The Drum Marketing Awards are one of the industry's most sought after accolades. The information below will explain what you need to do to get your hands on a coveted trophy and also what the plans are for the 2019 ceremony.

Key Dates:

Entry deadline: 1 February
Finalists Announced: 7 March
Awards Ceremony: 3 April


The Drum Marketing Awards celebrate the best marketers and campaigns internationally as entries are once again open globally for 2019. 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.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of senior marketers from the world's best known brands.

How do I enter?

Register or log in to this website.
• The website is now on our new multiplatform so if you have previously registered for these awards, you may need to do so again.
• 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. All information can be found in our entry pack.
• 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 1500 words, plus a 250 executive summary. Please upload as a PDF document only. The team categories require a separate 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 Friday 1 February 2019. All entries made after this date will be subject to a 10% late fee.
• Entries and payment should be made online.

Entry rules

Your entry must adhere to the following rules:


  • Entries must be received no later than the published deadlinedate. Entries after this will be subject to an automatic 10% late fee (applied at checkout/on invoice).
  • All submissions must be made online.
  • Entries must have been live to market at some point between February 2018 and January 2019. 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.

Why enter?

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

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.

Writing your entry report

You must write one report for each individual entry. The main report should not exceed 1500 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. 

When submitting online, there will be an opportunity to submit images and videos. Images should be high resolution and under 10MB. All videos should be in Youtube or Vimeo link format. The videos, if they are password protected, please include the password in your entry report. 

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

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 and links. The judging panel will be looking for evidence of:

Clear and concise results
Creativity thinking
Campaigns that go above and beyond

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

Tips for entering

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, 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.

How much does it cost to enter?

First entry - £225 + VAT

Additional entries - £157.5 + 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.

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.

When will nominations be announced?

The finalists will be announced Thursday 7 March 2019.

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

The awards ceremony 2019

Date: Wednesday 3 April 
Venue: Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
Time: 6.45pm

Dress code: Black tie
Your ticket includes:
·         Sparkling drinks reception
·         Welcome Speech
·         3 course dinner
·         Half a bottle of wine 
·         Entertainment
·         The Awards
·         Networking after-party 

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