A popular trend recently among cam models is holding a date raffle. A date raffle can take on two different forms: an in person date where your fan actually gets to meet you and hang out with you, or a date over Skype or another camming platform. Your fans get really excited about raffles like this. Even if it’s just a Skype date raffle, it’s still a personal one-on-one hangout session with you. Sometimes these don’t even get sexual. They might just involve eating or watching a movie together while chatting with one another. If you decide to hold a date raffle, whether it be a real date or one over Skype, there are definitely some precautions you should take.
Webcam Raffles – how to do them
As with any raffle that you hold, you need to be smart and plan every little detail out in advance. So before you even announce your raffle, make a list that includes the prize(s) that you’re offering, how much each entry will cost, when the deadline to enter is, when and how you’ll be drawing the winner(s), what the winner(s) should expect on the date, and any other details that you can think of. Nothing is too small to include. Sometimes fans will try to find a loophole or take advantage of you if you aren’t clear from the start about your raffle.
If you’re new to camming, it’s probably best not to hold a raffle like this. Wait until you have a decent following. Some models make the mistake of holding raffles with huge prizes before they’ve really established a following. They think that bigger prizes will help them raise more money. But this isn’t always the case. It can be a big disappointment if you’re offering a large prize and end up not getting a lot of entries. You may be stuck losing money in the end. Or you may need to cancel the raffle, which is disappointing to everyone who entered. You may lose the trust of your fans if you cancel a raffle.
Just to protect yourself, a good clause to put in your raffle rules is that it’ll only happen if you sell a certain amount of entries. When the deadline hits, if you haven’t raised enough, you can choose to extend it if you’re close to your goal or offer consolation prizes. In the case of consolation prizes, I personally think that every single person who entered should at least get something. This way no one feels like it was a waste of their money. And you should still have big prizes for the winner(s). But like I said earlier, if you don’t have a big following, it’s probably best not to hold a contest like this in the first place. You’re only setting yourself up to fail.
If you’re doing an in person date raffle, one thing to consider is doing it with another model. You can both sell individual entries into your raffle, both pick your own winner, then do a double date kind of thing. It’s just more safe that way, and it can be a lot more fun. Your fans might sometimes get confused about what to expect on the date. It’s crucial that you make it very clear when you first announce the raffle. Let them know that nothing sexual is going to happen, no physical contact, etc… unless you want that, of course. Other details that should be considered are if there’s a set day/time for the date or if it’s up in the air and if you’re paying for their airfare, hotel, food, etc. One popular option that some models decide to do is to hold the date during a porn or cam convention. This way you get to walk around with your fan at a convention where there’s lots of other models around. There’s no pressure at something like that and you’re constantly surrounded by people. This is also just a fun, unique experience for your fan to actually get to walk around with a model at a convention for models.
If you’re holding your date over Skype, it’s also very important to be clear about all the details when you first announce your raffle. Is there gonna be nudity, cam2cam, how long will the date last, can they make requests, when will it be, etc. Be upfront about everything you plan on doing during the Skype date so that your fans know what to expect before they enter. It’ll also save you the trouble of having to say no if they ask for specific things during the date that you didn’t want to do.
The main things to take out of this is to make sure you have a large enough following before holding a raffle like this with such big prizes, be sure to make every detail and rule clear before announcing your raffle, and be safe!