40 Marketing Awards To Win Your Brand the Recognition It Deserves

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Marketing awards help to promote your brand, showcase the work of your team to your company and executives, and they look great on your resume. You’re also a professional marketer, so crafting a winning award entry is right down your aisle.

Marketing awards should be on your radar, and your agenda. However, while researching awards for our own team to compete for, we didn’t find a readily available list of marketing awards for U.S. businesses and marketing campaigns. We decided to fix that by putting together this list of awards programs that U.S. companies and marketers can apply to!

We’ve listed awards in the following categories (click to jump to that section!):

Marketing (General)
Digital Marketing
Content Marketing
Social Media
Website
Mobile Marketing
Search Marketing
Public Relations and Communications
Direct Marketing
Advertising

MARKETING AWARDS LIST:

Marketing Awards (General)

AME Awards
“Founded in 1994 and operating internationally from day one, the AME Awards® for advertising and marketing effectiveness honors work that demonstrates ground-breaking solutions to challenging marketing problems. Winning campaigns address a challenge in the marketplace, utilize outstanding creative elements, and incorporate a thorough marketing plan to deliver a successful execution; they exhibit specific marketing goals and objectives accomplished through creative execution and strategic planning.”
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MarCom Awards
“MarCom Awards is a creative competition for any individual or company involved in the concept, writing and design of print, visual, audio and web materials and programs. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers.”
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The Effie Awards
“The Effie Awards are marketing communications awards given yearly by Effie Worldwide to honor the most effective marketing communications ideas. Effie Worldwide’s mission is to encourage effectiveness among the marketing communications industry through education and recognition.”
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The Stevie Awards
(The American Business Awards and the International Business Awards have specific marketing awards categories)
“The Stevie® Awards are the world’s premier business awards. They were created in 2002 to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. In short order the Stevie has become one of the world’s most coveted prizes.”
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Digital Marketing Awards

AVA Digital Awards
“AVA Digital Awards is an international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communication. Work ranges from digital engagement campaigns – to audio and video production – to website development – to social media interaction – to mobile marketing.”
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Cynopsis Digital Model D Awards
“The Cynopsis Model D Awards brings together innovators, inspirers and creators of all kinds….Celebrate those in online video content and advertising who are at the forefront of this new industry, elevating it with their state-of-the-art contributions to branded content, technology, ad campaigns, and original content.”
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DMA ECHO Awards
“As the premier data-driven, direct and digital marketing awards competition, the International ECHO™ Awards honor the world’s best marketing campaigns—campaigns that have raised the bar in terms of strategy, creativity and results. No other awards competition looks at the marketing discipline in such totality. Which is why no other awards competition is so important to showcase your skill as a marketer.”
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Internationalist Awards for Innovative Digital Solutions
“The Internationalist’s Awards for Innovative Digital Solutions are an outgrowth of The Internationalist’s Awards for Innovation in Media and an acknowledgment of how today’s marketing strategy is affected by the media and technology revolution in a Post-Digital Age. Our goal is to honor inspiring case studies that incorporate great strategy and proven results. Unlike many awards that cite the best in a single product or media category, The Awards for Innovative Digital Solutions enable all case study entries to compete equally across all classifications. Winners are those scored as top examples of worldwide best practices, based on highest point scores.”
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The Adrian Awards
“The Adrian Awards began in 1957 and consider entries from every segment of the travel and hospitality marketing industry, including hotels, airlines, cruise lines, car rental companies, destinations and credit card companies, among others. Winners are selected from a field of more than 1,200 entries by senior industry and media experts. Gold Awards were presented to 46 winners in advertising, 87 in digital marketing and 130 in public relations. Platinum Award winners were selected from the most-outstanding Gold Award winners.”
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The Mashies
“[Mashable’s] The Mashies is an annual awards program showcasing outstanding digital work in marketing, advertising and social.”
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The Webby Awards
“The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet….Reflecting the tremendous growth of the Internet, The Webbys now honors excellence in 5 major media types: Websites, Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile Sites & Apps, and Social.”
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Content Marketing Awards

