Take a Quick Look at Acclaim


When we start to talk to you about your event we will give you a preliminary look at Acclaim. 

Set Up for Entry

Entry Home

  • How Acclaim fits together
    • The navigation bar
      • The interaction between Entry / Sales / Judging
    • Acclaim users
      • Registration
      • Your Account
      • Roles and rights
  • Your competition
    • Switch Competitions
    • Competition setup options
  • Your Awards Event
    • Edit the Logout URL and Help EmaIl Address
    • Edit the Open and Close Dates for your event
  • The Entry ribbon provides easy access to: 
    • Draft /Confirmed entries
    • Entries missing the entrant company
    • Categories
    • Any categories with no entry form assigned (entry not enabled)
    • Active entry forms
  • Entry > Actions
    • Access to the entry reports
    • Access to entrant email lists to facilitate entrant communications
    • Test & House Entry to enable Entry testing by Admins  
    • QC & Entry Staging moves compliant entries to Judging  
    • Attributes can modify how Acclaim behaves
    • Service Email Messages and the Service Emil Message Log - the messages sent by Acclaim


  • Use the Acclaim Themer to
    • Add your banner, logo
    • Add styles for brand consistency
  • Use the UI icon to:
    • Change the copy on the current page
    • Change the language in the Event Interface
      • Fallback pages are presented to registered users depending on the event's lifecycle
      • Change the copy presented in the Entry and Judging sidebars
    • Search for and edit almost any language used in the Acclaim Interface


  • Add a new Category
    • Assign an entry template to the category
    • Define a deadline override to enable the category to stay open after the event end date
    • Set auto-stage to stage entries in a category for judging as soon as they are complete 
    • Group categories for reporting together
  • Group categories by attribute
  • Make categories exclusive so that only one of those included in the group can be entered
  • Promo campaigns enable categories to be presented to encourage entries to be added to them  

Entry Forms

  • The Entry Form index page enables access to templates 
    • Forms In Use or Available
    • Form each have a unique reference (TPL) number
    • There are tabs for questions and retired questions
    • Questions each have a unique reference (Q) number
    • Activity Notes tracks the activity that has occurred in templates
  • Entry Form messages can be displayed in the In Use tab
    • QUESTION CONFIGURATION INCOMPLETE means a question has is a property unset   
    • ALL QUESTIONS OPTIONAL means a form includes no question requiring an answer
  • Questions
    • Question guidance encourages entrants to provide judges with information for scoring
    • Question groups enable questions of the same type to be used in different templates but be treated in the the same for reporting
    • Validation groups enable questions of different types to be grouped under one requirement  
  • Assign a template to a category from the Entry Form index page 


  • The Issues section (ribbon) provides easy access to:
    • Draft entries
    • Debtors
    • Creditors
  • Sales Activity summaries the sale activity in the event
  • Settlement Activity provides easy access to:
    • Credit card payments
    • Refunds 
  • Sales > Actions
    • Access to Sales reports
    • Access to email lists to facilitate entrant communications
    • Pricing enables the definition of your ratecards
    • The Shop can be used to sell event-related shop items
    • Promo Codes can used to provide discounts to users, or to specific users 
    • Invoice Rules & Template enables your invoice to se set up as you require 
    • Add your details in Payment Gateway to facilitate payments from entrants
    • Provide the details to enable Acclaim to include the Sales Tax you require
    • Acclaim provides a Membership Billing Interface so that pricing can be adjusted for members 

Pre-Light Checks 

  • Once the basics are set up for your competition, all you need to enter is a category, with an entry form assigned, which includes at least one question
  • Try an Entry!
    • An Admin can always enter using Actions > Test & House Entry > New Entry
    • Try an upload question
    • Try and print question
    • Try a legal question
  • Refine the Entry Form
    • Once you have started an entry, open the entry template in an Admin session in different browser and make a modification to the template, refresh the browser displaying the entry to see evidence of the change, and modify again as required

Open for Entry

  • Set the open and close dates for your event
  • Check the current fallback page (including when you are not yet open)

Set Up for Judging

  • Add a track for a the judging of a category or categories 
  • Add scoring criteria to provide the basis on which scores will be applied
  • Add a scoring round; there can be more than on with a result moving an entry to the next round. Judges in a round can score entries individually or as a group, online or in person
  • Add a judge, who can be registered user or a user for just a judging session
  • Add the judge to a Team or Session for a round
  • Stage an entry for Judging 

Test Judging

  • Assign an entry to a judge for scoring
  • Log in as the judge and score the entries
  • As an Admin you can manage the progress of scoring
    • Monitor Progress
    • Communicate with judges
    • Post results
    • Publish results
    • Report on Judging

Easily Transition to Your Next Event

Acclaim provides an easy way to clone your last event and create a copy of it for the following year.

  • First you will need to clean up the last event
    • Remove Abandoned Entries
    • Cleanup Staged, Un-billed Entries
  • When cloning choose the Entry Form handling option:
    • Clone With means your entry forms will be associated with the categories in the clone of your awards program as they are now. Acclaim will automatically make sure that any changes you make (examples: moving the order of questions around, cloning questions, removing questions, changing question copy, re-ordering pages) will not affect entries made in any previous cycle of your awards program
    • Clone Without means your cloned program will be without entry forms. Choose this option if you intend to make significant changes or updates to your entry forms. You’ll still have the questions you have been using available to drag onto your new forms as you build them
  • After cloning you should check the next event
    • Check that you do not wish to modify the categories
    • Check that you do not need to modify any of the text you have used previously, which may include dates from the last event
    • Retire your ratecards and create new ones for the new event (the ratecards from last year need to remain intact for the records)   
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