New Judge Announced for the Awards Jury

Dennis Yu

We are so excited to announce that Dennis Yu, co-founder and CEO of Blitzmetrics has joined the Awards Jury panel for the Social Media Marketing Awards.

Dennis Yu is an internationally recognised lecturer in Facebook Marketing and has spoken in 17 countries, spanning 5 continents, including keynotes at L2E, Gultaggen, and Marketo Summit.

Dennis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, National Public Radio, TechCrunch, Fox News, CBS Evening News and is co-author of Facebook Nation – a textbook taught in over 700 colleges and universities.

He’s a regular contributor for Adweek’s SocialTimes column and has published in Social Media Examiner, Social Media Club, Tweak Your Biz, B2C, Social Fresh, and Heyo.

He held leadership positions at Yahoo! and American Airlines and studied Finance and Economics at Southern Methodist University as well as London School of Economics.

Early Bird Call for Entries Closes today

The early bird Call for Entries for the Social Media Marketing Awards close today at 11.59pm.  

The early bird entry fee is only $149 inc GST. And the best news is you don't have to submit your entry until 24th April 2019. 

All you need to do is make payment to lock in this great price. 

And 10% of your fee will go to the Starlight Foundation's Livewire program. 

Make sure you take advantage of this great price before it goes up $100 per category. 

To make your payment, just go to http://bit.ly/2SRaAcX

If you want to learn more about the Social Media Marketing Awards, go to www.socialmediamarketingawards.com

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to email awards@smminstitute.com.au.

We look forward to you being a part of the social media industry's premiere event. 

Thanks to GM Sounds for our awesome awards music!!!!

 *please note that the Social Media Marketing Awards are only open to Australia and New Zealand. 

New Judged Announced for Social Media Marketing Awards Jury

We are excited to announce that AJ Wilcox has joined the Social Media Marketing Awards Jury.

AJ Wilcox is a LinkedIn Ads pro who founded B2Linked.com, a LinkedIn Ads-specific ad agency, in 2014. As official LinkedIn partners, they manage among the world’s most sophisticated advertising accounts worldwide.

AJ will bring a lot to our awards jury especially for our Best Use of LinkedIn category.

AJ Wilcox

Giving to the Starlight Foundation's LIVEWIRE Program

We are excited to announce that the Starlight Foundation will again be the charity partner for the 2019 Social Media Marketing Awards.

We will not only be fundraising, but 10% of every entry fee and 10% of every corporate sponsorship will also go the the Starlight Foundation’s LIVEWIRE program.

Designed to combat loneliness and isolation, livewire.org.au connects teens and young people (10-20) experiencing serious illness or disability, through a safe online community. It helps teens navigate life with a serious illness, support each other and most importantly, to focus on the positives of what they can do, not what they can’t.

2 New Judges Welcomed to the 2019 Social Media Marketing Awards Jury

We are excited to welcome Nick Myers, Founder & Creative Director at Redfox Creative & AI & Voice Tech Futurist and Keith Stoeckeler, VP/Group Director at MKTG, New York, to the Awards Jury for the Social Media Marketing Awards

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Call for Entries has opened for the 2019 Social Media Marketing Awards

We are excited to announce that the Call for Entries for the Social Media Marketing Awards has opened for 2019.

It is a great chance for individuals, businesses, companies, organisations and not-for-profits to be recognised for the outstanding job they do in the social media space.

This year there are 10 new Award Categories:

  • Best Social Media Educator of the Year

  • Best Student Social Media Campaign

  • Best Use of Youtube

  • Travel Influencer of the Year

  • Health and Fitness Influencer of the Year

  • Beauty Influencer of the Year

  • Fashion Influencer of the Year

  • Food Influencer of the Year

  • Best Social Media Tool

  • Best Use of a Chatbot in Social Media

Plus our other 15 categories.

We have an esteemed panel of judges from all over the world who are looking forward to evaluating all the entries.

To enter, just go to https://www.socialmediamarketingawards.com/enter/ and follow this directions.

There is an early bird entry fee of $149 inc GST available between 15th January 2019 until 15th February 2019. From the 16th February 2019, the normal entry fee of $249 inc GST will apply.

