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***Frequently Asked Questions***

Below are the answers to frequently asked questions about the review and application process for our Life Buzz Award™.

Do you have an ISO 9001:2000 Certification? Why or why not?
What are the chances of my product REALLY winning the award?
If I am a previous winner...?
What products are eligible for an award?
How do I get the product to you?
Who judges the Life Buzz Award©?
Can you tell me what the evaluators and judges said about my product?
Evaluation and Marketing Package
If my product wins your award, do you offer press release writing?
Can I resubmit my product if I don't win an award?
Can I use the Life Buzz Award© in press announcements about my winning product?
How will I know if I won an award?
How often are the Best of the Year Awards announced?
How do I apply for the Top 50, 20 and 10?
How will I know if you received my package?
What types of media can I enter for Award consideration?
If I do not win an award, can I get a refund of my submission fee?
Can I get my product back?
How long does the evaluation process take?
What are the judging criteria used by Parent to Parent?
How will I be notified if I win an Award?
How do I pay for the Life Buzz Award©?
What does the $300.00 cover?
How will the public and the media know about my product?
Do you have digital seals available?
Can I submit a "series" for the same price as one product?
Does Jodie Lynn offer personal phone consultations? If so, how does this work?
I've selected the category for my product, but how can I decide which Review Category fits best?
Since you've changed your name, will the same group of experts review and evaluate products?

Do you have an ISO 9001:2000 Certification? Why or why not?

No, we do not. Like others, we were intrigued by the description, "ISO 9001:2000 Certification," so we checked it out.

To ensure that our research was untainted, resources were implemented in several ways, including spending hours online reading through an online manual of the company who offers the certificates and certifications. After several days of evaluating and reviewing, we found that it holds no meaningful or significant criteria to an award program nor to any business, unless that company/business ships or exports merchandise internationally and wants to be recognized for "...internationally standard for quality assurance of exporting/shipping for customer satisfaction..." Thus, the message clarification pertaining to the certification does not apply to the Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award©, as we do not ship out anything.

As far as "quality assurance" provided to each potential winner, whether it's a large company/business or an individual, in assurance that their products are being sent to individuals who have been hand picked as Life Buzz Award Family Testers, all of our Family Testers/Reviewers are clearly posted on our site for the public to view. They are listed on this page for anyone to view without ever becoming a client, customer, member, winner, signing up for our newsletter, etc., -- so people know exactly where they are sending/shipping their products and to whom for our review/evaluation process. Having our instructions and criteria posted in plain view assures where products are being mailed/shipped which clearly omits a need of any kind for a certificate or certification. Plus, we encourage our potential winners to mail their product(s) through a company that will provide a tracking number should there ever be a question pertaining to a confirmation or validation of the shipping/mailing process. Although we can't imagine why, but if we ever have a need to ship/mail anything to anyone in the future, nothing would ever be shipped internationally.



What products are eligible for an award?

Parent to Parent© accepts products designed for pregnancy, infancy through young adult and for parents including parenting/family books and books for children -- and gifts for moms and dads.

Toy or game prototypes are not eligible for submission; nor are Beta versions of software or video games. Items for disabled and/or gifted children are encouraged. Media products considered for the Life Buzz Award© are listed below.

WEB SITES ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO ENTER AS WELL - and for these we ask that you mail us printed information on the site after you have paid your submission fee.

NOTE: Products or websites for adult entertainment will not be accepted in any way, fashion or form. This includes websites that may have products geared towards a sexual nature. If you have any links to adult sites or products, or incorporate them at a later date, we reserve the right to terminate your award, should you win one.



If I am a previous winner, am I automatically considered for the new year or do I need to submit another application and send products?

If you have previously won an award and are applying for a new year, as long as it has not been 90 days since we last reviewed your product, all we need is a new submission form and payment. This is based on a "no change" status (if your product has changed in 90 days, we must review it again). Since we may have new Family Testers and team members, in some cases, we may ask to review the product again anyway and/or to at least send one copy to the new team member(s). Should this happen, we will let you know in an email.



