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Contest Management: Calm Under Fire

“If you can remain calm and keep your head about you when everyone else is losing theirs, then you probably can manage a successful big-brand online contest.” – ShyCast manager. This picture from the NYTimes front page last year really captivates me..the guy in the...

FIFA’s Contest: Do rules even matter anymore?

I’m not an attorney but I talk to what you can call “contest lawyers” every week and have slogged through more “official rules” than one person should in a lifetime…it’s mah job. But is that part of what we do becoming irrelevant?   Believe me, nothing would make me...

Video Contest Planning: Back to School Edition

One of the most common questions we get during pitch meetings is some version of “how quickly can you turn around the site?”.  I give them a straight answer – it’s always more quickly than they expected – but what I really want to say is, “if you’re doing the amount...

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 thread...

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...