It is my opinion that the Best of Ogden 2012 Award is a scam. It is a way to get money from foolish business owners. If you have received a notificaton that you received it, please see it as the scam that it is.
These are the obvious signs:
1) Do awards cost money? Really? I don’t think so. Genuine awards should not cost you money (especially $80 for a plaque)!
2) You would think they’d send a Press Release “For Immediate Release” to the Ogden Newspaper, the Standard-Examiner. There has been nothing published there about it. See http://www.Standard.net.
3) Upon a phone call, they want me to enter in my code first. This is because they cannot risk you asking a human, “Who won the award for the category____?” because they send the award to all of the businesses in that category. Whoever pays the money, actually “wins,” which is why not all categories are even on their web site yet. The only ones there are likely the businesses which paid the money.
Here is the content of my E-mail. I am sure yours is the same.
“Earlier this year, I sent a notification email to you recognizing that Lisa Jackson Design has been selected for the 2012 Best of Ogden Awards in the Advertising Agencies category by the Ogden Award Program committee.
“Our selection of your company is a reflection of the hard work of not only yourself, but of many people that have supported your business and contributed to the subsequent success of your organization. Congratulations on joining such an elite group of small businesses.
“In recognition of your achievement, we offer a variety of ways for you to help promote your business. You automatically receive the complimentary digital award image from this email and a copy of the press release publicizing the selection of Lisa Jackson Design which is posted on our website. The Ogden Award Program hereby grants Lisa Jackson Design a nonexclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, distribute, and display this press release and the digital award image in any media formats and through any media channels.
“Additionally, as a winner of the 2012 Best of Ogden Awards, you may select a customized award which has been designed for display at your place of business by following the simple steps on the 2012 Best of Ogden Award order form.
“Simply copy and paste this link into your browser to access the order form:
“The Ogden Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the Ogden area. Each year, we identify companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
“In order to provide you with the best possible service, you have been assigned an award code that can be used on our website for quick access to your award information and press release. If you have any questions or comments, please include this code with your correspondence.
“Your Award Code is: DBT-2N57-8FWW
“Questions? Please call us at: 1-888-731-3985 and select option 1.
Changes? If any of your business information is incorrect please let us know.
Ogden Award Program
“The intended recipient of this notification is the Marketing Director for Lisa Jackson Design. If you do not wish to receive further advertisements from Ogden Award Program, please mail a written request to: Ogden Award Program, 5042 Wilshire Blvd #13854, Los Angeles, CA 90036 or simply click to opt-out. If you have received this email in error please forward it to the intended recipient.”
Here is the letter “posted on their web site:”
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Lisa Jackson Design Receives 2012 Best of Ogden Award
“Ogden Award Program Honors the Achievement
“OGDEN December 4, 2012 — Lisa Jackson Design has been selected for the 2012 Best of Ogden Award in the Advertising Agencies category by the Ogden Award Program.
“Each year, the Ogden Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Ogden area a great place to live, work and play.
“Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Ogden Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Ogden Award Program and data provided by third parties.
“About Ogden Award Program
“The Ogden Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Ogden area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
“The Ogden Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
“SOURCE: Ogden Award Program
Ogden Award Program