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. 

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: 10 January 2019
Nominations announced: 26 February 2019
Awards Ceremony: 4 April 2019 - buy your tickets now by logging in here.

Who Can Enter?

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

What is Eligible?

To enter this year’s awards, your work needs to have been live at some point between March 2018 and January 2019. That doesn't’t mean you need to have created it within these dates - simply that it ran during this period.

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.

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. We recommend you submit everything at once so that you don't pay the higher initial fee more than necessary. 
  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- £225 + VAT

Additional Entries - £157.50+ 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 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

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

  1. 1. Entries must be received no later than the published deadline date. Entries after this will be subject to an automatic 10% late fee (applied at
    checkout or on invoice).
  2.  All submissions must be made online.
  3. Do not include password protection or if essential, include passwords for judges to access.
  4. All entries must be supplied and conform to the category rules and submission formats. 
  5. 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.
  6.  The judging panel will only read and use the entries or reports for the purposes of the judging and are required to sign NDAs.
  7.  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.
  8.  The judges’ decision is final. 
  9.  Due to the number of entries received, the awards cannot give feedback on individual entries.
  10.  By entering these awards, you give the organisers the right to publish or exhibit screen grabs and/or submitted report. If you wish to upload a modified or less commercially sensitive version for publishing purposes, please do so on  the entry upload form
  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

You can see all of our T&Cs  here

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 - date and time tbc

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 on 4 April 2019 at The Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square in London - buy your tickets here.

Awards ceremony

Date: Tuesday 26 November 2019 
Venue: Marriott Grosvenor Square, London
Time: 6.45 
Dress code: Black tie

Elite Table of 10 = £3500 
Elite Table of of 12 = £4130
Standard Table of 10 = £2950
Standard Table of 12 = £3480
Individual tickets = £320