You’re in the supermarket looking at mince pies. One pack says ‘award-winning’. The other pack doesn’t. Which would you choose?
Entering business, product and industry awards is a really good way of getting recognition for your business. They massively boost your credibility and they give you a great news hook to generate some PR.
But how do you find out what awards there are and how can you better your chances of winning?
Firstly, to find out what awards you could enter, just search online.
You can start with basic terms like ‘Business Awards’ or ‘Business Awards for small businesses/start ups’. If you are a women, there are plenty of ‘Women in Business’ awards. Of if you’re under a certain age, you can find awards like ’30 under 30′ or ‘Young entrepreneurs’.
Then you can search for industry/category specific awards e.g. tourism awards, craft awards, natural health awards. You could also search regionally e.g. Yorkshire business awards or Yorkshire Tourism awards. Alternatively, if you belong to an industry body, look at communications from them to see if they run or promote any relevant awards. Finally, look at your competitors (those that you admire). Have they won any awards? If so, what?
You will quickly generate quite a long list of possible awards you could enter. Some awards require an entry fee. That is acceptable. But if it looks like you need to pay to be given an award, I’d steer clear as any paid-for award is going to hold far less credibility. You will then need to whittle down which of these awards are most relevant to you and which ones you stand the best chance of winning.
When trying to decide which awards to enter, look at the following:
Once you have your shortlist, here are 10 tips to boost your chances of winning:
If you need help entering business awards or need someone to write them up for you, contact me. I have secured over 25 product or business awards for clients in the past and am an award-winner myself (two gold CIPR awards in case you're wondering).