Can I create a contest in which uploading a photo or video is optional?

Yes if you are creating a text-based contest with phrases, recipes, tips or short stories. In this case you should follow the same steps as you would when creating a photo or video contest. In this link you’ll find a detailed guide on how to set this up from scratch. 

In order to set up the options to add a text field or a photo/video field, access the promotion management page and click on 'Editor':

 1. Then, check the 'Comments' field. In this field you should enter a text with instructions to participants for writing their answer, story, tip, phrase, etc. You can enter a maximum of 200 characters. By completing this you activate the field where participants are going to enter their answer. This consists of a text field with space for a maximum of 65,000 characters. The field constitutes part of the entry form. In Premium and White Label Easypromos you have the option of limiting the “maximum number of characters permitted.” 

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In the Basic version you will only find one other option entitled “Image”. You can activate this if you want to make it a photo contest or a text-based contest with images. Please note that if you activate this option you will be making it obligatory for participants to upload a photo in order to enter the contest.

In Premium and White Label Easypromos you can set up a text-based contest which gives participants the option of uploading photos or videos. To do this, you should set up the following fields:

  • “Do you want the users to upload graphic media?” In this section you should make it clear what type of images you want: photos (images), videos, or both.
  • "Type of media": You have to select the type of material you want to ask users - Only pictures, Only videos, Either a picture or a video.
  • “Make graphic media optional”. If you activate this field you are giving participants the option of uploading images. If you don’t activate it, and set up the previous field asking for photos and videos instead, then you make it a requirement for entry and the application will not allow any user to take part in the contest without uploading an image of some kind.

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If you’d like to find out more about the advantages of text-based contests, and pick up some ideas on how best to carry them out, please read the following article.

If you need more technical support regarding your photo, video and text-based contests, please visit the following section. 

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