Spark! Awards


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


Will you hit the jackpot at this year’s Spark! Awards? All year long, creative and marketing professionals in the Charleston area have been busily crafting social media campaigns, developing ad materials, designing brand identities and brainstorming blog posts. Go all in with you best work in this year’s awards! Submissions for the 2019 Spark! Awards are due February 22.

At the 2019 Spark! Awards, AMA Charleston will honor creative and marketing excellence in the Charleston community. This year’s Spark! Awards presentation will take place at Harborside East in Mount Pleasant on Thursday, April 11 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

The theme this year is Casino Royale. Dress code: Business casual with Las Vegas flair.

Schedule: Enjoy an hour of networking, hors d’oeuvres, and open bar from 5:30-6:30. The awards presentation starts at 6:30, and the party wraps up at 8 pm.

Marketing stars, we’ll see you on April 11!

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Award Categories

PROJECT AWARDS

Best Digital Ad

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

Best Fundraising Campaign

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

Best Content Marketing

Submit between 2-5 pieces of original content from the same campaign/company.

Best Print Ad

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

Best Promotional Video

Submit 1 URL to one promotional video (less than 3 minutes).

Best Logo Design

Submit 1 logo.

Best Outdoor Signage

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

Best Website

Submit 1 website URL.

Best Collateral

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

Best Corporate Blog

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

Best Commercial Photography

Submit between 2-5 original photos from the same campaign.

Best Book Cover

Submit 1 book cover design, front and back.

CAMPAIGN AWARDS

Best Use of Influencer Marketing

Submit between 2-5 components/pieces of content related to the same campaign.

Best Illustration

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

Best Direct Mail

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

Best e-Newsletter

Submit between 2-5 e-newsletters from the same company.

Best Event Marketing

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

Best Non-Traditional Marketing

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

Best Branding

Submit 3-5 samples of a branding effort.

Best Social Media Campaign

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

Best Social Media Presence

Submit 3-5 samples from a single social media channel.

CHARLESTON AMA SPECIAL AWARDS

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

The Giving Award

The Giving Award recognizes 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 250 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 250 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

Submissions for the 2019 Spark! Awards are due February 22. All submissions must be from projects/campaigns completed during 2018. 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 or Campaign 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 board members of other AMA chapters nationwide. 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.