Who Uses This Software?

Blue-chip brands, government departments, industry associations, events managers, and corporate organisations that manage a contest / awards programme.


Average Ratings

17 Reviews
  • 5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

Vendor Details

  • Award Force
  • www.awardforce.com
  • Founded 2013
  • Australia

About This Software

Award Force is award-winning cloud software for leading contest organisers to manage awards entry and judging online. Designed for performance and function, its fast, secure and a great experience for entrants, judges, and contest managers. Upgrade to Award Force to: grow your awards; make judges happy; save time and money off less admin effort; discard stress; gain visibility and control; distinguish your contest with good design; and make your awards the best they can be.


Award Force Features

  • Awards Management
  • Blind Judging
  • Entrant Management
  • Entry Fee Processing
  • Entry Management
  • Forms Management
  • Fraud Detection
  • Judging Management
  • Scoring
  • Skills Contests (Photo, Essay, Design, etc)
  • Social Media Management
  • Social Promotions
  • Sweepstakes
  • Timeline Management
  • Voting Management

Award Force Reviews

Easy to use and when experiencing any issues, the support team are very helpful.

Aug 07, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It has simplified the entire awards process for our company, making it easier for me and our members.

Cons: It's a lot to take in when first starting to set everything up. Following the guide is helpful, but overall, wrapping my head around it took up valuable time.

I've been pleased with the overall functionality, user friendliness, and customer support.

Aug 04, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Customer support: Carl has been such a great trainer and support--going above and beyond to help us understand and make changes to our events. He helped copy fields and change order numbers on our screenshare call to make our event better. Megan has been super helpful too--responding promptly.

It is easy to use! Everything is pretty straight forward--if it's labeled something it has that functionality.

It looks nice to viewers. Clean and nice layout.

Its dynamic--there is a wide range of functionality--to create conditional fields, to hide fields from judges, types of attachments, types of judging, ect.

Cons: There are some hidden tricks you'd only know about if you were screensharing with an award force rep--for example the ## make the heading size different.

Overall: A system for collecting data and materials from applicants for our awards.

Best Award Platform out there and more

Jan 25, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - Customizability
- UX/UI
- Support Team
- Managing Features

Cons: - If you want a highly, highly complex setup, it does get complicated. However, the support team has your back and allows you to learn as you go. Eventually, you feel like an expert.

Overall: AwardForce is an incredible platform that is relatively easy to use and can be extremely customizable once you get the hang of things. Where there is a learning curve, the incredible support team does not just solve the problem for you but teaches you along the way so that you can become independent and more confident with the platform.

Some of the judges using this platform were C-Suite at fortune 500 companies and all commended us on the seamless process. We also worked with a lot of startups and emerging tech companies in the judging and applicant pool and they all had positive feedback about the UX and UI.

No matter what size contest or applicant pool you are working with, AwardForce allows you to go above and beyond in terms of features and accommodation and communication with users. It gave our team confidence managing a process with high-level executive judges and users who are some of the biggest names in the tech industry.

Recommendations to other buyers: - Expand data/analytics capabilities and dashboards and visualize them (the information is available to some extent in the audit. - Expand into U.S market and look into consumer surveys

Review for Award Force by Den Barrault

Jan 07, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I have already detailed this

Cons: I have already detailed this

Overall: 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

Recommendations to other buyers: I have already detailed this

Vendor Response

by Award Force on January 09, 2017

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 :)

New customer

Jan 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Clean interface, easy to configure and intuitive for the user.

Cons: I cannot set a closing date for each of our programs within a category.

Overall: As a new user of Award Force, I found the experience excellent. A clean and straightforward interface, very intuitive, easy to configure, and minimum training required for users. Support has been great and always very quick at answering any questions. A very satisfied customer.

Awards for Awards Force

Jan 04, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: The program is exceptional. The ease to get the information needed is awesome. The broadcast feature is my favourite option. To be able to send out general messages to nominators and judges was time saving and efficient. The service is very good too. No problems seeking advice and the staff are more than happy to help out.

Gov Awards

Jan 04, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's reduced our manual data entry process and made it easier for judges to review from anywhere at any time.

Cons: Creating the tabs and each individual criteria field - for our particular awards program, this was very lengthy!!

Overall: Love Award Force! It's really improved our office efficiency. We used to have to manually collate all information from nominees (over 130 with this program) which was messy and left room for error. We also had to then save all nominations and upload forms and supporting documents to an online share portal for judges to review ( very very time consuming and also fraught with error!) Award Force has removed all of that :)
The only thing I'd like to change is how you can communicate with people (nominees and judges) through the program. I don't want to send information to every nominee or judge, just a select few.
We also have face-to-face meetings for our judges and we tried to use Award Force to re-score during these meetings, while it was possible it wasn't an ideal means of judging. It would be better if the manager could take over one main scoreboard and add judges scores on their behalf as they call them out (rather than each judge scoring each nomination again and again and waiting for the updated score).