Product & Entry Shipments

One identical product with a media release, and/or product description, should be shipped to:

Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award©
M.D.
VP Administration/Life Buzz Award
517 Freeport Rd.
New Kensington, PA  15068

One identical product with a media release, and/or product description, should be shipped to:

VP MARKETING/PARENT TO PARENT
C/O Tam Beck
15546 Creek Meadow Blvd. North
Bryan College Station, TX 77845



One identical product with a media release, and/or product description, along with check, cashier check or money order (if you are paying by one of these options) should be shipped to the main office listed below:

Parent to Parent©
c/o Jodie Lynn
2464 Taylor Rd. Suite 131
Wildwood, MO 63040

*This means you will be shipping a total of three products to three different locations. This guarantees that your products will be tested nationwide by qualified Family Testers. We only use real moms, dads and kids to test your product. We do not use celebrities with assistants or try to impress you with big names who never get around to completing the testing.

*WEB SITES ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO ENTER AS WELL - and for these we ask that you mail us printed information on the site after you have paid your submission fee.



What are the chances of my product REALLY winning the award?

If your product is safe, doesn't break or tear easily while being handled daily by children and/or parents -- and does not contain any adult language or "implied" sexual content, or promote violence, then it's pretty safe to say you will qualify for our award. If you feel like your product is your best work and others seem to really enjoy it - then doesn't it belong in the Winner's Spotlight?



Who judges the Life Buzz Award?

We use experts from all around the country: parents, teachers, librarians, pediatricians, psychologists, media critics, child care facilities and directors and other professionals who are involved with children on a daily basis. They are considered our Family Testers. All reviewers must be a parent. The Family Testers are real families who test the products. We listen to the kids and their parents for kid-tested and kid-approved evaluations.



Can you tell me what the evaluators and judges said about my product?

Parent to Parent© does not release any screening, judging or evaluating information to entrants. This policy allows all participants to feel comfortable in offering straight forward opinions. However, we do have a new evaluation and marketing package that is available to each entry. See comments below.



New - Evaluation and Marketing Package

This is a direct evaluation and marketing suggestion package of your product. It is an additional $300.00 and will be delivered via email to anyone who has submitted a product for review and applied and paid for the evaluation package. A mandatory questionnaire will have to be completed and mailed to our staff. Once we get your payment, answers, and products, we will send you a close up and personal email within eight to twelve weeks. The email, (also known as the Evaluation and Marketing Package), will contain a brutally honest evaluation. It will enclose suggestions on making the product better and contain important marketing hints. The evaluation process will be comprised by a select group of marketing personnel headed by Tammy Toups, VP Marketing of Life Buzz Award© and Family Testers, and can perhaps enhance your packaging and marketing plans.

Please note: Martin-Ola Press, nor any team member of the Life Buzz Award©, nor owner, Jodie Lynn, or anyone at Parent to Parent©, will accept responsibility for any detrimental experience.

These suggestions are not a guarantee that your product will zoom into success should you decide to implement them. Our goal is to hope that the suggested evaluation will possibly increase your products success by moving it forward thus placing it above the stiff competition of similar competitors in your field and inspire positive results. The evaluation package is available to winners and non-winners.



If my product wins your award, do you offer press release writing?

Yes. We can write a press release for your product. Although we will also help to send it to the media personnel listed below at no additional charge, we urge you to follow up with any communication received by potential media opportunities generated from the news release.

PLEASE NOTE: Follow up is not included in this package nor do we release any information pertaining to our contacts:

Reminder: We encourage you to also send the release to various parties that you feel would be interested in your award-winning product.



Can I resubmit my product if I don't win an award?

Yes, you can resubmit your product after a six month waiting period if you have made improvements.



Can I use the Life Buzz Award© in press announcements about my winning product?

There are specific guidelines for the legal use of the Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award© images, whether in advertising or to place on the packaging or on a website. As long as the product (including website) that has won the award stays unchanged, you may use the Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award© for the duration of the unchanged product in question. However, we reserve the right to implement legal updates altering the use of the award should our lawyer deem it necessary.



