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Introducing the sponsors of The 2011 BIMA Awards

9 Nov 2011

We're getting very excited about The 2011 BIMA Awards which are shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. We've got the best in interactive entertainment, live music and DJs for you including U-Touch screens,  a performance from Alice Russell and a DJ set from Guilty Pleasures to keep you dancing past your bedtime. And that's without even mentioning the unveiling of who'll be named Agency of the Year or who'll be taking home the prestigious Grand Prix award!

All of this wouldn't be possible without the great support we receive from our sponsors, and for that reason we'd like to extend a very big thank you and share what they have to say about themselves:

Headline Sponsor: Dedipower

The world of digital and creative is epic, it’s ever changing, at the cutting edge of ideas and technology, and constantly challenging the status quo. But how do they become the reality of tomorrow?

We often come across agencies with great talent in their workforce and as a result produce amazing ideas for their clients, but what they don’t always know is how to get those ideas out to the world and make them available 24/7.

At DediPower we believe technology is the backbone for those ideas, it makes them happen, makes them available 100% of the time, no matter how many people want to engage with them. Without that power, those ideas would only be known by those who created it.

As a result of this experience, and our infrastructure, we passionately believe in working with digital and creative agencies to realise the potential of their business, and ultimately bring their great ideas to their clients, and out to the world. That’s why we are delighted to be sponsoring the BIMA Awards 2011. Come and see our ideas, talk to us on the night and let us know what you think.

Microsoft

Share Point

SharePoint For Internet Sites is a product that sits with the Digital Marketing Platform Group within Microsoft. The Digital Marketing Platform Group is focused on working with Digital Agencies and the Marketing teams within customers to build solutions that centre around Customer Experience Management or ‘CXM’. SharePoint has become a great platform to build a Digital Marketing strategy upon; spanning Intranets, Extranets and Websites plus there are now fantastic links with the wider Microsoft business such as Advertising, Bing Maps and Search. Social enterprise has long been a passion of the Digital Marketing Platform Group and with one platform we are able to feed consumer trends and general digital trends into the heart of the business and help you to build compelling digital experiences for users both inside and outside of your organization. Microsoft has always been a strong supporter of BIMA and with the progression of the Digital Marketing vision at Microsoft we hope the collaboration will continue to increase.

Digital Gurus

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Green square

Green square is a corporate finance and advisory practice

We provide insightful and balanced advice to the shareholders of independent media and marketing communications businesses.  We help them prepare their businesses for sale and ultimately achieve the optimum transaction.

We have a passion for the sector.  We have spent our careers working within it, in corporate finance advisory and senior operational roles, and we have personal hands-on experience of building and selling  businesses.  This range of experience sets us apart from our competition and ensures we are uniquely placed to understand the challenges and opportunities within this exciting and creative industry.

Our advice is always carefully considered, well researched and has the benefit of our collective experience. We stay up to date with the latest industry trends and understand our clients' businesses.

But whilst we're exceptionally thorough and professional, we're not cold fish!

We bring enthusiasm and a spark to everything we do.  We provide lighter moments and the odd flash of genius.

We like and respect our clients.  This is reflected in the strong relationships that we build with them and our many testimonials.  Most importantly, we always act in their best interests.

We are proud to support the BIMAs in its recognition of everything that is great about the digital industry – innovation, creativity, effectiveness and its enthusiasm for change and making a difference.  Not forgetting, of course, its fantastic ability to party!

Sheridans

Sheridans is delighted to be supporting BIMA, which we recognise is an important organisation not only for rewarding great work in the UK digital industry, but also for its work in helping to raise awareness of projects and people within the digital sector. In particular, BIMA's work in encouraging the next generation of digital stars via its Schools Digital Challenge is an area we have happily supported.

Advances in digital technology are creating both amazing opportunities for agencies and also legal challenges, and so it is important for an organisation like BIMA to exist so as to represent digital agencies on matters that affect the industry as a whole, and to bring people together to create solutions.

Sheridans is a leading London-based law firm with over 50 years’ experience of representing some of the biggest names in leisure, media and entertainment.

