There are a surprising number of video contest apps that help you run a contest on your website, Facebook and other social media sites. Here's a sampling and some tips on choosing the right app for your next video contest.
WizeHive touts their software as the product that will enable you to set up a video contest on your website or Facebook fan page in under 30 minutes. They offer you a solution that is full of features that enable you to:
Browse through their templates gallery and you'll see some impressive graphic design and page layouts already created and ready for your use.
Some well-known brands have chosen WizeHive to help them run their video contests... Marriott, Toyota and NBC are just a few.
TIP: All this functionality comes with a price tag. Start with WizeHive's free test drive, which allows you to build, test and preview your contest page before launching it.
Before making a decision, balance the app's ease of use with price—standard pricing is $249 + $3 per day. Take into consideration the value of your time and also if you have reason to believe your particular contest will generate enough new leads (and potential clients) to offset the expense.
ShortStack gets a lot of love online from its users who swear by its campaign-building tools. Their DIY model allows users to create video contests that they can integrate across many platforms. They've positioned themselves as "the small business owner's best friend," and their pricing reflects it.
TIP: Their least expensive plan is $29 a month ($23 a month if billed annually). If you're just getting started and not certain you'll want to run many promotions, signing up for a month after the free trial might be the way to go.
During that month, you'll be able to run unlimited promotions, although the maximum is five running at a time. You'll be able to conduct photo contests, video contests, essay competitions and a variety of voting contests.
All their campaigns are mobile ready and include a custom campaign URL. You'll have access to professional themes, which is a time saver since you won't need to design from scratch.
WishPond's video contest app has a basic plan which costs $19 per month (billed annually) with a free 14-day trial period. They have a "Like-Gate" option, which requires users who want to enter your video contest to Like your Facebook page first. You'll be able to download the participant's name, age, location and Likes through Facebook's Opengraph.
TabSite has a dizzying array of promotional apps designed to engage your visitors and increase your prospect list.
If you're only interested in running a video contest, you can select their single app plan for $29.95 per month, which will allow you to use the app on one website and one Facebook page.
Their video contest app supports YouTube and Vimeo uploads. You'll be able to screen entries before posting them live. You can conduct two-stage contests where the first stage is for gathering and voting on entries and the second stage is for voting on the winner from the top finalists.
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