Twitter Viral Contest

by Jeremy Schoemaker on January 15, 2009 · 89 comments


Last Saturday I launched a new contest to giveaway 2 flip mino’s and (possible) a MacBook AIR.  To enter all you had to do is

  1. follow me on twitter.
  2. Tweet : “Just entered to win a flip minoHD. Just follow @shoemoney and retweet.”.

If I got over 20k followers before February I would throw in a Macbook AIR.

Here is a screenshot from twittercounter showing when we started the contest.

@shoemoney was one of the most retweeted items on twitter for days!

Picked up about 2k followers the first 2 days then it tailed off.  This is probably partially because I went to las vegas for 4 days.

I also created a page with all the entries and odds to win.  (this page is getting a lot of traffic)

We will direct message the winners starting on Feb 1st (hence why you need to follow) and give you 24 hours to respond until we get 2 winners. Good luck!

Since then I have had many companies inquire how they can get in on this cutting edge twitter contest.

If you or your company would like to donate a prize please use our contact form for with your proposal.

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Jeremy "ShoeMoney" Schoemaker is the founder & CEO of the ShoeMoney Blog, Elite Retreat Internet Conference, & the PAR Program. In 2013 Jeremy released his #1 Amazon Best selling Autobiography titled "Nothing's Changed But My Change" - The ShoeMoney Story. Jeremy currently lives in Lincoln Nebraska with his wife and 2 daughters.

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1 Diet Cleanse

What offensive tweet did you put out there in mid-October when every follower left you for a day?

2 Taris Janitens

Now you’ve peaked my curiosity – do tell!!

3 Free Itouch Give Away Contest

Interesting Never heard about people leaving him on Twitter , probably was a glitch

4 jtGraphic

I’m pretty sure everyone’s followers went to 0 on that day.

5 Win Flip Mino HD @ Smarter Wealth

Well if you guys want to win another flip mino HD then come over to my blog and enter.

6 Gina

Sorry, there are too many bad things going on in our real lives to get involved in this childesh nonsense these days.

7 Jeremy Schoemaker

are you frickin kidding me? in the time it took you to comment you could have done it.

8 jim

Gina showed me the light, I unfollowed you and your childish nonsense. hahaha, I don’t want to win anything!

9 Ruben Ricart @Advertise in NYC for Free

Huh??? must be an inside joke?

10 Goran Website

I’m asking myself the same question dude. Are these people really this rude or just kidding?

11 Monty -

If you still din’t realize.. let me tell you.. THESE PEOPLE AREN’T RUDE NOR ARE THEY KIDDING ! :P They are just jealous or pissed with the tweets they are getting from the people they are following lol

12 teamray

good luck getting those 20k twitter followers.

13 Taris Janitens

I think this is a small mountain to climb especially considering the fact that it sounds like other companies are going to be adding prizes

14 Atniz

After I place Twitter widget on my blog, I’m getting an average of 3 – 5 new followers daily. I think this is a good start. But, earning 20k followers, we must do some magic.

15 Affiliate Blogger

Rad stats. Glad I was actually reading your blog that day :)

16 Steven-Sanders

You’ve got a long way to go in only 17 days.

17 Storm

Big numbers, although with every new tweet our odds of winning reduce !

Good luch with reaching the 20K, hopefully you will reach a tipping point very soon and it will start to go mental.

18 Rockstar sid (required)

Looking for the macbook :D tweeted it..

19 Money Is Everywhere

Good Luck in getting those 20K followers. I have faith!

20 Zac Johnson

Very cool. Nothing like getting viral promotion from others on a big scale.

21 Ruben Ricart @ Free NYC advertising

You will accomplish the Goal! I know it..

22 Ruben Ricart

Hey Shoe I checked out the contest page and something must be up with the script that picks up the contestants because I tweeted about the contest and for some reason I’m not on that list..???

23 Chris Edwards

Nice contest Shoe! I like my odds as of right now – (Odds of winning a prize : 489:1) lol

24 tudio (required)

yeah Gina, it’s so much better to stay focused on all the bad stuff than having a break from it and a chance to win some great prizes to boot! “Life is what you make it! Always has been, always will be”
Keep up the fun stuff Shoe!

25 sumter sc

I haven’t gotten into twitter too much, but its amazing to see what you are doing with it

26 mecozz

count me … i hope i get macbook :)

27 Four20

I think it is late to tempt people with the MacBook Air(you know you won’t break 20k by then). . .but I entered anyways

28 Raja Kamil

Sweet tweet !

