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The First Annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers Announce Judging Chairs

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 @ 12:31 PM

The Stevie® Awards have announced the three executives who will chair the specialized judging committees for the first annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers will honor the world’s best companies to work for and the HR achievements, teams and professionals and human resources-related products and suppliers that help to create and drive great workplaces.

Individuals and organizations worldwide—public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small—may submit nominations to the Stevie Awards for Great Employers. The final entry deadline has been extended through August 10.

Stevie Award winners in the 34 Employer of the Year categories will be determined by a unique blending of the ratings of professionals and the votes of the general public. Public voting is open now through August 10 at http://stevies-sage.secure-platform.com/a/gallery?roundId=1. 

Finalists will be announced on August 17. Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced at a gala event in New York City on September 30.

Here are this year's judging committee chairs.

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR/HR TEAM AWARDS JUDGING COMMITTEE:

Chair:
Brenda Gallick, Director of Team Member Success
Billhighway, Troy, Michigan, USA

SAGE_Chair_EMP_HRT.jpegBrenda is the Director of Team Member Success at Billhighway.  Her primary role is to innovate and nurture a team-oriented culture that aligns with the company’s Playbook (core values).  In addition to culture and engagement strategies, she is responsible for talent acquisition and development, as well as compensation, benefits programs, policies, and strategic performance objectives.

Founded in 1999, Billhighway provides automated dues and financial management solutions for chapter-based member organizations. Billhighway was named to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ list (2013-2015), a National Best and Brightest Company to Work For® (2012-2015), Crain’s Coolest Place To Work (2011, 2012, 2014), and the Detroit Free Press Top 100 Workplace (2014). 

Prior to joining Billhighway in 2010, Brenda worked in human resources and benefits consulting at Great Lakes Strategies.  Her commitment to exceptional human resource practices has allowed her to create an award winning culture with both regional and national recognition. Brenda is SPHR certified and earned an MSA in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a BBA in Human Resources from Western Michigan University. 

HR ACHIEVEMENT/HR INDIVIDUAL AWARDS JUDGING COMMITTEE

Chair:
Dr. Christina Augustine, Director HR-Global Human Resources
VirtusaPolaris Corporation, Chennai, India

SAGE_Chair_HRA_HRI.jpegDr. Christina Augustine is a proficient Global HR leader with 18 years of experience in steering HR in diverse industries and capacities including IT, Telecom, FMCG, and Health Care. She is currently Director HR-Global Human Resources at VirtusaPolaris Corporation.

Christina was honored with a national award in India, the “Indira Super Achiever” in HR Excellence; and she and her company have also received international HR accolades in The International Business Awards, The American Business Awards, the Asia Best Employer Awards, Golden Peacock Awards®, and the UK Top Employers. She is the President of Women of Virtusa, a Diversity & Inclusion initiative.

Christina earned her Ph.D. in Applied Psychology, with expertise in leading Digital HR and OD domains, from the University of Madras. She is an experienced therapist and mentor specializing in counseling and psychotherapy, and has published several scientific papers. She is a Human Resources evangelist and international keynote speaker through TV Shows, social forums, print, and other media; and her TV show, “Enna Seivadhu?” is a good family treat. 

NEW PRODUCT & SERVICE/SOLUTION PROVIDERS AWARDS JUDGING COMMITTEE

Chair:
Dr. Heena Bulchandani, Specialist–Training and Development
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

SAGE_tiny_chair.jpgHeena Bulchandani joined DEWA as Specialist–Training & Development in 2008 and has contributed to improving the services of her department and division, thereby achieving enhanced customer satisfaction and maintaining a positive image of the department. On the learning and development front, Heena has contributed in many ways, including customizing several training and development programs to meet DEWA’s strategic requirements.

Outside her work for DEWA, Heena is a visiting professor at such reputable educational institutions as Murdoch University Dubai and the University of Dubai. She is also a regular speaker at HR conferences around the United Arab Emirates and has published several papers on HR-related topics. Heena has been an assessor in the Dubai Human Development Awards for the past 3 years. She has also been an Assessor with Emirates Women Awards and a judge for various Stevie Awards.

Before Joining DEWA, Heena was a Human Resources Consultant and trainer in Dubai for three years; and prior to that she was the Head of HR at Bhailal Amin General Hospital at Vadodara in India. She earned her Ph.D. at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, in 2006, where she also studied Economics, Psychology, and Social Work.

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers Final Deadline Extended Through August 10

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

First Annual Awards Honoring World’s Best Workplaces Continues to Accept Nominations

The Stevie® Awards, organizer of the world’s premier business awards, announced today that the final entry deadline for its new Stevie Awards for Great Employers has been extended to Wednesday, August 10.

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers will honor the world’s best companies to work for and the HR achievements, teams and professionals and human resources-related products and suppliers that help to create and drive great workplaces.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

SAGE_Logo_C_SmallRK-4.gif“We’ve received so many requests for individual deadline extensions that we’ve decided to extend the deadline for everyone,” said Stevie Awards president Michael Gallagher. The original final deadline was July 20. Gallagher also stated that there will be no additional late fees for entries submitted through August 10, and late entries will not be penalized in the judging process.

Individuals and organizations worldwide—public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small—may submit nominations to the Stevie Awards for Great Employers. The 2016 awards will honor achievements since the beginning of 2015. Entry details are available at www.StevieAwards.com/HR.

Stevie Award winners in the 34 Employer of the Year categories will be determined by a unique blending of the ratings of professionals and the votes of the general public. Public voting is open now through August 10 at http://stevies-sage.secure-platform.com/a/gallery?roundId=1. 

