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Nominate Your Mobile Site or App in The 2017 American Business Awards

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 @ 05:13 PM

The 15th annual American Business Awards, the premier business awards competition in the U.S.A. which attracts more than 3,000 nominations from organizations nationwide each year, is now accepting nominations for the 2017 program. 

The American Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Entry details are available at http://www.stevieawards.com/aba

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT.

ABA 2016 winner.jpgAll organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. There are two early-bird entry deadlines this year – November 17 and December 14 – with discounted entry fees. 

A category group that has been greatly expanded for 2017 is Mobile Site & App Awards. 

These categories recognize excellence in mobile websites and apps.

Information to be submitted online for entries in these categories for the 2017 ABAs will include

a. An essay of up to 200 words describing the mobile site or app's purpose and results to date.

b. The mobile site or app itself, in the form of a demonstration video of up to three (3) minutes in length.  You must attach the video to your entry through our attachment/link uploading tool. 

c. Optionally, you may list creative and production credits for your site or app - a list of the people and organizations that contribute to its development

F55. Business/Government
F56. Education & Reference
F57. Entertainment
F58. Events
F59. Experimental & Innovation
F60. Family & Kids (new category for 2017)
F61. Fashion & Beauty (new category for 2017)
F62. Financial Services / Banking (new category for 2017)
F63. Fitness & Recreation (new category for 2017)
F64. Food & Drink (new category for 2017)
F65. Games
F66. Guides/Ratings/Reviews
F67. Health (new category for 2017)
F68. Integrated Mobile Experience
F69. Lifestyle
F70. Magazine / Editorial (new category for 2017)
F71. Marketing
F72. Messaging (new category for 2017)
F73. Music
F74. News
F75. Productivity (new category for 2017)
F76. Professional Education
F77. Professional Services (new category for 2017)
F78. Public Service & Activism (new category for 2017)
F79. Real Estate (new category for 2017)
F80. School / University (new category for 2017)
F81. Shopping
F82. Social
F83. Sports
F84. Training
F85. Travel
F86. Utilities & Services

Gold Stevie winners in the Mobile Site & App Awards categories in 2016 include:

Business/Government - Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations and Business Services Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
EffectiveUI, Denver, CO: City and County of Denver’s PocketGov Web App Allows Citizens to Interact with Government from Anywhere

Business/Government – All Other Industries
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Applied Systems, University Park, IL: Applied Mobile

Education & Reference
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Neocate, Rockville, MD: Neocate Footsteps App

Events
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
BMO Capital Markets, Chicago, IL: Global Metals and Mining Conference App

Experimental & Innovation
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Sharecare.com, Atlanta, GA: Sharecare Voice App

Integrated Mobile Experience
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
LogMeIn, Boston, MA: join.me

Lifestyle
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
ACTIVE Network, Dallas, TX: Couch to 5K: Running App, Training Coach and GPS Tracker

Marketing
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
LABOV Marketing Communications and Training, Fort Wayne, IN: Audi of America Audi exclusive App

Shopping
GOLD STEVIE WINNER:
Peapod, Skokie, IL: Smart Shopping Gets Smarter: Peapod's New Mobile App
App

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Making Life Better: A Meaningful Mantra from International Business Awards Websites/Apps Judging Committee Chair

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 10:12 AM

Simon Hardy, Vice President Brand Experience at FCV Interactive in Vancouver, Canada, has been named as the Chair of the Website & Apps Judging Committee of The 2016 (13th Annual) International Business Awards. FCV won a Gold Stevie Award in the Website Categories of The 2015 International Business Awards for their redesign of the Calgary Transit website.

The 2016 International Business Awards will be accepting entries through June 15, but enter by May 11 to avoid a late entry fee. REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

1605FCV.jpgWe asked Simon about being named Chair, what winning the Gold Stevie Award in 2015 had meant to FCV, and what new developments he thought would most affect how companies do business in the future.

On being named Chair of The 2016 International Business Awards Judging Committee for the Website & App Awards categories, Simon observed: This is a great honor, not only for me, but also for FCV. As we expand across Canada and into the US, it’s really exciting to be a part of The International Business Awards, recognizing work that has genuinely made a difference to an organization or an industry, and–most importantly–resulted in a better user experience.”

A Fantastic Validation
Representatives of FCV attended the 2015 International Business Awards in Toronto last October. On winning the Stevie Award for Best Website in the Transportation category, Simon commented: We’re very proud of the Gold Stevie Award we won for our work with Calgary Transit. It was fantastic validation for a site that has transformed the digital experience for one of Canada’s most complex public transportation networks. But as a user-focused transformation agency, it also shone a spotlight on the wider range of work we’re doing in public transportation, travel and tourism, and digital government services across North America.”


