How to Prepare an Award Winning Demonstration
Your CODiE Award demo can make or break your path to a CODiE
Award victory. The first-round expert review accounts for 80% of your overall
CODiE award score, so it is important to put your best foot forward. Here are
10 tips to a great judging experience and presentation:
- Reach out to your assigned judges ASAP to schedule
a time for the demo.
Schedules can be tricky to coordinate, so beat the rush
and reach out to your judges as soon as you receive your assignments. Demos
should last no more than 1 hour.
- It is best to schedule a live demo if at all
. That way your judges can ask questions they have in real time. You
are welcome to try to schedule a demo with both judges at the same time if
- Don’t give a canned sales pitch. Treat the
judges as a top prospective client and make sure to put your best foot forward.
Reading the judges bios to get a sense of their background can be very helpful
when customizing your presentation.
- Avoid having too many people on the call. Giving
a virtual demo can become confusing when there are multiple speakers so it is
best to keep it simple with one or two presenters.
- Check in with the judges before the presentation
to ask how they would like to handle questions, and make sure to check
back in throughout the presentation to make sure they are seeing what they want/
- Review the judging criteria for the category
before your presentation and make sure to touch on each criteria that is
- Move away from a product training and instead
create an awards story.
The judges want to be wowed so make sure to show them
why your product is great and what sets it apart from others.
- Make sure to cover any new features if you have
nominated in the past, and why those features are important.
- Let your excitement about the product shine
though in your presentation
, if you have a favorite feature make sure to show
it off. Be careful not to have the demo turn into a sales pitch or a product
- Follow up after the demo to offer additional
and a recording of the demo so they can re-review it if needed. It
helps to add the recorded demo right to your nomination portal.
For more tips and examples of great demos from past winners, visit the CODiE Award blog.