10% from each entry fee will go to the Starlight Foundations LIVEWIRE program. livewire.org.au connects teens and young people (10-20) experiencing serious illness or disability, through a safe online community. It helps teens navigate life with a serious illness, support each other and most importantly, to focus on the positives of what they can do, not what they can’t.

We look forward to seeing your entry.

If you have any questions, please contact awards@smminstitute.com.au

How RUOK Created an Award Winning Social Media Campaign

At the 2018 Social Media Marketing Awards, R U OK? won Best Social Good Campaign and Best Use of Snapchat. Social Media Marketing Awards Founder chat with Anastasia Symons, Brand and Communications Manager at R U OK? about how RUOK harnessed the power of social media to increase engagement and participation

4 New Judges Announced for the Social Media Marketing Awards

4 NEW JUDGES ANNOUNCED

Excited to announce 4 new judges for the Social Media Marketing Awards. 

Leo Morejon is a Social Tribe Member and founder of BuildandInspire.com.

Leo started his career at NYC ad agencies leading new business sales pitches and marketing for clients. He began at J. Walter Thompson and later moved to the digital ad agency 360i, where he was social media lead on high profile brands, such as Oreo, a pioneer in real-time marketing (Oreo Super Bowl Blackout Tweet, Daily Twist, and so on), and he won multiple awards, including a CLIO Award, Cannes Lions, and a Guinness World Record. 

2) Dr Karen Freberg is an associate professor in strategic communications at the University of Louisville as well as an adjunct instructor for the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) Graduate Online Program at West Virginia University. 

3) Vikas Bagri is currently the Social Media and Civic Innovation Adviser for the Government of Chhattisgarh. Vikas has worked in various capacities with the Government of India, State Government of Chhattisgarh, academic institutions, start-ups and non-profits in the areas of education, health, innovation, entrepreneurship, social media, open data and ICTs for development. 

Vikas was earlier part of the Adviser to the Prime Minister's office and India’s National Innovation Council where he was driving several national level initiatives such as Technology Applications for Rural Broadband, Innovation Hubs, Heritage of Mahatma Gandhi, India Grand Challenges, and the use of social media by the Government of India 

4) Captain Chris Hsiung who is Police Captain - Investigations & Special Operations Division / Digital Engagement at Mountain View California 

With extensive experience from over 23 years in law enforcement, Chris is part of the Mountain View Police Department executive team and currently commands the Investigations and Special Operations Division consisting of detective units, personnel and training, professional standards, analytical and management services, and the digital media and public affairs unit. He is a digital media influencer, conference speaker, and innovator on the topic of government social media, crisis communications and management, community engagement, and digital strategy.

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Dr Karen Freberg

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Captain Chris Hsiung

Captain Chris Hsiung

 

Judges Named for 2019 Social Media Marketing Awards Jury

The Social Media Marketing Awards honours and recognises those who are exhibiting excellence and achievement in social media marketing. We would not be able to run these Awards without our Awards Jury who volunteer their time and talents to judging the entries. And even though each of these people are incredibly busy, they are prepared to give their time to cheer on the success of others.

I just wanted to say a big thank you to each one of them.

Here are our 2019 Awards Jury:

  • Tolga Balabaner - Snapchat

  • Doyle Buehler - Entrepreneur and Digital Marketing Expert

  • Jenny Devine - Bank of Queensland

  • Kevin Garber - ManageFlitter

  • Jan Hofmann-Cassiani - Facebook

  • Elissa Hudson - Hubspot

  • Christy Laurence - Plann

  • Irene Lee - Canva

  • Chris Ledlin - Nine Entertainment Group

  • Debs Majumdar - Fox Sports

  • Kate McBean (Alison) - Bigstone

  • Reece Moon - First State Super

  • Aoife O'Connell - Yarnly.ai

  • Miri Rodriguez - Microsoft

  • Alex Scandurra - Stone and Chalk

  • Rochelle Sheldon - Socialites

  • Ian Wheeler - Twitter

  • Tom Williamson - Salesforce

    We really appreciate each one of you!!!!

