Awards
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PPAI Distinguished Service Award

The PPAI Distinguished Service Award is presented to PPAI members who consistently contribute their skills and expertise toward the betterment of the Association. Through volunteer service, or by offering their leadership to PPAI, these are members who generously give the benefit of their energy, time and enthusiasm to the Association. Nominations may be submitted by PPAI’s Board of Directors, committee members, Association members and Association staff.

Eligibility And Deadlines
An eligible candidate must:
1. Be employed by a PPAI member firm in good standing.
2. Have been employed for a minimum of five years with one, or more PPAI member firms.
3. Have contributed time and talents to PPAI in at least three areas of involvement.
4. Not be a Hall of Fame inductee, or current PPAI Board member.
5. Must be off the PPAI Board of Directors for two years to be eligible.

Deadlines For Nominations:
Opens March 1, 2017
Nominations Close April 21, 2017

Click here to begin a PPAI Distinguished Service nomination.

 

Nomination And Selection Procedure

Nominations for the Distinguished Service Award may be submitted by Association members, PPAI’s Board of Directors, committee chairs, committee members and Association staff (president, vice presidents and department directors, with input from staff who have frequent contact with members).Nominations will be screened by Association staff to eliminate ineligible candidates.


The nominations are forwarded to the Hall of Fame Advisory Group who selects the slate of proposed award recipients to be presented to the Executive Committee for final approval. The group may select up to three award recipients each year. It is also possible there may be some years when there are no award recipients. 

Questions? Contact PPAI Awards & Recognition atawards@ppai.org or 972-258-3070.

Need help gathering information? Click here to reference a copy of the nomination form. This form is only to be used to help gather details and information about the person you'd like to nominate; all nominations must be submitted online at http://awards.ppai.org

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PPAI H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award

The PPAI H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award is presented to members who have shown long-standing empathy, devotion and commitment to improving quality of life and bringing about change for the betterment of a community. This tireless volunteer has exhibited exemplary devotion and volunteerism to non-profit, civic, charitable and/or educational organizations committed to the needs of the communities they serve.

Eligibility And Deadlines
An eligible candidate must:

1. Be employed by or retired from a PPAI member firm in good standing.

2. Have been employed for a minimum of five years with one, or more PPAI member firms.

3. Not be a current PPAI Board Member, or member of the award nominating committee.

4. Not be employed by, or receiving any compensation from any of the charitable/non-profit/civil organizations listed in the nomination form.


Deadline For Nominations
Opens March 1, 2017
Nominations Close April 21, 2017

Click here to begin a PPAI H. Ted Olson Humanitarian nomination.

Nomination And Selection Procedure
Nominations for the PPAI H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award shall be submitted by Association members, PPAI’s Board of Directors, PPAI council, committee and action group members and Association staff. The Association’s Manager of Awards & Recognition will screen all nominations to confirm the eligibility of candidates. All nomination forms will be verified by the nominee for accuracy.

Eligible, verified nominations will be forwarded to a nominating committee who will select a proposed award recipient to be presented to the PPAI Executive Committee for final approval. Each nominee will be evaluated on the basis of his/her significant (not exclusively monetary), long-term and dedicated support to a variety of organizations. The nominating committee may decide not to forward a nomination if a suitable nomination is not received; it is possible that there may be some years when no recipient is named. 


Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee shall consist of four independent judges to include a past PPAI Distinguished Service Award Recipient, past or present Board member of the PPEF Board, a Board member from a non-profit or charitable organization and a member from a civic organization. A PPAI Board Liaison will be named and will vote in the event of a tie. Only one recipient will be named per year. Nominations may be carried over for one year on recommendation of the Nominating Committee. Committee members will rotate as requested, but will serve a minimum of two years. 


Recognition
A personalized award will be presented to the recipient along with a $500 donation to be made in the recipient’s name to the non-profit organization of his/her choice. This presentation will be made at a suitable industry event. Additionally, the recipient and his/her designated charity will be featured in a PPAI publication


Questions? Contact PPAI Awards & Recognition at awards@ppai.org or 972-258-3070.

Need help gathering information? Click here to reference a copy of the nomination form. This form is only to be used to help gather details and information about the person you'd like to nominate; all nominations must be submitted online at http://awards.ppai.org

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PPAI Hall of Fame

Through the ages, the flame has been the symbol of knowledge and learning, providing the creative spark for future growth and development. The promotional products industry has grown and prospered because of the creative spark and dedication of many, but there are some individuals whose selfless efforts and devotion to the industry are monumental. It is these individuals to whom PPAI gives permanent recognition through induction into the Association's Hall of Fame.

Eligibility
An eligible candidate:
1. Has made significant contributions to the promotional products industry and to his, or her community.
2. May be living, or deceased.
3. Cannot be a current member of the PPAI Board of Directors, or the Hall of Fame Advisory Group.
4. Must be off the Board for three full years before being eligible as a Hall of Fame nominee. The waiting period is reduced to one full year if the nominee served in a Board-appointed position filling a Board vacancy, or an at-large position.
5. Must be off the Hall of Fame Advisory Group for four full years before being eligible as a PPAI Hall of Fame Nominee.
6. Must not have been honored with the PPAI Distinguished Service Award within the past two years.

