Getting Started with Slayte’s Form Builder

What happens when you receive an incomplete Submission?

You have to track down the Submitter, request additional information, and manually complete their Submission for them. The whole process wastes a ton of your time and is largely avoidable… when you use the right tool to create your forms.  

Let’s take a quick look at the many ways Slayte’s Form Builder tool allows you to create a simple form and ensures complete Submissions, from every Submitter, and saves you a ton of time in the process.

How Using the Wrong Form Tools Will Waste Your Time

Generally, you will receive an incomplete Submission because of one of two problems with your Submission form tools:

1. Your Submission Form Tool Does Not Collect the Right Information.

Your Submission requirements are unique. You have your own specific questions, information requests, and desired documents you need to find the exact right candidate(s) you are looking for. Most Submission form tools fall short here, and cannot collect all of the information you need from your Submitters.

The result? With the wrong tool you often have to follow up with each of your Submitters to receive the additional information you could not collect via your form.

2. Your Submission Form Tool Can Not Enforce Your Submission Guidelines.

Even with the right information collection fields in place, your Submitters can still send incomplete Submissions. They can provide one-word answers to substantial questions. They can input dummy email addresses. They can even skip most of your fields and still send in a Submission if your tool does not let you set fields as required.

The result? With the wrong tool you can end up with Submissions that technically have data inputted into each requested field, but which do not provide enough information.

Now, there are some Submission tools that allow every information collection field you need, and let you set Submission guidelines. But often, these tools will waste your time due to a third problem:

3. Your Submission Form Tool Feels Impossible to Work With.

Comprehensive Submission form tools can be complex, cumbersome, and challenging to work with. They can require more technical skills than most non-technical managers have time to develop. No manager wants to learn a form builder script just to create a Call for papers.

The result? They can take so long to design, build, and tweak that you might feel like you’re better off just accepting incomplete Submissions and dealing with them manually.

Slayte Form Builder

We Designed Slayte’s Form Builder to Solve These Problems

From the start, we wanted to create the best Submission form tool out there. We wanted to give you the best pay to make a form. We wanted to create the first tool that would ensure you receive high-quality Submissions that are 100% complete every time. Submissions that are ready to be reviewed as soon as your Submitter finishes the last form and their details are automatically entered into your  management platform.

To build this tool, we knew our Form Builder would have to let you collect every piece of information you would need for any use case, it would have to give you complete control to enforce your Submission guidelines, and it would need to be fast, easy, and intuitive for non-technical users.

Here’s how we did it.

How Our Form Builder Lets You Collect Any Piece of Information You Want

We started out by thinking through what our users actually built forms for. Most of them were collecting information for one of three use cases. They were collecting Abstract Proposals, or Committee Nominations, or they were sending out Event Feedback Forms. We broke down these three core use cases—and many more not-as-common cases—and determined the most common information fields people used.

Our list of common information fields included, but was not limited to:

  • Text Inputs
  • Dropdowns
  • Yes/No Inputs
  • Checkboxes
  • Sliders
  • Date of Birth

And plenty more. We made sure our Form Builder included them all.

In addition, we designed our Form Builder to make it easy for Submitters to quickly and easily include any file attachments you might need to see. Files are automatically uploaded to private Cloud storage and attached to their Submissions.

Finally, we added small tweaks that Submitters and Managers both appreciate. Submitters can easily search for co-authors to attribute when they submit collaborations. We integrate with most common CRMs so your users can search for other users they’d like to nominate. And we made sure our Submitters can blind any field they want, to hide that information from the reviewer to limit potential bias.

How Our Form Builder Lets You Enforce Submission Guidelines

Once you set up all of your required fields, you still need to ensure your Submitters actually complete them all and complete them properly.

We solved this problem through a couple simple additions. 

First, you can control who can submit to your Call via our Form Buildern’s Submission Access Restrictions. For example, with this feature you can restrict Submissions to certain predefined members of specific organizations. (You can read a list of all Submission Access Restrictions available to you here.)

Second, you can ask Slayte to require fields, validate submitted email addresses, and set a minimum or maximum number of characters or words for your text inputs to make sure your Submitters meet your guidelines. 

How Our Form Builder Lets You Make Perfect Forms Effortlessly 

Most important, we made sure that all of our users—especially our non-technical users—could quickly and easily make perfect forms that looked, felt, and performed exactly as they needed.

First, we made the whole form building process drag and drop. No coding. No surprises. The form you build in Slayte’s back-end is the exact form your Submitters will see. And we gave you a suite of simple formatting tools like page breaks and horizontal line separators that let you build a clean, simple, intuitive form.

Second, we integrated our Form Builder with other common, related tools. Copy content directly from Microsoft Word, and even your non-English letters and characters will show up properly in your form. Connect your CRM, and immediately pull fields from your profiles and filter them through our query interface.

Finally, we thought past helping you just publish your form. Make live corrections—from correcting typos to adding elements you forgot to include—in real time, even after you have published your form and begin to receive Submissions. And finally, we gave you easy-to-run customizable reports that organize and present your collected Submission information at any time.

Remember: Forms are Just the First Step

As we reached out to our users to build the perfect Form Builder, they kept reminding us of one simple point… a form is only as good as the process it sets up. There’s no point collecting perfect information from all of your Submitters if you funnel those Submissions into a sub-optimal review, selection, and program development process.

That’s why we didn’t stop at just creating an industry-leading Form Builder. We applied this same process to optimize every step of the your management process and tied them all together in our end-to-end speakers, sessions, and content management app Slayte.

We continue to work hard to tailor our app to the real-world problems and opportunities of our users, and we’d love to get your input too. Click here to schedule your free demo of Slayte and let us know what you think!

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