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.


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

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. 


Who can enter?

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

Why Enter?

The benefits of entering The Drum Awards 

Picking up an award proves that all the hard work was worth it. It gives teams and individuals the energy to keep pushing boundaries for another year.

Relationship building
It’s good to be reminded of why you work with great partners. Having the collaboration recognised by the industry is powerful stuff. Even more so if you all come along to the awards night to
celebrate and pick up the trophy together.

If you’re picking up awards, you can also pick 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.

There’s no better way of getting publicity than for being excellent. The Drum covers the winners of the awards online and in print. With over 1 million unique visitors and over 200,000
social followers, that’s no small deal. We recommend that you use an award win for further PR opportunities too. If you achieve something this special, you really should make a noise about it
and bang your own drum.

Knees up
Of course, what some might consider the most important part, is the awards show and our award shows are legendary. They’re a great opportunity to reward your staff and let your hair down.
And an added bonus 

Business development
Your customers and peers are always on the look-out for examples of best practice, the best work and the best people. A few extra trophies will give you a real advantage when you’re
growing your business.

Key dates

Put these in your diary right away...

Early bird deadline: 12 December 2019
Official deadline: 30 January 2020
Final deadline: on request, with late fee

Nominations day: Wednesday 18 March 2020 at 2pm

Awards Ceremony:

In light of the global situation we are reviewing the ceremony date which was due to take place on 22 April. We are committed to celebrating your fantastic results with you, it will just need to be a little later than we had hoped. We will keep you informed with any developments as soon as we can, please check back here for updates.

How much does it cost to enter?

Early bird - First entry - £236 + VAT

Early bird - Additional entries - £124 + VAT


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
  • 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.

Entry Rules

Your Drum Search Awards 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 March 2019 and January 2020Entries 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 combine or 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 Team Entry Template: Download

- Rising Star Entry Template: Download

- Search Software Entry Template : Download

- Technical Innovation of the Year Entry Template: Download