Awards Management Software Reviews
When searching for awards management software, it can be difficult to figure out which software is right for your awards program. With so many options out there, where do you even start? This list reviews six of the best in awards management software. The ratings for each is based upon the following criteria: functionality, price, design and customer service.
Located in Australia AwardForce is a new awards software platform that launched in 2014. Pros: nice interface. Negative: lacks core functionality to make it a major player in the industry. Keep tabs on them in late 2015 to see if things progress.
Founded in 1996, omniCONTESTS has nearly 20 years of experience in the awards software world. During this time, omni has developed their software to include nearly all the features you would expect from awards management software. As an admin, you are able to create forms, assign judges, and accept nominations electronically. However, the omniCONTESTS’ software has been known to confuse some users with its less than intuitive interface. System downtime and being charged for support has also been reported as an issue.
Better Newspaper Contest is a different option for awards software. They specialize in small town newspapers, running contests through their system. BetterBNC’s software is fairly standard, with many of the same features as other award softwares. The biggest problem with BetterBNC is that you must login on the BetterBNC website to make submissions, judge, or control your features as an admin. It’s a minor inconvenience, but can lead to confusion for all parties. Another issue is the lack of flexibility there is when it comes to customizing your application form.
With a very reliable awards software, WizeHive is another good option in moving your awards submission process online. They include the option of submitting for grants and scholarships, something some other award softwares don’t have. Their clients include the United Way and Smithsonian, so you know you can trust them. While their awards software is good, it seems like they are more focused on generic workflow management rather than awards programs specifically.
Previously known as ReviewRoom, Fluid Review is the rebranded awards software that a good amount of people use. Their software is extremely reliable and relatively easy to use for entrants. The biggest issue is that FluidReview has been purchased by Survey Monkey recently. It remains unknown how this will impact the future of their review software.
OpenWater is a fantastic option for awards management software. Their software is extremely intuitive and easy to use and entirely focused on awards programs. The biggest advantage of OpenWater is their customer service. They are very friendly and will answer any question you have thoroughly. They also train you step by step so that you will know the ins and outs of the software. The only downside to OpenWater is that they tend to be pricey, so they may be out of reach for smaller competitions.