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers will recognize achievement in many facets of the workplace. Categories include:

  • Employer of the Year
  • HR Achievements
  • HR Individual Awards
  • HR Team Categories
  • Solution Provider Awards
  • More than 50 New Product & Service Categories

An international judging panel of nearly 100 executives will determine the Stevie Award winners. Finalists will be announced on August 17. Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced at a gala event in New York City on September 30.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com

Tags: hr awards, human resources awards, new product awards, solution provider awards

Double Your Awards Opportunities in the Company of the Year Categories

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Fri, Jul 08, 2016 @ 11:56 AM

The International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition, which attracts nominations from organizations in more than 60 nations and territories each year, is currently accepting entries through the extended entry deadline of Wednesday, July 13.

All individuals and organizations worldwide -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small -- may submit nominations to The International Business Awards.

Today we will highlight the Company/Organization Awards categories, recognizing the achievements of entire organizations. A bonus perk of entering the Company of the Year awards categories is also being included in the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies voting. 

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

German_Newsletter_May_2.jpgHow to Win Twice the Recognition for Your Organization

Every organization that is honored with a Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award in the following Company of the Year categories (categories B01 - B34) will automatically be included in voting for the People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies.  Voting will be conducted by the general public worldwide in August - September, and the winners will be honored at the IBA awards banquet in Rome, Italy in October 2016.  When the results of the IBAs' peer-conducted judging are announced in August, honorees in the Company of the Year categories will receive instructions on how to promote People's Choice voting to their own customers and stakeholders.  Note that only nominees that receive at least 100 public votes are eligible to win a People's Choice Stevie Award.

Information to be submitted online for entries in these categories in the 2016 competition include

a. An essay of up to 650 words describing the nominated organization's achievements since 1 January 2015

b. In bullet-list form (up to 150 words), a brief summary of up to ten (10) of the nominated organization's chief achievements since 1 January 2015

c. Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges

Company of the Year 
May be for-profit or non-profit, public or private, large or small.  New for 2016, each of these industry categories now has three sub-categories:

  • Small (≤ 50 employees and turnover ≤ €10 m / $11 million)
  • Medium-size (≤ 250 employees and turnover ≤ €50 m / $55 million)
  • Large (> 250 employees and turnover > €50 m / $55 million)

B01.    Accounting
B02.    Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
B03.    Aerospace & Defense
B04.    Automotive & Transport Equipment
B05.    Banking
B06.    Business or Professional Services
B07.    Chemicals
B08.    Computer Hardware
B09.    Computer Software
B10.    Computer Services
B11.    Conglomerates
B12.    Consumer Products - Durables
B13.    Consumer Products - Non-Durables
B14.    Diversified Services
B15.    Electronics
B16.    Energy
B17.    Financial Services
B18.    Food & Beverage
B19.    Health Products & Services
B20.    Hospitality & Leisure
B21.    Insurance
B22.    Internet/New Media
B23.    Legal
B24.    Manufacturing
B25.    Materials & Construction
B26.    Media & Entertainment
B27.    Metals & Mining
B28.    Non-Profit or Government Organizations
B29.    Pharmaceuticals
B30.    Real Estate
B31.    Retail
B32.    Telecommunications
B33.    Transportation
B34.    Utilities

B35. Startup of the Year (for companies that began operations since 1 January 2014).  There are no entry fees for the Startup of the Year categories.
a. Business Product Industries
b. Business Service Industries
c. Consumer Product Industries
d. Consumer Service Industries

B36. Most Innovative Company of the Year (recognizing product and/or marketing, sales, manufacturing, management, etc. innovation in the past year)
a. in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
b. in Asia (China, Japan and Korea)
c. in Europe
d. in the Middle East and Africa
e. in Canada and the U.S.A.
f. In Mexico, Central and South America

B37. Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year (recognizing organizations' contributions to society)
a. in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
b. in Asia (China, Japan and Korea)
c. in Europe
d. in the Middle East and Africa
e. in Canada and the U.S.A.
f. In Mexico, Central and South America

B38. Fastest-Growing Company of the Year (recognizing outstanding revenue growth since the start of 2015 over 2014)
a. in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
b. in Asia (China, Japan and Korea)
c. in Europe
d. in the Middle East and Africa
e. in Canada and the U.S.A.
f. In Mexico, Central and South America

B39. Health, Safety & Environment Program of the Year  (recognizing organizations' successful implemention of policies to prevent workplace accidents and injuries, increase safety awareness, and meet the requirements of environmental and occupational health and safety laws and requirements)
a. in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
b. in Asia (China, Japan and Korea)
c. in Europe
d. in the Middle East and Africa
e. in Canada and the U.S.A.
f. In Mexico, Central and South America

B40. Energy Industry Innovation of the Year: This category recognizes singular innovations in energy-related technology, production, conservation, storage or delivery, by an organization or an individual anywhere in the world, since 1 January 2015. There is no entry fee for this category.

 

Past winners in the Company/Organization awards categories include:

Reading Room Pte Ltd, Singapore

Elixirr Partners LLP, London, United Kingdom

M-CAT Enterprises, LLC, Austin, TX USA

Geosoft, Toronto, ON Canada

Amira Nature Foods Ltd., Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hoteles City Express, Mexico City, Mexico

Today Newspaper, Seoul, South Korea

The National Archives, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Beraca Ingredientes Naturais S/A, São Paulo, Brazil

Monkey tie, Paris, France: Premier site de recrutement affinitaire

Coca-Cola Icecek, Istanbul, Turkey: 3.2.1 Move!

