The 15th Annual (2015-16) Mobile Star Awards™ program honors leading & cutting-edge mobile apps, enterprise mobile software, mobile devices and accessories, operator solutions, success stories, and visionary leaders in over 50 exciting categories.
Mobile Star Awards winners are chosen by mobile user experts like you–the thousands of readers of MobileVillage online and of MobileVillage’s free biweekly newsletter Go Mobile™. Winners receive an appropriate winner logo and listing on the winners page for several years, plus potential media coverage.
Mobile Star Awards FAQs
(Frequently Asked Questions):
(Updated May 2016)
When is the deadline to enter for 2016?
You can now enter most Enterprise categories–plus all Consumer Apps, Devices, or Operator categories until June 15. A few Enterprise categories (listed first below) have an entry deadline of May 20; this is because those categories have at least two entrants each, and those companies entered much earlier.
It’s smart to enter early to gain visibility before and during voting! After voting begins, all new entries will be posted and added to the voting page within 12 hours, when possible.
All of the dates above are subject to extension at any time. Any date or time changes will be posted here on this page, as well as all awards program pages and updated entry forms. (Please scroll below for download links.)
Who is entered so far?
You can see all official entrants to date on the main Mobile Star Awards page.
How are winners chosen?
Award winners are chosen by online vote. Anyone is eligible to vote after following MobileVillage on Facebook or Twitter, or subscribing to MobileVillage’s free email newsletter, Go Mobile™.
Online voting now runs until 11 pm EST on June 20 for most categories, and until 11 pm EST on May 23 for the few Enterprise categories listed with the May 20 deadline. Deadlines for each category are on the entry form and Mobile Star Awards page.
Only one vote per person is allowed for the entire voting period. Voters are encouraged to view entrants’ online summary pages, and only vote in categories where they have experience or interest in reading the summary pages.
To help ensure fair competition for smaller companies, we only count the first 30 votes by an entering company’s employees including known subsidiaries. However, there’s no limit to the number of your customers, users or partners who can vote!
If we see any duplicate votes or other suspicious votes, we will not count those votes–even the voter’s first ballot votes.
When are winners announced?
Winners will be posted online before midnight EST on Monday, May 23 for the few Enterprise and Developer categories with the May 20 entry deadline. We will also notify each winner by email that night or the next morning, depending on the entrant’s time zone.
Winners for all other categories — including most Enterprise, Visionaries, and all Consumer categories — will be posted online and notified on Tuesday, June 21.
How can I promote my entry?
As an entrant, you’ll receive a voting invitation email that you can directly share with colleagues, customers and partners. You can also choose to link to the voting page on your website, or include the link in your regular marketing emails–both great ways to get your customers and partners to root for you and visit your website! Please note that only one vote per person is allowed. We monitor votes very closely, and we don’t count suspicious votes.
What are the odds of winning?
The odds are generally better than in most other awards competitions, because: 1) there are a large number of categories; 2) there are three awards per category (SUPERSTAR, Shining Star, and Rising Star); and 3) ties are called when there are only a few votes separating two entrants, and this can happen often.
What will winners receive?
Besides being listed on MobileVillage, winners receive press announcements, potential media coverage, and appropriate logo(s) (2016 SUPERSTAR, Shining Star, and/or Rising Star). Plaques are not included, but we can help arrange them if requested. There is no live winners ceremony, but MobileVillage is looking into organizing such an event in the future if there is sufficient interest.
What does it cost to enter?
Mobile Star Awards nominations will always be a free service open to our readers and their Nominees. If you’d like to nominate your favorite app, device, person, or company, just email us at awards [at] mobilevillage.com to tell us what product, person or company you’re nominating, and for which of the categories listed. We’ll then contact the Nominee(s) to see if they’d like to enter.
For those Nominees who choose to officially enter, there’s a relatively small entry fee that covers only the actual expenses of running the awards program. Entry fees start at only US $80 for an un-linked entry without a summary page, or US $155 for a linked entry with a summary page. And if you last entered in 2014 or 2013, you’ll also get an additional ten or five percent discount, respectively.
For that nominal cost, you get a lot of “bang for your buck”–posting and announcing your entries, hosting of your summary page (if you choose one) for a full year or more, Nominee logos, Winner logos (if you win), lots of awards publicity, a winner’s press release template, and management of voting–all of which cannot be accomplished for free, since we aren’t Superheroes.
Why choose a summary page?
A summary page is a great way to provide quick info to voters about your company, your apps or other products, your Visionaries, or your Success Stories. MobileVillage visitors will see your summary page for an entire year–even after voting ends–because your page is linked from the Awards page and MobileVillage’s Mobile Directory. Over the course of a year, the average summary page attracts between 1,300 and 2,000+ viewers.
When we launch next year’s awards program, we’ll ask you if you’d like to enter again or just update your summary page for another year. (Now no cost).
Where is the entry form?
You can find the 2016 entry form (Word .docx file) for download here, or on the main Mobile Star Awards page linked above. You may also request an entry form by email from Gary Thayer at awards [at] mobilevillage.com.
How long will it take to fill out the entry form?
Most of the form is information, which you should read carefully where applicable. It should take at least 10-20 minutes to finish, depending on how many categories you enter and how much information you provide for your summary page.
If you are short on time, you can let us know in section 2 on the entry form. We will then fill out sections 2 and 3 for you, using the relevant company and product information/images we find on your website, as well as any information or images you might wish to send us. We will do this for you at no extra cost, because we don’t want time or cost to be barriers for entrants.
When will my entry be posted?
Entries are usually added to the respective awards programs pages the day they are received, and summary pages are posted as soon they are approved and the entry fee has been received. This includes entries received during the voting period. If there are many entrants at once, posting your summary page may take a bit longer, but we still do our best to get it posted asap.
Why choose an Awards Sponsorship?
For a $345 Gold Sponsorship or $550 Platinum Sponsorship, you’ll get these benefits and more:
— An extra category entry at any time you choose;
— Your linked logo splashed on top of the awards program page for several years;
— Your logo in the upper right Sponsors box on all MobileVillage.com pages through next Spring 2017;
— Several of your news announcements, features or white papers (your choice) featured on the MobileVillage.com main page and other pages for at least two weeks;
— Your company name mentioned in all awards-related announcements; and
— Sponsorship of eight Go Mobile issues or your banner on MobileVillage (Platinum level).
To become a Sponsor, just select it on your entry form, or contact Gary at awards [at] mobilevillage.com. If any of the Sponsorship benefits don’t quite suit your needs, we’ll work with you to customize your Sponsorship with benefits that suit you perfectly.
Still have questions?
We look forward to seeing your entries in the Mobile Star Awards. If you still have questions not answered in the above Mobile Star Awards FAQs, or if you prefer to receive an entry form by email, please email Gary Thayer at awards [at] mobilevillage.com.
This Mobile Star Awards FAQs page is updated whenever dates or other details change.