This documentation covers how Viral Share Actions work.
Applications that support Viral Share actions:
Viral Share allows your entrants to refer their friends & family to enter your Competition. A unique referral link is created for each entrant which allows them to share their link to others and get credited for each successful referral.
Remember, the original user will only get their entries credited if the referral enters through their unique Viral Share link.
You have multiple options with Viral Sharing:
The Viral Sharing link can only be generated once a user has logged into the widget. Once logged in they will get generated a unique sharing link that will send people they refer to your landing page.
You can shorten the viral links by setting up Bit.ly in your Settings > Integrations otherwise we use our own
Sometimes you may want to ensure the Viral Share gets automatically expanded so users know to complete it. The Viral Share will always auto expand if it is the last available action to be completed in the contest.
Clicking the sharing via email button uses the
mailto: parameter to automatically pre-compose an email that your users can send to their friends.
This method is preferrable to just entering a list of emails as it comes directly from the entrant & is CAN-SPAM compliant.
The default share text gets used as the subject line.
You can change the text in the email by editing the Share Body field.
Facebook does not allow you to prefill the share text, so in this case we use the default share text as the title and the description from your Prize as the description.
When sharing on Tumblr we use the default share text as the title then the users are free to enter whatever they wish in the description field.
When sharing on Twitter we will use the default share text as the Tweet, then the URL will get appended on the end. If your landing page is setup for Twitter Cards then you can show them when the Tweet gets posted.
When sharing on Telegram we will use the default share text as the message body, with the URL prepended at the beginning.
If the entrant is sharing from desktop, they'll be redirected to the Telegram app or Telegram Web.
If the entrant is sharing from mobile, they'll be redirected to the Telegram app to choose a recipient:
Currently, a user isn't entered into a competition until they complete at least 1 action. This means if you just included Viral Share only, friends would need to refer friends, who then referred friends to enter. Which isn't very good.
This ensures that everyone that logs into your contest gets an entry, which means when they share the entries associated will get awarded.
This is probably one of the most common questions we get asked. Users will often expect to get their entries for sharing, not understanding that we credit entries when they successfully refer another user.
The description for the Facebook share text gets pulled from your Prize description which is on the Prize tab when editing your contest.
We have a global account with Bit.ly which often hits their rate limits, if that happens we default back to a gleam.io share link. To avoid this you can add your own Bit.ly API key in the Settings > Integrations area which will exclusively use your own Bit.ly account.
Please note also, if you generate a Gleam.io share link then you activate Bit.ly it will only generate the new Bit.ly links for new entrants (not existing ones).