Our dedicated interactive team is expanding rapidly and provides legal advice to a host of the industry’s top talents, digital agencies and brands. The team participate in a number of events and projects throughout the year to help raise awareness of the opportunities within the interactive sector.

Visit www.sheridans.co.uk, follow us on Twitter @sheridans_news or email us at interactive@sherdians.co.uk for the latest developments on a range of media issues.

istockphoto

In just over a decade, iStockphoto has gone from a small photo-sharing site to the premier destination for royalty-free images, illustrations, and video and audio files, where a file is downloaded every second. The company revolutionised the stock photography business, turning the market upside down, inspiring a string of imitators and establishing a whole new business model: microstock. iStock's idea was simple: empower the amateur and hobbyist, along with part- or full-time professional artists, by giving them a global platform to share their work.  This has completely transformed the graphic design landscape, making digital content affordable and accessible to a host of new customers and industries.

Today, iStock offers a wide variety of collections to its buyers. The Vetta collection offers highly art-directed exclusive imagery, video and illustrations for the most important projects. In 2011 iStock added a brand new Editorial Collection for journalistic use.

The design community finds inspiration from a content collection approaching 10 million photographs, vector illustrations, Flash, audio and video files that can easily be found on the site. The site’s rapidly growing group of contributing artists have more than 50,000 new files approved each week by a global team of inspectors who adhere to some of the strictest quality standards of any stock agency in the business — microstock or otherwise.

Results International

Results International provides focused, in-depth business advice to owner-managers in the marketing and related technology industries. Our work enhances sustainable profit growth and builds value for shareholders. Results International has unrivalled experience in overseeing and consulting on M&A transactions, having completed more than 200 internationally since it was founded in 1991.

Our global operation means we have a deep knowledge of key markets the world over. This enables us to nurture our business relationships, the very thing that makes our industry work. Above all, we believe in building long-term partnerships that add real value.

We’ve chosen to sponsor the BIMA Awards because they also support the sector and represent the best in digital and technology. As a company that specialises in creating genuine value for both start-ups and mature businesses, we understand the value of a high-profile award and what it can mean for future growth and new business development.

So we’d like to offer our congratulations to all the winners and to all those who have been involved in making the BIMA Awards 2011 a night to remember.

Futureheads Recruitment

Hello. We are Futureheads. We’re all about digital media and all about being specialist recruiters. So when you talk to a Futurehead you talk to a specialist who ‘gets’ what you do and what you’re looking for. We’re all about matching great talent to great jobs, whether it be temp or perm.

One way we stay ahead is through our support for BIMA. We send all our team to BIMA events to hear from key industry figures and to engage in the debate on the same terms as industry practitioners. Our staff love digital they write up weekly blog digests of the news which are always available if you want a quick snapshot into what’s happening. We support BIMA with investment to help the industry prosper and raise its game. Be, one of our founders is on the board, helping with this mission.

It helps that we’ve got experience in digital. Lots of it. In fact, more years experience than we care to remember. Some of you will know founders Rachel Murray, Be Kaler and Gill Arnold – they worked together for over a decade before launching Futureheads in 2009. That’s long enough to learn how to make a really, really good match, and long enough to know how to pass those skills on to a hand-picked team. We now have a dozen recruiters on the front line.

We focus on key skills-sets, each one led by dedicated specialists who understand your discipline in-depth. The Futureheads team is built around our core disciplines: project management, client services, user experience, creative and technical.

Futureheads’ service is organised, professional, swift and, dare we tempt fate, painless. Welcome to Futureheads — we’ll help you get ahead.

Puregenie

Puregenie Digital Recruitment is thrilled to be sponsoring the Travel & Leisure Category at the BIMA Awards. It is a logical fit as many of Puregenie's clients are in travel and hospitality. We have helped recruit many talented digital professionals in this thriving business sector, who have gone on to make a real contrubution to their employers. Puregenie Digital Recruitment are skilled at identifying high calibre candidates in the following areas: ecommerce directors, marketing directors, digital marketers, seo experts, UX managers, web analysts, paid search specialists, social media managers, and the increasingly important subject of mobile.

