Congratulations! You have started a new contest on Hatchwise (maybe it’s your first one) and you are starting to see some great new entries come in!
Now. What happens if you are so excited to see such great submissions that you want to encourage even more creatives to enter your contest and see even more submissions come in?
Well, the good news is that there are a few techniques and tips that you can apply to your contest to increase your participation.
Give feedback. One of the most important ways to encourage creatives to submit entries to your contest is to leave them feedback. Leaving feedback helps to direct the creatives, and lets them know what you do (and don’t) like about their submissions.
Edit your contest brief. When you initially start your contest you will fill out your contest brief with what you are looking for. As the contest progresses you may get a better idea of what you want, and as a result, desire to make some changes to the brief. You can edit your contest brief by logging into your account, going to your active contests, and clicking where it says ”Brief”. To the right, it will say “Edit Brief”. Click there to make any changes that you want to your contest brief.
Be positive. As you leave feedback for the creatives remember to be positive. While you may not like, or feel that some of the submissions are a good fit for you, remember to be courteous. If you give the entry a low rating, try to leave a comment and let the creative know what you didn’t like about the submission. Leaving only low ratings (or Eliminating entries) without leaving feedback can result in confusing the creatives and ultimately deter them from entering your contest.
Add some upgrades. If you find that you don’t have a lot of time to leave feedback, or want to see some new creatives enter your contest quickly, one of the best ways to do that is to add some upgrades. By selecting the Highlighting or Notifying Upgrades you will be adding more visibility to your contest by drawing more attention to it.
Give it some time. Unless you start a Rush contest, a Hatchwise contest will run for 10 days. As the contest progresses, the entries will pick up. The bulk of your submissions will come in during the last 48 hours for the contest. So, remember to be patient. There is no need to be concerned about your contest participation until your contest has run at least 3 or more days.
Ask advice. If you’ve tried all of the above and still feel that you aren’t seeing an increase in submissions please reach out to our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to take a look at your contest and give you some helpful advice.