Now is the time to enter

Steve Turner, mark-making*

Tuesday October 22nd 2013

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This year was the second year we entered the West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBA), and we were thrilled to come home with the trophy for best use of social media. Inspired by WOBA’s goal of promoting Oxfordshire businesses, instead of going after the award a second time, we have decided to sponsor the award and help with the judging for next year’s event.

Since 2009, WOBA has given businesses the opportunity to shine. They have set the benchmark of recognising excellence and the entrepreneurial character of fast growing businesses and communities in West Oxfordshire. For this reason, we would like to encourage as many other Oxfordshire businesses as possible to enter themselves into WOBA, and particularly for the Social Media Award.

The advantages and potential of social media are endless.

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are making the most of these tools for customer service, marketing and sales, lead generation, and PR. But some take it a step further, creating unique campaigns that show the engagement that can be achieved with a little creativity.

For us, social media has become another way of showing off our creative side and our love for innovation. The campaign which formed the foundation of our winning WOBA entry was the A-Z of Instagram, a competition, exhibition, and book, that celebrated mobile photography and the freedom of expression that platforms like Instagram allow.

Now is the time to enter an award at this year’s WOBA

Now is the right time for any West Oxfordshire business to show off their passion for social media, and to show how their hard-work has paid off. To enter, this is what you need to do:

    • Request your entry form by completing this form on the WOBA website.
    • Fill in your form and send it back by the latest of 29th of November.
    • If you have any questions regarding the award or the entry form, please feel free to drop us an email or give us a call (01608 649600).

There are many benefits of entering the Social Media Award. It will help you build relationships and connections within the local community and help you reach a new audience (whether or not you win or are nominated). It will also help you think about social media in a whole new way (if you weren’t already), and get you thinking strategically about your actions.

Don’t forget, there are many more categories to enter besides the Social Media Award, with there being 11 in total plus the overall West Oxfordshire Business of the Year Award. You’re only able to enter two categories, but this is a great opportunity to showcase your achievements and skills in a number of areas.

Get entering and good luck!