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The Prolific North Marketing Awards 2023: The Shortlist

Prolific North Marketing Awards 2023: The Shortlist

Today we are excited to reveal the full shortlist for the 2023 Prolific North Marketing Awards, which celebrates top talent and creative excellence across the North’s marketing sector.

From top teams to stand-out campaigns, the winners will be revealed at a live awards ceremony will be returning to Manchester on 12th October, where we’ll be celebrating in style at Manchester United Football Club.

The finalists have been whittled down by an independent panel of judges in a rigorous two-step process. First scoring each entry individually beaccording to a set of entry criteria, the industry leaders recently came together to discuss their scores. A huge thank you to all of our judges this year for their time – you can find out more about them and the judging process here.

Tickets are now on sale for the high-profile event, where hundreds of professionals will unite to find out who’s taking home one of the coveted trophies on the night, network, and more importantly, celebrate! Early bird tickets are available until 14th September.

One category is yet to be decided – Marketer of the Year 2023, sponsored by WPP. Scroll to the end of the shortlist to see who has been nominated!

The winner of this category will be decided by a combination of judges scores and public voting. Cast your vote before the 13th September here.

A big thanks also goes to our category sponsors for helping us make this year’s awards a reality: Sedulo, Boutique, HUB, Awin, Sky History, Ponderosa, Tall and WPP.

The Prolific North Marketing Awards 2023: The Shortlist

Best Small Agency 

  • Argento
  • Calvin Marketing
  • EXP
  • Hattrick
  • Inboxx
  • Soka Studio
  • Tempt Agency
  • The Underdog Agency
  • The Yorkshire Marketing Agency
  • Unite and Create

Best Midsize Agency Sponsored by Sedulo

  • Aqueous Digital
  • Boutique
  • Bubble Design & Marketing Ltd
  • Evoluted
  • Heur
  • Making You Content
  • MC2
  • Mustard Media
  • Prospa Media
  • Serotonin
  • Trio Media

Best Large Agency

Best In-House Marketing Team Sponsored by HUB

Best B2C Campaign

  • Be Broadcast & JustGiving – Turning I Care Into I Can
  • Diva Creative & Rail Delivery Group – ‘Interrail 50’
  • Drummond Central x Triumph Motorcycles – A small engine Triumph
  • GOLD79 & Gonzalez Byass – “It’s Croft Time”
  • JEKBEE x ISLE OF MAN TT – Full throttle approach to maximising audience reach
  • OPC, MojoFuel, O Agency & Universal McCann + FENTIMANS – ‘7 Days of Botanical Brewing’
  • Ponderosa and KCOM – Hello Good Stuff
  • Smoking Gun, TBWA\MCR & Alton Towers Resort – Nemesis: Campaign to close a legend
  • Spike – Mighty Drinks Brand Awareness Campaign
  • Summit & Sapphire Clinics – Reaching more people with chronic conditions: Summit drives growth for Sapphire Clinics

Best B2B Campaign

  • Candidsky – Exceptional Growth in a Competitive Search Market
  • HUB & Leeds Galvanising & Powder Coating – Rebranding the North’s Most Prestigious Galvaniser
  • Refresh x Ello Group – Engaging marketers in challenging times
  • RMS PR, Marketing & Design – Making Connections in a target region
  • RMS PR, Marketing & Design – Welcome to Eden
  • Stein IAS – Pack to the Future
  • Stein IAS – Suspecting Cushing’s
  • Together Financial Services – Together Market Report

Best Small Budget Campaign Sponsored by Tall

  • Be Broadcast & Dogs4Rescue – Saving Dogs in Cost of Living
  • Catapult PR – No 1 World Topiary Garden
  • DS.Emotion & Dukes Lane – Pride on the Lane
  • GOLD79 & Holland’s Pies – ‘Pie in the Sky’ for British Pie Week 2023
  • Manifest x Girlguiding – Girls Are Made Of
  • Moore Media – ‘Don’t Ignore the Signs’ North West Cancer Research Campaign
  • Novi.digital & Greenmarket- “When the second hand ticks, the customer clicks!”
  • Seventy7 & London Banking Academy – Delivering Cost-Effective Market Penetration in Banking Education
  • Swizzels – Marvellous or Madness? with Swizzels Marvellous Mallows
  • Wildcat Digital & Flagmakers – A Small Budget SEO Campaign To Wave About

