About Award Force

Award Force is an online awards management system offering users tools to manage entries, take payments, promote their awards, and manage judging. Entries can be submitted online 24/7, with continuous auto-save meaning that no work is lost if an entrant loses connection to the website. Users can then review, moderate, track, tag, search, and filter entries in real time. Payment gateway integration allows entrants to pay any entry fees online, and users can set fees and accept payment in multiple currencies, with additional options for variable fees, such as early bird or late entries, offering discount codes, and configuring VAT/GST.

Award Force includes four different judging modes: Qualifying is used to determine, through consensus, which entries should qualify for following rounds of judging; Top Pick gives each participant a single transferable vote (STV), allowing them to rank their favourite entries in descending order; Voting enables entrants to share their entry on social media to gain votes; and VIP Judging draws on the knowledge and experience of invited judges to score entries. Judging can take place in multiple rounds, and users can manage judges and panels for each round and mode of judging. Results are available in real time, with leaderboards of entries and judges rankings, which can be sorted and filtered. Judges’ feedback can also be automatically delivered to entrants.

Award Force includes a vanity domain for each award account, and users can customize their domain with a color palette to match their brand, alongside brand assets and logos. Sponsors can also be given visibility throughout the awards process. Users can also export data and download reports on multiple aspects of the awards process, including entries, payments, judging progress, scores, comments, judging leaderboards, and votes leaderboards. All entries and results from each season are stored in an online archive, which can be referred back to at any time.

Pricing starting from:

€2 000,00/year

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of Award Force

Entries can be submitted online 24/7, with users able to manage, track, tag, search, and filter entries in real time.

Each awards account is given a vanity domain, and users can customize it with their own brand assets, logos, and color palette.

Spreadsheet reports including entries, payment transactions, scores, comments, judging progress, judging leaderboard, and votes leaderboard can be exported.

Four judging modes include: qualifying, with crowd consensus on which entries should qualify; top pick, using the single transferable vote (STV) system; voting, to engage participants with social sharing; and VIP judging, leveraging the knowledge of experienced judges.

Results from each stage of judging are presented on a leaderboard in real time, with the ability to sort and filter results.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra and 244 others

Supported Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch and 21 others

Pricing starting from:

€2 000,00/year

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Award Force Software - Use your program dashboard to track performance of entry volumes, status, categories, order volumes, entry fees and more!
Award Force Software - Award Force allows users to select and manage judges, or open judging to all participants
Award Force Software - The Qualifying judging mode in Award Force takes a consensus of whether or not an entry should qualify for further rounds of judging
Award Force Software - Award Force's Top Pick judging mode gives each judge a single transferable vote (STV)
Award Force Software - The Voting mode in Award Force encourages participants to share their entry on social media to gain votes
Award Force Software - Award Force also includes a VIP Judging mode, where judges score entries based on their experience and knowledge
Award Force Software - All results from different rounds of judging are updated in Award Force in real time
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Award Force Software - Use your program dashboard to track performance of entry volumes, status, categories, order volumes, entry fees and more!
Award Force Software - Award Force allows users to select and manage judges, or open judging to all participants
Award Force Software - The Qualifying judging mode in Award Force takes a consensus of whether or not an entry should qualify for further rounds of judging
Award Force Software - Award Force's Top Pick judging mode gives each judge a single transferable vote (STV)
Award Force Software - The Voting mode in Award Force encourages participants to share their entry on social media to gain votes
Award Force Software - Award Force also includes a VIP Judging mode, where judges score entries based on their experience and knowledge
Award Force Software - All results from different rounds of judging are updated in Award Force in real time

Features

Total features of Award Force: 70

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Assessment Management
  • Awards Management
  • Blind Judging
  • CRM
  • Categorisation/Grouping
  • Certification & Licensing
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Contact Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Questions
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Review
  • Donor Management
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Submission
  • Email Reminders
  • Entrant Management
  • Entry Fee Processing
  • Entry Management
  • Feedback Management
  • File Storage
  • For Marketers
  • For Nonprofits
  • Forms Creation & Design
  • Forms Management
  • Fraud Detection
  • Grant Management
  • Individualized Assessments
  • Judging Management
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Lead Generation
  • Learning Management
  • Membership Management
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Polls/Voting
  • Pre-Employment Testing
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Promotions Management
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Analytics
  • Registration Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SSL Security
  • Scoring
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Single Sign On
  • Skill Testing
  • Skills Assessment
  • Skills Contests (Photo, Essay, Design, etc)
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Promotion
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Web Forms
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,8 /5
(179)
Value for Money
4,6/5
Features
4,5/5
Ease of Use
4,5/5
Customer Support
4,9/5

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Bronwyn
Bronwyn
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  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Having used Raisers Edge I found changing over to AF so much easier and more intuitive to use.

Reviewed on 2018/04/30

I can bring all my information together and export to Excel. I have the opportunity to learn as I...

I can bring all my information together and export to Excel. I have the opportunity to learn as I go or with a consultants assistance and the software is very responsive to my particular award needs.

Pros

Processes are relatively easy as is replicating seasons. Pulling reports is an absolute joy compared to asking the database the right questions as you do in RE and any queries or challenges you may face are quickly fixed by the team of consultants. They're happy to show you, teach you or do it for you. I also really like the ability to choose what you can see.

Cons

It can be tricky at times like all software however, by working slowly through the problem and with the assistance of the consultants, the majority of challenges can be worked through

Ingrid
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 501–1 000 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

After the learning curve: the relief!

Reviewed on 2020/10/19

It was not quite so easy on the Admin end because the system is complex and allows for many...

It was not quite so easy on the Admin end because the system is complex and allows for many configurations, but the customer service is stellar! I got replies to my queries regardless of day or time within a few hours, and even had a few video calls. I am a fan !