Deadlines For Nominations:
Opens on March 1, 2017
Closes on April 21, 2017


Click here to begin a PPAI Hall of Fame nomination.


Nomination And Selection Procedure
All Association members are eligible to submit a nomination. 


Members of the Association’s Board of Directors and the Hall of Fame Advisory Group shall not be permitted to make nominations, or second nominations to the Hall of Fame.


Nominations will be screened by the Association staff to eliminate ineligible individuals. All eligible nominations shall be forwarded to the PPAI Hall of Fame Advisory Group to select and send a slate of candidates to the Board of Directors.

No more than half of the candidates may be posthumous nominations. Induction to the Hall of Fame shall be by ballot vote of the Board of Directors. Only "no" votes are to be cast. Negative votes by more than 40% of the eligible Board of Directors will be considered as a rejection of the nominee and that person will not be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Those candidates for the Hall of Fame who are not selected by the Hall of Fame Advisory Group will automatically be reconsidered for the next two years (a total of three years) by the Advisory Group. After that period of time, if the individual has not been inducted, he/she will need to be nominated again by a member before being reconsidered.


Questions? Contact PPAI Awards & Recognition at awards@ppai.org or 972-258-3070.

Need help gathering information? Click here to reference a copy of the nomination form. This form is only to be used to help gather details and information about the person you'd like to nominate; all nominations must be submitted online at http://awards.ppai.org

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PPAI Legislator of the Year Award

The PPAI Legislator of the Year Award is presented to a current member of Congress who has demonstrated a high level of interest and support of the promotional products industry, our members and their businesses, and pending legislation which could affect our industry and our members.

Eligibility
An eligible candidate must:
1. Have introduced, or supported legislation in line with the PPAI mission, goals and strategic plan.
2. Be in office at the time of nomination, selection and recognition.
3. Championed the cause of small business.
4. Supported PPAI in its product safety efforts.
5. Met face-to-face with industry leaders, visited member offices/factories and stayed in touch after an initial meeting in the last 12 months.
6. Attended a national, or regional tradeshow during the current year, or was a guest speaker at an industry event.

Deadline For Nominations
2017 Dates TBA

Nomination and Selection Procedure
Nominations may be made online at PPAI Awards. Nominations for the PPAI Legislator of the Year shall be submitted by Association members, committees, advisory councils and action group members, PPAI staff (president, executive vice president and department directors), PPAI Board of Directors, RAC Board members. Current members of the Legislator of the Year Advisory Group may not submit nominations.

Nominations will be screened by Association staff to eliminate ineligible individuals. Verified nominations will be forwarded to the Legislator of the Year Advisory Group. The Advisory Group may select a maximum of two award recipients in a given year. It is possible there may be no award recipient in any given year.

Award Presentation
The congressional leader who has been selected as PPAI Legislator of the Year will receive an award of recognition and will be invited to attend the L.E.A.D. dinner, or luncheon during the coming year.

Questions?
Contact PPAI Awards & Recognition at Awards@ppai.org, or 972-258-3088.

PPAI Legislator of the Year Award Recipients

2016
—Steve Chabot (R-OH)
        —Greg Walden (R-OR)
2015—Ron Johnson (R-WI)
2014—Renee Ellmers (R-NC)
2013—Erik Paulsen (MN-R)
2012—Tim Murphy (PA-R)

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PPAI RAC Volunteer of the Year Award

The PPAI RAC Volunteer Award is presented to a regional association member who has demonstrated an outstanding level of volunteerism, leadership and made other significant and measurable contributions to a regional association.

Eligibility
An eligible candidate must:

1. Must have been employed (for a minimum of five years) with or retired from a regional association member company in good standing.

2. May be living or deceased.

3. Have contributed time and talents to a regional association and served at least one term on a regional association Board.

4. Must Not be an active member of the regional association staff.

5. Current members of the RAC Board of Directors and the RAC Advisory Group are not eligible for nomination and are not eligible until two years after service is completed.

6. RAC Board of Directors and/or Advisory Group members are not permitted to make, or second nominations.

 

Deadlines For Nominations
Opens April 10, 2017
Closes May 19, 2017

Click here to start a nomination for the PPAI RAC Volunteer Award.


Nomination And Selection Procedure
Nominations for the PPAI RAC Volunteer Award shall be submitted by regional association members, PPAI’s Board of Directors, committee members and PPAI staff (president, vice presidents and department directors, with input from remaining staff who have frequent contact with volunteers). Nominations will be screened by Association staff to eliminate ineligible candidates.

 

The nominations will be forwarded to the RAC Advisory Group who will select the award recipients. The Advisory Group may select up to a maximum of two award recipients each year. It is possible there may be some years when there will be no award winner.

