Digiday Media Buying & Planning Awards

Agencies have grappled with updates to the traditional business model brought forth by the pandemic while remaining focused on demonstrating their value to brand clients eager to bring efforts in-house.

The Digiday Media Buying and Planning Awards will recognize the output of these agencies as they navigate the path forward.

Planning to submit this winter?  To access everything you’ll need to join the ranks of our past winners including our entry kit, expert tips on crafting a winning entry and past coverage of this program, click here.

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Key Dates

  • Early Deadline: Dec 02, 2022
    $499 per entry
  • Regular Deadline: Jan 13, 2023
    $599 per entry
  • Last Chance Deadline: Feb 10, 2023
    $729 per entry
All deadlines end at 11:59PM PST

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Judging Criteria

Judges will be looking for companies or campaigns that can clearly demonstrate success over the past 12 months. Judges are seeking companies or campaigns that have seized challenges and created opportunities and will evaluate entries based on the following criteria: Innovation, Creativity, Consumer Value, Results and Overall.

Judges will require evidence to substantiate all entries. This can include details of financial performance, specific KPIs, creative evidence in the form of a sizzle reel, campaign images, or links to the final project or related sites. The judges will also consider the structure, presentation and clarity of each entry.

Judging Process

Judges will score each entry prompt and consider any supporting materials submitted. After each judge submits their score for the above criteria, the scores of each criteria will then be averaged and then combined to determine an overall score for each entry. The highest scoring entries will appear on the shortlist and winner lists.


All material will remain confidential to the judges. Only the 'Credits' section of an entry will be made public via the shortlist/winners announcement. If you win a particular category, our team may summarize the entry for shortlist/winner announcements and winners guides.