The Drum Search Awards celebrate the individuals and companies at the forefront of the search Industry. Described by judges as 'the one to win' these awards provide the perfect opportunity for those entering to prove they are the best at what they do. 

Entries are open globally and with The Drum's support puts both entrants and sponsors in-front of a captive audience. 

We know how to celebrate excellence. We know how to throw a party. But more importantly we know how to give great companies the recognition they deserve.
 

Entries are open to anyone producing great work in search.

ENTRY DEADLINE: 3 MARCH 2017 
 

Background & Key Dates

The Drum Search Awards are back for their 3rd successful year to recognise and celebrate the most innovative, creative and effective search campaigns in both the PPC and SEO sectors.

In the past 12 months there has been major changes to the industry sector’s major platforms given consumers’ shift from primarily desktop-based media consumption to a more fragmented user journey. Reflecting this, The Drum Search Awards shines the light on the great data-driven work driving performance across screens from not just agencies, but search engines, technology providers plus all other outfits active in the space. 

The launch of the third annual The Drum Search awards reflects the title’s ongoing commitment to the search industry and is the start of an editorial programme and calendar of events culminating with the awards ceremony on 25 May 2017, hosted in the Marriott Hotel on Grosvenor Square.
 

Lynn Lester, The Drum, managing director of events, commented: “The response from the industry has been nothing less than outstanding with big names getting involved like Google, Microsoft Bing, Yahoo, MoneySuperMarket, Mindshare UK and OMD UK.  Its evident that there was a need for these awards and we are very proud to have delivered something of great value."

Entry Deadline – 3 March
Nominations Announced – 3pm 18 April
Awards Ceremony –  25 May  

 

Who Can Enter?

Entries are open to anyone, anywhere producing great work in Search.

What is Eligible?

All entries must have been live to market at some point between 4 March 2016 and 3 March 2017.
(Entries do not have to be created within this timescale)

Why Enter?

There are many reasons why you should enter The Drum Search Awards, and here are a few: 

  • To promote search as a key discipline
  • To celebrate the success of great campaigns and strategies
  • To give recognition to individuals and businesses
  • To bring the search community together
  • To prove to clients and peers that your company is the best at search

How Do I Enter?

Please follow these steps to enter: 

  1. Download the entry pack to have all the information in one place.
  2. Browse the categories to decide what ones suit you. You can enter as many as you like but they will be treated as separate entries and charged accordingly.
  3. Register to set up your account. If you already have an account, 'sign in'.  
  4. Once you are signed in to your account you may add your entry and complete the submission details as indicated.
  5. Entries into the awards are report based and entrants are asked to write a report detailing their strategy/campaign. Have a look at the ‘writing your report’ section for what to include.  Please use the entry templates provided. 

    Entry template 
    Entry template - Search Software
    Entry template - Rising Star
    Entry template - Agency

     

  6. Upload your report in the box provided (PDF/Word.doc/.docx and max size 10mb). 
  7. Attach a leading image in the box provided to support your report (Jpeg max size 5mb). Please note this image will go live in the event of your work being nominated.
  8. Upload up to 2 additional images in the boxes provided to support your entry (Jpeg max size 5mb).
  9. If you are including a video as part of your entry you must include the embed code in the box provided.  Please note: the site cannot host videos, they must be hosted elsewhere e.g. YouTube and embedded into our site).
  10. Follow the on screen instructions to make your payment. 
  11. If you wish to pay by invoice, please contact the event manager with a PO number and this can be organised. Please note: payment must be made before the judging. 
  12. Once your entries are received and payment is authorised, a confirmation will be sent to you via email.
  13. A receipt will be sent by post to the address have provided for your records.
  14. Once this process is complete your entry will go forward for judging.

How Much Does it Cost to Enter?

The cost to enter is:

First Entry- £140 + VAT

Additional Entries - £110 + VAT 

 

Entries received after the deadline date will be subject to a 10% late fee. This will be added at the payment stage. 

You may enter as many categories as you like, however each entry must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each.  

