Picking Winners with Punchtab vs. Rafflecopter

You know, Punchtab does a much better job of validating the entries than Rafflecopter for contests and it doesn’t do a bad job randomly picking a winner but it does lack compared to Rafflecopter in remembering who you choose and it does not offer the ability to announce the winner(s) in the contest widget like Rafflecopter does.

Choosing a Winner in Punchtab


When you pick a Winner in punchtab, it randomly scrolls down and selects the winning entry and spawns a window for you to instantly send an email to notify the winner that they won.  This is fine and works well, but it doesn’t remember who you previously chose.

Once you have to select a 2nd winner, it keeps no track of the previous winners it would appear.  This makes it hard to know who it selected previously until you receive the email copy to the winner so you remember who was selected.

This is a pretty annoying limitation of the Punchtab contest system and the most lacking feature I have encountered so far.  It should highlight, flag or display the winners with a separate column so you can track the winner.  It should have the ability to publish the winner names in the widget like Rafflecopter can once they confirm, you should be able to click an announce button like Rafflecopter.

Rafflecopter Handles the Winning Entry and Announcement process better than Punchtab in contests and a contest is about selecting the winner.  This doesn’t affect the contestants who won, but it really makes it more of a pain for the one hosting a contest with multiple winners. Need to open an enhancement request with Punchtab to get this added soon.

Meanwhile, I still like both systems and a hybrid of the 2 systems would be perfect.  Rafflecopter does some things better for contests and Punchtab does other things better, but both of them have different disadvantages and lacking features so that once you start using both you wish one of them would implement the features the other has but that one lacks.

-Justin Germino

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Justin Germino

IT Manager who is a married father of two children living in Southern California, my hobbies include running a technology blog, doing product reviews, playing video games (gamer for life), and spending quality time with my family.

  • Hey there Justin. I find the lack of notification on the widget annoying. I like to post that a winner has been selected and I can’t do that with the PunchTab widget. It merely states to check your Email to see if you’ve won. I really hope it’s something that they will look into and fix, especially since they won’t track the winners for you.

    • Well, at least it lets you instantly email the winner but yeah, this is why I announce it on my Fanpage and will start editing the blog post to announce manually for future Punchtab contests.
      I agree, it should display the winner in the @Punchtab widget a separate ‘announce’ when they have confirmed like Rafflecopter would be easy to implement and well worth it.

      • I’m still trying to decide how I would announce the winner. I thought that maybe a print screen of the winner once chosen by PunchTab but I’m not too fond of that idea. I think I’ll annnounce on the fan page as well and then go from there. That’s probably the only thing that really irks me about PunchTab.

        • I agree, maybe they will fix it. They have a system where you open feature requests and have them voted, maybe we should poll people and starting having mass votes help influence features.

          • That sounds like a great plan! Count me in!

          • Victor, go here and put all your 3 votes for this enhancement and tell all your friends to do it too: http://feedback.punchtab.com/forums/105889-general/suggestions/3275617-announce-winner-in-contest-widget

          • bdtrickz

            Is it possible to select winners based on their total number of entries? May be they referred my PT giveaway to most of the people. So how to handle this?

          • Sort of, but this violates sweepstakes rules and laws in many cases as you are required to have a random winner picked. That being said you could manipulate Punchtab if you remember to replace all the rules that are default and mention it is a contest instead of a Sweepstakes/Giveaway. To achieve what you want to do when the giveaway is over you would export all entries to CSV file then sort by person name or IP Address. Then you could add up their entry counts, but remember that referral entries are 5 and you will see a gap in the entry number if people have referals, so you will have to do some excel “sum” calculations to add up all entries for individuals (not count number of lines). Then once you know who won, Punchtab will allow you to enter the winning entry number manually and override the random draw. They do this in case you want to use your own random selection system, but you could override it to do a manual winner based on number of entries too.

  • Thank you for the comparison between PunchTab and RaffleCopter. Great article! 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed it, as you can tell I like features of both systems and they both have some overlap of features but Rafflecopter does pick the winner and announce better than Punchtab which is something they need to enhance.

  • deaddogdesign

    Thanks for this information. I am running my first comp so reading everything on contest. I used PunchTab. I might have to try Rafflecopter next and see which I like better.

    • The winner announcement is nicer on Rafflecopter as is some of the custom entries, but boy if you get thousands of entries you will find it difficult to manually validate them. There can be more “fake” entries in Rafflecopter due to it’s lack of automated validation of likes, tweets, follows…etc.