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Questions? We've prepared some answers to questions you may have about entering the IPM COGS Awards

These are the questions we are asked most frequently. If you can't find the answer to what you were looking for, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our helpful team at the IPM on 020 7291 7300 or email jodyb@theipm.org.uk or annak@theipm.org.uk.

1.          Can only Members of the IPM enter the COGS Awards? 

No. The IPM COGS Awards are open to any UK-based provider of marketing services.  There is a differential in the entry fee between members companies of the IPM and non-members.  Please see the section relating to entry fees for more information. 

2.          Who can enter the COGS Awards? 

The IPM COGS Awards are open to any UK-based company which provides services that support the delivery of promotional marketing campaigns. Agencies are not eligible to enter. 

3.          What Industry Sector categories can we enter? 

Companies are only eligible to enter a particular industry category if they provide relevant services themselves in-house. They must also be able to demonstrate a reasonable level of expertise in a particular category to be eligible to enter it. Companies which buy in services in a particular industry category are not eligible to enter that category. 

4.          How much does it cost to enter the IPM COGS Awards? 

IPM Members

1-2  entries £180.00 + VAT 

3-6 entries 5% discount 

7-9 entries 10% discount

10+ entries 15% discount 

Non IPM- members 

£210.00 +VAT - no discounts available

5.          When do entries need to be received by? 

The entry deadline is noon, Friday 24th July 2015. This is an extended deadline.

6.          How can entries be made? 

All entries must be made via the online entry submission on the IPM website.  No paper entries will be considered. If you are an IPM Member, you will need to log in to submit and process your entries at the reduced Member rates.

7.          What approvals, if any, are required? 

At the time and date of entry the entrant agrees that the information provided is truthful, accurate and adheres to the CAP Code.  It is the responsibility of the entrant to have the written permission of all third parties involved in the project, prior to submitting the entry.  Failure to do so will lead to disqualification. Please note that the IPM vets all entries after submission. 

8.          What is the COGS Awards confidentiality policy? 

All judges are required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement before they have sight of any entries.  All information contained in the entries remains confidential up to the point the winning entry is added to the IPM website and thereby available for download.  The entry may also be used in future marketing of the IPM COGS Awards.  If an entry is shortlisted, the entrant will be given the option to provide an amended version that does not contain client confidential information in the event the entry is published online once the Awards ceremony has concluded. 

9.          Is there an advised format/structure for the written entry to adhere to? 

Yes.  Each IPM COGS category criteria clearly states the headings relating to the information the judges want to see.  If information is not provided in relation to one of these headings then the entry will score zero points for that area which will make it difficult for the entry to reach the minimum standard required for being shortlisted.  All entries are to be submitted using our online entry form. You will be asked to upload relevant images and a company where appropriate. No points are given for the design of the written entry so it is advised that each entry is clear and easy for the judges to read. 

10.      Is feedback given on entries? 

No.  The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into, or feedback given, regarding the selection of the shortlist, awards, or winners. 

11.      What happens when an entry is shortlisted? 

The contact, as listed on the entry form, will receive an email when the shortlist is announced in August 2015, the exact date will be published after the entry deadline. The IPM reserves the right to not announce a shortlist should the standard of entries received not reach a minimum standard as determined by the judges. 

12.      How are the results of the COGS Awards publicised? 

At a minimum, each shortlisted company is tweeted about (using the Twitter name provided on the entry form).  This is repeated on the day of the Awards ceremony as each winner is announced.  Hashtags will be adopted.  The winners will feature on the IPM website and in IPM media activity.

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