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2019 Excellence in Marketing and Communications Awards Now Accepting Entries
21 February, 2019

Awards honor innovative marketing and communications across corporations, nonprofits, governmental organizations, educational institutions, and media organizations

Submissions close Friday, March 22, 2019

The Conference Board Marketing and Communications Center today opened its Call for Entries for the 2019 Excellence in Marketing and Communications Awards (formerly the Society for New Communications Research Excellence in New Communications Awards). Organizations that have made innovative use of digital, social, and mobile marketing and communications technologies can now submit their case studies for consideration at Entrants are asked to detail their initiatives, technologies used, and success metrics.

Now in its 13th year, this prestigious awards program honors the work of corporations, nonprofits, governmental organizations, educational institutions, and media organizations that are using digital and social media, online video, data analysis, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and other emerging technologies in innovative ways to achieve their marketing and communications goals.

Award Divisions and Criteria

Awards are granted in six divisions: Academic, Corporate, Government, Media, Nonprofit/NGO, and Technology Innovation, and eight categories, including:

  • Agile Marketing

Excellence in creating a seamless, connected, comprehensive and usable customer data set, including behavioral, transactional, financial, operational, and more to achieve a complete understanding of customers for immediate, relevant and personalized action—ethically and with data privacy and security compliance. The data is also being used for fast adaptation of marketing programs and/or product/service innovation.

  • Content Marketing

Excellence in creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to engage, attract and retain a clearly defined audience. Judges reward case studies that provide evidence of a “pull” effect that results in the generation of consumer-based content.

  • Digital Advertising and Paid Social Media

Excellence in the use of paid social media and other digital advertising, including display advertising, native, online video ads, etc.

  • e-Commerce and Social Commerce

Excellence and innovation in the use of digital and social platforms for online sales transactions, including the use of native, experiential, AR/VR, voice, mobile, and other digital technologies to enhance the shopping experience.

  • Emerging Communications Technologies

Excellence in the innovative and effective use of AI, chatbots, AR, VR, smart speakers, IoT, screens in cars, smart devices and experiments with other emerging technologies for marketing, media and communications.

  • Employee Engagement: Digital Internal Communications, Online Communities & Collaboration

Excellence in internal communications and employee engagement and collaboration initiatives using social intranets, and other online employee engagement initiatives such as mobile platforms, virtual town halls, and other digital communications tools, technologies and tactics.

  • Organic Social Media

Excellence in the use of social media and social networks to build relationships, communities, and interact with stakeholders, from prospects to customer engagement to crisis communications, relationship management, social customer care and social selling, brand building and media / analyst relations.

  • Video Marketing

Excellence in the use of video to build brands, engage customers, communicate how-to's, live-stream events, and deliver engaging content.


The Excellence in Marketing and Communications Awards honor projects that are successful at achieving business or societal goals. For this reason, judges will reward entries that display the following characteristics (as well as excellence in implementation within their category):

  • Meaningful business impact
  • Effective use of other program performance metrics
  • Contribution to achieving business/organizational goals (this includes, for relevant projects, achieving social good)
  • Integration of digital and traditional platforms
  • Efforts to overcome obstacles and take advantage of opportunities
  • Recognition of lessons learned

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