- What is the RingCentral National Small Business Week Contest?
- Why you should enter the contest
- How to enter the contest
- Tips and tricks to stand out from the crowd
Ready to enter the 2022 Small Business Week Contest?
National Small Business Week is right around the corner (May 2–5, 2022), and RingCentral wants to help promote your business during this important week!
It hasn’t been an easy few years for small businesses, and we want to show our support by recognizing you and all your hard work. So let’s get into it.
What is the RingCentral National Small Business Week Contest?
National Small Business Week is our favorite time of year. It’s a time to celebrate the accomplishments of small businesses across the nation. That’s why we’re holding a special contest to put small businesses front and center, including yours!
The RingCentral National Small Business Week Contest is a way for RingCentral small business customers to share how they use our platform to simplify their lives and grow their businesses. Prizes include a $5,000 gift card, along with others, plus exposure for your business on an international stage.
We know you’ve got some great stories up your sleeve, so why not share it? The world is waiting to hear your story.
Important contest dates
Remember to keep this timeline handy to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines and stay updated:
- Contest kicks off: March 30, 2022
- Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2022
- Winners announcement: May 5, 2022
Watch this video for even more details on the contest, from our very own SMB expert, RingCentral’s Bryan Allen:
Why you should enter the Small Business Week Contest
Do you want more money in your pocket? How about more eyeballs on your business? If you answered “Yes!” to both, then this is the contest for you.
The RingCentral National Small Business Week Contest will have one grand-prize winner and three honorable mentions. Let’s break down all the rewards you can reap:
1 grand prize
$5,000 gift card
3 honorable mentions
$1,500 gift cards
Honorable mentions awarded in the following categories:
Shift to the new workplace
Unique use of RingCentral to stay connected during the crisis
All four winning entries will be featured on ringcentral.com and announced through our social media channels totaling over 200,000 followers. This extra worldwide publicity isn’t limited to just the winners—additional entries may also be recognized and published.
How to enter the contest
Entering the contest is easy as pie. Just follow these three steps to enter the RingCentral National Small Business Week Contest:
Step 1: Create your video
Record a 1–3 minute video about how your business is using RingCentral to survive and thrive during this period of disruptive change. In the video, remember to include your company name, your name and title, and explain how you’re using RingCentral MVP® to navigate the rapidly changing economy, engage with your staff and customers, or take your business to the next level.
Don’t know where to start? Here are some questions to help guide your video:
- How is your business using RingCentral to navigate the changing economy?
- How are you using RingCentral to actively engage with your employees and customers?
- How are you using RingCentral to take your business to new heights?
Step 2: Upload your video
Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo.
Step 3: Send your video link to us
You can paste the link right into the contest entry form, or message the video file directly to SMBcontest@ringcentral.glip.com.
And that’s it—you’re all set!
Remember to submit your video before the deadline: Saturday, April 30, at 11:59 p.m. PT.
Tips and tricks to stand out from the crowd
Are you wondering, “How can I make my video submission stand out from the rest?” We’re here to help. Here are some quick tips and tricks to best capture your success story.
1. Be prepared
Take notes of what you want to say in advance and have a few practice rounds before you push the record button.
2. Don’t miss the mark
Stay focused on what the contest is asking for: introduce yourself, share what your business is all about, and explain how your business uses RingCentral with detailed examples.
3. Have a vision
Think about the main points and shots you want to include in your video. After laying your vision out, find out the best way to capture it through video.
Unsure what your vision is for your video? Find inspiration by watching previous winners’ videos from the RingCentral National Small Business Week Contest.
4. Pick the right background
Find an interesting, but not overly distracting, video background.
5. Promote your business
Think about fun ways to promote your business, whether it’s standing in front of your company logo or wearing company swag. Whatever the case is, just make sure there isn’t anything showing that you don’t want others to see, like unsafe situations or overly messy areas.
7. Audio matters
Film somewhere quiet with little echo, like a carpeted room. Use a microphone for even better sound.
8. Reduce camera movement
Use a tripod or flat surface to rest your camera on while you record. If you don’t have either, try standing with your feet about a shoulder-width apart, breathe slowly, and hold the camera still with both hands.
Don’t miss your chance to win $5,000
It’s a no brainer—just a few minutes of your time can lead to $5,000 in your pocket and extra publicity for your business. So, what are you waiting for? Ready, set, record!
Good luck and happy National Small Business Week!
If you have any questions about the RingCentral National Small Business Week Contest, please email SMBcontest@ringcentral.com.
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Originally published Mar 31, 2022, updated Dec 30, 2022