Get Ready for the 5th Annual Plutus Awards at FinCon14

by Miranda Marquit on April 7, 2014

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.


The Plutus Awards Ceremony

by Luke Landes on October 29, 2013

To start off the Financial Blogger Conference weekend, the Plutus Awards ceremony in St. Louis put all conference attendees in the mood for an exciting weekend. Kevin McKee, from Reward Boost and Thousandaire created two musical numbers for the event, and for the opening number, he was joined on stage by Ashley Jacobs of WiseBread.

After the opening numbers, Plutus Awards panelists and other volunteers took the stage to present awards to the winners of the blog categories. Thank you again to all the volunteers who helped make this year’s awards ceremony one of the highlights of the FinCon. Thanks also to the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch for providing the great space for the ceremony, and to Philip Taylor (PT Money) and his team for putting on a great conference and inviting the Plutus Awards back this year.

Thanks also to our main sponsors for the night: Scottrade, who sponsored the after-party; Fidelity Investments, who sponsored the entertainment; and State Farm, who sponsored the gift bags.

For my summary of the conference, which includes my thoughts on the Plutus Awards, the awards ceremony, and after-party, head over to LukeLandes.com.

Do you want to experience the ceremony again? Or, if you weren’t at the awards ceremony, this is your chance to see the performance. Here is the official recording of the Fourth Annual Plutus Awards ceremony. It’s worth watching for the performance at the beginning (after I leave the stage).

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Plutus Awards Winners (Blog Categories)

October 18, 2013

Congratulations to the winners of the Fourth Annual Plutus Awards! Last night at the Financial Blogger Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, the Plutus Awards recognized excellence in the personal finance blogging community with an awards ceremony hosted by Kevin McKee of Reward Boost. Special guests presented winners in attendance with trophies, certificates, and prize bags [...]

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Plutus Awards Winners (Product Categories)

October 17, 2013

Congratulations to the winners of the Fourth Annual Plutus Awards! In several hours, the Plutus Awards ceremony will be live from St. Louis, Missouri and the Financial Blogger Conference. During the live awards ceremony hosted by Kevin McKee of Reward Boost and Thousandaire, special guests will present winners of the blog categories of the Plutus [...]

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People’s Choice Voting Heating Up! Check Out the Top 10 Vote-Getters

October 14, 2013

Can you believe that FinCon and the Plutus Awards are almost here? Just a few days away! People’s Choice voting goes until 11:59 p.m. Eastern on October 16, so you can still encourage your readers to come vote. Right now, the top 10 vote-getters for the People’s Choice award are, in alphabetical (not standing) order: [...]

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Behind the Scenes at the Plutus Awards

October 8, 2013

This year marks the fourth year that we have held the Plutus Awards. We’re excited that, thanks in large part to our sponsors, this year’s Plutus Awards ceremony promises to be the best yet. But the Plutus Awards couldn’t happen without the efforts of those who work behind the scenes (and in front of them) [...]

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Plutus Awards Finalists (Blog Categories)

October 1, 2013

Congratulations to this year’s Plutus Awards finalists! The entire community of bloggers and their audiences have voted, and we can now announce which blogs garnered enough votes to be finalists in each of the blogging-related categories. The votes and results were reviewed by a panel of bloggers, representative of the community at large, who helped [...]

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Plutus Awards Finalists (Product Categories)

October 1, 2013

Congratulations to this year’s Plutus Awards finalists! The entire community of bloggers has had the opportunity to vote for their favorite financial products and services. The companies whose products are finalists — and particularly those chosen as winners, to be announced here on October 17 — are those that offer the best for the community [...]

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Vote for People’s Choice

October 1, 2013

The People’s Choice voting is closed, check back October 17th to find out who the winner is!

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Nominations Extended Through September 30

September 24, 2013

The nominations for the Fourth Annual Plutus Awards have been extended through September 30. This gives bloggers and readers some extra time to vote for their favorite financial blogs, products, and services. When you vote, please try to complete the ballot, entering at least one nomination in each of the categories. Visit the nomination form [...]

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