2019 Categories & Entry Process
The deadline for entering is the 2 November 2018 although there is an Early Bird rate for those who pay before 1st October (see below).
How to Enter
- Review the categories below and complete an intention to enter – or complete an Early Bird Entry registration, if you do this and pay before 1st October you will save €100 and only pay €95 per entry.
- Compose your entry – you can save and return once started (you will get a link to use to return to it at any point). Entries should be a maximum of 1,000 – 1,500 words (see the specific award for word limit). 3 files of supporting material of no more than 4 pages each can also be included.
- Submit your entry by the deadline of 2 November.
The standard price to enter is €195 + VAT per submission. Please see the full entry criteria here.
Best Association Conference
This award is given to the most successful association conference and judges will be looking for experience; financial success; effectiveness of marketing; and stakeholder satisfaction.
Best Association Event Managed by an Agency
This allows you and your trusted agency partner to submit a joint entry – events can be of any format but must have taken place after February 2018.
Best Association Awards Event
Awards are a popular benchmarking and celebratory activity for trade associations and a great showcase for creativity and dynamism.
Best Association Networking Event
Demonstrate how you engaged your membership and how facilitating connections delivered new opportunities or elicited great feedback.
Best Association Training Initiative
Training programmes are often the life-blood of associations and what makes them so vital to their industries. Show us how you have enhanced the ways in which you offer training.
Best Association Communications Campaign
This can encompass direct and above-the-line marketing; PR; social media; digital or a truly multi-platform approach – entries should demonstrate impact and results.
Best Association Magazine, Newsletter or Publication
A specialist art in its own right when done properly the results are worth the huge amount of work that they entail – tell us how you conceived, planned and delivered on your objectives. Awarded to the best print magazine, newsletter or publication published by an association, to win this category you will need to demonstrate innovation and creativity. Positive client feedback and an increase in circulation will also score highly!
Best Association Website
Websites are your shop-window – have you overhauled your functionality or user experience to good effect? Or perhaps you record great or improved traffic figures & visitor dwell-time?
Best Association Partnership or Collaboration
This award is given to an outstanding partnership or collaboration which has enabled an association to deliver more than they could on their own.
Best Lobbying or Advocacy Campaign
A specialist art in its own right when done properly the results are worth the huge amount of work that they entail – tell us how you conceived, planned and delivered on your objectives.
Best Membership Initiative by an Association
Membership is the life-blood of any association and achieving your aims and ambitions can only happen if you nurture, sustain and extend your reach. Demonstrate any successful initiatives you have undertaken to achieve this.
Most Innovative Development by an Association
Sometimes a small simple idea can change the way people work for the better – not just in one company but across an industry. Have you challenged perceived industry norms or tied and tested new approaches which have delivered successes?
Best Provision of Industry Information and Intelligence
An exceedingly important remit of any association is delivering the latest market trends and statistics – tell us how you elevate this essential job and engage your membership to provide actionable insights.
Best Digital Campaign
Plenty of us only communicate online and to deliver a campaign that stands out from the crowd is a true mark of distinction which you can boast about here. Effective use of different platforms and success in meeting the goals you set for yourselves will also be considered.
Best Association for Gender Equality
Awarded to the association that can best demonstrate their pro-active commitment to redressing a gender imbalance or promoting female-friendly workplace practices.
Best Certification Programme
This award is given to an association conceived Certification Programme that has succeeded in raising standards within your particular industry / sector.
Association Leadership Award
Communicating an exciting vision for the association, mapping a clear path for its future and engaging the workforce to deliver this effectively will score highly with the judges.
Best Belgium Based Association
Recognising the power-house that Brussels and its environs represent in the European Association sector, this award is for a Belgian-based Association that can verify excellence in all areas of its remit.
Overall Best Small European Association (Secretariat with less than 10 employees)
This award will be given to the Association that demonstrates superior practice in every way. Judges will look for a clear strategy, workforce and member engagement, a proven track record and superior leadership.
Overall Best European Association (Secretariat with more than 10+ employees)
This award will be given to the Association that shows excellence in all areas of its remit. Judges will look for a clear strategy, workforce and member engagement, a proven track record and excellence in management.