December 9th, 2014

How to Submit Videos to the #ShoppingAnnuity Contest

A few weeks ago we launched the #ShoppingAnnuity Video Contest, and to date we’ve received tons of video submissions from UnFranchise Owners all over the world! If you have yet to send in your video, what’s holding you back? If you replied, “because I’m not totally sure how to submit a video to the contest – help me!” you’re in luck! Today we’re taking you through step by step how to submit a video via Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and email.* All you have to do is choose an option that works best for you! 

In this post:

  • Video submission requirements
  • How to upload your video submission to Instagram
  • How to upload your video submission to the Market America Facebook Page using a mobile device
  • How to upload your video submission to your personal Facebook profile and then share to the Market America Facebook Page using a mobile device
  • How to submit videos posted on YouTube to the contest
  • *How to submit videos posted before 12/8/2014 via email (this includes videos that do not satisfy the “new contest requirement” indicated below)

Video Submission Requirements

1) Incorporate the phrase “Shopping Annuity” into your video (by saying it in the video).

2) NEW CONTEST REQUIREMENT! Nominate two or more of your fellow UnFranchise Owners (can be business partners, friends, or family members) to create their own #ShoppingAnnuity video by calling them out in your video. Call them out by name, and make sure to tag them in the caption of the post!

3) Be creative and have FUN with it! The more creative, funny, thought-provoking, or unique your video is, the more likely it is to get noticed and maybe even WIN one of 10 tickets to #MAWC2015 that are up for grabs!

For more information about the contest, please view this post on our blog.

How to upload and submit videos on Instagram

Note: I used a Samsung Galaxy S 5 to upload my video, so if you have a different phone, keep in mind that it might look a little different than the examples I included below.

1. Film your video on your smartphone! Remember to include: the phrase “Shopping Annuity” by using it at least once in your video, and nominate at least 2 people to create their own videos by calling them out! Note: Don’t forget that Instagram videos are limited to 15 seconds long, so keep your video short, sweet and to the point!

2. Optional: Edit your video using your favorite mobile app. Feel free to use any apps you’d like to edit the video or add music or sound effects (not a requirement, but a lot of fun to do if you know how!).

3. Upload your video to Instagram. Select the video in your photo library, and then select the option to share it on Instagram.

4. Optional: Edit your video using the tools in the edit portion of the Instagram app.

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A) Choose a filter for your video.

B) Crop your video (if your video is more than 15 seconds, make sure to use this tool!).

C) Choose a cover for your video (a default image for your video that people will see before they click on the video to play it).

D) Click “Next” to add a caption (skip to this step if you choose not to edit your video with options A, B and C).

5. Add a caption to your video. Remember to include: The phrase “#ShoppingAnnuity Contest” (if you don’t use the #ShoppingAnnuity hashtag, how will we know you created a video?!), tag @marketamerica, and tag the two friends you called out in the video.

 

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A) Use the phrase “#ShoppingAnnuity contest” in your caption.

B) Tag the 2 friends you nominated in the video.

Note: if your friends don’t have Instagram, feel free to just use their name in caption, but make sure to let them know (via Facebook, email, etc) that you nominated them!

C) Tag @marketamerica.

6. Click “post!” On most phones this looks like a little blue check mark in the upper right hand corner.

Whoo hoo, you just entered our #ShoppingAnnuity Video contest!

How to upload and submit videos on Facebook

Option 1: Upload a video directly to the Market America Facebook page using a mobile device.

1. Film your video on your smartphone! Remember to include: the phrase “Shopping Annuity” by using it at least once in your video, and nominate at least 2 people to create their own videos by calling them out!

2. Optional: Edit your video using your favorite mobile app. Feel free to use any apps you’d like to edit the video or add music or sound effects (not a requirement, but a lot of fun to do if you have a good video editing app!).

3. Upload your video to the Market America Facebook page. Open your Facebook application on your smartphone and navigate to the Market America Facebook page using the search function. Scroll down until you see the option “Share photo” (which applies to both videos and photos). Click it and select the video you want to share to the page.

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4. Add a caption and tag your friends. Remember to include: The hashtag “#ShoppingAnnuity,” the phrase “#ShoppingAnnuity contest” and tag the two friends you called out in the video.

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A) Privacy setting: This will default to “Public” and cannot be changed.

B) Include the hashtag #ShoppingAnnuity in your caption and the phrase “#ShoppingAnnuity contest.”

C) Tag your friends: Type an @ symbol and then continue typing their name into the caption (don’t put a space between the @ symbol and their name). A drop-down menu with a list of friend who have similar names to the one you types will pop up. Select the friend(s) you want to tag, and then continue typing your caption.

D) Click this button to post your video.

