Chatbot contests: variety of choice

Konkursy w chatbotach – różnorodność wyboru

Lotteries and contests are versatile marketing tools that have won the hearts of both consumers and entrepreneurs. There is no doubt that there are many benefits to organizing contests – they strengthen brand awareness, shape a positive brand image, and enhance audience engagement. As a result, not only does the online community grow, but there is also media interest and increased sales activity.

Contests are a valuable tool in virtually every industry, and their forms are diverse – from several weeks or even months-long campaigns to quick and brief additions to daily communications. Regardless of preferences, chatbots become extremely flexible support, adapting to any situation and business need.

Since 2017 we have organized over 200 contests

On average 85% of participants complete the entire contest journey

We have been trusted by brands such as Żabka, Żywiec, Semilac, Biedronka, 4FUN.TV, COTY

Easy management of competition entries

Contests in chatbots are very popular, especially those properly promoted (but more on that later 😉). To make it easier for our customers to manage even thousands of entries, we have created a unique contest panel. There is no need to search through the conversations in the inbox. We store all the entries and necessary information in one place. Furthermore, it only takes one click to mark the winners.

Our interactive panel allows for flexible column arrangement in contest entries, gathering all relevant participant information. This makes verifying data accuracy and reviewing entries according to preferences incredibly easy. Additionally, a small star on the right side allows you to mark the winners. We stay up to date with our clients’ needs, which drives our development and expands the capabilities for conducting and analyzing contests.

We have several different types of contests that can be held in a chatbot.

  • First of all – participants can send us text, photos, sounds or videos, and the weight of works in web-based chatbots can reach up to 100 MB.
  • Quizzes are another option. Participants answer questions, which can be closed as well as open. Additionally, you can measure the time it takes to complete the quiz, allowing you to determine the fastest participant and adding even more excitement.
  • The next option is to enter codes, for example, from bottle caps. The contest code participates in the draw. I suspect that this type of contest-lottery is well known to everyone 🍻

Of course, there are many more options. You can combine all of the above, such as sending a photo and describing it, or after entering the code “unlock” additional questions that will increase the chance of winning. There are very many possibilities…

As always, we are open to new ideas and treat each contest individually. The choice of scenario depends on the vision of the contest and the intended outcomes. We are always ready to assist – you can trust our experience without fear.


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Additional activation of participants

Our platform allows sending push messages. If a user started to participate in a contest, but for some reason did not complete it, the chatbot will send him a reminder after a few hours and encourage him to continue.

Before or after the contest, we can ask users additional questions that will help us get to know them better. Surveys can be created in the chatbot to include questions such as “how long have you been using our products?” or “how did you learn about the brand?” as either required or optional questions.

A chatbot is also a valuable advertising space. You can use it both when switching between different chatbots, and by sharing the space with partners or sponsors when holding contests or presenting “sponsored blocks” with a prominent brand.

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Ways to promote contests

In order for the contest to attract enough interest, users need to know about it. Due to the popularity of instant messaging, the process of reaching the fun is extremely easy from any device. We encourage our clients to take full advantage of free ways to promote themselves, as part of their daily communication with the brand’s audience. On social media (posts, memes, stories), on flyers or in emails, we can publish QR codes or links, tagged to explore different sources and, based on that, continue the promotion in an optimal way.

The Meta Group (which includes Facebook and Instagram) naturally offers paid promotional methods as well. These can be click-to-messenger ads, displayed on users’ wall and leading directly to Messenger, or promoting posts under which automatic responses to comments are plugged in.

Participation in the contest itself can also take place in several ways. Participants can type a specific keyword during the chatbot conversation, click on a link or advertisement, or comment on a Facebook post. The chatbot can operate on Messenger, Instagram, on the brand’s website, or in the brand’s app, as well as on an intranet if you want to engage your employees in the fun.

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Contests in practice

In front of you some examples of competition actions.

Thematic actions

Organizing contests on occasions like holidays or back-to-school events is very common. An example could be Atrium Galeria Dominikańska, which organized a Christmas contest activated by a user commenting on a post. After that, a chatbot would engage the user and guide them through the rest of the path. Gift cards were provided for the lucky winners.