Content Marketing Awards (CMI)
“The Content Marketing Awards are presented and owned by the Content Marketing Institute to recognize and award the best content marketing projects, agencies and marketers in the industry each year. The 2016 Content Marketing Awards include 76 categories recognizing all aspects of content marketing, from strategy to distribution, from design to editorial. The Content Marketing Awards program is the leading international awards program for corporate content creation and distribution.”
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Digiday Content Marketing Awards
“Digiday’s awards honor the best work in marketing, video, content marketing, publishing and advertising.”
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PR Daily’s Content Marketing Awards
“PR Daily will recognize marketing and communications professionals who write, edit, film, curate, broadcast, publish, and just plain create superb content to promote their brand or organization. We have 15 categories including blog, content series, infographics and publications, not to mention four new categories that will bring out your best work in influence content marketing, interactive storytelling, real-time content marketing and user-generated content. Don’t forget to consider putting your name down for our grand prize category: Best Content Marketing Strategy.”
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The CMA International Content Marketing Awards
“The International Content Marketing Awards are the biggest night in the content marketing calendar. Agencies from across the world offer up their greatest work from the past 12 months for judgement by some of the biggest names in marketing.”
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The Drum Content Awards
“These awards were brand new for 2015 and as then, we are now seeking the top talent in content marketing to reward them with such titles as: the Grand Prix award, chosen from all of the winning entries, the Chair’s Award which goes to the chair of the judge’s personal favourite and the Content Marketing Agency of the Year….We only choose credible experienced individuals for our judging panel and who will make sure the awards are a true mark of excellence.”
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The Killer Content Awards
“As the role of content has shifted, our roster of Killer Content Award winners has expanded to spotlight a wide range of brands – from high-growth startups such as SnackNation, YouEarnedIt, Booker and The Mosaic Company to Fortune 1000 enterprise organizations such as LinkedIn, Waste Management and Oracle–for taking a more innovative approach to their content strategies.”
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Social Media Marketing Awards

Corporate Social Media Awards
“[Incite Group’s] The Corporate Social Media Awards recognise and reward social media excellence within big business. From exceptional social customer care to truly innovative social marketing campaigns, Award winners are the driving force pushing social business forwards.”
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Social Buzz Awards
“The Drum’s Social Buzz Awards celebrate and reward the very best in social media communications. By rewarding effective social media campaigns and strategies, these awards give recognition to those who are using social media to communicate in exciting and innovative ways. Open to any individual, agency, company, brand or organisation, these awards are the perfect opportunity for you to prove that you are the best in your industry.”
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The Facebook Awards
The Facebook Awards celebrate the best creative work on Facebook, as chosen by top creative professionals in the industry. The jury looks for inspired work that changes the way the industry approaches content publishing and sets the bar at new heights,” says Practical Ecommerce.
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The Shorty Awards
“The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media by recognizing the influencers, brands and organizations on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and more. Past winners include Taylor Swift, Tyler Oakley, Hannibal Buress, Malala Yousafzai, Jenna Marbles, Susan Orlean, PewDiePie, Alton Brown, Smosh and NASA.
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Website Marketing Awards

Online Retail Awards
“The Online Retail Awards are international, impartial, independent business awards that can be won by online retailers of any size anywhere in the world. The aim of the Online Retail Awards is to seek out examples of retailers’ web, mobile and tablet sites and advances in digital stores that offer great online shopping experiences for customers and reward them publicly.”
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Web Awards
“The Web Marketing Association was founded in 1997 to help set a high standard for Internet marketing and development of the best websites on the World Wide Web. Staffed by volunteers, this organization is made up of Internet marketing, online advertising, PR, and top website design professionals who share an interest in improving the quality of online advertising, internet marketing, and website promotion.”
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Mobile Marketing Awards

Effective Mobile Marketing Awards
“The Awards celebrate excellence in mobile marketing across the globe. As such, we welcome entries from anywhere in the world. There are 36 categories in which to enter this year, with several new categories, including Most Effective Internet of Things Solution; Most Effective In-car app; and Most Effective Healthcare Campaign or Solution.”
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The MMA Smarties Awards
“The MMA Smarties Awards is the world’s only global mobile marketing awards program honoring innovation, creativity, and success. Share your story with us by entering the MMA Smarties Awards.”
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Search Marketing Awards