 

The winners of the 2015 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies are:

  •     Banking: Odeabank AS, Istanbul, Turkey
  •     Business / Professional Services: Freelancer.com, Sydney, Australia
  •     Computer Services: ScaleFocus, Sofia, Bulgaria
  •     Computer Software: RheinBrücke IT Consulting GmbH, Cologne, Germany
  •     Energy: Bahrain National Gas Company (B.S.C.), Manama
  •     Financial Services / Insurance: USHEALTH Advisors, Grapevine, TX, USA
  •     Health / Pharmaceuticals: OptumCare Operations, Phoenix, AZ, USA
  •     Hospitality & Leisure: Creative Lodging Solutions, Lexington, KY, USA
  •     Internet / New Media: Freelancer.com, Sydney, Australia
  •     Non –Profit / Government: The National Archives (UAE) – Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  •     Transportation: Road & Transport Authority – Rail Agency, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tags: International business awards, company awards, People's Choice Stevie Awards, best company

Atomic 212° in Sydney Wins Big at Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards with its Lucy The Robot Campaign

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 01:06 PM

Atomic 212° in Sydney, Australia, won a number of awards in the 2016 Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards, including a Gold Stevie for Most Innovative Advertising or Marketing Agency of the Year in the Marketing Awards Categories, and for Innovation in the Use of Events in the Corporate Communications Awards Categories with their campaign “Lucy The Robot.”

We talked with Jason Dooris, chief executive of this young and rapidly-growing agency.

1607Atomic212.jpegAtomic 212° is an independent, technology-driven, full service marketing agency, which opened in 2014. In just two years, revenue has grown from a base of $20m to $180m. According to Jason: “We have worked hard to grow and we love what we do.”

We asked Jason about how winning the Stevie® Awards would contribute to his company’s success. His response: “We were proud to have been so successful in the Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards program with 13 gongs under our belt. These results position us as a market leader with a competitive edge.”

He added: “Winning these Awards falls within the amazing Atomic awards Hall of Fame for 2015–2016. Overall this has enabled the agency to position itself as a market leader in media, content, creative, public relations, and beyond.”

Rapid Growth

From 2014 to 2015, Atomic 212° grew its staff from 21 to 85 and opened new offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, and Newcastle.  At the same time, revenues increased by 1,105%.

We asked Jason how he had coped with such rapid growth.  He told us: “While our growth has been rapid, we always had strong processes in place and had positioned ourselves for rapid growth from the outset. Our targets may have been incredibly ambitious, but when we achieved them, we had the right systems and staff in place to support this expansion.”

When asked what his plans were for the future, Jason replied: “We have a number of plans for 2017 that we are currently working on … but you will have to wait and see.  Watch this space: we expect 2017 to be an even bigger year!”

Lucy The Robot - A Viral Campaign

Double Robotics, a technology company based in Burlingame, California, USA, wanted to launch their robot in Australia. A user can maneuver it from the comfort of their home or office.

The objectives were to launch the Double Telepresence Robot in the Australian and Asian markets; and to support existing North American, French, and UK activity

Context

Awareness was nil. Where normally this would be considered a disadvantage, the team at Atomic 212° decided to turn this to their advantage by tapping into the fact that customers had no preconceptions of robots. The territory of robots therefore presented a wonderful opportunity to engender the imagination and interest of customers. Budget constraints meant that something extraordinary was required.

Strategy

Atomic 212° recognized the need to create an engaging story and ignite the imagination. The robot needed personality. The agency also needed a launch platform that would cost almost nothing, providing powerful and positive value to everyone’s experience. Some would say this was asking the impossible.

The idea was to seek out and identify a positive, almost fanatical world event of such significance that the eyes of customers and media would be focused on it.  It was also necessary to give the robot personality, drive massive user-generated content, and—more importantly—drive media-generated content.

The Ideal Platform

Atomic 212° identified the launch of the iPhone 6s as the ideal platform and developed an idea adding relevance and entertainment to those fixated on the event.

The agency focused on Lucy Kelly, the girl behind the device. She was positioned as a young, energetic, innovative woman who did not want to stand in the wind and torrential rain. The humanoid robot was placed outside the George Street Apple store in Sydney to line up for the global release of the iPhone 6s. It queued for days and interacted almost constantly with Apple fanatics, the media, and people passing by.

With Sydney being the first Apple store to release the 6s globally, Lucy The Robot ended up being the first person—droid or human—to buy the iPhone 6s. The story was: Robot Buys First iPhone 6s in the World.

Support

The campaign was driven by PR, branded content marketing, and social media. A number of mainstream publications were targeted, such as news.com.au and The Australian, along with popular television programs like The Project, and well-known technology websites like Mashable.

Phase two came after the mainstream phase. The agency used the hype to target business titles and programs regarding the practical uses of the Double Robotics device in the workplace. A microsite was developed to support lead generation and sales.

Results

The result represents a new record for a genuine viral marketing campaign both in terms of speed and reach,” according to Fabiano Destri Lobo of the Global Mobile Marketing Association.

The story was covered in some 4,000 news items across print and broadcast—including The Australian, Gizmodo, BRW, Seven News, Nine News, The AFR, and Mashable. Globally, it was translated into 32 languages, reaching 123 million people in total. The estimated media value was $73.2 million.

There were 12,452 sales enquiries, which generated $44,777,392 in sales opportunities.

As an added benefit, the Apple store PR team invited the robot to be part of its own marketing effort.

The results were remarkable by both Australian and global standards and, according to the Mobile Marketing Association, set new benchmarks for viral media campaigns.

On the Cutting Edge

When we asked Jason what he most enjoyed about his work at Atomic 212°, he replied: “Where to begin? The agency is at the cutting edge crossroads of innovation and technology. When guests walk through our offices, they are blown away by the level of energy and amount of technology: robots and holograms … you name it.”

About Jason Dooris:

Jason Dooris is the CEO and Founder of Atomic 212°.  Starting his career in London in 1995, Jason’s experience is rare in that it includes media, creative, and management consulting. Over the past 20 years, Jason has held a variety of senior local and global industry positions, including CEO MediaCom UK, Deputy CEO MediaCom Europe, GM Saatchi & Saatchi NZ, GM Ogilvy & Mather Australia, GM Dentsu Australia, and Consulting Practice Director Deloitte Asia.

