Want to create an online contest entry form? In this article, we show you how easy it is to create and manage an online contest using Formidable Forms!
Growing your reach and gaining leads can be a challenge. Using contests is a great way to attract new customers and collect their contact details. Still, creating an online contest entry form can be tough.
Fortunately, our Contest Entry form template does all of the hard work for you. With it, you can quickly and easily create an online form and customize it however you want!
This article will discuss the purpose of online contests and explain how to use them. Then, we'll walk you through creating your own online contest entry form using Formidable Forms. Let's get started!
How online contests can benefit your business
Online contests and polls can help you learn more about your customers and gather their contact details. Running a competition is also a great way to attract new customers to your website:
Contests make the entrants more likely to pay attention to your posts and regularly return to your site. This consistency can also help you connect with your audience by driving interaction and conversations.
A contest can also help promote the product or service you are giving away. Anyone entering the competition is likely interested in the prize and will learn more about it even if they don't win.
If you're stuck for ideas, don't overthink it. Photography contests are easy to pull off, as are any kind of content talent shows relevant to your audience.
If you've got the will, there's a way. Today we're going to tell you about a form builder that will turn your WordPress site into contest central in no time.
The advantages of using Formidable Forms for contests
With Formidable Forms, creating and managing an online competition couldn't be easier. The Contest Entry template saves you time and allows you to make a shareable, embeddable form in minutes. It's also easy to customize however you see fit using our drag and drop form builder.
Our plugin compiles the results so that you can manage the supported data in real-time from your WordPress dashboard. This way, you can gain valuable insight into your audience and choose the contest winner!
Plus, you can design Formidable Forms for your website, social media posts, or email campaigns. These features ensure you can reach your audience, no matter where they are.
Finally, with Formidable, you'll be able to make contest entry forms capable of collecting any data you want, from contact information to phone numbers and everything you'd need for a contest registration form. In fact, you can use Formidable to make any kind of form you need for any purpose! For example:
- Submission forms of any kind
- Application forms
- Agreement forms
- Contact forms
And just like with contest forms, we've got dozens of free form samples to get you started.
How to create a contest entry form with Formidable Forms
For this tutorial, you'll need at least a Formidable Forms Basic plan to access the Contest Entry template. Once you've installed and activated the plugin, you're ready to start!
Step 1: Add your questions to the form template
Firstly, navigate to Formidable in your WordPress dashboard, click on Forms and select + Add New. Then select the Contest Entry template. You can find it under the Marketing category:
The default contest entry form will look something like this:
You can easily add, remove, or modify entries by dragging and dropping elements. For example, to add a new question, just drag a new Text box where you want it on your form. Then you can change the Field Label to reflect your question:
You can add as many questions as you want like this. It's very quick and easy to put together your form.
Step 2: Design your contest entry form
Once you've added your questions to the template, you can continue to customize the form with other elements. By default, the form comes with an HTML block that includes entry rules and a checkbox to agree to those rules.
You can edit this block with the rules for your contest by clicking on it and making changes in the left-hand menu:
You can also use HTML blocks to add images to the form. Just click on Add Media in the HTML Field options. It's a good idea to add your company logo and a picture of the contest prize:
Beyond that, you can add extra text, images, links, or other elements to your form. The drag and drop interface makes this process extremely quick and easy.
Step 3: Share your contest entry form
Once your form is complete, click on the Update button at the top right of the screen. Now it's time to share your contest entry form. Here are a few different sharing options:
- On your website
- Across social media platforms
- Through email marketing messages
First, click on Embed in the top right. On WordPress sites, you can either add your form to an existing page, create a brand new contest form page, or access manual shortcodes:
For social media posts or emails, select Insert manually for PHP code and API script. Now you can embed your form just about anywhere.
Step 4: Manage the results (and choose a winner!)
Once you have distributed your contest entry form, the results will be automatically collected. You can view them by going to the Entries tab. From here, you can manage the answers and see your results all in one place:
For more data-driven results, head to the Reports tab. Here you can see graphs and percentages from the compiled results of all of your form entries.
The only thing left to do is select your winner! If it was a competition, you can view the entries and choose the best answers. If it was a random lottery, you can use a random number generator to pick a number from the entries.
Our Contest Entry form template makes it easy to run a contest and attract new customers. You can avoid the hassle of coding and easily manage the results.
To create a contest entry form with Formidable Forms, just follow these simple steps:
- Select the Contest Entry template and add your questions.
- Design your entry form.
- Share it on your website, social media, or by email.
- Manage the results and choose a winner!
Formidable Forms is one of the most popular plugins for creating forms in WordPress. You can use our tool to create more than just contests, like quizzes, user registration forms, surveys, and more!