Auto-reply can also be used to give away promotional codes. Such a tactic was used by Żabka, which sent a discount code for a hot dog or kebsik after a user commented on a post. In this case, the prize pool was limited, and the code was given to each person who managed to claim it before it ran out.

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Unconventional contests

Heineken also opted for an interesting form of competition. The Heineken Music game involved entering contest codes from bottle caps or pins in the chatbot, followed by answering five closed questions and one open one. Prizes were provided for the two participants per day who provided the correct answers in the shortest time.

Another example of an organizer of non-standard contests is 4FUN.TV. After deciding to implement our FUNBOT, it took over almost 100% of the handling of contests. From fairly standard ones involving sending creative photos or recordings, singing, answering original questions, to ones that were made possible by our integration with their broadcast system. Some of the contests could only be participated if a particular song was playing on the air or when a contest slogan appeared on the screen, which then had to be entered into the bot.

4FUN.TV collaborated with other brands, and prizes were often funded by their partners.

  • During the 3 years of operation, FUNBOT has served 160,000 users
  • It has exchanged more than 8,000,000 messages with users
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The story that ran in the chatbot was created around the name of a new collection of hybrid nail polishes – City Break. It revolved around a short trip with a friend to a European city. The user had a direct impact on the development of events and made key decisions. The action lasted four days, and to proceed to the next day, one had to complete the entire path from the previous day. Only after completing all four days, did the participant have the opportunity to answer the contest question.

  • Half a million interactions in 4 days
  • 80% who started the game stayed with us until the very end
  • 100% OR of push messages
  • 80% average CTR of push messages
  • 834 contest entries collected

To learn more about this campaign, read the case study.

Promotions based on storytelling are an out-of-the-box, unique ideas that can be used for various occasions, such as product launches, time-limited actions (e.g., back-to-school), or holiday campaigns. Such campaigns highly engage participants and increase brand awareness. Storytelling can be short, lasting for a single day, or long, spread out over several days. The choices made by the participant can influence the next steps, so that the game itself will have several possible endings.

City/outdoor game

Users received riddles, the solution to which led them to a location where they had to complete a task, such as finding a QR code or another clue. Each of the eight stages started two days after the previous one. The grand finale of the game took place at MOICO’s BOK, which was transformed into a jungle setting.

The participant, after completing all the previous stages, had to guess the name of the plant decorating the office and enter it into the chatbot. Time played a crucial role in the game, following the principle: “First come, first served.”

Similarly to storytelling, outdoor activities and field actions have many uses. Participants eagerly await the next puzzles and clues. As a result, the brand gains media recognition and attracts user interest. Interestingly executed action is intriguing and stays in the memory for a long time.

  • 400 active play participants 
  • 4 min average time spent per day in chatbot
  • 20% increase in people using the chatbot for service issues

Lotteries Żywiec and Desperados

Both Żywiec Group brands have already held several editions of their lotteries, and the chatbot has already become a natural channel for entries. To take part in the contest, you need to purchase a promotional product and enter the code from under the pin in the appropriate form. Participation in the lottery is only available to adults – our chatbots have the option to add an age gate. This results in the need for the user to confirm that he or she is at least 18 years old during the first interaction with the chatbot.

In terms of alcohol-related contest actions, we have also collaborated with brands such as Heineken, Warka, Captain Morgan, and Żubrówka Czarna. Working with the alcohol industry does not scare us!

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Not only in polish

We don’t limit ourselves to organizing contests exclusively in Polish. With the COTY brand, we organized contests available in both the Polish and Czech markets, in which vacation vouchers could be won.

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Examples of contest chatbots

As part of the best practices and examples, I’ve selected the interesting ones – not only in their form, but most importantly, that have proven themselves and brands keep coming back to them. 

Żywiec raffle chatbot

The Żywiec brand organizes a grand raffle every year. Having entered the code from the bottle cup or pull tab, users find out whether they have won one of the prizes. Our chatbot plays a crucial role in this campaign. It facilitates adding codes throughout the process. The fact that the chatbot appears on participants’ messenger contact list makes it always at hand, ensuring high recurrence rate of users. It can also answer all the most relevant questions about the rules, prizes and products participating in the campaign. The entire tool is integrated with the contest website. And even though we still cannot talk about the results, we are proud of its performance achieved so far (which sooner than later will be discussed in a separate case study.) 

