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4 Tips for Making Your One-And-Done Event into a Yearly Competition

Posted by Ellen Peterson on Sep 18, 2014 10:25:00 AM

Planning an event takes a lot of work and, often times, event administrators are so busy planning the logistics of the first year that they forget to take the necessary steps to make the event a repeatable model for success to be used year after year. We're here to tell you how to keep your participants engaged in your event year-round so that, when next year rolls around, you'll have a long list of people dying to see your event begin again.

You should:

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs, Beneficial Industry Articles, Brand Engagement

Why running a sweepstakes is a waste of time

Posted by Erin Carey on Sep 16, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Sweepstakes don’t work. If you were to Google “sweepstakes” right now, you would see that there are hundreds of pages of sweepstakes submission forms. Before joining the hundreds of others going down the wrong road, look at the facts:

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Topics: Brand Engagement

Feedback is Important for You & Your Applicants

Posted by Ellen Peterson on Sep 11, 2014 10:31:00 AM

One of the things that makes a competition so great is the opportunity it gives applicants to receive critical feedback on their ideas. While offering numerical scores in your competition is beneficial in its own right, actual written feedback gives your applicants so much more than a score on a piece of paper. It gives them to opportunity to grow as individuals and to build a strong network of entrepreneurial experts they can consult for professional and personal development.

Giving feedback to your applicants is good for you, the administrator, as well. You build credibility within your organization by showing that you genuinely care about promoting the entrepreneurial spirit through taking the time to offer valuable comments on the ways your applicants can improve and it prevents arbitrary scoring by your judges since they have to validate their numerical scoring with their non-numerical feedback.

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs

Common Mistakes Award Programs Run Into

Posted by Erin Carey on Sep 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Award Programs are a wonderful way to increase economic development, boost awareness of local businesses and highlight those in your area that are making big moves. However, even program administrators who have been running their event for years can make mistakes!

Keep your program on an upward spiral by avoiding these four major award program flaws:

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs, Brand Engagement

September Favorites

Posted by Erin Carey on Sep 4, 2014 1:28:00 PM

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 highlight a handful of the articles we read throughout the month and found to be the most interesting and "sharable." September's picks include:

  • Secrets of Productive Entrepreneurs
  • What a Pitch Deck is and How to Build One
  • Ways to be Taken More Seriously


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Topics: Beneficial Industry Articles

6 Things to Remember When Running Your Event

Posted by Ellen Peterson on Sep 4, 2014 10:15:00 AM

We completely understand - it's a lot of work to be an administrator of an engaging event. There's a lot of work to be done and planning to be had; dates to finalize and judges to confirm. With all of the hustle and bustle that you're inevitably doing, it's easy to forget a few simple (but important) elements of running your program. 






Here's a few of the commonly forgotten items:

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Topics: Beneficial Industry Articles, Resources

West Virginia University

Posted by Erin Carey on Sep 2, 2014 9:00:00 AM

West Virginia University, in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Education, is seeking to peak the interest of the youth across the state. To do so, they are running two business plan competitions: one for high schooler students, and one on the collegiate level. The goal of both event is to increase the drive for entrepreneurship and innovation.

While both events have the same goal in mind, they do differ in content, due to their various target market’s age.

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Topics: Client Spotlights

Save Data to Save Your Brand

Posted by Erin Carey on Aug 28, 2014 9:00:00 AM

You spent hours sifting through submissions. Endless nights compiling a marketing campaign to promote the event. Spent (way too much) money to supply coffee for your reviewers before their first session began.

Now your event is over. What are you left with (besides a chance to relax a little bit)? Data. Now, that may seem much less appealing than, say, a margarita. However, gathering data from year to year during your event is one of the most important things you can do.

Don’t believe us? Check out these 3 reasons you should gather and save your competitor data:

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs, Resources

How to Use Social Media to Better Your Event

Posted by Erin Carey on Aug 26, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Social Media use is growing at a rapid rate. Many competitions, award programs and brand engagement event administrators are utilizing social media to improve their event.

Here’s why:

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs, Resources

Entrepreneurship Competitions Teach Things your College Business Class Won't

Posted by Ellen Peterson on Aug 21, 2014 10:30:00 AM

College is a great time to learn a wide variety of skills and disciplines and to experience the many things that life has to offer. A college business class is a great place to start learning the grassroots of what makes a strong company and an excellent employee/employer. However, there are aspects of business that can only be learned through real-life experience, and a great way to gain this experience is through an entrepreneurship competition. 

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Topics: Contests, Competitions and Award Programs

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