What is The Drum?

The Drum is Europe’s largest media and marketing website and the fastest growing in the US and APAC.  Each month we attract over 1.4 million unique users and have over 200,000 social followers.

Our role is to help our readers to make informed decisions and by showcasing effective PR executions, we can promote the people and businesses behind the best work.  We want to get you noticed by potential partners.

Our global positioning means that we are constantly being approached to media partner major events and we work with the likes of Cannes, SXSW, DMexco, CES, New York Festivals, Advertising Week, Clio Awards, etc.

Background

The Drum Digital Advertising Awards recognises and highlight the best examples of digital advertising in practice. We aim to reward those who can actively show that what they do, day in and day out, works for their clients and themselves. Now in its 6th year, the programme has gone from strength to strength and is one of the most respected and sought-after accolades in the industry. 

And as ever, this isn't just an awards show. This is just the start of an editorial programme and calendar of events culminating with the awards ceremony, showing The Drum's commitment to automated advertising.  

Entries are open to anybody in the digital media/advertising eco-system who can show that they offer a high value service or technology. Agencies/companies must have had a UK or Europe presence for the last 6 months. The work judged should be either with UK / Europe based clients or international clients providing the agency/company is UK/ Europe based.

Who can enter?

Anyone can enter, whether you are an individual, agency, brand or organisation producing effective digital advertising executions. The awards are open to agencies/companies who are based within the UK or Europe or have produced work for a UK or Europe based client.

Why enter?

Motivation

Picking up an award proves that all the hard work was worth it. It gives your team the energy to keep pushing boundaries and raising standards.

Client relationships

It's good to remind your clients why they work with you from time to time. Having the work you've done for them recognised by the industry is powerful stuff. Even more so if you bring them along to the awards night to pick up the trophy with you.

Recruitment

If you pick up awards, it also picks up the interest of new talent. You can expect smart people to be knocking at your door to see if you have a desk for them.

New business

Good clients who are after good work keep an eye out for the good businesses who are winning awards. A few extra trophies can give you a real advantage when you're hunting for new business.

PR

There's no better way of getting publicity than for being excellent. The Drum will cover all of the shortlisted work on thedrum.com. With over 1 million unique visitors and over 200,000 social followers, that’s no small deal. And we recommend that you use an award win for further PR opportunities too (but we don't need to tell the PR industry that!). If you achieve something this special, you really should make a noise about it.​

Knees up

Then, of course, there's the awards show. And our awards shows are legendary. They're a great opportunity to reward your staff, pamper your clients and let your hair down.

Key dates

Put these in your diary right away... 

Early bird deadline: 12 December 2019 
Official deadline: 5 March 2020
Final deadline: with late fee. on request 

Nominations day: 16 April 2020 at 3pm

Awards ceremony: 20 May 2020

How much does it cost to enter?

Early bird - First Entry - £236+ vat 

Early bird - Additional Entries - £124 + vat

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Standard - First entry - £295 + VAT

Standard - Additional entries - £155 + VAT

 

  • You may enter as many categories as you like, however each entry must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each.
     
  • In order to get the discounted rate for any additional entries, please ensure you enter them all at once.
     
  • If you are a member of The Drum Network, you will receive 10% off your entries, and if you are a charity you will receive 40% off your entries.

How will my entry be judged?

Regardless of budget, size of the project or scale of the resource, entries will be judged objectively in their own merit.  It's a fair playing field for the large and small projects.

After the entry deadline, the judging panel will be given access to read your submission and view your images, videos and links. The jury will be looking for evidence of:

•  Clear strategic thinking using research and insights

• Creativity and Innovation

• Tangible results and outcomes

• Proof of effectiveness and organisational impact

• Measurement

After the panel have carried out their pre-judging, they will meet in July to discuss the entries and decide on the finalists, commendations and award winners.

Entry rules

Your Drum Digital Advertising Award entry must adhere to the rules below:

  1. Entries must be received no later than the published deadline date. 
     
  2. All submissions must be made online.
     
  3. Entries must have been live to market at some point between February 2019 and February 2020. (Entries do not have to be created within this timescale.
     
  4. Do not include password protection or if essential, include passwords for judges to access.
     
  5. All entries must be supplied and conform to the category rules/submission formats.
     
  6. Work entered into more than one category must be treated as a completely separate entry. Multiple entries can be made but separate payment must be made for each. Please note: you will ONLY receive the 2nd entry rate if you enter all your submissions at the same time. Leave your entries in your basket until you are sure they are complete. Refunds will not be given.
     
  7. The judging panel will only read and use the entries/reports for the purposes of the judging and are required to sign NDAs.
     
  8. The judges reserve the right to re-allocate entries that in their view are entered in an incorrect category. The judges also reserve the right to remove categories where entries do not meet the standard for nomination. These entries will not be refunded as they will have been judged accordingly.
     
  9. The judges’ decision is final.
     
  10. Due to the number of entries received, the awards cannot give feedback on individual entries.
     
  11. The organisers reserve the right to verify that all entries have been commercially produced for a commercial client where relevant.
     
  12. All entries submitted must be legal. Any entries containing offensive material will be disqualified. Any entry that has a complaint upheld against it by the Advertising Standards Authority will be disqualified.
     

Entry tips

•  Give each entry a unique title to grab the judges' interest - try to avoid generic names.

• When writing your report, don’t assume the judges have seen the work or campaign. Give clear concise answers on the brief, objectives and results. Figures should include the starting point and any increases in numeric terms, not just in percentages.

• Only use additional password protection if it’s absolutely necessary.

• Please include usernames and passwords, if required, for the judging; i.e. a private YouTube video and make sure the links work.

Entry templates

Your entry template is your entry report, once completed you must convert to PDF and upload under the Entry Report section at the time of submitting.

Only certain categories require specific entry templates, if the categories you are entering are not listed below, please download and use the Standard Entry Template 

- Agency or Team Categories Entry Template : Download
- Attribution Solution Entry Template: Download
- Audience Measurement Platform Entry Template : Download
- Overall Technology Entry Template: Download
- Publisher Innovation Entry Template : Download
- Fraud Solution Entry Template: Download
- Rising Star Entry Template: Download

 

Awards ceremony

Tickets for our Awards Ceremony will be on sale soon.

Date: Wednesday 20 May 2020 
Venue: Details coming soon
Time: 6.45pm​

 

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