What’s a Bizzler ? [TOP]
Bizzler holds online contests to create advertisements for participating Clients (e.g. sponsors, companies, ad agencies, small business, authors, musicians, organizations, etc.).
Contestants are challenged to create partial or complete video ads that can be used to promote the Client’s products or services. Information unique to each contest (e.g. product, schedule, contest rules, voting policy, rewards, etc.) is provided in a contest Brief posted for each contest.
You can participate as a contestant by becoming a Member (completely free), reading the Brief, and submitting one or more entries for any given contest. The entries are posted on the Bizzler website for viewing by the public and viewing/voting by Members and/or Judges. At the end of each contest the results are tabulated and rewards are distributed to winners based on accumulated votes. Reward allocations are defined in each contest Brief and can be in the form of trophies, cash, non-cash prizes, or a combination of all. In some cases, Bizzler or the Client may be able to sell or use content from winning and non-winning entries, providing additional income for contestants. For additional information, please check out the Brief associated with each contest.
Who should visit the Bizzler website ? [TOP]
There are three categories of people that should visit the Bizzler website;
Guests – looking for great entertainment
Members – looking for a chance to vote or create entertaining video ads & earn extra income
Clients – looking for a cost effective way to promote their brand, products and services
Do I need to be a Member to use the website ? [TOP]
No, you do not need to be a Member to use the website. As a Guest you can watch the videos, read the contest information, access all public areas of the website and read comments about the entries. Once you become a Member you can also; submit entries, vote, win prizes, leave comments and communicate with other Members.
How much does it cost to become a Member ? [TOP]
There is no fee, it’s completely free !
What are the benefits of becoming a Member ? [TOP]
Once you become a member, you can;
- submit entries in any contest (max number is defined in Brief)
- win awards (trophies, cash and non-cash prizes)
- vote in any contest (once for each entry)
- vote for your own entry
- vote for your friend’s entry
- communicate with other Members
- maintain your profile/settings and monitor contest results
If I join, am I obligated to participate in contests ? [TOP]
No, there is no cost or obligations once you become a Member. Just enjoy using the website.
How old do I need to be to join Bizzler? [TOP]
You must be at least 14 years old to become a Member. Also, if you are a minor (e.g. between 14 and 17 years old), you will need to have written permission from at least one of your parents or legal guardians at the time you sign up.
Does it matter where I live to become a Member ? [TOP]
At this time you must live in the USA to become a Member. Bizzler plans to expand Membership service to other countries in the future.
How can I become a Member ? [TOP]
You can become a Member by first clicking “Join Bizzler” to display the registration page. To signup;
1) enter your name, email and password
3) click the Sign-Up button
4) an email verification letter will be sent to you
5) check your email inbox for the letter, follow the instructions to complete verification and return to the Bizzler website
You are now registered as a Member and you can log in anytime using the email and password established during the registration process.
How do I Login to Bizzler ? [TOP]
You can Login to Bizzler by first clicking the Log In link. Next, enter your Username or (Email Address) and Password and click Log In. If the login fails after several tries or if you forgot your password, click the “Lost your password ? ” link and your password will be sent to you by email.
While you are logged in, the Log In link name changes to Log Out.
How does my Member Account work ? [TOP]
When you are logged in, you can access your Member Account by clicking the Profile link located in the menu bar. Your account information is provided in four sections, selectable by the following tabs:
This section displays the statistics related to the contest entries that you have submitted, including; 1) ranking with respect to other entries, 2) number of loads, plays, finishs, votes, comments, approvals, and 3) location of the viewers. The statistics apply to the entry that’s defined (by title) at the top of the page. The various entries can be selected by clicking the right and left selector buttons ( < > ) located on the right and left sides of the title area.
This section displays the activities related to the contest entries that you have submitted, including; votes, comments and virtual trophies awarded. The information applies to the entry that’s defined (by title) at the top of the page. The various entries can be selected by clicking the right and left selector buttons ( < > ) located on the right and left sides of the title area.