How will I know if I won an award?

The outcome of the submission, will be sent via email to the award notification email listed on the entry form.



How often are the Best of the Year Awards announced?

We will notify these winners within the same time frame as all winners. A press release will be sent out to the media every three months. This gives the winners ample time to prepare their own marketing plan, contact magazines and newsletters, radio and TV shows, order seals for their products and place the free graphic award on their site. The annual Holiday Gift Guide will announce all of the winners in one setting more towards the end of the current year. By following these guidelines, the earlier you submit and pay for your application and review process, the earlier you are notified.



How do I apply for the Top 50, 20 and 10?

THIS IS A NEW SERVICE WE ARE IMPLEMENTING FOR ALL OF OUR WINNERS. Top 50, 20, and 10 products. These will be pulled from each "Review For" section on the submission form and voted on by our staff. Winners from all categories will automatically be entered at no additional fee. Once you have been selected as a winner, if you would like to send us a reminder note to enter your product, please do so. These winners will be announced to the public as time allows and will take place in October and once again in our Holiday Gift Guide in November and December. However, winners will receive notification as early as possible before the press release hits the public and media outlets so you can plan for your own media marketing.



How will I know if you received my package?

It is your responsibility to track your package. We will not notify you. The major shipping companies provide delivery confirmation at an additional fee.



What types of media can I enter for Award consideration?

Product categories in the Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award© program include: audio recordings, computer software, books (fiction and nonfiction for parents or children), television and radio programs, home videos, dvd, toys, games, magazines, video games and gifts for mom and dad.

NOTE: Your submission fee covers only one category and your product or website will be listed in one category per $300.00. If you decide to check various categories, and not pay for those additional ones, our review team will use their professional discretion of which category your product fits best.

WEB SITES ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO ENTER AS WELL - and for these we ask that you mail us printed information on the site after you have paid your submission fee.



If I do not win an award, can I get a refund of my submission fee?

Submission fees will not be refunded.



Can I get my product back?

Products submitted to the Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award© program will not be returned.



How long does the evaluation process take?

We ask for up to 30 days to review a product. However, we will put a rush on the evaluation process for the holidays. NOTE: Payment much be received and approved, (and cleared if paying by check), for each product submission/application before we begin the review process.



What are the judging criteria used by Parent to Parent©?

Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award© committees look for products that entertain and teach, inspire imagination creativity. Once the product is approved by the committees, the item is then given to a family for testing and evaluation. The committees are interested in how a product helps a child grow ethically, socially, intellectually, emotionally and physically. Any product encouraging violence will be unacceptable.

There are specific guidelines for the legal use of the Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award© images, whether in advertising or to place on the packaging or on a website. As long as the product (including website) that has won the award stays unchanged, you may use the Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award© for the duration of the unchanged product in question. However, we reserve the right to implement legal updates altering the use of the award should our lawyer deem it necessary.



How will I be notified if I win an Award?

Parent to Parent© emails notification letters to all Award entrants, both to winners and non-winners. The outcome of the submission, will be sent via email to the award notification contact's email address that is listed on the entry form.



How do I pay?

You have three options. Electronically with all major credit cards through our safe and secure online submission: MasterCard and Visa, Pay Pal MasterCard or Visa and a personal or business check. All checks must be payable in US funds to: Parent to Parent and will go through a clearing process consisting of 10 business days. Returned checks will be subject to a $40 fee. Submission fees are nonrefundable. All submission fees for product reviewing is the same price: $300.00. Please remember, only one product can be submitted at a time, and only one product is covered under the $300.00 review fee. If you have more than one product to be reviewed, please apply separately for it. NOTE: Payment much be received and approved, (and cleared if paying by check), for each product submission/application before we begin the review process. IF YOU SEND A CHECK in a regular or business envelope, please attach a Delivery Confirmation Receipt. This is an additional and easy step that actually costs very little. It not only improves delivery but also provides an easy tracking system for *you* via the postal service.



What does the $300.00 cover?

