Spark! Awards


Ready for Charleston’s Premier Creative and Marketing Awards Event?

At the 2018 Spark! Awards on March 8th, AMA Charleston honors creative and marketing excellence in the Charleston community. Finalists have been selected from each category, and the winners will be announced at the Spark! Awards presentation.

This year’s Spark! Awards presentation will take place at Harborside East in Mount Pleasant on Thursday, March 8th from 5:30-8.

The theme this year is Classic Hollywood Cinema. Dress code: Business casual with red carpet flair. Prizes for the best Old Hollywood attire.

Schedule: Enjoy an hour of networking, hors d’oeuvres, and open bar featuring Hollywood-inspired signature drinks from 5:30-6:30. The awards presentation starts at 6:30 and will be hosted by Elliot Carlyle and Maggie Mills. The party wraps up at 8 pm.

Marketing stars, we’ll see you on the 8th!

Award Categories

PROJECT AWARDS

Best Print Ad

Submit between 1-3 ads related to the same campaign.

Best Copywriting

Submit between 1-3 samples of copywriting related to the same campaign.

Best Website

Submit 1 website URL.

Best Commercial Photography

Submit between 2-5 photographs used for commercial purposes and related to the same campaign.

Best Illustration

Submit between 1-5 illustrations related to the same campaign.

Best Direct Mail

Submit between 1-3 pieces direct mail pieces (i.e., anything sent through the mail) related to the same campaign.

Best Collateral

Submit between 1-3 samples of collateral (e.g., brochures, rack cards, pamphlets, etc.) for the same company.

Best Corporate Identity Package

Submit between 2-5 pieces of a corporate identity package (e.g., business cards, letterhead, menus, etc.).

Best Promotional Video

Submit 1 URL to one promotional video.

Best Outdoor Signage

Submit between 1-3 outdoor signs (e.g., billboards, bus ads, etc.) related to the one campaign.

Best Corporate Blog

Submit between 2-5 blog entries from the same corporate blog.

Best Book Cover

Submit 1 book cover design, front and back.

Best Logo Design

Submit 1 logo.

CAMPAIGN AWARDS

Best Event Marketing

Submit between 3-5 samples of marketing related to a single event.

Best Social Media Campaign

Submit 3-5 samples of marketing efforts for a single campaign that used more than one social media channel.

Best Non-Traditional Marketing

Submit between 1-3 samples of out-of-the-box marketing efforts related to one campaign.

Best Public Relations

Submit between 3-5 samples related to the same campaign demonstrating how you spread the word through PR and traditional media outlets.

Best Rebranding

Submit before-and-after samples of a rebranding effort.

SOCIAL AWARDS

Best Facebook Presence

Submit 1 URL to a company’s Facebook page (either your company’s page or one you manage).

Best Twitter Presence

Submit 1 URL to a company’s Twitter account (either your company’s account or one you manage).

Best Instagram Presence

Submit 1 URL to a company’s Instagram account (either your company’s account or one you manage).

CHARLESTON AMA SPECIAL AWARDS

There is no cost to nominate an individual or organization for these awards.

The Giving Award

AMA Charleston is pleased to announce a new category in this year’s Spark! Awards. The Giving Award will recognize the work of any individual or company based in the tri-county area that has donated a marketing service to a nonprofit organization. Submit between 1-5 examples for one project or campaign in which work was donated to a registered nonprofit organization. Submit a Nomination

Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award

This award recognizes a volunteer of the Charleston chapter of the AMA who has gone above and beyond in their role of volunteer to contribute to the chapter’s success. Nominate someone and in 100 words or less, please explain why the nominee should be considered for this award, including examples of chapter service and volunteerism. Only Charleston AMA members in good standing will be considered for this award. Submit a Nomination

Marketer of the Year Award

Charleston’s Most Prestigious Marketing Award. This award honors a marketer currently working in the greater Charleston area who enhances the marketing community. Nominate someone and in 100 words or less, explain why your nominee should be considered for this award, including examples of marketing excellence in his/her job and contributions to the overall marketing industry in Charleston. Nominees do not have to be members of the Charleston AMA to be considered for this award. Submit a Nomination

HOW TO ENTER

Entry Process & Information

AMA Charleston members may submit up to 5 entries for free. Entry fees for additional entries are as follows:
6 entries: $10
7 entries: $20
8 entries: $30
9 entries: $40
10+ entries: $50

Non-members entry fees are as follows:
1 entry: $30
2 entries: $50
3 entries: $70
4 entries: $90
5+ entries: $100

All submissions must be from projects/ad campaigns completed during 2017. All submissions must be digital and made online using the Spark! Awards Submission Form. If you are submitting more than 10 entries, please contact awards@charlestonama.org for special instructions.

For each Project, Campaign, or Social award category, submit ONE link to showcase your work. This may be a Dropbox link, Google Docs or Folder link, your own URL, etc. Please make sure your link has public access. Links without public access will not be considered for awards.

Entry fees will will be processed at the conclusion of submission.

Entries are judged by the Charleston AMA’s sister chapter in Reno, Nevada. Award decisions are final. No refunds for entry fees.

Note that once you begin to fill out your submission form, you cannot save and return to it later. You may want to be prepared with the following information for each submission: project title, URL, and project overview.

For questions or comments, contact awards@charlestonama.org.
To learn more about the Charleston chapter of the American Marketing Association, visit www.charlestonama.org.