Questions? Contact PPAI Awards & Recognition at awards@ppai.org or 972-258-3070.

Need help gathering information? Click here to reference a copy of the nomination form. This form is only to be used to help gather details and information about the person you'd like to nominate; all nominations must be submitted online at http://awards.ppai.org

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PPAI Woman of Achievement Award

The PPAI Woman of Achievement Award recognizes a woman who has led the way in the advancement of women in the industry, exhibited outstanding leadership and made significant contributions to the industry and her community.


Eligibility
An eligible candidate must:

1. Be a woman currently employed, or retired from a PPAI member company in good standing.
2. Have been employed with one, or more PPAI member firms for a minimum of eight years during a career spanning at least 15 years.
3. Have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities as demonstrated through years in the promotional products industry.
4. Have made significant and/or noteworthy achievements, or contributions to the promotional products industry resulting in a breakthrough, or milestone made at any time within the nominee’s career.
5. Have contributed time and talents to PPAI in at least three areas of involvement.
6. Have demonstrated service as a role model, or mentor that shows dedication to the advancement of women in the promotional products industry.
7. Not be on the Women of Achievement Advisory Group, or PPAI Board of Directors.
8. Must be off the PPAI Board of Directors and Women of Achievement Advisory Group for two years.


Deadline For Nominations
Opens January 20, 2017
Nominations Close March 10, 2017


Click here to begin a PPAI Woman of Achievement nomination.


Nomination And Selection Procedure
Nominations for the Woman of Achievement Award may be submitted by PPAI's Board of Directors, Association members (or member retirees) and Association staff (president, vice president and department directors with input from remaining staff who have frequent contact with members). Current members of the PPAI Woman of Achievement Advisory Group are not permitted to be nominated, or to make nominations.


Nominations are screened by the association staff to eliminate ineligible individuals. All eligible nominations will be forwarded to the Woman of Achievement Advisory Group who will select a slate of proposed award recipients to be presented to the Executive Committee for final approval. The Advisory Group may select up to a maximum of two award recipients each year. It is possible there may be some years when there will be no award winner.


Questions? Contact PPAI Awards & Recognition at awards@ppai.org, or 972-258-3070.

Need help gathering information?  Click here to reference a copy of the nomination form. This form is only to be used to help gather details and information about the person you'd like to nominate; all nominations must be submitted online at http://awards.ppai.org

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PPAI Image Award

The PPAI Image Awards recognize members for creative, insightful and effective branding activities that convey information about their own company’s identity, products, or services to customers and prospects within the promotional products industry.

Eligibility
1. This award competition is open to all PPAI members.
2. Eligible entries must have been developed and published between August 31, 2015 and April 29, 2016.
3. Only one entry per category/per PPAI Member Company.
4. Any web-based content must be active for judging until November 2016; if content has been updated, screenshots must be supplied at time of entry.

Deadline For Entries
2017 Dates TBA

If you have any questions please contact PPAI Awards & Recognition or 972-258-3070.

Entry Fee

$50 per entry (PPAI Members Only)
Entries may be submitted online at PPAI Awards.

Submission Requirements and Instructions
1. All entries must be submitted via online entry form no later than April 29, 2016 with all entry materials shipped to be received no later than May 4, 2016.
2. All catalog entries must include effective dates as noted in the eligibility; two copies of printed versions must be submitted for each entry.
3. Submit copies of all examples of messaging and product.
4. Provide a written explanation of the entry to include details related to concepts, timing, factors involved and other details that demonstrate the complexity, creativity and implementation.
5. Please provide a log in and password for judges’ use, if required, for on-line content.
6. Provide a written description of submission. Provide thorough and concise answers to key questions. Description must not exceed a typed page in size 10 font, or larger.
7. One sample of each imprinted promotional product should be submitted with completed write up. Points will be deducted if product sample(s) are not submitted. Sample(s) should be in perfect condition and must not be mounted, framed, or in any way modified for the entry presentation.
8. Copies of letters, electronic communications, screenshots and other supporting collateral should be included at time of submission.
9. Shipping: Please package all copies of letters, screenshots, electronic communications, support materials and samples in one shipment. Entrants are responsible for all shipment, postage, customs, clearance and insuring valuable entries against loss, or damage. 

Ship to:
PPAI – Image Competition
3125 Skyway Circle N
Irving, TX 75038
(972) 258-3070

10. Samples become the property of PPAI and will not be returned unless return request is indicated on the entry
submission, a shipping account number is provided and $10 handling fee is included at time of submission.

Categories, Descriptions And Judging Criteria
*Please Note: Categories have changed.*

Self-Promotion Campaigns
Designed to promote sales, or enhance the image of a company to customers and prospects. Each entry must include detailed information about a company, product, or service offered by the member and supported with examples of product, e-mails, mailings, or other collateral for the campaign. Self-promotions are not a single product carrying a self-promotion imprint.

