Award Force Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Award Force

Awards management software

4.85/5 (110 reviews)

Award Force overview

What is 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.
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Pricing

Starting from
$1188/year
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Markets

United States, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada and 9 other markets, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch and 9 other languages, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Award Force screenshotAward ForceAward Force screenshot: Use your program dashboard to track performance of entry volumes, status, categories, order volumes, entry fees and more!Award Force screenshot: Award Force allows users to select and manage judges, or open judging to all participantsAward Force screenshot: The Qualifying judging mode in Award Force takes a consensus of whether or not an entry should qualify for further rounds of judgingAward Force screenshot: Award Force's Top Pick judging mode gives each judge a single transferable vote (STV)Award Force screenshot: The Voting mode in Award Force encourages participants to share their entry on social media to gain votesAward Force screenshot: Award Force also includes a VIP Judging mode, where judges score entries based on their experience and knowledgeAward Force screenshot: All results from different rounds of judging are updated in Award Force in real time

Award Force reviews

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Matthew Charles Gray

Money, time and resources well spent!

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-08-01
Review Source: Capterra

Using a designated and bespoke product like AF, has taken out so much stress and uncertainty around getting the nominations in and judged remotely. we had over 1000 entries that needed to go through a very clear and strict judging process (in light of being fare and transparent ) We could let judging take place remotely and smoothly, with the confidence of our data security and personal reputational image being protected.

Pros
Everything! Especially the rep our account tech support manager. she was on hand 24/7 with not just support, but with solutions, and confidence building techniques to help me take charge of the growth of our work. The platform itself, is slick, very user friendly and a 100% reliable. It gave us the confidence we needed to launch our first annual HEAT awards. this has gone so well, we are already pencilling in next years campaign. Award Force have been the first and only platform I have used for this task, but I wouldn't dream of going anywhere else. In the grand scheme of things the cost was extremely good for all the benefits we obtained, and even though our event programme is over, we are still able use all the data for our analysis and personal development.

Cons
In all honesty I have very little bad to say about the whole experience. If you really pushed me for a balanced review, I would have to say that on a couple of times and considering I emailed support up to 4 times a day in the build up of our launch. that if our designated manager was out of the office or had finished for the day. The person that took over sometimes was a little enthusiastic to come back with a response and not grasp how slow I was being. That's really nothing bad just maybe a pointer for the future that they get a summary of the clients habits and personal synopsis before responding to a query.

Response from Award Force


Thank you for your wonderful words, Matt! Specially appreciate the shout out to Rachel! Thank you also for the feedback about the support received from other members; we are a global team available 24x5 and feedback like this is valuable for us to be able to give more personalised service.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Gillette Conner

The support on Award Force is the best I have EVER experienced

Used occasionally for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-08-21
Review Source: Capterra

I inherited an open Award season to manage and was able to come up to speed fairly quickly due to the intuitive nature of the platform and the SUPERB support I got from Award Force e.g. one on one training calls, common help tips embedded in the platform (ie don't have to go to another screen and back and forth but can take action in the platform with the tips right there on the same screen), and extraordinarily fast responses to my emails asking how to do certain things. I am managing our 2nd season and it is going very smoothly and I am digging deeper into the functionality that is available. This is our team's second year using the platform and it works extremely well for the needs that we have and I highly recommend the SW if you need to manage an Awards program.

Pros
The program is fairly intuitive so the learning curve is not too steep. And for the times when I have needed help, the response time and quality of support is unparalleled in my experience. I send an email, within a few hours no matter what time of the day or night I send it, someone from around the globe answers me. If further assistance is needed e.g. a call with someone, it can usually be set up within a day or two of my request. And the quality of the support is excellent. The staff are extremely knowledgeable of the product and understand the questions from a user or functionality perspective vs providing technical-speak. It seems that often times tech support for other SW I have used is staffed by technical wonks who write the code and make the bells and whistles but don't have a real understanding of the business or user function so the support comes from that perspective rather than understanding what I am trying to do and then providing a solution. Another thing that I use all the time is importing to excel to run reports. In this way, I can always have a user friendly aggregated view of what is on the platform depending on what I am needing. I love this ability to have offline access and I know some of our judges have also made good use of being able to download PDF versions of entries that they can review on the go and then come to the platform to enter their scores and comments.