This section is used to give you direct access to the various videos that you have submitted as contest entries. A thumbnail image and title for each video is displayed for reference and to serve as a hyperlink to quickly display the entry for viewing under the associated contest page. Also, links are provided next to each thumbnail to allow you to Edit Details (title, description) or Edit Thumbnail (thumbnail image) of the associated entry.
Any entries that you have submitted but were not posted are also displayed on this page. These can be kept and used for your future reference or deleted from the page.
The numbers shown to the right of each video thumbnail represent the ranking of the associated video with respect to all entries in all contests. Tools are provided at the top of the page for sorting the entries and searching for specific entries.
This section provides a variety of text boxes to use in viewing and editing your profile information. Please review the contents of the entry boxes to make sure they reflect your most current information and correct or add data as necessary. Then click the Save button located at the bottom of the page in order to send the updated information to Bizzler.
Check boxes are provided to the right of most text boxes to select which data will be displayed for public access. If you check a box, the associated information is displayed at the top or along the left side of your About Me page. If the box is not checked, the information is not displayed. If there is no check box, the associated information is either not applicable or not appropriate for public sharing.
The Profile page is broken down into 4 categories; Login, Personal Information, Collaboration and Settings.
This section provides the text boxes needed to view and enter your email address and change your password. If you would like to change your password, enter the new password (and confirmation) and click Save at the bottom of the page. The next time that you log in you will need to use this new password to get in, your old password has been deleted.
This section provides the text boxes needed to view and edit your personal information, such as; screen name, name, address, birth date and language. Here’s some tips about using this section:
- If you need to add or update a photo, then use the Photo browser to find the image file on your computer and click Upload Photo to immediately make the change. You don’t need to click the Save button for this change to take affect.
- Anything you write in the More About Me text box will be displayed at the top of your About Me page under your name and location if the associated check box is selected.
- The Actual Name box is used to hold your entire first and last name. If you select the Check box next to Actual Name, then it will appear at the top of your About Me page. If you do not select Actual Name, then your Screen Name will appear at the top of your About Me page as a default.
- If you select Screen Name, then it will be listed (along with all of your other selected Profile data) along the left side of your About Me page. If you do not select Screen Name, then it will not be displayed along the left side of your About Me page. However, regardless of whether your Screen Name is selected or not, your Screen Name will be used as the default name for the About Me page and to identify you as the creator of the videos that you have submitted. A valid Screen Name must be specified in order for you to Join Bizzler and to update your Profile page.
This section provides the tools to define and hold information related to your skills or to the skills that you need for creating your contest entries. Specific skills can be defined by selecting the associated check boxes and more details can be provided by using the text entry boxes (i.e. Additional Capabilities and Additional Requirements). All selected collaboration data is displayed along the left side of your About Me page, where it can be viewed by all and used by other Members that may want to offer their services or use your services.
This section provides check boxes to select settings related to email distribution and sharing preference. If an email check box is selected, then the associated information will be sent to the email address shown in your Profile sheet. If the sharing check box is selected, your contest entries will be automatically posted to your Facebook page at the same time they are posted on the Bizzler website.
Can I enter any contest ? [TOP]
Unless the contest Brief specifically excludes a category that you fall into (e.g. age group), you can enter any contest and enter more than one contest at any given time.
How can I get some great ideas for my contest entry ? [TOP]
Here’s some ideas on how to get some ideas;
- review the sample entries provided by Bizzler
- use other entries (from all contests) for ideas and inspiration
- tell friends and family what you’re doing, ask for ideas
- go to Google or You Tube and search for videos based on the same subject matter
You can use other videos for inspiration, but make sure that your entry is unique and it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others.
How much money can I win ? [TOP]
Each contest will have its own structure for award placements (e.g. 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, etc.) and different prizes and cash amounts allocated for each placement. In addition to contest awards, contestants can receive cash payments if their entry is selected for conversion into a video ad. These details are unique to each contest and provided in the associated contest Brief.
