The awards are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts, the judging is a rigorous two-stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

From a transparency perspective, we may video aspects of the judging session to show on the evening and give entrants an insight into why a winning entry was chosen.

The 2020 judging panel will be announced shortly.


Greg Allum | VP of Marketing (Display + Paid Social) | LQ Digital |

Greg Allum is an established client-side and agency marketer with over 10+ year’s experience leading high-performing teams. He is currently Vice President, Display & Social at LQ Digital driving forward the agency’s paid social media capability and leading its growing team. Prior to joining LQ Digital, he worked for Jellyfish as Global Head of Social leading a team of 25 and responsible for >$75m annualized media spend and also consulted on the Toyota/Lexus account for Group M agency m/six. He has significant in-house experience at brands including British Gas, Legal and General and more recently Sony Electronics where he was European head of social and creative strategy.

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Akvile DeFazio | President and Social Media Advertising Specialist | AKvertise, Inc. |

As someone who lives for connecting people, making the connection between consumers and brands is what Akvile DeFazio, president of AKvertise, a social media advertising agency does best. As a conversion-driven marketer, she is passionate about helping businesses expand their online visibility and reach their goals via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest Ads

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Nick Entwistle | Founder & Creative Director | Bank of Creativity & One Minute Briefs |

Nick is the Creative Director and Founder of the Bank of Creativity, working with agencies and brands to create compelling content to engage their audiences and generate big interest in their product or service. One of his biggest campaigns helped to encourage donations for Neuroblastoma sufferer Isabella and it went viral with 30 million views across social media and reached national press and TV news. He also directed the music video and social campaign that led to the NHS beating Justin Bieber to Xmas Number 1. As well as this, Nick has 50,000+ followers on social media, including the community user-generated content platform One Minute Briefs which encourages instinctive creativity. He hosts annual events, hold educational workshops with D&AD & the V&A and delivers talks at agencies, universities and the likes of BBC, SKY and Lloyds Bank. He recently released his third OMB & Agency Quotes books. Agency Quotes is a popular social feed where the creative industry around the world share all the #ThingsYouHearInAgencies. He has won a variety of awards for his work including Grand Prix at the Roses, Creative Circle, Campaign Big, Great British Entrepreneur Awards and my campaigns have been featured in publications such as Buzzfeed, New York Times, Adweek and The Drum. He has also received a special invite to Downing Street, won Theo Paphitis’ business award and was named as one of the people of the year in The Drum’s New Years Honours List, as well as being announced as an ambassador of the High Sheriff of Manchester, NABS, DMA and the MPA.

Katy Katz | Director of Account Strategy | Marketing Refresh

Katy has interactive marketing experience spanning across the higher education, healthcare, technology, and small business communities. She has spoken at numerous events nationwide on content marketing, search, social media, and brand personalization. Katy is the Director of Account Strategy at Marketing Refresh, a digital marketing agency in Houston. Connect with Katy on LinkedIn or Twitter to geek out on content, search, or even your latest Netflix obsession.

Brian McDowell | Sr. Director of SEO and Editorial | Credit Karma

Brian McDowell in an industry leader for enterprise level digital marketing and is the Sr. Director of SEO and Editorial for Credit Karma. Brian works with the worlds largest E-commerce brands on their strategies, forensics, process and team structures. He has been building and promoting websites since 1997. Brian has a true passion for technical application and has established primary revenue streams for multiple startups including LendingTree, Red Ventures, Conductor and Bloomreach. He has designed and built multiple in-house proprietary technologies and platforms for digital marketing and established large in-house teams dedicated to increasing online engagement. Brian often speaks to large enterprise level decision makers as well as advertising agencies about how to build, recruit and sustain new growth technologies. Brian holds a BS in Computer Science from UNC Charlotte.


Paul has 20 years’ experience leading Marketing & Digital both Agency & Brand side. Paul was previously Head of Marketing at Tesco Bank, global Digital Director at PZ Cussons (brands including St Tropez, Imperial Leather & Original Source), led Digital marketing at the Co-op Group (Food > Funeralcare) and has through the line experience of working both client and agency side with brands including Wickes, Laterooms, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Cash Generator, Stagecoach and Silverstone.

Mark Traphagen | Aimclear Marketing Agency

Mark Traphagen is Vice President of Content Strategy for Aimclear. He is a sought after speaker at conferences such as PubCon, State of Search, and SMX, and a featured writer for major online publications such as the Moz Blog, Search Engine Land, Marketing Land, and a VIP Columnist for Search Engine Journal. Of course, he also regularly publishes on the Aimclear blog. Mark has contributed to several bestselling marketing books, including The Art of SEO, Maximize Your Social, and Marketing Now.