Best Large Budget Campaign

  • Bonded & Rugby League World Cup – Bringing rugby to new audiences
  • Bring Digital x Cotton Traders – Fashioning a Winning Search Ads Strategy
  • Drummond Central – Greggs Value
  • Drummond Central x Triumph Motorcycles – A small engine Triumph
  • Herd & Motorpoint: solving the brand incrementality conundrum to drive record-breaking paid search results

Best Social Purpose Campaign

  • 3manfactory & LDA Research – Rare Together
  • Be Broadcast, Epilepsy Action & On The Ark – Tackling Public Seizure Stigma
  • Conker Communications – 2023 Wheelchair Rugby European Championship
  • CTI Digital, Red Stone & Drinkaware Trust – myDrinkaware app campaign
  • ThisGeneration Communications (TGC) – Football For Change
  • Manifest x Girlguiding – Girls Are Made Of
  • Slater Heelis – Celebrating 250th years within the community
  • Start Communication & GC Business Growth Hub – #HereForBusiness Campaign
  • Think & EMERGE – Make a Material Difference

Best Search Marketing Campaign

  • Bonded & One Utility Bill – Smashing a sales target during the difficult time
  • Bring x CookServeEnjoy – Dishing Up a Michelin-star Site Migration
  • Candidsky – Reinforcing NST as the market leader in educational travel
  • Click Consult & Mr Clutch Autocentres – Driving revenue through local optimisation
  • connective3 & Sinful – Bringing the kink to link building
  • EssenceMediacom North & Save the children – Emergency Response to Ukraine
  • Evoluted & Sea to Summit – All the Gear AND all the Ideas!
  • Holdens & Heritage Great Britain – Snowdon Mountain Railway 2023
  • ROAR Digital Marketing & Spence and Partners
  • Think – Galloways

Best PR Campaign

  • Be Broadcast & The Peter Tatchell Foundation – World’s First Human Rights Protest In Qatar
  • Bring Digital x Bionic – Exposing UK Phone Scams to Dial Up PR Success
  • Catapult PR – No 1 World Topiary Garden
  • connective3 & Sinful – Bringing the kink to link building
  • Influential & North West Cancer Research – Cancer Has No Place in Our Home
  • Jaywing – Putting mental health in the trades in high visibility
  • Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner and Lancashire Constabulary & Hotfoot – Op Warrior: Fighting Organised Crime in Lancashire
  • LTE Group – Novus:  Making the case for prison education
  • Smoking Gun & Alton Towers Resort – Nemesis: Campaign to close a legend

Best Response to Change

  • Cumbria Tourism – Culture in South Lakes
  • Start Communication & GC Business Growth Hub – #HereForBusiness Campaign

Best Integrated Campaign

  • Bonded & Rugby League World Cup – Delivering a world-class event
  • Diva Creative & Rail Delivery Group – ‘Interrail 50’
  • Drummond Central x Triumph Motorcycles – A small engine Triumph
  • Extreme x Henry – say hello to Henry Quick
  • Influential & North West Cancer Research – Cancer Has No Place in Our Home
  • Jaywing & ADT Holidaymakers
  • Refresh – The Heating Installer Awards: bigger than ever
  • RMS PR, Marketing & Design – Manchester Legal Awards 2023
  • Smoking Gun, TBWA\MCR & Alton Towers Resort – Nemesis: Campaign to close a legend
  • The Very Group & Threefold – PS5 Restock Campaign

Best Use of Data & Insights Sponsored by Awin

  • Be Broadcast, Epilepsy Action & On The Ark – Tackling Public Seizure Stigma
  • Cumbria Tourism – Culture in South Lakes
  • Drummond Central & NHS – North East and North Cumbria ICB – Digital Weight Management Programme
  • Herd & Motorpoint – solving the brand incrementality conundrum to drive record-breaking paid search results
  • HUB & Strachan – Welsh Open TV Campaign

Best Brand Building Campaign Sponsored by Sky History

  • Boutique – Tale of Forgotten Radiator
  • Calderdale College – We are Calderdale’s College
  • DS.Emotion – King Street, Manchester
  • HUB & Strachan – Welsh Open TV Campaign
  • Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner and Lancashire Constabulary – Op Warrior: Fighting Organised Crime in Lancashire
  • Ponderosa and KCOM – Hello Good Stuff
  • Spike – Mighty Drinks Brand Awareness Campaign
  • ThisGeneration Communications (TGC) – The Women’s Football Awards 2023

