How do I run a successful design contest?

The key to a successful design contest is to stay active.

  1. Give designers feedback: Log into your 99designs account and view the contest at least once a day. While you review the new designs, you should provide feedback and interact with designers. by giving the designs a star rating, commenting on the designs, and eliminating the designs that aren’t what you want.
  2. As you review designs, think about updating your contest brief: It’s important to provide a very clear brief, so if designer interaction makes you think your brief needs updating, you can edit it through the Contest page.
  3. Guarantee the prize for your contest: The most talented designers in our community are much more likely to enter a contest which is guaranteed and offers an attractive prize.
  4. Invite designers to your contest: Another way to help increase the number of entries that you receive is to be proactive by finding designers through our Designer Discovery page and inviting designers whose design style and skills match with your project to participate in it.

Staying active, and responding to designers’ questions and design attempts, are the most important elements of a successful design contest.

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