The 13th Annual (2014) Mobile Star Awards™ honor leading and cutting-edge mobile software, devices, accessories, operator solutions, success stories, and visionary leaders.  Mobile Star Awards winners are chosen by mobile user experts like you – the readers of MobileVillage’s free biweekly newsletter Go Mobile™.  Winners receive an appropriate winner logo and listing on the winners page for several years, and potential media coverage.

Mobile Star Awards FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

(Updated July 2014)

When is the deadline?

This year, we are hosting two awards programs.  First is the Mobile Consumer Apps & Devices Mobile Star Awards program, with a final deadline of October 20,2014.  On the heels of that is the Mobile Enterprise Mobile Star Awards program, with an early bird deadline of September 5, 2014, and a final deadline of November 15.  Dates are subject to change.  Any date changes will be posted here on the Mobile Star Awards FAQs, as well as all awards program pages and revised entry forms.  (Please scroll below for download links).

We are now accepting nominations and entries for both programs, and will post new entries as they come in.  The earlier you enter, the earlier we can put your entry/ies online and the more potential new customers you’ll attract.  So don’t wait — enter before the early bird deadline — or set your own early deadline and stick to it!

Who is entered so far?

As we have just launched this year’s programs, there are only a few entrants so far in July.  As they come in, entrants will be posted to the respective program pages (linked above) list all 2014 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.

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 40 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!

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!  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 happens surprisingly often.

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 if there is sufficient interest.

When are winners announced?

Winners will be posted online and announced on Monday, November 17 for the Consumer Apps & Devices program, and on Tuesday, December 9 for the Mobile Enterprise program.

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 meet the early bird deadlines mentioned above, those fees drop to just $72 and $139.  If you entered last year in 2013, you’ll receive an additional 10 percent discount, and if you last entered in 2012, you’ll get a five percent discount.

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 Yellow Pages index.  Over the course of a year, the average summary page attracts between 1,000 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 renew your summary page for another year ($72 for annual renewal, without any awards entry). Success Stories remain online for two years, because you cannot enter the same success story again next year.

Where is the entry form?

You can find the 2014 entry forms for download (Word files) here (Mobile Enterprise entry form and Consumer Apps & Devices 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.

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 15-30 minutes to finish, depending on how many categories you enter and how much information you provide for your summary page.  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!

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.