Winners Announced at the Social Media Marketing Awards Gala Dinner

Wow, wow, wow!  What an amazing night we had at the Social Media Marketing Awards Gala dinner on Thursday night.  We had the leaders of the social media marketing industry come together to network and celebrate.  

Attendees had their photos on the red carpet as they arrived for pre-dinner drinks and had camera crews interviewing attendees.  Everyone was ready for some fun! 

After introducing the judges, it was time to announce the winners.  

And the winners are: 

2018 Best Emerging Social Media Marketer of the Year

Anna McCormack

 

2018 Best Use of Social Media Data Analytics

Online Circle Digital

 

2018 Best Social Good Campaign

RUOK 

Campaign - "Yo've Got What It Takes" 

 

2018 Best Public Sector Social Media Campaign

University of Melbourne

Campaign - "Pursuit" 

 

2018 Best Social Media Customer Service

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

 

2018 Best Use of Facebook

BidPixel

Campaign - "Alex Phillis Real Estate" 

 

2018 Best Use of Twitter

Rogues Gallery 

Campaign - "Melbourne Cup from Every Angle" 

 

2018 Best Use of LinkedIn

Jillian Bullock

Campaign - "LinkedIn Local Sydney" 

 

2018 Best Use of Instagram

Voodoo Creative 

Campaign - "Roll'd - Love the Journey"

 

2018 Best Use of Snapchat

RUOK 

Campaign - "You've Got What It Takes

 

2018 Best Small Agency of the Year 

Campbell Media Group

 

2018 Most Innovative Use of Social Media

Social Butterfly Marketing 

Campaign - "Cairns eye Social Butterfly" 

 

2018 Best Corporate Social Media Team of the Year

Sydney Opera House 

 

2018 Best Social Media Agency of the Year

Socialites 

 

2018 Social Media Marketer of the Year

Joanna O'Connor

 

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists! 

Finalists Announced for the 2018 Social Media Marketing Awards

Social Media Marketing Awards in conjunction with the Social Media Marketing Institute are excited to announce the finalists for the 2018 Social Media Marketing Awards.  

Now in our second year, the focus of the Social Media Marketing Awards is to acknowledge excellence in social media.  It is a chance to highlight the amazing work being created by the talented social media marketers in the industry.  

We are so grateful for all who entered. 

The finalists for the 2018 Social Media Marketing Awards are: 

Social Media Marketer of the Year

This category is to recognise an individual.  

The jury is seeking a social media marketer who has made a significant contribution to the social media industry over the last few years, demonstrating leadership, consistently inspiring and motivating others and portraying the social media industry in a positive light. This person may work in an agency,  a marketing team or any other organisation involved in social media marketing.  

The finalists are: 

  • Renee Dembowski
  • Claire Joachim
  • Roghan McKerlie
  • Joanna O'Connor
  • Rochelle Sheldon 

Best Emerging Social Media Marketer of the Year

This category is to recognise the emerging talent within the social media industry.   

Entries may come from anyone who is involved in social media marketing and has been in the industry less than 3 years (to qualify, the entrant needs to have first started working in social media marketing after 1st November 2014 ) and in their short time, started to make an impact. 

The finalists are: 

  • Melissa Leverett
  • Anna McCormack
  • Mackayla Paul

Best Social Media Agency of the Year

This is presented to the agency that has distinguished itself in social media that serves as a example for the entire social media industry.  Agencies who wish to nominate do not need to be exclusively social media focussed.  As long as social media is offered as one of your services, you can enter. The jury will look at the agency's projects and performance over the past year as well as your agency' culture and a testimonial from clients. 

The finalists are: 

  • Campbell Media Group
  • Megaphone Marketing 
  • Socialites
  • Vamp

Best Small Agency of the Year 

This is presented to the agency with less than 10 employees that has distinguished itself in social media that serves as a showcase for the entire industry.  Agencies who wish to nominate do not need to be exclusively social media focussed.  As long as social media is offered as one of your services, you can enter. The judges look at the agency's projects and performance over the past year, the team culture and a testimonial from a client.

The finalists are: 

  • BidPixel
  • Campbell Media Group 
  • Megaphone Marketing 
  • Milkbar Digital 
  • Studio Culture 

Best Corporate Social Media Team of the Year

This category recognises achievement within an in-house marketing team.  This category is not applicable to agencies.  We want to showcase your best social media campaign and how your team works together.   

