Get Ready for the 5th Annual Plutus Awards at FinCon14

We’re gearing up for the 5th Annual Plutus Awards. Each year has brought improvements, and we’re thrilled to be a part of the closing night festivities at FinCon14. We’re looking forward to being even more closely integrated with FinCon — and ready to recognize what’s best about the financial blogging community.

There are a number of exciting changes in the works for Plutus. A new website design is on the way, along with a process for easier voting and increased social integration to make it easier to share your Plutus votes with your peers.

This year’s MC for the Plutus Awards is Ashley Jacobs, from Wise Bread. After her performance in the “Thrift Shop” parody from last year, we’re excited to see what she brings to the Plutus Awards.

We’re also bringing back some categories that were axed from the Awards in the past, and adding new categories that reflect the growing diversity of the personal finance blogosphere and the multimedia efforts that many bloggers are making.

As we’ve done in the past, we will open up nominations in categories to the public. Once nominations are collected, the top five vote-getters in each category, with the exception of Blog of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, and People’s Choice (each has 10 in a category) will be announced as finalists. A panel of personal finance bloggers will then vote on those finalists, choosing the winner in each category, with the exception of the People’s Choice award, which is given entirely on the basis of a popular vote.

Here are some of the important dates to be aware of as we approach Plutus Awards season:

  • Are you a company hoping to reach thousands of personal finance bloggers and perhaps receive recognition for your products and services? You can submit materials for consideration in specific categories, increasing your reach. Watch for a sponsorship guide in the coming weeks, detailing the process. You can also contact miranda@lukelandes.com or luke@lukelandes.com to add your company to a list to receive sponsorship information. Materials must be submitted by June 27, 2014 to be added to the Plutus site and considered.
  • Want to join the voting panel for the Plutus Awards? Panelists will be selected by an application process this year. We will begin accepting applications for panelists on July 15, 2014. The panelists will be announced on August 1, 2014.
  • Nominations for Plutus Awards will open on August 1, 2014, and we will continue accepting nominations/votes until August 25, 2014. People’s Choice voting will continue until September 17, 2014.

The 5th Annual Plutus Awards will start September 20, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Marriott in the Mardi Gras Ballroom. A happy hour will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. that night. Following the happy hour, you can eat dinner and then attend the FinCon14 Closing Party, which starts at 9 p.m.

It’s going to be an exciting year for FinCon and for Plutus. We hope you’ll join us.

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