Will you hit the jackpot in this year’s Spark! Awards?  

The results are in, and luck had nothing to do with it! This year, 167 exceptional entries were submitted in 22 categories reflecting the creativity and skillful execution of the applicants. Do you see your entries among the finalists? The Giving Award, Marketer of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year have been chosen as well.

With so much spectacular work, choosing the winners was not easy. Entries were judged by the board of directors of the AMA Reno-Tahoe and AMA Cincinnati chapters. Tiebreaking assistance was provided by Gina Bonar, past president and vice president of Strategic Alignment at AMA Cincinnati and CAMA’s Professional Chapter representative. The top 3 entries were selected as finalists in each category. In the case of tied scores, up to 5 finalists were selected. Marketer of the Year nominations were judged by a select committee of AMA Charleston’s past chapter leaders. We thank all of our judges for their time and assistance to make the Spark! Awards a success.

Join us at the 2019 Spark! Awards on April 11th at Harborside East. You’ll see the work of the Lowcountry’s best and brightest marketers. Mix and mingle with Charleston’s creative leaders, and find out who will take home this year’s Spark! Awards. This year’s theme is Casino Royale, so come dressed to dazzle, and see what special surprises we have in store for you.

Best Branding

Frogg Toggs Product Branding – The Brandon Agency

PlanSource – Eclipse Branding – Plan Source

Just Plain Killers – Chernoff Newman

The Chattooga Club Brand Development – Rawle Murdy

Best Corporate Blog

Authority Marketing Blog: The Business Growth Gateway – Advantage Media Group | ForbesBooks

Tasting Notes – Charleston Wine & Food

Omatic Software Blog – Omatic Software

Best Book Cover

Eat Yourself Sick – Advantage Media Group | ForbesBooks

The Line by Keith Farrell – Katie Biondo

PlanSource – Book Cover – PlanSource

Best Collateral

Experience Our Story – Charleston Wine + Food

SC Ports Authority: 2018 Annual Report – Chernoff Newman

Gibbes Street Party: Paint Your Palate – Gibbes Museum of Art

PlanSource – Corporate Book – PlanSource

Best Content Marketing

Ecommerce Beauty Report – Blue Acorn

SC Department of Agriculture: Know Your Roots Video – Chernoff Newman

Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant | Digital Advent Calendar – Momentum Marketing

Sisterhood Magazine – Chosen Women’s Conference 2018 – Seacoast Church

Best Digital Ad

Nearly Clone Yourself with BoomTown – BoomTown

SC Ports Authority Banner – Chernoff Newman

Peds “Now You See Them” – Matchstick Social

Pick Me SC, A No Kill SC Ad Campaign – The Modern Connection

Best Direct Mail

Cheers to Your New Book! – Advantage Media Group | ForbesBooks

Holiday Magic Event Promo and Parking Voucher – Banks Creative

SC Dept of Agriculture: Chicken Book – Chernoff Newman

Best e-Newsletter

Hook+Gaff New Watch Launch Email Campaign – The Brandon Agency

Bootjack Newsletter Blasts – The Modern Connection

South Carolina Aquarium: Sea Turtle Care Center Newsletters – South Carolina Aquarium

For Good Connections – TRIO Solutions

Best Event Marketing

Charleston Farmers Market – Banks Creative

2019 Charleston Wine + Food Festival – Charleston Wine + Food

Riverbanks Zoo: Gender Reveal – Chernoff Newman

Gay Bingo – Palmetto Community Care – Fisher Creative

Best Fundraising Campaign

Save the Pelicans – Banks Creative

Chef Shane Whiddon Memorial Scholarship – Holy City Hospitality

2018 Building Local Prosperity Week: Fundraising Campaign – Lowcountry Local First

Best Social Media Presence

Charleston Wine + Food Instagram – Charleston Wine + Food

SC Department of Agriculture- Peach off – Chernoff Newman

South Carolina Aquarium: Twitter – South Carolina Aquarium

Best Corporate Identity Package

Kyle Carpenter Brand Identity – Chernoff Newman

Hutson Alley – Holy City Hospitality

Best Use of Influencer Marketing

#froggtoggsprostaff – The Brandon Agency

Harry Barker Influencer Campaign – Lovingood Media

2018 Eat Local Challenge: Influencer Marketing – Lowcountry Local First

Best Illustration

Festival Napa Valley – Banks Creative

Best Logo Design

Whitesides Elementary Logo – Banks Creative

Saw Moon design – George Stevens

Cajun Mama’s Vinyl Creations – Stingray Branding LLC

Best Non-Traditional Marketing

Just Plain Killers Dispensary – Chernoff Newman

Angel Wings – Gibbes Museum of Art

Cooper the Chicken/Terry & Tim Haas – Fisher Creative

“Terminix Tasties” Partnership with Columbia Fireflies – Rawle Murdy

Best Outdoor Signage

Drayton Hall Outdoor Map – Banks Creative

SC Ports Authority Volvo Creative – Chernoff Newman

Patriots Point “History Comes Alive” Billboard – Rawle Murdy

Best Print Ad

Insiders Forum: New Year. Improved Forum. – Advantage Media Group | ForbesBooks

Experience Our Story – Charleston Food + Wine

Poultry Federation- Egg Campaign – Chernoff Newman

Best Commercial Photography

Camping Coffee Lifestyle – Andy H Photo

Drive Himalaya Worldwide 2018 Marketing Campaign – Foxworthy Studios, Inc.

Patriots Point “History Comes Alive” Photo Shoot – Rawle Murdy

Best Social Media Campaign

SC Dept of Agriculture: Fresh on the Menu – Chernoff Newman

Cooper River Bridge Run | Instagram Social – Momentum Marketing

#DiscoverJacksonNC – Rawle Murdy

Best Promotional Video

Manage the Monster –BoomTown

2019 Festival Sizzle – Charleston Wine + Food

“Where’s the Love?” –  Seacoast Church

PlanSource – Eclipse Promo Video – PlanSource

Best Website

Bourbon n’ Bubbles –  Katie Biondo

Charleston County Economic Development – Charleston County Economic Development

Duvall Catering & Events Website Revamp – The Modern Connection

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