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Submit Your Entries

All entry materials are submitted electronically.

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Download Entry Materials

2021 entry materials will be available in February.  Review last year's materials below.

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Review Effie's Rules & Regulations

In advance of the 2020 competition entry portal being open, use the downloadable entry materials and the information outlined below as guidance to Effie's rules & regulations.  Collaboration yields the most effective, thorough cases.  You are encouraged to work together with your agency and client partners to submit a case. 
Global Effie entries are judged by some of the brightest and most experienced business leaders. We draw on their experience to not only judge the work of their peers but to highlight learning for the industry overall.  Global Entries are judged in two phases: ​

At Round One Judging, each jury is asked to review 10-15 cases across a range of categories. Each jury member reviews the written elements of the cases on their own, followed by a discussion on each case with their fellow judges before finalizing their scores. Due to the volume of entries reviewed by each judge, brevity is encouraged.  Cases that score high enough become finalists and move on to Final Round Judging.
 
At Final Round Judging, all Global Effie Finalists are judged during the same session.  Finalists are judged against other finalists within their category, and like Round One, all elements of each case are reviewed and scored. 

In both rounds, judges evaluate the written case and creative executions. Scoring is done anonymously and confidentially. Judges provide feedback on each case for the Insight Guide.​​

Confidentiality
Jurors are specifically matched with cases that do not prove a conflict of interest. For example, a judge with an automotive background would not review automotive cases. For this reason, it is critical that entrants provide market and category context, and limit the use of industry jargon in their entries. Give judges a clear understanding of the category situation and explain what your KPIs mean in the context of your category. ​

Scoring Criteria
Judges in Round One and Final Round are asked to evaluate a case's effectiveness using the following scoring system:

Challenge, Context & Objectives......23.3%
Insights & Strategic Idea......................23.3%
Bringing the Idea to Life.......................23.3%
Results.....................................................30%


The judges’ scores determine which entries will be finalists and which finalists are awarded a gold, silver, or bronze Effie trophy. The finalist level and each winning level – gold, silver, bronze – have minimum scores required in order to be eligible for finalist status or for an award. Effie trophies are awarded in each category at the discretion of the judges. 

It is possible that a category may produce one or multiple winners of any level or perhaps no winners at all – no matter the number of finalists. 

See further details on the judging process and scoring system in the Entry Kit & Effective Entry Guide.
Be direct and concise. Present your story in an easy-to-follow style with minimum hyperbole. The link between the strategic challenge, the objectives, big idea, the creative executions, and results should be clear.

Be compelling. Your entry should be stimulating to read. Share your story with passion and personality – with facts to back it up.

Include clear, simple, relevant charts and tables. If done correctly, charts and tables allow judges to easily assess the success of the marketing initiative.

Proofread.  Ask a strong writer to review your case for spelling, grammar, logic flow, and mathematical errors.

Know the rules. Review the formatting requirements, entry requirements, and the Reasons for Disqualification before submitting your entry.  Refer to the 2019 Sourcing Data Guide.

Provide context. Identify the competitive landscape.  Context is key.  Do not assume that the judges reviewing your entry are aware of the marketplace ins and outs of your particular category. Be sure to provide a clear picture of the marketplace situation, category and competitive context.  Judges frequently down score entries that fail to give this context as it is not possible to evaluate the significance of the objectives set or results achieved without it.

Tell judges why it was successful. For every objective provide clear, sourced results and provide context for judges to judge those results and objectives. Restate your objectives and KPIs in the results section.  For example, what was spend for your brand in the prior year, for the competition, etc.? What were results prior year vs. now for your brand and the competitive landscape, etc.?  Explain the significance of your results – what did they mean to the brand?

Eliminate other factors that could have led to the success of the brand.  Prove that it was the marketing communications effort that led to the results presented in the case.

Review the entry resources for additional guidelines.
We respect that entries may have information deemed confidential.  Within the online entry area, entrants are asked whether or not publishing permission is granted for the written entry.  

Indexing Data in Your Entry
 
Companies across the full spectrum – from large to small and across all industry sectors enter the Effie Awards.  The Effie Award’s confidentiality policy, the ability to index data, the ability to set publication permissions, etc. are all established to ensure that any company can enter their effective work without hesitation. 

