The Essential Building Blocks of Your Competition Landing Page

Unlike most -if not all- of the other competition management software providers out there, Untap Compete offers a fully-fledged website builder for your competition landing page. We save you the time, effort, and money required to build a branded website that communicates comprehensive information about your competition.

In addition to managing your application and evaluation processes on Untap Compete, you can also have a beautiful landing page with all the bells and whistles. Your landing page will entice potential applicants to participate in your competition. Other solutions may enable you to list some information in a rigid manner. Untap Compete goes beyond to give you the flexibility to build something beautiful and unique.

We organized the website builder in a relevant way to anyone launching a competition or a call for applications.

When you open your dashboard and hover on Content, then click on Customize, you’ll be greeted with an easy-to-use website builder. It gives you instant control over the content elements you choose to fill out. You’ll be able to preview changes right away on the right-hand side.

You can customize the header; include your logo and build a menu linking to other pages that you can also create using Untap Compete.

Some of the content elements that we believe are essential to any competition are:

    • An overview of the competition
    • Eligibility Criteria
    • Judging Criteria
    • Competition Timeline
    • Prizes
    • FAQs
    • Terms and Conditions

We also included some cool elements that we think would make your landing page stand out; a countdown timer to the application deadline, a customizable slideshow showcasing relevant images, a video embed to introduce applicants to your competition, and more.

On top of including all of the essential building blocks of a competition landing page, we give you the flexibility to customize your landing page using CSS. You can also add additional pages with more information about your competition and even have a blog with competition updates.

Some examples for competitions we power include Vodafone’s Innovation Hackathon, and the MEDIA LOVES TECH Competition by the Deutsche Welle. They showcase the level of customization you can reach with our website builder.

If you require support with the landing page customization, we would be there for you. Check our pricing plans and schedule a demo with us to show you how it works.

Which Submission Management Software works best for my Call for Applications?

Your calls for applications are your window to identify talents, generate insights, and gain access to innovative solutions. But how do you manage them? Choosing a suitable submission management software could be overwhelming. It all depends though on what you need, and what is best for you and your team.

To help you choose, we have prepared a list of factors you should consider while making your decision.

1. Real-Time Analysis

A status report on all your running calls for applications in addition to a detailed dashboard for each call for application separately is quite essential. The software should provide you with website analytics, applicants demographics, and other vital numbers and performance indicators. Those are important to check daily. This way, you stay on top of things and take necessary corrective actions when needed.

2. Easy for Applicants

The experience from the applicants’ standpoint has to be simple and to the point. For example, applicants should be able to track the status of their applications. Data entered in the application form should be automatically saved, allowing applicants to return to their applications at any time before the deadline and to continue where they left off. Such factors ensure a high applications’ completion rate.

3. Straightforward Process for Judges

The process for judges should be even more straightforward. The judge should have personal judging access to go right to the assigned submissions, which they should evaluate using simple forms. They should be able to communicate their feedback directly to applicants if they wish to, which takes us to the next point.

4. Automated Communication

Something we, at Untap, think is necessary is ensuring automated and cross-functional communication options. For example, Untap Compete allows you to set template emails to send to applicants upon submitting their applications. You can also send bulk emails, including announcements or updates to applicants based on their application status.
To make communication even more effective, we added chat support for applicants and judges as well as optional feedback space between judges and applicants.

5. Intuitive Interface and Workflow

Since not everyone is tech-savvy, we have developed our system to cater to all kinds of users. The flow is intuitive and smooth, and the instructions are self-explanatory, ensuring that users can navigate through it on their own without any manuals.
We have covered this to save you time and make tasks more enjoyable for your team.

6. Easy Form Builders

Building your submission and evaluation forms should be a breeze. Ensure an easy set-up through drag-and-drop form builders and fully customizable forms. The forms should be live on your website in no time.

7. External apps Integration

You need to have everything run and managed in one place, therefore have your necessary apps integrated with your submission management system. Untap Compete allows you to merge a number of your favourite applications such as Google Analytics, and MailChimp.

Last but not least, you should test and see the system for yourself, and make sure it has everything your call for applications needs. It should also be user-friendly (easy for your team).
All in all, the time and effort managing your call for applications should be minimal.
Having said that, we encourage you to schedule a demo for Untap Compete and get started with a FREE trial.

