Our Awards Jury for 2019 

The Social Media Marketing Awards are judged by an independent panel of judges who represent all areas of the industry.  Members of this panel choose to contribute on a volunteer basis and will remain separate from the ownership structure of the awards. 

This panel is currently being chosen and the members will be added to this website when they are officially announced. 

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Vikas Bagri

Social Media and Civic Innovation Adviser at Government of Chhattisgarh

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Tolga Balabaner

Creative Strategist at Snapchat

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Doyle Buehler

Best Selling Author, Global entrepreneur & International Speaker

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Jenny DEvine

Social Business Leader at Bank of Queensland

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Kevin Garber

CEO and Co-founder ManageFlitter and ManageSocial 

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Jan Hofmann-Cassiani

Client Solutions Manager at Facebook

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Dr Karen Freberg

Associate Professor of Strategic Communication at University of Louisville

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Chris Hsiung

Police Captain - Investigations & Special Operations Division / Digital Engagement

Mountain View, California

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Senior Marketing Manager at Hubspot, APAC

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Social Media Coach

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Christy Laurence

Founder at Plann,  Instagram Planning, Analytics + Scheduler App supporting 80,000+ Global Instagrammers

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Irene Lee

Head of Paid Media at Canva

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Chris Ledlin

Head of Content Strategy and Commercialisation for Nine Entertainment Co

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DEBS MajumDar

Digital Commercial Manager at Fox Sports 

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Kate McBean

Head of Marketing at Bigstone

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Senior Social Media Manager at First State Super

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Leo Morejon

Founder and Lead Content Creator for BuildandInspire.com

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AOIFE O'Connell

Founder at Yarnly.ai

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Miri Rodriguez 

Brand Storyteller at Microsoft 

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CEO of Stone and Chalk

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Rochelle Sheldon

Award-Winning Influential Marketer and Chief Social Media Strategist at Socialites

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Ian Wheeler

Senior Client Partner at Twitter

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Tom Williamson

Head of Social for AUS and NZ at Salesforce

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Past Judges

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James Delahunty

Senior Relationships Manager at LinkedIn

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Kevin Doyle

Director, Advertising Technology & DMP at Salesforce

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Dave Draper

Vice President of Client Success and Professional Services at NUVI

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Susan Duong

Client Partner - Ecomm, Education and Professional Services at Facebook 

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Angelique Schierz-Crusius

Head of Social Media at Samsung Australia

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The Judging Process 

Below are the rules regarding the Judging Process 

1. Selection of the Jury

The Award Jury comprises of social media industry leaders who are independent of the Social Media Marketing Institute. 

They are industry leaders and volunteer their time to assist in the judging process. 

Members of the Award Jury need to be impartial and must advise the Social Media Marketing Institute of any conflicts of interest.  Jury members with a conflict of interest in a category, will not be eligible to judge that category. 

2. Criteria

Judging is based the criteria established for each award category as listed on the Award Categories page, the Call for Entries Booklet and the Award Entry Program.  

3. Selection of Finalists and Winners 

For each Award Category, a minimum of 3 Award Jury Members will judge the entries for that category. They will select the finalists who will then be judged by the Winners Jury Panel to determine the winner. 

4. Finalists 

The Awards Jury will select a maximum of 5 finalists with the highest scores per category. 

5. Award Jury Decision 

The decision of the jury is final for each award category.  No correspondence or communication will be entered into with either the Social Media Marketing Institute or members of the awards jury regarding the outcome of the awards. 

Want to be a Member of the Awards Jury?  

Becoming a member of the Awards Jury is a great way to give back to the social media industry.  Appointment as an Award Juror is an important one for the industry and is a great addition to your business profile. An award juror is a voluntary position that lasts for one month.  Whilst the Award Juror is not paid, each jury member will receive a free ticket to the Awards Gala Dinner. 

If you are interested, please email katie@socialmediamarketingawards.com