Bulldog Stars of PR Awards
Enter—and win—the most prestigious PR and corporate communications awards for individual and agency achievement—judged exclusively by working journalists!
- Get the recognition you or your agency deserve for your brains, creativity—and outstanding accomplishments—in PR, corporate and digital communications
- 31 agency and individual awards categories: 95 opportunities to win!
- Easy and inexpensive to enter
- Winners enter the Bulldog Stars of PR Hall of Fame
- Winners featured in the Stars of PR Hall of Fame magazine and the Stars of PR newsletter
- See easy online enter process and details inside
EARLY DEADLINE: Monday, April 15, 2013
EXTENDED DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 (and will be charged the $115 late- entry fee).
LAST CHANCE DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (and will be charged an additional $165 late-entry fee).
You have to be in it to win it: Go now to the Entry Registration Page.
Show the world—clients, peers and employers—how you've excelled in the communications business
Only Awards program judged by working journalists—when you win, you know you're the best of the best
The Bulldog Stars of PR Awards are coveted among PR and communications professionals, because they're the only awards judged exclusively by working journalists. These judges are impartial—above the fray of industry politics. They are tough judges with high standards, but they're unwaveringly fair—and they're the people we most often need to impress.
"It's prestigious to win a Bulldog Stars of PR Award, because the Bulldog Reporter brand is so recognized in the public relations industry. It's even more impressive, because journalists have their own set of standards about excellence in PR. We were thrilled!"
Al Golin, Chairman, GolinHarris, Chicago, IL
Here are some of the dozens of judges who will be taking part in this year's Bulldog Awards:
- Jim Pavia, Editorial Director, InvestmentNews
- Chris Elliott, Travel Scribe, The New York Times
- Tom Hallman, Feature Writer (Pulitzer Prize Winner), The Oregonian
- Meghan Collins Sullivan, former Deputy Editor, CNN/Washington Post, current Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow
- Maria Stainer, Assistant Editor/Continuous News Desk, Washington Times
"Winning three Bulldog Stars of PR Awards was great for motivation in our department at UNICEF … Winning also stimulated recognition from our board and senior management … acknowledgement that visibility and PR expertise are critical to our mission. We feel a renewed confidence when approaching department budget discussions."
Lisa Szarkowski, Managing Director, Public Relations, UNICEF, New York
Bulldog Stars of PR Award winners receive the industry's highest honor, plus an avalanche of publicity
When you win a Bulldog Stars of PR Award, you truly know you've arrived. The world will know it, too, because Bulldog Reporter publicizes its winners to more industry people and general media than any other awards competition.
Stories of all winners and their entries will be featured in Bulldog Reporter's Stars of PR Hall of Fame online magazine. In addition, winning submissions will be covered in the feature column in Bulldog Reporter's Daily 'Dog, the industry's highest-circulation trade journal. Finally, of course, winners will be announced in multimedia press releases distributed to business and trade press and over Internet news services.
It all adds up to massive publicity for winners—hundreds of thousands of positive impressions for you and your firm.
How to enter—and win—a 2013 Bulldog Stars of PR Award for Communications Excellence
The industry's most prestigious awards competition—expanded this year, so you have 95 chances to win, including the Grand Prizes: PR Professional of the Year and PR Agency of the Year
The 2013 Bulldog Stars of PR Awards recognize the most outstanding achievements by PR/Communications Agencies and PR Professionals---celebrating public relations strategic and tactical prowess at the highest level.
Awards will be given for three levels of excellence (Gold, Silver and Bronze) in most every category—which means you have 95 chances to win a 2013 Bulldog Stars of PR Award.
Multiple Entries: You can enter yourself or your agency into any number of categories as appropriate (e.g., Small Agency and Technology Agency or Agency Professional and Publicist). Note also that Bulldog Stars of PR Awards Grand Prize agency winners are chosen by the judges from multi- winners in the agency categories, so it pays to enter in multiple categories.
"Fineman PR enters the Bulldog Stars of PR Awards every year, and we're especially proud of Bulldog's near-annual recognition of our crisis communications projects. We know we're up against the very best of our profession has to offer, so it's an honor that we can measure ourselves among such top-notch firms. Winning a Bulldog Stars of PR Award has raised our national profile as a strategic and creative communications agency, attracting bright and highly talented account people to our ranks."
