Our New Contesting System Is Here! We Couldn’t Be More Excited!

By Kat (SoCast) May 7, 2021 | 10:27 AM


We’re excited to announce that starting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 SoCast will be releasing a brand new promotions system!

We’ve been working on this for a long time, collecting your feedback, enhancement requests, notes and suggestions and have completely revamped our contesting system to provide a wide range of customization options for you to meet all your various contest goals and needs. 

The new contesting system will live under Promotions > Contests. Our old system will still exist and will be renamed to Contests (Legacy).

But Kat, what are the benefits of using the new system?

Great question! I’ve listed a few of the highlights and benefits below. 

Updated Contest Editor

The updated contest editor can be easily edited at any time throughout the course of the contest. There’s also a new option to insert a minisite header on a contest page, which can be used to provide additional contest or sponsor details, or link to related contests as part of a series or campaign. Other new options include ‘Entry Period’ (no more contest flows!) and notification options.

New Contest Entry Actions

We added 12 new contest entry actions to increase user engagement, and for contest entrants to submit entries. Any entry action or combination can be inserted into and fully customized for any contest and to provide better sponsorship opportunities. For example, you can reward your listeners for visiting a sponsor’s website with the “Visit A Link” action. Offer them a special discount or promo code with the “Download A File” action, or set up a listen to win contest and reward listeners for tuning in with the “Play The Radio Stream” action. 

Sticky Contests

This replaces what was previously known as the ‘Contest List’ option, and works exactly the same as Sticky Blogs, allowing you to feature a contest at the top of the list.

But Kat, I have a bunch of questions!

I thought you might! 

So I’ve updated the Knowledge Base here: https://socastsrm.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/FAQ/pages/2530377788/Contests+New 

I’ve also included a FAQ’s page to help get you started: https://socastsrm.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/FAQ/pages/2534277121/Contest+FAQ+s 

As well as a contest checklist: https://socastsrm.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/FAQ/pages/2536275969/Contest+Checklist+Check+Before+Publishing

Since you’ll have access to both the new contesting system and contests (legacy), I suggest using the old one to finish out your existing contests, which will give you time to play and get familiar with the new system before having to publish a new contest. 

The new contesting system is currently in beta. If you would like access, please contact support@socastdigital.com to get the system enabled for your account. Once beta is finished, it will be automatically enabled for everyone.”

As always if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to support, via the live chat or support@socastdigital.com


Kat & The SoCast Team