Jason is well known in the industry for his firm stance on transparency and integrity within the media community and he is active on the speaker circuit. Particular areas of interest include brand reinvention, the performance and accountability of media, and behavioral psychology. Jason’s strategic leadership is reflected in the depth and range of professional awards, which include 2016 Adnews Agency of the Year, B&T Agency of the Year, Interactive Agency of the Year, Gold Lion Cannes, Cyber Lions Cannes, Deloitte Tech 50 2015, BRW Fast100 2015, and many more.

Personal interests include travel, the beach, rugby, his wife Marisa, and his three lovely children.

About Atomic 212°:

Atomic 212° started out in 2007 as Atomic Search, a performance media-buying agency and data-driven search specialist. The business has since transformed into Atomic 212°.

Atomic has grown into a completely independent, full-service media agency, with competencies across media, strategy, digital, data, creative, content marketing and so much more. Atomic competencies cross media buying and strategy, data and analytics, search, content marketing, PR, creative, production, consumer insights, publishing, and more.

Atomic is the only full service business in Australia to have started out as a search specialist, and accountability and performance lie at the core of everything the agency does. It is also the largest independent communications agency in Australia, with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Auckland, and San Francisco. For more information go to http://atomic212.com.au/

Tags: marketing awards, creative awards, emerging technology marketing awards, Asia-Pacific, australia business awards

Marketing Awards Opportunities in The 2016 International Business Awards

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 04:40 PM

The 13th Annual International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition, which attracts nominations from organizations in more than 60 nations and territories each year, is currently accepting entries through the extended final entry deadline of July 13.

All individuals and organizations worldwide -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small -- may submit nominations to The International Business Awards. An international judging panel of more than 200 executives will determine the Stevie Award winners. Results will be announced in mid-August. Stevie Award winners will be presented their awards at a gala banquet in Rome, Italy on October 21.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

Today we will highlight the Marketing Award Categories.

IiStock_000087062195_Large.jpgnformation to be submitted online for entries in these categories in 2016 include:

a. An essay of up to 650 words describing the nominee's accomplishments since 1 January 2015.  In the marketing campaign categories, this will be a description of the campaign: its genesis, development, execution, and results to date

b. In bullet-list form, a brief summary of up to ten (10) of the chief accomplishments of the nominee since 1 January 2015.  In the marketing campaign categories, this will be a list of the chief features and results of the nominated campaign

c. Optional (but highly recommended), a collection of supporting files and web addresses that you may upload to our server to support your entry and provide more background information to the judges
 

Marketing Organization / Professional Categories

G01. Marketing Department of the Year

Enter this category if you wish to recognize everyone who works in marketing functions in your organization, regardless of function, location, seniority or position.

G02. Marketing Team of the Year

Enter this category if you wish to recognize some subset of your entire marketing organization, such as a specific product marketing, brand marketing, social media or creative team, for example.  The team may be multidisciplinary, may stretch across multiple organizations (your own organization, client organizations, and agency or vendor organizations, for example), and may be a permanent team or a temporary team that was assembled only for a specific task or assignment.

G03. Marketing Executive of the Year

Enter this category to recognize the achievements of individual marketing executives at the VP level or above.
 

Marketing Campaign of the Year - Industry Categories.

