Judging Criteria

Judges read and pre-score all entry forms, considering the structure, presentation and clarity of each section and the supporting materials submitted. Judges score each section on the entry form and these scores will be combined to give an overall score for each entry. All judges’ pre-scores will be combined, and the highest-scoring entries will determine the shortlist.

Winners are determined at a judging session where judges will discuss the shortlist and agree on a winner for each category.

Judging Criteria:

Judging session –24th July 2024

Shortlist announcement –26th July 2024

Judges will read and pre-score all entry forms, considering any supporting materials submitted. Judges will be asked to give a score for each question within the entry form, as listed in the bullet points below. These will be combined to give an overall score for each entry. All judges’ pre-scores will then be combined, and the highest-scoring entries will determine the shortlists.

Judges will meet to discuss the highest-scoring entries and then agree on the winner for each category.

The awards will be judged by some of the biggest names in search. Click here to see this year’s judging panel.

Entries should not exceed 1000 words in total and should relate to work undertaken between February 2023 – June 2024.

WEBSITE AWARDS CRITERIA

The judges will be rewarding exceptional website builds, relaunches and refreshes in the following verticals or platforms. The judges will be looking at the user experience, creativity, functionality, conversion, and innovation of the website. Judges will also consider both back-end and front-end design and development.

Each entry must include information under the following headings:

  • Website Overview & Strategy (1-10 points)

Provide a synopsis of what the website does and how it adds value to the end user. Please also share details of the target audience, and your overall strategy to reach them, as well as the strategy to meet the overall objectives.

  • Examples of implementation, innovation, conversion & creativity (1-10 points)

Give a detailed explanation of how you implemented the website/app, outlining the innovation you used to make this website/app stand out amongst the crowd. Please also detail the conversion stats for the website including any screenshots necessary to demonstrate this.

  • Results & evaluation (1-10 points)

Relate results and evaluation to the objectives and targets stated above. Provide actual numbers rather than percentages wherever possible.

  • Why you should win this category (1-10 points)

What do you think sets your website apart? Judges will, in particular, be looking for the thing that makes this website unique.

Any entries that do not include information under all of these headings will be marked down. If appropriate you may include up to three pieces of supporting materials.

CAMPAIGN AWARDS CRITERIA

The judges will be looking for clear objectives, creative and effective implementation, and tangible and demonstrable results in the campaign award categories. They will also consider the structure, presentation, and clarity of each entry.

Each entry must include information under the following headings:

  • Objectives & Budget (1-10 points)

Judges will be looking for what your initial objectives were and what targets were set. We recommend showing targets as quantifiable metrics e.g., ‘Increase conversions from 150 to 300 a month’ rather than ‘Increase conversions by 10%’. Please include a breakdown of implementation costs, staffing costs, agency fees etc. All elements of the entry form are confidential, and judges will not share this information. If you are unable to provide a detailed budget breakdown, please include the financial band your budget is within along with the percentage budget allocated for staffing costs, agency fees and media spend etc.

  • Target audience & strategy (1-10 points)

Provide details regarding the audience you were targeting and your overall strategy to reach them, as well as the strategy to meet the overall objectives.

  • Implementation & creativity (1-10 points)

Provide a detailed explanation of your implementation for the campaign. Include screenshots to help visualise campaigns. Provide information on the creativity of the campaign.

  • Details of any challenges faced and how these were overcome (1-10 points)

Tell the judges what challenges were unique to you and how have you overcome them. What was the end result of overcoming these challenges?

  • Results & evaluation (1-10 points)

Relate your results to the objectives and targets. Provide actual numbers rather than percentages wherever possible and show tangible results.

  • Why should your campaign win? (1-10 points)

What do you think sets your campaign apart from the other campaigns being judged? Judges will in particular be looking for the thing that makes this campaign different to the others, what is unique?

Any entries that do not include information under all of these headings will be marked down. If appropriate you may include up to three pieces of supporting materials.

APPLICATION OF TOOLS OR DATA AWARDS CRITERIA

The judges will be looking for clear objectives, creative and effective implementation, and tangible and demonstrable results in the campaign award categories. They will also consider the structure, presentation, and clarity of each entry.

Each entry must include information under the following headings:

  • Objectives & Budget (1-10 points)

Judges will be looking for what you were looking to achieve from the application of your data or tool, and any targets that were set. We recommend showing targets as quantifiable metrics e.g., ‘Increase conversions from 150 to 300 a month’ rather than ‘Increase conversions by 10%’. Please include a breakdown of implementation costs, staffing costs, agency fees etc. All elements of the entry form are confidential, and judges will not share this information. If you are unable to provide a detailed budget breakdown, please include the financial band your budget is within along with the percentage budget allocated for staffing costs, agency fees and media spend etc.

  • Target audience & strategy (1-10 points)

Judges will be looking for details about your chosen target audience and your overall strategy to reach them, as well as the strategy to meet the overall objectives.

