ELIGIBILITY PERIOD FOR ALL ENTRIES - JAN 1, 2018 - JAN 31, 2019
PPA Business Intelligence Brand Of The Year Award
This award is for the business intelligence brand or product that has most successfully been extended across one or more platforms (print, online, face-to-face, events, broadcast, mobile, other digital offerings), and that has shown outstanding innovation and insight in responding to the changing dynamics of its market.
Where different communities are being targeted, evidence will show how the brand adapts to and serves the requirements of each community. Entries should show evidence of the leverage of the brand or extension within the market in which the product operates.
While creativity and innovation are paramount, the judges will also be looking for evidence of a strong commercial performance from the brand throughout 2018.
PPA Campaign Of The Year Award
The campaigns entered in this new category should span a range of media including (but not restricted to) print, online, mobile, and social media. They will demonstrate the use of innovative techniques to produce quantifiable and measurable results in line with the overall objectives.
Entries can include but are not limited to: content, subscriptions, marketing, data, or general communications campaigns.
The campaign should be placed within the context of the overall brand strategy, and how it fits in with the company objectives.
Evidence of creativity, new approaches, and innovative campaigns will be rewarded but must also be backed up with solid results.
PPA Columnist Of The Year Award
Open to commentators and real opinion-formers who reach and influence their audiences through a regular column or feature, or by blog, e-mail, newsletter, or podcast. Whatever the platform, our judges will be looking for content of the highest quality and insight that informs, educates, and leads opinion within their target communities.
The winning entry here will show clear evidence of the columnist’s sheer brilliance with words, along with his/her authority, insight, and accuracy, all delivered with real wit, style, and simple force of personality.
PPA Commercial Partnership Of The Year Award
This new award recognises and celebrates an innovative collaboration between a publishing business and commercial partner(s) that has brilliantly promoted a product, service, or brand through any (or multiple) platform(s), be it print, online, face-to-face, events, broadcast, mobile, or other digital offerings.
Our judges are looking for examples of exceptional content partnerships that are based on a truly progressive and mutually beneficial relationship between a publishing business and commercial partner(s). Campaigns must be shown to deliver against a client’s financial goals through a truly creative approach that has generated significant traction among the target audience.
PPA Content Agency Of The Year Award
This award will recognise an outstanding agency really leading the charge in content marketing.
Our judges will be looking for companies who can demonstrate recent or ongoing radical success in enhancing their market position through the development of their client’s brands across multiple platforms.
Our judges will also be looking for evidence of solid commercial success, cultural commitment, development of new skills, leading the way when it comes to innovation and change, and the specific achievements that make this year so particularly special.
The winning company will also need to show clear evidence of sustainable revenues to provide all of the elements necessary to be crowned the PPA Content Agency Of The Year.
PPA Designer Of The Year Award
This award recognises the Art Director or Designer who can demonstrate truly brilliant and outstanding design during 2018 on a particular title or brand. Our judges will be looking for evidence of how the designer’s sheer excellence throughout the year has played a key part in the overall success of the brand, whether focused on single or multiple platforms. Our judges will also be looking for coherence, excellence in the use of photography, typography and illustration, and all other classic design elements.
Please enter nominees for one brand/title only. An individual may enter this category once-only.
PPA Editor Of The Year Award
This highly-competitive category rewards the outstanding Editor of 2018. Our judges will focus on the personal contribution of the Editor to the consistent all-round brilliance which puts their brand head and shoulders above its competitors, taking into account the overall quality of journalism, significant successful editorial developments and initiatives, the relevance of the content to the audience, and the Editor's own knowledge of, involvement in, and influence on, the relevant market.
Our judges will be searching for genuine individual brilliance, along with assessing the overall performance of the brand during 2018, including audience figures, and achievement within the competitive set.
Please enter nominees for one brand/title only. Any individual may enter this category once-only.
PPA Event Of The Year Award
This award will recognise an outstanding event, which can be but is not limited to: an exhibition, awards, conference, experiential event, pop-up, festival, launch, commercial partnership event, celebration or anniversary, community event, or a bespoke event, at which the publisher brings together its target audience.
The event can either stem from an existing parent brand or be a wholly standalone experience.
Our judges will primarily be looking for evidence of real innovation and creativity here, along with an event that has proven commercial success, and deep levels of engagement with the target audience.
PPA Front Cover Of The Year
A truly great magazine cover is a wonderful thing to behold, as evidenced by the iconic past winners in this flagship category. Our judges here will therefore be looking for those genuinely brilliant front covers from 2018 that were simply unmissable, and which really captured that magical magazine moment when all the stars suddenly aligned as one. Our judges, who will select the ten covers to go before the public vote, will also be looking for the following more practical elements:
- a very high standard of imaginative design, photography, and/or illustration
- how the cover fits in with the overall brand positioning
- the use of colour, type, and/or logos
- cover lines that sell the content in a simply unbeatable fashion
- a front cover that really changes the conversation
- how the cover appeals to both new and core readers
- a strong sense of personality
- supporting sales/readership figures
- unique connection with the target audience
In your 500-word submission you must outline why you think your magazine meets the above criteria and why your chosen front cover deserves to win this fiercely-contested category.