Calgary Transit provides over 100 million trips every year to riders across the Canadian city. Its website had been out of date, difficult to use, and lacking in the important features that customers expect: mobile compatibility, accessibility, real-time updates, and trip planning. Calgary Transit approached FCV to design a responsive, customer-focused, future-proof website that would serve the connected riders’ every need.

Information at the Users’ Fingertips
FCV successfully delivered a mobile-friendly, customer-centric, scalable website that streamlined user tasks and integrated all transit services into one site. Features included: WCAG 2.0 (AA) accessibility, real-time service updates, improved information architecture, and responsive design.

FCV Interactive’s award-winning website for Calgary Transit launched in 2014 and transformed how riders obtained transit information. They can now access a responsively designed website via phone, tablet, and desktop. Real-time transit information is now at the fingertips of almost 20,000 daily mobile transit users.

The Future of Web Development

As an expert in this field, we asked Simon for his thoughts on what new developments in social media and web development businesses should be looking out for.

“The last year has seen a wide adoption of tools like Sketch and InVision, helping our teams to rapidly prototype, test, and iterate.” he told us. “For private and public sector organizations, this agile approach means we can transform user and brand experiences into something more powerful and meaningful much faster.”

Looking into the future, Simon added: “As more and more clients see the power of truly serving their users’ needs in order to meet business goals, I think we’re going to see some really exciting and unexpected solutions.”



Improving Digital Services

According to Simon, his job has changed over the years, but for the better. My job used to be all about persuading people to do things,” he explained. “But over the last 10 years, as we’ve all become more and more empowered, it’s evolved into helping people to do things. Working to constantly improve private and public sector digital services with faster access to more relevant data is incredibly exciting.”

In short, Simon told us: “At FCV, the goal that motivates us across every project is always the same: to create a user-focused experience that makes life better.”

About Simon Hardy:
Simon Hardy is Vice President Brand Experience at FCV Interactive. He leads FCV’s Design, Brand, and Content teams, creating solutions that engage customers and deliver results.

Simon is an award-winning creative director, designer, and copywriter with international experience across digital, print, and TV for brands including Starbucks, Nike, lululemon athletica, and EA Sports.  He also serves on the Digital Design Advisory Board at Vancouver Film School.

About FCV Interactive:
FCV Interactive is a user-focused transformation agency. Every day, FCV redesigns organizations and creates digital services that people love. With over a decade of expertise working with public and private sector clients, FCV delivers experiences that make life better. To learn more, visit fcvinteractive.com.

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American Business Awards 2016: Website and App Awards Judging Committee

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 @ 05:13 PM

The Stevie Awards would like to thank the 2016 American Business Awards Website and App Awards judging committee. Now through the end of April, the professionals listed below will determine the Stevie Award winners in over 55 categories for websites and apps.

It's not too late to submit your 2016 American Business Awards nominations. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations -- public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2016 awards honor achievements since the beginning of 2015.

REVIEW THE ENTRY KIT HERE.

Meet the judging chair and committee:

Chair:

Eric Farr, Principal
BrainStorm, Inc., American Fork, Utah, USA

16-ABA-WEB-Chair1-1.gifEric Farr is a Principal at BrainStorm, Inc., a leading provider of end-user adoption and change management solutions. BrainStorm’s mission is to change the way the world works. On top of changing the way the world works, BrainStorm is known for being one of the best places to work in the country. BrainStorm was named to Outside’s Best Places to Work for the fourth consecutive year, three time Utah Business Best Companies, and was featured twice on Fortune.com for being one of the 100 best places to work for both women and camaraderie in the nation. Corporate culture isn’t the only award-winning aspect of the company: BrainStorm has also been recognized by Microsoft, Zip Recruiter, and, of course, the Stevies for their outstanding products and services.

Eric, recently named one of the Ten Coolest Entrepreneurs by Utah Valley Business Q Magazine, has over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship and business leadership, and has been instrumental in building BrainStorm’s unique relationships with its customers and partners. 
In Eric’s free time you can find him exploring each corner of the world, often on a motorcycle.

Eric was thrilled to have BrainStorm honored in the 2015 Stevie Awards and is looking forward to being the Chair of the committee judging the Website and App Awards for the 14th annual American Business Awards.

Committee:

Radhika Alla, Mobile Channel Manager
Cigna, Austin, Texas, USA

Bruce MastersonChristy Belden, Director of Digital Marketing
Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Christy Belden is Director of Digital Marketing at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky. Christy has worked in digital marketing for 10 years working across all things digital – SEO, PPC, Social Media, Email, Display Advertising, and Mobile. She speaks, writes and teaches courses on all matters of digital marketing. Christy has a MBA and a MS from the University of Louisville. Connect with Christy at @christy_belden

Stephen Berner Stephen Berner, SVP, New Business & Corporate Marketing
The Biondo Group, Stamford, Connecticut, USA
30 years in marketing and publishing has allowed Stephen Berner the opportunity to lead high-profile marketing programs, ranging from visual identity, brand development and retail environmental to magazine relaunches, major consumer events, as well as product packaging programs and a range of interactive initiatives for an exceedingly diverse client list.

