Many congratulations if your website is announced as a Finalist for the NORAs 2020! The competition this year was more fierce than ever, when we received 7,436 nominations for 503 separate websites.
As our nominations come directly from the general public, many sites are submitted to us without your knowledge. Let me try to answer some of your questions here.
Q. How did we get nominated?
A. We invite nominations from the public from July each year, until 9th September. You may also have registered for our 1-Click nomination process (where you display a nominate graphic on your site) or been nominated via the online form on this website.
Q. How are the Finalists decided?
A. We have assembled a Shortlisting Judging Panel of industry experts. Our judges assess the nominated sites in each award category, from the perspective of a job seeker. The Finalists are those websites and recruitment services which we believe offer the very best service and user-experience to candidates.
Q. Can we announce that our site is a Finalist?
A. Yes, of course. Please feel free to announce to your candidates and clients via any marketing channel. As soon as you are announced as a Finalist, you can immediately start using this logo.
Q. Where can I get a copy of the Finalist logo?
A. Download copies of these logos here.
Q. Are there any other benefits?
A. Yes, as Finalists, you automatically become members of the NORA Academy.
This also means you will be able to vote for the NORA Academy Award this year, and for all subsequent years. Membership of this exclusive group is only open to NORA Finalists and Winners.
Q. When are the Winners announced?
A. The NORA 2020 awards event will be on Tuesday 10th November, and this year’s event will be online (for obvious reasons). Unlike many industry awards, the NORAs are relatively informal, with not a tuxedo or ball gown in sight. Early tickets are only £10 plus VAT.
Q. Is it essential to attend the awards event on the 10th November?
A. Yes, if you want to make the most of your achievement, and accept your award on screen. Considerable marketing surrounds our event, and our winners photos accepting their trophy on stage are distributed widely. Whilst not absolutely essential, it would be a little awkward to be announced as a winner, and not be there to accept. If it really is impossible for you to attend, please let us know in advance. Call us on 0141 637 9000, or email stephen@NORAuk.com.
Q. As it is an online event, will there be a trophy?
A. Yes, absolutely! Given the current health crisis, whilst we cannot host a physical event for 400 guests, our Chairman, Stephen O’Donnell, will be making a tour of the UK within 2 weeks of the event, and deliver trophies to you personally (in an appropriately socially distant way, of course).
Q. What is the format of the awards event?
A. The in-person NORAs are deliberately informal, with no firm dress code. No need for tuxedos or ballgowns, and no need to purchase expensive tickets for fancy chicken dinners. Our online event will focus on celebration and networking, and is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the work of your own staff as well learn about your peers representing the pinnacle of online recruitment excellence.
Our online event will follow the same format as previous awards, and we encourage you to have a glass of something medicinal on hand.
Q. What do we do if we win?
A. With only a small number of Finalists in each award category, there is a very good chance that you will be announced as a Winner. If you are, then you will be invited on screen, where you can say a few words of thanks to your team, the jobseekers who nominated you, and to the NORA judges. Our Winners are also publicised widely, and reported in industry magazines and websites, so it’s important to be at the event.
Q. Should I contact the NORAs organisers for more details?
A. Yes please. It is essential that we have contact details for every one of this year’s Finalists. Please call us direct on 0141 637 9000, or email stephen@NORAuk.com for more details.
Are there any other activities before the awards?
Yes, every Tuesday and Friday we host the NORA Webcast Series online. In these shows, we profile Finalists and former winners, and aim to give an insight to how their website was created, and what makes it award-worthy. Please let us know if you would like to be a guest on one of our shows.
You can see previous shows here. https://norauk.com/blog/
Q. What do we need to do now?
- Firstly, contact us directly, so we have a main point of contact with you.
- Please let us know who will be accepting the award online, if you are successful. We would want to invite that person on screen, and ask them to say a few words. To coordinate with that person on the day, we will need a mobile number for them.
- Please email us a good quality copy of your logo. We will use this in the awards show, and on our website.
- Please watch out for notifications on our Twitter account, where we will also tag you with news.
- Lastly, please feel free to share your achievement among your company, also on social media, and in using the NORA graphics.