This document will walk you through the process of creating a submission for the App Throwdown. The entire process should take no more than 15 minutes once you have all your information assembled. Make sure to follow Mark Weitzel and/or Donna Ewart. We will follow you back. If you have any questions, you can then use the messaging capability of the SugarCommunity to reach out to us.
App Throwdown Submission Process
Participating in the App Throwdow is a simple three step process:
1. Write a 150 word blog
3. Promote your app
This year, we'll be using the SugarCommuniy for all submissions for this year's App Throwdown. You will submit your app by authoring a quick Sugar Community blog post (150 words) about your application. In the blog post, you'll include a video that shows the integration or business value to Sugar's customers. You'll also pick one or two of the four categories for your submission. You must be a registered user of the community to submit an app. To learn how to register, please check our the FAQ. The detailed steps are below. Please refer to them as you create you entry.
Remember: The entry with the most "Likes" when voting closes will be awarded "Community Favorite."
Voting closes at midnight, EST on Friday, May 13, 2016.
The "Community Favorite" winner will be invited to participate on main stage at SugarCon to compete for "Best in Show."
Creating an entry should be easier than ever! However, it's important that you adhere to the following guidelines so the approval process goes smoothly. We created a sample blog post, SugarCRM App Throwdown (Example Submission), that you can use as a guide. A screen capture, with annotations is presented below.
All submissions will be reviewed by the App Throwdown team. Entries should meet the following criteria:
- Name: (See: #1) The name of your blog should be your application's name.
- Content: (See: #2) Make sure to convey the business value of your application to Sugar customers and how it relates to the selected categories. Highlight how your value, is differentiated from other applicant entries. It goes without saying, but, be positive. Don't flame/slam other entries.
- Logo: Start with your logo in the upper left of the blog post. It should be "Left Wrapped" in the text. To do this, insert your logo, size it, then click on the image. You should see a pop up menu that you can expand to show the formatting options. The logo should be sized so that about five lines wrap around it. Everyone's logo is different and we're trying to give some flexibility here--just don't go overboard.
- Headline: The first line of your blog should act as a "Headline" of sorts. Try to capture your audience. Be bold and BOLD this first line.
- Length: You should target 150 words. If you go over by one or two to complete your thought, that's fine. More than that, es no bueno!
- Embedded video: Each entry MUST have a video that specifically shows or addresses the integration with Sugar. Your video should be no more than five minutes. You don't have to be Martin Scorsese, or have Best Actor Leonardo DiCaprio in a starring role. In other words, it does not have to be a produced video. In fact, last year's "Best in Show" winner, Pixel Harmonia, did a straight forward video capture using Quick Time or Camtasia. This video did a great job of showing the integration and talking to the value of the application, e.g. "military grade encryption and HIPA compliance." Remember, people will be voting for your application, so be clear and compelling! We will be strict with acceptable videos, so please pay attention to the requirements. SugarCentral's rich text editor has a menu button that will allow you to insert a video into your content.
Note: When you add a video to your post, you can either upload it directly to SugarCentral, or add a link from a third party service, e.g. YouTube. If you choose to refer to a video via URL, make sure that it is publicaly accessible without the need for a password. Remember, only "Likes" in the SugarCommunity will count towards "Commiunity Favorite."
- Add the "Success Text": (See: #3) From the sample blog post, SugarCRM App Throwdown (Example Submission), copy the green text at the bottom that includes the "Check" character. You'll notice that there is a link to SugarExchange on the bottom. Delete this link and replace it with the link to your application. The easiest way to do this is simply navigate to your listing, copy the URL, then paste it in the text box.
"Publish" to Submit
Have you updated your profile?! Read the document, How to Update Your Profile to make sure you are representing yourself well within our community!
When you "Publish" your entry (a.k.a. blog post), it will go into the moderation queue. (see #1 in the screen cap above) The App Throwdown team will review each post. Those that pass will be approved and will be displayed in the App Throwdown space and will be immediately eligible for voting via "Likes."
Where's my blog post?
Whoh! Don't panic! Once you publish your app, it will go into a moderation queue for the App Throwdown team to review and evaluate. If you look at the screen capture above, you will see a notification that your submission is in Moderation. (See: #4) If there are any questions, the team will reach out to you, if not, you'll get a notification when your blog post is live (so make sure to have the correct email settings enabled).
Selecting Your Submission Categories
At the bottom of your blog post, you will see the four categories for this year's App Throwdown. You can read about each of them in the App Throwdown Category Descriptions. You may select no more than two categories. Also, please take a moment to expand the advanced options and turn off the commenting feature.
Remember: When you initially submit your post, it will go into the moderation queue and will not be immediately visible!
Don't miss a beat!
With everything going on, it's sometimes difficult to remember to check back in with the SugarCommunity. Fortunately, the key posts and information will be delivered directly to your email inbox! We want to make sure you know how to get notified on all of the important information, e.g. "Likes" that are coming your way. You can set email preferences by opening up the drop down menu that is in the very upper right hand side of the page. It’s the down arrow right next to your avatar picture, which is between your “Inbox” notifications and the Global Search magnifying glass.
Speaking of "Likes..." We've mentioned this a number of times, but it's worth emphasizing that this year, our community has the power to enable you to present in front of the entire SugarCon crowd! In this instance, shameless promotion is a good thing and highly encouraged!! So get your social media engines in full gear! Get your Facebook friends engergized! Start a revolution in Twitter ! (it's been done before) And ROCK THE VOTE in the SugarCommunity!!! The How to Vote for your Favorite App! document provides more details on the voting process.
The SugarCommunity makes it super easy to broaden your audience. Once your blog is published, on the right hand side of your post, you will see the links for social actions. These make it easy to share your post within the community, as well as on the major social media channels, e.g. Twitter. (See #5)