The finalists are: 

  • Canon Australia
  • Commonwealth Games 
  • The Australian Ballet 
  • The Sydney Opera House 
  • The University of Melbourne

Best Public Sector Social Media Campaign

This category represents achievement for a social media campaign in the public sector. This category is open to both public sector marketing teams and/or agencies delivering public sector social media campaigns. Joint entries are welcome. 

The finalists are: 

  • City of Gold Coast - "Choose Tap"
  • The University of Melbourne  - "Pursuit"
  • Victoria State Government Department of Education and Training  - "Never Leave Kids in Cars"

Best Social Good Campaign

This category seeks to recognise the best social media campaign carried out for a not-for-profit organisation.  This category is open to both non-for-profit marketing teams and/or agencies delivering non-for-profit social media campaigns. Joint entries are welcome. 

The finalists are: 

  • Curate Bee - "Women Empowerment comes in Yellow" 
  • Feros Care -  "Grow Bold"
  • RUOK - "You Got What it Takes"

 Best Social Media Customer Service

Customer service is one of the best forms of marketing, and social media provides one of the easiest ways for companies to directly interact with their customers. This award recognises that more and more consumers are engaging with brands, companies and organisations and the challenge these brands, companies and organisation are facing to not only answer customers in an effective and timely manner but wow them as well.  

The finalist is: 

  • Commonwealth Games 

Best Use of Facebook

This category seeks to recognise the best social media campaign carried out on the Facebook platform.   

The finalists are: 

  • Aveo Group - "Aveo Retirement Living"
  • Bidpixel - "Alex Phillis Luxury Real Estate"
  • City of Gold Coast - "Choose Tap"
  • Rogues Gallery - "It's a Brave New Archibald Prize World" 
  • The Warehouse Group - "Attract Store Managers and Assistance Store Managers"

Best Use of Twitter

This category seeks to recognise the best social media campaign carried out on the Twitter platform.   

The finalist is: 

  • Rogues Gallery - "The Melbourne Cup From very Angle" 

 Best Use of Instagram

This category seeks to recognise the best social media campaign carried out on the Instagram platform.   

The finalists are: 

  • Mackayla Paul - "Australian Circular Fashion Conference"
  • Voodoo Creative and Roll'd Australia - "Love the Journey" 

Best Use of Snapchat

This category seeks to recognise the best social media campaign carried out on the Snapchat platform.   

The finalists are: 

  • John Kapos - Chocolate Johnny - "Snap for Chocolate" 
  • John Kapos - Chocolate Johnny - "Chocolate Johnny"
  • Made 4 Media - "Get Your Melon On"
  • RUOK - "You Got What It Takes to Ask RUOK?" 

Best Use of LinkedIn

This category seeks to recognise the best social media campaign carried out on the LinkedIn platform.   

The finalists are: 

  • eCentral Systems and Marketing - "eCentral Business Show" 
  • Jillian Bullock - The LinkedIn Ninja - "LinkedIn Local Sydney"
  • Jo Saunders and Ming Johanson - "WAITTA Incite Awards"

Most Innovative Use of Social Media

This award goes to the company that demonstrates a clear innovative use of social media. Judges will be looking for a company or brand that has gone beyond the norms and broken boundaries in their approach to social media. We are looking for that truly innovative use of social media – either through a campaign, response strategy, integration with other departments, customer support, social media tool or something else.  

 The finalists are: 

  • Bake Agency - "The World's Best Treehouse in 360 VR"
  • Mackayla Paul - "Australian Circular Fashion Awards"
  • Rogues Gallery - "A New Era of Racing Has Begun"
  • Social Butterfly Marketing - "Cairns Eye Social Butterfly" 
  • The Australian Ballet - "World Ballet Day" 

Best Use of Data Analytics

The correct use of data and analytics is important for delivering effective campaigns, developing strategies to engage audiences, guiding the creation of products and communicating with stakeholders.  This category showcases how data and analytics lead to a desirable business outcome. The jury is looking for in-depth use of data to drive the social media marketing process from the beginning through to a final outcome. Successful entries will show how they communicated the data analytics to clients, employees and stakeholders.

