Buro 24/7 Malaysia Digital Awards 2016: Vote for your favourite influencer
Between creating our very own Buro 24/7 Softsrve and the #BuroLovesGiving Charity Market, sending out the #BuroLovesGiving gift boxes and delivering buckets of #BuroLovesMoet, organising a Buro 24/7 Malaysia x SK-II Mother's Day Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur and a Buro 24/7 Malaysia x Benefit Brow Party, we've had all cylinders firing since our launch party. And come July, we'll be turning ONE (#BuroTurnsOne) and to celebrate, we're launching the first ever Buro 24/7 Malaysia Digital Awards.
What is the Buro 24/7 Malaysia Digital Awards?
Well, it's our way of acknowledging those who have made a significant contribution to the Malaysian digital sphere over the last year. And for our first Buro 24/7 Malaysia Digital Awards—which will coincide with our Buro 24/7 Malaysia Anniversary Party to be held at The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur on 1 July 2016—we will be handing out awards in four categories:
A. Best Malaysian female digital influencer
B. Best Malaysian male digital influencer
C. Best Malaysian digital start-up or project
D. Best Malaysian upcoming digital influencer (under 25)
How are the winners decided?
This is where you guys come in. Winners for each category will be decided through a combination of online voting (60%) plus offline votes cast by a panel of judges (40%) that includes the Buro 24/7 Malaysia editorial team, Buro 24/7 publishers and Mira herself.
What criteria is used to evaluate the nominees?
The nominees for each category (see below) were decided by the panel of judges who took into account the following quantitative and qualitative aspects of 'influence'.
For Best Malaysian female digital influencer, Best Malaysian male digital influencer, and Best Malaysian upcoming digital influencer (under 25):
(a) Number of followers;
(b) Engagement of followers (ratio of average 'likes' to total followers);
(c) Professionalism (which includes accountability, integrity, reliability, work ethic and communication);
(d) Quality of content (which includes originality, creativity and aesthetic appeal); and
(e) Presence (which includes industry credibility, personality, passion, affability, and gravitas).
For the Best Malaysian digital start-up or project award, nominees must be:
(b) Predominantly digital in its operations; and
(c) Launched within the last three years (that is, not earlier than 2013),
as well as,
(d) Demonstrate innovation in their field;
(e) Achieved something significant in the last year; and
(f) Be relevant to the Buro 24/7 reader (that is, independent trendsetters with a global outlook for what's new and what's next).
And it will be these same criteria that we ask you, dear reader and voter, to consider when casting your vote.
How do I vote for my favourite influencer or digital start-up?
It's super easy. All you have to do is:
(a) For each category below, carefully consider the above criteria; and
(b) Click on the image of the nominee you would like to vote for (one vote per category).
That's it. You can also see the current poll position of each nominee by referring to their percentage votes at the bottom of each category.
So there's only one thing left to do: Scroll down, vote, and get your friends to vote. Remember, every vote counts!
Voting ends on 21 June 2016. The winners will be announced at the Buro 24/7 Malaysia Anniversary Party to be held on 1 July 2016.
A. BEST MALAYSIAN FEMALE DIGITAL INFLUENCER
1. Marion Caunter | Host and fashion icon (@marioncaunter)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 426,501
Known for: Hosting TV shows and attending high fashion events such as London Fashion Week and with her impeccable sense of style, she has become an icon in her own right.
2. Scha Alyahya | Actress, model and host (@schaalyahya)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 6,034,634
Known for: Her breakthrough role in Awan Dania, which has since opened doors for her in the entertainment industry. Juggling both family and career, she has become an inspiration to many women and is soon launching a business with her husband, Awal Ashaari.
3. Kim Raymond | Personal stylist and manager (@kimchiraymond)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 68,393
Known for: Styling Malaysian actor and husband Keith Foo and being a style icon herself.
4. Vivy Yusof | Entrepreneur and blogger (@vivyyusof)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 583,476
Known for: Building a fashion empire and Malaysia's first fashion e-commerce site following her initial popularity as a blogger. The business has since gained traction and expanded outside the country while having other plans in the works.
5. Tengku Chanela Jamidah | Businesswoman and fashion designer (@tcjamidah)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 77,743
Known for: Being someone You Wish You Were, Tengku Chanela Jamidah is often spotted #frowing and has started several successful fashion businesses with the most recent being her own label, Thavia. Closer to the present, she co-founded and launched a local makeup brand called Dida.
6. Chryseis Tan | Entrepreneur (@chrystan_x)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 67,369
Known for: Her enviable jet-setting lifestyle that incidentally sparks a lust for wandering and eating at new places. An established entrepreneur, her portfolio includes La Juiceria, Goodness Greens Cafe, Greyhound KL and the upcoming Four Seasons Kyoto.
7. Jane Chuck | Blogger, DJ and Entrepreneur (@janechuck)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 855,818
Known for: Sharing exciting snippets of her life that now spans from fashion to beauty to travel. She is the face of many brands, including a project with H&M starring opposite her sister Ashley Lau, an occasional DJ and the co-owner of a cafe.
