- What is the Ringcentral National Small Business Week Contest?
- Why should you care?
- How can you enter the contest?
- Tips and tricks to stand out from the crowd
National Small Business Week is right around the corner (May 2–8, 2021), and RingCentral wants to help promote your business during this important week. Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy, and it’s time to put a spotlight on how your business survived and thrived in the past year—National Small Business Week is your week to shine.
We understand small businesses have been faced with challenging roadblocks in the last year, including instant shifts to remote work, temporary shutdowns, new safety regulations, and tighter restrictions. It hasn’t been an easy year for small businesses. We want to show our support by recognizing and promoting your small business.
RingCentral aims to be more than just a messaging, video, and phone solution for your small business—we’re your partner. Your business is an inspiration to us and many others during these uncertain times, and we want to shine a bright light on you and your business for all to see. Not only do we want to hear and promote your inspirational small business story, but we also want to offer you the chance to win a cash prize. Submit your story into the RingCentral National Small Business Week Contest and enter for a chance to win $5,000.
$5,000, enough said! Are you ready to enter the RingCentral National Small Business Week Contest? Learn everything there is to know here.
The RingCentral National Small Business Week Contest is our favorite time of the year because we get to celebrate the accomplishments of small businesses across the nation. We’re holding a special contest to put small businesses front and center, including yours!
If you’re a RingCentral small business customer, tell us how you’re surviving and thriving through a period of disruptive change and enter for a chance to win $5,000 and gain global recognition. Enter the contest by submitting a 1–3 minute video sharing your story.
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?
Once you’ve submitted your video, members of RingCentral will review it and select the winners—it’s as simple as that! We know you’ve got some great stories up your sleeve, so why not share it? The world is waiting to hear your story.
Remember to keep this timeline handy to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines and stay updated:
- Contest kicks off: April 6, 2021
- Deadline for submissions: May 8, 2021
- Judging takes place: May 12, 2021
- Winners announcement: May 19, 2021
Our very own Jenny Dingus, Vice President of SMB Expansion at RingCentral, wants to personally invite you to participate in the 2021 RingCentral National Small Business Week Contest. Watch her video:
I’m an advocate for small businesses because small businesses are the heartbeat of our economy, and the RingCentral product allows small businesses to think creatively about how they offer services to their customers. 2020 was a tough year, and it put a lot of challenges on small businesses. In honor of National Small Business Week, May 2–8, RingCentral wants to promote your business by sharing your story.
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 in the following categories:
Shift to the new workplace
Unique use of RingCentral to stay connected during the crisis
$1,500 gift cards
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.
Entering the contest is as easy as pie. Just follow these two steps to enter the RingCentral National Small Business Week Contest:
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 Office® to navigate the rapidly changing economy, engage with your staff and customers, or take your business to the next level.
Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo and send the link in the form located at the bottom of the contest page, 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: May 8, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT.
Still have some questions about the RingCentral National Small Business Week Contest? Check out the FAQs sheet for answers.
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.
6. Use the rule of thirds
When filming your story, it’s important to have the right video composition. Use the rule of thirds to create a well-balanced shot.
7. Pay attention to the details
Every little detail matters. For example, pay close attention to the amount of space between the subject’s head and the top of the video frame. It should be about 10% of the total height of the shot.
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.
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Don’t miss out on 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!
As we move deeper into 2021 and beyond, we want to remind all small businesses that RingCentral is with you every step of the way. We’re very excited to hear how your business is surviving and thriving through disruptive change and look forward to many years ahead together. 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 Apr 06, 2021, updated Dec 30, 2022