How much time do I have to prepare my entry ? [TOP]
Each contest Brief will specify the deadlines for submitting entries and casting votes. In most cases the voting deadline will be set after the submittal deadline in order to give last minute contestants some time to promote their entries. However, its always a good idea to get your entries in as soon as possible in order to maximize the amount of time available for gathering votes.
Can I submit a graphic file for my entry ? [TOP]
Most contests will require a video file instead of a graphic file. The contest Brief will define the type of file formats that can be submitted.
Can I use video content made by other people ? [TOP]
Yes, if you have their written permission. Otherwise you should only use original content created by you.
Do I loose ownership rights when I submit my video ? [TOP]
Each contest is unique with respect to the treatment of entry rights and these details are fully defined in the associated contest Brief.
How does the voting and award process work ? [TOP]
Votes received from the Bizzler Community (i.e. Members) are accumulated throughout the voting period. At the end of the voting period, the votes are tabulated to determine the winners of the Community Vote. Members can vote for any entry and in any contest, but may only vote once for any given entry.
Some contests may include a second voting category called Judges Vote. In this case a panel of Judges is used to cast votes on the contest entries in order to come up with a second set of winners, which may overlap the Community vote. The Judges are typically drawn from companies or people associated with the contest, and may include; 1) Client representatives, 2) Client affiliates, 3) Bizzler staff, 4) celebrities, and 5) experts in a field related to the product/service or theme of the contest. Judges typically vote at the end of the voting period and are required to rate every entry in the contest.
First place is based on the highest vote count, second place is based on the second highest vote count, and so on.
Each contest Brief is unique and will fully define the voting and reward parameters for the associated contest. This includes;
- submittal period
- voting period
- number of placements (1st place, 2nd place, etc.)
- trophy type for each place
- reward amounts for each place
- Judge’s names and affiliations
- voting date
- number of placements (1st place, 2nd place, etc.)
- trophy type for each place
- reward amounts for each place
- date of award ceremony
- date of award distribution
I really want to win, how can I make my videos better ? [TOP]
There are plenty of resources on the internet that you can utilize to improve the quality of the videos you make. One of our favorites is the Vimeo Video School, check it out.
How do I get my videos to climb in the rankings ? [TOP]
Our ranking algorithm takes into account basic views, votes, comments and several other factors. The bottom line is, the more attention your video gets the higher ranking it receives. So go get your friends, family, co-workers and anybody else you know to view, vote, and comment on your video.
What are virtual trophies ? [TOP]
Virtual Trophies are the same as real-life trophies, except they exist in the virtual world. They are won by achieving certain milestones within the contest and are used to reward Contestants for a job well done. The trophies are distributed during award ceremonies and will appear on your About Me page. You can use these trophies to showcase your winning entries and promote your movie making skills.
If I do win, when will I receive my award ? [TOP]
The awards are sent out within 10 days after the Award ceremony. The date for each award ceremony is defined in the contest Brief.
If I don’t win the contest, what happens next ? [TOP]
In some contests, Bizzler/Client will consider your entry for purchase and conversion into a video ad. This will allow you to make money on your video, even though you did not win the contest. Each contest is unique and these details are defined in the associated contest Brief.
How can I find my video entries on Bizzler ? [TOP]
You can use any one of the following methods to find your video;
- click Contest Gallery to display the Contest Cards
- click View on the desired Contest Card to display the Entry Thumbnails
- click on your Entry Thumbnail to display the associated Entry page
- click Search to display the Search Wizard
- enter entry name (or 1 or more words from entry name) in Key Word text box
- click Search button to display the search results
- click on the desired Entry Thumbnail to display the associated Entry page
- click on any Entry Thumbnail to display the associated Entry page
- Entry Thumbnails can be found on the following areas
- Member Account / All tabs (fastest movers)
- Member Account / Video tab (user’s videos)
- About Me / Videos (user’s videos)
- Home page / Top Winners (top winners)
How do I play the videos? [TOP]
- To play, click the Play icon located on the bottom, left corner or center of the video screen.
