Tipp bloggers urged to enter for national award

Bloggers in Tipperary with the digital gift of the gab are being encouraged to nominate their blog for a national award.

Bloggers in Tipperary with the digital gift of the gab are being encouraged to nominate their blog for a national award.

Blog Awards Ireland 2013 celebrates the best in Irish blogging recognising bloggers in 32 different categories. Nominations for the awards opened on 14th June, and there has already been 2,000 nominations with the most popular categories so far Best Newcomer, Personal Blog, Fashion & Beauty, Best Lifestyle Blog and Best Blog of the Diaspora sponsored by TG4.

With 2013 being the year of The Gathering, Irish bloggers living abroad are invited to enter the awards. The Best Blog of the Diaspora is open to all bloggers with Irish roots with blogs of any theme. Bloggers can enter from wherever they are in the world and are invited to attend the awards ceremony in the Osprey Hotel, Naas, Ireland on October 12th 2013.

Amanda Webb, founder of Spiderworking.com and co-founder of The Blog Awards Ireland, says digital storytelling is an extension of an already Irish craft that has been serving business people well for decades.

“Storytelling, the Irish way, is a marketing strategy that companies have been using for years. However, the gift of the gab has now gone digital and SMEs, large corporates, non-profits and individuals are blogging their way to marketing, branding and personal success,” she said.

The Blog Awards Ireland champions Irish bloggers who have built successful businesses on the back of their digital activities. The awards, now in their second year also offer businesses an opportunity to increase their visibility and prominence in social media circles. With more people being guided in their buying decisions by bloggers rather than friends opinions, blogging is a considerably influential tool in word of mouth marketing.

“Decreased budgets, a harsher economic environment and a more conscientious consumer lends itself to marketers, owner managers and individuals building their brands online while at the same time engaging niche markets. We’ve seen some very successful case studies whereby bloggers have turned their businesses around by virtue of their blog,” said Ms Webb.

The closing date for entries July 31, 2013 so bloggers are encouraged to nominate their blog at http://www.blogawardsireland.com/nominations-open/

All categories are free to enter and bloggers are welcome to nominate their own blogs. With the exception of one, all categories will be judged by a panel of independent judges. The Best Blog post will be judged by public vote and then the top 10 will be judged by independent judges.

Anyone can apply to be a judge at http://www.blogawardsireland.com/apply-to-be-a-judge/

The Blog Awards take place on October 12 in the Osprey Hotel in Naas, County Kildare.

For more details log onto www.blogawardsireland.com