Newbie Experience

Dec 11, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Clean, easy to follow interface, easy for entrants and judges to use.

Cons: It can be difficult to track where you are up to with fields etc.

Overall: As a newbie to Awards Management the process of using AwardForce was terrific, I found the system easy to use (once I got my head around it, the whole process was daunting at first) and the support was fantastic. I definitely recommend the training call as it is easier to understand when someone who is very familiar with the system shows you around.

Recommendations to other buyers: It becomes easier with familiarity, working through the process with the support team was invaluable.

A great experience

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: User friendly, well though out, always being updated, responds quickly to changes made

Overall: Its been a great experience using Awards Force. The system is very user friendly and the team is only a email or call away should you need assistance. I have been using Awards force for a few years now and can highly recommend!

Extremely impressive

Oct 12, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Flexible for different needs, easy to use, professional look and feel.

Cons: Not being able to run multiple programs at the same time - we would love to use it for our other Prize programs!

Overall: Our organisation hosts an extremely complex hierarchical awards program with multiple chapters, categories, price points, sets of criteria, juries and numerous staff across Australia. I have been extremely impressed by the functionality and flexibility of the Award Force platform, not to mention the high level of customer service and willingness to provide solutions. My consultant has been very responsive and always willing to help with our program. I could not be happier with the level of service we have received to date, and am excited to launch our program via this new system over the next six months.

During our pilot program I received only positive feedback from the entrants, judges and administrators using the platform. It is extremely easy to use, and looks professional to external viewers. I am relieved to have a lot of control over the configuration of the system for our needs, and it means that I can be the main support for the team working on delivering the program.

The team at Award Force are extremely capable, responsive and willing to help. The user experience of the system is second-to-none. The system gives our awards program a professional look. I am excited to use the platform and cannot recommend Award Force highly enough.

Recommendations to other buyers: Keep up the good work.

Vendor Response

by Award Force on October 14, 2016

We're so glad we can support the complexity of your needs right out of the box Caitlin. Thanks for the wonderful review :D We do of course have a solution for running multiple separate prize programs, it involves multi-account subscription fees is all - but has some very handy multi-account functionality!

Award Force saves the day

Oct 09, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The support and the speed at which support is given is amazing.

Cons: I hate that you can't search an entry by the user's name.

Overall: Award Force is great. It is not only easy to manage, it is easy for the entrants to navigate and provides a logical and simplified platform for judging.

Recommendations to other buyers: It becomes challenging when your user is registered with more than one Awards programs. Passwords and log ins become hard to manage.

Vendor Response

by Award Force on October 10, 2016

Thanks for all those stars Asher :) We're all a bit shocked we overlooked being able to search the manage entries view by entrant name! Thanks for pointing that out, and you will be able to do that very soon! As for managing passwords and logins - there are some security considerations there, that are not obvious - we would be happy to discuss with you.

Definitely recommend this product!

Sep 30, 2016
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Having worked in award schemes for over 13 years, it's great to finally find a system that captures literally EVERYTHING we need from entrants. Award Force is very easy to use, super intuitive and the support is first class. The flexibility the system gives for different categories / nominations, along with integrated payment options and automated notifications, makes this system a dream! Special thanks to Diya, out awards producer, who has been a star. I would definitely recommend Award Force to other event management agencies.

Vendor Response

by Award Force on October 04, 2016

Thanks Joanne, and great to hear we're capturing everything for you! You can look forward to lots more great features to come in the future too :)

CIM's Review

Aug 22, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: good service
constantly being improved
helpful support
easy to navigate
online support available

Cons: erm i cant really think of anything maybe one or two buggy issues in the last year

Overall: We have always had a dedicated and extremely helpful member of the support team dealing with our award platform issues. The service is also always being updated and improved to help with our customer journey

Recommendations to other buyers: keep doing what you are doing

Vendor Response

by Award Force on August 24, 2016

Thanks Oliver - great to here you've been enjoying good service and continuous improvement! :)

The best entries management software out there - this is one extremely sophisticated system

Aug 16, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Everything

Cons: There are no cons. I like everything. Nothing to complain about whatsoever.

Overall: Using Award Force has worked wonders for me. It meets every single one of my needs with room to spare and its features have enabled me to innovate and develop our own internal processes positively.

It is streamlined and easy to use yet incredibly comprehensive and sophisticated. It is fast and efficient and the days of having to work until midnight adding and processing entries are way behind me.

The judging suite is a dream, too. We have been able to efficiently add layers of judging we did not have the luxury of in our previous systems nor the time to do so manually.

Thoroughly recommended. A real joy to use. Very intuitive and the support is superb. I could go on but in a nut-shell, this is the best investment my company has made for my role and having used several other entries and judging management systems, this is by far the best. It is setting standards others should be wary of.

