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Marketing Across Borders: How to Creatively Promote Your Business Abroad, From a Stevie Awards Chair

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 @ 10:38 AM

Egemen Ozcan, Director of Boogy The Event, a special events company based in Istanbul, Turkey, is Chair of the Committee for Final Judging of the website awards categories, app awards categories, and live event awards categories for The 2013 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition. (By overwhelming demand, the final entry deadline for the 10th annual IBAs has been extended through 10 July. No additional late penalties or fees will be charged in association with the deadline extension. If you haven't already done so, you can request your entry kit here and it will be emailed to you right away.)

Egemen Ozcan, Director, Boogy The EventAs director of a company that won last year’s Gold Stevie Award for Best Corporate Event with your work for Coca-Cola Turkey, what advice do you have for corporations looking to promote products to the Turkish market?
Remember that half the population of Turkey is under 30, so the mainstream current in the market is targeted at Generation Y or Millennials. This creates a dream opportunity for brands to gain lifelong brand loyalty by successfully reaching the Gen-Y lifestyle.

The Turkish market is unique: just 10 years ago teenagers still relied mainly on the telephone for conversation, while television was their primary form of entertainment. Today’s teenagers not only use alternative technology channels for communication, but are also major content creators. To reach this group effectively, you must provide them with exciting and interactive content.

Just as teens will always be teens, so marketing to these guys will always be about roughly the same things: Select the right messenger; use an effective delivery channel; and make the content compelling.  What has changed are the definitions of “right,” “effective,” and “compelling.” Marketing to today’s teens requires the same old principles, but a whole new bag of technological tricks.

Finally: Believe in them. Today’s youth will change the world. 

Do you have a favorite app that you use for business purposes?
Bizzabo
is my favorite nowadays; however, I’m also working on an app that bans Candy Crusher requests!

If you could choose another profession, what would it be?
For me, it would be music for sure. I’ve been playing drums since I was a student and would love to do so in a more professional way. Maybe it’s not too late?

As someone at the top of your profession, what keeps you inspired or makes you hit the ground running in the morning?
Inspiration is simply somewhere outside, in the souls of non-professional people.  As you’ve no doubt seen on the news, millions of Turkish citizens have been outraged by plans to build a shopping mall on Istanbul's Gezi Park.  You can see Turkey’s creative skills at work in the many blogs, social media, and graphics that have sprung up during the past month. There’s even a new word for it: Chapulling.

We marketing professionals commonly believe that we are the only truly creative people, but the real creativity is somewhere outside. Society should be our inspiration. 

About Egemen Özcan:
Egemen Özcan is a Director and Board Member of Boogy The Event Company in Istanbul, Turkey. He is responsible for the creation, development, and execution of all events in a multidisciplinary system.   Egemen started his music and event career during his undergraduate studies at Turkey’s renowned Middle East Technical University. In 2006, after hosting a series of freelance events, Egemen joined Boogy The Event Company as the leader of the Event Department. Egemen is an expert in creative content and new marketing concepts—and he is still playing his drums. 

About Boogy The Event:
Established in 1991, Boogy has become a leading event and incentive company providing boutique services and customized solutions integrated with the marketing and communication strategies of its business partners. The company is based in Istanbul, Turkey, and has over 20 years of experience organizing corporate events and direct marketing. For more information go to: www.boogy.com.tr

Tags: app awards, live event awards, business awards, website awards, International business awards, Boogy The Event, Egemen Ozcan

How Emerging Technology is Changing Media, From a Stevie Awards Chair

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

Otto Bell, Creative Director of OgilvyEntertainment in New York City, NY, USA, will chair the Committee for Final Judging of the Creative Awards Categories in The 2013 American Business Awards, the top business awards competition in the USA. (Next Wednesday, March 27, is the entry deadline for the 2013 ABAs. If you haven't already done so, you can request your entry kit here and it will be emailed to you right away. If you can't make the March 27 entry deadline, April 24 is the last day that late entries will be accepted with payment of a late fee per entry.)

Here we chatted with Otto about the most important recent developments in media and entertainment.Otto Bell, Creative Director, OgilvyEntertainment

What do you think are the three most important recent developments in media and entertainment, and how will they affect the way businesses and brands promote themselves in the future?
The following trends are interconnected and, I believe, result in more powerful advertising and more enjoyable content:

  1. The Decline of the 30-Second Spot … means that businesses can no longer interrupt consumers.  Instead, they increasingly have to find ways to attract consumers in order to shop their wares.

