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.

Background

B2B is one of the unsung heroes of the marketing communication disciplines and that is why when we were approached by Stein IAS to do something about it, we took up the challenge.  Fuelled by amazing tech, amazing agencies and talented people like you, we are proud to represent this sector and give you a platform to be recognised for your contribution in transforming businesses and the lives of millions.

Momentum is riding high for this event and we are fortunate enough to attract lots of attention. So, to capitalise on this, we are making our nominees even more famous than before by publishing shortlisted case studies, with the entrants’ permission, to our global audience. We will be using thedrum.com and our social assets to spread the word.

For the cost of one entry price, you could secure global amplification and profile.

Who can enter?

The awards are open to B2B agencies/clients/companies based anywhere in the world.  It's a global event! 

Why enter?

Motivation

Picking up an award proves that all the hard work was worth it. It gives your team the energy to keep pushing boundaries and raising standards.

Client relationships

It's good to remind your clients why they work with you from time to time. Having the work you've done for them recognised by the industry is powerful stuff. Even more so if you bring them along to the awards night to pick up the trophy with you.

Recruitment

If you pick up awards, it also picks 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.

New business

Good clients who are after good work keep an eye out for the good businesses who are winning awards. A few extra trophies can give you a real advantage when you're hunting for new business.

PR

There's no better way of getting publicity than for being excellent. The Drum will cover all of the shortlisted work on thedrum.com. With over 1 million unique visitors and over 200,000 social followers, that’s no small deal. And we recommend that you use an award win for further PR opportunities too (but we don't need to tell the PR industry that!). If you achieve something this special, you really should make a noise about it.​

Knees up

Then, of course, there's the awards show. And our awards shows are legendary. They're a great opportunity to reward your staff, pamper your clients and let your hair down

Key dates

Put these in your diary right away. 

Key Dates:

  • Early bird deadline: 2 August 2019
  • ​Official deadline: 16 August 2019
  • ​Extended deadline: on request - with late fee
     
  • ​Nominations date: *tbc*
  • Awards Ceremony: Thursday 7 November 2019

How much does it cost to enter?

Early bird - First entry - $265.50

Early bird - Additional entries - $166.50

+

Standard - First entry - $295

Standard - Additional entries - $185

(sales tax as applicable will be added to the above) 

  • 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

• Creativity and Innovation

• Tangible results and outcomes

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

Entry rules

Entry rules

  • Entries must be received no later than the published deadline date. 
     
  • All submissions must be made online. 
     
  • Entries must have been live to market at some point between August 2018 and August 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 organizers 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.

Entry tips

In the UK we held an awards workshop to hear from previous Drum judges and award winners and find out the secret to an award winning entry.

Watch the video to find out their hints and tips. 

Other tips include: 

  • Give each entry a unique title to grab the judges interest - try to avoid generic names e.g. Best strategy. 

  • 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 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.

  • Entry Template- Agency of the Year: Download

  • Entry Template- Marketer of the Year: Download

  • Entry Template- Standard: Download

Awards ceremony

A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION!

A must for your awards calendar in 2019. The Drum B2B Awards will bring together the elite of the industry to celebrate and reward their successes over the past year.

Event Details

Date: November 7, 2019
VenueEdison Ballroom- New York City
Time: 6.30pm sharp 
Dress code: Formal

The evening will proceed as follows:

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

Ticket Prices

Single Seat: $595
Table of 10: $5690
Table of 12: $6700

*Tickets will be on sale soon*