Reminder: Deadline For The Forrester Groundswell Awards Is August 3rd

Every summer we play host to the Forrester Groundswell Awards, a contest to find the best examples of social media success. This will be our fifth year running the awards (and my fourth year helping organize and judge entries), and I'm eager to see how far we've come in the industry. To see highlights of previous years, check out this earlier post on past Forrester Groundswell Award Winners.

These awards are a great opportunity for you (or your clients) to get recognized for your work. We publicly highlight the best applications here on the Forrester blogs, announce the winners at Forrester Conferences this fall, and often use many of the winning (and runner-up) entries in our research throughout the year. So if you want exposure for your success, it's an easy way to get your work in front of the masses.

So entering is easy, but how do you win? Here's a list - borrowed from the Forrester Groundswell Awards' creator, Josh Bernoff - to help give you the best chance:

1. Put numbers in your entry to demonstrate that your applications created business value.

2. Include a link to an online site where we can see how your application works.

3. Enter in a category where you can stand out: B2C, B2B, international, or corporate applications, with clear objectives.

4. Start now. The best entries take a while to prepare, and you may need to get your client's permission.

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How Successfully Is Your Organization Using Social Technologies?

Let's face it, there are plenty of examples emerging of organizations doing great things with social technologies -- but just how many are having a measurable impact on their organization's goals?

If you think your organization is already doing great things with social technology you may be right. If you are seeing measurable results, I encourage you to nominate your organization for a Groundswell award.

What's a Groundswell award? Josh Bernoff, one of the authors of Groundswell, explains the history of the award in his blog here. Each year we review multiple nominations across various categories of social technology use; we identify the examples we believe best demonstrate the criteria for winning each award. We have categories that include internal and external uses of social technologies, and we're especially interested to see examples of strong collaboration between IT and Marketing. This is the fifth year we are running these awards (you can see past winners here and a full list of award categories below).

The 2011 award categories include:
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Get Your Entries In For The 2011 Forrester Groundswell Awards

Every year, we look to surface the most creative and effective ways in which companies are using social media and recognize them with our Forrester Groundswell Awards. Since I have a focus on serving B2B marketing leaders, I want to make sure that you are aware that we have an award category just for B2B applications. Many B2B marketers come to me because they struggle to come up with ideas for interesting social marketing applications that target business buyers, which makes for far fewer B2B success stories, so we need your entries.

The entry deadline for the 2011 Forrester Groundswell Awards is August 3rd, so I encourage you to go here if you'd like to nominate one of your own initiatives, or if you are an agency, you can submit something you've done for a client. Josh Bernoff, one of the original authors of Groundswell, wrote a great blog post highlighting the history of the awards that you should read if you're not already familiar with the program. 

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