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Leverage Peaks and Valleys

One of the first topics discussed during a contest planning meeting is time-line, with the focus on how much time should be given to this phase or that – how long should people have to submit, select finalists, etc.  That stuff is worth discussing in another...

CocoTent Feature: You Control the Data Display

Ok, here’s the scenario we used to create this feature:  You have created your Entry Form thoughtfully, asking just the right questions to get what you need but not so many as to exasperate the Entrant.  You have twelve fields that tell you something about...

Best Practices: UI and Transparency

Last night I received an email from my close friend and frequent collaborator David Reid of RadiantUX.  Dave is an exceptionally talented user interface designer by day and an awesome guitar player by night in a band called Della Valle.  This email was a call for...

Tiger & Phil drive breast cancer awareness

Full ratings results aren’t in but Thursday’s Round 1 numbers show a nearly 50% increaseover last year, which translates to approx. 1.7million more viewers just on the first day, and who knows how many views of the big pink ribbon adorning...

Cocotent Feature: Voice Control

A contest, and in particular a video contest, is an engagement program…no two ways about it.  You will be talking to customers, and listening to customers.  You will be thanking them, encouraging them, and even on occasion disciplining them – yep, get used...

Google Fiber: Contest disguised as an RFI?

Google’s announcement that they will build an ultra-high-speed broadband network for 50,000 to 500,000 customers in one or more American cities has set off a circus-like atmosphere among city mayors and administrators…and got me wondering exactly when...