Ready for Charleston’s Premier Creative and Marketing Awards Event?

At the 2017 Spark! Awards on March 9th, AMA Charleston honors creative and marketing excellence in the Charleston community. Finalists have been selected from each category, and the winners will be announced at the Spark! Awards presentation.

This year's Spark! Awards presentation will take place at Harborside East in Mount Pleasant on Thursday, March 9th from 5:30-8.

The theme this year is 1960's Madison Avenue. Dress code: Business casual with 1960s flair. Prizes for the best 1960s attire.

Schedule: Enjoy an hour of networking, hors d'oeuvres, and open bar featuring retro signature drinks from 5:30-6:30. The awards presentation starts at 6:30 and will be hosted by Travis Rice. The party wraps up at 8 pm.

Tickets on sale now! Join us on the 9th. You'd be mad not to.

Attendees at 2016 Spark! Awards. Photography by Stan Foxworthy.

Thank You To Our Sponsors:

Submissions are closed for the 2017 Spark! Awards.

Thank you for your entries!

Award Categories

PROJECT AWARDS

Best Print Ad

Submit between 1-3 ads related to the same campaign.

Best Copywriting

Submit between 1-3 samples of copywriting related to the same campaign.

Best Website

Submit 1 website URL.

Best Commercial Photography

Submit between 2-5 photographs related to the same campaign.

Best Illustration

Submit between 1-5 illustrations related to the same campaign.

Best Direct Mail

Submit between 1-3 pieces direct mail pieces (i.e., anything sent through the mail) related to the same campaign.

Best Collateral

Submit between 1-3 samples of collateral (e.g., brochures, rack cards, pamphlets, etc.) for the same company.

Best Corporate Identity Package

Submit between 2-5 pieces of a corporate identity package (e.g., business cards, letterhead, menus, etc.).

Best Promotional Video

Submit 1 URL to one promotional video.

Best Outdoor Signage

Submit between 1-3 outdoor signs (e.g., billboards, bus ads, etc.) related to the one campaign.

Best Corporate Blog

Submit between 2-5 blog entries from the same corporate blog.

Best Book Cover

Submit 1 book cover design, front and back.

Best Logo Design

Submit 1 logo.

CAMPAIGN AWARDS

Best Event Marketing

Submit between 3-5 samples of marketing related to a single event.

Best Social Media Campaign

Submit 3-5 samples of marketing efforts for a single campaign that used more than one social media channel.

Best Non-Traditional Marketing

Submit between 1-3 samples of out-of-the-box marketing efforts related to one campaign.

Best Public Relations

Submit between 3-5 samples related to the same campaign demonstrating how you spread the word through PR and traditional media outlets.

Best Rebranding

Submit before-and-after samples of a rebranding effort.

SOCIAL AWARDS - NEW!

Best Facebook Presence

Submit 1 URL to a company’s Facebook page (either your company’s page or one you manage).

Best Twitter Presence

Submit 1 URL to a company’s Twitter account (either your company’s account or one you manage).

Best Instagram Presence

Submit 1 URL to a company’s Instagram account (either your company’s account or one you manage).

CHARLESTON AMA SPECIAL AWARDS

To nominate someone for one of these awards, use this free entry form.

Most Promising Marketer Award

This award recognizes a promising future marketer from among the members of the College of Charleston Collegiate Chapter of the AMA. Nominate someone and in 100 words or less, please explain why the nominee should be considered for this award. Only members in of the Collegiate Chapter of the College of Charleston AMA in good standing will be considered for this award.

Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award

This award recognizes a volunteer of the Charleston chapter of the AMA who has gone above and beyond in their role of volunteer to contribute to the chapter’s success. Nominate someone and in 100 words or less, please explain why the nomiee should be considered for this award, including examples of chapter service and volunteerism. Only Charleston AMA members in good standing will be considered for this award.

Marketer of the Year Award

Charleston's Most Prestigious Marketing Award. This award honors a marketer in the greater Charleston area who enhances the marketing community. Nominate someone and in 100 words or less, explain why your nominee should be considered for this award, including examples of marketing excellence in his/her job and contributions to the overall marketing industry in Charleston. Nominees do not have to be members of the Charleston AMA to be considered for this award.

Peter Wertimer of Chernoff Newman was named the 2016 Marketer of the Year at the Charleston AMA’s Spark! Awards on March 10. Photography by Stan Foxworthy.

How to Enter

Entry Process & Information

All submissions are FREE for members of the Charleston chapter of the American Marketing Association.

All submissions must be from projects/ad campaigns completed during 2016.

All submissions must be digital and made online through the links to the right.

For all Project, Campaign, and Social award categories, submit ONE link to showcase your work. This may be a Dropbox link, Google Docs or Folder link, your own URL, etc. Please make sure your link has public access. Links without public access will not be considered for awards.

For non-members entering five or fewer items, the entry fee will be processed at the conclusion of submission. Non-members entering six or more items will be invoiced.

Entries are judged by the Charleston AMA's sister chapter in Reno, Nevada. Award decisions are final. No refunds for entry fees.

Note that once you begin to fill out your submission form, you cannot save and return to it later. You may want to be prepared with the following information for each submission: project title, URL, responsible parties, project overview, and project synopsis.

Entry Fees

# of Entries Non-member Fee Member Fee Entry Form
1 $30 Free

Submit 1 Entry

2 $50 Free

Submit 2 Entries

3 $70 Free

Submit 3 Entries

4 $90 Free

Submit 4 Entries

5 $100 Free

Submit 5 Entries

6+ $100 Free Email awards@charlestonama.org to submit 6 or more entries.
- Free Free

Nominate someone for Marketer of the Year, Chapter Volunteer of the Year, or Most Promising Marketer

Submission Period 01/01/17 - 01/31/17

For questions or comments, contact awards@charlestonama.org.
To learn more about the Charleston chapter of the American Marketing Association, visit www.charlestonama.org.