Please note that the shortlist for this category will be chosen by our panel of expert independent judges, and that this shortlist will then face the public vote to find the overall winner of the PPA Front Cover Of The Year Award for 2019.
PPA Industry Partner Of The Year Award
This award recognises those suppliers to our industry who have really gone the extra mile in their partnerships with professional publishers. Any organisation that supplies a product, platform or service to the industry can enter, from distribution and fulfilment, to digital publishing, training, subscription management, printing, marketing, paper, event services. . . and beyond!
Our judges will be looking for evidence of outstanding service levels, surpassed objectives and expectations, genuine partnership with clients to find innovative solutions, as well as evidence of real work towards sustainability alternatives, and best working practices.
PPA Innovation Of The Year Award
Our judges are looking for here genuine evidence of innovation that has expanded the reach and influence of a brand among an existing and/or new target audience group.
This can include but is not limited to: launches within 2018, new products, lead generation, use of data, new ways of working, communication methods, cultural change, etc.
Judges will be looking for a genuinely creative approach, solid measurable results, and the longer-term sustainability of the relationships and revenues generated.
PPA Magazine Brand Of The Year Award
This award is for the consumer magazine or Business Media brand that really stands out as an absolute beacon of excellence.
Our judges are looking for evidence of a complete understanding of the needs of the target audience, a strong commercial performance, outstanding editorial and design, and constant innovation in responding to the changing dynamics of its market. Entries should clearly demonstrate how a multi-channel approach creates ever deeper engagement with the target audience.
Please note that Brands cannot enter both Magazine Brand Of The Year and Special Interest Magazine Brand Of The Year.
PPA Magazine Retailer Of The Year Award
The winner in this category is the large-scale or independent retailer who has most successfully demonstrated dedication to the cause of selling more magazines, a commitment to offering a good choice of titles to its customers, and enhancing the shopping experience for the magazine consumer (e.g. through store appearance, shelf layout, information, innovation, customer service, etc).
Please note that this category is FREE TO ENTER!
PPA Show Me The Money Award
This category looks to recognise and reward initiatives that have maximised incremental revenue for publishers. This could include but is not limited to brand extensions, paid content, new routes to market, or simply the innovative use of data.
The judges will be looking for original thinking and effective implementation that has had a really demonstrable impact on the bottom line.
PPA Special Interest Magazine Brand Of The Year Award
For the purposes of this award, a special interest magazine brand is one which by the title or description addresses a specific business-to-business community or consumer leisure interest (including food, health, sport, hobbies, homes, interiors, and travel), or one which publishes within a specific sector, such as children's magazines or partworks.
The winning special interest magazine brand will demonstrate a total understanding of the needs of the target audience, a strong commercial performance, outstanding editorial and design, and constant innovation in responding to the changing dynamics of its market. Entries should also demonstrate how a multi-channel approach creates ever deeper engagement with the target audience.
Please note that Brands cannot enter both Magazine Brand Of The Year and Special Interest Magazine Brand Of The Year.
PPA Team Leader Of The Year Award
This category seeks to recognise those truly progressive team leaders whose contribution has really enriched and genuinely elevated the brand or company.
Our judges are looking for an outstanding leader whose real dedication and ongoing commitment across the board has revolutionised their brand or company's approach to professional publishing while also generating significant results in revenue and audience engagement.
The winner will provide measurable evidence of their contribution to strategy as well as their commitment to developing a more effective environment and working culture, providing ongoing development and support to their respective team(s).
PPA Team Of The Year Award
Our judges here will be looking for any team or department that has excelled in making a positive and measurable contribution to the overall company in 2018.
Eligible teams include, but are not limited to: Content, Creative, Commercial, Marketing, Production, HR, Operations, Subscriptions, Business Development, and Events. Our judges are looking for outstanding teams with a blend of complementary skills who are exceeding all business expectations as a result.
Evidence of creativity and new approaches will be rewarded but must also be backed up with solid results.
PPA Unsung Hero Of The Year Award
Credit for success in business often understandably goes to the leaders. The hard work that goes in to delivering the results on the ground often goes unrecognised but can be equally important for achieving long-term success.
Our judges are looking for entrants for this new PPA Unsung Hero Of The Year Award who are working at the sharp end of the business. They will demonstrate an outstanding level of commitment to getting the job done and the team will depend on their contribution. They will have supported the achievement of outstanding tangible results and they will be a role model for their peers and a champion of best practice. They are, quite simply, that person without whom the place would just not be the same any more.
PPA Writer Of The Year Award
This award recognises real excellence in style and content from writers on any platform, or across multiple platforms. Whatever the medium, our judges will be looking for writing of the highest quality in a style appropriate to the relevant audience. The winning entry will show evidence of the writer's brilliance, originality, and flair, together with their ability to truly captivate the target audience.