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Sixth Annual Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards Issues Call for Entries

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 @ 10:13 AM

The Stevie® Awards has issued a call for entries for the 2019 (sixth annual) Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the only business awards program to recognize innovation in business throughout the entire Asia-Pacific region. 

The early-bird entry deadline is November 28. The final entry deadline is January 30, 2019, but late entries will be accepted through March 8 with the payment of a late fee. Complete entry details are available at http://Asia.StevieAwards.com.

The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards are open to all organizations in the 29 nations of the Asia-Pacific region: Large and small, for-profit and non-profit, public and private. Seven nations are added to those eligible to submit nominations to the 2019 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

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The awards focus on recognizing innovation in all its forms, wherever it is achieved in the workplace. Entries will be accepted in eight languages – Chinese, English, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Thai and Vietnamese - in the following awards category groups:

New awards categories introduced for 2019 include Most Innovative Startup of the Year and Most Innovative Tech Startup of the Year. There are no entry fees for the these categories.

Asia-Pacific Stevie Award winners will be announced on April 17. Winners will be celebrated and presented their awards during a gala banquet on May 31 in Singapore.

Scores of professionals from throughout the region will participate in the judging process to determine the Stevie winners.

Some of the Asia-Pacific region’s most innovative organizations have won Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards in the past five years including ABS-CBN Corporation, Bangkok Health Research Center, Cisco Systems, Delta Air Lines, Dentsu, Freelancer.com, GE Indonesia, Globe Telecom, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Huawei, Maras Group, MetLife Asia Ltd., MSLGROUP China, Ooredoo, PT Petrokimia Gresik, Samsung, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Singapore Power, Sony, Telkom Indonesia, Xiaomi, and more.

The Stevie Award trophies, made by the company that makes the Emmy and other major international awards, are among the world's most coveted prizes. The name Stevie is taken from the name Stephen, which is derived from the Greek for "crowned."

Tags: innovation awards, top business awards, asia pacific awards

A Stevie Winner's Pursuit of Life-Changing Products

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 04:42 PM

For most people, participating in conversations and listening to music are easy to take for granted. For those with hearing impairment, these everyday activities are a major challenge.

Over the past 71 years, Phonak, which is based in Zurich, Switzerland, has been working to eliminate those hurdles for customers around the globe. After many years of dedication in the industry, the company’s achievements now include a litany of technological breakthroughs, each resulting in hearing devices that are more discreet, effective, and versatile than ever before.

phonakA member of the Swiss corporation Sonova Group, Phonak launched the world’s first behind-the-ear hearing aid in the early 1970s, and a few years later, they introduced the first digitally programmable hearing device. In the 1990s, Phonak developed the market’s smallest FM receiver, which paired with a wireless transmitter to minimize background noises and to enhance the clarity of individual voices.

The desire to push the boundaries of hearing technology still drives the company today, resulting in a series of high-profile accolades. Phonak recently launched Audéo B-Direct, the first hearing aid that can connect to any Bluetooth®-equipped mobile device. The product, which earned the organization a Silver Stevie Award for Best Product at The American Business Awards® this summer, automatically senses the user’s surroundings and adjusts the output to make answering phone calls and holding conversations simpler.

On the heels of that achievement, Phonak was named winner of the Gold Stevie for Best Product at The International Business Awards®. This time it was for its cutting-edge Virto B-Titanium hearing aid. Developed using custom 3-D printing, the device capitalizes on titanium’s lightweight and superior strength. The result is a hearing aid that’s virtually unnoticeable to the outside observer.

The Stevie Awards are an extremely important achievement to us. They demonstrate our ongoing commitment to create a consistent, scalable, sustainable competitive advantage within Phonak,” says John Urbaniak, Associate Director, Media Relations US Hearing Instruments at Sonova.

Helping Families Cope with Hearing Loss

The firm’s management has made research and development a top priority going forward. In April, Phonak announced a new audiological center of excellence at its audiology research center outside of Chicago, Illinois, United States. The center will serve as a hub for independent research, as well as ongoing collaborations with a network of top audiology experts and institutions around the globe.