1. The campaign must have been conducted between August 31, 2015 and April 29, 2016.
2. Entry must be a focused campaign utilizing one, or more promotional products in conjunction with other media.
3. A written description of the campaign must be included with the entry and should include the following details:
   - Who and how many people/companies were in the targeted audience?
   - What promotional products were used and how were they distributed to the target audience?
   - In terms of creativity, strategy, copy and tactics, what were the highlights of the promotion?
   - What results were achieved?

Scoring: Maximum 100 points
1–40 Points — Originality
1–40 Points — Effectiveness of execution
1–20 Points — Results

Branding

Competition for all member types for complete branding campaigns that incorporate logo development, stationery, business cards and other print media, website, signage, corporate apparel and other collateral used by a business in a creative, flexible and effective application that conveys a consistent brand message to the respective customer/prospect audience.

1. Please provide before and after logo graphics and detail launch date of new “brand.”
2. Where possible, live samples of all related new collateral should be provided along with photos of booth/signage, etc. and before-and-after shots for all on-line content.
3. A written description of the scope of the rebranding must be included with entry and should include the following details:
   - What was the rationale behind the change/update? (Update? Merger? New name?)
   - How many staff members were involved in the project?
   - In terms of scope, provide an explanation of how many different elements had to be re-branded and how many elements were introduced (new) as part of the new branding.
   - How long did the creative process take from start to finish?
   - Provide any specific concept of the new brand.

Scoring:
Maximum 100 points
1–25 Points — Originality
1–35 Points — Scope of creative process
1–40 Points — Complexity of implementation

Regional Creative Achievement
Programs and campaigns demonstrating outstanding development, innovation, creativity and results in a program executed by a regional association. To be eligible, the campaign must be related specifically to association activities. Regional associations may submit a maximum of two entries. This category is open to industry-recognized regional associations only.

1. The campaign must have been conducted between August 31, 2015 and April 29, 2016.
2. Entry must be a focused campaign utilizing one, or more promotional products in conjunction with other media.
3. A written description of the campaign must be included with the entry and should include the following details:
   - Who and how many people/companies were in the targeted audience?
   - What promotional products were used and how were they distributed to the target audience?
   - In terms of creativity, strategy, copy and tactics, what were the highlights of the promotion?
   - What results were achieved?
4. A letter signed by two current Board members is required, confirming the campaign and its results.

Scoring: Maximum 100 points
1-40 — Originality
1-40 — Effectiveness of execution
1-20 — Results

**NEW**
Integrated Supplier Product Marketing (Previously Supplier Catalogs)
This new category replaces the discontinued, traditional catalog categories to recognize timely, technology-focused integrated marketing strategy that demonstrates the effective use of traditional catalog presentation hand-in-hand with complementary online content. The successful integrated product marketing presentation provides an opportunity to showcase how printed product literature is complemented and enhanced by a coordinated on-line component to offer expanded information and resources.

An effective printed supplier catalog relies on the development of a comprehensive publication that delivers clear product images and complete product descriptions, detailed and concise imprinting information and complete pricing and sales policies. Additionally the printed literature should refer to online content that may offer sales pricing, special promotions, case studies, product videos, inventory, freight quotes and expanded imprinting options/examples to enhance the static printed marketing. Secondarily, this integrated marketing may expand the distributor’s awareness of company history, capabilities, product safety, social responsibility, company culture or other benefits related to the company or product offering.

Select the appropriate sub-category when submitting based on printed page count
Integrated Supplier Product Marketing (1-25 pg catalog & online content)
Integrated Supplier Product Marketing (26-50 pg catalog & online content)
Integrated Supplier Product Marketing (51-75 pg catalog & online content)
Integrated Supplier Product Marketing (76-150 pg catalog & online content)
Integrated Supplier Product Marketing (150+ pg catalog & online content)

Required materials for entry:
1. Provide publication and effective dates of printed materials
2. Include at least two (2) pristine samples of printed materials and link to the complementary content online (open access content only)
3. Include a written explanation that highlights the following elements:

Printed content:
   - Explain the strategic flow of content, indexing, special industry identifiers, completeness of general information, completeness of decorating/imprint standards and options.
   - Reference creative graphical presentation of product, applications, options and overall branding
   - Highlight the coordinated strategy with online content including web addresses, QR codes, and links to augmented realities, case studies or other references for easy identification 

Online content:
   - Explain the logical and coordinated organization or product and how it is complementary to printed literature
   - Call out the enhancements that are integrated in the online content that is not achievable via printed content and explain the value to the distributor as part of the sales process, i.e. virtual samples, freight quotes and inventory levels.
   - Note any special formats that are unique to online content that support the sales process
   - Highlight the access to immersive or interactive technology such as product videos, augmented realities, live chat or other tools. 

Other:
   - Explain how both printed and online content provide critical information and tools that aid the distributor in the product selection and order placement process
   - Explain how the coordinated content aid in error-free product selection, preparation of quote or placement of orders.
   - Highlight coordinated branding components as well as any elements that provide company history, company culture, awards, and or quality and service commitments.

