You can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket, and you can’t win a CotY Award if you don’t submit an entry! Even if you have entered in the past and have not won, don’t give up. The competition is being tweaked regularly with new categories, different judges and judging criteria.
Start planning your entries at the beginning of a project, regardless of whether you will actually submit it. Start a folder with before images, information about the project, and finally, we recommend professional photography for after images.
Tips for Your CotY Entry
Remember that the 50 word promotional statement about your project is what is shared publicly if your project wins. So what are the most important points you want to make, summarizing the project? The judges do not see the promotional statement so you can use the name of your company if you want to do so.
Consider including team members in your entry. We also recommend that you fill out the Vendor Form listing every EM NARI member company with whom you worked. Finally, consider entering the Guild Quality Customer Service Award, returning for the second consecutive year. We are all aware how important it is to provide an excellent customer experience. Get credit for your hard work!
Optimize Your Win
If you win a CotY Award, make sure you share the good news – inside the company and beyond. Creating submissions and winning awards is a wonderful team building opportunity for your company. Celebrate the win with your team.
We recommend that you attend the CotY Awards (March 28, 2017 at Clarke, Milford, MA) and make sure you get a photo of your team with the CotY trophy. Use that photo along with information about the project and your company. Publicize your win on your website, blog posts, and social media pages. Send a press release to your local media outlet, including the CotY logo and an image of you from the CotY Awards.
For more information about the EM NARI CotY Awards, visit: http://www.emnari.org/about-em-nari/coty-awards/