“Tackling everything from pediatric to profound hearing loss, Phonak remains committed to creating hearing solutions that change people’s lives and help them thrive socially and emotionally,” Urbaniak says.

The Swiss company is using its stature in the industry to increase awareness of hearing loss solutions. To that end, it recently partnered with a charity called Songs of Sound, which helps improve access to hearing loss testing and the technology to help correct it.

With support from sponsors like Phonak, Songs for Sound holds a free weekend retreat each year that educates families of children with hearing loss about new technologies. It also teaches them how to navigate the health care system in order to get optimal care. In addition to the camp, the partnership with Phonak helps assist the organization’s Hear the Music Project and mobile clinic tours, which provide 10,000 to 15,000 people a year with access to free hearing tests.

Phonak also works to reduce the stigma that sometimes surrounds hearing loss by leaning on successful hearing-impaired celebrities. For example, it inked a sponsorship deal with stand-up comedian D.J. Demers, a contestant on season 11 of America’s Got Talent. His performances often revolve around his experiences as a youth in need of hearing aids.

The organization also turned Swiss aerialist Jason Brügger into a brand advocate. In this role, he’s involved in a range of projects worldwide to help support those with hearing impairments. Additionally, U.S. golfer and Deaflympics gold medalist Kaylin Yost was a guest keynote speaker at Phonak-sponsored summer camps for children with hearing loss.

“With these ambassadors, we've been able to reach thousands through conferences, community outreach, and speaking opportunities,” adds Urbaniak.

In doing so, the company known for developing state-of-the-art technology has also helped hearing-impaired people heal on an emotional level, too.

Tags: new product awards, best product of the year, service awards, new products and services

SparkPR Stays Ahead in a Rapidly Changing Market

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 @ 01:16 PM

“Publicity is absolutely critical. A good PR story is infinitely more effective than a front-page ad.” —Richard Branson

Richard Branson is the prominent British business mogul with over 400 companies under the Virgin Group and a net worth of $5.1 billion. His insights on public relations (PR) and advertising come, quite obviously, from a great amount of success and experience.

sparkprThe sentiment also simply makes sense. The art of storytelling has connected generations, communities, and cultures for as long as humans have existed. Storytelling—or, in a broader sense, communication—is a foundational pillar of any civilization, culture, or people. The story and the emotion it elicits are why songs sell and why people celebrate holidays, attend events, and, ultimately, make purchases. 

PR tells a company’s story, and that story often connects a business with people in a stronger way than an often-overlooked print ad or a radio clip that goes in one ear and out the other. PR doesn’t act in a vacuum, though. PR, marketing, and advertising are all connected, and this trifecta can make or break a brand.

PR and marketing services are changing and evolving in the world’s fast-paced, global, and tech-saturated economy. Business analysts already project marketing services will be greatly affected by advancements in artificial intelligence.

Now, agencies are converging PR and marketing services to compete and to rise above the digital clutter.

This makes sense, given PR and marketing are connected at their cores. Offering digital marketing and PR services in tandem only strengthens the deliverables and elevates the brand. This isn’t a new idea; it’s just being reinvented on a digital platform.

SparkPR, who won the Bronze Stevie® for Public Relations Agency of the Year in the 2018 American Business Awards, has 20 years of experience in digital marketing. Specializing in helping innovation-minded companies transform their brands with powerful storytelling programs, SparkPR uses the latest digital analytics to amplify PR programs. Services include content and social development, programmatic distribution, paid media, and data-driven insights to inform strategic planning and to measure go-to-market plans.

This strategy has proved successful. Some of the world’s most innovative startups and industry leaders, including eBay, Electronic Arts, Flickr, Mozilla.org, Nokia, NVIDIA, Skype, the Economist, Trulia, Verizon, Visa, Yahoo!, and Walmart Labs, have partnered with SparkPR and reaped the ROI.

