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How to Enter The International Business Awards in 10 Minutes

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

We know you’ve been busy. Between work, family, and maintaining your social life it can be hard to fit everything in. That is why we’re offering you the following guide on How to Enter The International Business Awards in 10 Minutes or Less. In just 10 minutes you can validate all the hard work you’ve put in this year and potentially win a Stevie®, one of the most coveted trophies on the planet!

IBAwinnerwithtrophyThe final entry deadline has been extended to July 15 and there are over 250 business awards categories from which to choose. It’s not too late. Following are a number of ways you can enter the IBAs in 10 minutes or less, get the recognition your company deserves, and get back to your busy, high-powered life:

Repurpose Nominations From Other Awards Programs
The submission requirements for the International Business Awards are fairly open-ended, and there is a wide variety of categories from which to choose. If you've entered any other awards programs this year or written about your organization’s accomplishments, you can repurpose that for the IBAs. Most categories require only the submission of an essay up to 650 words and a bullet-list summary of the achievements discussed in the essay. Add in any new accomplishments since you last wrote the submissions and you are ready to enter.

Repurpose Your Press Releases and White Papers
It's likely you've already described in detail your organization's achievements, innovations, your products and services, and your marketing and PR campaigns, etc. through PR materials during the year. You’ve been trumpeting your successes through press releases and white papers. Look through what you’ve produced in the past year and see what accomplishments stand out. Is it your organization as a whole? An executive or a new employee? Whatever it is, combine your award-worthy texts that you’ve already written to complete the short essay. Note that the 2015 IBAs will recognize your achievements since the beginning of 2014.

Repurpose Your Press Clippings
With every IBA submission you are encouraged to attach any number of press clippings, work samples, video clips, photographs, etc. to your essay to help paint a picture for the judges. If one or more of your press clipping stands out as having a compelling story and going above and beyond industry standards, it will be simple to use that as the basis for your essay.

Hire a Consultant
Did you know that there are a number of consultancies that specialize in preparing and submitting award nominations on behalf of their clients? Several of them have been remarkably successful over the years in winning Stevie Awards for their clients. Contact us if you'd like a referral to a consultant who can take over the entry process for you.

Enter the Publication Awards
If your annual report, house organ, sales / marketing brochures, E-book, or business book was outstanding this year why not submit it for a Stevie Award? Submissions to these categories only require the publication itself and a 125-word summary describing the work’s purpose and results. It’s as simple as that!

Submit Media Work
Sometimes you hope to win a Stevie for a specific reason - for a major achievement, or for a member of your team - but sometimes it’s the smaller milestones that lead to greater success. If that's the case, take a look at the categories in the IBAs for videos, apps, websites, and live events. It's really easy to enter these categories. These categories generally require only a short essay of up to 125 words, describing the nominated work's purpose and results to date, and the nominated video or app, etc., itself.

Resubmit a Nomination From Another Stevie Awards Program
Did you have success with a nomination in the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, or the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards? One Stevie Awards competition has nothing to do with another, and resubmitting a nomination from one program to this year's IBAs is a valid strategy followed by many organizations. Update your Stevie Awards submission from the previous year with new endeavors and accomplishments.

Contact Us for Help
If you’re confused about where to begin, contact us for help. We will be happy to assist you in choosing the category that’s right for you. Contact us by email at help@stevieawards or telephone at +1 703-547-8389. Tell us what your organization wants to be recognized for, and we'll suggest the best category for your nomination.

Ready to enter The 2015 International Business Awards?  The first step is getting the entry kit. You can get yours via email here.

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