- To pause, click the Pause icon located on the bottom left corner of the video screen.
- The volume can be adjusted using the sound icon located on the bottom right corner of the video screen.
- To watch a video in full screen mode, click the full screen icon located on the bottom right corner of the video screen. Push Escape on your keyboard to get back to the normal viewing mode
How do I search for a specific contest or entry ? [TOP]
Click the Search link located in the menu bar to trigger the Search Wizard pop-up screen. The Search Wizard allows you to; 1) find a contest or entry by entering a word that matches a word in the desired contest or entry title, or 2) chose a Contest Name from a list of contests on the drop down menu. Once the contest name or entry is displayed, click Search to find and display the search results.
If there is a list of search results, you can sort these results( based on the following factors) by selecting them from the sort bar at the top of the page:
• Highest Ranking
• Lowest Ranking
• Most Relevant to Search Term
Why does the video keep stuttering (stopping and starting) while I’m watching it ? [TOP]
First check to see if HD is ON. If so, turn it OFF and try playing the video again. If it works now, either your computer or internet connection (or both) is not fast enough to play a video in HD mode. In this case you will need to keep HD OFF and live with less quality until the system is upgraded.
If the stutter remains after you turned HD OFF, then restart the video, click Pause and allow the entire video to download. Now click Play. If the stuttering goes away, this indicates that your internet speed is not fast enough to keep up with the video play rate. In this case, you will need to download each video before playing it.
If the video still stutters with HD OFF and the download completed, your computer is to slow to keep up with the video play rate. In this case, you need to get a computer tune-up or a new computer.
How do I embed a video ? [TOP]
Click on the button labeled “Embed” underneath each video and a screen will pop up with an embed code. Simply copy and paste this snippet of code into your website or blogging software to embed the video.
How do I report inappropriate videos or comments ? [TOP]
To report inappropriate videos or comments, click the “Red Flag” link under the video screen. This will trigger a review of both the video and comments by a Bizzler administrator. The video and comments will remain posted during the review. If the administrator finds anything that violates company policy regarding inappropriate material, then the material will be edited or completely removed. If not, then the video and comments will remain posted without change.
How do I upload my contest entry ? [TOP]
In order to upload an entry, you must be a Member. If you are not yet a Member, then register using Bizzler’s
To upload your video, go to the Contest Gallery and select the contest that you would like to enter. Then select the Submit tab and use the browser on the Submit page to find and upload your file. As the video uploads, you can see its progress at the top of the screen. You can use this time to add a title (up to 25 characters) and a description (up to 24 words) to go with your video. Once the upload is complete, a link will be provided for selecting a thumbnail image (scenes from the video or an external graphic) which will be displayed on the screen when your video is not playing. If you use an external graphic for your thumbnail, make sure it has an aspect ratio of 16:9 and is one of the following file types: png, jpg, or gif. Click the Submit button to send the entry to Bizzler.
Entries are reviewed by Bizzler administrators and typically posted within 24 hours after submittal. If the administrators find inappropriate material during the review, they will either reject the entry or, in some cases, remove the inappropriate material before posting. In the event that your entry is rejected, you will receive an email that identifies the problem. If you can remove the objectionable components, the entry can be re-submitted. Contestants can submit up to two entries per contest unless otherwise stated in the contest Brief.
Censorship can be very subjective, how do I know if my entry will be accepted ? [TOP]
A good way to gauge this is by asking yourself if your video could be shown on regular network prime time TV. If so, it will probably pass the censorship test. Generally, it’s best to stay away from profanity, nudity, graphic & violent scenes, and potty humor. If you want to use racy pictures, your entry will probably make it through the censors if it’s done in good taste and critical body parts are covered or blurred. If your entry gets rejected, the rejection notice will define the problem areas so you can modify your content and resubmit it a second time.
Can I send my entry to other websites ? [TOP]
Social sharing is a key factor in determining which videos rise to the top and it’s strongly recommended that you share your video with friends and family to increase your chances of winning the contest. To do so, first retrieve the contest entry that you wish to share. Then click one of the social icons provided under the video screen. This will trigger a pop-up window that provides the controls and links to post your video on the associated website.