Michael Fineman, President, Fineman PR
Now you can receive recognition in any of 31 award categories
COMMUNICATIONS FIRMS: PR, DIGITAL, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
- New Agency of the Year
- Small Agency of the Year – $1,000,000 or under
- Small Agency of the Year – Between $1,000,001 and $3,000,000
- Small Agency of the Year – Between $3,000,001 and $5,000,000
- Small Agency of the Year – Between $5,000,001 and $10,000,000
- Midsize Agency of the Year – Between $10,000,001 and $20,000,000
- Midsize Agency of the Year – Between $20,000,001 and $50,000,000
- Large Agency of the Year – $50,000,001 or greater
- Global Agency of the Year (Multinational Practice)
- Boutique Agency of the Year (Specialty Practice)
- Crisis Agency of the Year
- Financial Agency of the Year
- Healthcare Agency of the Year
- Technology Agency of the Year
- Consumer Agency of the Year
- Entertainment Agency of the Year
- Public Affairs Agency of the Year
- Digital Agency of the Year
- Global Agency of the Year
- Grand Prize: Communications Agency of the Year (Winner of one of the above 19 awards)
COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONALS: PR, DIGITAL, MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
- Agency Professional of the Year
- Corporate Communications Professional of the Year
- Digital Communications Professional of the Year
- Nonprofit/Association Communications Professional of the Year
- Academic Institution Communications Professional of the Year
- Financial/IR Communications Professional of the Year
- Public Affairs Professional of the Year
- Publicist of the Year
- Crisis Management Professional of the Year
- PR Blogger of the Year
- Social Media Innovator of the Year
- Media Relations Professional of the Year
- Grand Prize: Communications Professional of the Year (winner of one of the 12 awards above)
"Our gold award definitely gave our account team a huge morale boost, and it helps us market ourselves. It's been very visible in new business efforts, especially on our website. The Bulldog Stars of PR Awards are critically important because journalists are our ultimate client. When you win, it's like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval on your work—it imparts extraordinary credibility."
Steve Cody, Founder and Principal, Peppercom, New York, NY
Guide to winning Bulldog Stars of PR Awards for Communications Agency and Professionals categories
Our judges are looking for leadership, integrity and extraordinary achievement—firms and professionals displaying breakthrough thinking, initiative, and qualities that are a credit to the PR business.
Guidelines for Communications Agency Entries: In general, agencies will be judged on a combination of four values: Account retention; employee retention and relations (including remarkable HR practices); growth through new business acquisition and increases in existing-client billings; and achievements in the practice of public relations/corporate communications (including awards won, innovations to PR/communications practice and extraordinary results achieved for clients). These qualities should be described and backed with hard data whenever possible.
For all Communications Agency awards, please include annual PR/corporate communications income (fees plus mark-up for outside purchases) and number of employees. In addition, agencies are asked for certification by the firm's CEO in their entries of the following PR/corporate communications (non-advertising)-related revenue information:
Small Agency of the Year – PR/corporate communications billings up to $1,000,000
Small Agency of the Year – PR/corporate communications billings from $1,000,001 to $3,000,000
Small Agency of the Year – PR/corporate communications billings from $3,000,001 - $5,000,000
Small Agency of the Year – PR/corporate communications billings from $5,000,001 - $10,000,000
Midsize Agency of the Year – PR/corporate communications billings from $10,000,001 - $20,000,000
Midsize Agency of the Year – PR/corporate communications billings from 20,000,001 - $50,000,000
Large Agency of the Year – PR/corporate communications billings of $50,000,000 or greater
Guidelines for PR Professional Entries: Candidates may be nominated by colleagues or may enter themselves. Judges will look for leadership, integrity and extraordinary achievement—displays of breakthrough thinking, initiative, advancement, results and qualities that reflect positively on the PR profession. These qualities and accomplishments may be from the past year or cumulative over a career.
"As an agency that positions itself as a media relations firm, we view our Bulldog Stars of PR Awards as affirmation that we can do what we say—get our clients 'media that matters.' Clients, prospective clients, journalists and even prospective employees have taken notices of the Silver and Bronze awards presented on our homepage. No wonder our awards have become a central component of our marketing efforts. It's great to be able to call ourselves an 'award-winning firm!"
Richard Dukas, President & CEO, Dukas Public Relations
Bulldog Stars of PR Awards are easy to enter
Use our short-form entry and submit it quickly online
Finally, an awards program that's simple to enter
Entry: The 2013 Bulldog Stars of PR Awards are now easier than ever to enter. Simply prepare a 3-4 page brief about your nominated PR/communications agency or professional in PDF format.
Here are the steps you'll follow:
- Review this Bulldog Stars of PR Awards 2013 brochure carefully for instructions and criteria for winning Awards.
- Go to the Entry Registration Page, fill out the form for each entry you intend to submit, then make credit card payment for each submission. After you click "send" below the payment form, you will be sent a confirmation email and the link to use to upload your entry. Your confirmation email will contain detailed instructions for uploading your entry to our secure server.
- Print out and review the Guidelines for Preparation of Your PDF Upload, which will make this process simple and clear.
- Create your entry following the Guidelines, including filling out the Entry Cover Page.
Combine the Entry Cover Page with your entry and convert to a single PDF file—then submit (upload) your entry using the link in your confirmation email.
Remember to include all video and audio submissions as links in your PDF document to hosted files on either your server or on your choice of hosting sites. We are doing our part to eliminate all the wasted paper, binders, CD's and DVD's that this program generates each year. We hope this makes the process easier to enter and friendlier on the environment.
Accomplishments and achievements may be from the past year or cumulative over a career.
After you click the submit button, you will be sent an email with your order confirmation and the link from which to upload your submission in PDF format.
Your confirmation email will contain a link and detailed instructions for uploading your entry to our secure server.
1) Deadline for early entries is Monday, April 15, 2013
2) Entries may be submitted until the extended deadline of Tuesday, April 30, 2013 with a one-time late-entry fee of $115.
3) Entries may be submitted until the final deadlineof Wednesday, May 15, 2013 with a one-time late-entry fee of $165.
Basic judging fee to submit one entry in one category is $295. Entries being considered in multiple categories are charged $100 for each additional category. (Also see late-entry fees, above.)