Scoring:
Maximum 100 points
1-30 Points – Cohesive integration of print and online content
1-30 Points – Organization and inclusion of critical product and ordering information on both platforms
1-20 Points – Creative presentation of brand, product and capabilities
1-20 Points – Readability, quality of images, font, color and icon usage on both platforms

Printed Distributor Catalog

An effective printed distributor catalog requires attention-getting graphics and merchandising that meets a wide range of end buyer needs, but can be produced within manageable time constraints and budgets. Additional challenges exist when a variety of supplier-provided images must be presented in the distributor brand.

Printed Distributor Catalog Categories
Catalogs 1 to 25 interior pages
Catalogs 25+ interior pages

1. Provide publication and effective dates of the catalog.
2. Provide the type of customer/prospect on mailing list and the number of catalogs distributed.
3. Include at least two (2) pristine samples of the catalog.
4. Include a written explanation that highlights the following elements:
   - Logical organization of content: index, product flow, distributor contact information, general information, imprint templates, additional charges, etc.
   - Support the readability; graphic elements and other tools that make the catalog a usable tool for the customer.
   - Special features or treatments that help the customer select product with an understanding of the total cost, color options, lead time, imprint, etc.
   - Highlight the design elements that help support the distributor brand.

Scoring:
Maximum 100 points
1–40 Points — Organization of required information
1–30 Points — Readability; quality of images (photos and graphics)
1–30 Points — Creative presentation of brand, product and capabilities

Electronic Distributor Catalog

An effective electronic distributor catalog includes the same extensive content requires for a printed edition, but may also apply a different logic of intuitive organization to be useful. Electronic catalogs allow for additional time-sensitive content, additional image features and other add-in features such as special pricing, seasonal specials, testimonials, on-line chat, email licks, etc. **Please Note – Electronic product libraries and PDF’s of a catalog do not qualify for the competition**

1. Electronic catalog must include a “page-turning” feature.
2. Include a reference copy of the printed catalog when submitting if available.
3. Include a written explanation that highlights the following elements:
   - Intuitive organization — how and why the product is organized differently from print.
   - Additional features possible on electronic versions that are not available in print media.
   - Features that might be more time-sensitive than print format provides.
   - List any unique features found in the electronic format not possible in print format.

Scoring: Maximum 100 points
1–40 Points — Intuitive organization for electronic viewing
1–30 Points — Readability; quality of images (photos and graphics)
1–30 Points — Creative presentation of brand, product and capabilities

Judging
A judging panel made up of outside experts and the Awards & Recognition Committee will judge each category based on the criteria and points values provided under each category description. Points will be deducted if write up, product samples or other required materials are not received.

All submitted entries are judged individually based on how well they deliver the required elements. Member companies do not compete against each other, but earn points solely on the merit of their own entry.

Questions?
Contact PPAI Awards & Recognition or 972-258-3070.

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PPAI Suppliers Achievement Award

The PPAI Suppliers Achievement Award brings annual recognition to industry suppliers for outstanding craftsmanship, creativity and service to distributors.

Eligibility, Deadlines And Entry Fee
*Please note eligibility requirements have changed.
1. Competition is open to all PPAI member suppliers.
2. All entries must be regular catalog items provided for sale between [Dates TBA]
3. Up to TWO (2) entries per supplier in a category.
4. Items used only as random, or speculative samples are ineligible.
5. All entries must be received by PPAI on or before June 24, 2016.
6. Entry fee and return shipping charges must be paid in full at time of submission.

Deadline For Program Entries:
2017 Dates TBA

If you have any questions, please contact PPAI Awards & Recognition or 972-258-3070.

Entry Fee: $50 per entry—PPAI supplier members

Submission Requirements And Instructions

  1. Determine the category: Consider the entry you are submitting with the criteria required in the category. Judges will screen all entries to be sure they are in the correct category and will move them as necessary. No more than TWO entries per supplier company will be allowed in any category. Extra submissions will be disqualified
  2. Complete the online entry form.
  3. Program Write-up: A written explanation of the manufacturing, printing, or specific special processes, the creativity involved and how it was used must be provided at time of submission.
    a. Description MUST NOT exceed one (1) typed page in size 10 font.
    b. Description must be detailed and concise.
    c. Include special processes, designs, equipment, creativity, etc. important to the development and/or production of the entry.
  4. Two samples of each imprinted promotional product must be submitted. Samples must be imprinted and properly identified. All samples provided MUST contain the same imprint with the exceptions being in categories #1 and #2. Each sample should be in perfect condition and not mounted, framed, or in any way modified for entry presentation.
  5. Catalog, dates sales/price sheets, mailing piece, or catalog page MUST be submitted with each entry. Entries submitted without the required material may be disqualified.
  6. Samples become the property of PPAI and will not be returned unless the return request is indicated during the entry submission, a shipping account number MUST be provided and $10 handling fee is included at the time of submission. Entrants are responsible for all shipment, postage, customs clearance and insuring valuable entries against loss, or damage.