  2. The Decline of Traditional Network Television … means businesses can no longer count on renting space around popular content.   They must either be part of the content, or—even better—the owners.

  3. The Rise of On-Demand Programming … means businesses must produce genuinely entertaining and/or additive content if they expect to win an audience.

What item of news recently caught your eye and why?
The IMF recently reported that India must double its infrastructure over the next five years in order to maintain its current economic growth trajectory.  Given India’s current appetite for fossil fuels, such an expansion could either be a coffin nail in sustainability efforts or an opportunity for a better way forward. This tidbit of news inspired me to write a show format in partnership with an Indian broadcaster that will premiere on the subcontinent later this year. 

What is your favorite business app?
Skyscanner
. When your plans hit the fan and you start missing planes, the Skyscanner app is the simplest way to figure out the fastest way from A to B. 

If you could choose another profession, what would it be?
I’d be a farmer for a lot of the same reasons I like being a creative director and producer: Broadly speaking, the amount of hard work you put into your plot directly affects the successful results you will enjoy.

As someone at the top of your profession, what keeps you inspired or makes you hit the ground running in the morning?
The work of others: Whether I find it inspiring or I’m just plain old envious, seeing other people produce work that I admire spurs me on no end. 

About Otto Bell
As Creative Director of OgilvyEntertainment, Otto oversees the development and production of both branded and unbranded projects for the group. A multi-award winner, he has told and sold stories on five continents for a kaleidoscope of brands. His ongoing client roster includes Philips, DuPont, and IBM. His current media partners encompass BBC World News. The Huffington Post, Fortune Magazine, Times Now of India, and National Geographic.

Otto is a graduate of the prestigious WPP Fellowship program and holds a Masters in English Literature from Oxford University. He lives in Downtown Manhattan and enjoys photography and riding his Harley Davidson.     

About OgilvyEntertainment:
OgilvyEntertainment was founded in 2006 as the entertainment marketing arm of Ogilvy & Mather. With a worldwide presence including offices in Singapore and Paris, our team is headquartered in New York City. OgilvyEntertainment is a diverse group of 25+ experts with backgrounds spanning every aspect of the entertainment and marketing industries. Our holistic approach to branded content and original entertainment stems from our desire to weave a brand’s DNA into engaging, story-driven content to effectively communicate with consumers through a variety of media channels and platforms. For more information, visit http://www.ogilvy.com/About/Network/OgilvyEntertainment.aspx.

Tags: American business awards, business awards, stevie awards, Otto Bell, OgilvyEntertainment

5 Ways to Win Creative Awards in The 2013 American Business Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Tue, Dec 04, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

The 2013 American Business Awards, the premier business awards competition in the U.S.A., feature a wide selection of categories to recognize the achievements of creative professionals working in web development, corporate communications, video production, app development, investor relations, and live events. (The second early-bird entry deadline for the 2013 ABAs is quickly approaching on December 12. Take advantage of discounted entries fees for entries submitted by December 12, request your entry kit here.)

Stevie Awards 2013 LogoHere are five ways to win creative media awards in The 2013 American Business Awards:

  1. App Awards Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in apps for handheld and tablet devices, and for PCs, issued or updated since January 1, 2012.
  2. Annual Report Awards & Other Literature Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in annual reports, brochures, marketing and sales kits, house organs (corporate magazines), and other publications issued since January 1, 2012.
  3. Live Event Awards Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in live events staged since January 1, 2012.
  4. Video Awards Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in videos produced for a business- or work-related purpose that were first released or otherwise made public since January 1, 2012.
  5. Website Awards Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in web sites and blogs. There is no eligibility timeframe for these categories - it doesn't matter when the site or blog was first published.

Want more tips on winning creative awards? Download our 10 Tips for Winning Creative Media Awards in the Stevie® Awards tipsheet for helpful tips and tools.

Tags: creative awards, video awards, annual report awards, app awards, live event awards, American business awards, business awards, creative media awards, website awards

Emerging Technology: Three New Innovations To Be On The Lookout For in 2013

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 @ 12:15 PM

Akihito Tsukioka, founder of Digitized Information, Inc., in Tokyo, Japan, is Chair of the committee for final judging of the annual report awards and other literature categories, website awards categories, app awards categories, video awards categories, and live event awards categories of The 2012 International Business Awards.  (Sign up here to receive information on how to enter The 2013 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition, opening in January.) We recently caught up with him in his busy DigInfo TV office in Tokyo.

