5 Tips for Submission Guidelines
Submission Guidelines are text placed strategically around your calendar to convey requirements, instructions, or how-to’s. You don’t have to add Submission Guidelines, but this is a simple way to proactively empower your community when needed.
1. Be Short and Concise
The key with Submission Guidelines is to keep them short and sweet—this will ensure that your users will read them thoroughly. Just remember, you want users to feel empowered to add events to your calendar, and by making them easy to read you’re doing just that!
2. Place Appropriately
You can place your Submission Guidelines in quite a few places on the Public Event Submission Form. For example, you can put quick guidelines within the form. If the guidelines are a bit longer, you can place them above or below. No matter the placement, you can also always link to another page with user help resources.
3. The Who-What-When-Why?
The most standard guidelines cover “the W’s”: WHO should submit events, WHEN they should be added, WHAT kinds of events are appropriate and WHY certain information is important.
4. Getting in Touch With Your Team
If your team would also like to serve as a resource, the submission form is a fantastic place to post contact information. Additionally, making note of your approval turn-around time will let your submitters rest assured that their event will be reviewed in time.
5. Give It Time
If you’re a newly implemented customer (Congrats 🎉), wait a little bit before you create your Submission Guidelines. Give users a chance to actually use your calendar and ask questions organically. Once you’ve gathered a few common questions, then you can create a unique guidelines tailored to your community.
6. Get Creative!
While guidelines are the most popular on the submission form, you have your entire platform to find that “just right” placement. With your homepage Channel editor, adding messaging or links can be done in just a few clicks!