The methods SparkPR uses are adaptable to quickly growing tech and investment programs, too. For example, SparkPR provided comprehensive strategic communications and marketing services for blockchain and cryptocurrency leaders through what they call “Sparkchain.” This guides successful token sales to growing companies post-ICO, and Spark has emerged globally as the preferred partner for these highly specialized services.

The company’s ability to deliver has strengthened startup opportunities. A startup that might normally prepare for months to secure venture funding is able to create a business, launch it, and raise tens of millions of dollars in less than three months.

“Funding was secured for concepts, not betas, and money was often from wealthy individual investors, not VCs,” says Spark's co-founder Donna Burke.

Zucker develops strategies for written and creative content for their clients. She notes that many of the company’s startup clients successfully exit through acquisitions or go public through IPO, thus demonstrating how a successful partnership with SparkPR delivers ROI.

SparkPR aims to constantly stay updated with developments in cutting-edge technology, as well as to maintain the ability to translate those changes into a wider landscape.

“Collaborating with like-minded innovators is always ideal—especially those who are creating the next era of the Internet,” says CEO, Alan Soucy. “It’s truly an era of transparency, efficiency, and trust.”

SparkPR is one example of a company that has sought to raise the global tide and is fighting to stay ahead of the rapid changes. They also seek to be adaptable by offering various mobilized marketing and PR services, which have traditionally been separated—at least by department in the business world.

True to their storytelling mind-set, SparkPR believes their client successes and awards, such as the recent Stevie Award, will elevate their brand as well as their story, as the world enters a new digital age of marketing and the Internet. And, as Branson aptly stated, that story will do far more for them than any front-page ad.

Tags: PR awards, public relations awards, best pr agency

Who's Coming to The International Business Awards® on Saturday?

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 04:40 PM

For the first time in their 15 year history, The International Business Awards®, the world's premier business awards program, will visit London, England this coming Saturday, October 20 for the sold-out presentations of the 2018 Stevie® Awards.  The InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel will be the setting for the event, with more than 400 executives from over 30 nations expected to attend.

More than 3,900 nominations from a record 74 nations were submitted to the IBAs this year.  More than 270 professionals worldwide, working on 12 juries, determined the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners, who were announced in August.  That announcement was closely followed by the announcements of best-in-show Grand Stevie Award winners, and the winners of People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies, a worldwide public vote.

Saturday's presentations will be broadcast from the IBA website, from 7:00 pm local time (2:00 pm EST).

brettmacfarlaneSaturday's presentations will be followed on Sunday morning by several social events for IBA delegates.  At 8:30 am, Brett MacFarlane, Client Services Director with EVRY Strategic Design Lab at Method in London, will speak during a session called Breakfast with Branding, sponsored by Stevie Awards partner AD STARS.

The presentation will be followed by delegates' choice of two whirlwind tours of London.

Here's the list of organizations that will be represented at Saturday's event.