G04. Agricultural / Industrial / Building: for all related products, materials, tools and services.
G05. Automotive - Aftermarket: gasoline, motor oil, tires, batteries, paint, quick-lube, oil change, muffler, transmission, windshield wipers, enhancements, etc.
G06. Automotive - Vehicles: cars, trucks, motorcycles, both brand and model advertising.
G07. Beauty: cosmetics, fragrances, hair products, nail products, beauty services such as salons, spas, etc.
G08. Beverages - Alcohol: beer, champagne, liquor, wine, wine coolers, after dinner drinks, etc.
G09. Beverages - Non-Alcohol: diet and non-diet soda, coffee, tea, juices, milk, milk substitutes, bottled water, sparkling water, etc.
G10. Breakfast Foods: cereals and other foods intended primarily for breakfast consumption.
G11 . Corporate Reputation/Professional Services: includes sponsorships, image & identity, communications to promote corporations, not exclusively their products. Includes business/professional services such as consulting, accounting, legal, employments, etc.
G12. Culture & The Arts: plays, museums, music organizations, concert series, cultural festivals, theater festivals, etc.
G13. Electronics: audio and/or video devices such as TVs, radios, mobile devices, home entertainment (DVD/Blu-ray players), cameras, computer hardware, game consoles, laptops, tablets, sound systems, etc.
G14. Energy/Nutrition Products & Services: products and services aimed at the energy, sports, wellness lifestyle. Vitamins, energy bars, drinks, etc.; weight loss and fitness programs/camps, training camps and facilities, etc.
G15. Entertainment & Sports: includes entertainment and sporting events. Sporting events such as the Super Bowl, sports teams, etc. All forms of entertainment including specific films, books, DVDs, videogames, games (online, mobile, social, board, card, etc.), entertainment apps, greeting cards, online, radio and TV programming, etc.
G16. Fashion & Style: brands of clothing, eyewear, footwear, hosiery, jewelry, accessories, etc.
G17. Financial Cards: credit, charge, debit, reward, phone and other cards.
G18. Financial Products & Services: communications promoting overall image and capabilities of a financial institution and specific products or services including home banking, loans, mortgage, mutual funds, traveler's checks, etc.
G19. Government / Institutional / Recruitment: municipal or state economic development, lotteries, utilities (i.e. electricity conservation messages), membership drives, armed forces marketing communications. Includes political messages and special interest/trade group communications.
G20. Healthcare - Disease Education & Awareness: communications to educate and/or spread awareness about a certain disease or health issue, whether to healthcare professionals, patients, and/or consumers.
G21. Healthcare - OTC: communications efforts for products that may be purchased without a subscription that address a specific illness, disease, or health issue, whether to healthcare professionals, patients, and/or consumers.
G22. Healthcare - Rx: communications efforts for products that may be purchased with a subscription that address a specific illness, disease, or health issue, whether to healthcare professionals, patients, and/or consumers.
G23. Healthcare - Services: marketing communications efforts that were developed for hospitals, HMOs, referral services, dental and medical care services, or chronic care facilities, whether to healthcare professionals, patients, and/or consumers.
G24. Home Furnishings & Appliances: kitchen appliances, air conditioners, carpeting, furniture, decorator's supplies, paint, wallpaper, etc.
G25. Home Supplies & Services: cleaning products, waxes, detergents, floor-care products, fabric softeners, paper products, domestic services, mowers, fertilizers, lawn care, gardening services, etc.
G26. Insurance: communications promoting specific products or services related to insurance and the capabilities of financial institutions offering these services. All types of insurance are eligible (home, auto, financial, health, life, travel, business, etc.).
G27. Internet / Telecom: wireless/cellular providers, high speed Internet access services, online services, portals, search engines and related Internet products & services (including SaaS/IaaS and Cloud-based services), bundled communications (Internet, telephone, and cable TV).
G28. Leisure Products & Services: recreational, sporting, and camping goods/services and other items/services intended for leisure activity.
G29. Media Companies: broadcasters, magazines, newspapers, web sites, consumer or trade media, radio and television stations, including networks.
G30. Office & Delivery Products & Services: delivery - overnight delivery, packagetracking, international service, etc. Office - printers, physical servers, fax machines, copiers, supplies, office furniture, etc.
G31. Packaged Food: packaged and frozen foods both regular and diet/light.
G32. Personal Care: soap, dental products, face & body lotions and cleansers, cotton swabs, deodorants, feminine hygiene products, razors, shaving cream, etc.
G33. Pet Care: animal care products and services of all types, including food, toys, veterinary and boarding services, training, and breeders.
G34. Real Estate: homes, real estate brokers, malls, etc.
G35. Restaurants: quick service, casual dining, mid-scale, white table cloth and other restaurants.
G36. Retail: general -- stores and/or web sites that provides a multiple range of non-related or generally related merchandise, which include department stores, food retailers, and discount/bulk retailers, craft stores, etc. Specialized -- stores and/or web sites that specialize in one particular line of products (e.g. clothing, fashion, jewelry, health food, shoes, pet care, toys, greeting cards, etc.).
G37. Snacks / Desserts / Confections: ice cream, candy, chips, cookies, bakery items, nut, fruit & vegetable snacks, popcorn, etc.
G38. Software: software, groupware, operating systems, or software stored locally on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. (See category E24 for Saas/IaaS or Cloud-based services, and category E12 for online and mobile games.)
G39. Transportation: air, train, bus/trolley, taxi, subway systems, bike shares, car rentals, leasing not including automobile sales/leasing, ferries, etc.
G40. Travel / Tourism / Destination: cruises, hotels, resorts, amusement parks, travel websites and booking services, travel tours, tourism campaigns, etc.
 

Marketing Campaign of the Year - Specialty Categories

G45. Brand Experience of the Year - Business-to-Business: recognizing work that reaches out to business audiences to establish meaningful relationships, memorable, engaging experiences, and unique connections with their brands.
G46. Brand Experience of the Year - Consumer: experiences, and unique connections with their brands.
G47. Branded Content Campaign of the Year: recognizing work that has used branded content - original or sponsored - to reach out to audiences to establish meaningful relationships, memorable, engaging experiences, and unique connections with their brands.
G48. Mobile Marketing Campaign of the Year: for campaigns targeted to consumers' mobile devices.
G49. Online Marketing Campaign of the Year: for campaigns conducted entirely online.
G50. New Product or Service Introduction of the Year: for campaigns conducted to introduce a new product or service to the U.S. market.
G51. Re-Branding / Brand Renovation of the Year: for campaigns that recreated or repositioned an existing brand.  A new category for 2016.
G52. Small-Budget Marketing Campaign of the Year (< €3 m / $3 million)
G53. Viral Marketing Campaign of the Year: for campaigns that used word-of-mouth, video stunts, and other viral tactics as their primary means of communication.
G54. Youth Marketing Campaign of the Year: for campaigns that targeted the youth market (up to age 24).

There are a number of other IBA categories that should be of interest to marketing professionals, including many of the publication awards categories, website awards categories, app awards categories, video awards categories, and live event awards categories.

Past Stevie Award winners of Marketing Awards include:

  • Su Hee Jo, Photographer, Seoul, South Korea: Su Hee Jo, Photographer- Marketing Executive of the Year
  • VEET Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey: VEET's 'Defeating the Seasons'- Marketing Campaign of the Year - Beauty & Personal Care
  • WebTalk, Warsaw, Poland: One HELL of a GDN campaign for Register of Debtors ERIF BIG S.A.- Marketing Campaign of the Year - Financial Products & Services
  • Seegene Medical Foundation, Seoul, South Korea: One-Day Test System to Change the Korean Medical System- Marketing Campaign of the Year - Healthcare - Disease Education & Awareness and Services
  • Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Visit Abu Dhabi Online Campaign- Marketing Campaign of the Year - Transportation & Travel / Tourism / Destination
  • Hyundai Greenfood, Yongin, South Korea: “Smart Ordering System” through Omni-Channel Strategy- Marketing Campaign of the Year - All Other Industries
  • Thai Life Insurance Plc, Bangkok, Thailand: Thai Life Insurance - Unsung Hero- Viral Marketing Campaign of the Year
  • …and many more!

Tags: marketing awards, International Awards, international business

The Stevie Awards for Great Employers Recognizes New Products & Services

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 @ 04:36 PM

The Stevie® Awards is accepting entries for the first annual Stevie Awards for Great Employers, which will honor the world’s best companies to work for and the HR teams and professionals, HR achievements, new products and services, and suppliers that help to create and drive great workplaces.