Akihito Tsukioka, founder of Digitized Information, Inc.What do you think are most exciting ideas/innovations that have been posted on DigInfo TV in the past year?
In my opinion, the three most exciting new ideas I have seen recently, and which may well be available soon, are:

  1. The Ubi-Camera, which takes photos composed by framing them with your hands. A research group at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences in Japan is developing this prototype miniature camera. When you draw a picture or take a photo, you sometimes form a rectangle with your hands to decide the composition. With this camera, you can take a photo using the exact same motion. The camera contains a range sensor, and the framing is determined by the distance between the camera and the photographers face. With the current system, which is still in development, the lens has a fixed focal length, and zooming is done digitally on a PC.
  2. The True 3D display technology, developed by Burton, which uses a laser to create luminous points of light at desired locations in air or underwater. This system is an evolved version of technology co-developed by AIST and Keio University, first announced in 2006. It works by focusing laser light to produce plasma excitation from the oxygen and nitrogen in the air. The researchers state that this is the world's first technology to show pictures without the constraint of a screen. Most current 3D devices project pictures onto a 2D screen, and make the pictures appear 3D through an optical illusion. But this device actually shows images in mid-air, so a feature of this system is that it enables 3D objects to be viewed naturally.
  3. A research group at the Tokyo University of Science, led by Associate Professor Shinichi Komaba, has confirmed that hard carbon obtained by pyrolyzing sucrose, the main constituent of sugar, is an effective anode material for sodium ion batteries. Currently, most rechargeable batteries are lithium ion batteries. Japan imports its entire supply of lithium, a rare metal, so lithium ion batteries are expensive. Sodium ion batteries are intended to overcome lithium's disadvantages of high price and scarcity.  The supply of sodium is unlimited. Also, sodium ion batteries can be made using iron, aluminum, and sodium, rather than cobalt or copper as before. What's more, results show that using carbon made from sugar as the anode can increase battery capacity. So high-performance batteries may be achievable using cheaper, more abundant materials. The Komaba Group has achieved a storage capacity that is 20% higher than that of conventional hard carbon. It's expected that many researchers will work on making sodium ion batteries commercially viable. The Komaba Group anticipates it may take about five years to achieve a practical version.

What is your favorite app?
Dropbox
, a free service that stores info across computers, mobile phones, tablets, whatever.

If you could choose another profession, what would it be?
An actor.

As someone at the top of your profession, what keeps you inspired or makes you hit the ground running in the morning?
The awareness that I will discover something new with each new day.

About Akihito Tsukioka:
Akihito Tsukioka has been in the translation business for over 25 years.  He also has experience in public relations and communications.  Akihito founded Digitized Information, Inc. in 1986.  The company provides its customers with tailor-made video production and translation services. Its website, http://www.diginfo.tv/, receives 70,000 views per day on YouTube. 

Mr. Tsukioka received a master's degree in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and is based in Tokyo, Japan.

About Digitized Information, Inc:
Digitized Information is a Tokyo-based video production/translation company providing videos of the latest cutting-edge technology and products from Japan in both English and Japanese. Established in 1986, the company employs a small team of video production staff in Japan, and works with a number of translators in various time zones.

Tags: video awards, annual report awards, app awards, live event awards, business awards, website awards, International business awards, innovative technology, emerging technology, Digitized Information, Inc., Akihito Tsukioka

How a Stevie Awards Winning App Helps Protect the Workplace

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, Oct 04, 2012 @ 01:55 PM

MAVI Interactive of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA, has won the Gold Stevie® Award for Best Training Application in the app awards categories of The 2012 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition. (2013 entries will open in January. Join our mailing list and be the first to receive the 2013 IBA entry kit.)

Bora Aytun, CEO MAVI InteractiveFirst released in 2010, the Agent Surefire series of immersive cyber-security training games allow trainees to practice—in first person view—how to notice and avoid cyber-security vulnerabilities inside a workspace. The Stevie Award-winning Agent Surefire: Insider Threat is the third chapter in this series.

Bora Aytun, co-founder and CEO of MAVI Interactive, says: “Gaining critical-thinking skills is essential in securing an organization’s intellectual property.

“Cyber attacks are constantly evolving. It is next to impossible to keep up with all the new threats. We simply must learn to recognize the signs and avoid common mistakes.”

