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Permission
When submitting your entry, ensure you have obtained permission to feature material from external suppliers as necessary.

Case Studies
The Marketing Society will publish winning and shortlisted case studies, to promote marketing excellence.  If your case study contains sensitive information, you should clearly state this and indicate which information should not be published.

Who can enter
Entries may be submitted by the owner of the brand or company (or their marketing agency). All agencies entering must gain prior approval from a director at the client company and supply that individual’s email address for verification. You do not have to be a member of The Marketing Society to enter the Awards. Your company/agency does not need to reside in the UK.

Tips from McLaren's John Allert on how to maximise your chances…

1. Choose the right category. Even the best idea or campaign won’t win in the wrong category. And given the time you put into the entry submission it’s crushing for both you and the judges to see it fall at the first hurdle.
2. Read your entry before you submit it. Then re-read it. Then ask a colleague or long suffering partner to read it. A crazy number of entries are let down by typos, bad editing and plain poor writing. We work in communications…believe us, it matters.
3. Answer the question. Yes it’s obvious, but a huge number of entries ignore what each category is looking for. Once you’ve chosen the right category, demonstrate exactly why. And nothing else.
4. Proof means proof. Provide meaningful supporting data, not tenuous and unsupportable quasi-metrics. Simple and strong are good.
5. Do unto others… If you were judging a large number of entries, what would you appreciate most? Here’s a clue: brevity, clarity, relevance, evidence…often less is more, so long as the less is faultless.

Key dates

Entries open - 16 Oct 2019
Entry deadline - 14 Feb 2020
Awards night - 10 June 2020

An entry must take the form of a 2000-word paper (submitted online), which includes your 300-word executive summary. Total max word count: 2300. Please note your word count on the last page of your submission. Creative images should be used to illustrate the paper and aid the judges in their evaluation. Your submission PDF file should not exceed 5MBs. All submissions should be uploaded as PDFs. Paper copies are not required. Images should be uploaded as JPGs.

Each entry should include your 300-word executive summary, which should cover:

• Objective
• Scale of the task
• Key results

For an example of a winning paper please see the Grand Prix from 2019. Also, visit our YouTube channel to see reactions from the winners and thoughts from the judges.

Guidance on entering
For further information please call the team on +4420 8973 1360 or email [email protected].

• Member: £400 +VAT for each entry (after 15 Feb deadline extension cost is £450)
• Non-member: £520 +VAT for each entry (after 15 Feb deadline extension cost is £570)
• The One to Watch: free of charge
• Bravest Marketing Leader: free of charge

Entries cannot be submitted unless paid for.
Payment is made online.

Important information

Awards showcase
Each entry also includes one free place at our Awards showcase event, held each year in September/October following the Awards. For more on this event members can head to our website, and if you're a non-member, please call us on +44 208 973 1360 or email us.

• Entries close on 14 Feb 2020
• Submission: 2000-word submission
• PLUS a 300-word executive summary
• Images
• Authorisation: Authorised by Marketing Director or equivalent

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