The Growth Series

ViralSweep has partnered with JewelScent to help them hit their 2014 revenue and marketing goals utilizing giveaways.

Finding the Pot O' Gold

April 1, 2014

Over $15,000 in revenue and a
massive amount of social sharing…

JewelScent's second promotion performed more brilliantly than their first in several ways that you can easily emulate.

Let's get to it…

The Giveaway

JewelScent’s second promotion began on Monday March 10th, and ended on Sunday March 16th. The goal with this promotion was to see how much further we could go from the previous baseline we established with the Valentine's giveaway. We went a step further by promoting the giveaway to people outside of JewelScent’s current network.

With St. Patricks Day falling on Monday March 17th, JewelScent wanted to create a "luck of the Irish" theme based on the holiday.

The giveaway was promoted by JewelScent on their website, sent out to their email list, and posted on their Facebook page. Unlike the last giveaway (only promoted within JewelScent’s network), we personally promoted the giveaway through sweepstakes sites; many of which can be found on this comprehensive list of sweepstakes directories.

JewelScent St. patrick's Day Promotion
ViralSweep Value Proposition

The Value Proposition

"One shock, one shift."

Much like in economics, it's very difficult to measure the impact (or "shift") of more than one "shock" to a system when testing new marketing strategies. Since we wanted to measure how marketing the giveaway to a new audience would impact results, we kept the giveaway very similar to the original in as many ways as possible.

This meant we kept the prizes the exact same as in the Valentine's giveaway.

For the giveaway, 4 winners had the chance to win any JewelScent candle of their choice, and the winners were also able to select the size of the ring that came in the candle.

The Design

The Giveaway's Design

JewelScent Giveaway

Keep It Simple

A straightforward title articulates the value of the prize better than something clever.

To stick to the St. Patrick’s Day theme and to duplicate exactly what was done in the first promotion, we mimicked the glowing background and product images with a rich green color scheme.

We also implemented the Pop Up giveaway widget directly onto JewelScent's website as a means to potentially funnel casual shoppers who likely wouldn't have otherwise joined JewelScent's mailing list or followed them on social media.

Because JewelScent excels with their product visuals, we wanted to keep the title timely and simple to place the viewer's attention on the imagery.

We also couldn't be too fancy or clever with the title because the goal was to approach potential customers outside of JewelScent's established following—a straightforward title articulates the value of the prize better than something clever.

Post-Entry Emails

JewelScent Bamboo Rain JewelScent Ring JewelScent ViralSweep Widget

Post-Entry Emails

We duplicated the email templates that were used in the Valentine’s Day promotion and applied a St. Patrick’s Day theme to them. Since they use Mailchimp to send emails to their customers, the giveaway leveraged ViralSweep’s Mailchimp integration to send each entrant’s email address right into their Mailchimp account.


Launch Email

Here is the email that JewelScent sent out to their email list, which announces the giveaway. As you can see, it’s an extremely simple graphic that plays into the St. Patrick’s Day theme, and directs people to enter the sweepstakes.


Consolation Email

After the giveaway came to a close, JewelScent sent an email out to everyone who entered, but did not end up winning. As a consolation prize, they offered everyone 15% off.


Winner Email

The winners of the giveaway received a separate email, congratulating them on winning, and providing them with the additional steps they needed to take in order to claim their prize.

The Little Things

Improving the confirmation email template

One aspect that we overlooked in the past two promotions was the double opt-in confirmation email that Mailchimp sends out every time someone enters the giveaway. This email contains a link or button that people must click in order for them to get added to JewelScent’s email list. Here is what it looks like:

bad MailChimp Eample

While Mailchimp provides you with minimal capabilities for customizing the look and feel of this template, you can still make some big changes that can increase opt-ins.

Refining the small details can add up to big results.

The first thing you’ll notice about JewelScent's default template (above) is the big JewelScent’s Candlesweeps title. This is the name of the email list people are being added to. It definitely can be confusing, but JewelScent can change the title to anything they want, or they can remove it all together, so that people focus more on the subscribe button.

The second thing that can be changed is the text on the subscribe button. People may sit on the fence about subscribing to a list so they may never click the button, which means they will never receive any of JewelScent’s email notifications. This text should be changed to say something like "Click here to confirm your entry".

The third thing is the text below the subscribe button. This can be modified to include a sentence that says “If you do not confirm your entry, you will be unable to receive notifications from us related to the giveaway." Below is the modified email template that JewelScent can use moving forward to help increase their opt-ins.

