Serve It Up!

4:15 PM -- The early nominations for Light Reading's Top Picks in the Consumer Services category are in. Check out the services that have caught our eye here -- we've got some good ones so far.

But I suspect there are more where those came from. The Consumer Services category incorporates just about everything -- fixed, mobile, and sometimes both; video, voice, or data -- from anywhere in the world on any kind of device. But it has to be new and different and have the potential to change the way we communicate [cue moving music here].

Join us on the message boards if you've got a service that you think qualifies.

And, from your friendly neighborhood editor, there are some handy helpful hints about how the Top Picks process works.

How to become one of Light Reading's Top Picks
Here are three things you can do to vault your company into Top Picks contention:

  1. Nominate. Let us know what your company is doing that's so great. Don't overthink the category placement or how much information we'll need. Just shout out and tell us you want to be considered, and we'll let you know what info we'd like to have.

  2. Participate. If we pose a question to you via our message boards, you have to respond on our message boards. If you don't, that could hurt your chances of winning. Having your lazy PR firm cut and paste chunks of your corporate Website into emails is not the way to win this contest. We want to talk to the companies directly and hear why they're excited about what they're selling, building, or planning.

  3. Reciprocate. If you really want to be a Top Pick, you'll go the extra mile and help us evaluate your category peers. Why not pose some hard questions to your competitors in the space? Why not challenge our editors to explain why their shortlist of companies includes products and services that are clearly inferior to yours? Most people in telecom don't have that kind of backbone, but for the few that do, your efforts will be rewarded.

Finally, here are some Top Picks links to help you out and cover any questions you may have:

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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