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Attention all U.S. Microsoft partners. Have you submitted your entries yet for the 2011 ASPIRE award that the U.S. Partner Team is offering, which is being sponsored by Ready-to-Go Marketing? If not, then you have just over a week left to submit your entries for your chance to win one of several fantastic prizes! What do I mean by “fantastic?” Well, take a look at these prizes that they are offering up to the winners:

One (1) ASPIRE Grand Prize winner will receive: A $3500 USD Dell Gift Card, a coupon for up to $500 USD in advertising clicks on Bing and Yahoo! Search, a one (1)-hour consultation with a search marketing expert, an honorary plaque to display your achievement to customers and colleagues, a press release template to promote your award to all your customers, and a feature story on the Microsoft Partner Network website, Microsoft Facebook sites, and Microsoft Partner Network newsletters.

In addition to the one grand prize winner, there will also be nine (9) other winners who will win the ASPIRE Gold Award, which consists of: A $500 USD Microsoft eCompany store credit, a coupon for up to $100 USD in advertising clicks on Bing and Yahoo! Search, and a one (1)-hour consultation with a search marketing expert. an honorary plaque to display your achievement to customers and colleagues, a press release template to promote your award to all your customers, and a feature story on the Microsoft Partner Network website, Microsoft Facebook sites, and Microsoft Partner Network newsletters..

Even if you don’t take home the Grand Prize or even one of the ASPIRE Gold Award prizes, Everyone who enters gets a coupon for up to $50 USD in advertising clicks on Bing and Yahoo! Search.

So as you can see, everyone who participates ultimately wins something in the 2011 ASPIRE Awards, but you have to enter first in order to win. Plus admit it, you know you’d really like to take home that Grand Prize or one of the nine ASPIRE Gold Award prizes, wouldn’t you?

So what are the ASPIRE Awards all about and what are you judged on? Well, as noted, the 2011 ASPIRE Awards are sponsored by Ready-To-Go Marketing, so I’m sure it will come as no surprise that the contest centers around recognizing partners who have used Ready-to-Go Marketing resources to create, innovate, reach, and succeed. As such, if you have used Ready-to-Go Marketing tools to generate results and run a successful campaign, tell us your story and get the recognition you deserve through the 2011 ASPIRE Awards. Here are the criteria by which the entries will be judged:

  • Overall Assessment of Campaign Excellence–13%
  • Business Impact–13%
  • Innovation / Creativity–19%
  • Microsoft Ready-to-Go Integration–30%
  • Results / Effectiveness–25%

Remember though, this contest runs through September 30th only, so you have just over a week left to get your entries in to win one of those amazing prizes listed above! So head on out to the ASPIRE Awards website today to submit your entry and read all of the information about this contest being run by the U.S. Microsoft Partner Team and Ready-to-Go Marketing. And to answer the question, before you send it to me or post in in the comments below, yes, since this contest is being run by the U.S Partner Team, it is for U.S. partners only. If I hear of any of the other country partner teams offering something similar in the future, I will be sure to let you know.

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