Marketing Effectiveness Award – Summit Awards
Recognizing those Hitting the Mark

The Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award recognizes and rewards companies for innovative and leading-edge creative work that uses strategy and results-based effectiveness to create solutions in today's marketplace.

Measure what Works

Advertising and marketing communication professionals know that sales and other measures are impacted by things outside their control. Pricing, product quality, selection, competition, distribution, and geopolitical and macroeconomic issues all influence sales and other results.  The Summit Awards believes that heavy reliance on such data inaccurately reflects effective marketing and creativity.

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Easy, Accessible Smart Investment of Promotional Dollars

The Summit International Awards removes many of the barriers that exist for effectiveness competitions. Whether a one-person firm, in-house marketing department or large firm, all marketers should have the opportunity to have our efforts evaluated in an effectiveness competition that is uncomplicated, reasonably priced, and has spot-on evaluative criteria. The Summit MEA bases the judging criteria on the true purpose of advertising and marketing: to change, influence, or reinforce the consumer’s knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs.

Simplified Entry Process

Historically, effectiveness competitions demand extensive briefs that require client-side research and statistics, which is then augmented with MBA jargon. Exhaustive briefs often require extensive time, proprietary sales data, and quantitative results-oriented judging criteria. This award removes these common barriers and instead asks: was it effective.

Assesses Execution Effectiveness

Utilizing elements of the Creative Brief, our experienced judges put themselves in the position of the target audience to determine to what degree the creative work effective in influencing knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs. Most importantly, because the judging criteria are based on the purpose of marketing communications and not simply sales, the Effectiveness Award assesses creative effectiveness without the need for proprietary company data.


The Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award is open to all-size organizations. It allows marketing and advertising companies to demonstrate their ability to influence consumer’s knowledge, attitudes and beliefs.

  • Lara August | Owner
    We are honored to receive this level of international recognition. So many other marketing and advertising awards are entirely subjective. The Summit MEAs are different because winners are selected based on results, which is also how we evaluate the effectiveness of the work we do for our clients.
    Lara August | Owner
    Robot Creative
  • Kevin Hourigan | President and CEO
    Winning a Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award is a serious accomplishment requiring demonstration of proven results.
    Kevin Hourigan | President and CEO
    Bayshore Solutions
  • Josh London | Chief Marketing Officer
    Winning a Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award is wonderful recognition of the successful work we’ve done to develop new branding that truly reflects IDG’s strengths globally.
    Josh London | Chief Marketing Officer

Judging scope
Instead of relying on traditional measures, the Effectiveness Award offers an opportunity to demonstrate how you have overcome barriers and achieved your objectives and share how you assessed effectiveness. Judging assesses the following:
  • The Big Idea – Strength of creative approach relative to the audience and product/service/idea. Strategies used to overcome barriers.
  • Does it move the audience closer to action through the use of creative execution and strategic planning?
  • Does it influence, change, or reinforce the knowledge, attitudes, or beliefs of the audience?

  • Winners
    Winning entries receive the Silver, Platinum, or coveted Best of Category Awards.

    Industry Assistance
    The Summit Awards is the only awards organization that gives back to the industry by offering need-based assistance to qualified entrants and discounted fee structures for students. The Summit Awards is committed to helping reduce barriers for freelancers who need financial assistance. Please email for details.

    2019 Top Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award Winners

    December 8, 2019

    Saltwater Collective – Best of Category

    Saltwater Collective Portsmouth NH – United States Category: Redesign/Rebrand Title: Rebranding Passumpsic Bank Client: Passumpsic Bank Award: Best of Category
    December 8, 2019

    Saltwater Collective – Best of Category

    Saltwater Collective Portsmouth NH – United States Category: Healthcare/Medical Industry Title: Wentworth-Douglass Hospital ER Campaign Client: Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Award: Best of Category
    December 8, 2019 – Best of Category Toronto ON – Canada Category: Education Marketing Title: Be There Client: Award: Best of Category
    December 8, 2019

    adHOME Creative – Best of Category

    adHOME Creative London ON – Canada Category: Integrated Campaign, B2B Title: Bovikalc – SHhhh… Client: Boehringer Ingelheim Award: Best of Category
    December 8, 2019

    Manulife – Best of Category

    Manulife Toronto ON – Canada Category: Redesign/Rebrand Title: Block the Domino Effect Client: Alumni Association Award: Best of Category
    December 8, 2019

    Mirrored Media – Best of Category

    Mirrored Media Santa Monica CA – United States Category: Emerging Media Title: 2019 Road to Coachella Client: BMW Award: Best of Category
    December 8, 2019

    AGI – Best of Category

    AGI Winnipeg MB – Canada Category: Website Title: Supplying the World’s Food Infrastructure Client: AGI Award: Best of Category
    December 8, 2019

    Parnaso Comunicación – Best of Category

    Parnaso Comunicación Sevilla – Spain Category: Print Advertising Title: formulate Client: ISG Award: Best of Category
    December 8, 2019

    Imaginarium Limited – Best of Category

    Imaginarium Limited Gbagada Lagos – Nigeria Category: Integrated Campaign, Consumer Title: Tomorrow is Here Client: Access Bank Nigeria Award: Best of Category