The finalists are: 

  • Online Circle Digital 
  • The Australian Ballet

We are so grateful for all who have entered.  

The winners will be announced at the Social Media Marketing Awards Gala dinner. 

Social Media Marketing Awards Gala Dinner

The Social Media Marketing Awards Gala dinner is on Thursday, 16th August 2018 at the Rydges World Square in Sydney.  

The Social Media industry will come together to network and celebrate excellence.  

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow. 

Welcome to The Lite - The Social Photobooth

We are excited to welcome The Lite as a sponsor for the Social Media Marketing Awards.  

lite - the social photo booth to take your party and event photography to the next level. Minimalistic in design the lite creates motion (GIF) selfies that are watermarked with your branding and hashtag all ready for your guests to share straight to their Facebook, Instagram and  Twitter. 

So how does it work? 

be a #sociaLITE

1. Two seconds of video is turned into a GIF
2. The user sends this to their phone
3. Then and there they can share it to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Cannot wait to try it at the Social Media Marketing Awards! 

Call for Entries has Closed for 2018

The Call for Entries for the Social Media Marketing Awards for 2018 has closed.  We have received so many entries and they are of a very high calibre.    

Thank you to all who entered.  

We are currently reviewing all the entries before passing them on to the judges to review.  

The judges will have the month of May to complete their judging using our online awards platform.  They judge independently and do not see the scores from other judges. 

We will be announcing the Finalists on June 6th 2018.  All entrants will receive an email that day advising them of the list of finalists for each category.  

All entrants will receive a Nominee badge for each category they have entered before the end of this week that they can use on websites, social media and marketing materials.  

 Good luck to all who have entered.  

Call for Entries close TONIGHT 11.59pm AEST

We are in the home stretch for entries for the Social Media Marketing Awards. 

Entries close at 11.59pm TONIGHT, 30th April 2018 AEST. 

To access the portal, go to https://socialmediamarketingawards.awardsplatform.com

To avoid last minute stress, here are some tips: 

  • Work on them early so you have plenty of time to complete your entry. There is nothing worse than feeling the stress as 11.59pm gets close. I know this from personal experience. 
  • Write your entry on a word document and then transfer into the Awards platform. You don't want to craft the perfect entry only to have the computer glitch and it is lost - again, I know this from personal experience 
  • Enjoy the process - Take a little time to celebrate the great work you have accomplished. We generally do not take time to celebrate our wins so this is a chance to reflect on all the awesome work you and your team does. 
  • You can turn your entry into a case study that you can use for your own marketing. 

The judging process will commence tomorrow and the judges have the whole of May to finalise their judging. 

Finalists will be announced on June 6th 2018 and we will be sending confirmation to all entrants via email on that date. 

The nominee badges will be emailed out to you for each category you have entered before the end of this week. 

I am available all day to answer any questions you might have on either 0412 304 535 or on email at mireille@smminstitute.com.au.

Mireille Ryan
CEO, Social Media Marketing Institute
Founder, Social Media Marketing Awards

Entry Deadline Extended to Monday April 30th 2018

Thank you so much for all the entries we have received so far for the Social Media Marketing Awards!  

We are so excited to see the calibre of entries we have received.  

We have received feedback that people need a few extra days to ensure they are able to finalise their entries so we have decided to extend the entry deadline to Monday 30th April 2018 at 11.59pm.  

This will give entrants another 6 days to gather their evidence to add to their awards.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mireille Ryan on 0412 304 535 or email mireille@smminstitute.com.au.   

Time is Running Out - 14 days Left to Enter

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I just wanted to send a reminder to you to let you know it is only 2 weeks until the Call for Entries closes for the Social Media Marketing Awards - on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018.  

I can tell you - winning an award is a big deal for your career! 

I won an industry award in 2010 and it was life changing.  

It attracted lots of new clients.  

I was featured in newspapers and magazines all over the world. 

I was invited to speak at conferences. 

I was asked to write for several magazines. 

And even though I have changed industry, being an award winning entrepreneur still brings me benefits 8 years later. 

