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Featured Categories

The 2021 ANA In-House Excellence Awards program is now closed and information below is for reference. 2022 ANA In-House Excellence Awards program information will be posted once available. 

Branded Content

Original content created to support the marketing strategy of a brand that engaged, entertained, or informed a target audience, whether to enhance brand positioning or to promote products or services. Any creative content that wouldn’t be viewed as “advertising” is eligible, including TV programming, films, documentaries, online video, games, print, articles, online and offline media, branded entertainment, social content, or other types of content, in any form.

(in-person and virtual)

Efforts that engaged with a target audience either live/in-person or via a virtual/on-demand experience. All types of interactive engagement are a fit for this category: exhibitions, trade shows, sales meetings, webinars, samplings, product demos, etc.

Integrated Campaign

Campaigns that utilized three or more distinct media channels to engage a target audience with a single unified theme or message. Your submission should show how the integrated strategy used multiple media for maximum impact.

Internal Communications

Communication initiatives that engage and inform employees, providing understanding of company vision, goals, values, work culture, and/or D&I initiatives. All creative formats are eligible: video, print, email, websites, newsletters, magazines, direct mail, etc.

Social Media

Best use of social media to achieve marketing objectives.

Socially Responsible

Entries in this category include all types of creative that directly address current social issues. Efforts that were focused on making a positive impact on society by supporting a social cause, charity, or corporate responsibility program are eligible. All creative formats are acceptable: video, print, email, websites, digital, outdoor, direct mail, etc.

Special Showcase Categories

Best Collaborative Effort

Effective marketing is reflective of an effective collaboration. This award puts the spotlight on the best collaborative efforts involving in-house teams and their external agencies.

Best Media Thinking

Securing just the right formula for when, where, and how a target audience receives a creative message is critical. This category will showcase those in-house media teams who got their formula just right. Entries in this category need to highlight the details of the media insight, the strategy, and the media plan that was implemented.

Significant Results

Entries in this category will need to demonstrate the effectiveness of the work and its positive contribution to building a brand and growth of the business. Providing facts and figures (sales, market share, etc.), your submission should explain why the effort was successful based on effectiveness of the creative execution and its measurable objectives.

NOTE: We understand there may be concerns with sharing actual figures in the entry. Data reflecting the effectiveness of the work can be provided as indices or percentages.