Giving away a great album for free is hard!

It’s no secret that I’ve been feeling less than stellar lately, so last Wednesday I spontaneously decided I wanted to share one of my favorite albums with other people. Sharing is caring, right? So I tweeted out that I was going to gift ten copies of Austin Wintory’s Journey soundtrack on Bandcamp. So far, only two have asked. It makes me a little sad because it’s a fantastic album. And free! In hindsight, I’ve spotted at least one mistake I made. This is what the initial tweet said.

I realize now that I could’ve been clearer on how people can claim a copy, i.e. mentioning that they should ask me for one on Twitter. Also, by only providing a link to the album on Bandcamp I’m thinking people might’ve looked there for ways to claim a copy. Sadly, the 140 character limit of a tweet doesn’t let you convey much information for giveaways (or anything at all, really). On a positive note, I think I managed to make Austin Wintory’s day a little bit better.

So, how can I do better next time, should I want to do another giveaway on Twitter? Well, I guess I could split the message into multiple tweets. Not a perfect solution by any means, but other options do I have?

I’ve tried to tweet out a couple of reminders, but I don’t want to appear spammy, and I’ve gotten a bunch of retweets to boost the tweet’s visibility. And still I’m getting little to no response! What the hell am I doing wrong?

Also, if you want a copy of this album I have eight seven no copies left to give away. I’ll update the number as it decreases. I ended up gifting fifteen copies in total. 🙂