8. Samantha Lee | Food artist (@leesamantha)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 839,257
Known for: Her amazing food art that tells a story and proves that you don't need much to be creative.
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B. BEST MALAYSIAN MALE DIGITAL INFLUENCER
1. Awal Ashaari | Actor, model and TV host (@awalashaari)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 5,932,184
Known for: Hosting a string of TV shows and events, and being one-third of Malaysia's power couple/family with wife Scha Alyahya and Lara Alana.
2. Keith Foo | Actor and model (@keithfoo)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 488,282
Known for: His extensive list of roles in the acting industry in both Malaysia and Indonesia. Together with his wife, Kim Raymond, the two have become one of Malaysia's popular celebrity couples.
3. Lawrence Wong | Model, actor and singer (@ohohlawrence)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 373,437
Known for: Being a triple threat; whether it's posing for an editorial spread, taking on challenging roles (he was in Singapore's In the Room, an erotic drama film that was nominated in several film festivals) or singing in different languages.
4. JC Chee | Actor and model (@jc_chee)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 36,055
Known for: Acting in Ola Bola, which though wasn't his first stint, it has certainly showcased his talent to a wider audience, creating more opportunities.
5. Roen Cian | Entrepreneur (@roencian)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 38,457
Known for: Starting a throng of ventures such as The Roof, The Hill, The Pool, The New Camp and Life Juice, all of which has gained much success with the public.
6. Josh Kua | International violinist and model (@joshkua)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 48,185
Known for: Creating beautiful music with his talent with the violin and with his good looks, he has been hired to model in various photoshoots around the world.
7. Bryan Loo | Entrepreneur (@bryan_chatime)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 43,499
Known for: Bringing in Chatime and his keen eye for business, having continuously started successful projects and inspiring budding entrepreneurs.
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C. BEST MALAYSIAN DIGITAL START-UP OR PROJECT
1. GoGet.my | E-marketplace for errands
Synopsis: As co-founder Francesca Chia describes it, GoGet.my is a platform that connects you to a community of highly capable and flexible help. They'll do the things you don't have time for so you can focus on more important matters at hand.
2. PurelyB | Online health and wellness community
Synopsis: Having recently celebrated their one year anniversary with the launch of Asia's first health and wellness marketplace, PurelyB has been inspiring individuals everywhere to lead a healthier lifestyle. In December 2015, it raised a US$500,000 seed from 500 Startups.
3. iflix | Internet TV service
Synopsis: Offering a huge selection of TV shows and movies from across the globe, iflix has already gathered more than a million subscribers across Southeast Asia.
4. KFit | Digital gym membership
Synopsis: Since its inception, KFit has encouraged people to be more active with its Fitness Pass that allows subscribers to enjoy 10 fitness activities for an affordable price while discovering and trying out new gyms.They have since expanded to beauty and spa services.
5. Bfab | Online platform for booking beauty services
Synopsis: Receiving funding before it was even launched, Bfab helps people to conveniently find and book the best salons and spas in Klang Valley.
6. You and No Other | Online luxury floral service
Synopsis: Setting itself apart from the other flower delivery services out there and setting your lover apart from all the other loved ones in your life, You and No Other's rule is you can only send their bouquets to one person for the rest of your life.
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D. BEST MALAYSIAN UPCOMING DIGITAL INFLUENCER (UNDER 25)
1. Charis Ow | Fashion and beauty YouTuber (@charisow)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 35,079
Known for: Fun YouTube videos covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle topics, as well as chic #ootds with strong hair game. She was also one of the two national finalists for SK-II x YouTube's Beauty Bound Asia competition, vying for the title of the next Beauty Creator.
2. Bella Kuan | Lifestyle and travel blogger (@bellakuan)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 103, 808
Known for: Documenting her travels with bits of fashion and lifestyle thrown in. She is also an aspiring singer, specialising in pop, jazz and ballads, and has performed at the Rainforest World Music Festival.
3. Venice Min | Model and actress (@venicemin)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 422,433
Known for: More than just a pretty face, she's an actress and model, and has been chosen to be the ambassador for various international brands. Just recently, she was unveiled as one of the first Friends of Swarovski Malaysia.
4. Lucas Lau | Blogger and model (@lucaseelau)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 46,718
Known for: His Korean-like features and daring hair colour. He is a natural in front of the camera and takes stylish #ootds on Instagram.
5. Brian See | Style blogger and model (@mrbriansee)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 150,367
Known for: Charming boyish looks and a sense of fashion. He was a finalist for Men's Uno 2015 Taiwan Model Search and even won the "Popularity Award". Brian has also starred in several brand campaigns and was a guest host on 8TV's 8Style.
6. YM Che Puan Amelia Thripura Henderson | Emcee, actress and model (@ameliath)
Total number of followers (across social networks): 106,254
Known for: Impressing others with her vast talent, ranging from dancing, acting, hosting and modelling. She often shares her stylish looks and reveals where her outfits are from.
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