When the decision is finally made to move from offline to online applications, there are plenty of things to think about for your awards program or contest. Here are three helpful tips that will make your transition to a new system a success.
1) Take Time to Help Nominators
It has been noted before that most nominators love the switch from offline to online applications. However, nominators, as well as judges, still will need some time to get used to the new process. Help them out by posting answers to frequently asked questions on your website. These people will appreciate the ease of online applications once they get a chance to become familiar using it.
2) Be Open to Change
When it comes to handling offline contests, we know that you’ve got every little detail down after years of experience. When moving online, it can be tempting to keep your process exactly the same. Instead, aim for being as efficient as possible. You may have to tweak how you do some things, but in the end online applications allow you to do much more with gathering data, reporting, tracking and decision making!
3) This is Still the Same Awards Program
When the process of moving online is all said and done, remember that you are still running the same awards program or contest you always have. As I’ve said, you may have to tweak a few things, but you still have the knowledge of what does and doesn’t work. Continue to use your best instincts, and success will eventually come from all your hard work.