7 Stage Advisors
Accedia JSC
Ahjo Communications
AICPA
Airport Railroad
Al Jazeera Media Network
Amorette Ltd
AmRest sp. z o.o.
APAX Recreation
Arçelik
ASDA'A BCW
ATREVIA
Biggin & Scott Knox
Binary Digital Advertising Inc.
BoardPAC
Business Coaching Hanoi West CO., LTD
Canadian Tire Corporation
CEFIC
Central de Informação
Cisco Collaboration
Cisco Systems, GATS  IT
Cisco Systems, GIS
Cisco Systems, Global Virtual Engineering
Cogeco Peer 1
College Works Painting
Colquimica Adhesives
comm:up Kommunikation & Management GmbH
CROWDCONSULTANTS
Dani Communications
Deutsche Telekom Services Europe GmbH
DHL Express
Diligent Corporation
Directorate of Public Work of Sharjah
DRF Deutschland Fernsehen Produktions GmbH & Co. KG
Dubai Economy
Dubai Health Authority
ECi Software Solutions
Edelman Intelligence
Eff Creative Group
Egypt Express
Empire Eagle Food Co., Ltd.
endorfina events sp. z o.o.
Enerjisa Enerji A.S.
eNett International
Events DC
Federal Demographic Council
Federal Electricity & Water Authority
First Advantage
FIS
Flamingo Group
Garden of Words
GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc
General Sport Authority
Gilan Holding /Publicity Genie
GRAFFITI
Graham Shapiro Design
GTT Communications, Inc.
GXEVER
Gyeonggi Province
Hanaroadcom
HansaWorld Ltd.
Hanyang University
HELLENIC PETROLEUM SA
Herbalife Nutrition
HeyMoments® The Experience Design Company
Horizon Communication Group
HOTEL SOULHADA
HUYA Bioscience International
I Am Enough
IBM
Informa Pharma Intelligence
ING Bank Turkey
IPRA
Ipsos
IRPC Public Company Limited
KB Kookmin Bank
KEPCO Nuclear Fuel Company
KORAIL
Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Korea Gas Safety Corporation
Korea Rail Network Authority
Korea Seven Co., Ltd.
Korean Culture and Information Service
KoROAD
KPR
KT KBN
LifeVantage
Limak Foundation
Link4Media
LLORENTE & CUENCA
Lumeon
Mariposa Consulting International
Megaworld Corporation & Foundation
Meralco
Merck KGaA
MicroHealth, LLC
Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs
Minor Hotel Group Limited
Motilal Oswal Financial Services Ltd
Mphasis
MTRNL
Natal Joint Municipal Pension Fund
Net World Sports
NeuroTransData GmbH
Ooredoo Group
Ortigas & Company
Pan American Energy
Paradigm Design Group
Pegasus Airlines
Penny Appeal
Philia Earth Limited
Philip Morris International
Port It Global Kenya
Port It Global Mexico S.A. de C.V.
PRecious Communications
Pru Life UK
PT ANGKASA PURA II (PERSERO)
PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) Tbk
PT Petrokimia Gresik
RAK Chamber
Resolute Forest Products
SABC Pension Fund
sahibinden.com
SCHUFA Holding AG - Project SPIRIT
Seocho Gu
Seoul Metropolitian Government
Shade Tree Auto
Smart Dubai Government Establishment
Solarwinds
Soohyun
Strategic Public Relations Group
Super Life Saver Board Game
SuperLife World
Syncron
Tata Consultancy Services UK
TELUS International
TemaCC - Talent Entertainment Management and Consultancy Company
Tezgahçilar
TH Food Chain Join Stock Company
Thai Life Insurance Plc.
The Female Social Network
The Saem International Co.,Ltd.
The Surgery
ThermoBrush
Thomson Reuters
Trainer Rx
Ulled Asociados C.R.P. S.A.
University of Greenwich
Velocity Global
Viettel Group
Virtusa Corporation
Wayfair
WebTalk sp. z o.o.
Westminster Abbey
Wharf China Estates Limited
Whirlpool Corporation
WP Engine

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Turning Frowns Upside Down in the Dental Industry

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Fri, Oct 05, 2018 @ 10:56 AM

Dental health is extremely important to growth, as well as overall health. The proper development of jawbones and muscles affects speech patterns, as well as supporting an attractive appearance, and these are just some of the many benefits of having access to a proper dental plan.

Staying on top of your dental health by informing your doctor about noticeable issues is, unfortunately, easier said than done. For a third of Americans, having access to the most basic dental care is hugely problematic, and it largely boils down to cost.

Steven C. Bilt, CEO of Smile Brands Inc., bit into this problem and cofounded Smile Brands in 1998 and OneSmile in 2015. He eventually combined the two businesses and now oversees 5,500 employees and affiliated providers at approximately 400 U.S. locations. Bilt is also a founding member and former president of the Association of Dental Support Organizations.

