How to Create a Video Contest

Last Updated: May 15, 2017 01:22PM PDT

To create a video contest, click "Create a New Offer" and select "Video Contest."

Set your title and description (required, but can be changed/updated in the Customize section at a later point). Also choose your dates for accepting entries. You will have a chance in a moment to choose gallery dates as well, the entry dates are just for when users can submit their entry.

Next, choose the entry methods you would like to implement. You can choose all of these options or pick and choose what you'd prefer. For the Form Entry method you'll have the ability to choose to restrict how often a user can enter.

 

Also on the initial setup/Edit page you can turn on a gallery. If you choose to have a gallery, it will allow you to choose dates - you can have it start at a later time or end at a later time than the entry period, and so on. There are also options for voting, you can leave voting off or turn it on. If you choose to enable voting in the Gallery, you can also choose to require that voters submit their name and email address in order to vote.

2017 Gallery settings - Edit page

If you're on a free account, you can continue and leave it in Admin-Only mode (A great way to test the offer before purchasing). Once you continue, you'll have a left sidebar menu that populates for you to manage the rest of your promotion.

 

You can further customize your photo contest by clicking on the Customize tab. On this page, you can build the look and feel of your promotion. You can select Elements in the left navigation to add any images and content. Also, you can click any element on the page like the entry form to manage that component and change its options. This is how you will add form fields to your form and update any content. You can also select Styles to change any of the font, images or colors of the promotion. 

In the Customize section, click the Form Fields element, then the "edit" icon on the Video URL field to choose which video-hosting platforms you will accept entries from:

Video contest form edit

Edit Video URL field

Finally, if you'd like your contest to be installed to Facebook you will just need to click Facebook Page Tab, where you'll choose your tab name and install the tab.

Your Video Contest is ready to go! You can take your promotion out of admin-only mode in the "Edit" tab and start collecting submissions and votes. You do have additional options you can play with under the Language, Sharing, and Customize tabs, but this is enough to get you started. 

To manage your video entries, click "Submissions" where you can enable "Auto-Approve" or moderate videos as they come in.