Round8

Round8 finds the right people for media and marketing companies across all platforms. We have offices in London and Sydney and have been trading since 1999.

Our teams have been recruiting from Exec to Director-level for years - so we have some outstanding networks and fantastic insight to share with our candidates and clients.

With dedicated teams servicing the following areas, we have structured our whole business around helping the best hirers and talent to connect.

  • Sales - roles include Media Sales, Creative Solutions, Sponsorship and Promotions, Business Development
  • Agency - within Integrated, Media and Digital Agencies. Roles include Digital and Integrated Marketing, Search, Planning and Buying, Creative, Technology
  • Advertising Implementation & Delivery - roles include Advertising Operations, Trafficking, Client Services, Data Analytics and Insight

 

 

By promoting massive collaboration between these teams we can ensure that our customers are exposed to the best opportunities and people, from the widest possible cross-section of the market.

We believe this ensures that our customers deal with people who are really embedded in their space.

At round8, we believe our job is about much more than simply presenting people and businesses with options.

Hiring for your team or moving jobs is a big thing. We appreciate that.

Our consultants will do everything they can to give you the insight, advice and the perspective you need to make informed decisions that effect your career.

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Propel

Since 2001 Propel London has helped the digital industry to grow by providing a unique, people-focused recruitment service to job-seekers and employers alike.

In an increasingly diverse and expanding digital economy it’s never been more important to work with a recruitment partner who really understands it.  Propel London’s consultants are experts in their specialist areas – design & build, UX & IA, performance marketing, client-side, social media and mobile.

We’re proud to support the 2011 BIMA awards.  Through their tireless work, BIMA has contributed significantly to the success of the digital sector.  These awards provide a great opportunity to recognise the outstanding talent that the British digital industry has to offer, and to celebrate it.

Everyone at Propel London would like to say a huge well done to everyone shortlisted for the awards – your work represents some of the very best of what digital can achieve.  We’re honoured to be a part of recognising that.

The Blueprint

We provide support and guidance to ensure our clients enhance their offering and our candidates find the job they aspire to.

Key support when you need it...

The Blueprint are partnered with the UK’s leading digital, advertising and communications agencies to provide the crucial support needed to enhance the digital and integrated offering for each business. By utilising our network we can pro-actively find the industry’s top people, ensuring we place the best expertise, talent, attitude and personality for the job.

If you’re our candidate...

We ensure we have a complete understanding of what you’re looking for and focus on advising you on what type of opportunities could best suit your requirements and aspirations. We then support and guide you through the process, assisting with preparation and reviews to give you the best possible chance of capturing that ideal job. Our ultimate goal is to make sure you are happy!

If you’re our client...

We offer advice on the talent required to enhance your digital and integrated offering. We have advised many of the UK’s top agencies on how best to grow their digital and integrated resources and in turn help to bring a greater market share in a highly competitive industry.

Fortune Cookie

Headquartered in London, Fortune Cookie is a global, full service digital marketing, strategy and technology company with over 150 staff operating 24/7 across 5 continents and revenues of £12 million.

The world's leading brands choose Fortune Cookie because we create outstanding digital experiences that make a significant measurable difference.

Our clients include American Express, AEGON, BP, City of London, De Beers, Domestic & General, FIBA, Fitness First, Lawn Tennis Association, informa, Legal & General, National Rail Enquiries, Mail Online, NetJets, RICS, Rio Tinto, Royal Caribbean International, Small Luxury Hotels of the World and UEFA.

Net Benefit

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Webfusion

Webfusion is one of the UK’s leading web hosting groups with 1.4 million hosted websites and 2.7 million registered domains. Offering cost-effective, feature-rich hosting packages for its diverse customer base including everyone from web developers, designers and hobbyists to businesses with complex e-commerce operations, its customers benefit from market-leading security and service.  Features include: 24/7 technical support; managed and cloud hosting; robust Firewall server protection; one click installation; access to FTP accounts and a state-of-the-art data centre.