Smile brands“Our CEO, Steve Bilt, is a master at creating an effective corporate culture,” says the company’s chief marketing officer, Jody Martin. “He believes that, to be successful, the mission has to be motivating, both personally and financially to employees; inclusive to all employees, not just a few; and continually reinforced in a variety of ways.”

Incorporating recognition and a mindset of giving is also integral to the Smile Brands culture.

“At Smile Brands, every employee wears a blue ‘Smiles for Everyone’ wristband, and we continually celebrate everyday miracles. This includes calling out employees who do amazing things,” says Martin. “We also have the Smiles for Everyone Foundation, which provides donated dentistry to people in need here and abroad.”

Bracing Themselves

The cofounders of Smile Brands reacquired the company in August 2016 after prior ownership drove the business to the brink of bankruptcy. Despite this rocky start, Smile Brands won Stevie Awards in The American Business Awards® and the Stevie Awards for Great Employers.

“The team worked tirelessly on a highly successful turnaround,” says Martin. “Winning the Stevie Awards helps to validate all that hard work and the fact that Smile Brands stands apart in terms of financial strength and company culture.”

Bilt also reached a 97 percent approval rating, based on the past year’s Glassdoor reviews from Smile Brands employees and affiliated dental providers. Those numbers are sure to keep Smile Brands grinning from ear to ear!

A Simple Concept

As Smile Brands Inc. grows in to one of the largest providers of support services to dental groups in the United States, dentists can spend more time caring for their patients and less time on the administrative, marketing, and financial aspects of operating a dental practice.

This is an important step in the dental industry because new research continues to show links between chronic oral infections and heart and lung diseases, stroke, low birth weight, and premature births. Smile Brands aims to further build and to bundle comprehensive general dentistry with specialty care and to streamline experiences for both dental care practitioners and patients.

Even with all these moving parts, everything still comes back to one foundational and simple concept: smiles for everyone.

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Stevie Awards for Women in Business Announce Finalists in 15th Annual Competition

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

World’s Top Honors for Women Professionals to Be Presented in New York on November 16, with First Edition of Women|Future Conference

Finalists were announced today in the 15th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, the world’s top honors for women entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business Awards® and International Business Awards®. The Stevies are widely considered to be the world’s premier business awards.

SAWIB pic 2This year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists will be announced at an awards dinner at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York City on Friday, November 16. More than 600 women and their guests from around the world are expected to attend the presentations, which will be broadcast live on Livestream.

Visit http://www.StevieAwards.com/Women for a complete list of Finalists by category.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business event will be complemented by a new one-day educational and networking event called the Women|Future Conference, also at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel on November 16.  Tickets for both the conference and the awards dinner are now on sale.

More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year by organizations and individuals around the world for consideration in more than 90 categories including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women and Women-Run Workplace of the Year.  New categories for 2018 included Achievement in Equal Pay, Achievement in Developing and Promoting Women, and Achievement in Promoting Work-Life Balance.

Among the many extraordinary organizations and women who have been recognized as Finalists, the following organizations stand out as those with five or more Finalist nominations: Award Winning Accelerator, Brisbane, QLD, Australia; Bob Woodruff Foundation, New York, NY, USA; DHL Express, worldwide; The Female Social Network, Sydney, NSW, Australia;  iTalent Digital, San Jose, CA, USA; Jeunesse Global, Lake Mary, FL, USA; Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), Englewood, CO, USA; Oceans 2 Earth Volunteers, Kenmore East, QLD, Australia; Plan International Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada, Simpson Healthcare Executives, LLC, Old Lyme, CT, USA; Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; Tavuun Welfare Association, Karachi, Pakistan; The Welsh Air Ambulance Charitable Trust, Llanelli, Wales, United Kingdom; and Zingbox, Inc. Mountain View, CA, USA.

Nominations were submitted by organizations in 33 nations including Angola, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jordan, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

Finalists were determined by the average scores of more than 200 professionals around the world, organized in five juries.

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