The chatbot’s success is attributed to its ease of use. Users access the app installed on their smartphones and go through the entire contest process in a few simple steps. This is quick, user-friendly and seamless. 

Chatbot contests – Żywiec
Chatbot contests – Żywiec

Urban game with MOICO chatbot

With the MOICO chatbot’s launch, the urban game set off with the objective to introduce users to the tool and provide an opportunity to visit creative places in Wrocław. Its leitmotif referred to the urban jungle. To play the game it was enough to enter a phrase in the brand’s Messenger: I wanna play a game. The game was made up of several stages, and MOICObot provided clues to get to the next one. It guided the participants to the right places and suggested where to look for clues with the help of guessing games, coordinates and riddles. The organizer made sure there were plenty of twists and turns. It required cleverness and creativity from the participants.

An example of a clue

You cannot be hungry in the night,
At Tęczowa eat a burger with delight,
It’s a spot with decent food,
Let your hair down there, dude! 
Look for a sticker, where the movies are on screen,
Find a password and hurry up to win! 

Venue: Night market at ul. Tęczowa

Konkursy w chatbotach – różnorodność wyboru

Each of the eight stages commenced two days following the start of the previous one. The game finale took place in MOICO BOK, arranged in a jungle style. Participants had to guess the name of a particular plant in the customer service office and enter it into the chatbot. The answer was “ficus elastica.” Time was of the essence, in line with the principle: “first come, first served.” 

Winners received the prizes such as: iPhone X, Go Pro cameras, smartwatches and free monthly Internet packages. 

A total of 400 people took part in the game. Participants spent up to four minutes per day in the chatbot. The post about the game reached 70,208 recipients (with 580 hundreds being organic reach!) and aroused significant interest: 138 comments and 1168 clicks.

The number of questions addressed to MOICO on Facebook jumped by 41 percent at the time (excluding questions and answers within the Urban Jungle game). Today, the number of people using the brand’s Messenger is higher by over 20 percent and is growing all the time. At this point, MOICObot answers two-thirds of the questions asked in the messaging tool without any consultant assistance.

Heineken Music contest chatbot

The case of Heineken proves how to engage in a simple way by using appropriate contexts. Who hasn’t been to the Open’er Festival? That’s right! The brand has been a long-time supporter of this world-famous music festival. It organizes a contest where you need to exhibit specific musical knowledge. And the chatbot is its key element. The contest consists in entering into the bot promotional codes from under the Heineken caps and pins, and then providing correct answers to five closed and one open question. Every day during the contest, two winners get prizes, if they answer all the questions correctly in the shortest time possible. 

In case you want to know how the contest works in theory, read below. If not – test it in action and proceed to the next example. ?

Chatbot provides information about the rules, prizes and allows users to accept the T&C as well as necessary consents. In the course of the game, those who report other matters than the contest are redirected to the fanpage moderator.

The conversation between the chatbot and the user follows a simple scenario:

  1. Upon accessing the chatbot, the user selects whether they want to participate in the contest or have a problem to solve (in the latter case, we disable the chatbot and notify the moderator.)
  2. The user checks the required consents to enter the contest.
  3. Once the consents are ticked, they see a message prompting them to enter a code.
  4. They enter the code:
    a) If the code is valid, they receive an invitation to continue the game.
    b) If the code is invalid, they see the message: “This is not a valid code, check if everything is correct or enter a different code.”
  5. The next stage of the contest involves closed questions:
    a) It starts following the users confirmation (clicking the button.) At this point, the clock starts ticking.
    b) We display a series of five closed questions with answers and the user selects one.
    c) As long as the user answers correctly, the next questions appear.
    d) Once the user submits a wrong answer, they are told that they’ve made a mistake and can only start again after entering a new code.
  6. The open question is displayed only, if the user answered all the closed questions correctly. Once the answer is entered and approved (message sent), the clock stops and the time’s recorded, and the participant expects to be informed of the results.
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Chatbot contests – Heineken

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Orsay contest chatbot

In August, Orsay held a Facebook contest in line with the brand philosophy, which places great emphasis on relationships between women. Divided into five stages, it ran for seven days (one each Monday through Thursday and a weekend phase.) Each day there was a different photo contest task. The best entries won a set of two handbags, two bottles of perfume and a handmade card that the female winner (along with the handbag and perfume) could hand to a woman they considered important.