Other Stevie Awards programs such as The American Business Awards and The International Business Awards do offer New Product & Service categories, but the categories we will highlight today are specifically for the best HR products and services. This is one of the larger category groups in the Stevie Awards for Great Employers. No other competition offers these category varieties.

The last day entries will be accepted is July 20 with payment of a late fee. Entry details are available at www.StevieAwards.com/HR

Solution_Concept_Human_on_Blackboard-1.jpgREVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

New Product & Service Categories:

These categories recognize specific achievements - individual, team, or organizational - since the beginning of 2015.

The information requirements for entries:

in these categories in the 2016 competition include:
a.  An essay of up to 625 words describing the nominated product or service: its benefits, features, functions, and sales results to date.

b.  Summarize in up to 10 bullet points (up to 150 words) the chief benefits, features, and functions of the nominated product or service.

c.  Add to your entry up to 10 webpage links and up to 10 document uploads to support your case to the judges.  These might be press articles, press releases, videos, or images, for example. 

SOFTWARE

F01      360 Degree Feedback Solution - New
F02      360 Degree Feedback Solution - New Version
F03      Applicant Assessment or Tracking Solution - New
F04      Applicant Assessment or Tracking Solution – New Version
F05      Attendance Tracking Solution - New
F06      Attendance Tracking Solution - New Version
F07      Benefits Management Solution - New
F08      Benefits Management Solution - New Version
F09      Compensation Management Solution - New
F10      Compensation Management Solution - New Version
F11      Course Authoring Solution - New
F12      Course Authoring Solution - New Version
F13      Employee Engagement Solution - New
F14      Employee Engagement Solution - New Version
F15      Employee Recognition Solution - New
F16      Employee Recognition Solution - New Version
F17      Employee Scheduling Solution - New
F18      Employee Scheduling Solution - New Version
F19      HR Reporting Solution - New
F20      HR Reporting Solution - New Version
F21      Human Capital Management Solution - New
F22      Human Capital Management Solution - New Version
F23      Human Resource Information System - New
F24      Human Resource Information System - New Version
F25      Human Resource Management System - New
F26      Human Resource Management System - New Version
F27      Job Board Solution - New
F28      Job Board Solution - New Version
F29      Learning Management Solution - New
F30      Learning Management Solution - New Version
F31      Onboarding Solution - New
F32      Onboarding Solution - New Version
F33      Payroll Management Solution - New
F34      Payroll Management Solution - New Version
F35      Performance Appraisal Solution - New
F36      Performance Appraisal Solution - New Version
F37      Performance Management Solution - New
F38      Performance Management Solution - New Version
F39      Self-Service HR Solution - New
F40      Self-Service HR Solution - New Version
F41      Talent Management Solution - New
F42      Talent Management Solution - New Version
F43      Time and Expense Solution - New
F44      Time and Expense Solution - New Version
F45      Workforce Management Solution - New
F46      Workforce Management Solution - New Version

           
TRAINING PROGRAMS OR MEDIA

May be blended, instructor-led, microlearning, video or web-based. 

F50      Brand Training
F51      Compliance Training
F52      Consumer Education Training
F53      Diversity or Sensitivity Training
F54      Interpersonal Skills Training
F55      Leadership Training
F56      Literacy Training
F57      Managerial Training
F58      New Hire Training
F59      Problem-Solving Training
F60      Product Training
F61      Professional or Legal Training
F62      Quality Training
F63      Safety Training
F64      Sales Training
F65      Skills Training
F66      Systems Training
F67      Technical Training
F68      Other


CURATED TRAINING PLATFORM OF THE YEAR

F70      Consumer
F71      Industrial/Technical
F72      Managerial/Professional
F73      Technology
F74      Other

Tags: hr awards, human resources awards, new product awards, Stevie Awards for Great Employers, service awards

International Business Awards Extends Final Deadline through July 13

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 10:11 AM

The Stevie® Awards, organizer of The International Business Awards, announced today that the final entry deadline for the 13th annual IBAs has been extended to Wednesday, July 13. Recognized as the world’s premier business awards program, the IBAs attract nominations from organizations in more than 50 nations and territories each year.

 IBAfulltextsmall.gif“We’ve received so many requests for individual deadline extensions that we’ve decided to extend the deadline for everyone,” said Stevie Awards president Michael Gallagher. The original final deadline was June 15. Gallagher emphasizes that no additional late fees will be charged for entries submitted through July 13, and late entries will not be penalized in any way in the judging process. All organizations now have an additional four weeks to prepare and submit their entries.

All individuals and organizations worldwide -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small -- may submit nominations to The International Business Awards. The 2016 awards will honor achievements since the beginning of 2015.  Entry details are available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

The International Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Categories include:

  • Management Awards
  • Company of the Year Awards
  • Customer Service Awards
  • Human Resources Awards
  • Information Technology Awards
  • Marketing Awards
    •New Product Awards
  • Public Relations Awards
  • Website Awards, Smartphone and Tablet Apps, and other Media Awards

A variety of new categories were introduced for the 2016 competition including Technology PR Campaign / Program of the Year, and Re-Branding / Brand Renovation of the Year. The 34 Company of the Year categories have each been split into three categories, based on company size (small, medium-size, and large).

Stevie Award winners will be selected during the judging process by more than 200 professionals worldwide. Winners will be announced on August 11, and the awards will be presented at a gala awards ceremony at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Rome, Italy, on October 21. 

Tags: International business awards

American Business Awards to Be Broadcast Live on June 20

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 @ 01:39 PM

The Stevie® Awards will present The 14th Annual American Business Awards, the top business awards program in the U.S.A., on Monday, June 20 at 7:00 pm ET at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.   The presentations will be broadcast live via Livestream.