Good MailChimp Example

The Promotion

The Promotion

With the first promotion we wanted to accurately determine the reach of JewelScent’s network by having them promote the giveaway only to their current audience. For this giveaway, JewelScent promoted it to their own audience, and we also promoted it through a few email newsletters and websites related to sweepstakes and giveaways. To collect more leads, JewelScent used our Pop Up giveaway style on their homepage to collect more entries.

They sent it to their 107,141 subscribers through email, and also posted it to their 195,000+ fans via Facebook. JewelScent began utilizing their Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram profiles to promote this campaign as well.

MailChimp Logo
Facebook Announcement 1

Their Facebook post announcing the promotion on March 10th received 1088 likes, 774 shares, and 159 comments.

Facebook Announcement 2

They posted again on March 14, reminding people to enter the giveaway before it ended and this post received 1,477 likes, 959 shares, and 254 comments.

Facebook Announcement 3

Their Instagram post received 122 likes, which is great considering at the start of the first promotion they only had 98 followers.

They haven't focused much on networks outside of Facebook, so their Twitter post didn’t receive much attention, only a few retweets.

Their Pinterest post received 42 repins and 15 likes, which again is great considering they had 99 followers on Pinterest at the start of their first promotion.

Giveaway Costs

The first promotion cost JewelScent $249, which included ViralSweep’s $49/month plan, 4 candles for the prizes at $25 each, and $100 to send emails out to their list.

For this promotion, the costs were almost identical: $49 for the ViralSweep business plan, $100 for 4 candles, and $150 to send emails out to their list.

In total, the cost for their second giveaway was $299.

The Results

JewelScent Giveaway Data

The Results

Giveaway Visits




Conversion Rate


JewelScent continues to wow us with the results that they are able to generate from these short-term, low-cost promotions. While JewelScent was able to generate some amazing results for their very first giveaway, this one performed even better in the same amount of time.

The promotion went live on March 10th and ended on March 16th.

This time around, JewelScent also used our popup style to collect entries directly on their homepage. Because the popup is on the homepage and receives a lot of views, the conversion rate is much lower than the full page style.

Pop Up Visits


Pop Up Entries


Pop Up Conversion Rate


In total, the entire promotion had 27,555 entries. We recently added a new statistic to ViralSweep, which allows you to see the total amount of entries (unique entries, plus bonus entries) on a promotion. The total number of entries earned on this promotion was 144,800, which means on average each person received about 5 bonus entries by completing social actions. In comparison, the previous promotion only did 64,633 total entries.

Of the 27,555 people that entered the giveaway, 3,085 people clicked through to JewelScent’s website, for a 11% click-through rate.

Social Growth

Run your own giveaway.

We encourage you to follow along and build your giveaway using ViralSweep as you read this series. It takes just minutes to set up your first promotion!

Social Media Growth

JewelScent is a young consumer brand so they wanted to focus on the big social media channels that perform best in their space: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. They awarded users with bonus entries for completing social actions related to each of these networks. Off to the right, you can see a screenshot of the bonus entries page that users saw once they entered the giveaway.

This means that once someone entered, they would be presented with several actions that they could perform in order to gain additional entries into the giveaway. All the stats below have been compiled using the analytics available within ViralSweep, as well as combining a few services that show any sharing that occurred outside of the giveaway.

Facebook Growth

Social Growth


Shares from giveaway


Other Shares


Total Shares


Likes from giveaway


Other Lkes


Total Likes


Comments from giveaway


Other Comments


Total Comments



Followers from giveaway


Total Followers


Followrer Growth


Tweets from giveaway


Other Tweets


Total Tweets



Followers from giveaway


Total Followers


Follower Growth


Pins from giveaway



Followers from giveaway


Total Followers


Follower Growth



Starting Email Subscribers


New emails from giveaway


Ending Email Subscribers


Of the 27,555 people that entered the giveaway, 7,246 were new people that JewelScent did not yet have on their email list. This means that about 26% of people that entered the giveaway were entirely new people that were brought in by promoting the giveaway outside of JewelScent’s network.

JewelScent had 107,141 email subscribers at the beginning of the giveaway. At the end of the giveaway they had 117,900. The giveaway directly contributed 7,246 of these emails to their list, while the rest came organically.