Writing your Entry Report

Your report should be no more than 1500 words.  250 words should be used for an executive summary and you must use the entry templates below. 

Your report must cover all the points below. If you exclude any of these points, you reduce your chance of being nominated.

To see what to cover in each category, see the categories page

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    Executive Summary to summarise the key points in your report

     
  • BACKGROUND TO PROJECT/CAMPAIGN
    Brief description of project/campaign/strategy

     
  • BUDGET
    Provide details of the campaign/strategy's budget

     
  • OBJECTIVES
    Brief and objectives, including any targets set. (e.g. cost-saving, income generation, increasing brand awareness)

     
  • YOUR STRATEGY
    Strategy for achieving the above objectives (including details of marketing, PR etc)

     
  • RESULTS
    Results including evidence of effectiveness prior and post campaign E.g. and increase in sales/revenue/traffic /awareness etc . Please provide comparable before and after figures. Use exact figures rather than %.

     
  • TESTIMONIALS
    Testimonials - are not essential but can help to improve your report

Tips for entering

Some tips for entering the awards 

  • Give each entry a unique title to grab the judges interest - try to avoid generic names e.g. Best search campaign 
     
  • When writing your report don’t assume the judges have seen your work or campaign, give clear concise answers on the brief, the objectives and results and figures should include the starting point and any increases.
     
  • If not commercially necessary please do not add additional password protection.
     
  • Please include usernames and passwords, if required, for the judging.
     
  • Although not essential, testimonials can help reinforce statements made in your entry 

Entry Rules

Entry rules

Your Drum Search Awards entry must adhere to the rules below:

  1. All entries must have been live to market at some point between 4 March 2016 and 3 March 2017(Entries do not have to be created within this timescale.)
     
  2. Do not include password protection
     
  3. All submissions must be made online. 
     
  4. Work entered into more than one category must be treated as a completely separate entry.
     
  5. Multiple entries can be made but separate payment must be made for each.
     
  6. All entries must be supplied and conform to category rules/submission formats. Entries must be received by no later than 5pm on 3rd March 2017
    Please note after this a 10% late fee will be charged.

     
  7. Entries are open to anyone who in excelling in search across PPC and SEO 
     
  8. The judges reserve the right to re-allocate entries that in their view are entered in an incorrect category
     
  9. The organisers reserve the right to publish/exhibit screen grabs and/or submitted report in relation to the awards. Please note nominated/winning reports may be published on TheDrum.com or in The Drum magazine. If your report includes sensitive not for re-publication information,  Please clearly write this beside any such text. 
     
  10. The organisers reserve the right to verify that all entries have been commercially produced for a commercial client where relevant
     
  11. The judges' decision is final
     
  12. Due to the number of entries received we cannt give feedback about specific entries. 
     
  13. Entries received after the deadline date will be charged a 10% late fee 
     
  14. All entries submitted must be legal. Any entries containing offensive material will be disqualified

How will my entry be judged?

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

  • Clear strategic thinking
  • Innovation
  • Effectiveness.
  • Tangible results

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

When Will Nominations be Announced?

The finalists will be announced on the website and via social media at 3pm 18 April

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

Please note: One finalist certificate will be sent per entry and to the company as submitted online.

When are the Results Revealed?

Those who are nominated will find if they have won an award or received a commendation at the awards ceremony which takes place on 25 May in London. 

Find out more and book tickets here. 

The Awards Ceremony

A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION!

A must for your awards calendar in 2017.  With over 500 attendees, The Drum Search Awards ceremony brings together the elite of the industry to celebrate and reward their successes over the past year.

The event is not only an awards presentation but it provides suppliers to the industry with the perfect platform to network with potential clients and those they wish to do business with.

Event Details

Date: 25 May 2017
Venue: London - Marriott Grosvenor Square 
Time: 6.45 - 7.15pm - 1am
Dress code: Black-tie 

 

Included in your ticket is:

  • Entrance to the awards
  • Drinks reception
  • 3 course dinner
  • Half a bottle of wine per person
  • Entertainment
  • The opportunity to catch up/network with colleagues.