Making your contest BETTER.

We hear it frequently – contest organizers simply want to make their contest easier and less time-consuming for everyone involved and they turn to BetterBNC to help them achieve that.

Putting your contest online makes it more accessible for everyone and reduces the amount of time involved, particularly for contestants and judges.  BetterBNC works with contests of all shapes and sizes but what our contests all have in common is that they serve the news media, PR and creative organizations.  The platform has been specifically designed for journalism, creative and PR programs.  The platform is intuitive and easy to use… and ALL training and support is included in the base price.

Contact us today to learn more about BetterBNC.  Getting started is easy. Email karen@smalltownpapers.com if you have questions or to set up your complimentary demo.

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Using BetterBNC Support

Getting tech support for BetterBNC is easy. If you have a question or need assistance, simply complete a Trouble Ticket which is available by clicking on this link.  Our support team will be immediately notified and follow up with you.

There are also resources which may be helpful available on our support webpage which is available here.  You can find answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.

Contest administrators, remember that all of your training and support for the year is included so reach out and contact us if you have any questions.

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Happy Holidays from BetterBNC

We hope you’ve had a wonderful 2016 – we appreciate our valued BetterBNC customers.  We have a record number of organizations using BetterBNC this year and look forward to even more switching to the platform in 2017.

If you’re a current customer, remember to contact us for your renewal information – just email or call the office and we’ll get started for you. If you are interested in switching your contest to BetterBNC, simply contact us to schedule a demo at your convenience and we’ll go from there. All you have to do is email karen@smalltownpapers.com.

We look forward to more great contests in the coming year!  Happy Holidays from all of us at BetterBNC.

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Send in your contest renewal.

It’s the time of year many organizations are ready to send in their BetterBNC renewal.  If you haven’t received it and are ready, simply contact us in our office and the business office will get that to you. Please allow extra time if you have any changes to your contest for the upcoming year such as adding modules or customization.  Call us at (360) 427-6300 or email karen@smalltownpapers.com.

Remember that all of your training and support for the year is included in your renewal so if your contest admin has changed or you need a refresher, just schedule a training update – there’s no charge.

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Starting a new media contest?

We found it a bit surprising to learn that many organizations are thinking about starting a new journalism, ad or PR contest. What’s surprising is that it comes amid a constant buzz about industry cutbacks when one might think there would be fewer contest participants.  So, what’s happening?

We’ve learned from those organizations who are looking at using BetterBNC when they launch their new contest that there are a couple of reasons they want to add a contest.  First, there are entry fees that can help keep an organization vibrant – providing a great service for members and their professional community.  Second, with some organizations streamlining, media professionals and the organizations they represent want a way to differentiate themselves and promote their achievements.  Awards can help raise the bar and encourage excellence in the field.

The easiest way to start a contest is to invest in a platform that makes it easy for an organization and doesn’t over-stress limited staff.  Contact us to learn more about how BetterBNC can help you launch a new journalism, photography, ad or PR contest. Email karen@smalltownpapers.com for details or to schedule a complimentary demo.

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Easy way to contact those who entered previous contests.

You’re sending out your call for entries and want an easy way to reach out to those who entered your contest last year.  With BetterBNC, just use the Marketing Manager feature (included in the base system) to create an email for all of the contestants from the previous year. It’s easy and there’s no additional charge to use the Marketing Manager email feature.  Organizations are also using Marketing Manager to send reminders and thank you notes to judges right from the admin dashboard.  If you have questions about how to set up Marketing Manager just let us know or send us a support trouble ticket and we’ll follow up.

Also remember that your customized homepage is included in your base price.  Chose a template, enter your information and then just direct your judges and contestants right to your unique URL to get started.

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Training a new contest administrator.

Speaking with an organization looking at BetterBNC this week, the question came up about how contest admins are trained on the platform. It was of particular concern since, in their contest, the admin changes from year to year.

With BetterBNC, all of your training and support for the year is included in your base price – there is no additional charge to train a new admin or field tech support questions.  When someone new comes into the position, the outgoing admin can show them around the platform and familiarize them with the dashboard and we are available to provide training as needed.  The transition from one admin to the other is seamless.

Another question was whether there is a significant learning curve if an organization moves from another platform to BetterBNC.  We work with our contests to make that switch as easy as possible and generally find that those who have used another online platform adjust quickly to BetterBNC.

Those who have been running manual contests often find it so much easier than dealing with paperwork and physical entries that they, too, have an easy transition. The platform has been designed to be both powerful and intuitive to use.

Want to take a look and see for yourself? Schedule a complimentary demo at your convenience by emailing karen@smalltownpapers.com.

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Does your contest involve large files?

We talk about it often but it’s worth repeating because of the frequency of one question we’re asked – how does the BetterBNC contest platform manage large files? During a demo, a contest administrator asked whether multiple 19MB files can be uploaded within a single entry.  He said that is frequently the case with their contest which involves submitting campaigns and complete magazine issues.  This question also comes up often with contests which have a General Excellence category. With BetterBNC, there is a file size limit of 20MB so, as an example, a user can upload 5 files that are 15MB each all to one single entry. Contestants should be encouraged to use Acrobat or other available programs to reduce the size of their PDF files before uploading. Select the resolution for “web viewing” (most newspapers use the higher “press” resolution). 72-99 dpi is sufficient.  This makes viewing much easier for your contest judges.
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BetterBNC saves time for your judges.

We repeatedly hear from organizations looking for an easier contest experience for judges who volunteer their time and energy to evaluate entries. Some platforms require that judges download all entries in their category before reviewing which is time consuming, cumbersome and eats up space on their own computers.

With BetterBNC judges simply click on links to review entries hosted online. The process is fast and easy — and it’s one of the reasons we receive so many customer referrals from individuals who have used the platform to judge contests.  Judges want to be able to use their valuable time reviewing and commenting on your entries rather than waiting on downloads.

Schedule your complimentary BetterBNC demo today and we can show you how easy the judging experience can be from the judges perspective.  The platform is also easy and intuitive for contestants and your contest administrator.  Email karen@smalltownpapers.com to take a look.

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Is my contest too small for BetterBNC?

It’s a question we often hear.  Is the BetterBNC contest platform designed for larger contests – those with a large number of entries – or will it work for my organization’s small contest?

BetterBNC customers have contests ranging in size from a hundred entries to thousands of entries – the platform works for contests of all shapes and sizes.  Even our very small contests appreciate that it saves time and energy for everyone involved – your contest admin, judges and contestants.  The result may even be growth in the  number of entries you receive each year – we’ve seen that trend among our customers.

We also have customers who come to BetterBNC from other platforms as well as those who are taking the contest online for the first time after operating in the past manually.  Don’t worry about the learning curve – all of your training and support for the year is included in your BetterBNC base price. There’s never a charge at the end of the year for support.

Contact BetterBNC and take a look at the platform in a complimentary demo.  Email karen@smalltownpapers.com to schedule a demo for you and your team this summer.

 

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The leading contest platform for organizations sanctioning awards competitions and contests for print and broadcast journalists and other creatives in the media industry. Contact us at 360.427.6300.