The contest relied heavily on the use of auto-answers under the posts and one of the participants, who took part in all five contest stages, received also a gift voucher for the Orsay store.

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Chatbot contests – Orsay

Chatbot contest to crown Semilac storytelling campaign

The Semilac’s launch of a new hybrid nail polish collection provided an excellent opportunity for a special storytelling campaign featured in its chatbot. Each day brought a new episode of the two friends’ story, with users following them on a trip to a European city. The opportunity to influence the story and an incentive of revealing a polish from the new collection at the end of each day brought about quite a response. As it turned out at the end, 80 percent of people who made it through the first day reached the finals. The actual contest, which launched at the end of the campaign and could be accessed only after completing all the days (+only when joining the game for the first three days – we didn’t make it easy :)) attracted as many as 834 participants.

The exchange of half a million messages between users and the chatbot within four days – the was the storytelling outcome, while the CTR of push messages announcing the next day’s story averaged 80 percent. You can read more about in the case study of the whole campaign. 

Komputronik contest chatbot

The brand successfully employs the chatbot in communication. So it’s time for a contest. To win laptops and phones, the user first has to type #ideserveit in the chatbot. Then they proceed to consents, and after accepting them, the user answers the question: “Why do you deserve a holiday break?” While this is the contest’s main challenge, participants can add a photo or click the “skip” button to increase their chances of winning. Both entries go into the system, which allows moderators to easily view contestants’ entries and voila! Simple solutions work best. 

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Storytelling at chatbot – Komuptronik

PEPCO contest chatbot

PEPCO has decided to rely entirely on the bot. It uses our contest module, which provides a quick (up to 24 hours) implementation of the campaign. The participants can submit their works in the form of text, video or photos. Their content can be viewed in a special panel, where you can also send messages to people who have started a chatbot conversation, but have not yet submitted their work and to users who have won a prize. This is where I’ll repeat myself, but I’m not missing the point. Users go through the entire contest process in a few simple steps. This is quick, user-friendly and seamless.

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Chatbot contests – PEPCO

Five advantages of chatbot contests

  1. This solution is significantly cheaper and quicker to implement than, for example, a landing page designed specifically for a given contest.
  2. Given the application popularity, it’s easy to access and available to anyone who only wants to take part in it.
  3. With media support, the contest takes place in the same environment where the ad was shown.
  4. Entries are easier to manage than in Facebook competitions, which are conducted as part of e.g. fanpage posts. It’s because they can be viewed, flagged or excluded from the contest in a separate content management panel.
  5. The users who have joined the competition, but have not submitted their entries within 24 hours can be encouraged to participate in the contest at no cost and additionally sent information about the results.

Facebook contests are pretty engaging solutions. But those held directly in Messenger drive up participation rates even more. Because they’re hosted in the user’s natural environment. If you’re not sure how Messenger bots can help your brand communicate, a contest in this tool can prove to be a good initial step towards building a lasting relationship with users. In case of doubts, have a look at how our latest projects work and ask if necessary. We will certainly reply to address your concerns. 

Why is it worth it?

Chatbot contests are quick to implement (simple structures are ready in a few hours) and are certainly more cost-effective than setting up a landing page, for example. They streamline the processes involved in managing contests, the type of accepting entries or verifying data. Thanks to a proprietary contest panel, entries can be conveniently reviewed, flagged, or excluded if they don’t meet specific criteria. It allows us to organize contests of any scale and complexity, regardless of the number of users. The platform’s features and capabilities can be easily customized, and each contest is unique. Instant communication with participants and the use of chatbots to answer contest-related questions also eliminate delays in providing information or resolving doubts.

Users who have started the game but haven’t submitted their entries within 24 hours can be encouraged to participate in the contest at no additional cost. Chatbots make it easy to collect and analyze data accurately. Through short surveys, they allow you to get to know the user more thoroughly, which can translate into a more personalized experience and tailored content to preferences.

Contests held directly on Messenger, Instagram, or a brand’s app engage users within their natural environments. Chatbots assist in brand communication, and a contest can serve as an introduction to building a long-lasting relationship with the user.

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