Ship to:
PPAI - Suppliers Achievement Competition
3125 Skyway Circle North
Irving, TX 75038-3526

Click here to submit a Suppliers Achievement entry.

Categories
*Please note all Supplier Categories have been updated. Supplier Catalog submissions should be made into the Image Award Competition.

1. Client Sales & Marketing Aids: This category applies to packaged tools and examples that help a distributor sell to their end buyer with a focus on case studies and solution-based selling. Self-promo offers, direct mail literature and other collateral are an integral part of this competition. Must be end-buyer focused.

2. Distributor Sales & Marketing Aids: This category applies to kits that help distributors sell with samples and catalogs. These types of kits are suitable for showrooms and sales calls.

3. Most Creative Product Entry: Development of a new product that has sales applications suitable for promotional or business use and can be customized to carry a logo or message. Must provide application and decoration.

Scoring for Categories 1–3: Maximum of 40 points

  • 1–20 points — Functional aspects
  • 1–10 points — Attractiveness and quality of items
  • 1–10 points — General adaptability to specified use

4. Multi-color Print on Textiles: Multi-color print on soft woven, knit, or non-woven textiles utilizing screen print or digital print methods. MUST specify equipment utilized and processes in submission.

5. Special Effects, or Multi-media Decoration on Textiles: A combination of screen print, embroidery, embellishments, doming, or other combinations that create a distinctive, dimensional appearance.

6. Embroidery I: Under 10,000 stitches in a single design as determined by total stitch count.

7. Embroidery II: More than 10,000 stitches in a single design as determined by total stitch count.

8. Sublimation: Multi-color or spot-color decorating achieved through the use of paper transfer process applied with heat.

9. Large Format Printing: Decoration on large substrates such as banners, table runners, booth graphics and signage.

10. Multi-color Print in Hard Surfaces: Multi-color print on hard surfaces such as plastic, metal, PVC, or other hard substrates utilizing screen print or digital print methods. MUST specify equipment utilized in the process.

11. Pad Printing: Multi-color decorating applied to curved, concave, or uneven surface utilizing pad print technology; does not include traditional flat screen print applications.

Scoring for Categories 4–11: Maximum of 40 points

  • 1–10 points — Sharpness of general imprint, line drawings, halftones, etc.
  • 1–15 points — The material imprinted and the difficulty involved
  • 1–10 points — Quality of register, and/or clarity, and/or neatness of impression
  • 1–5 points — Overall visual impact

12. Etching-Engraving-Laser: Decoration via one of these three technologies applied to metal, crystal, glass, wood, or other surfaces. Method MUST be specified on entry.

13. Castings: Traditional decoration utilizing carved cavity, or die to achieve fine detail and copy in metal.

14. Metal Striking: Traditional decorating method using dies and pressure to achieve fine detail and copy in metal.

15. PVC Patch, or Product: Multi-dimensional decoration achieved through the use of PVC in poured, multi-color application applied to create a product, or as a decoration on a product.

Scoring for Categories 12–15: Maximum of 40 points

  • 1–10 points — Intricacy of design and the degree of difficulty involved in executing it
  • 1–10 points — Degree of difficulty in casting, finishing and assembly material
  • 1–10 points — Free of nicks, pits, scratches and other surface imperfections
  • 1–10 points — Overall visual impact 

16. Special Applications: To include duplication or decoration using technology for bar codes, QR codes, watermarks or variable data and other un-categorized decoration methods. Method MUST be specified on entry.

17. Dome: A decorating process utilizing epoxy applied via pre-fab, hand, or mechanized pour, or application of material over image to create a product, or as a decoration on a product.

18. Combination of Processes: A combination of decorating methods combined that deliver a different decoration method not achieved with a single process. Processes used MUST be specified in submission.

19. Special Processes: Decoration methods not otherwise categorized; including embossing, de-bossing, foil stamping, offset print, weaving, flexography, letterpress, or holograms. Process MUST be specified in submission.

Scoring for Categories 16–19: Maximum of 40 points

  • 1–10 points — Sharpness of detail
  • 1–10 points — The material used and the difficulty involved
  • 1–10 points — Quality, clarity and neatness of design/impression
  • 1–10 points — Overall visual impact

20. Customized Non-catalog Product Under $25: Development of a completely custom product generated as a result of end-client need with a client sale price of under $25 per unit.

21. Customized Non-catalog Product $25 & Up: Development of a completely custom product generated as a result of end-client need with a client sale price of $25, or more per unit.

22. Mascot/Character or Persona Product: Custom development of three-dimensional product.

23. Most Creative Promotional Product Developed as a Result of a Supplier/Distributor Collaboration: The product must be designed from an idea, or concept developed as a result of distributor opportunity. Both the supplier and distributor will receive recognition during the PPAI Awards Presentation.

