Last Saturday, July 3rd, I met up in San Francisco with the founder (Bastien) and the creative executive (Cara) behind the first international social media award for marketing and communication professionals.
This post is more about the founders thoughts behind the why, how, when etc.
The team behind the Bees Award have been at it for about a year now. They are six people working full time, an their office is located near South Beach in San Francisco.
One of the details they really have been spending a lot of time on is building an international jury for the award show. The jury count is more than 15 members and they are from all over the world. They have found the jury members by asking around, so that all members have been peer recommended, which absolutely is the way to pick a Jury for a social media award show.
People from all continents are represented in the jury – it is truly international, and many of them with great credentials within marketing, communication, branding and social media. The scope and diversity of the jury is for me an insurance that they will be able to pick the best practice and winner in the different categories.
Submit your work
Right now the team at the Bees Award is having a huge focus on getting people all over the world to submit their entry, this is of course absolutely crucial in order to find the best blog, best campaign around the world.
In my opinion, the submissions should be pouring in right now, there is enough social media experts, gurus, ninjas, cowboys around the world claiming they know everything there is to know about social media. The brands and companies around the world is getting calls from experts all the time – so I guess there must be a lot of good cases and best practices out there.
To take a quote from an old favorite movie – “are your mouth writing checks, your body can´t cash” or have you truly done something besides writing some blog post, started a Facebook page for your own business – my appeal – submit your work if you think you are an expert or have done something great for a client within social media – put your money where your digital mouth is!
You can read more of the rules and criteria for submitting here http://www.beesawards.com/bees/rules-criteria/
Overall I had a great meeting with Bastien and Cara – I like them and I like their project, so we are right now discussing how we at Mindjumpers can be of any assistance for The Bees Award. We have a couple of thoughts in the incubator, so it’s not going to be the last time you can read about the award show on our blog.