While judging is confidential and entrants may select publication permission for their written case, Effie understands some entrants may still have concerns regarding sensitive information.  When presenting numerical data within the entry, entrants may choose to provide those numbers as percentages or indexes, so that actual numbers are withheld.  Additionally, unless the entrant opts to allow Effie to publish the entry as it was submitted if it becomes a finalist or winner, only judges will see the written entry as it was submitted.  
 
As reference, last year's eligibility time period was 1 September 2017 – 31 October 2018, and the awards were presented in May 2019. For some companies, this delay had alleviate some concerns regarding sensitive data.

Judging 

We recommend nominating your client and agency team members for judging. Participating as a judge is one of the most valuable ways to learn about the award, understand how judging works, and experience our security and confidentiality rules firsthand. To nominate a judge, please complete our Judge Application Form

Effie Board, Executive Staff, and Committee members are senior, well-respected professionals in the industry on both the client and agency side. If you are interested, we would be happy to set up a time for them to talk to you about confidentiality during judging; how to involve key team members in the judging process; and how you can submit indexed data. If you would like to have a further discussion about confidentiality, please global@effie.org.  
 
Effie Worldwide is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that stands for effectiveness in marketing communications, spotlighting marketing ideas that work and encouraging thoughtful dialogue about the drivers of marketing effectiveness.  

In order to help fulfill this mission and provide learning to the industry, Effie relies on entrants’ willingness to share their finalist and winning case studies with the industry.  

By providing permission to publish your written case, you are:

Bettering the industry.
By allowing other marketers to learn from your success, you are inspiring the industry to raise the bar and make their marketing better.  

Bettering the future leaders of our industry.
Colleges and universities use Effie case studies in their courses, and Collegiate Effie participants learn how to write their own effective submissions by learning from yours.

Showcasing your team’s success in achieving one of the top marketing honors of the year.
Effie wins help attract new talent, prove the importance of marketing in business, and strengthen agency-client relationships.  

Publication of Your Written Entry

The Effie Awards offers finalists and winners the opportunity to have written cases published in the Effie Case Database, in turn helping inspire the industry and do their part to "Make Marketing Better".  Entrants who give permission to publish their written case may have their entry featured on the Effie Worldwide website or Effie partner websites or publications.

In the spirit of learning that Effie represents, we encourage you to share your case studies so that we may "Make Marketing Better".

We respect that entries may have information deemed confidential.  Within the online entry area, entrants are asked whether or not publishing permission is granted for the written entry.  Entrants may select from the following options:

- Publish the case as it was submitted
- Publish an edited version of your case
- Publish the case as it was submitted after three years
- Publish an edited version of the written case after three years


The written case is the only portion of the entry that should contain confidential information, and therefore, the only portion of the entry that is included in the above publication permission policy.  The creative work (reel, images), public case summary, and statement of effectiveness should not include confidential information and will be showcased in various ways if your entry becomes a finalist or winner.

To learn more about publication permissions, please review the entry kit.

Entry Kit

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GLOBAL ENTRY KIT
Review the entry kit for a thorough outline of this year's competition.
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CATEGORY DEFINITIONS
Review category definitions.
PDF

Entry Form

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ENTRY FORM - MULTI-REGION TRACK
Multi-Region Entry Form Template & Guide
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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: ADDITIONAL DATA COLLECTED IN THE ENTRY PORTAL
The Entry Portal requires additional details, beyond the materials seen by judges, in order to submit your case. Review an outline of those requirements in this offline data collection template.
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Resources

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EFFECTIVE ENTRY GUIDE
Review advice from past Effie judges on each of the four scoring sections.
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CREATIVE REQUIREMENTS GUIDE
Review content & spec guidelines for all creative materials.
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PUBLICATION & CONFIDENTIALITY
Review details regarding Effie's Publication & Confidentiality policies.
PDF

The Entry Portal is open for entry. Access the Entry Portal via the link below to start a new submission or review your past submissions.

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QUESTIONS?
For entry questions, contact us at global@effie.org.

Interested in becoming a Global Effie judge? Apply here.