  • Letter from distributor must confirm the creative information provided, the client need and results.
  • Detailed explanation MUST BE provided.
  • Both supplier and distributor must be PPAI members in good standing.

24. Customized Retail-branded Product/Packaging: Creative decoration of retail product not traditionally designed to be decorated, or to carry a message; may also include custom designed or decorated packaging to hold a retail brand product. This category is for retail-branded products only.

  • Creative decoration of retail product not
  • traditionally designed to be decorated, or to carry a message; may also include
  • custom designed or decorated packaging to hold a retail brand product. This
  • category is for retail-branded products only.

Scoring for Categories 20–24: Maximum of 40 points

  • 1–15 points — Originality/creativity
  • 1–10 points — Intricacy of design and degree of difficulty involved
  • 1–10 points — Quality of register, and/or clarity, and/or neatness of impression
  • 1–5 points — Overall visual impact

Judging
A judging panel made up of outside experts and the Awards & Recognition Action Group will judge each category based on the criteria and points values listed above. All submitted entries are judged individually based on how well they deliver the required elements; member companies do not compete against each other, but earn points solely on the merit of their own entry.

When appropriate awards will be given for Gold and Silver levels. Ties in a category will be awarded.

Click here to submit a Suppliers Achievement entry.

Questions?
Contact PPAI Awards & Recognition or 972-258-3070.

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PPAI Supplier Star Award

Recognizes consistent excellence in service, decorating, problem resolution and product quality. 

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PPAI Technology Award

The PPAI Technology Awards recognize PPAI members for development and effective use of technology in a variety of applications.

Eligibility, Deadlines And Entry Fee
1. Competition is open to all PPAI member companies.
2. All content must be viewable online from date of entry until judging is completed November 2016.
3. Up to two entries per category per member company will be accepted.
4. Valid entries can be created by internal, or external developers, or may be a turnkey, pre-packaged solution.
5. All technology content submitted must be intended for use within the promotional products industry.
6. All entries must be submitted online by[Dates TBA]
7. Entry fee must be paid in full at the time of submission.

Deadline For Entries
2017 Dates TBA

If you have any questions, please contact PPAI Awards & Recognition or 972-258-3070.

Entry Fee: $50—PPAI members only

Submission Requirements And Instructions

1. Determine the category: Consider the entry you are submitting with the criteria required in the category. Entries will be screened to be sure they are in the correct category and will be moved as necessary.

2. No more than TWO entries per member company will be allowed in any category. Extra submissions will be disqualified.

3. Complete the online entry form.

4. Entrants will receive an e-mail acknowledging the entry has been received. All entries are considered received after a completed entry form and payment for the entry fee is received by PPAI.

5. PPAI assumes all entries are original and that the entrant either owns the website, or has permission from a client, or other appropriate party to enter the work, with all rights granted therein. In the event that an entrant without permission submits a site, the entrant and submission will be disqualified. The PPAI Awards & Recognition department is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant. Submission of any entry acknowledges the right of PPAI to use it for exhibition and publication in any medium. 


Categories, Descriptions and Scoring

Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News: This category of competition will recognize members for their creative and insightful sharing of a robust offering of relevant industry information via blogs, podcasts or digital newsletters.

  • Overall purpose: 1–25 points
    Is there a clear business purpose for the submission and does the author have related experience and credentials appropriate for the site?
  • Content: 1–25 points
    Are posts relevant to the industry and posted on a timely and consistent basis? Is audience response lively and relevant?
  • Quality: 1–25 points
    Are topics of interest to a large, industry audience? Are supporting sites and other data used to support the author’s perspective?
  • Creativity: 1–25 points
    Is the writing style creative and interesting? Do the posts evoke thought, or discovery?

E-commerce Website: This category of competition focuses on members’ websites that are intended for use from quoting to order placement, order tracking, art archives and order history within the promotional products channel. A winning site should minimize the need for direct contact with the factory to complete a transaction with a customer.

  • Overall navigation: 1–25 points
    How easy were product searches, decoration information and sales policies to locate? How easy was it to begin an order? How accessible was contact information?
  • Content: 1–25 points
    Does the site provide the content and topics that allow you to check inventory, place an order, select/submit artwork, process a payment, check on a pending order, view order tracking and invoice? Were sales or closeout items featured?
  • Quality: 1–25 points
    Are all images clear and enticing? Were all links active? Were selling ideas or additional capabilities highlighted on the site? Were additional industry tools available?
  • Creativity: 1–25 points
    Was the site stimulating, fresh and well-organized? Were interactive tools used effectively on the site?

Mobile Apps/Mobile Websites: This category of competition will recognize members for their creative development specifically tailored for mobile devices. Entries can be either mobile applications, or mobile websites that enable on-the-go connectivity to company information, resources and tools.