And the scary thing was,  I almost didn't enter.  

I remember thinking that I didn't think I would win.  

I was so busy and almost left entering until it was too late.  

I am so glad I listened to that inner voice that said to just give it a go as there was nothing to lose.  

Imagine what I opportunities I would have missed out on.   

Make sure you enter the Social Media Marketing Awards today.  

Don't leave it to the last minute like me

You will be so glad that you did! 

Mireille Ryan 

CEO, Social Media Marketing Institute
Founder, Social Media Marketing Awards 

How to Put Together an Awards Entry That Stands Out

The countdown is on - only a month until the Call for Entries close for the Social Media Marketing Awards.  

Imagine what it will be like to stand in front of the leaders of the Social Media Industry and accept an award.  

I know how it feels to win an award.  In 2010, I won an Australian Exercise Professional of the Year and that moment was life changing.  As soon as I sat down after accepting my award, people started coming over to me and wanting to collaborate.  I was in magazines and in the news  - it really allowed me to gain visibility.   I was invited to speak at conferences. Even though that was 8 years ago and I have changed industries, it still brings me benefits.  

This is why I was passionate about creating an Awards Program exclusively for the Social Media Marketing Industry. 

So with this in mind, I wanted to give you 10 tips to help you put together a quality awards submission: 

1. Know your dates - The key date is April 24th, 2018 and you need to have finalised your entry and paid the fee for entry (if you are not a member of the Social Media Marketing Institute).  That might seem a long way off but it is not as far away as you might think.  Don't put yourself under pressure by trying to put together your Award entry on the due date.  

2. Make sure you understand the judging criteria for the category you are entering.  Look at how the judges will mark the category you are entering and ensure you address them in your entry.  

3. Look at what supporting material you can provide to enhance your entry.  It could be a video, images or screen shots from your social media.  

4. Get permissions if required - if you are from an agency or do social media work for clients,  you will need to ensure you get their permission to enter the campaign.  A joint entry is a great way to celebrate an awesome collaboration.  

5. Put together your entry on a word document and transfer the information into the Awards portal.  I have learnt that this is good practice and a way to ensure you minimise frustrations, especially as you get close to the due date.  We have an excellent Awards portal but computer glitches and even blackouts can cause frustrations and you don't want to perfect that entry to then lose it.  And yes, it has happened to me so I speak from experience.  

6. Check spelling and grammar - This can sometimes be overlooked as you finalise your entry.  Run your entry through a grammar program or ask someone else to proofread your entry.  Sometimes you can read something a dozen times and still miss a simple mistake. 

7. Have a couple of people proof read your entry - If you feel you are ready to submit, ask someone else in your business or agency to read through the entry to ensure you have answered the questions and included the best information to make you entry stand out from the rest. If you work for yourself, ask a business mentor or a friend who really knows your business to give you some feedback.  It is amazing what a fresh pair of eyes can see. 

8.  Make sure any figures in your entry can be backed up - If your entry refers to results achieved by your campaign, these will need to be backed up and judges will ask for them if they are not included in your entry.  

9.   Enter multiple categories - Once you enter your first category and make payment, you will receive a membership to the Social Media Marketing Institute and once a member, you can enter as many award categories at no further charge.  By entering multiple categories you increase your chance to be named as a finalist.  You will also receive a nominee badge that you can put on your website, social media and marketing materials.  

10.   Enjoy the process - This is a chance to put together a great case study for your business so take the time to enjoy the successes you have had and celebrate what you have achieved.  

If you have any questions at all, please email me at mireille@smminstitute.com.au or call me on 0412 304 535.  

The Social Media Marketing Awards Gala Dinner will be huge and we look forward to you being a part of it! 

Kind Regards, 

Mireille Ryan
CEO, Social Media Marketing Institute
Founder, Social Media Marketing Awards 

3 New Judges Announced

We are excited to be adding 3 new judges to our judging panel for the Social Media Marketing Awards:

Susan Duong - Client Partner - Ecomm, Education and Professional Services at Facebook 

Tolga Balabaner - Creative Strategist at Snapchat

Angelique Schierz-Crusius  - Head of Social Media at Samsung Australia

So excited to add their experience to the judging panel.