Best Social Media Campaign – Sponsored by Ponderosa

  • Bonded & Celestyal Cruises – Transforming the positioning of a brand using social media alone
  • Extreme x Alcotraz – Serving up criminally good social results
  • Mabo & Plum – Celebrating 35 Years Of Play with Plum
  • McCann Manchester & Zoflora – 100 Years of Beautifully Clean Homes
  • Mustard Media & Bada Bingo – How we disrupted the market with a brand new bingo rave
  • Plinkfizz & Natuzzi – Double Discount Bank Holiday campaign
  • Refresh x Polypipe Building Products – A Question of Regs
  • Think – Step into Social Care

Best Tourism & Leisure Campaign

  • Brazil Street & Icelolly.com
  • Catapult PR – No 1 World Topiary Garden
  • CreativeRace & VIP SKI
  • Cumbria Tourism – Culture in South Lakes
  • Diva Creative & Rail Delivery Group – ‘Interrail 50’
  • Extreme & Lovat Parks – Destination: soaring revenue, sessions & visibility
  • Liverpool City Council – Liverpool Eurovision 2023
  • Route & First Bus: The things you love for free
  • Smoking Gun, TBWA\MCR & Alton Towers Resort – Nemesis: Campaign to close a legend

Best Health Campaign

  • BIG Partnership & Pall Mall Medical – Poo Protest for Bowel Cancer Awareness
  • CTI Digital & Right at Home – #NewYearNewCareer Recruitment Drive for Carers
  • Diva Creative & Smokefree Sheffield – ‘You Are Strong Enough’
  • Dream Agility – Cure for Infant Neuroblastoma (Cancer) Trial
  • Drummond Central & NHS – North East and North Cumbria ICB – Digital Weight Management Programme
  • EssenceMediacom North & Benenden Health – Time for a Check-In
  • Influential & NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin – Think Which Service
  • No Brainer & TakingCare – Senior City-zens
  • Wildcat Digital & Your Sexual Health – SafeSearch Success: Optimising STD Awareness

Best Education Campaign

  • Calderdale College – This year I will…
  • HUB, CEC & Co-op Academies Trust – Climate Change and Careers
  • Lucky North & Composite Prime – Message in a Bottle Top

Best Property & Construction Campaign

  • Bonded & Making Moves – Transforming commercial property search with Connected Search
  • RMS PR, Marketing & Design – Welcome to Eden
  • Select Property x Clicky – One Port Street

Best E-commerce/Retail CampaignSponsored by Boutique

  • Bonded & Primal Strength – Staying strong and agile against increased competition and reporting challenges
  • Bring Digital x Cotton Traders – Fashioning a Winning Search Ads Strategy
  • Candidsky – Soaring online revenue in an age-old industry
  • CTI Digital & Turtle Wax – Claiming UK Market Share for Renowned US Brand with Paid Advertising
  • Drummond Central – Greggs Value
  • Evoluted & Sea to Summit – All the Gear AND all the Ideas!
  • Extreme x Henry — say hello to Henry Quick

Best Not-for-Profit Campaign

  • Be Broadcast & The Peter Tatchell Foundation – World’s First Human Rights Protest In Qatar
  • CTI Digital, Red Stone & Drinkaware Trust – myDrinkaware app campaign
  • Diva Creative & Smokefree Sheffield – ‘You Are Strong Enough’
  • Drummond Central x Sunderland City Council – We All Make Sunderland
  • Fat Media Ltd & Art of Wishes
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority – Gender-Based Violence Reduction Campaign: #IsThisOk?
  • Hitch Marketing & The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) – ‘Wear Real’ counterfeit football shirt prevention, World Cup 2022
  • Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner and Lancashire Constabulary – Op Warrior: Fighting Organised Crime in Lancashire
  • Think & Stand Cricket Club
  • Wriggle Marketing – A Better U

Prolific North Marketer of the Year – Sponsored by WPP

This winner of this category will be decided by a combination of judges’ votes and a public vote. You can cast your vote here before the 13th September.

  • Dion Williams – Wriggle Marketing
  • Kristen Drummond – Slater Heelis
  • Kristian Bentham – Aqueous Digital
  • Rosie Bocking – Social Chain
  • Tiffany Chevis – Genr8

Don’t forget to get your tickets before the 14th September to benefit from the early bird offer!

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