ABA-picture-2015-deadline-1.jpgClose to 500 executives from across America will attend the June 20 presentations. More than 3,400 nominations were reviewed in The American Business Awards (ABA) judging process this year by more than 250 professionals, whose average scores determined the winners in categories such as Executive of the Year, Woman of the Year, Startup of the Year, and many more.

The format of the ABA presentations has been changed this year.  In the past, Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winner placements were not revealed until the gala.  At the event, only Gold Stevie winners were called to the stage to accept their awards and make a speech.  This year all Stevie winners were pre-announced on May 2. All Stevie-winning organizations that attend the gala will come to the stage to accept their awards. 

Monday's event will feature a silent auction to benefit CARE.  CARE fights poverty for all by focusing on girls and women with programs that bring lasting change to whole communities

For a complete list of the Stevie Award winners, visit www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

Tags: business awards, American business awards

Who's Coming to The American Business Awards Next Monday?

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 03:15 PM

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The 14th Annual American Business Awards, the top business awards program in the U.S.A., will be presented on Monday, June 20 at 7:00 pm ET at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.   The presentations will be broadcast live.

Download the awards presentations program book here.

Close to 500 executives from across America will attend. The event is a sellout: no new ticket orders will be accepted, although organizations that have already purchased tickets may purchase additional tickets through tomorrow (June 15).

We changed the format of the ABA presentations this year.  In the past we announced the finalists about a month before the awards banquet, and didn’t reveal the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie® placements until the gala.  At the event, only Gold Stevie winners were called to the stage to accept their awards and make a speech.  This year we decided to pre-announce the Stevie winners (winners were announced on May 2), and to invite all Stevie-winning organizations that attend the gala to come to the stage to accept their awards.  While Monday's event won’t hold as much suspense as past ABA presentations, we think the new format will be more enjoyable for all Stevie winners. 

Monday's event will feature a silent auction to benefit CARE.  CARE fights poverty for all by focusing on girls and women with programs that bring lasting change to whole communities. 

All organizations operating in the U.S.A. – large and small, public and private, for-profit and non-profit - are eligible to submit nominations to the ABAs in a wide range of categories, honoring achievement in every aspect of work life, from customer service and management to public relations and product development.  More than 3,400 nominations were reviewed in the judging process this year by more than 250 professionals, whose average scores determined the winners.

Here is the list of organizations that will attend The 2016 American Business Awards.

4Life Research Sandy UT
97th Floor  Lehi  UT
Active Leadership, LLC  New York NY
Ad Exchange Group Irvine CA
Ad*vantage Printing Inc  Kew Gardens NY
AGS Health New York NY
Alexium International Greer SC
Alliance for Downtown New York New York NY
Allianz Global Assistance Richmond VA
American Standard  Piscataway  NJ
AMN Healthcare San Diego CA
Amobee  San Diego  CA
AT&T  Dallas  TX
BDNA Mountain View CA
Black Oak Casino Resort Tuolumne CA
BlackDoctor.org  Chicago  IL
BluePay Processing Naperville IL
Blueshift Labs San Francisco CA
BMO Capital Markets Chicago IL
BrainStorm, Inc.  American Fork UT
C-4 Analytics  Saugus MA
Callidus Software  Dublin  CA
Capital One Investing  Seattle WA
Capstrat  Raleigh  NC
Carbonite Inc. Lewiston ME
Cartus Corporation  Danbury  CT
CAS  Columbus  OH
Cast & Crew Burbank CA
Ceridian  Minneapolis  MN
Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission  Charleston SC
Christmas in Hollywood Hollywood CA
Cigna  Bloomfield  CT
Cisco Systems  San Jose  CA
Cisco Systems Inc. Research Triangle Park NC
ClearSlide  San Francisco  CA
Coastal Risk Consulting Plantation FL
College Works Painting  Irvine  CA
ConforMIS  Inc.  Bedford  MA
Cricket Wireless  Atlanta  GA
Curriculum Associates North Billerica MA
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport  DFW Airport  TX
Davies Santa Barbara CA
Delhaize America Salisbury NC
Deluxe Corporation  Shoreview  MN
DHL Doral FL
Diligent Corporation New York NY
Donlen Fleet Leasing And Management Northbrook IL
Echelon Design Inc Gilberts IL
EffectiveUI  Denver CO
Effex Management Solutions Houston TX
Elemica Wayne PA
ezCater  Boston  MA
Fazoli's Italian Restaurants  Lexington KY
Fiksu Boston MA
First GREEN Bank Mount Dora FL
Fluor Enterprises Inc Dallas TX
Forter  San Francisco CA
Foxwoods Resort Casino Mashantucket CT
Future Energy Solutions Ft. Laudersdale FL
GTT Communications Inc. McLean VA
GuideWell Connect Jacksonville FL
HCSS Sugar Land TX
Henry Repeating Arms Bayonne NJ
ICON Clinical Research  LLC  North Wales  PA
Ignite Sales Dallas TX
Independent Security Evaluators (ISE)  Baltimore  MD
Integral Ad Science  New York  NY
Isagenix International Gilbert AZ
iText Software Corp. Cambridge MA
Ixia  Calabasas  CA
Karma Agency  Philadelphia  PA
Kia Motors America  Irvine CA
L4 Digital Seattle WA
Lakeshore Recycling Systems  Morton Grove  IL
LanguageLine Solutions  Monterey  California
LCG  Ltd. & H.E.L.P.® Legal Plan   Philadelphia PA
Lion Agency  Miami FL
Lockheed Martin Bethesda MD
M&M Electric Service  Inc. Gastonia  NC
Managed Maintenance Inc. Boca Raton FL
Marriott Vacations Worldwide Orlando FL
Meals on Wheels America  Arlington  VA
MediaBrix New York NY
Mendoza Media LLC Montclair NJ
Merkle  Columbia  MD
MetLife  New York NY
MicroHealth LLC Vienna VA
Minacs Marketing Solutions Milwaukee WI
Momentum Worldwide  New York  NY
MONAT Global Doral FL
Monitronics Security Farmers Branch TX
mroads LLC.  Dallas  TX
MSLGROUP  Los Angeles  CA
National Association of Convenience Stores Alexandria VA
NCR Small Business  Alpharetta  GA
Northstar Travel Group  Secaucus  NJ
Novus Global Solutions LLC  North Brunswick  NJ
Nutrisystem  Fort Washington  PA
Opmantek  Charlotte  NC
OptumRx Irvine CA
Opus Capital Markets Consultants a Wipro Limited Company Chicago IL
Palm Beach County Schools West Palm Beach FL
Panasonic Automotive  Peachtree City  GA
Peapod  Skokie  IL
Pearson English Business Solutions  Brisbane  CA
Philadelphia Insurance Companies Bala Cynwyd PA
Popular Ink McKinney TX
Prevedere Columbus OH
Prositions  Inc.  Urbandale  IA
QLess Inc.  Pasadena  CA
Qmatic Atlanta GA
Regal Beloit Inc. Florence KY
Rhea Lana's Franchise Systems  Inc.  Conway  AR
RiseSmart  San Jose  CA
Sentient Interactive  Morristown  NJ
Shinola Detroit MI
Signet Interactive Houston TX
SocialCode New York NY
SoftPro  Raleigh  NC
Southwest Michigan First Kalamazoo MI
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital  Boston  MA
Squarespace  New York  NY
Studio 11 Design  Dallas  TX
Swiss Post Solutions New York NY
Tata Consultancy Services New York  NY
Technica Communications Ojai CA
Thomson Reuters  New York  NY
Timberland Stratham NH
TMG (The Members Group)  Des Moines  IA
TomTom Inc Burlington MA
TopSpot Internet Marketing  Houston  TX
TouchCommerce Agoura Hills CA
TransPerfect  New York  NY
TriNet  San Leandro  CA
USHEALTH Advisors LLC Grapevine TX
Ve Interactive Boston MA
VirtusaPolaris  Westborough  MA
W Magazine New York NY
WalletHub Washington DC
Waxman  Bedford Heights  OH
Wells Fargo Treasury Management San Francisco CA
Wheels Inc. Des Plaines IL
Workiva Inc. Ames IA
Worldwide Clinical Trials King of Prussia PA

