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Fall arrives this week and with it comes the official start of not just pumpkin spice season, but awards season. Although award programs take place throughout the year, a great many industry association, trade publications, and local news outlets solicit award nominations in the fall and early winter. We’ve discussed awards programs on the blog in the past. There are lots of great tips about the content that makes up an awards submission, but as much as anything else, successful award nominations are a process that needs to be managed efficiently and effectively. We’re here to help! Here are the three proven steps to help you manage your next awards submission and bring home the gold:

Of the 433 million Linkedin users, many view the business-oriented social media site as solely a means to finding a new job and to growing personal business networks. However, LinkedIn has many more exciting features, including company pages. LinkedIn company pages are a highly effective tool for companies looking to gain new business leads and build a positive online reputation.

Investing in professional development and continuing education is critical for professionals who want to enhance their skills. It’s also a necessity for better client service. This belief reminds me of a favorite and well-known quotation from poet William Butler Yeats: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” To me, this quotation captures that education isn’t static. It’s not something that stops when school ends. Education is a life-long effort and one that requires ongoing work. As professionals, we have a variety of professional development and educational opportunities available to us, especially in the form of professional certifications.¬†Whether working at an agency and serving clients externally or in-house and collaborating with internal stakeholders, professional certifications showcase your commitment to your profession and demonstrate that you continue to hone and refine your craft, which in turn benefits internal and external clients.