Contest ideas Organize

Absolute winners page

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Participants are waiting for this moment – winners announcement! It’s good idea to provide separate page for this and include not only winners and their entries but also some feedback.

If you run a contest on Competizer it will help you by providing automatically generated winners page template. Some elements would be placed by application, some you could add by yourself. read more »

Organize Promote

How to promote contest aside from social media?

There are few factors that may boost your promotion without an effort.

Invite your friends from Facebook
Built in link “Invite your friends” from Facebook

Use the power of visitors and participants

Take participant’s promotion into account: encourage them to share direct link to their entries or the “Invite friends” link on the top right for signed up with Facebook users, enable FB likes and comments for contest entries and your traffic will double.

Make sure that shared entry looks appealing. In Competizer in photo contest photo will be shared with its title and contest slogan. In writing competition similarly,  but the author’s avatar is shared or you can assign additional image to be shared with entry. read more »

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Keep an eye on entries

If you want to be sure what entries are published within your contest use pre-moderation mode. Then only entries approved by you will go live.

But for contests where submission and voting round go together then better if users can upload and share entries right away, without waiting on your action. Then you can enable entries to go public right after upload (in photo competition it would take no more than 2 minutes until the application would prepare scaled photos for display).
As admin you can always jump into your contest and find out if there are new entries and if there is something wrong with them go to admin area and remove them. But it might be inconvenient, especially if there are only few new entries a day.

How to get noticed about new entries?  read more »

Contest ideas Organize

How to organize photo contest?

  1. Propose different themes/categories to make it easier to participate. Some people will find one category more suitable, the others would prefer another category.
  2.  Organize public voting and jury voting to get both: promotion and liability. If you don’t want to bother with judges at least let yourself decide about winners. Quite often most voted entry wouldn’t be the one you would like to make a winner.
  3. Maximize range by using also Facebook application and mobile application.
  4. In a photo competition give a chance for mobile uploads by assigning another category for them.
  5. Let Photoshop wizards step up. Add another category for them.
  6. Provide valuable prizes or even better most wanted by your target group. Talk with partners about sponsoring additional prizes.
  7. Choose and promote best photos on Facebook, on your site or in paper. It could be photo of the day, week or month.
  8. Promote the contest on internet, on Facebook and other social media. Find out where your target group is and be there.
  9. For most effective promotion ask partners or marketing agency for help.
  10. Integrate with social media: ask for likes and recommendations, include widgets: Facebook like box, Tweets, etc.
  11. Make use of best photos: print as a book or calendar, organize exhibition. You can also print best entries and send them to the winners as additional souvenir.
  12. At the end download participants data and photos. Review stats also from Facebook application. Find out what can you do better next time.

Are looking for a tool, that could support you in all those activities? Check how Competizer platform could help you create and run your photo contest.

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