The Weakest Link
Adds Aytun: “Cyber attackers always aim for the weakest link in the chain of defense, which is usually vulnerability caused by an individual’s day-to-day actions. Technology can’t always save users from making poor choices, so users must become aware of their direct impact in securing sensitive information.”

Aytun concludes: “Unfortunately, the standard security awareness training methods—such as slideshows, text, and illustrations—are usually perceived by the trainees as boring and complicated, even punitive. This creates resistance to the training. In an immersive game setting, however, the learning is engaging, experiential, and natural.”

How it’s Done
Trainees are asked to take on the role of “Agent Surefire”, find and categorize Threat Vectors and Vulnerabilities, and to stop an on-going breach from happening. The human-interest storyline keeps the attention level high, while the original score—played by a 30-piece orchestra—enhances the multi-sensory experience. (MAVI has posted a teaser video on Vimeo. If you would like to try the training game for yourself.)

The game content is run on the MAVI Serious Game Engine, which collects time-stamped behavioral information on each trainee, and provides training administrators with a clear understanding of each trainee's critical-thinking skills as well as identifying their weaknesses.

Says Aytun: “At MAVI, we are absolutely devoted to playing our part in creating a fundamental change in the way we train people. We believe that a majority of the great content our educators produce remains unabsorbed by trainees because of inefficient methods of delivery devised back in the 19th century. Neuroscience today is teaching us how to deliver content in ways the human brain can easily absorb. Our mission is to make the highest quality experiential learning available to the masses. With our powerful platform we create highly effective training simulations at a fraction of the cost and time.”

About Bora Aytun
Bora Aytun is the CEO of MAVI Interactive, LLC, which he co-founded in 2008.  He is also the co-founder of MAVI Film, specializing in Internet/TV broadcast integration and B2B product development for the broadcast industry. Prior to that, he was IS Project Manager at Alpha Scientific Corporation.  In 1990, Aytun started his own consulting company, MAVI Consulting, serving a number of media and marketing companies in Turkey from 1990 to 1998. Aytun has a degree in Business Administration and Communications from Ege University in Turkey.

About MAVI Interactive:
MAVI Interactive develops immersive training simulations and Serious Games. The company partners with industry leaders in training and education to create a wide range of engaging learning tools. MAVI’s partners and clients benefit from an award-winning gamification methodology and the MAVI Serious Gaming Engine and Platform to drastically reduce deployment time and costs in solving challenging training problems. For more information, call 888-708-6284 or visit the website at www.maviinteractive.com.

Tags: app awards, business awards, MAVI Interactive, International business awards, Agent Surefire, Bora Aytun

2 Tips for Winning Creative Awards in the 2012 Stevie® Awards for Women in Business

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, Aug 08, 2012 @ 03:20 PM

The entry deadline for the 2012 Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, the world's premier business awards for women executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they run, is quickly approaching on August 29. (If you haven't already done so, you can request your entry kit here.)

To help make the most of your creative awards entries, we suggest the following:  

  1. Creative Media AwardsDownload our 10 Tips for Winning Creative Media Awards in the Stevie® Awards tipsheet.
    Our tipsheet will provide helpful tips and tools for making the most out of your entries. 
  2. Review past winners' entries.
    The 8th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business were presented in November 2011 in New York City, USA. Click here to view 2011 winning entries for website awards, app awards, video awards, and blog awards.

Winners of the 2012 competition will be celebrated at the ninth annual awards banquet on November 9 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.

Need help picking the right categories? Contact us at help@stevieawards.com and we'll direct you to categories that are right for your organization.

Tags: video awards, app awards, business awards, website awards, creative awards, stevie awards for women in business, blog awards

3 Resources to Help You Win Creative Awards in the 2012 IBAs

Posted by Liz Dean on Fri, Jul 06, 2012 @ 10:08 AM

The final extended entry deadline for The 2012 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition is 18 July. (If you haven't already done so, you can request your entry kit here.)

To help make the most of your creative awards entries, we suggest the following:  

  1. The Stevie AwardsDownload our 10 Tips for Winning Creative Media Awards in the Stevie® Awards tipsheet.
    Our tipsheet will provide helpful tips and tools for making the most out of your entries. 
  2. Watch our How to Enter The 2012 International Business Awards video.
    The brief video offers a comprehensive overview of the IBAs and the submission process.
  3. Review past winners' entries.
    The 8th Annual International Business Awards were presented in October 2011 in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Click here to view 2011 winning entries in the annual report awards and other literature categories, website awards categories, app awards categories, video awards categories, and live event awards categories.