  • Features and functionality: 1–25 points
    Do the features work as you would expect? Do they load quickly? Is the app/site responsive? Does the overall functionality of the app/site meet your expectations? Does it provide a good customer experience?
  • Navigation and layout: 1–25 points
    Is the navigation organized and easy to understand? Does it flow well? Is it easy to find what you're looking for? Is it quick? When you click on something, do you get what you expect?
  • Content: 1–25 points
    Is the content relevant and beneficial for on-the-go access? Is it easy to read? Is it presented in an easy to understand format? Is it appealing? Does it give you the information you need?
  • Quality and visual design: 1–25 points
    Does it have a good look and feel? Does it draw your attention? Is the design professional? Is there good corporate branding? Does everything work properly?

Social Media—Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Others: This category of competition will recognize members for their effective use of established social media channels to create, share or exchange information, ideas or other content in virtual communities or networks while maximizing the unique attributes of each.

Special Note: Any entry with "same message content" delivered via multiple channels or sites will be treated as one entry. Different messaging, whether on the same site, or another, will be treated as separate entries and additional fees will apply.

  • Overall purpose: 1–25 point
    Was there a well-defined message, or purpose for the campaign? Were there clear strategies executed? Is the business profile developed related to the site?
  • Content: 1–25 points
    How relevant were posts? Were offers and specials part of the campaign? How consistent were activities? Was the content of interest to the audience of followers?
  • Quality: 1–25 points
    How many posts were visible? What was the timing? How many followers are visible? How active were reposts?
  • Creativity: 1–25 points
    Is the writing style creative and interesting? Do the posts evoke thought, or discovery? Were active links used effectively?

Special Interest Websites: This category of competition will recognize members’ websites that deliver information about groups, trends, legislation, markets, or other information specific to the promotional products industry. Appropriate submissions could relate to education, legal issues, product safety, exclusive product development, tradeshows, sourcing, or other unique content. Special Note: A company’s primary website does not qualify for this category.

  • Overall purpose: 1–25 points
    How relevant and clear is the purpose of information found on the site? Is the content needed by the intended audience?
  • Content: 1–25 points
    How clear is the information available on the site? Is the content and detailed topic easily searchable using industry terms? Were other informational links accessible via the site?
  • Quality: 1–25 points
    Are all images clear and enticing? Were all links active? Was the content presented in a way that would be suitable to share with a client?
  • Creativity: 1–25 points
    Was the site stimulating, fresh and well-organized? Were interactive tools used effectively on the site?

Video Content: This category of competition will recognize members for their creative development of a single video product along with the effective delivery of content via established platforms.

Special note: All content must be in good taste, apply good grammar and language skills and can include humor. Content that contains pornographic material, propagates hate messages, makes defamatory statements, or might otherwise be considered offensive, whether visual, or auditory, will be disqualified.

  • Overall purpose: 1–25 points
    Was there a well-defined business purpose, or message communicated in the video?
  • Content: 1–25 points
    Was the content delivered with clear messaging? Is the content style appropriate for the intended viewer?
  • Quality: 1–25 points
    Was the production quality good? Images clear? Sound and use of music appropriate? Does the content load quickly and stream seamlessly?
  • Creativity: 1–25 points
    Do all elements; visual, auditory, script, etc. combine to deliver a compelling message, or story?

Web Content/Functionality: This category of competition focuses on the web-based presentation of a company’s overall products and services in an effective format utilizing concise content and appropriate terminology for the intended audience.

  • Overall navigation: 1–25 points
    How easy were everyday topics to locate and how quickly were you able to access specific content?
  • Content: 1–25 points
    Does the site provide the content and topics that allow you to understand the capabilities, services and products along with sales policies, artwork requirements and production information?
  • Quality: 1–25 points
    Are all images clear and enticing? Were all links active? Were selling ideas, or additional capabilities highlighted on the site? Were additional industry tools available?
  • Creativity: 1–25 points
    Was the site stimulating, fresh and well-organized? Were interactive tools used effectively on the site?

Judging
Judging panels will be established for each entry based on the intended audience. If the audience is end buyer/client-focused, end buyers will be included in the judging process; if the intended user is a distributor, a distributor judging panel will be utilized, etc. When appropriate, awards will be given for Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. Ties in a category will be awarded.

All submitted entries are judged individually based on how well they deliver the required category elements. Member companies do not compete against each other, but earn points on their own merit. A total maximum score of 100 points can be earned for entries meeting the listed criteria.

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PPAI Pyramid Award

The PPAI Pyramid Award has stood the test of time and continues to advance the awareness and prestige of the industry’s talented companies and individuals. First introduced in 1958, the PPAI Pyramid Award recognizes promotional products businesses and helps shine the spotlight on the collaborative business model unique to our industry.

 

In 2018 we will be celebrating a significant milestone with the 60th Anniversary of the PPAI Pyramid Award and with that an evolution; starting this year the PPAI Pyramid will encompass all award categories; Suppliers Achievement, Supplier Star, Technology and Image Awards.

 

Competition scheduled to open June 5th

Award details coming soon.

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