idea don’t have to be fancy!

Sometimes asking a simple question can be enough to get tons of engagement and entries for your contest.

For instance, in the example above, entrants are asked simply to answer the question, “How early do you shop for Valentine’s Day gifts?”. That’s it!

15. Pick a Number Contest


This is another super-simple example of our facebook contest ideas that will let you launch your contest literally in seconds.

Pick a random number, then ask your fans to guess. The correct number (or the one with the closest number) wins the prize.

Easy peasy!

16. Guess the Price Contest


Have an online business and want to launch a new product or service?

Get your audience to guess how much you’ll be selling it for! This is a great way to not only get some engagement on your page (and entries in your contest) but to generate a buzz for your new product!

17. A Referral Contest


At the beginning of this post, I noted that it’s against Facebook’s contest guidelines to tag friends in your posts or to ask friends to share the contest on their timeline.

However, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask your fans to refer their friends to your company and/or contest!

For instance, in the example above (created using Wishpond), the entrant needs to share their unique referral link with 3 friends in order to be entered. Pretty cool!

Final Thoughts

There are so many creative contest ideas on Facebook for driving traffic and engagement on (and to) your Facebook page and website. These ideas are only the tip of the iceberg!

Let your creativity run wild – you are only limited by your imagination.

Looking for more social media marketing ideas, or strategies for getting your posts seen on Facebook? Check out these posts:

My Top 5 All-Time Best Facebook Post Ideas to Drive Big (FREE!) Reach on Facebook

27 Killer Facebook Post Ideas 2.0

What are some great Facebook contest ideas you’ve seen? Do you regularly run your own contests on Facebook? Let me know in the comments below!

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129 thoughts on “17 Facebook Contest Ideas You Can Run on Your Fan Page TODAY”

  1. Kim, great list of ideas for FB contests. I like the more interactive one like “Caption this” and “Fill in the blank.” Lots of good suggestions here. Thanks for sharing.

  2. hello kim yeah everyone likes contents and giveaways these will enlighten their skills and eagerness to achieve it makes one more workable thanks for sharing

  3. Thanks for pointing that out, Paul! It’s hard to keep track sometimes of all the places where you need to change things once updates are made to the platforms.

  4. Hi Kim, Really useful post! Many not known about the different ways to run content in facebook. Your post really worthy to ready and gain knowledge.

  5. Hi Kimgarst, Loved this list for engaging user or customers in Facebook. I was wondering for it. Thanks

  6. I would disagree, Nancy. I’m a business coach as well and I use content that is RELATABLE to get people talking with me and ENGAGING with my page so that when I do have more direct business related content, it SHOWS UP IN THEIR NEWSFEEDS! Hmmm…yes, there is a method to my madness ;-).

  7. This Blog is very informative thanks for sharing this content and i will implement all steps and techniques that you have mention in the blog

  8. Prashant Rawal

    Extremely helpful content as especially practically. I definitely like to run any of the content to see the result. Thank you, Kim, for the great content.

  9. Pratik Vishwas Patil

    Hi Kim, great list of ideas for FB contests. I like the more interactive one like “Caption this” and “Fill in the blank.” Lots of good suggestions here. Thanks for sharing. This blog is very informative.

  10. Oh, this is really best way. I read your full article this is really amazing. I’m waiting for your more article and I also share this article with my family and friends. Great work, Kim.

  11. Thanks for sharing amazing ideas i will try to implement these ideas and will engage my audience!

  12. Oh these are really good ideas.. something we would love to have working on, thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. Vikash Pathak

    This is really a great idea for the beginner, thanks to sharing this type of content. I will these tips to grow my page.

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  19. You have great ideas for marketing on Facebook. I do Income taxes for locals andI focus on Facebook locals. Images is what gets people attention.

  20. Thanks for pointing that out, Paul! It’s hard to keep track sometimes of all the places where you need to change things once updates are made to the platforms.

  21. I loved your content.
    This contest is super fun! My favourite is when you just write an incomplete sentence and ask your fans to complete it.
    You can also use photos to attract attention and caption your photo with the incomplete sentence.
    Don’t forget to pick a theme that fits with your brand!

  22. Brilliant ideas as they can increase the following as well as the engagement for customer loyalty.

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  25. Kritesh Kumar

    Great now i start this ideas on my Facebook fan page thank your to sharing this information with use

  26. Hi Kim
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  27. Brijendra Gautam

    Hi Kim,

    Thanks for again another valuable blog post. It’s very useful to run Facebook ads.

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  29. Hi Kim,
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    Great knowledge for newbies like us who have just entered the online business world and struggling to get results. A big thanks for my side.

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  33. Thanks Kim, These are great ideas for me. I am going to give each one of them a try and then I want to share my experience.

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