The $300.00 submission fee covers the actual reviewing process: time, effort, paperwork and consultations with Family Testers. If you win the award, it also helps you to promote your product with the credibility that it deserves by being approved for selection of the Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award©. Your product will also receive added exposure to the media and the public.



How will the public and the media know about my product?

After winning the award - and after your product has been posted in our Winner's Spotlight section - you can use information contained in the winning email in your own press release to notify the media. You may also post the free award graphic on your site that we send in an email to all winners . The media will usually go to our site and/or yours to verify that you have won the award.

The other benefits of winning the award is listed in the section under Benefits. Please review these various media and public BENEFIT outlets where Parent to Parent© will attract and build traffic to the Life Buzz Award© site thus creating an incredible opportunity of empowerment and credibility highlighting your winning product. The more people see and hear about the Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award© and LifeBuzzAward.com site - the more popular and familiar your product will become to parents as well as stores. This inspires parents to purchase your product and/or to access your site which will lead to better, safer, healthier and more creative products for their families.



Do you have digital seals available?

If you are a winner, you can order the Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award© Digital seals. They are high resolution to utilize for all printing needs and some electronic. Once you have received your winning announcement, you can send us an email for ordering instructions. The seals are $300.00 each and are licensed for one year without any other payments (as long as the product does not change). They come in red/white, blue/white and black/white. A special gold seal is available for products that have won in two or more categories. Here is a list of how some of our winner's have used them:

The LBA High Resolution Digital Seal comes in the following color combinations: PLEASE NOTE: GOLD Seals can be ordered if your product has won in two or more categories, which qualifies it for the GOLD SEAL STATUS. EXCEPTION: If your product has garnished a TOP 10 GOLD SEAL STATUS in any one (1) category, you are eligible to place an order for the seal(s). If your product does not meet at least one of the important criteria set in place, we apologize in advance for any inconvenience. However, this is a highly select group. Preserving the current rule regarding the Gold Seal Status keeps it special, unique and is important to everyone.

Here's additional information pertaining to the High Resolution Digital Seals and how they are utilized:

ALL PRINTING NEEDS and most Electronic: and much more. The Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award© High Resolution Digital Seal can be utilized for the award-winning product only.



Can I submit a "series" for the same price as one product?

We will accept a "series" as one submission for one price as long as there are not more than four products. For each one over four, it is an additional fee. Reviewing the products, one or nine, is time consuming and entails hard work in our Family Testing and Evaluation process, so please keep this in mind.



Does Jodie Lynn offer personal phone consultations? If so, how does this work?

Yes. You can schedule a personal phone consultation with Jodie Lynn. Just "apply" for it by selecting it from the category list on the submission form, just like you were applying for the Life Buzz Award. It is the same price, $300.00 for one hour with five email follow-ups. Your choice of topics can include challenges with: design of product, design of website, marketing targets and advertising options.

Since Jodie Lynn is also an internationally syndicated parenting/family columnist, you can also request a personal phone consultation about challenges with parenting/family, or syndication opportunities/questions. NOTE: We reserve the right to terminate any discussions should they deem out of sorts, i.e. adult content, gossip, slander, copyright infringements or anything detrimental to any company or another human.

All phone consultations will be scheduled as quickly as possible. However, please allow between two to three weeks.



I've selected the category for my product, but how can I decide which Review Category fits best?

We have many Review Categories. You can easily see them by going to the Category Page.



Since you've changed your name, will the same group of experts review and evaluate products?

For those who have a family friendly product, these experts will continue to review and evaluate. For products that are geared for special groups, not necessarily for a family, experts have been established and are in place to proceed with the evaluation process. These are top expert gurus from various industries such as music, art, retail, radio, TV, etc., and have either served, or are currently serving, on a board of like-minded or similar to unique product submitted for our award.



If you have additional questions, please contact us: http://lifebuzzaward.com/contact.php

NOTICE: When submitting your credit card number, only enter it once per each application (one for each product). Please press *your* "enter" button once.

Reminder: We have a NO REFUND policy.

~ Thank you! Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award© Support Team

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