The Social Buzz Awards, are back! Bringing together individuals and companies at the forefront of social media and providing the perfect opportunity for those entering to prove the are the best in their industry. 


The Drum’s Social Buzz Awards celebrate and reward the very best in social media communications.
By rewarding effective social media campaigns and strategies, these awards give recognition to those who are using social media to communicate in exciting and innovative ways.
Open internationally to any individual, agency, company, brand or organisation, these awards are the perfect opportunity for you to prove that you are the best in your industry. 


Who can enter?

Any individual, agency, company or business producing effective social media strategies and campaigns or using social media in an innovative and exciting way. 

The Awards are open internationally

How Do I Enter?

• Browse the categories to decide which ones suit you. You can enter as many as you like but they will be treated as separate entries and charged accordingly.

Download the entry pack for more information on the awards and entry rules. Download the entry template below, the individual and team categories require seperate templates.

- Entry template

- In House Team of the Year Entry Template

- Social Media Agency/Team of the Year Entry Template

- Community Manager of the Year Entry Template

• Register and set up your account by clicking 'Sign In'.  

• Follow the on-screen instructions to submit your entry and to make payment by credit card. 

• Once your entries are received and payment is authorised, a confirmation will be sent to you via email.

• A receipt will be sent by post for your records.

• Once this process is complete, your entry will go forward for judging.

Entry Rules

• When you enter, you agree to the terms that the organisers reserve the right to publish/exhibit screen grabs and/or the submitted report in relation to the awards.

• All entries must have been live to market at some point between 5 August 2016 and 1 September 2017. Entries do not have to be created within this timescale.

• Entries do not have to be live at time of judging but must be supplied as screen grabs or other off-line documentation.

• Do not include password protection.

• All submissions must be made online.

• Payment must be made at the time of entry or if paying by invoice, payment must be made by the judging date.

• Work entered into more than one category must be treated as a completely separate entry.

• Multiple entries can be made but separate payment must be made for each.

• All entries must be supplied and conform to category rules/submission formats.

• Entries must be received by no later than 6pm GMT on Friday 1 September 2017. Please note that we cannot guarantee that entries received after this deadline will be considered.

• Entries are open to all digital agencies, creative agencies, media owners, clients, businesses or individuals who work within the social media field.

• The judges reserve the right to re-allocate entries that (in their view) are entered in an incorrect category.

• The judges’ decision is final.

• All entries submitted must be legal. Any entries containing offensive material will be disqualified.

• The judging panel will only read and use the reports for the purposes of the judging.

Why Enter?

There are many reasons why you should enter the Social Buzz Awards, and here are a few: 

• To raise your profile as an award winning agency/company. 

• To help attract new business.

• To prove that you really do make social work for your company and more importantly your clients. 

• To demonstrate your digital talent and skills to your company, clients and peers.

• To have your work judged by the esteemed clients and creatives on our judging panel.

• To reassure clients that you are the best company for the job.

• To gain fantastic PR opportunities.

• To boost morale throughout your company and to reward your hardworking individuals and teams.

Writing Your Entry Report

Your full report should be no more than 1500 words.  250 words must be used for an Executive Summary. The purpose of this is to excite the judges and ensure that they go on and read your full report.

Please download and use the template provided in the 'How do I enter?' section above.

You must use this entry template for all categories except these for the following categories which have specific templates.

  • Community Manager of the Year
  • In-House Client Team
  • Social Media Agency / Team of the Year

Your report must cover all the points below. If you exclude these points, you reduce your chance of being nominated.

Executive Summary: Summarise the key points of your report.
Background To Project/Campaign: Provide a brief description of project/campaign.
Budget: Provide details of the campaign/strategy’s budget.
Client Objectives: Include your brief and objectives, including any targets set (e.g. cost-saving, income generation, increasing brand awareness).
Your Strategy: Describe the strategy for achieving the above objectives (including details of marketing, PR etc).
Results: Provide quantitive results including evidence of effectiveness prior and post-campaign, increase in sales/revenue/ traffic/awareness etc. Please provide comparable before and after figures. Use exact figures rather than %.
Client Testimonials: Include client testimonials to back up your results. 

How Will My Entry Be Judged?

After the entry deadline, the judging panel will be given access to read your submission and view your images and links. The judging panel will be looking for evidence of:

• Evidence of clear strategic thinking

• Innovation

• Tangible results

• Proof of effectiveness

• Creativity

After the panel have carried out their pre-judging, they will meet in September to discuss the entries and decide on the finalists, commendations and award winners.

Entry tips

•  Give each entry a unique title to grab the judges' interest - try to avoid generic names.

• When writing your report, don’t assume the judges have seen the work or campaign. Give clear concise answers on the brief, the objectives and results, and figures should include the starting point and any increases.

• If not commercially necessary, please do not add additional password protection.

• Please include usernames and passwords, if required, for the judging; i.e. a private YouTube video.

How Much Does It Cost To Enter?

The cost to enter is:

£140 + vat per entry. 

You may enter as many categories as you like. However each entry must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each.

If you are a Drum Network member you will receive 10% off your entries.  Insert your code into the box provided on the payment page.

Awards Ceremony

Social Buzz Awards Ceremony

Join the elite of the UK's social media industry on Wednesday 29 November at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square to celebrate and reward your industry's success over the past year.

Event Details

Date:  Wednesday 29 November 2016
Venue: Marriott Grosvenor Square, London 
Time: 18:45 for 19:15 - 01:00. 
Dress code: Black tie

Included in a ticket is:

  • Entrance to the awards
  • Sparkling drinks reception
  • Three course dinner 
  • Half bottle of wine
  • Entertainment
  • The opportunity to catch up and network with colleagues and friends