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AdFocus Awards

Since 1990, the Financial Mail AdFocus Awards have become a landmark on the South African marketing and communications landscape. But just as that landscape has changed, so has AdFocus, to reflect the priorities of the industry

Today it is unique, by recognising agencies and individuals, not just for their creative and marketing skills, but for their all-round business acumen.

We judge each agency against four measures: New Business and Growth; Business Retention and Relationships; Training and Industry Recognition; and Empowerment/Social Responsibility. Every questionnaire response feeds into one of these criteria.

Jurors discuss each entry, then score in secret. Shortlisted agencies in all categories must make themselves available on the day of the final jury session, to answer questions arising from their entries. The judging and scoring is audited by Deloitte. Jurors themselves don’t know the identity of winners until the awards evening

MAIN CATEGORIES

  • LARGE ADVERTISING AGENCY OF THE YEAR.
  • MEDIUM ADVERTISING AGENCY OF THE YEAR.
  • SMALL ADVERTISING AGENCY OF THE YEAR.
  • NETWORK MEDIA AGENCY.
  • INDEPENDENT MEDIA AGENCY.
  • SPECIALIST AGENCY OF THE YEAR.
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS AGENCY OF THE YEAR.
  • AFRICAN IMPACT AWARD.
  • There is also an overall AGENCY OF THE YEAR, drawn from top performers across the individual categories.

SPECIAL AWARDS

  • TRANSFORMATION AWARD.
  • PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR.
  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.
  • INDUSTRY LEADER OF THE YEAR.
  • STUDENT OF THE YEAR.
  • SHAPESHIFTER AWARD.
  • AGENCY ADAPTABILITY AWARD.

Key AdFocus dates in 2020?

Main agency awards: Entries open 29 June 2020 and close 31 August 2020 .

Media agency awards: Entries open 29 June 2020 and close 24 August 2020 .

The final jury session, when shortlisted agencies must be available to answer questions, is on Wednesday 23 September.