Agency of the Year Categories

Awards Categories

1. Analytics Agency of the Year *NEW*

Recognises agencies that have shown exceptional skills in web analytics and data science. Awards will go to those who successfully help clients manage and leverage data, and transform them into real-time information for better decision making.

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2. B2B Agency of the Year

This category is open to agencies that provide ideas, strategies and executions for business-to-business marketing activities.

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3. Boutique Agency of the Year
This category is open to small, independent agencies with 30 staff or fewer. The agency can have any specialism and provide any marketing and / or advertising solution for their clients.

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4. Branding Agency of the Year
This category is open to agencies that provide ideas, strategies and executions of brand identity and narration for their clients.

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5. Consultant of the Year
This category is open to firms and agencies that work with brands to provide marketing innovation and transformation consulting services.

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6. Content Marketing Agency of the Year
This category is open to agencies that create or provide strategic content across channels such as websites, social media, e-newsletters, white papers etc. for their clients.

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7. Creative Agency of the Year
This category is open to agencies that provide creative ideas, designs and executions for advertising purposes across all media platforms.

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8. CRM & Loyalty Marketing Agency of the Year
This category is open to agencies that provide ideas, strategies and executions for their clients’ customer relationship management and loyalty purposes.

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9. Design Consultancy of the Year
This category is open to firms providing ideas, strategies and executions of design concepts for their clients.

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10. Digital Agency of the Year
This category is open to agencies that provide digital solutions, strategies and executions for their clients’ marketing and advertising purposes.

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11. Event Marketing Agency of the Year
This category is open to agencies that provide event marketing solutions such as exhibitions, B2C and B2B events for their clients.

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12. Experiential Marketing Agency of the Year *NEW*

This category is open to agencies that provide experiential marketing solutions such as brand activations, sensory interactions, audience participation events etc. for their clients.

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13. Full Service Agency of the Year *NEW*

This category is open to agencies that handle the full-range of marketing and/or advertising solutions, from creative concept to implementation and tracking of results. The Full Service Agency should be able to offer a minimum of three marketing platforms in-house.

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14. Independent Agency of the Year
This category is open to any independent agency with any specialism. An agency can be deemed independent when it is not part of an agency network and is not owned by an agency holding company, a conglomerate or any other big agency or parent company.

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15. Influencer Agency of the Year
This category is open to agencies that provide their clients with ideas, strategies and the execution of marketing and / or advertising campaigns with social media influencers.

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16. Integrated Marketing Agency of the Year
This category is open to agencies that provide advertising and/or marketing solutions for their clients by successfully integrating three or more marketing platforms, be it through their industry partners or in-house. An Integrated Marketing Agency should offer the conceptualisation and management of an integrated campaign across a range of verticals.

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17. Lead Generation Agency of the Year *NEW*
This category is open to agencies that have firmly met client objectives by generating qualified leads through a smart and cost-effective strategy.

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18. Market Research Agency of the Year
This category is open to agencies that provide commissioned market research for their clients.

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19. Media Agency of the Year
This category is open to agencies that provide media planning, buying and strategy services for their clients.

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20. Mobile Marketing Agency of the Year

This category is open to agencies that provide mobile marketing solutions across a range of mobile platforms for their clients.

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Awards Categories

21. New Kid on the Block *NEW*

This category is open to agencies that have recently set up shop in Malaysia, and been in operation here for less than two years from the start of the eligibility period (1 Jan 2020). The agency can be a brand new independent venture, or be part of a an expansion by an established agency overseas. There will be a Local Hero award for this category.

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22. Performance Marketing Agency of the Year *NEW*
This category is open to agencies that provide performance-based advertising services for their clients.

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23. Programmatic Agency of the Year

This category is open to agencies that provide omnichannel, demand and supply buying capabilities for their clients. They should demonstrate the successful delivery and performance of programmatic strategies and solutions.

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24. Public Relations Agency of the Year

This category is open to agencies that provide strategies and executions for clients in the areas of corporate communications, public affairs, B2B, investor relations or crisis management etc.

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25. Search Agency of the Year

This category is open to agencies that offers SEO and SEM solutions as one of their core offerings to clients.

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26. Social Media Marketing Agency of the Year

This category is open to agencies that offer social media solutions as part of their core marketing offering to their clients.

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27. Specialist Agency of the Year

This category is open to agencies or units within agencies that specialise in specific business verticals for their clients’ marketing purposes. Business verticals could include areas such as education, healthcare, shopper marketing etc.

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28. Video / Production Company of the Year

This category is open to agencies that offer video and / or pre and / or post-production services for their clients’ marketing purposes.

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People Categories

29. Agency Leader of the Year *NEW*

This category recognises outstanding stewardship and excellence from an agency chief executive officer / managing director / general manager who has demonstrated exceptional and effective leadership and guidance while making a significant impact to their agency’s overall output.

Entrants can nominate themselves or be nominated by others; this category is limited to CEO/MD/GM level positions, and should show evidence of business impact in the following areas within the eligibility period:

  • Single most important achievement
  • Operational excellence at the agency
  • Leadership and motivation at the agency
  • Strategy and implementation
  • People development and performance under their watch
  • Commercial results against objectives
  • Client retention under their watch
  • Contributions to the industry at large

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30. Agency Team of the Year *NEW*

This category recognises outstanding work from an agency team which has made a significant impact to their clients’ overall marketing campaigns, executions, and results. Entrants can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievements in campaigns and project management
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award.

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31. Rising Star *NEW*

This category recognises outstanding work from an agency talent under the age of 30. To qualify, the entrant must have been 30 or younger at any point during the eligibility period. They should demonstrate how they made a significant impact to their clients’ overall marketing campaigns, executions, and results. Entrants can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievements in campaigns and project management
  • Creativity, innovation and the ability to pivot quickly and effectively
  • Strategic, out-of-the-box thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award.

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Agency of the Year (Not for Entry)
This category will recognise the most successful performing agencies across all categories. The top 5 performing agencies will be shortlisted for the overall Agency of the Year title with the eventual winner chosen by our independent panel of judges.
Local Hero of the Year (Not for Entry)

This category will recognise the most successful performing Local Hero agency  across all categories. Only independent agencies that were founded in  Malaysia are eligible for consideration. Multiple offices in other countries is permitted as long as the agency was founded in Malaysia, with no ownership by parent agencies or holding companies.