The search for the best starts here.

The Drum Search Awards has launched a quest to remind the world of the power of this growing sector and as well recognizing the very best in the business.

Winning one of these awards would guarantee 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 our search award world will find out about it.

And our readers (I millions unique a month worldwide) are hungry to hear about best practice as well as who are the best companies and people in the business. It helps them make better decision - like who to work with.

So download our entry form.  You could the the solution our readers are looking for!

What are the Drum Search Awards USA?

The Drum Search Awards was new to the US market in 2017. In the UK, The Drum Search Awards have been running for 4 successful years and now the awards have their own stateside version. 

These awards will recognize and award the most innovative, creative and effective search campaigns and strategies across both PPC and SEO. 

Ultimately the awards will create collaboration across the whole industry bringing together search engines, agencies, technology providers and all other businesses and brands that contribute to the search industry in the US. 

As the awards are organized by The Drum, a leading marketing communications publication with an extensive global audience, winners will be promoted to their mass readership gaining you international notoriety.

Those entering must show how search is used at the heart of the campaign/aided in the overall success of the campaign.

Here at The Drum we how to celebrate excellence. We know how to throw a party. But more importantly we know how to give great companies the recognition they deserve.

What is The Drum?

The Drum is Europe’s largest marketing website with plans to rapidly become the largest Global website, with our 1.4m page views per month, we provide an extensive targeted audience for all our partners.  

The Drum has been around for almost 40 years, initially as a magazine and changing with the times to add, our hugely successful news site.  The past few years has seen The Drum rapidly grow to dominate the London market.  

Having a strong hold in the ad-tech sector, we have a track record of embracing the industry via projects like The Drum Search Awards in the UK

25% of our online traffic at already comes from the USA market (we have up to 800,000 million unique visitors every month to the site)

We already work with the likes of the UN, MTV, 4A’s, Association of National Advertisers, IAB, SEMPO and many more.  

We are constantly being approached to media partner major events and we work with Cannes, SXSW, DMexco, CES, New York Festivals, Advertising Week, Clio Awards, etc

Key dates

Important Dates to Note: 

Entry Deadline: August 30, 2018

Nominations announced: November 14, 2018

Awards Date: November 152018 | Edison Ballroom, New York, NY

Why enter?

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

  • To raise your profile as an award winning agency/company in the search industry
  • To help attract new business
  • To demonstrate your digital talent and skills to your company, clients and peers
  • To have your work judged by the esteemed clients and creatives on our judging panel
  • To reassure clients that you are the best company for the job
  • To gain fantastic PR opportunities
  • To boost morale throughout your company and to reward your hardworking individuals and teams

Take a look at last year's awards and you can see what to expect from the US Search Awards 

How much does it cost to enter?

The cost to enter is:

  • $215 for your first entry
  • $150 for each entry after

+ Sales Tax, if applicable

You may enter as many categories as you like, however each entry must be treated as a separate entry and payment 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

Who can enter?

Entries are open to anyone in the US search industry who are producing great work in search. Agencies, brands, search engines, technology providers and all other businesses and brands that contribute to the search industry

Entrants must be based within the US or if based outside US, have produced work for a US based client.

How do I enter?

Please follow these steps to enter: 

  1. Register as a member to set up your account or sign in/submit entries f you have already created your account and are ready to enter.
  2. Browse the categories to decide which ones suit you best. Remember you can enter as many as you like but they will be treated as separate entries and charged at the reduced second rate entry fee.
  3. Entries into the awards are report based and this is what you will be judges on. (see writing your report section)
  4. Once you have registered and logged in, go to your ‘dashboard page and ‘add an entry’.
  5. Upload your report (PDF only max size 10mb) in the box provided.
  6. Submit your 100 word summary, in the box provided, which will show live on the site if you are nominated/win. This will be used to give visitors to the site an insight into what your entry was about and why it was successful. (do not include confidential information here) 
  7. Upload URL if applicable to your entry, in the box provided.
  8. Attach a leading image in the box provided to support your report (Jpeg max size 10mb ). Please note this image will go live in the event of your work being nominated so please take this into account when choosing this image.  Option to upload up to additional images in the boxes provided to support your entry (Jpeg max size 10mb )  If you are entering a video, please follow the instructions provided.  This will also go live in the event of a nominaton.
  9. Check your entry meets the rules criteria. 
  10. Follow the onscreen instructions to submit your entry and make payment. 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
  11. A confirmation email will be sent to you and a receipt will be emailed to you within a few days. 

Once this process is complete your entry will go forward for judging.

Writing your report

Your report should be no more than 1500 words plus and extra 250 words should be used for an executive summary and you must use the entry templates avaliable here, once the awards are open for entry.

Download your entry templates in the section above

The format for your report is as follows: 

To see what to cover in each category, see the categories page

    Executive Summary to summarise the key points in your report
    Brief description of project/campaign/strategy
    Provide details of the campaign/strategy's budget
    Brief and objectives, including any targets set. (e.g. cost-saving, income generation, increasing brand awareness)
    Strategy for achieving the above objectives (including details of marketing, PR etc)
    Results including evidence of effectiveness prior and post campaign E.g. and increase in sales/revenue/traffic /awareness etc . Please provide comparable before and after figures. Use exact figures rather than %.
    Testimonials - are not essential but can help to improve your report

Tips for entering

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 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 July 23 2017 and August 30 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.

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

  • Clear strategic thinking
  • Innovation
  • Effectiveness.
  • Tangible results
  • Clarity and Transparancy 

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

When will nominations be announced?

The finalists will be announced on the website and via social media, by October 8, 2018.

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

The Awards Ceremony

A must for your awards calendar in 2018. 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 14, 2018
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
  • Midnight - Evening concludes

Tables are on sale here