Lee Caswell Lee Caswell, Vice President, Product, Solution & Services Marketing
NetApp, Sunnyvale, California, USA
Lee Caswell is vice president of Product, Solutions and Services Marketing at NetApp, where he leads a team that speeds the customer adoption of new products, partnerships, and integrations. Lee joined NetApp in 2014 and has extensive experience in executive leadership within the storage, flash and virtualization markets. Lee holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Carleton College and a master of business administration degree from Dartmouth College.

Suzanne Darmory Suzanne Darmory, Executive Creative Director
Acxiom Impact, New York, New York, USA
Suzanne has over 20 years of international, award-winning experience creating groundbreaking integrated solutions for highly recognizable clients at world-class agencies. Suzanne is currently Executive Creative Director at Acxiom, responsible for setting the overall strategy of Acxiom Impact creative agency, advising clients on creative strategy, and leading business development for the agency while strengthening the creative offering and growing the creative business.

Joy Deep Nath Joy Deep Nath, Co-Founder
Splash Math, Mountain View, California, USA
Joy Deep Nath is a computer science engineer turned entrepreneur who believes in harnessing the power of mobile and web technologies to create useful products and profitable businesses. Having founded two edtech startups, Joy has taken up roles from writing code to, marketing to biz dev and partnerships to successfully grow his companies.

Frankie DiCarlantonio III Frankie DiCarlantonio III, Director of Business Operations
Scaffidi Restaurant Group, Steubenville, Ohio, USA
Frank is the Director of Business Operations for the Scaffidi Restaurant Group, overseeing four divisions of an ever-expanding food service corporation. He is also involved multiple community and civic organizations as well as attends school full time to further his education with graduate studies.

Frances McCutchonFrances McCutchon, Director of Marketing
PFL.com, Bozeman, Montana, USA
Passionate about data driven marketing that creates relevant, compelling customer experiences and drives top line revenue.

Ananda Jagoda Ananda Jagoda, Chief Creative Officer
Smart Media, The Annual Report Company, Singapore
Ananda Jagoda is Chief Creative Officer at Smart Media The Annual Report Company. Over the past twenty years he has led creative and strategic teams on numerous award-winning projects in the field of Corporate Communications.

JP Jones JP Jones, Co-Founder
Collipsis Web Solutions, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA
Creative Director + Freelancer + Web Designer + Graphic Artist + Teacher = Never a Dull Moment! JP Jones is a serial entrepreneur with four successful start ups under her belt. Author of several books, JP utilizes her experiences in business to teach and mentor others. Staying on top of business is her job, teaching it to others is her passion.

Joseph Kennedy Joseph Kennedy, Director: Architecture, Integration & Mobile Development
PwC, Boston, Massachusetts USA
Joe leads Architecture, Integration and Mobile Development capabilities serving PwC's Financial Services clients

Frank Laudo Frank Laudo, Creative Director
Independent Creative Director, Dallas, Texas, USA
Frank is an International award-winning Creative Director, creative leader with 35 years of innovation and success in brand building and bottom-line results through general, direct and experiential marketing.

Mia Mabanta Mia Mabanta, Direct of Marketing and Revenue Products
Quartz, New York, New York, USA
Mia Mabanta is Quartz’s director of marketing and revenue products. Mia has spent her career bringing innovative business strategies to different industries, first at the Brookings Institution, where she advised private and public sector leaders on underserved markets, and later by helping to start HelloWallet, an award-winning financial guidance service that was acquired by Morningstar. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, and others. Mia has a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Andrea Meyer Andrea Meyer, PR & Corporate Communications
Chicago, Illinois USA
Andrea Meyer has worked on both the agency and client side of PR with internal communications and marketing in the mix. Andrea has had the privilege to work on a host of stellar brands including Cartier, Lucasfilm, Montblanc, Sony (the North American launch of the PlayStation), Verizon, Weber and Toyota.

Ursula Milan Ursula Milan, E-commerce Manager, Technology and Operations Initiatives
MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, USA
Ursula Milan leads E-Commerce Technology & Operations Initiatives at The Museum of Modern Art. She was recently involved in MoMA Store redesign work that involved content and Javascript optimization, building new UI that attracts sales, bug fixing as well as third-party software integration.

Sarah Miller Sarah Miller, CEO
Axis PR & Entertainment, Los Angeles, California, USA
Sarah Miller is the CEO of Axis PR & Entertainment, a high profile PR and Event firm for the Entertainment and Technology Industry. Sarah is one of th most influential leaders in tech and entertainment. Axis has won numerous industry awards for its work with start ups and brands alike. Axis also owns and produces the Mobile Excellence Awards, now in its 9th year, MEA Europe and Hute-Tech Runway show.