9 ways your online Form builder is costing you time and effort

You may think that online forms are the fastest way to manage your call for applications, especially when you quickly start receiving applications. However, you are only saving time in the beginning of the process. Once you begin accepting applications, it becomes a nightmare. You are left alone with a vast number of applications to process.

Alternatively, a submission management software like Untap Compete is designed to simplify every step of the process. It is your optimal solution to launch and most importantly manage your calls for applications efficiently saving time and effort.
Let’s face it. It is easy and cheap to get started with form builders or/and email attachments. However, you find yourself lost trying to process all the applications. You end up wasting more time than you initially saved.

A dedicated submission management system will allow you to manage, evaluate, and communicate all in one place with just a few clicks.

How can you benefit from Submission Management Software and overcome the problems you face with Online Form Builders?

1. Workflow instead of just an initial setup
While online forms start the process quickly and easily, you get overwhelmed when you start receiving the applications. With a submission management software, there is a streamlined workflow covering every step of the process with the help of a set of features you choose based on your needs.

2. Screening and Filtration in one place
In online forms, screening and filtration are done separately, which requires so much manual work. However, the right way to do it is in the same place, with evaluation forms to give accurate scores and auto-scoring to calculate total scores and rank submissions automatically.

3. Judges and judging panels access
Instead of sending information to third parties and manually putting scores on submissions, you can do both tasks in one place by inviting judges to access submissions.

4. Communication with users is made easy.
Communicate directly with judges, applicants, and other team members on the system. Send emails in bulk, and set reminders to communicate feedback with applicants. Have a summary of all users in one place with all their relevant information.

5. Real-time analysis of submissions
Your dashboard includes a real-time analysis for your call for applications that tracks the performance of your call for applications so you can take corrective actions when needed.

6. Multi-phase rounds
Create multiple rounds for the same call for applications. Seek more information with more advanced stages. Qualify participants from one phase to the next based on the potential they show for each phase.

7. Flexible submission form builder with no limitations
Use a sophisticated drag and drop submission form builder, supporting file uploading.

8. Auto-save applications and submit later options
It is hard for applicants to fill their applications in one sitting with no ability to edit and continue later. Applications need to be auto-saved for the applicant’s convenience.

9. Have the complete picture of applicants and potential applicants
Monitor potential applicants who just signed up or still did not complete their application. Send them reminders to submit. If you only view the submitted applications, you are losing contact with all the potential applicants who still did not click on “submit”.

In conclusion, a Submission Management Software like Untap Compete streamlines the submission process and makes it easy for you to receive, screen, evaluate, communicate, and filter submissions. It is also just more convenient from the applicants’ point of view.

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How can you make your call for applications work more efficiently through the multi-rounds feature?

Is it always best to use a one-time submission form to get all the information you need from an applicant before you make your final decision regarding their application?

Let us tell you our secret sauce to smartly manage your call for application and have everything put in one central place.

Creating an application funnel with multi rounds, each round with its own submission form and evaluation criteria will make collecting more information about your participants and managing the evaluation process much easier.

You break up your process into phases (i.e.: rounds) along the funnel then qualify participants from one phase to the next based on the potential they show for each phase. This ensures a high completion rate and makes it easier for your team/judges to filter applicants more efficiently, as it allows them to accept and reject applicants after being shortlisted and passing the eligibility phase.

Benefits of the multi-round applications process

  • The applicant submits the most relevant information at each phase
  • Create an application funnel with multiple phases and only applicants who show potential for that particular phase get qualified for the following one.
  • Create an eligibility phase to filter out irrelevant applications, so you invest your time evaluating worthy applications.
  • Be able to get different input for every phase depending on the requirements.
  • Define relevant eligibility criteria for each phase independently.
  • Manage everything centrally and have all information in one place.

Setting things up:

With Untap Compete we made it easy to set-up rounds and get everything up and running in no time:

  • Set-up round start and end dates for the applications as well as the evaluation phase.
  • Using a drag and drop form builder to build your submission form.
  • Same for the evaluation form, defining your evaluation criteria for the respective phase.
  • Invite judges to evaluate submissions.
  • Select the applications to proceed to the next round and the ones to get disqualified.
  • Repeat for as many rounds as you need.

Finally, always remember it is very easy to open a call for applications. How you manage it afterward makes the whole difference in terms of time and effort invested and the final results you reach.