The Drum Marketing Awards is on a mission to recognise the best in the business - and then make sure their peers, clients and potential recruits know all about them.

Winning one of these awards guarantees you a huge profile. The event is part of The Drum one of the largest marketing platforms in the world. That is why if you win the world will get to know.

And our readers are hungry to find out about best practice as well as who are the best companies and people in the business. It helps them make a better decision - like who they should work with.

Enter and you will be in good company. Organisations which have featured as part of this event include Samsung, BrewDog.

Entry Deadline: January 25, 2019
Awards Ceremony: April 11, 2019

Background to Awards

We have great pleasure in announcing the launch of The Drum Marketing Awards an event that is designed to ensure individuals, agencies and in-house marketing teams get the recognition they deserves for producing amazing work.

The Drum is one of the world’s largest marketing platforms which, with bases in New York, London and Singapore - attracts a global audience of 1m uniques a month. It counts the likes of Sheryl Sandberg, Maurice Levy and Martin Sorrell amongst its guest editors and contributors.

Our readers are hungry to find out about best practice, the best companies and the best people. These insights will help them make better decisions including who they should work with.

Having a powerful website at the heart of its eco-system gives The Drum Marketing Awards a unique advantage. If you win, the world will get to hear about it.

The Drum already runs a series of successful global competitions in which brands such as the New York Times, Google, IBM and HP to name but a few already compete. But we believe being the biggest does not necessarily mean being the best, which is why smaller businesses are keen to take part - it is their chance to demonstrate that they deserve a place on the podium alongside global brands.

Our categories are designed to recognise industry sectors, separate marketing disciples as well as the achievement of individuals ensuring these awards recognize every facet of the modern marketing world. Unlike other award schemes we will invest to ensure our judges can meet face-to-face ensuring a consistent, fare and credible outcome the world will regard as prestigious and robust.

This event will climax in a gala dinner in New York ensuring our nominees are treated with the dignity and respect that befits their status as being amongst the best marketers in the world.

Key Dates

Your most important dates are: 

Entry Deadline: January 25, 2019

Nominations announced : March 2019

Awards date : April 11, 2019, Edison Ballroom, New York  

Who can enter?

The Drum Marketing Awards US celebrate the best marketers and campaigns in the US. The awards are open to advertising agencies, in-house marketing teams, design consultancies, digital agencies, PR companies, integrated agencies and any company that has carried out marketing over the eligibility period.
Either the agency or the client must be based in the US / Canada in order to be able to enter. 


How do I enter?

  • Register or log in to this website. (top right) .
  • Decide what categories you are going to enter. You may enter as many categories as you like but each must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each. 
  • To add an entry, go to the dashboard in the menu at the top of the page and choose ‘My companies’ from the drop down. On the next page, chose or add the company you would like to enter on behalf of and then click 'Add an Entry' from the option.
  • Add a short description of no more than 60 words as an overview of the project. In the event your entry is nominated this text will be used on the website to give insight into the project.
  • You are also able to acknowledge another agency if the work has been jointly created.
  • You will also need to use the entry summary template to write your entry using a maximum of 1250 words, plus a 250 executive summary. Please upload as a PDF document only. The individual and team categories require a seperate template.
  • Upload hi-res images of your work* (this is important as these images are shown online and during the show if nominated) and any supporting YouTube or Vimeo video URLs.
  • In the event of your entry being nominated, images, videos and the summary will be live on the website.Please note: At least one image must be uploaded (file limit 10MB. Accept jpg, gif or png files). The first image will be used in listings of entries.
  • Once you have uploaded all of your entries, go to the dashboard in the menu at the top of the page, chose ‘My Companies’ again from the drop down, chose the company whose entries you wish to pay for. add all to your basket and proceed with payment from there.
  • Once payment is processed you will be sent a confirmation email and a receipt will be sent out to you.
  • If you would like to make any changes to your entry, please do so before you submit as changes cannot be made after this stage.
  • All entries must be made by the deadline on December 14
  • Entries and payment should be made online.

Writing your entry report

You must write one report for each individual entry. The main report should not exceed 1250 words. You MUST include an additional 250 word executive summary.

Please use the correct template for the category you are entering into. You can download these below.

Your report should include;

•    Your marketing position before you developed your marketing idea and your new strategy, what you did and why it was innovative or special to your organisation.

•    Answers to the questions relating to the information required for your specific category

•    Provide client testimonials to back up and support your results. These will help to strengthen your report and will not be included in the word count. 


Judges will mark your entry on

  • Creative thinking
  • Effectiveness
  • Clear and concise results
  • Evidence of results e.g. testimonials, financials and growth

If you have any questions regarding the entry process, contact

Why enter?

The benefits of entering for agencies or brands

Being awarded proves that all the hard work was worth it. It gives your team the energy to keep pushing boundaries for another year.

Client Relationship
It’s good to be reminded of why you work together from time to time. Having the collaboration recognized by the industry is powerful stuff. Even more so if you both come along to the awards night to pick up the trophy together.

Being rewarding for your Big Ideas can also peak 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 msocial 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.

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.

New business
Prospective clients who are after great work will keep an eye out for the agencies who are winning awards. A few extra trophies can give you a real advantage when you’re hunting for new

Entry rules

Your entry must adhere to the following rules:

  • Entries must be received no later than the published deadlinedate. 
  • All submissions must be made online.
  • Entries must have been live to market at some point between December 14 2017 and  December 14 2018. Entries do not have to be created within this timescale.
  • Do not include password protection or if essential, include passwords for judges to access.
  • All entries must be supplied and conform to the category rules/submission formats.
  • 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.
  • The judging panel will only read and use the entries/reports for the purposes of the judging and are required to sign NDAs.
  • 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.
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • Due to the number of entries received, the awards cannot give feedback on individual entries.
  • By entering these awards, you give the organisers the right to publish/exhibit screen grabs and/or submitted report. If you wish to upload a modified /less commercially sensitive version for publishing purposes, please do so on the entry upload form.
  • Entering physical work is at your own risk – entries will not be returned. Whilst every care will be taken in the storage of entries, the organisers will not accept responsibility for loss or damage of entries.
  • The organisers reserve the right to verify that all entries have been commercially produced for a commercial client where relevant.
  • 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.

Deadline & cost

Entry deadline:Jnauary 25, 2019

Cost to enter: $295 for your first entry 
$195 for each additional entry 

Please Note: the discounted 2nd entry price of $195 will only apply when you pay for all of your entries at the same time so leave your entries in your basket until you are ready to submit.

When will the shortlists be announced?

The finalists will be announced on the website in March. Date tbc

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 in April, Edison Ballroom. New York

Awards ceremony


The Drum Marketing Awards USA will bring together the elite of the adtech industry to celebrate and reward their achievements 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.

Date:  April 11, 2019
Venue: Edison Ballroom, New York, NY
Time: 6.30pm  
Dress code: Formal 

Tickets are priced at:

  • Single Seat - $550
  • Table of 10 - $5200
  • Table of 12 - $6000

The evening will proceed as follows:

  • 6:30PM - Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres
  • 7:30PM - Seated dinner
  • 9:30PM - Awards show
  • Midnight - Evening concludes

Included in the price of your ticket is: 

  • Entrance to the awards
  • Cocktail reception & canapes 
  • 3 course dinner
  • Premium open bar 
  • the chance to network with your peers and industry

Tables will be on sale shortly