Two stage Contests on the web and/or on Facebook have general entry and voting for stage 1, and then the contest is narrowed down to a specified number of finalists set by the contest admin for a stage 2 final voting time period.
This in demand feature allows the Contest Admin to set the number of finalists for the stage 2 voting. Admins then set the date when stage 1 voting ends and the contest moves to stage 2 voting. Finalists for stage 2 are determined by the voting in the general first stage of the contest. Votes do not carry over, they simply start from zero again in Stage 2.
Example: An Admin can set their contest to run for 10 days and have a Finalist Stage voting for the last 7 days where fans come back to vote on the top 5 vote getters who makeup the finalist round.
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The Voting Options section is the second sub-setting of the App Builder page. It lets you assign the voting frequency of the app either “once per 24 hour period” (24 hours after their last vote) or “once per contest/stage”. Another option for the page enables you to choose how many votes per contest/stage. All you have to do is key in the quantity you prefer.
There are 2 ways to set your voting instruction; either by writing it into the text area or via your customized image (Adjust its page position and make sure it is 800 x 310 pixels).
The last option is the Two-Stage Voting. This option allows you to run a general contest open to all to vote on and then to run a finalist voting round to determine a final winner. Finalists would be determined by number of votes in the initial stage one voting, and you can set the number of finalists for the stage two voting.
Simply click the checkbox to enable this feature, then set the number of finalists you want to have in the last stage. The text box that appears is the text that will be shown at the top of the stage two voting page to alert users that these are the finalists.
Under “Contest Setup”, you will set the dates for the start of stage one voting and the end of the contest overall; then, set the start date of stage two to fall between the other two dates.
Shown below is an example of a 2 Stage Contest in the Finalist Round where 3 finalists remain to vote on.
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