Frequently Asked Questions

We get asked a lot of questions with respect to the Pro Tool Innovation Awards, so here is a list of the most frequently asked questions. Hopefully this will help you learn everything you need to know about the Awards to help you get your entries in and see if your tools are the most innovative in the industry.

What are the Pro Tool Innovation Awards (PTIA)?

The Pro Tool Innovation Awards are an annual program to recognize innovation in the tools, accessories, and fasteners used in the residential and commercial construction industries and related fields. The goal of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards is to recognize and award manufacturers for releasing tools that are going to change the way we work in the residential and commercial construction industry. These products must stand out in the crowded market of power tools, hand tools, accessories, and even fasteners. A Pro Tool Innovation Award winner will either offer more features, or be more ergonomic, stronger, lighter, faster, longer-lasting, or a better value than the competition.

What tools or products are eligible to be entered?

Any power tool, hand tool, accessory, or fastener can be entered into the Pro Tool Innovation Awards if it is slated to ship prior to the end of Q2 2018. Our intent is to allow for the inclusion of new tools, however, we want to ensure that any entered products are fully developed and scheduled for manufacturing before they are entered for an award.

Why should I enter?

The Pro Tool Innovation Awards are the construction industry’s premier awards, recognizing and honoring manufacturers and products that bring new innovation, features, performance, and value to Pro consumers. There are over a dozen media partners who promote the PTIA Awards to their readers, generating a potential of over 2.5 million readers. On top of that, winners get digital assets to use to help promote their award-winning tools in print, online, or via other digital marketing efforts.

Social media is also a big part of the awards, with a combined social media program being participated in by most media partners. The reach for these social media connections is in the millions. The Pro Tool Innovation Awards are simply the most prestigious awards given to innovative tools, accessories, and fasteners in the construction industry.

What do you win?

2016 PTIA award trophy sampleThe winner of a Pro Tool Innovation Award in each category receives a physical PTIA acrylic trophy as well as the rights to use the Pro Tool Innovation Award Winner logo and marketing materials. Winning products are promoted on the Pro Tool Innovation Awards website with photos and descriptions, and are also promoted by our media partners.

Winners are also given a Winners Kit which contains a sample press release, logos, graphics, and more.

In some highly competitive categories, we will also choose Finalists. Pro Tool Innovation Award Finalists will be entitled to use the Pro Tool Innovation Award Finalist logo and have access to Finalist marketing materials and a sample press release.

Who judges the Awards?

Each year, the winning tools, accessories, and fasteners are judged by a panel of industry professionals and the editorial staff of Pro Tool Reviews. Read more about who judges the Pro Tool Innovation Awards.

When did the Pro Tool Innovation Awards start?

The Pro Tool Innovation Awards started back in 2013 when the folks over at Pro Tool Reviews realized there needed to be a way to recognize the “movers and shakers” in the industry. Since then it’s grown in scope and breadth, including dozens of categories and hundreds of entries from manufacturers from every tool, fastener, and accessory category.

What are the categories?

There are over 200 categories of awards, and you can view them here.

Who can submit entries for consideration?

Any official manufacturer or manufacturer’s representative (including PR or marketing companies) can submit a product for consideration in the Pro Tool Innovation Awards.

What’s the best category for me to enter my product(s)?

We recommend you find the most specific category for your tool. Since we get 100’s of entries each year, you’ll want to seek the most closely-related category available for us to judge it. As an example, if you have a new and innovative 12V cordless drill, you’ll want to submit it under the “Drills/Drivers—Cordless, 12V”. If, it’s a collated model, hammer drill, or similar, please be sure to check for more specific categories that might better apply to the tool being submitted.

Can a tool be nominated in more than one category?

No. We ask that you assign a specific category for any given tool.

How long does the judging take?

The awards have a schedule that corresponds to the dates of several trade shows such as STAFDA, but check the PTIA schedule for the exact dates, including the judging period and winner announcements and publication date.

What are the entry fees?

All categories for the Pro Tool Innovation Awards have entry fees to cover the administrative costs for running the program and marketing the awards each year online via the website and social media promotion. For a list of the entry fees, click here.

What are the entry deadlines?

Check out the full Pro Tool Innovation Awards schedule for the entry deadlines dates, including the Early Bird deadline, final entry date, and winner announcements.

How are the entries judged?

The entries are judged by industry professionals according to the following criteria: Innovation, Features, Performance, and Value. We’re looking for tools, accessories, and fasteners that break the mold and bring something new to the world of residential and/or commercial construction.

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