The IPM COGS 2014 FAQs
make the entry process as easy as possible, please read the answers to our
frequently asked questions.
Can only members of the IPM enter the COGS
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. NOTE: For the Individual of the Year
and Rising Star 2014 categories, the entry fee is determined by
whether their employer is an IPM member company.
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.
What Industry Sector categories can we
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
How much does it cost to enter the COGS Awards?
member companies = £120 + VAT early bird rate / £170 + VAT standard fee
Non-IPM member companies = £150 + VAT early bird
rate / £200 + VAT standard fee
When do entries need to be received by?
The entry deadline is midday on Friday 18th
July 2014, with entries received by midday on Friday 11th July benefitting
from an early bird rate.
How can entries be made?
All entries must be made via the online entry form on
the IPM website. No paper entries will
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.
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.
Is there an advised format/structure for the
written entry to adhere to?
Yes. Each 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
10. Is feedback
given on entries?
judges’ decision is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered
into, or feedback given, regarding the selection of the shortlist, highly
commended 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 at midday on Friday 15th August 2014. 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 publicized?
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.