I just want to share some big concerns I have with this and potential solutions. While I understand it can be overwelming for some CHs to have tons and tons of submissions to go through, what about those contest holders that want as many options on the table as they can get? More times than not, contest holders are thrilled to have strong participation from Creatives who are persistent in trying to hone in through trial and error to come up with just the right name for them. And they often mention how honored and excited they feel by the enthusiasm we show in our commitment to help them.
I know there is no fair or perfect system. There are too many complexities to make it 100% fair. However, I see some huge issues with this.
First of all, most CH’s don’t seem to be aware that we have limits to what we can submit. And, it is frustrating when they tell us that we are on the right track and to please submit more, and we can’t do that. While, the quick solution used to be that we could just eliminate disliked names in order to honor their request. Now, we are limited anyway even if we do eliminate disliked or unrated names and may not be able to honor their request.
Often times, Squadhelp will even ask us to submit more names when you are curating a contest and like a name on the CH’s behalf, even though we have reached our limit. And, many of us won’t be able to continue to participate. It is awkward to have to explain to them that even though they want more participation from us, that we have reached our limits.
I really think in this case, when a CH sends an automatic message requesting more submissions, regardless of how they rated that name, that that should automatically trigger our submission amount to be increased… be it an additional 5 or 10 submissions every time they ask for more.
I also think it should be up to the Contest Holder. Maybe when they are filling out their brief, they are given the option to accept unlimited submissions from creatives or tier A creatives?
I also think, since they can block certain Creatives from their contest and make their contest exclusive to only a smaller group of creatives, they should also be able to request unlimited submissions per creative.
And I think that either the top trending creative or the top 3 trending creatives should be awarded the ability to submit unlimited suggestions to that particular contest.
Another concern is that many times, CHs change course throughout their contest and can even completely change the brief to wanting a completely different type of name from what they originally asked for. And when they do this, sometimes they downgrade previously loved/liked names to dislike in order to hone in on the new direction. And this will inhibit us from participating on the new honed direction, even though we met their needs on the front end. In this case, I think a downgrade in ranking shouldn’t affect our ability to contribute. In fact,since our ability to contribute is much stricter now, maybe contest holders should not be able to dislike previously liked/loved/shortlisted names, but instead be given the option to rate those name as (No longer interested.) That way, we are not affected when they are narrowing down to their favorite 6, 3, or 1… or from being affected when they change course.
I would be interested to hear what others are thinking? In my case, I don’t have the greatest % ranking. Yet, I am consistently on the leaderboard for highest rated names, and I am in the 98th% for the most won contests. I believe that only a fraction of my success on Squadhelp is due to creativity. The bigger factor is persistence, stick-to-itiveness, and dedication to helping the CH come up with their ideal name. If us Creatives have our hands tied, we may be one suggestion away from coming up with that incredible name the CH was hoping for. And that is what is we live for here on Squadhelp.