Cons
I have come across some small functionality that I would like to have such as a bit more ability to "pretty up" my email broadcasts or filtering by 2 different dimensions to randomly assign entries for judging. With that said, the SW really addresses so many of our main needs that these issues are not an issue and I have been able to create workarounds if needed.

Response from Award Force


Thank you ever so much for your raving review, Gillette! We can't stop the high fives :D We will continue to improve and add time saving features so you can continue managing and growing your program year on year!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Betty Liu

Awards tool for my awards program

Used occasionally for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-04-19
Review Source: Capterra

Overall experience is good with the tool. easy to set up and reviewing and run the nomination report. but the bug issue is keep happening all the time. this make me not very happy with this tool.

Pros
The structure, the analysis report, export the data I received. allow the attachment for people submission

Cons
there are some bugs happened in last couple of days when I open my nomination process to large audience.

Response from Award Force


Hi Betty, sorry for your troubles. From the support email we last exchanged, it seems the problem happened because of a setting issue. Your colleague Carl later switched it on and everything worked as expected. If there's anything else you would like to report, please let us know asap!

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Ajda Bevc

Amazing and professional, with great support team.

Used occasionally for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-03-19
Review Source: Capterra

More entries than expected and we saved a lot of administrative fees. Their support team is very helpful and fast in responding, which was a big plus for us.

Pros
For our Biennial of Slovenian Design we needed an intuitive and adjustable system. We were hoping to make administrative processes more efficient. After a detailed e-call, we were confident that we will be working with professionals who understand their clients. They translated the system in our language: it has only 2 mill. users, and has characteristics that are hard to work into english-based interfaces. While setting up, we were met with a lot of help from our producer. We encountered a problem: in the EU, it is required to add VAT info on invoice. AF did not have that option. After contacting them, VAT was implemented for us and other users also. We are strict about our image, so the implementation of our visual identity was a must for us. Designers branded it the way they liked it. The base is clean and leaves enough room to make it your own. Our administrators were very happy with the experience, as it significantly lessened the workload and kept our costs down. Our users were very excited to use AF. We are confident that their efficient system brought in more entries than we expected. We are very much looking forward to working with them in the years ahead and would wholeheartedly recommend the system to anyone looking for solutions to dealing with user entries at any scale. We were very glad that our Biennial, which is quite small in comparison with their other clients, received a thoroughly professional and attentive approach from their excellent team.

Cons
Some specific features didn't have a lot of flexibility but we managed to go around it with their help.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Rebecca Carlin

Award Force Review

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-10-23
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Award Force easily has the best customer support I have experienced with a product. They were timely in returning my calls and emails, and were extremely helpful in helping me customise the product for my organisational needs. Having been new to the software this year, I was able to be quickly become confident in my use of the product. The platform had zero technical issues even upon launch. I had no reports of any difficulties of users logging on or submitting entries. The reports generated from the entries were very fast and provided a high level of detail which I was able to analyse for my organisational requirements.

Cons
At times it was a bit difficult to locate the appropriate field when trying to make a change/text edit to the platform. This is when I would contact support and they were able to identify where I could make the change. Other than that, the other improvements identified were less about the system itself and more about how we could customise it next year to better suit our organisational needs - e.g. extra fields.

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Award Force pricing

Starting from
$1188/year
Pricing options
Subscription
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Four plans available, starting from US$99 per month with an annual payment.

Award Force features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Data Import/Export
Electronic Payments
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration

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Billing & Invoicing (144 other apps)
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Customer Database (98 other apps)
Customizable Reporting (119 other apps)
Document Management (98 other apps)
Inventory Management (138 other apps)
Inventory Tracking (107 other apps)
Invoice Management (134 other apps)
Quote Management (90 other apps)
Reminders (105 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
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Additional information for Award Force

Key features of Award Force

  • API access
  • Assignment management
  • Auto-Responders
  • Auto-save
  • Completion status tracking
  • Conditional Logic
  • Customizable branding
  • Discount codes
  • Entry galleries
  • Entry volume tracking
  • Flexible categories
  • Flexible entry criteria
  • Flexible pricing rules
  • Four judging modes
  • Judges' feedback
  • Judging leaderboards
  • Multi-chapter awards
  • Multi-currency support
  • Multi-language
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Multiple judging rounds
  • Online entry
  • Online payments
  • Reviewing and moderation
  • Role management
  • Season archive
  • Social & mobile authentication
  • Social sharing
  • Sponsor visibility
  • Submission management
  • Unlimited size file attachments
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Benefits

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.