REWARD YOUR INSTINCTS

It’s human instinct to want to win, but it’s your animal instinct that will guide you to victory. Now in their eighth year The Drum Network Awards want to hear how your agency has grown as a business and delivered great results for your clients. We want to recognise all the top dogs out there, the wise owls and the clever cats. We’ll be rewarding those whose instincts shine brightest in London in November. So go where only eagles dare and enter The Drum Network Awards.

How do I enter?

1. Browse the Business, Marketing Strategy and Area categories to decide which category/categories suit you best then go to REGISTER or SIGN IN on the homepage to upload your entries.

2. Follow the on screen instructions to upload your entries and make payment. The entry is a 1000 word report.

3. Once you have uploaded ALL of your entries to the basket please make sure you have no more to enter and proceed to payment. Please note you will only receive the discounted 2nd, 3rd, 4th if you pay in one transaction. If you upload more after this you will be charged the first entry price once again.

4. Once your entries are received and payment is authorised, confirmation will be sent to you via email.

5. An invoice will be sent by post for your records after this step. If you wish to pay by cheque, please make your cheque payable to: Carnyx Group Ltd, please leave your entries in your basket, post your cheque to:

Hannah Docherty, The Drum Network Awards, Carnyx Group, 4th Floor, Mercat Building, 26 Gallowgate, Glasgow, G1 5AB.

How to write your entry report

We aim to make entering the Drum Network Awards as simple and as easy as possible. Those taking part simply have to write a 1000 word report detailing their business or marketing success over the last 12 months. An entry template has been created for you and can be downloaded from the template links below. The judges will be looking for examples of:
• Innovative thinking
• Excellent service
• Strong results (wherever possible backed up with financial evidence)
• Your entry should contain no more than 1,000 words (10% cushion)

 

Agency categories (Template) & Recruitment category (Template)
Your report should be split into the following sections:

• Overview – (250 words) a short paragraph to give the judges an overview of your business and to create an impression of you as an agency
• Company Details (will remain confidential) – annual turnover, staff numbers, key clients, new clients and new hires
• Business Strategy or Challenges – details of how these were overcome
• Key Business Successes of the Last year – provide information on what were the company highlights over the eligibility period
• Client Information – Give details of up to 5 campaigns/ pieces of work you have carried out over the eligible dates (not included in word count)
 

Marketing Campaign/Strategy Categories (Template)
Your report should be split into the following sections:

• Overview – (250 words) the purpose of the executive summary is to ensure that the judges get an immediate overview of your report. It should be punchy and summarize the main points of your report and grab the judge’s attention
• The challenges you faced/ campaign objectives – should detail the challenges that your client faced, to which you found a marketing solution
• Details of how challenges were overcome – what did you do to face the challenges discussed earlier in your report
• What you achieved – what results did your actions achieve and did they meet objectives

Area Categories (Template)
Your report should be split into the following sections:

• Overview – (250 words) a short paragraph to give the judges an overview of your business and to create an impression of you as an agency
• Company Details (will remain confidential) – annual turnover, staff numbers, key clients, new clients and new hires
• Business Strategy or Challenges – details of how these were overcome
• Key Business Successes of the Last year – provide information on what were the company highlights over the eligibility period
• Client Information – Give details of up to 5 campaigns/ pieces of work you have carried out over the eligible dates (not included in word count)

Agency Creative Team of the Year & Agency Rising Star category (Template)
Your report should be split into the following sections:

•    Overview – (250 words) a short paragraph to give the judges an overview of your purpose within the agency and any goals you would like to communicate.
•    Any challenges you have faced within the company and how you have overcome these obstacles to prove your worth.
•    Your main points of success within the business. List any achievements.
•    Give details of the main points of your biggest accounts/pieces of work carried out over the eligible dates. 

Why enter?

Why is it great to be part these awards?

  • To demonstrate your skills and talent to current and potential clients and partners – who doesn’t love a show off?!
  • To stand out from your competitors as an award-winning marketing agency
  • To gain fantastic PR opportunities
  • To boost the morale of the staff throughout your business and to help attract the best industry talent in the marketplace
  • To reassure your current clients that they are working with a solid and reliable agency business

Tips for entering

  • The awards are judged by a panel that have different backgrounds and experience within the marketing industry.  Keep this in mind when writing your report and explain things clearly.
  • Don’t assume that the judges know your company, campaign or product/service.
  • When discussing figures, tell the judges what the actual figures were, rather than just using percentages (increases). This will add credibility to your submission and give the judges a better understanding of your successes.
  • Keep your submissions concise and straight to the point. You may use bullet points and tables to cut down lengthy paragraphs but still cover your key details. 
  • Entry templates have been created for all sections of categories to help structure your report on the website.
  • Make sure you cover all of the points that are required for your specific category. You can find out this information by downloading your ENTRY PACK.

Entry rules

 

  • The work entered must have run between 10th September 2015 and 1st September 2016. Entries do not have to be created within this timescale, but must have been live at one point.
  • Entries cannot have been previously entered.
  • Do not include password protection.
  • All submissions must be made online.
  • Work entered into more than one category must be treated as a completely separate entry and therefore payment made for each.
  • All entries must be supplied and conform to category rules/submission formats. Entries must be received by no later than 5pm Thursday 1st September 2016. Please note that we cannot guarantee that entries received after this deadline will be considered.
  • Entries are only open to companies based within the UK.
  • The judges reserve the right to re-allocate entries that in their view are entered in an incorrect category.
  • The organisers reserve the right to publish the main image as part of the website and presentation in the event of a nomination.
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • All entries submitted must be legal. Any entries containing offensive material may be disqualified.

Deadline & cost

Non-Members

£170 + VAT (First entry)
£85 + VAT (subsequent entries)

Members
(First 2 Entries – FREE) Please e-mail (hannah.docherty@thedrum.com) to request this. Entries thereafter…

£170 + VAT (First entry)
£85 + VAT (subsequent entries)

 

PLEASE NOTE: your 2nd entry price of £85 will only apply when you pay for all of your entries at the same time.  If you add in extra entries after payment has been made £170 will be the price of your 1st entry again.

When will nominations be announced?

The finalists will be announced on the website 25th October - details will be available closer to the time. 

All entrants will be notified when the announcement has been made and nominees will receive a congratulatory email.  

Winners will be announced at our Awards Ceremony 24th November at the Marriott Grosvenor Square. Party animals are going posh!

About the Drum Network

The Drum Network is an organisation that helps make marketing service agencies more successful – by giving them the skills and tools to build a higher profile and the knowledge to increase their profits.

This is the Drum Network Awards and anyone can enter! But only if you are as passionate about great marketing as us… we throw a kick ass party to celebrate it too!

For one low annual membership fee, The Drum Network helps get its agency members on to the radar of potential clients, recruits and other business partners by giving them access to The Drum’s wide range of on and offline editorial products and channels; these include the UK’s largest marketing website, visited by more than 600,000 marketers a month, and the UK’s Business Magazine of the Year 2013.

On another level membership also plugs ambitious independent agency owners into our vast range of contacts, helping to facilitate their development and the honing of the key business skills that are vital to winning in today’s fast moving agency sector.

Contact Chris.Morton@thedrum.com if you are interested in joining...