The Annual Mobile Star Awards™ honor the top mobile software, devices, accessories, operator solutions, success stories, and visionary leaders as chosen by readers of MobileVillage’s free email newsletter Go Mobile™. Winners receive an appropriate winner logo and listing on the winners page for several years, and potential media coverage.
Frequently Asked Questions:
(Updated Nov. 2013)
When is the deadline?
December 6 is now the final entry deadline for companies that wait to enter after voting begins. All other dates are listed on the entry forms, and are subject to change. Online voting for each awards program runs from Friday, November 8th until Sunday night, December 15 (more details are below).
Where is the entry form?
You can find the 2013 entry forms for download (Word files) here (mobile enterprise entry form and consumer apps entry form) or on the main Mobile Star Awards pages linked above. You may also request an entry form by email from Gary Thayer at awards [at] mobilevillage.com.
Who is entered so far?
The respective awards program pages (linked above) list all 2013 entrants to date, as well as a link to last year’s winners.
How are winners chosen?
Award winners are chosen via online ballot by subscribers to MobileVillage’s free e-zine, Go Mobile™. Non-subscribers (your employees, customers, partners etc.) will be able to vote immediately after subscribing online. We provide all entrants with a sample voting invitation email to send out if they wish.
Voters are encouraged — but not required — to view entrants’ online summary pages. Voters are urged to vote only in categories where they have experience or interest in reading the entrants’ summary pages. To help ensure fair competition for smaller companies, we only count the first 40 votes by an entering company’s employees, including subsidiaries. There is no limit to the number of your customers (product users) or partners who can vote, but only one vote per person is allowed, and we monitor votes very closely.
Entrants will receive voting instructions and a voting invitation template before voting begins. In 2013, online voting runs five and a half weeks: from Friday, November 8 until midnight EST on Sunday, December 15 (or 5am GMT on December 16th). Winners will be posted online and announced on Monday, December 16.
What are the odds?
Because there are a large number of categories and awards per category (SUPERSTAR, Shining Star, Rising Star), odds are generally better than in many other awards competitions.
What will winners receive?
Besides being listed on MobileVillage, winners receive press announcements and the appropriate winner logo(s) (SUPERSTAR, Shining Star, Rising Star) for their use. 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.
What is the entry cost?
It is our goal to provide entry options that fit PR/marketing budgets of all sizes. Entry fees start at only US $95 for an unlinked entry without a summary page, or US $155 for a linked entry with a summary page. All past-year entrants receive a discount off of those fees. The fee covers publicity, processing / hosting of entries, management of voting, and awards nominee logos, which you’ll receive after entering.
Why choose a summary page?
The biggest reason to choose a summary page is to provide quick info to voters about your company, product(s), and/or success story. Plus, people can see your summary page for another year after voting ends, because it’s linked from both the Awards page and MobileVillage’s Yellow Pages index for an entire year, when it can be renewed. (Success Stories remain online for two years). Your summary page will be seen by dozens to hundreds of mobile product buyers daily.
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 20-30 minutes to finish, depending on how many categories you enter. A link to the entry form is posted at the top of this page as long as we are accepting entries.
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?
You’ll get your linked logo splashed on top of the awards program page for several years, sponsorship of up to TEN Go Mobile issues (Platinum level), your own bi-monthly column or white paper series linked from MobileVillage.com’s home page (Platinum level), and your company name mentioned in all awards-related announcements! All these fantastic benefits at an extremely reasonable cost… please see section 6 of the entry form for details. And if you don’t think a Mobile Star Awards Platinum or Gold Sponsorship is an amazing deal, let us know why and we’ll work with you to customize your Sponsorship level!
We look forward to seeing your entries in the Mobile Star Awards. If you still have questions or would prefer to receive an entry form by email, please email Gary Thayer at awards [at] mobilevillage.com.