The Landy Awards
“Search Engine Land created “The Landy Awards” to recognize individuals, agencies and internal marketing teams within the digital marketing community who have demonstrated excellence in executing organic and paid search marketing initiatives.”
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U.S. Search Awards
“The awards will be the biggest celebration of search, PPC and digital marketing in the USA, attracting hundreds of entries from some of the leading search and digital agencies and professionals from across North America and beyond….Entries are welcome from organisations, agencies and individuals based in the United States of America as well as from those based elsewhere but who wish to submit entries relating to work they have conducted in the American market. “
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Public Relations and Communications Awards

CorpComms Awards
“The Awards are open to all in-house communications departments and the individuals who work within them, as well as the agencies who work closely on the campaigns.”
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EVCOM Clarion Awards
“The EVCOM Clarion Awards are the leading event and communication awards that recognise performance in CSR and sustainability, including: environment, diversity, equality, community, charity initiatives, education, ethical, health and welfare issues.”
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Gold Quill Awards
“For more than 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognized and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide. Gold Quill is the only awards program that honors the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale.”
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PRSA Awards
“PRSA awards recognize outstanding public relations campaigns, programs and tactics, and the dedication and contributions of public relations and communications professionals like you. Enter your best work for your chance to elevate your career, stand out among your peers and put your personal stamp on the public relations profession.”
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Ragan’s PR Daily Awards
“The Ragan Awards programs celebrate the greatest campaigns, initiatives and one-offs in the communication, PR, marketing and media industries. We want to know exactly how you became the best of the best. We want to reward you. As the leading experts in organizational communications, Ragan Communications recognizes those who pave the way in PR and communications, who create and innovate best practices and who are best practitioners.”
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REBRAND 100® Global Awards
“You know rebrands look easy, but are far from it. It’s no small feat to navigate the delicate balance between the strengths of existing brand attributes and loyal customers with the demands our dynamic, nano-attention-span world dictates.”
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Word of Mouth Marketing WOMMY Awards
“The WOMMY Awards are the premier industry recognition of word of mouth marketing….Founded in 2004, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) is the official non-profit trade association dedicated to word of mouth marketing. WOMMA advocates ethical word of mouth marketing practices through education, professional development, and knowledge sharing with top industry marketers.”
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Direct Marketing Awards

The MAXI Awards
“Established in 1979, the MAXI Awards program recognizes and honors outstanding achievements in the field of direct marketing. The criteria for MAXIs are different than other contests. In the MAXI competition, a campaign’s results will carry more weight than any of the other scored criteria. All entries are judged on the following six criteria: results, strategy, copy, design/format, production, and innovation.”
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Advertising Awards

Cristal Festival Media and Advertising International Awards
“They close the year by announcing the latest trends and are the advertising industry’s answer to the Golden Globes. With Jury panels encompassing advertisers and agencies, the competitions are great benchmarking tools for participants.”
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IAB MIXX Awards
“The IAB MIXX Awards recognizes and celebrates the year’s best interactive marketing. Winning work ultimately serves to educate the marketplace about what works and why in digital marketing, as well as inspire the community by pointing to future trends and where the industry is heading.”
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Summit Emerging Media Awards
“The Summit Emerging Media Award (Summit EMA) evolved through a need to recognize and celebrate creativity, innovation and those pushing the bounds of creative excellence in all forms of emerging media….This award is for the marketers, coders, designers, developers, innovators, visionaries and leaders in this exciting new realm of advertising. We offer recognition for introducing new methods, directing and helping to set the pace for emerging media, and demonstrating excellence on the web, through apps, videos, mobile sites and social media.”
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The IAC Awards
“Why an Internet Advertising Competition? The IAC Awards provides an opportunity to highlight your best online advertising in 96 industries and 9 online formats including, online ad, video, mobile, newsletter, email and social media.”
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The Obie Awards
“The OBIE Awards are one of the oldest and most prestigious honors for creative excellence in advertising….Sometimes a simple idea is enough to express an emotion or message. In fact, sometimes a simple idea can be worth an OBIE Award. These winning campaigns need no explanation, and that’s exactly why they are OBIE Award winners.”
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Have an awards program you think should be added to the list? Email them to me at rebecca.white@trackmaven.com!

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