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European Seal of e-Excellence Opens Applications for 2013

Applications for the European Seal of e-Excellence for 2013 are now open!
Created a decade ago to recognize ICT and digital media companies with an excellent track record in the marketing of innovation, the European Seal of e-Excellence is widely known for promoting digital companies which have:
• Innovative products and/or services
• Excellent marketing practices to promote them

1 June 2012 - 30 November 2012
Austria

By focusing on the marketing aspects of digital products and services, the European Seal of e-Excellence helps winners to promote themselves in the increasingly global market place.

How to Apply
The period to apply for the European Seal of e-Excellence officially opened on 1 June 2012, and nominations will be accepted until 30 November 2012. Interested companies may apply online any time at the Seal website: www.seal-of-excellence.org.

Awarded Annually Since 2003
The Seal has been awarded annually since 2003 by the EMF – The Forum of e-Excellence and its Partner Associations at the yearly Seal Award Ceremony at CeBIT, the European trade show for the ICT industry, held in March in Hanover, Germany.

At the occasion of the launch, Dr. Margaretha Mazura, Secretary General of the EMF, points out:
“We currently face a major crisis that can only be overcome if Europe's economy can grow and maintain its competitiveness globally. It is important that Europe's digital industries – many of which are SMEs – are recognised for its innovativeness and outstanding growth performance, even under the current hard circumstances. Innovation provides the competitive edge, but sound marketing is needed more than ever to succeed. Apply for the Seal of e-Excellence and enhance your visibility in Europe and worldwide!"

Benefits of Winning the Seal
The Seal of e-Excellence has been awarded annually since 2003 by a network of digital media associations from Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. A jury composed of representatives of the partner associations selects the winners on the basis of an open application process.

Benefits of Winners of the Seal of e-Excellence:
• Publicly display and use the "European Seal of e-Excellence" logo in their own public relations and marketing programmes
• Inclusion in the list of Winners, including the company profiles (displayed on the EMF and Seal websites)
• Free membership in EMF - the Forum of e-Excellence
• Networking opportunities in the Club of e-Excellence, the LinkedIn Group of Seal Winners
• Featuring in the EMF News Blog as winner, with a short profile and promotion through the EMF

Partner Background
The EMF (www.emfs.eu) is the umbrella organization for the European Seal of e-Excellence in collaboration with Partner organisations (www.seal-of-excellence.org/partners) which provide local support in their respective areas.