Creative Awards

Apps & Websites of Note - March 2016

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 11:28 AM

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.

Pintasking
pintasking-2.gifA free app that allows you to "pin" two apps to your home screen and quickly switch between them. Handy for users that bounce between a few select apps all the time. Android. FREE

Flipboard

A news aggregator app that pulls together news on topics including start-ups, venture capital, and entrepreneurship.  Available on iOS and Android. FREE

Entrepreneur Daily

An app from Entrepreneur Media that connects new entrepreneurs to inspiring ideas, expert advice, and the latest news. Available on Android and iOS. FREE.

DREII

The latest version of this physics-based puzzle game from Etter Studio in Switzerland that perhaps uses a bit more brain than the average game app. Available on Android & iOS. $3.99.

Have a favorite app, blog, or website? Nominate it for one of our app awards or website awards categories in the 2016 American Business Awards. The American Business Awards has extended the final entry deadline through April 19, 2016.  Request an entry kit and it will be emailed to you immediately

 

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Apps and Websites of Note - December 2015

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Dec 01, 2015 @ 04:47 PM

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.

1Heart1Tree

Your chance to light up the Eiffel Tower for as little as 10 Euro during the Paris conference on climate change - and help plant a tree somewhere around the world. 

mobile day

mobile-day-logo.pngA one-touch dial-in app that frees the user from the frustration of searching for PINs, passcodes, or misplaced conference call login details. MobileDay simply retrieves call information from your calendar, allowing you to arrive to meetings unflustered and on time. 

Basecamp3

A project management tool suitable for everyone from individuals to large companies.  From FREE for one user, to $3,000 per annum for unlimited use.

Asana

Another team project management tool, based on one originally developed for Facebook, that assigns tasks and deadlines, and tracks progress. From FREE for up to 15 people to $84 a month for Asana Premium.

Have a favorite app, blog, or website? Nominate it for one of our app awards or website awards categories in the 2016 American Business Awards. Entries for the 2016 program are now open.  Request an entry kit and it will be emailed to you immediately

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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