Judging Criteria


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 virtually to discuss the highest scoring entries and then agree the winner for each category. The judging session will take place on May 18, with the shortlist being announced on the May 20, 2022.

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

Criteria

Judges will consider the structure, presentation and clarity of each entry. Entries should not exceed 1000 words in total and should relate to work undertaken between October 2020 – April 2022.

April 8

Early Bird Close

April 22

Entry Deadline

May 18

Judging Session

May 20

Shortlist Announced

July 13

Winners Announced

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 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 the judges with a synopsis of what the website does and how it adds value to the end user. Please also provide 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 us 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 these 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 from the other entries being judged? 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 you were looking to achieve from the campaign 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 around 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 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 around 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 application of data or tool. Include screenshots to help visualise application of data or tool. Provide information on the creativity of the application of data or tool.

• 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 entry win? (1-10 points)
What do you think sets your campaign apart from the other entries being judged? Judges will in particular 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 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, makes 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’ log in 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 log ins 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 practice 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.

Confidentiality

All material will remain confidential to the judges. All judging discussions are confidential and will not be shared or discussed with anyone outside of the judging panel ahead of the ceremony or thereafter. Judges will not share confidential material, judging papers or entries with anyone. Judges will securely delete all judging materials immediately after the judging period or give materials to The Awards Team who will manage this. Judges can only access entries that they have been provided to score.

Winning case studies may be used in post-event materials to promote best practice and permission will be sought from entrants before publishing these.