  • Implementation & creativity (1-10 points)

Provide a detailed explanation of your implementation for the application of data or tools. Include screenshots to help visualise the application of data or tool. Provide information on the creativity of the application of data or tools.

  • Details of any challenges faced and how these were overcome (1-10 points)

Tell the judges what challenges were unique to your project and how you overcame them. What was the result of overcoming these challenges?

  • Results & evaluation (1-10 points)

Relate your results to the objectives and targets. Provide actual numbers rather than percentages wherever possible and show tangible results.

  • Why should your entry win? (1-10 points)

What do you think sets your campaign apart from the other entries being judged? Judges will be looking for the thing that makes this application of data or tool different to the others, what is unique?

Any entries that do not include information under all of these headings will be marked down. If appropriate you may include up to three pieces of supporting materials.

TOOLS & TECHNOLOGIES AWARDS CRITERIA

The judges will be looking for a clear description of an outstanding platform, technology or tool, with an indication of budget. Judges will be looking for new features/tools added in the last twelve months for the software awards. They will also consider the structure, presentation, and clarity of each entry.

Each entry must include information under the following headings:

  • Overview of Platform/Technology/Tool

Provide a synopsis of what the tool does and how it adds value to the end user.

  • Total budget

Detail costs associated with running the platform, technology, or tool and how much you intend to or do sell the platform/technology/tool for.

  • Existing problems & target audience (1-10 points)

Include details outlining the problems that this platform, technology, or tool solves and how if at all these problems were previously dealt with. Detail who the target customers or users of this product are.

  • USP & Features (1-10 points)

Outline what is the platform/technology/tool’s unique proposition. Highlight the major features that are unique to the platform, technology or tool which help solve a customer problem or benefit the customer positively.

  • Key Metrics (1-10 points)

Detail what key metrics have you used to measure whether this platform, technology or tool is successful. I.e., does it save money, make things faster, generate more revenue?

  • Why should your Platform, Technology or Tool win? (1-10 points)

What single thing about your platform, technology or tool is not done by anyone else? What makes it stand out to be award-worthy?

Any entries that do not include information under all of these headings will be marked down. If appropriate, you may include up to three pieces of supporting materials.

We also ask you to send a ‘Global Digital Excellence Awards’ login to allow judges to be able to test and evaluate your product if they feel necessary.

Please note judging is based on the application form and the judges’ industry knowledge of the tools. They are a highly experienced judging panel with in-depth industry knowledge so the tool logins requested are for any judges who feel that want to delve deeper into any claims/functionality detailed in the entry.

Please note if you’re unable to provide a login, please contact awards@dontpanicprojects.com.

AGENCY/TEAM/INDIVIDUAL AWARDS CRITERIA

Judges will be looking for agencies, teams or individuals that can demonstrate an ongoing and sustained commitment to delivering best practices while showing a creative and innovative approach to search. Judges will also consider the structure, presentation, and clarity of each entry.

Each entry must include information under the following headings:

  • Overview of the Agency/Team/Individual nominee

Provide an overview of the nominee. Include numbers, staff turnover, roles etc for agency and team nominations or current and previous job roles etc for individual nominations.

  • Agency/Team/Individual objectives (1-10 points)

Tell the Judges what you were looking to achieve and any targets that have been set within the agency or team to help achieve your goals. What were your individual goals? We recommend showing targets as quantifiable metrics e.g., ‘Increase conversions from 150 to 300 a month’ rather than ‘Increase conversions by 10%’.

  • Recent work example(s) (1-10 points)

Provide details of recent client or campaign work. How does your recent work display creativity and make your agency, team or individual stand out amongst others?

  • Details of any recent achievements (1-10 points)

What makes your team or agency stand out? Please include details of any achievements you feel make your agency or team award-worthy. What are you proud of?

  • Details of any challenges faced and how these were overcome (1-10 points)

What challenges were unique to you and how have you overcome them? What was the end result of overcoming these challenges? Tell a story.

  • Why should your Agency/Team/Individual win? (1-10 points)

Show the judges what you feel makes you stand out amongst others and why you feel your entry is award-winning. What makes you unique? What gives you the competitive edge?

Any entries that do not include information under all of these headings will be marked down. If appropriate you may include up to three pieces of supporting materials.

ETHICAL, TRANSPARENT, FAIR & CONFIDENTIAL

The Global Digital Excellence Awards prides itself on its ethical and transparent process and confidentiality is taken extremely seriously.

Judges are not allowed to enter any of the categories.

All judging discussions are confidential, and the material will not be shared with anyone outside of the judging panel before or after the ceremony. Judging papers will not be shared with any third parties and will be deleted immediately after the judging period. Judges can only access entries they have been asked to score.

Permission to use any material for winning case studies post-event will be sought from entrants.

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