Marketing awards are a great opportunity for communication and marketing. It is an effective promotional tactic but can also generate content for other marketing activities. There are various competitions, to narrow the list down, we made our top selections for marketing awards in the DACH region ( Germany, Austria, Switzerland) coming up in 2021. Some awards have a submission deadline approaching very soon and will be listed first, while others have not been announced yet.

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Awards are crucial to your marketing strategy and should not be an afterthought, and you should make sure to optimize the value you created out of your involvement. 

Ensure to focus on:

  1. selecting the right awards for your business
  2. writing your submission
  3. promoting your participation

Usually, awards are not free to participate in, so make the most out of your efforts because it will feel amazing to be recognized for the work you’ve put into your participation. Check out these 10  awards we have listed for you. Best of luck with your entries!

Idee Suisse – Schweizer Innovationspreis

The innovation prize is awarded to the company who will propose the most innovative contribution to the Swiss economy’s strengthening, which promotes competition and creates jobs.

Location: Switzerland

Entry fees:  400ch

Entry Submissions Closing Date: Unfortunately it is too late for this year, the award will take place at the end of April you can still take your tickets to attend, and prepare your submission for next year’s edition!

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E-commerce Germany Awards

This award will be handed out to the most promising and innovative company that helps e-merchants, retailers, or brands face their day-to-day problems.

Entry fees:  200 euros

Entry Submissions Closing Date: Unfortunately it is too late for this year, the award will take place on the 26th of May, you can still take your tickets to attend, and prepare your submission for next year’s edition!

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Goldbach Crossmedia Award

This award will be delivered to the best campaign of innovation and intelligent networking. The focus is on the efficiency of cross-media networking and strategy. Click here to register!

Location: Switzerland

Entry fees:  900ch

Entry Submissions Closing Date: 08/02/2021

German Brand Award

This award has two separate categories: “Excellent Brands” for the best product and corporate brands and “Excellence in Brand Strategy and Creation,” which recognizes the strongest campaigns, concepts, and strategies. Click here to register!

Location: Berlin

Entry fees:  N/A

Entry Submissions Closing Date: 12/02/2021

Deutscher Digital Award

This award celebrates its 11th birthday and has been one of the most important awards for digital creative excellence in the DACH region. This year, the award sheds light on creativity and innovation in the digital economy. Click here to register!

Location: Germany

Entry fees: 399ch

Entry Submissions Closing Date: 21/02/2021

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Digital Commerce Award

For its 10th anniversary, the award is dedicated to companies operating in Switzerland or abroad with a .ch domain. Click here to register!

Location: Zurich

Entry fees:  350ch

Entry Submissions Closing Date: 28/02/2021

Start Summit

The START Summit is a conference for technology and entrepreneurship in Switzerland. At this event, you will be able to pitch your business idea in front of an audience composed of industry leaders, investors, and potential customers. Participating in this event is a great opportunity to learn from experts and get crucial feedback. Click here to register!

Location: Europe

Entry fees:  starts at 19ch

Entry Submissions Closing Date: 07/03/2021

Digital Leader Award

The jury will be looking for the best digital project that is driving innovation, all industries included. Click here to register!

Entry fees: 500 euros

Entry Submissions Closing Date: Submission must be sent before 14.03.2021.

LEADER Digital

This event aims to promote digital excellence visible and to reward it. All size companies can compete. Click here to register!

Location: Switzerland

Entry fees: 390ch

Entry Submissions Closing Date: 28/03/2021

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Swiss Innovation Challenge

Swiss Innovation Challenge is a competition with three elimination rounds consisting of pitches. 25 finalists are selected over 100 innovative projects and will go on an eight-month journey. 

This award’s overall goal is to help entrepreneurs strengthen their business by obtaining feedback from professionals.  Click here to register!

Location: Switzerland

Entry fees:  N/A

Entry Submissions Closing Date: Will be announced within the next months.

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