I'm getting very excited about our next edition - the 5th - of the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, the world's premier program of sales awards, customer service awards, and call center awards.
We had the early-bird deadline a few weeks back and entries submitted through that deadline were up about 25% from last year. We have another deadline on November 12, and then we'll continue to accept late entries through the end of the year. (The late penalty is just $35 per entry.) If you don't have your entry kit yet, get it here.
I wrote the other week about all the new categories we have in the competition this year - check them out on the awards' web site.
Finalists will be announced in mid-January, and the program will culminate with an awards presentation and banquet at the lovely Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida on Monday, February 21. Some people have asked why we would schedule the event on a holiday (it will be President's Day in the U.S.A.), and we did that so that attendees can make a long weekend of it in the sun and surf of Miami Beach, without having to miss full day in the office!
Today I'd like to welcome ValueSelling Associates back as a sponsor of the 2011 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. ValueSelling president Julie Thomas is a long-time support of the Stevie Awards, and we're delighted to have them back.
From their web site: "ValueSelling Associates is the creator of the ValueSelling Framework, the sales methodology practiced by sales executives at FORTUNE 1000 companies around the globe. Through customized classroom instruction, e-learning, train-the-trainer and consulting, ValueSelling will arm your sales force with strategies, skills, tools and processes to:
- Increase revenue
- Access and dialogue with executive decision-makers
- Increase forecast accuracy
- Eliminate discounting
- Increase deal size"
We have several sponsorship slots still available. To learn more, get our 2011 sponsorship guide.