effie awards

Top Entry Tips From Jurors

  • Start with the executive summary before you try to write individual sections. Get your overall story really strong, crisp, clear, and inspiring.
  • Be sure to provide context; most judges don’t know your category or what success looks like.
  • Concise written entries stand out. They are not only refreshing – they encourage high marks.
  • The entrants who build their cases from a place of honesty, authenticity, and simplicity vs. marketing jargon were really the strongest.
  • Ensure that the ‘insights’ somehow tie to a human behavior.  A data point is not an insight, it’s what the data point means to your brand, target or audience that makes it an insight.
  • Remember that communications strategies include both creative and media strategies – not just tactics.
  • Make sure your creative reel doesn’t just reiterate what you said in your entry.  Use it to complement that information.
  • Connect results to objectives very clearly. Don’t try to fake it and write objectives to meet existing results. We can tell and will ding you for it.
  • Have people outside of your industry review your submission. It should be clear to anyone, regardless of their industry expertise.
  • Check for grammar, typos, math errors, and inconsistencies.