Nick Padley Nick Padley, Director of Training
C2D Learning, Overland Park, Kansas, USA
Serving as Director of Learning, Nick works with and trains new clients for success with implementing their online learning courses.

Jessica Puchala Jessica Puchala, Communications Manager
GED Testing Services, Washington, D.C., USA
I'm an award winning social media strategist with 17 years of professional communications experience. I've worked in various industries including television news, crisis management and state government.

Barry Reicherter Barry Reicherter, SVP-Partner, Director of Insights
Finn Partners, Washington, D.C., USA
With more than 20 years experience in digital marketing, Barry leads Finn Partners’ Insights team focusing on online and social media research, analytics, planning and measurement for clients operating in consumer, healthcare, education, government, public affairs, travel and technology sectors. Holding positions at AOL, Porter Novelli, Active.com, Sage Software, Widmeyer Communications and Finn Partners, Barry’s body of work has been focused in the digital strategy and measurement for clients such as Hyundai, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Steelcase, Rosetta Stone, HP, Nestlé, Pfizer, Chase, Pearson, and Reed-Elsevier.

John Richards John Richards, Founder/CEO
FirstStep Capital, LLC, Provo, Utah, USA
Entrepreneur (multiple multi-million dollar exists including a IPO), angel investor (hundreds of investments), educator (BYU), and mentor. Expert in lean startup and startup companies.

Cory Taylor Cory Taylor, Customer Experience, Senior Manager
Cory Taylor, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Over the past decade, Cory Taylor has led customer experience teams within leading startups and products. Companies include Webs, Squarespace and Vistaprint. He's implemented organizational structures, processes, channel development and metrics for two core goals - product feedback and operational efficiency.

Matthew Toren Matthew Toren, Co-Founder
YoungEntrepreneur.com, Scottsdale, Arizona USA
Matthew Toren is an award winning Author, Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor & Investor. Co-Founder of iSmallBusiness.com and YoungEntrepreneur.com which was acquired by Entrepreneur Media in 2011. Adam, along with his brother Matthew currently own and operate a successful media company which includes several online companies. The brothers are the authors of the award winning book: Kidpreneurs.org. Their latest book is called Small Business BIG Vision - Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right - SBBV.com.

Karri Van Dell Karri Van Dell, Vice President & Director, Sales & Marketing
Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, New York, New York, USA
Karri is responsible for strategically growing the business by nurturing relationships with new clients and partnerships interested in tailored and flexible services and by spearheading Continental Stock Transfer & Trust’s brand and marketing efforts. She has more than 28 years of service in the industry, most notably 23 years with a Fortune 500 financial institution.She is a member of NASPP, SSA and NIRI and President of Midwest Securities Transfer Association.

Marie Wiese Marie Wiese, President & Founder
Marketing CoPilot, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Marie Wiese is founder of Marketing CoPilot, a leading Canadian digital marketing agency that helps companies’ increase sales using digital and content marketing. She is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, mother and writer. Marie has spoken at industry events for the Canadian Marketing Association and Marketing Sherpa in the United States.

Stafford Wood Stafford Wood, Principal & Founder
Covalent Logic, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Stafford Wood works at the intersection of technology, design and PR as founder of Covalent Logic. The digital public relations firm recently won 17 awards from the AAF including three Best-In-Show awards for Copywriting, Integrated Campaign, and Interactive. She was also named Junior Achievement’s Young Businessperson of the Year.

Website Awards categories:

F07.    Accounting
F08.    Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations
F09.    Aerospace & Defense
F10.    Automotive & Transport Equipment
F11.    Banking
F12.    Business Services
F13.    Chemicals
F14.    Computer Hardware
F15.    Computer Software
F16.    Computer Services
F17.    Conglomerates
F18.    Consumer Products - Durables
F19.    Consumer Products - Non-Durables
F20.    Diversified Services
F21.    Electronics
F22.    Energy
F23.    Financial Services
F24.    Food & Beverage
F25.    Health Products & Services
F26.    Hospitality & Leisure
F27.    Insurance
F28.    Legal
F29.    Manufacturing
F30.    Materials & Construction
F31.    Media & Entertainment
F32.    Metals & Mining
F33.    Non-Profit Organizations
F34.    Pharmaceuticals
F35.    Real Estate
F36.    Retail
F37.    Telecommunications
F38.    Transportation
F39.    Utilities

Specialty Categories

F40. Best Interface Design
F41. Best Web Software Programming/Design
F42. Best Web Writing/Content
F43. Best Home/Welcome Page
F44. Best Investor Relations Site
F45. Best Overall Web Design
F46. Best Online Press Room
F47. Best Training Site
F48. Best Use of Video or Moving Image
F49. Best Facebook Page
P50. Best Use of Instagram
P51. Best Twitter Feed

App Awards categories:

F55. Business/Government
F56. Education & Reference
F57. Entertainment
F58. Events
F59. Experimental & Innovation
F60. Games
F61. Guides/Ratings/Reviews
F62. Integrated Mobile Experience
F63. Lifestyle
F64. Marketing
F65. Music
F66. News
F67. Professional Education
F68. Shopping
F69. Social
F70. Sports
F71. Training
F72. Travel
F73. Utilities & Services

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How to Enter The 2016 American Business Awards in Less Time Than Your Lunch Break

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Feb 15, 2016 @ 02:03 PM

You've been busy this year. The holidays are officially over and it’s back to work. Whatever the reason, you haven’t gotten around to submitting entries to the 2016 American Business Awards. But you've gotten a reprieve. We are going to show you how to submit entries to the ABAs in 10 minutes. The entry deadline of The American Business Awards, the preeminent business awards program in the U.S.A., is this coming Thursday, February 18. Submit your entries through Thursday to avoid late fees.

ABA-logo.jpgWe know, you're still busy. Your calendar this week is still chock full. But surely you can find some time during your lunch break to prepare your submission. Because in 10 minutes you can prepare and submit an entry to the ABAs and potentially win a Stevie®, one of the most coveted trophies on the planet.

Here are a number of ways you can do that.

Repurpose Nominations From Other Awards Programs
The submission requirements for the ABAs are fairly open-ended, and there's a wide variety of categories to choose from. If you've entered any other awards programs this year, simply repurpose the nominations you wrote for those competitions for the ABAs. Most categories require only the submission of an essay of up to 650 words and a bullet-list summary of the achievements portrayed in the essay. It should be fairly easy to reconfigure your other awards nominations for the ABAs.

Repurpose Your Press Releases and White Papers
It's likely you've already done the heavy-lifting of describing your organization's achievements, your innovations, your new products and services, your marketing and PR campaigns, etc. Throughout the year you've been trumpeting your successes through press releases and white papers. Simply comb through your output over the past year and cobble together the text you've already written into a short essay. Note that the 2016 ABAs will recognize your achievements since the beginning of 2015.

Repurpose Your Press Clippings
With every ABA nomination you have the option to attach any number of press clippings, work samples, video clips, photographs, etc. to your essay, to help paint the picture for the judges. Does one or more of your press clippings feature a compelling story that can be the basis of the essay for your ABA nomination? There's no need to reinvent the wheel if it already exists and you can reuse it.

Hire a Consultant
Did you know that there are a number of consultancies that specialize in preparing and submitting awards nominations on behalf of their clients? There are quite a few in the U.S.A., and they've been remarkably successful over the years in winning Stevie Awards for their clients. Contact us if you'd like a referral to one of them who can take the process of getting entries into the ABAs off your hands this week.

Submit Media Work
Most often people think of business awards as recognizing a member of management or a member of your team. The American Business Awards has categories for a broad range of achievements including videos, apps, websites, publications, 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 Stevie Awards for Women in Business? One Stevie Awards competition has nothing to do with another, and resubmitting a nomination from one program to this year's ABAs is a valid strategy followed by many organizations.

Contact Us for Help
You'll save a lot of time by letting us do some of the important work for you. We'll save you the trouble of plowing through our category lists to find the category that's right for you, for example. Contact us, by email at [email protected] 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.

Whichever strategy you choose to get your ABA nominations written and submitted,  be sure to submit through February 18 to avoid late fees!

Ready to enter The 2016 American Business Awards?  Begin here:

Get the ABA Entry Kit

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12th American Business Awards Announce Winners in New Product & Tech Categories

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 @ 11:11 AM

AT&T Tops Gold Stevie® Winners; Quality Systems Wins Grand Stevie for Company of the Year

The 12th Annual American Business AwardsSM announced Stevie® Award winners on Friday at its event focused on outstanding new products and services and on achievements in technology industries.

Steve Plochocki Quality SystemsFriday’s gala was the second of two American Business Awards ceremonies this year.  The first took place in Chicago on June 13 and honored winners in disciplines such as customer service, human resources, corporate communications, live events, publications, and selected categories for company/organization, management and marketing.  Winners in all new product awards and technology-related categories were announced at the event in San Francisco on Friday.

The American Business Awards honor an all-inclusive spectrum of American business people and organizations -- from non-profits, emerging start-ups, major public companies and government agencies, to corner-office executives, product developers, marketers and web development teams.

More than 260 executives attended Friday’s awards banquet at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel.  Stevie Awards were conferred in four levels of distinction: Grand, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

The Grand Stevies were awarded to the organizations who received the most awards overall – Gold, Silver or Bronze – in the ABAs this year.  Quality Systems of Irvine, CA was presented with the Grand Stevie for Organization of the Year.  The winners of the other Grand Stevie Awards will be named in a followup press release today.

