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To enter the Online Business Awards you need to prepare your submission paper, complete the online entry form and upload your paper. Submitting your entry will then lead you to payment page to cover the entry fee.

Entries into the Online Business Awards must be submitted online. Your written entry must be no more than 1,500 words in English (12 point type, single line spacing) saved in PDF format (10MB maximum file size), uploaded from your desktop to the Online Business Awards website, when asked by the Entry Form. All entries should be uploaded following the template sections listed below. The Judges will automatically mark lower any entries exceeding the word count. At the same time, the judges will appreciate the conciseness of an entry. There is no need to use the full word count. Please adhere to these basic rules of entry, together with any other specific criteria described below.

Photographs and video material may be made available for the judges to view, either upload these through the online entry form at time of submission or upload them to YouTube or Vimeo. You will need to include in your submission a link to YouTube or Vimeo, where the judges can look at any additional visual material. Do not upload a photo file larger than 5MB with your entry form as it will be rejected. Thumbnail images of illustrative material can be embedded in your written submission, if they help the judges understand your entry, but the judges will want to see larger reference images – one of which must be uploaded with your entry form.

The extended closing date for entries is November 30, 2019, and you will need to pay the entry fee before your entry will be processed for judging. If you are planning to make multiple entries, please let us know in advance and we will arrange to bill you for all your entries on one invoice, to save you paying each time you upload an entry.

Template guide

Your URL and your written entry are the basis on which the judges will vote for and short-list your entry. The four pages should show how your website met its aims, employed innovative techniques, was enjoyed by users, and delivered visitors, customers and customer satisfaction and a return on investment. At the beginning of your submission the following information must be listed:

URL

Category entered

Title of website

Company or business brand

Entering company (company or their agency)

The Judges will need to access your business website. (Please note that the website must remain live or be accessible in an archive for the judges to access until midnight on March 16, 2019.)

 Within your submission document you must use the following as sub-headings under which you clearly enter your information:

Design, content & creativity categories

  • Aims for site or campaign
  • Design, content or creative strategy for website (especially if new strategy implemented during the period)
  • Creativity/innovation employed – please list suppliers of specific services if not in house
  • Feedback summary from users, including most preferred design, content or creativity aspects of the website
  • Specific detail of any fintech or payment platform success, when relevant

Enterprise sector categories

  • Aims for website
  • Strategy for online activities (especially if new strategy implemented during the period)
  • Innovation implemented
  • Feedback summary from users, including most preferred aspects of use of the site
  • Outcome, including customer feedback, testimonials, formal evaluation of results, ROI, etc

Performance categories

  • Aims for online business or online retailer
  • Strategy for online business or online retailer (especially if new strategy implemented during the period)
  • Innovation employed to improve business performance
  • Feedback summary from users, including most preferred aspects of the online business or online retailer
  • Outcome, including formal evaluation of results, ROI, etc

Entries for the Online Business Awards can only be submitted online. If you are entering on behalf of a customer, please make sure the customer is aware and approves of your entry.

Support material

If you wish to provide additional support material (for instance if there has been marketing collateral or video work associated with your campaign) please provide a link to YouTube or Vimeo, where the judges can view your material.

The judges will want to feel fully informed about your activity, so please include whatever you feel is appropriate and relevant for your entry. If an entry is entered into more than one category, please indicate this clearly, but remember you need to remind the judges of the micro site URL for the support material, each time you enter.

It is worth stressing that good online businesses have websites high in visual content. It has to be. So, it is tremendously important that you include as many visuals as you can to illustrate content and its impact. The judges don’t want massive photos, but they’d rather have that than small postcard-sized images that are too small to be useful. Bottom line: making it easy for our judging panel to see and understand what you did will only help. Relying on tiny thumbnail images in your written summary is helpful, but not the best idea. Always provide the full size images, too.

Disqualifications

The Online Business Awards are UK-wide business awards. The organisers intend that the competition is open to all businesses with a strong or solus online presence, but any website that breaks national or international laws or offends public, religious, national or gender-specific sensitivities, or that flouts advertising, promotion or Internet rules (such as spamming) will be disqualified. If an entry is disqualified for any reason the entry fees will not be refunded.

 

 

Time is always precious and sometimes writing an entry submission is one of those jobs put off until the last moment. For a helping hand to write your awards entries contact:

Boost Awards (UK & International)

Please note that Boost Awards is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy. It is a completely independent company that specialises in preparing Awards’ submissions. There is no financial relationship between the Online Business Awards and Boost Awards. The advice you receive from Boost is confidential.