Winners of the competition will be celebrated at the ninth annual awards banquet on Monday, 15 October at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Seoul, South Korea.

Need last minute help? Contact us at help@stevieawards.com and we'll direct you to categories that are right for your organization.

Tags: creative awards, video awards, annual report awards, app awards, live event awards, business awards, creative media awards, website awards, International business awards

3 Tips for Winning Creative Awards in The 2012 International Business Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 10:02 AM

The final entry deadline for The 2012 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition is 27 June. (All individuals and organizations worldwide may submit nominations to the IBAs. If you haven't already done so, you can request your entry kit here.)

To help you recognize your organization's creative achievements, we suggest the following tips for winning creative awards in the 2012 IBAs:

1. Review the creative media awards categories.
The International Business Awards feature a wide selection of categories to recognize the achievements of creative professionals including:The Stevie Awards

  1. App Awards Categories
  2. Annual Report Awards & Other Literature Categories
  3. Live Event Awards Categories
  4. Video Awards Categories
  5. Website Awards Categories

2. Review the entry submission criteria.
Make sure your corporate awards entries include all required submission information.

3. Download our 10 Tips for Winning Creative Media Awards in the Stevie® Awards tipsheet.
Our tipsheet will provide helpful tips and tools for making the most out of your entries. 

Need help deciding which creative awards are best for your organization? Contact us at help@stevieawards.com and we'll help direct you to categories that are right for your organization.

Tags: creative awards, video awards, annual report awards, app awards, live event awards, business awards, creative media awards, website awards, International business awards

5 Ways to Win Creative Media Awards in The 2012 International Business Awards

Posted by Liz Dean on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 @ 02:52 PM

The 2012 International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards competition, feature a wide selection of categories to recognize the achievements of creative professionals working in web development, corporate communications, video production, app development, investor relations, and live events. (All organizations and individuals worldwide may submit nominations to the IBAs. The entry deadline for the 2012 IBAs is 16 May, request your entry kit today.)

Here are 5 ways to win creative media awards in The 2012 International Business Awards:

  1. App Awards CategoriesThe Stevie Awards
    These categories recognize excellence in apps for handheld and tablet devices, and for PCs, issued or updated since 1 January 2011.
  2. Annual Report Awards & Other Literature Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in annual reports, brochures, marketing and sales kits, house organs (corporate magazines), and other publications issued since 1 January 2011.
  3. Live Event Awards Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in live events staged since 1 January 2011.
  4. Video Awards Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in videos produced for a business- or work-related purpose that were first released or otherwise made public since 1 January 2011.
  5. Website Awards Categories
    These categories recognize excellence in web sites and blogs. There is no eligibility timeframe for these categories - it doesn't matter when the site or blog was first published.

Want more tips on winning creative awards? Download our 10 Tips for Winning Creative Media Awards in the Stevie® Awards tipsheet for helpful tips and tools.

Tags: creative awards, video awards, annual report awards, app awards, live event awards, American business awards, business awards, creative media awards, website awards, corporate awards

4 Tips for Winning Creative Media Awards in The 2012 ABAs

Posted by Liz Dean on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 @ 02:03 PM

The entry deadline for The 2012 American Business Awards, the premier business awards program in the U.S.A., is Wednesday, April 25. If you haven't yet requested an entry kit, you can request your entry kit here and you will receive it right away.

To help you recognize your organization's creative achievements, we want to share four tips for winning creative media awards in the 2012 ABAs.

1. Review the creative awards categories.
The American Business Awards feature a wide selection of categories to recognize the achievements of creative professionals including:

  1. The Stevie AwardsApp Awards Categories
  2. Annual Report Awards & Other Literature Categories
  3. Live Event Awards Categories
  4. Video Awards Categories
  5. Website Awards Categories

2. Review the entry submission criteria.
Make sure your corporate awards entries include all required submission information.

3. Download our 10 Tips for Winning Creative Media Awards in the Stevie® Awards tipsheet.
Our tipsheet will provide helpful tips and tools for making the most out of your entries.  

4.  Watch our video, How to Enter The 2012 American Business Awards.
Get step-by-step instruction on how to submit your 2012 entries.

Not sure which creative awards are best for your organization? Contact us at help@stevieawards.com and we'll help direct you to categories that are right for your organization.

Tags: creative awards, video awards, annual report awards, app awards, live event awards, American business awards, business awards, creative media awards, website awards, corporate awards