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.

Entry deadline - Friday 2 February 2018
Awards ceremony -  Wednesday 25 April 2018


Background & Key Dates

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

Entry Deadline – Friday 2 February 2018
Awards Ceremony –  Wednesday 25 April 2018


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 3 March 2017 and 2 February 2018.
(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 / Team Categories


  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- £145 + VAT

Additional Entries - £115 + 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.  

Please note: You will only receive the second entry rate discount if you enter all your submissions at once. Otherwise you will be charged the full amount each time. Leave your entries in your basket until you are sure they are all complete.

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 to summarise the key points in your report

    Brief description of project/campaign/strategy

    Provide details of the campaign/strategy's budget

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

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

    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 - 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 3 March 2017 and 2 February 2018(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 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

The 10th anniversary Drum Network Awards 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: 27 November
Venue: London Marriott Hotel 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.

Tickets are priced at 

Elite Table: £3350 table of 10 (+ vat)

Elite Table: £3950 table of 12 (+vat)
Standard Table 10: £2645 + vat 
Standard Table 12: £3230 + vat 
Single tickets: £285 + vat