Shy TikTokers

Who would have thought?

I have held three contests. One was for a Batik scarf, a T-shirt giveaway from Canada for 3 people, and the third for the equivalent of $50. The contests were simple.

The first-ever contest was the Batik scarves. There were two of them and all they had to do was duet the video that I had made and copy me. Very simple. There is a duet video graphics on TikTok and all they need to do is click it. We barely had any entries because people didn’t know how. I had messages on Instagram and TikTok asking how. This was rather frustrating and annoying, especially on TikTok Live. People asking the same questions and me repeating the answers as they rolled into the live feed.


The next contest was the T-shirt giveaway. This was somewhat of a successful event. Mostly because all they had to do was comment why they liked my content. Simple enough and we had quite a few entries.

Yet at the same time, people asked a million times if this was real, if they will get the shirt and if we will ship it, etc. So, I learned a few things. “KISS” (keep it simple stupid).  I learned this way back when I was about 12 from my soccer coach. Pass the ball around instead of running like an idiot and let the ball do the work. Sounds simple enough so we thought we may as well step it up a little because this contest seemed to work.


This next contest came in the form of the $50. It is a small amount but for Indonesia where they make $300-400/month, this is a bit of cash.

All they had to do was mimic me and my slogan. Wait, Wait, Wait. Yet we barely had any entries. So here we are. Not many followers are based on events and giveaways. The most entries we had was comments on why they like my life and TikTok.

I learned a little. They are either shy or lazy. Though we got a lot of comments, many of them were hello, or how are you?

So, Kiss it…

Keep it simple stupid is the rule. The next giveaway will be back to basics. Why do you want this or that and give more than a one-word explanation?

I am unsure as to how they manage their lives.  However, when they ask me for money online, they are not shy. God forbid they put in some sort of effort for a giveaway.

I will need to try it with a bigger amount of money or a much bigger prize and see how things go. Until then, feel free to give me suggestions as to how we may boost this participation thing.


Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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