Highly Engaging Contest Software Feature List
Skild’s contest management software is designed with one primary goal in mind: to make running online contests more enjoyable. Each new feature is added to enhance your ability to produce contests that are highly engaging, and to make the task of operating them simpler and more fun. Below are some highlights of our competition software and for a more complete list of features, please visit our Pricing Page.
Set-Up a New Contest
It may sound trite, but it’s true: setting up an online contest has never been easier. From Skild’s admin console, contest organizers can quickly launch a new event – in fact, we’ve done it in just a few hours. And because the platform is time-based, all major milestones open and close according to your predetermined processes. This not only saves a ton of time, it also mirrors your rules so that there are no compliance concerns. Think that’s cool? Check out some of the contest software’s other set-up features:
Build Entry Forms
Use our easy drag-and-drop interface to build custom entry forms without a designer or developer. Each form element includes validation logic – for instance, you can create a “white list” of file types, specify the max file size for an upload, mark fields as optional or required, and set character limits for text fields.
Accept Multiple Media Types
Allow entrants to upload a wide range of documents, images and videos. Don’t see the file type in our standard list? No problem, we’ll create a new one for you. Having a hard time with large files? Worry not, Skild has received multiple simultaneous uploads exceeding 2 gigs per file.
Set User Visibility
Enable blind or double blind judging, control the visibility of comments by user group, and set the entry visibility according to your preference, all with just a few clicks of the mouse. This is the beauty of Skild: complex back-end architecture, simple one-click interface.
Modify page content, automated emails, error messages, etc. to establish a consistent tone throughout the app. WYSIWYG editors for each piece of content means that what you see (and create) is what your users get. We provide the base content, you make it better.
Build your own scorecard, customize the criteria, and assign different weights to each criterion. Create as many scorecards as you like and apply them independently to different phases or brackets. For example, Phase 1 might use binary scoring methodology (pass/fail), Phase 2 could introduce multiple weighted criteria, and the community’s opinion could be counted in Phase 3.
Run a Tournament
Create a tournament-style competition or use multiple brackets to define entry categories. Think of brackets as mini-contests within a contest – it’s a nice way to segment discreet groups of contestants and judges based on geographic region, age or skill level, category of participation, etc.
Customize the Design
Upload your own user interface with our HTML and CSS editors, and use your organization’s contest URL instead of subdomain.skild.com. With Skild, you always have the option to mask all licensor branding for a truly custom-branded experience.
Embed Public Widgets
Test out a growing library of embeddable widgets such as enrolled teams, validated judges, and contest leaderboard.
Let the Games Begin
Ok, you’ve set up your contest in record time, now it’s on to a whole new set of challenges: interacting with users, managing entries, making judging assignments and advancing contestants from one phase to the next. Surely one person couldn’t possibly manage such an arduous set of tasks, right? Wrong. With the chaos under control and workflows in a single, organized place, an individual or small team could run the entire operations of very large contest. Score one for the Skild!
Use the “quick assign” feature to rapidly distribute all entries to your entire judging panel, or selectively decide which entries to assign to each judge.
Recruit judges from all over the world to evaluate entries, provide feedback, input scores, and review other judges’ scores and comments. Our contest software’s private judging interface will impress the even most discerning judges.
Skild automatically compiles scores and displays real-time rankings by phase. Filter, sort or search for entries to eliminate, disqualify or advance contestants to the next phase. Submissions may be moderated or "quarantined" prior to publication.
Address your Community
Send custom tailored messages to individuals or create email templates to communicate with groups of users, all from Skild’s admin interface. Specify the sender’s name, email address, subject line and inline copy, and Skild’s Amazon SES servers will handle the distribution.
Empower entrants to self-organize, collaborate and submit as a team. You set the min and max team sizes, they do the rest.
Get Public Input
Broaden audience participation by allowing fans to register and vote for their favorite entries. Turn on public commenting to facilitate lively community discussions.
Build followers by enabling fans to publish contest updates, results and opinions to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. Also, control the share messages that they post after engaging with your contest.
If you’re looking for an award management solution, Skild’s nomination module can handle the entire workflow and tracking of nominators and nominees to ensure all of the data is integrated throughout the lifecycle of your prize or award.
Show Me the Metrics
We started out running our own contests, so we know how important it is to constantly monitor incoming data and reports. With these needs in mind, we made sure our competition software features contest-monitoring tools to help our customers make the right decisions: what’s working, what’s not working, when and where to up the pressure, and so on.
Choose from a growing list of standard reports to track progress and measure results. Plus, Google Analytics may be added to all pages and forms hosted by Skild.
Export your Data
Export all data collected during the contest for future marketing purposes, including all user data, form data, files and reports.
Get Deeper Insights
Receive additional overall analysis and custom reports to better understand the exposure and impact of your contest.