From the front-end too, many of my regular entrants and judges have commented that it is a vast improvement on our previous entries software.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you are looking for a new system, go for Award Force. I am incredibly pleased with it. As are my clients and my judges....

Vendor Response

by Award Force on August 16, 2016

Wowza! We're blown-away by your words Robert. Thank you. We'll be sure to keep it up :)

A dream come true for Award Managers!

Aug 11, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Award Force is so easy to use, yet delivers a thoroughly comprehensive solution. The system is so clear, intuitive and logical it's an absolute pleasure to use. You can navigate your way around without ever getting lost or confused, everything is exactly where you'd expect to find it and you always feel completely in control.

From the clean and clear layout you may initially be fooled into thinking it's not very sophisticated, but you'd be wrong. It delivers everything you need, and much much more, they've just worked very hard to make sure you don't have to.
Whilst you have the ability to customise the site so you are able to reflect your brand and visual identity, you don't have to be a designer or web developer to understand it. I've never felt out of my depth configuring anything on Award Force and nothing has ever felt onerous, just simple and straightforward providing the result you were hoping for quickly and easily.

The versatility of the system means I've never had to compromise and can have the exact set-up I want without it taking an age to change hundreds of settings, it just lets you choose exactly what you want then replicate it as many times as you wish.

The extensive reference guides and online tutorials are an amazing resource, if you're unsure of anything you can have the answer within a few minutes - usually with a step by step guide!

Cons: I have to confess that I have struggled with this question, but the ability to sort by all of the fields within a view would be helpful. It would also be helpful to be able to configure bespoke reports for export, but it's not exactly a chore to have everything exported and then just choose to keep the ones you want.

The things I've mentioned above may well be possible, I'm by no means an expert on every aspect of the system and I find new features and options every week!

Overall: When we realised we needed to up our game with online entries for our Awards we researched every product on the market. The investment was quite significant for our annual not-for-profit Awards so we needed to ensure we made the right decision - and we now know we did!

Every single member of the Award Force team that we've dealt with from our initial enquiry through to ongoing support has been an absolute pleasure to deal with. They are incredibly responsive but never pushy, providing the exact information you need without delay and are always happy to help - even with the daft queries we're all capable of from time to time...

The system is so intuitive, logical and easy to use that I have been very self sufficient since my introduction session. When I have a query or start working on a new stage of the Awards the online training and extensive reference guides have been invaluable resource to find the answer within minutes. I've only had to submit two helpdesk tickets and both have been responded to and resolved incredibly quickly.

We have received more entries than any previous year of the Awards and have received nothing but positive feedback from our entrants. To reach the judging stage without a single issue with the user accounts or entries has been fantastic and is a real credit to the Award Force team that develop and manage the system, so a HUGE thank you to them for making my life as an Awards Manager so easy. The time (and headaches!) I have saved this year has been amazing - it just all happens in the background while you keep a watchful eye on the dashboard and smile...

The thing I really love about Award Force is that I'll get an email just to check how thing are going through the various stages of the Awards, reminding me that support is always there if and when I need it - it's like having an Award Force guardian angel!

Our entire experience has been amazing, from the initial enquiry through system set-up, entries and judging, every aspect has been smooth, seamless and stress free. Award Force and the team behind it have exceeded all my expectations. Thank you!

Recommendations to other buyers: If you're an Awards Manager that's short on time yet want to increase entries and provide your entrants and judges with a fantastic online Awards entry/judging experience, speak to Award Force. When you've taken the leap, spend time talking to the Award Force team. When they offer a catch-up call, make time in your diary (they're always flexible!) and do it. They have so much knowledge and advice which they are always happy to share. You can learn a lot from them not only about the software by how to improve your awards - always remember that you're just one of their clients and there may be an alternative way of doing something that could deliver real benefits for you. They're also fantastic at the really quick 'top tips' that you always get from people who know a piece of software inside out. Their knowledge of Awards, not just Award Force, is extensive - it's a very valuable resource you should make the most of!

Vendor Response

by Award Force on August 11, 2016

Wow, thank you for such wonderful feedback, Ped. We'll do our best to keep helping and to keep innovating!

Happy customer

Aug 09, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use
The ability to personalise site with our own branding
Prompt and professional support

Overall: We used Award Force for an awards program and also a grants program. While the system is designed for awards I can attest that the systems functionality meant that it was easy to convert this to a grant management system with simple changes to language.
I found the Award Force site easy to navigate once you are shown how and the support team set up time for as many orientation sessions as I needed and were prompt in responding to any issues.

Vendor Response

by Award Force on August 10, 2016

Thanks Jen¿ we love happy customers :) Looking forward to continuing to help with your awards and grants.

Awesome!!!

Aug 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Awards Force is exactly what I needed for my project and I have had no issues. I will be using it again next year.

Vendor Response

by Award Force on August 08, 2016

Thanks Eric - we're really pleased it suits your needs so well!