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5 Best Practices for Running an Online Award Program

Company News|Kyle Fredrickson|October 8, 2016

Here at Reviewr, we have had the wonderful privilege to work with organizations of all types, sizes, and goals. In this journey, we have seen literally every imaginable type of award program -both the good and bad. We think of all our clients as partners, and it’s on us to share the best practices we’ve gathered in our years of powering the world’s most successful award programs.

6 Side Effects of NOT using Online Application Management Software

So, you are a very resourceful person—and a hard worker. Maybe you have six or seven people on your team who are also very resourceful. They may not ALL be hard workers, but as a team you do pretty darn well at this resourcefulness and hard work thing.

Maybe you know you can bring all the pieces of your application process together for a song by doing it manually, because you’ve been doing it already—or something like it. We believe you! But there are a few hidden side effects of managing a process manually and doing it for less. Shall we Reviewr?

How to Create a Better Online Review/Evaluation Process

There’s no doubt, allocating time and resources to the analysis and fine tuning of your online application management process (or your manual process) can improve responses, minimize handling time and improve the quality of submissions—as well as building a positive reputation for your organization.

Second only to the application management process in value to you and your organization is the online review management process (or manual process). Whether you are running a contest or a qualification program, it’s to your advantage to spend some quality time improving the experience of your reviewers.

How to Create a Better Online Application Process

When you are in charge of the application management system in your organization, you’ve got a number of challenges facing you, not the least of which is the fact that you don’t seem to get the number of applications you believe you should (or someone else believes you should). What could be keeping people from applying? Is it something you said?

How to get more applicants for your online award, competition, grant, or call for entry

Company News|John Haverkamp|February 15, 2016

One of the most frustrating difficulties anyone will encounter running an awards program is not having enough applicants. It can be difficult to figure out how to maximize the number of applicants you will receive. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to maximize your application count.

Why you need submission/application management software

Company News|John Haverkamp|January 18, 2016

Putting your entire process in one tool will have amazing benefits for your application or submission management project such as awards, competitions, grants, call for papers, etc. By using a single platform your team will increase efficiency, reduce the chance for errors and data loss, and streamline your process from beginning to end. A single platform will let your whole team collaborate on a single toolset. The applications, evaluations, and all administrative task can be united in a single intuitive platform that will allow your team to focus on their daily tasks, and they can leave the headaches caused by manually running your submission or application process.

Reviewr Feature Release: Box.com Integration

Company News|Kyle Fredrickson|January 8, 2016

We are proud to announce the release of our first feature rollout under the new Reviewr branding. This rollout brings important performance enhancements to the software's “code” for increased speed and minor bug fixes. Most importantly, the rollout brings a highly requested feature which will allow uploaded documents to be viewed directly within the platform, without the need to download.

What to look for in an online application management software

Competition Tips|John Haverkamp|December 14, 2015

You have made the decision to ditch the old paper applications that you have been using for years. Now that you are ready to bring your application process into the cloud you need to look at all of the different options you have. There are a host of options out there to help you move your application online. With so many choices out there you need to think about what your process really needs. This is a list of things to keep in mind as you start to test out different software and processes for your application.

8 mistakes made when running award programs

Competition Tips|John Haverkamp|December 14, 2015

After all of that work and time you still find yourself here. Sitting on your laptop at midnight. Staring at a full inbox and way too many excel sheets… without enough coffee. It happens to all of us. The big deadline is coming up and we forgot one little thing. That little tiny mistake can spin out of control. These are 8 things to watch out for in prepping for your next big award program.

How to run an online award program

PitchBurner|Kyle Fredrickson|November 25, 2015

Running an award program is a ton of work - we see it every day. Between marketing efforts, managing nominations, and planning the award ceremony, program managers and marketers are left with a never ending to-do list. So, how do program managers and marketers tasked with running an award program start?

PitchBurner is now Reviewr!

Company News|Kyle Fredrickson|October 1, 2015

Pitchburner is excited to announce the launch of Reviewr! Reviewr, is a web-based application for collecting, managing, and reviewing online submissions.

We have been working globally to help our clients bridge the gap between entrepreneurs pitching their ideas in competitions and the industry experts who want to give them feedback. Today, PitchBurner has grown to be the industry leader in entrepreneurship competitions and are thankful for our clients that have helped us get where we are.

Because of our success, we were approached by organizations of all types looking to use PitchBurner to manage their online submission collection and review processes for things like contest, awards, grants, and call for entries. It didn’t take us long to realize how big of an opportunity we have to solve the challenges for a much wider audience.

August Favorites: Boosting Productivity

For many entrepreneurs, school is starting up again. But we don't have the first-day-back blues here at PitchBurner. We’re too busy staying up-to-date on how we can best help ourselves and our partners be productive, happy and successful.

Each month, we highlight a handful of the articles we read throughout the month and found to be the most interesting and "shareable." August's picks include articles that help you foster entrepreneurship and reach top levels of productivity in your organization. These articles include tips on:

  • Utilizing a to-do list to achieve the unimaginable
  • Enhancing your networking abilities
  • Fostering innovation in the younger generation

July Favorites: Lessons in Success

PitchBurner|Erin Carey|July 27, 2015

The team at PitchBurner studies market trends and reads, a lot. Between Pulse, Prismatic and Trap.it, it’s pretty difficult not to stay current with industry trends and news. Obviously, our team is always seeking out what others are doing to be successful so that we can share that insight with our partners. However, as any start up should, we do most of our reading simply for the benefit of growing/improving our business.

Each month, we will highlight a handful of the articles we read and found to be the most interesting and "sharable." Check out July's newsworthy picks here:

Blog Series: Competition Types - Part IV of IV

PitchBurner|PitchBurner|July 3, 2015

Welcome back! If you haven’t read any other parts in the series, I’d recommend starting with part one. When planning a business or innovation competition, it’s always a good idea to understand the many different elements available, learning to assemble them in the way that best fits your goals.

In the last blog (part III), I wrote about a number of alternative competition types including innovation competitions, case study competitions, and hack-a-thons. These are all great formats for groups looking to stay industry specific, solving a problem or soliciting innovation through technology or other means.

This final blog of the series focuses on the different elements that are available for competitions in supplement to the competition types. Once a group has select a format or series of formats for their event, there are a number of other elements that need to be considered, all possibly boosting value for participants.

These are multi-track competitions, mentorship elements, combination events, and prizes.

Blog Series: Competition Types - Part III of IV

PitchBurner|PitchBurner|July 1, 2015

Welcome back! If you haven’t read any other parts in the series, I’d recommend starting with part one. When planning a business or innovation competitions, it’s always a good idea to understand the many different elements available, learning to assemble them in the way that best fits your goals.

In part two, we discussed higher involvement events, the business model competition and the classic business plan competition, both centered on more focused business development. The contemporary business model competition, centered around the business model canvas, is generally more accessible to multi-disciplinary entrepreneurs, and is more flexible in its application. The business plan competition is an old standard that still proves incredibly valuable to those looking to build an in depth look into the business side of launching a new idea.

Changing focus a little, the third blog in this series focuses on competition types that can be applied outside of the business context. A few ideas are an innovation competition, a case competition, and a hack-a-thon.