29 Greg Ellison (required) (required) (required) (required)

very cool I hope you hit the 20K. Greg Ellison.

30 Earn Extra Money with Jeff (required)

Wow, Twitter contests are exploding everywhere as well as your followers, yet I STILL see people commenting on how you can’t do anything with Twitter…

31 AJ Kumar

Your blowing up man. Twitter is getting major publicity thanks to you.

32 Sky Xavier

ohh man. thats a huge number. by the way i am also part of the contest and looking for the results. :)

33 Free Itouch Give Away Contest

Pretty Darn Cool =) , I am doing a twitter contest as well but mines pretty small compared to yours just an Apple Touch Give away

34 Jean D.

Your Message Say hey! Count me in. Orange you glad you said Apple?

35 Atniz

Wow.. you doubled your followers within 3 months..


Good luck reaching your target. We entered the contest and tweeted!

37 Make Money Online Tips

Entered the contest, not expecting to win though.

38 Asher


I’ve entered the contest… how on earth will you be judging to give out the prize to the winner though? Is everything tracked?


39 Nick Stamoulis

people love free giveaways. This is a great way to get people’s ears to perk

40 Doug

What the heck happened on Oct 21st?!

41 Templates Blogger


42 David Llorens

Stone cold ripped this off to promote solar:, it’s not going viral for me via any means despite a pretty solid launch), so you have basically a 1 in 20 shot at this iPod at this point :-(. Working on creating same style PHP page for scoreboard.

43 Mieke Janssens

I’m dying to know how you track entries…


44 Monty -

These contests only work for the biggies.. If someone with absolute no followers on twitters has the same contest.. trust me.. he won’t even reach 200! But lets see what happens.. :D Will ShoeMoney hit the 20k mark? or will he hit the 25k mark? :D Good luck shoe.. :D

45 Static

2K in a couple days is just unbelievable… I wonder if I’ll reach that feat by the end of this year, because my 2009 resolution was 1000. :/

46 Ben Pei

I am in!

47 The Poker Jerk

Hurry up fools, join the contest so I can win my laptop!

48 Monty -

Shut up, Jerk! That lappy is mine! :P

49 Money Academy

hmm what about 50/50 , ok ok it is yours :p

50 jlchannel

Joined ….

51 Monty -

I’m in too ! :D

52 IronBlogger

I’m sure you will get to 20k no problem.

53 Money Academy

you got 13 k till now , i’m sure you will get more than 20 k before feb

54 omorinski

Thanks for the extra push to use Twitter. i still can’t seem to get a handle on how to use the site fluently. It seems to promise both more and less at the same time….

55 CA Results

I am still not into twitter. How much traffic can I attain if I have a few followers ?

56 @contests

Looks like you’ve started quite the phenomenon! Starting to see new contests every day.

If anyone out there is starting a contest and wants a free plug, just let me know at:

57 mecozz

congrats, good luck get 20k and i retwitter at

58 Roberta

Thanks for having a cool contest, following both you and John Chow now. I don’t usually win stuff like this, but it’s nifty just the same.

59 Necoda

I could really use a MacBook Air.
Followed you and tweeted.

60 Call Center Gal

You got me as a follower now. You can check it out..and I just twitted about your I guess I’m in. :)

Have a great day!

61 Busby Tester

I shall consider to join the contest.

62 Zeno

this contest is on now, they say, shoemoney fart on twitter :D

63 MoneyMan

Hey shoe you made the top of the fart list along with chow for spamming twitter…nice job!

64 stencils

well good luck to reach 20k twitter follower

65 careeroverflow

Enter to win an iPod Touch from CareerOverflow:

66 Greg Melton

Nice numbers on the contest! I l know I’m a little late on commenting on this post. But it definitely helps to have a nice base to push your initial promotion through the roof.

I wanted to share a contest platform I recently launched called,

It allows you to create contests which use OAuth from twitter, facebook, yahoo, google friend connect, linkedin, myspace, digg, friendfeed, and youtube.

You define the prize and bonus prize (for people who help promote your contest via status update or comment on your youtube video) and we handle all the entry collection, status updates, email confirmations, and provide a simple widget for collecting entries from your site.

Would love to hear feedback. Good luck with future contests!


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