Great marketing is always simple. We’re looking for rigorous upfront thinking and marketing that goes beyond communication.
Above all, it should lead the business through identifying customer need, and focus, align and empower the organisation’s resources in order to consistently deliver a customer experience that meets that need.
We’ve identified twelve award categories that recognise innovation and measurable success across multiple pillars.
Click through each to see which categories you would like to enter.
Purpose-led Marketing Award
This category recognises the best purpose-led brand marketing strategy that demonstrates an impact on society and/or the environment, while simultaneously achieving business and/or brand objectives. Your strategy should show how your brand/organisation shows cultural leadership in galvanising and effecting change in an important area to improve our society.
Strategic Sponsorship Marketing Award
In these turbulent times, we acknowledge that steering your brand in the right direction and maintaining that focus is more difficult than ever.
Many marketers follow the needle and are magnetically drawn to “North”
North is easy. North is safe. But only a sea of sameness comes from just heading North.
Great marketers understand that sticking to the plan and compensating for the variance is key, no matter how slight that might be or how often one might need to pivot.
Plotting the path to True North is a journey that many may start, but few finish.
If it were easy, everyone would do it.
Brand Positioning Award
This category recognises a brand that has distinctively positioned itself to solve an identified customer and/or consumer problem.
Your strategy should show how your campaign built the brand purpose in a way that enabled a distinctive and powerful positioning.
Marketing Innovation Award
This category recognises an organisation that has pushed the boundaries and demonstrated outstanding marketing innovation.
Your strategy should show evidence of the creative thinking applied to create a new method, idea, product or service.
New Product or Brand Launch Award
This category recognises best marketing for the launch of a new brand, product or service, or the re-launch of an old one.
Your strategy should indicate how the product/service/brand answers a clearly defined need or gap in the market and how it occupies a unique position therein.
Reputation Management (Corporate and Brand) Award
This category recognises the best all-round reputation management strategy.
Your strategy should demonstrate integrated thinking, conveying an understanding of the brand’s or company’s role in society and the planning required to successfully achieve a high level of influence across a variety of stakeholders.
South African Resonance Marketing Award
This category recognises a brand that has managed to tap into a truly South African insight. The entrant does not have to be a South African brand, though it must resonate a uniquely South African point of view.
Your strategy should a) show the use of a truly South African insight used to design an impactful campaign and, b) show how the insight was applied effectively and seamlessly in line with the overall brand purpose, showing a deep understanding of South Africans.
Excellence in Brand Marketing B2B Award
This category recognises the best brand-to-business strategy.
Our judges are looking for an excellent fact based strategy that was realistically capable of accomplishing business objectives and that leveraged a diverse set of marketing touch-points within the B2B market.
Your strategy should show how your campaign was designed to influence key decision makers and build the brand purpose in a way that enabled distinctive and powerful positioning.
Integrated Marketing Award
This category recognises the best integrated marketing strategy.
Judges are looking for an excellent fact based strategy that leveraged a diverse set of marketing touch-points and accomplished business objectives.
Your strategy should show evidence of a comprehensive understanding of consumer needs with an outline to ensure growth in your market.
Resourceful Marketing (Limited Budget Unlimited Idea) Award
This category recognises the commercial success of a marketing campaign in relation to a limited budget of less than R1M.
Your strategy should show the use of powerful ideas that create resonance and impact in spite of budgetry constraints.
Internal Marketing Award
This category recognises the best internal marketing strategy that demonstrates a unique and fresh way of communicating with internal stakeholders, e.g. employees, employers, shareholders etc..
Your strategy should show a successful integration of corporate values and how your campaign inspires and aligns the organisation towards its vision/mission.
Excellence in Digital Brand Marketing
This category recognises the best digitally-led brand marketing strategy.
Our judges are seeking an excellent digitally-led campaign or execution that lives in the digital world.
Your strategy should show how you leveraged digital to accomplish your business objectives and show evidence understanding of consumer needs with an outline to ensure growth in your market.
Marketer of The Year Award
The MAA Marketer of the Year Award aims to honour and celebrate marketing game changers, those with big ideas, our industries inspirational leaders.
This award will be a showcase for marketers who have made an impact on the South African marketing landscape in the past 24 months.
We want to acknowledge those who have innovated, whose exceptional work has changed the way the industry operates, delivered unbelievable business results and developed a climate of trust between brand and consumer.
Not a category you can enter, but one which you can be nominated for 😉
- The competition entries are open to any individual or organisation based anywhere in South Africa who contributed to a campaign or marketing communication as outlined in the category descriptions.
- All work submitted must have been commercially produced/published/launched/aired and must be live in the market 18-months prior to submission.
- Entries must be submitted using the online entry template and will not be accepted by any other means.
- If consulting or supplying strategic services to said individual or organisation, client sign off is assumed. If any issues arise concerning client sign off once the entry has been submitted, no refund will be given.
- If there was more than one company working on the project, you must agree in advance who will submit the entry and must agree on how the credits will be completed. If an entry is received from more than one company, only the first entry will be accepted. No refunds will be given on duplicate entries, so please ensure you confer with your campaign partners prior to entering the awards.
- Please ensure that the information submitted is accurate and the correct companies are credited as appropriate. We accept no responsibility for any incorrectly submitted information.
- The organisers reserve the right to contact all parties involved in submission.
- The MAA may use the content of your entry submission for editorial coverage, business or marketing purposes as an example of best practice. We will never publish anything marked as ‘Confidential Information’ as we fully respect your commercial confidence. Further to this, we will not publish any winning case study without prior consultation with you and your partners to present the confidential figures and metrics in a suitable manner.
- You are responsible for obtaining any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the use and exhibition of the entered work for all purposes relating to the awards and the publishing of the winning case study by the promoters. The organisers reserve the right to at any time request proof of such permissions and your entry may be disqualified if such proof cannot be made available.
- Supporting material must be supplied in digital format only – no physical supporting material is required.
- Please ensure that uploaded logos, video and any supporting files follow the supporting material guidelines. Please note when uploading supporting material file names must not include any ‘special’ characters e.g. / & * ( ) “.
- Where websites form part of an entry, please ensure any URLs supplied work, and that they will continue to work until December 2020. Sites that cannot be viewed will be eliminated from the judging.
- The judges reserve the right to re-categorise entries if they think another category would be more suitable.
- Entries may be edited up until the point of ‘submission’.
- Once submitted, entries are confirmed and non-refundable.
- Any entry may be withdrawn for any reason up until midnight on Sunday 6th September 2020 upon written request to the organisers; however, the entry fee is non-refundable.
- All judges are allocated entries in a manner that ensures that no conflicts of interest arise. Further to this, each judge is bound by an NDA prior to viewing any entries.
- Sponsors are not permitted to enter the category that they are sponsoring.
- The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding it.