AT&T, Inc. was the top Gold Stevie winner on Friday, with four.  Winners of two Gold Stevies include Accenture, Agiliance, Akavit, Engility, Haneke Design, MarketLive, MicroStrategy, Spingo, VeriFone, Vimeo, and WillowTree Apps.

Notable Gold Stevie Award Winners announced on Friday include:

­   Information Technology Executive of the Year: Jake Dominguez, CIO of AMD

­   Company of the Year - Computer Software - More Than 250 Employees: Bigcommerce

­   Fastest Growing Tech Company of the Year - Up to 2,500 Employees: BrightRoll

­   Best Training App: Microsoft Corporation’s FY14 Standards of Business Conduct Training

­   Best Pharmaceuticals Website: The Navicor Group

­   Executive of the Year - Computer Software - Up to 500 Employees: Jahangir Mohammed, Founder & CEO of Jasper

­   Tech Innovation of the Year - At Organizations With Up to 100 Employees: Newlight Technologies commercial scale-up of carbon-negative plastic

­   New Health & Pharmaceuticals Service of the Year: Optum’s ACO Solutions Market Launch

­   New Peripheral Hardware Product of the Year: Epson America’s BrightLink Pro

­   New Industrial Product or Service of the Year: World Water Work's DEMON Process

­   New Content Management Solution of the Year: AirWatch’s Secure Content Locker

For a complete list of The 2014 American Business Awards winners announced Friday visit  www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

Winners of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products, which were determined by more than 57,000 votes in July and August, were announced in August and presented their crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards on Friday.

More than 3,300 entries were submitted to The 2014 American Business Awards and more than 240 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners. 

Entries for The 2015 American Business Awards will be accepted starting in October.

About the Stevie® Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. 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 and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

Sponsors and partners of The 2014 American Business Awards include Biz Talk Radio, CallidusCloud, Citrix Online, Cvent, Engility, John Hancock, LycaMobile, PetRays, and Softpro.

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Apps and Websites of Note: Our Website Awards Team's Recommendations

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 04:05 PM

Once a month in this space we highlight apps and websites that we think might help to make your workday a bit more productive or enjoyable.  Here are this month's suggestions.

Repic

Get early access to this new app that lets you see people's reactions to photos you send to them.

Dragon dictionDragon Dictation

An app that allows you to speak and instantly see the text transcription for everything from email messages to blog posts on your iPad™, iPhone™ or iPod touch™. FREE

eFax

The fax may become a popular tool again with this app which enables fax-sending from your iPad, iPhone or Android.  From $12.95.

SugarSync

An app that allows users to share and continuously back up files in real time, providing access to files and folders anytime, anywhere, from any PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device. From $18.95.

Have a favorite app, blog, or website? Nominate it for our app awards or website awards in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Tags: app awards, website awards, stevie awards, web awards, best websites

LifeLock Wins Grand Stevie® For Organization of the Year in 11th Annual American Business Awards

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 @ 09:46 AM

The Stevie® Awards held one of its awards galas for its 11th annual American Business Awards competition last night, and announced the winners of its first-ever Grand Stevie Award trophies.

Grand Stevie AwardLifeLock received the Grand Stevie for organization of the year, for earning the most award points in The 2013 American Business Awards. Other top ABA Grand Stevie winners include Makovsky for interactive services agency of the year, Slack and Company for marketing agency of the year, and MWW for public relations agency of the year.

The Grand Stevie Awards were presented to the organizations that submitted the best body of entries to The American Business Awards this year, in their own name or in the names of one or more clients. The organizations with the most points won, with a Gold Stevie Award win counting for three points, a Silver Stevie win for two points, and a Bronze Stevie win for 1.5 points.

Besides LifeLock, Makovsky, MWW and Slack and Company, Grand Stevies were also awarded to the ten other organizations with the most points in the 2013 competition. They are:

10th place: EMKAY Inc.
9th place: Actiontec Electronics
8th place: VerticalResponse
7th place: CallidusCloud
6th place: USANA Health Sciences
5th place: Cisco Systems, Inc.
4th place: Accenture
3rd place: AT&T Inc.
2nd place: DRC    
1st place: Quality Systems, Inc.    

Last night’s gala, focused on new product awards, website awards, and other tech awards, was the second of two American Business Awards ceremonies this year. The first ceremony took place in Chicago on June 17 and honored winners in disciplines such as customer service, human resources, corporate communications, live events, publications, and selected categories for company/organization, management and marketing.

The American Business Awards honor an all-inclusive spectrum of American business people and organizations -- from non-profits, emerging start-ups, major public companies and government agencies, to corner-office executives, product developers, marketers and web development teams.

More than 250 executives attended last night’s awards banquet at San Francisco’s Julia Morgan Ballroom. Stevie Awards were conferred in three levels of distinction: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

For a complete list of all 2013 American Business Awards’ Stevie Award winners visit http://www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

More than 3,200 entries were submitted to The 2012 American Business Awards and more than 320 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners.