5. Click post. And you’re done!

Option 2: Upload a video to your personal Facebook profile using a mobile device and then share it to the Market America Facebook Page.

1. Film your video on your smartphone! Remember to include: the phrase “Shopping Annuity” by using it at least once in your video, and nominate at least 2 people to create their own videos by calling them out!

2. Optional: Edit your video using your favorite mobile app. Feel free to use any apps you’d like to edit the video or add music or sound effects (not a requirement, but a lot of fun to do if you have a good video editing app!).

3. Upload your video to Facebook. Open your Facebook application on your smartphone, and select the option to share a photo (see below) which allows you to select either a photo or video to upload to your Facebook profile. Select the video you want to submit to the contest.

 

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4. Add a caption, tag your friends, and choose a privacy setting for your video. Remember to include: The hashtag “#ShoppingAnnuity” or the phrase “#ShoppingAnnuity contest” and tag the two friends you called out in the video.

 

 

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A) Privacy setting: This is where you select who can view your video. If you are submitting it to the contest, click on this option and select “Public” so that those who are not friends with you (i.e. members of the Market America social media team) can see the video. If you select “only me” (shown) or “Friends” we will not be able to see the video, even if you post it to our corporate Facebook page. 

B) Include the hashtag #ShoppingAnnuity in your caption.

C) Tag your friends: Type an @ symbol and then continue typing their name into the caption (don’t put a space between the @ symbol and their name). A drop-down menu with a list of friend who have similar names to the one you types will pop up. Select the friend(s) you want to tag, and then continue typing your caption.

D) Click to post your video.

5. Post your video to your profile! But hooold on, you’re not done yet. Just a few more steps!

6. Share the video onto the Market America Facebook Page. Hop onto a computer and, using your desktop browser (sorry guys, you have to use a computer for this step), view your own Facebook profile.

Click to watch your video so that it pops up an obscures the majority of your screen. Copy the link in your browser navigation bar (see below).

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Close the video, and then navigate to the Market America Facebook page.

Paste the link in the box that says “Write something on this page” (see below).

 

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Note: once the video pops up below the post you can choose to delete the link from the caption of the post, like I did above.However, not a requirement.

Type a caption that includes the phrase “#ShoppingAnnuity contest” and then click post!

…and you’re done!

Option 3: Upload a video to YouTube and then share it onto the Market America Facebook Page.

For this option, we’re going to quickly go through how to submit your YouTube video to the contest via Facebook, but we’re not going to give you step by step instructions for how to upload a YouTube video (that’s for another day, another post).

1. Upload your video to YouTube. Make sure to include #ShoppingAnnuity Video Contest” in the title of your video.

2. Post the video on the Market America Facebook Page. Click to view your YouTube video and copy the link in your navigation bar. Head on over to our Facebook page and post the link in the box at the top of the page where it says “Write something on this page.”

3. Add a caption and tag your friends. Remember to include: The phrase “#ShoppingAnnuity contest” and tag the two friends you called out in the video.

Note: you may also submit YouTube videos to us via the private message feature on our page.

How to submit videos via email

Want to submit a video to our contest that you posted to Facebook, Instagram or YouTube before 12/8/2014 that don’t include the new “call out” requirement or the #ShoppingAnnuity hashtag? Here’s how:

Instagram: You may submit Shopping Annuity – related videos you posted on Instagram before 12/8/2014, even if they don’t include a “call out” or #ShoppingAnnuity hashtag. To submit a video, navigate to your Instagram profile using a desktop browser. Click the video you want to send to us – it will pop up in a larger viewing screen and obscure the majority of the page. Copy the link in the navigation bar and email it to shoppingannuity@shop.com. In the subject line, be sure to write “Shopping Annuity video contest submission,” and in the body of the email, include your name and Instagram username.

Facebook: You may submit Shopping Annuity – related videos you posted on Facebook before 12/8/2014, even if they don’t include a “call out” or #ShoppingAnnuity hashtag. To do so, click on the video you want to submit (so that it opens up in a larger view and obscures the majority of your browser screen). Copy the link at the top of your browser, and send it to shoppingannuity@shop.com. Please include ”Shopping Annuity video contest submission” in the subject line of your email, and in the body include your full name and link to your personal profile.

YouTube: You may submit Shopping Annuity – related videos you posted on YouTube before 12/8/2014, even if they don’t include a “call out” or #ShoppingAnnuity Contest in the title. Send an email with a link to your video to shoppingannuity@shop.com. In the subject line, be sure to write “Shopping Annuity video contest submission,” and in the body of the email, include your name and link to your YouTube page.

Questions? Comments? Let us know by posting a comment on this post! We’ll get back to you as soon as possible :)

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