5 Smart Ways to Use ShortStack's New Limited Entry Feature

Learn how to limit the number of entries on your promotion and trigger specific actions with ShortStack's Limited Entry feature.

By Dana Kilroy ・3 min read
ShortStack Tips & Tricks

Have you ever wanted to limit the number of entries you can receive on a promotion?

Or maybe even trigger a specific action to happen after a certain number of entries has been received?

Well, we have some good news!

You can now do this and more with ShortStack's brand new Limited Entry feature.

To find and use this new feature head into your ShortStack account (or create a free account here) and create a new Campaign. When you add a form you'll be able to set up limited entries under Form Settings.

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Set Entry Limits

You can also set up your Campaign so a certain action is performed once your entry limit is hit using ShortStack's Action Widget.

Action Widget

If you're as excited as we are about this new feature, you'll want to jump in and build your promotion right now!

Here are 5 super smart ways that any business can use ShortStack's new limited entry feature.

1. Require a Certain Number of Entries Before a Certain Action Occurs

If you want to make your promotion last a little longer, and keep your fans coming back for more, try running a promotion where you have to receive a certain number of entries before a specific action can occur. Here are a few things you could reveal after a certain number of entries are received.

• eBook, Infographic, white paper

• Coupon

• Discount

• Product announcement

• Prize

• Sneak peek at a brand new video

• Groupon

• Giveaway

We've made it easy to start one of these ideas with our Unlock Your Discount Template.

Limited Time Offer

2. Only Give Away a Certain Number of Prizes

Businesses that have the ability to offer a large number of prizes, such as coupons, Groupons, buttons, stickers, etc., will find a fun way to engage with your audience is by running a promotion where only a certain number of prizes will be given away.

This instills a sense of urgency into your fans as they'll want to get to your promotion as quickly as possible to be one of the people who will be receiving a prize.

This type of promotion would be great to run on Twitter or Instagram.

Easily build your limited time promotion using our Limited Entry Contest Template.

limited entry template

3. Run a Tiered Giveaway

Tiered giveaways are another great way to keep fans coming back to your promotion over a long period of time.

A tiered giveaway consists of having multiple stages to your promotion and an incentive for your fans to participate during each stage.

One way you could set this up using ShortStack's limited entry feature, would be to offer different numbers of prizes at each stage. For example, 20 people could win your first prize, 10 people could win your second prize and only 5 people your last prize.

A second way you could set up your tiered giveaway would be to require that a certain number of entries are received before the next tier is revealed.

When running a tiered giveaway we recommend increasing a prize's value with each tier. If you offer your best prize up-front then your fans won't come back for what's next!

4. Run a Flash Deal

Flash sales are popular and fun! They're another way to instill a sense of urgency in your fans.

Flash sales can be for one or multiple prizes and there are a variety of ways to host them. You can set it up so that the first xx people win xx prizes or that the first xx people are entered to win one big prize.

Another idea is to build an email list specifically for flash sales. You can ask people to submit their email to be the first people notified whenever you have a flash sale. This will help grow your email list as well.

If you want to run a flash deal, use our Limited Offer Template and have your promotion set up in just a few minutes.

Limited Time Offer

5. Host a Limited Entry Voting Contest

Voting promotions are a popular way to have fans return to a contest page. Using the limited entry feature, you can set up your promotion so that a certain number of entries must be received before voting can begin.

For example, if you're running a photo contest you can require 100 photos must be submitted before the voting can begin.

Another idea is to have people submit their favorite brand or non-profit and then once a certain number are entered voting is turned on where fans can vote for their favorite ones.

To easily build this type of promotion use ShortStack's Limited Entry Voting Contest Template.

Limited Entry Voting

Limiting entries on your contests is an exciting way to add urgency and keep fans coming back over a long period of time. Give one of these five ideas a try and let us know how it goes!

About the author

By Dana Kilroy ・3 min read

Dana Sullivan Kilroy is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience delivering compelling content. Her work has appeared in national, award-winning publications and sites, including: The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Fast Company, Inc.

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