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Tags: business awards, American business awards

Winners Announced in People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Jun 08, 2016 @ 10:07 AM

Awards to Be Presented at Gala Ceremony on June 20 in New York City

Liaison Technologies and West Unified Communications are the top winners in the 2016 People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products, a feature of The American Business Awards, the U.S.A.’s top business awards program, which are now in their 14th year.

The nationwide public vote was conducted last month, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in a variety of product categories. More than 26,000 votes were cast.  To win, a category’s leading vote-getter had to receive at least 100 votes.

Peoples_Choice-2.jpgLiaison Technologies, the Alpharetta, Georgia-based provider of integration and data management solutions, and West Unified Communications, the Omaha, Nebraska-based telecommunications group, both won People’s Choice Stevie Awards in two categories. LIMU LEAN BURN garnered the most votes of any nominee.

The crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards will be presented to winners at The American Business Awards’ gala event on Monday, June 20 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The winners of peer-adjudicated Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards will also be presented their awards that evening. More than 400 executives from across the U.S.A. are expected to attend.

All new products and services recognized as Stevie winners in the new product awards categories of this year’s American Business Awards were eligible to be included in public voting for the people’s choice awards.

The winners of the 2016 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products are:

Business-to-Business Products: ClearSlide Mail
Business-to-Business Services: iTalent Digital Transformation Service
Computer Hardware: Link by Fasetto
Consumer Electronics: TomTom Spark GPS Fitness Watch
Consumer Products & Services: LIMU LEAN BURN
Content Solution: West Unified Communications’ Webcast Pro
Education – Cloud/Virtual: Study.com Video Lessons
Education – Enterprise Solution: SchoolMint
Education – Other: Youth Digital’s Server Design 1
Education – Personalized Learning: Epiphany Learning K-12 Learning Relationships Management (LRM) Solution
Financial Services: The Caregiver Mortgage
Health & Pharmaceutical: Beltone Legend 17 – Custom
Other Products/Services: Gorilla Safety’s Fleet and Safety Management Mobile App
Software - Big Data:  Progress® DataDirect
Software –  Cloud Application/Service: Infor CloudSuite Facilities Management
Software – Cloud Backup/Storage: Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform
Software – Cloud Infrastructure/Platform: Liasian Alloy Platform
Software – Collaboration/Social: Zoom’s Collaboration Product Suite
Software –  Content Management: Progress® SitefinityTM
Software – Ecommerce: Elavon’s Commerce SDK
Software – Financial Management: Host Analytics’ Cloud-Based Financial Modeling
Software –  Governance/Risk: Simility’s Fraud Prevention
Software – Human Capital Management: mroads Paññã
Software – Integration Solution: Liaison ALLOY Platform
Software –  Learning/Workforce Development: Brainshark for Coaching
Software –  Marketing/Public Relations: West Unified Communications' Webcast Essentials
Software –  Mobile: CD2 Mobile Platform with Enhanced Gamification
Software – Project/Systems Management: Epicor ERP 10.1
Software—Security Solution: SecureAuth’s SecureAuth IdP
Software –  Social Business: TouchCommerce TouchSocial
Software– Other: Qmatic Orchestra 6
Telecommunications – Product: Ooma Telo
Telecommunications – Service: Broadview Networks' MyOfficeSuite

Tags: American business awards, new product awards, People's Choice Stevie Awards, best new products

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