What are the technical specs for video files ? [TOP]
For best results, use the following parameters for video file submittals;
Formats – asf asx avi divx dv dvx m4v mov mp4 mpeg mpg qt wmv 3g2 3gp 3ivx 3vx
Aspect Ratio – 16:9
Standard Resolution – 240, 380, 480 dpi
HD Resolution – 720 or 1080 dpi
Film Rate – 24 fps (min)
File Size – 1GB (max)
What are the technical specs for graphic files ? [TOP]
For best results, use the following parameters for graphic file submittals;
Formats – jpg png gif
Aspect Ratio – 4:3 (About Me photo) 16:9 (Video Thumbnails)
Resolution – 300 dpi (min)
File Size – 10MB (max)
Can I upload more than one video at a time ? [TOP]
No, the system only allows one upload at a time.
How can I share my contest entry with my friends and family ? [TOP]
First retrieve the contest entry that you would like to share. Then click one of the social icons located below the video screen to send it over to your favorite social networking site, or click the email button to share it directly with your friends and family via email.
How do I edit the description or title of my contest entry ? [TOP]
First login and click Member Account / Video to display your videos. Next, locate the video that you wish to edit and click the associated Edit Details link. This will open a pop-up menu containing the text entry boxes and controls required to edit the description and title of your entry.
How do I delete or modify my contest entry ? [TOP]
You are not allowed to delete or modify your contest entries once they have been posted in a contest. However, in most cases a Bizzler administrator can do this for you. Please contact Bizzler at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any issues related to removing or modifying entries.
Can I replace my entry with a new version ? [TOP]
No, once an entry has been posted it cannot be replaced. However, you can upload a new version under a different title. Once the new version is submitted, then contact Bizzler at email@example.com and ask them to remove the old entry. Unfortunately, the votes received for the old entry cannot be transferred over to the new entry and they will be lost when the old entry is deleted.
How do you pick the Top Picks shown at the bottom of the Home page ? [TOP]
The Top Picks for Best Quality, Most Creative, Funniest Video and Best Special Effects are picked on the first day of each month and represent the top videos from all contest entries and samples received during the previous month. These entries are picked by Bizzler staff to showcase the top videos in each category, but are not used for determining winners of awards. The pick for Most Votes is based on total Community vote count received during the most recent 30 day period.
How do you pick the videos on the large screen in the center of the Home page ? [TOP]
The large screen serves as Bizzler’s billboard, used to display a variety of both videos and graphics. Here’s some examples of what you can expect to see;
- About Bizzler – a short video used to describe what Bizzler does
- Sneak Preview – a sneak preview of a future contest (name, theme, awards, schedule)
- Grand Opening – this contest is opening today !
- 2 Week Warning – this contest is closing in 2 weeks, get your entries in now
- Best Viral Video – fastest moving Viral Video created through Bizzler
- After Party – video showing interviews with winning contestants after a Bizzler award ceremony
- Production Tips – top ten ideas and tips to help contestants make great videos
Why is my video taking so long to upload ? [TOP]
Sometimes patience or multitasking is the best way to deal with slow moving uploads. The following can decrease upload speed;
- large video files
- bad internet connection
- low internet bandwidth
- high level of internet traffic (busy time of the day)
How do I fix the horizontal lines on my video ? [TOP]
When exporting your video file from your chosen editor, make sure to chose the deinterlace option.
The website is acting funny, what’s going on ? [TOP]
If something doesn’t work quite right, the best option is to simply try again. If the problem persists after multiple attempts, try holding down the shift button on your keyboard and pushing the reload button on your browser. This will reset the cache in your browser, which will often resolve this type of problem. If this doesn’t work, close the browser. Then re-open the browser and try it again.
Why doesn’t the view and vote counters change after I view and vote ? [TOP]
It takes some time for user actions to record on the screen. In most cases, new view and vote counts are displayed within 30 minutes.