Pros

We use it to allow design students to upload their work at the end of the year. Setting the system up to meet our requirements was challenging because there are so many options, but once it was configured the students found it very easy to upload their work, and even sent some fan mail. They could revise their entries up to the deadline, we could specify the acceptable file types and everything worked smoothly. We also invited reviewers to comment on the work , that too was very easy on the user end.

Cons

There are a few odd things here: it is , for instance, not possible to sort all entrants by their last name, only by their first. If a judge is already in the AF system they have to use their previous password to log in which can cause confusion. With the help of AF we set up an algorithm that randomly assigned student work to reviewers and you would think that it would be easy for the computer to do this evenly, but it turned out that the some judges got only 10 assignments and others as many as 16. One complaint judges had was that they did not get any sort of confirmation after they completed the reviews that were assigned to them. There were a few questions I did not know to ask at the initial setup. I DID ask if there was a file size limit for the upload (the answer is no) but I did not ask if the file sizes have an effect on the download. The answer here is: yes, definitely! This may not matter for users who deal with text files, but in the design world files get big, and when I tried to download all the work to local drives it turned out that large files (almost ALL of ours) could not be downloaded in bulk, but in batches of about 10, and extra large ones had to be done separately, This is almost a deal killer, but hopefully can be avoided next time with file size limits during upload. MY number one item on a wishlist: create an option for a one stop download of ALL selected files.

Response from Creative Force

Thank you for your honest review, Ingrid!

As much as we love fan mail, we also like to hear about the pain points of our clients. Bulk downloading is a slow process for sure and we have some ideas to optimise and improve it in the future.

Some other interesting insights too which have been passed on to the Product team.

Den
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Review for Award Force by Den Barrault

Reviewed on 2017/01/07

I enjoy using Award Force, and in general find the platform easy to use, and quite polished in the...

I enjoy using Award Force, and in general find the platform easy to use, and quite polished in the way it is presented. My users also support this opinion.

For an administrator, I do find it frustrating that certain features are not present:
- not having a record of notifications
- not being able to copy anyone into notifications
- not being able to contact collaborators in an application (only main applicant gets results)
- not being able to use the fields in all areas of the application
- not being able to do negative selections in the search windows
- review flow is quite complicated to set up, and impossible to visualise in an easy way - would be nice to have a way of easily visualising which applications are where
- setting up judging is a bit tricky too - it is hard to visualise easily if it has been set up correctly

I would also like to get a regular update on what you have planned in terms of feature updates. Especially as my site is up for renewal soon.

I have also previously sent some feature suggestions to the support team, it would be nice to see some of these implemented.
Many thanks and best wishes
Den

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Response from Creative Force

Thanks for the lovely review and feedback Den. As you know, we're regularly adding improvements and features¿ we do need to get better at communicating those though!

You'll be pleased to know that there are further improvements coming to broadcasts (notifications) that address some of your requests, and some other grant-specific features that I think you'll be interested in¿ an email is coming your way with details :)

Verified Reviewer
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Award Force is easy to use and has helped me save so much time in gathering entries to our...

Reviewed on 2018/01/19

Pros

Its user friendly interface makes it very easy to set up a session and manage the entries to you awards. I like that the information from the previous years can be reused, making it even more easy to use years after years. The information displayed on the dashboard are really useful. You can keep track of how many entries you've got at the moment, how many have already been submitted and how many are still in progress. The graph displaying how many entries have been created over the last few days also helps us analyse our impact. For example we can see whether the last email we've sent to promote the awards has generated new entries. We send I also love the broadcasting feature, which makes it so easy to contact all the entrants at once. Bye bye mailmerge emails, hello simplicity!

Cons

Setting up the criteria for each categories has been my least favorite part of the set up. It's still rather user friendly, and I'm not sure whether you could make this step easier, but I found it quite tideous. The data analysis features could be better too. For example we wanted to compare the amount of entries created/submitted in the 2016-17 session and the 2017-18 session but were unable to do so.

Alex
Alex
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  • Industry: Events Services
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

The perfect software for running custom awards!

Reviewed on 2018/12/12

Our old system for managing online entries and giveaways was clunky and timeconsuming. We knew it...

Our old system for managing online entries and giveaways was clunky and timeconsuming. We knew it was a weak area for our marketing efforts but were unsure of the right way to implement a solution. One of our teammembers found Award Force and we implemented it almost immediately. It's streamlined our efforts so much and allowed us to run giveaways much more efficiently!

Pros

Award Force is extremely user friendly, while also providing a robust and feature filled platform. The system walks you through every step of what you need to run your custom award program. The layout is clean and organized, while simultaneously ensuring that the functionality of the platform is not dumbed down. You will find it is very sophisticated and able to be highly customized for your organization's needs. For our organization, we loved the ability to customize the site to use our brand's assets, without needing to bring in an outside designer or developer.

Even better, the vast online guides and reference materials are awesome. They're a huge resource when you're onboarding Award Force for your organization. If you need any answers, they're just a minute away.

Cons

I would like to see better sorting and better reporting. Our owner is a report fiend and sometimes we struggle with not being able to export exactly the reports we need for meetings and check ups. Overall not a huge problem, but something we would like to see addressed in the future.

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Award Force offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: €2 000,00/year
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Three plans available; Growth, Pro and Enterprise.

Award Force has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1 000, 1 001–5 000

Award Force supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Award Force supports the following devices:

Award Force integrates with the following applications:

BluePay, Google Analytics 360, Meta for Business, PayPal, Salesforce Sales Cloud, Stripe, Twitter/X, WordPress, Worldpay, authorize.net

Award Force offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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