Once again, we are blown away by the incredible work of Charleston’s marketing and creative community. This year, 164 entries were submitted for consideration in the Spark! Awards, more than in any previous year.

How were the entries judged? To ensure fairness and objectivity in judging, the entries were independently evaluated by the board of directors of our sister chapter, AMA Reno-Tahoe, with assistance from the past president of AMA Tampa Bay, Greg Millman. We thank these dedicated individuals for their time and consideration!

Winners will be announced at the 2017 Spark! Awards Celebration on March 9 at Harborside East in Mount Pleasant. The event includes heavy hors d’oeurves and an open bar, and the emcee will be Travis Rice of News 2. This year’s theme is Mad Men, and 1960s costumes and flair are encouraged! Tickets are $35 for AMA members and $45 for non-members. Learn more or buy tickets at sparkawards.eventbrite.com.


Best Print Ad

2017 Campaign Ads, Charleston Wine + Food

Carriage Properties Sallie Ad, Lily Magazine

This is Crowdfunding, Blackbaud


Best Illustration

100 Days of Worry, Andrew Barton Design

Luxury Simplified Illustration, Luxury Simplified

Monsters in Charleston, Timothy Banks


Best Promotional Video

Blackbaud Corporate Brand Video, Blackbaud

Charleston County Business Concierge Series: The CodeLynx Experience, Charleston County Economic Development

Equifax ACA Essentials Solution Promo & Testimonial Video, Equifax and Hed Hi Media

The Normal Brand Video, The Brandon Agency

Steps of Heroes, Moondog Animation Studio


Best Logo Design

Charleston Airport, Chernoff Newman

Fuel in Motion, Fork & Knife

Lulu McClain, Fork & Knife

Owl & Elephant, Bob Durand Design


Best Direct Mail

Charleston Parks Conservancy, Obviouslee Marketing

Fork & Knife Holiday Coffee, Fork & Knife

Membership Renewal Campaign, South Carolina Aquarium


Best Copywriting

Allison Ramsey Architects, JTE Marketing Group

Carriage Properties Sallie Ad, Lily Magazine

Root ‘Cause, Blackbaud


Best Outdoor Signage

A+E Digital Printing, Obviouslee Marketing

Sabal Homes, SQ FT Sequentials, Trio Solutions

Charleston Wine + Food Poster, Andrew Barton Design

You Otter Come Visit!, South Carolina Aquarium


Best Website

Experience Mount Pleasant, Town of Mount Pleasant

Traveler of Charleston Website, Traveler of Charleston

WED, Fork & Knife


Best Collateral

2016 Annual Report, South Carolina Aquarium

The Art of Porgy and Bess, The Gibbes Museum of Art

#NoFilter Nonprofit, Blackbaud

QEI Security Brochure, QEI Security

War Pigs, Fork & Knife


Best Corporate Blog

Luxury Simplified Blog, Luxury Simplified

npENGAGE, Blackbaud

Sabal Homes, Trio Solutions


Best Corporate Identity Package

Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact, Blackbaud

Charleston Airport, Chernoff Newman

St. Andrew’s Church, Andrew Barton Design


Best Commercial Photography

Charleston Airport Redesign, Foxworthy Studios

Footlight Players Theatre, Foxworthy Studios

Hook+Gaff, The Brandon Agency


Best Book Cover

The Cuttlefish Marketer, Advantage Media Group

disTRACKted, Advantage Media Group

The Eyes Have It – Julie Allan, Berge Design

God Bless Crime, Advantage Media Group

Inclusion, Advantage Media Group

The S.N.O.B. Experience, Advantage Media Group


Best Event Marketing

bbcon, Blackbaud

Charleston Wine + Food “Gastronaut”, Obviouslee Marketing

Syntax Conference, Chris Edington


Best Non-Traditional Marketing

Fresh on the Menu Wall, Chernoff Newman

Here’s to You, Blackbaud

Homeless Awareness Campaign, Meadors


Best Public Relations

Charleston Fashion Week, Touchpoint Communications

Colonial Lake Grand Opening, H.A.F. Creative

Maxtrix Kids Rooms Opening, H.A.F. Creative


Best Rebranding

Cedar Rowe Partners, Fork & Knife

Luxury Simplified, Luxury Simplified

Meadors Inc., Meadors


Best Social Media Campaign

Harry Barker 20th Anniversary, Harry Barker

March to 200, South Carolina Aquarium

Save Our Nurses, The Brandon Agency

#TurnYourTuesday on #GivingTuesday, Blackbaud


Best Facebook Presence

Charleston Wine + Food, Charleston Wine + Food

South Carolina Aquarium, South Carolina Aquarium

Traveler of Charleston, H.A.F. Creative


Best Instagram Presence

ExperienceMP, Town of Mount Pleasant

Traveler of Charleston, H.A.F. Creative

Theodora Park, Sarah Lovingood and David Rawle

The Local Palate, The Local Palate


Best Twitter Presence

Blue Acorn, Blue Acorn

Lowcountry AIDS Services, H.A.F. Creative

mtPleasantBiz, Town of Mount Pleasant

Traveler of Charleston, H.A.F. Creative


2017 Marketer of the Year

Elizabeth Boineau

Philip Cheves

Danielle Manopoli


Congratulations to all the finalists! Don’t forget to buy your tickets to the awards celebration on March 9 at sparkawards.eventbrite.com.

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