Revenue Breakdown

JewelScent’s goal was to get to $2 million in revenue before the end of Quarter 1 (March 31, 2014). As of our last post on February 26th, they were 54% of the way there at $1,088,350.12 in revenue. As of March 31, 2014 they surpassed their goal in Q1 by reaching an astonishing $2,138,597.20.

Direct Revenue

Direct Revenue

In order to track revenue that came directly from the promotion, we used a tracking link on the button that people would click to go to JewelScent's website after they entered the giveaway. In addition, above the button JewelScent added some text that provided everyone with a 10% off coupon to use on their purchase.

$10,310.25 in direct revenue was generated

Again, this revenue came directly from people entering the giveaway, then clicking a button that would take them to JewelScent's website. The campaign only ran for 7 days, so that is an average of $1472.89 in revenue per day!

Indirect Revenue

Indirect Revenue

$5,129.12 was generated indirectly

JewelScent communicated with the entrants throughout the duration of the promotion via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and email. After the giveaway ended, everyone that didn’t win was sent an email with a 10% off coupon. Through this additional communication, $5,129.12 was generated.

Return On Investment

Total Revenue


Total revenue generated from this promotion was $15,439.37. JewelScent once again knocked it out of the park, not only producing a large amount of revenue, but also seeing massive growth in their social profiles.

JewelScent expects to generate $5,500 in new revenue from the new customers that they acquired from this promotion.

Return On Investment


While keeping all of JewelScent’s additional expenses (hard things to measure directly such as salaries, operational costs, etc.) out of this promotion and working specifically with the costs and revenues generated from this giveaway, we can determine the ROI.

The total cost to run the promotion was $299. Total revenue generated from the promotion was $15,439.37. This means that overall, the promotion had an ROI of 5063.67%.

If we just take the revenue that was generated directly from the giveaway ($10,310.25), the ROI would be 3348.24%.

Total Revenue Generated


With just 2 promotions that lasted 7 days each, JewelScent has generated an astounding $34,215.86 in additional revenue. If we exclude indirect revenue, then they have generated $21,969.58 directly from their giveaway pages.

The Good & The Bad

What went well...

Each promotion that we run can always be improved in one way or another, so we encourage JewelScent to give us their feedback when each campaign is wrapped up. For this particular promotion, they were really happy with the 75% increase in the amount of entries, and the massive amount social sharing that took place in comparison to the first campaign.

They were also excited that these promotions are continuing to produce a significant amount of revenue at a very low cost. With a couple different promotions on the horizon, they are eager to see if they can continue to produce astounding results.

What to change...

Revenue for this promotion was lower than the first promotion by about $3,337. JewelScent said that the campaign launched right after they came off of their best week. Inventories were seriously depleted and most of their products in the most popular sizes were sold out. This undoubtedly lead to lower than expected immediate revenue from the campaign.

Lesson learned: Run sweepstakes at a relatively “normal” time for your business. While JeweScent couldn’t have forecasted that they would have the best week yet prior to launching the promotion, they did have some aggressive promotions which kicked things into very high gear, leading to the shortage of inventory.

JewelScent's Q1 2014 Goals

Below are the final results from JewelScent's Q1 goals.

Hover over the progress bars to see final numbers.



Goal Revenue$2 million

Goal Email Subscribers100,000

Goal Facebook Likes300,000

Goal Twitter Followers10,000

Goal Pinterest Followers10,000

Goal Instagram Followers10,000

What's Coming Up

Time certainly flies, and Q1 has already come and gone. The idea for this series was to help JewelScent reach certain goals in Q1 with several different campaigns and document it every step of the way, however, we were only able to get 2 campaigns launched in this quarter.

We have so many cool ideas that we want to run with JewelScent, so this series will undoubtedly be extended beyond the 90 days that we were forecasting it to run for. Now that we have a handle on how much time and communication goes into coordinating with JewelScent (they're busy people), we can plan for at least 1 or 2 promotions per month.

The next promotion that we will launch will be based around a spring theme, and there will be different prizes and marketing tactics involved. Moving forward, we’ll be doing some collaborations with other brands, as well as diving into working with bloggers and YouTube channels. We may even dig into paid advertising to see what kind of results we can generate for the campaigns. Of course, we’ll show you what we do and how we do it every step of the way.

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About The Authors

Giancarlo Massaro

Giancarlo Massaro

ViralSweep Co-Founder. Alumnus of Sacred Heart University. Serial Entrepreneur.

Steven Kovar

Steven Kovar

ViralSweep Co-Founder. University of Texas alumnus. Previously: AppSumo, NASA.

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