Webfusion is also part of the Host Europe Group, the largest privately-owned hosting company in Europe, and a Sunday Times Deloitte Buyout Track 100 company. The Host Europe Group also includes 123-reg,  Heart InternetHost Europe and dynamic-net AG and has a strong International market presence in the US, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain.

Become a fan of Webfusion on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Sequence

Sequence is an independent ideas-driven digital agency with offices in Cardiff and London.  Formed in 1995 and with a team made up of 65 talented professionals, we have been listed in the 2011 NMA Top 100 Interactive Agencies list and Design Week Top 100 Consultancies Survey 2011.

We provide strategic, creative and technical services all under one roof. This means that our clients benefit not only from our experience in cutting edge and emerging technologies, but also from our creativity, experience and vision.

Our job is to deliver engaging, inspiring, immersive and successful projects. With clients all over the UK, we work across a multitude of digital marketing platforms, channels and styles of execution for clients of all shapes and sizes.

Whether it’s a campaign microsite, mobile app or content managed website, our core principle of creating “beautiful, clever things” allows us to look at all angles of a client’s business and produce the right work for the task at hand. This ensures that what we deliver not only looks superb but also helps our clients to improve their relationship with their audience and grow the business as they need to.

Pluck by Demand Media

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Traffic LIVE

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V&A

The Victoria and Albert Museum – known as the V&A – is the world’s leading museum of art and design, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. They contain artefacts spanning more than 2000 years of human creativity, in virtually every medium, from many of the world’s richest cultures.

The V&A was established in 1852 on the founding principles of making works of art available to all, and inspiring British designers and manufacturers. Those principles are unchanged and today the V&A’s main purpose remains to enable everyone to enjoy its collections, and to inspire those who shape contemporary design.

Contemporary design has always been at the heart of the V&A’s work and the Museum remains true to its founding mission of promoting excellence in design and manufacturing. It works hard to promote, support and develop the UK creative economy both by stimulating enjoyment and appreciation of design, and by encouraging contemporary designers, acquiring their work, and providing inspiration through its displays.

Sitemorse

For more than a decade, Sitemorse has been the world's only single solution for web content governance, monitoring, recording and benchmarking and plays a unique role in helping organisations develop their web communications against those of their peers.

With a client base approaching 400 – more than 20 of which are FTSE 100 companies – Sitemorse has offices in the UK and Switzerland, with consultants working in other parts of Europe. Our clients operate in the public and private sector and include local authorities as well as large and small companies.

Sitemorse regularly conducts surveys of public and corporate organisations and  is the foremost consultancy to do such benchmarking and publish the detailed results.

Our unique Index benchmarks, which appear several times a year, provide an up to the minute snapshot of the best and brightest business websites, with insight into which are passing – and  failing - vital tests in performance, compliance, and accessibility.

Our software is used to check the sites of major organisations in a variety of sectors, (for example, FTSE All Share companies, and the UK Top 500 retail companies) to compile an index of who ‘does the web’ best.

Sitemorse began by offering software that allowed users to be sure that their websites worked properly and did not have missing links. Our software has been very much developed in sophistication and offers integration with the content management systems of our clients for pre-publication testing. For many developers Sitemorse has become part of their standard set of tools.

Cookie Reports

EU Law means websites' need to use cookies responsibly or face legal penalties. But knowing which of these pieces of code are on your site and finding what they do can be difficult.

Cookie Reports offers a unique level of automation and precision to map the 'cookie landscape' of your web presence. Our reports will ensure legal compliance, combat data leakage, and improve website performance. We can also create an enterprise-wide active cookie policy to put you in control and keep your visitors properly informed.

Our ability to remotely assess and map individual brand, marketing, product or information sites (from 5 to 4,500) and then prioritize auditing based on likely importance of sites is unrivaled. We can audit 1,450 – 1,875 sites/day with a max throughput of about 9,000.

We are also able to deploy clients / partner portals. All output carries your own branding, contact details, and if required unique content. Results are available in a range of formats for integrating with management, client or service reporting.

Let us demonstrate our capability and help you get started with your FREE cookies summary and a detailed web estate map for you or your client [email bima@cookiereports.com].

About the author: Henry Carroll is Membership Manager of BIMA.

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