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Ragan and PR Daily’s ACE Awards are unlike any other program we offer. Most of our awards programs allow you to earn recognition for your campaigns and projects. They’re a chance for your work to shine. Being an industry ace is all about what you bring to the table.
We want to celebrate your individual contributions to your organization and the industry as a whole. If your in-house team has been killing it this year, we want to know more. Is your agency the most respected in the industry? Tell us about it.
The impressive work you’ve done throughout the year reflects the amazing people within your organization. Let us shine a spotlight on you, your team or your agency.
If someone on your team or in your organization deserves accolades, you can also submit a nomination on his or her behalf. As the holidays approach, there’s nothing better than giving the gift of professional achievement.
We have more than 30 categories spanning three divisions. We’re looking to recognize everyone from individual marketers to specialty agencies to in-house events teams. Tell us why you’re the best of the best. Share how you’re Achieving Communications Excellence (ACE).
Are you a born leader who made things happen this year? Share with us what put you at the top of your field. Judges look for the complete package, not one-hit wonders. Please submit two outstanding projects in which you had the major role or two individual projects you produced in the last year.
Copywriter or Editor
Corporate Social Responsibility Leader
Digital or Video Producer
Event Marketing Professional
Government Communications or Government Public Affairs Professional
Health Care Communications Professional
Internal Communications Professional
Media Relations Professional
Nonprofit Communications Professional
Public Relations Professional
Social Media Professional
Industry Newcomer (less than five years’ experience)
Industry Veteran (more than 15 years’ experience)
IN-HOUSE TEAM DIVISION
You’re a strong squad of communicators who know both your industry and your audiences extremely well. In-house teams are masters of collaboration and experts in their industry; they know how to divide and conquer to get the most out of their individual talents. Please submit examples of two outstanding projects your team produced in the past year.
Digital or Video Team
Internal Communications Team
Public Relations Team
Social Media Team
Small Communications Team (1-9 people)
Large Communications Team (10 or more people)
*NEW!* Visual Design Team
AGENCY DIVISION - FULL SERVICE
There’s a huge difference between being known for a successful project and having the reputation of a high-performing organization. Why does your full-service agency consistently impress your clients and the world at large? Please submit two success stories from your organization from the past year.
B2B/Business Services Agency
*NEW!* Traditional Advertising Agency
AGENCY DIVISION - SPECIALIZED
There’s a huge difference between being known for a successful project and having the reputation of a high-performing organization. Why does your specialized agency consistently impress your clients and the world at large? Please submit two success stories from your organization from the past year.
*NEW!* Branding Agency
*NEW!* Design Agency
Digital Marketing Agency
Health Care Agency
*NEW!* Influencer Marketing Agency
*NEW!* Nonprofit PR Agency
Public Relations Agency
*NEW!* Social Media Agency
AGENCY DIVISION - BY SIZE
There’s a huge difference between being known for a successful project and having the reputation of a high-performing organization. How does an agency of your size consistently impress your clients and the world at large? Please submit two success stories from your organization from the past year.
Small Agency (fewer than 20 employees)
Midsize Agency (20-49 employees)
Large Agency (50 or more employees)
HOW TO ENTER
On the entry form, be sure to include a thorough synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your project. We ask that the synopsis be at least 1,000 words (max: 1,250 words) and include the following sub-headings (when applicable):
- Strategy and tactics
- Evaluation: success, results or ROI
Be sure to follow the guidelines laid out in the category descriptions, as the judges will look for those elements when they select the winners.
You will be able to upload up to five additional documents to your submission. We encourage you to include press releases, design concepts, videos, analytics, testimonials and anything else you feel will give us a better sense of your project. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.
Supporting documents that can’t be uploaded to the system should be mailed to:
10 S. LaSalle St., Suite 310
Chicago, IL 60603
These awards are open to in-house, agency and independent communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your client.
Companies from around the world are welcome to enter as long as the entry is submitted in English.
Contact Brendan Gannon to find the perfect category for your campaign or project. You can call 312-960-4407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s program is open to any work executed between Jan. 1, 2017, and Oct. 2, 2018, inclusive.
The fee for the Individual Division is $125.
The fee for the In-House Team Division is $195.
The fee for the Agency Division is $295.
Submissions completed by 11:59 p.m CST on the early bird deadline will automatically receive a $25 discount.
Submissions completed by or after 11:59 p.m. CST on the final deadline will automatically be charged a $50 late fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should you apply?Our award programs help you measure the success of your work and prove the value of your contributions to your organization. You can set yourself apart in the industry as an expert, which will open doors throughout your career. As a winner, you’ll earn publicity for your brand across our websites and social media audiences, discounted training at as many Ragan conferences as you’d like within 12 months of the winner announcement, free training at a Ragan conference of your choice, a custom write-up about your campaign and a trophy.
Who can enter?Entries may be submitted by organizations worldwide. The only requirement is that entries be submitted in English. Most programs are open to in-house, agency and independent communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Our Nonprofit PR Awards are reserved for nonprofit organizations.
What does it take to be a winner?Although each award program is unique, we look for top-quality work that shows clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit your business or client. Please provide metrics or media coverage that back up your claims, and share creative collateral such as videos, visual design or websites that were a part of your project. Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded. We encourage you to submit the same campaign to multiple categories, if you feel they are relevant. Doing so increases your chances of winning.
What are the entry requirements?The entry form requires that you submit a synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your project. The synopsis—typically 1,000 to 1,250 words—please—should include the following sub-headings (when applicable):
- Strategy and tactics
- Evaluation: success, results or ROI
Why are some deadlines extended?We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
Who are the judges?We currently work exclusively with an external judging partner. We are not looking for new judges for our programs at this time.
When will I find out results?We try to announce a list of finalists six to eight weeks after the close of the program. The announcement of the winners comes about three to four weeks after the announcement of the finalists. Each announcement will be made with a headline on our website, in our daily email newsletter and on our social media platforms. Emails notify entrants in advance of these announcements. As deadlines are extended, so are expected announcement dates.
If you have any questions about the program or problems submitting your entry, please call Brendan Gannon at 312-960-4407 or email email@example.com.