Entries for The 2014 American Business Awards will be accepted starting in October.

About the Stevie® Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. A fifth program, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, will debut later this month. 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 and follow the Stevie Awards on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

Sponsors and partners of The 2013 American Business Awards include the Business TalkRadio Network, Callidus Software, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, Experian Consumer Services, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, and SoftPro.

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American Business Awards Announce Winners in New Product & Technology Categories

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 @ 09:17 AM

The 11th Annual American Business Awards announced Stevie® Award winners last night at its event focused on outstanding new products and services and on achievements in technology industries.

ABA13 SFLast night’s gala was the second of two American Business Awards ceremonies this year. The first ceremony took place in Chicago on June 17 and honored winners in disciplines such as customer service, human resources, corporate communications, live events, publications, and selected categories for company/organization, management and marketing. Winners in all new product and technology-related categories were announced at the event in San Francisco last night.

The American Business Awards honor an all-inclusive spectrum of American business people and organizations -- from non-profits, emerging start-ups, major public companies and government agencies, to corner-office executives, product developers, marketers and web development teams.

More than 250 executives attended last night’s awards banquet at San Francisco’s Julia Morgan Ballroom. Stevie Awards were conferred in three levels of distinction: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Also announced last night were the first-ever Grand Stevie Award winners. The Grand Stevies were awarded to the organizations who received the most awards overall – Gold, Silver or Bronze – in the ABAs this year. LifeLock was presented with the Grand Stevie for Organization of the Year. The winners of the other Grand Stevie Awards will be named in a followup press release today.

AT&T, Inc., Dropbox and Marvell were the top winners of Gold Stevie Awards last night with three each. Winners of two Gold Stevies include Actiontec Electronics, Brainshark, Inc., DRC, ExtraHop Networks, LexisNexis, Web Advanced, Wilshire Axon, and ZehnerGroup.

Notable Gold Stevie Award Winners announced last night include:

­    New Product or Service of the Year - Consumer Services: Bitcasa’s Infinite Drive
­    Best Hospitality & Leisure Website: Carbone Smolan Agency for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group website
­    Information Technology Team of the Year: The Cisco IT Elastic Infrastructure Services Team
­    New Product or Service of the Year - Hardware - Peripheral: Hewlett-Packard’s HP Officejet Pro X576dw
­    Best Marketing App: John Hancock Funds iDiversify
­    Executive of the Year - Computer Software - Up to 500 Employees: Phil Fernandez, president and CEO of Marketo
­    Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year - Up to 100 Employees: ExtraHop Networks
­    Tech Innovation of the Year: AT&T’s Application Resource Optimizer (ARO)

For a complete list of The 2013 American Business Awards winners announced last night visit http://www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

Winners of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products, which were determined by more than 20,000 votes in July and August, were announced in August and presented their crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards last night.

More than 3,200 entries were submitted to The 2012 American Business Awards and more than 320 executives nationwide participated in judging to determine this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners.

Entries for The 2014 American Business Awards will be accepted starting in October.

About the Stevie® Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. A fifth program, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, will debut later this month. 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 and follow the Stevie Awards on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

Sponsors and partners of The 2013 American Business Awards include the Business TalkRadio Network, Callidus Software, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, Experian Consumer Services, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, and SoftPro.

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

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Sep 09, 2013 @ 02:45 PM

Next Monday, September 16 we'll stage the second of two 2013 American Business Awards banquets.  The setting will be the gorgeous Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco's historic Merchants Exchange Building.  The occasion will be the announcement of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie® Award winners in the new product awards, website awards, app awards, IT awards, and other technology-related categories in the ABAs, the U.S.A.'s top honors for achievement in the workplace.

Julia Morgan BallroomWe'll also announce the first-ever winners of Grand Stevie Awards, which will go to the winners of the Best of the ABA Awards.

The event will sell out - only 30 tickets remain.  Get your tickets for next Monday's American Business Awards event before they sell out - login to your entry-submission account now!

The 11th annual ABAs attracted more than 3,200 entries from organizations across the U.S.A.  Close to 300 executives nationwide participated in the judging process.  The first part of the 2013 ABA awards presentations took place in Chicago in June.

So who's coming to next Monday's shindig?  Here's the list of confirmed attendees thus far.

Actiontec Electronics Sunnyvale CA
Acxiom Little Rock AR
Adaptive Planning Mountain View CA
Aggregate Knowledge San Mateo CA
Agiliance Sunnyvale CA
Allen Interactions, Inc.  Mendota Heights MN
ARI Mount Laurel NJ
Arkadin Atlanta GA
Articulate New York NY
Assurant  Inc.  New York NY
Avion Pharmaceuticals  Alpharetta GA
Bitcasa  Mountain View CA
Bloomfire Austin TX
BOXLIGHT Belfair WA
Brainshark Inc. Waltham MA
bytes of knowledge Nashville TN
California Insurance Guarantee Association Glendale CA
Cbeyond Atlanta GA
CD2 Learning Overland Park KS
Cigna Hartford CT
Cisco San Jose CA
Citrix Goleta CA
Citrix GoToAssist Santa Barbara CA
CloudAccess Los Angeles CA
Code 42 Software  Minneapolis  MN
Constant Contact  Waltham  MA
Coveo  Quebec Canada
Coverhound  San Francisco CA
Creative Enterprise Solutions LLC  Scottsdale  AZ
Crocs Inc. Niwot CO
Cvent Inc. McLean VA
Decision Lens Arlington VA
Definition 6 San Francisco CA
DRC Reston VA
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority United Arab Emirates
Dynisco Instruments  Plastics Division  Franklin  MA
EffectiveUI  Denver  CO
EMD Millipore  Billerica  MA
EMKAY Inc. Itasca IL
Enterasys Networks Salem NH
Experian Consumer Services   Costa Mesa CA
ExtraHop Networks Seattle WA
Fieldglass  Chicago  IL
FINE Design Group San Francisco CA
Graco Inc. Minneapolis MN
Hewlett-Packard  Palo Alto CA
Internap  Atlanta  GA
IQNavigator Centennial CO
JobApp Plus Denver CO
LawRoom Walnut Creek CA
LifeLock  Tempe AZ
LifeSize Communications Austin TX
Makovsky New York NY
MarketLive Inc.  Petaluma CA
Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara CA
MicroStrategy Inc. Tysons Corner VA
Morrison & Foerster LLP  New York  NY
NetScout Systems, Inc.  Westford, MA
Newlight Technologies LLC Irvine CA
NexTraq, Atlanta, GA
Omnitracs San Diego CA
OnFulfillment  Newark  CA
OpenQ Charlottesville VA
Orbis Technologis, Inc.  Annapolis MD
Overture Networks  Morrisville  NC
PAR Springer-Miller Stowe VT
Paycor  Cincinnati  OH
PerspecSys McLean VA
Pontoon Jacksonville FL
QLess  Inc.  Altadena  CA
Quality Systems, Inc. Irvine CA
Reliv International  St. Louis  MO
RIVS.com  Chicago IL
Roth Staffing Companies  L.P.  Orange  CA
Saba Software Redwood Shores CA
SCRA Charleston SC
SecureAuth Corporation Irvine CA
Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. Malvern PA
Silicon Image Sunnyvale CA
Sita Corp  Franklin Township NJ
Siteworx LLC Reston VA
SoftPro Raleigh NC
SolidFire  Inc.  Boulder  CO
Stage 2 Networks New York NY
Stoneware, Inc. Carmel IN
Strategic Mobility Group Schaumburg IL
Syntellia San Francisco CA
SYSPRO Costa Mesa CA
Tangent Medical  Ann Arbor  MI
Tanis Communications  Inc.  San Jose  CA
TechLeads Online  Redwood City  CA
Telstra Global New York NY
Teradata Corporation  Dayton OH
The International Association of Privacy Professionals Portsmouth NH
Trace One  Boston  MA
Travelport GDS  Atlanta  GA
Travelzoo  New York  NY
TRWD Fort Worth TX
UBM DeusM  New York  NY
Ultra Logistics/UltraShipTMS  Fair Lawn  NJ
UnitedHealthcare  Minnetonka MN
uTest Inc. Southborough MA
VerticalResponse San Francisco CA
ViridiSTOR  Tustin  CA
We Card Program Arlington VA
Webs a subsidiary of Vistaprint Lexington MA
Wheels Inc.  Des Plaines  IL
Workday  Pleasanton CA

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Download the Chronicle of the ABA's New Product Awards and Web Awards

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Fri, Sep 06, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

On Monday, September 16, the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements in The 2013 American Business Awards' new product awards and tech-related categories will be announced during ceremonies at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco.

ABA13SFProgramCoverNow you can download a PDF of the program that will be distributed to attendees that evening. Get it here.

The program is a complete chronicle of the awards, with a list of all of the judges in all of the categories and all of the Finalists who on the 16th will be named Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie winners.

The program lists all 2013 ABA Finalists in the following category groups:

* New product awards
* Website awards
* App awards
* IT awards
* Management, company, and marketing awards in tech-related industries

The program illustrates that The American Business Awards - and Stevie Awards programs in general - have more judges than any other business awards program in the world.  All of the judges are professionals with real-world business and management experience.  The program also demonstrates that The American Business Awards, now in their 11th year, receive more, and a greater variety, of entries than any other business awards program.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winners in all other ABA categories were announced in Chicago on June 17.

Look for the announcement here on Tuesday, September 17 of the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners.

And look for the call for entries for the 2014 ABAs in early October!  Join the mailing list now so that you receive the entry kit as soon as it's available.

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