What is The Drum?

The Drum is Europe’s largest media and marketing website and the fastest growing in the US and APAC.  Each month we attract over 1.4 million unique users and have over 200,000 social followers.

Our role is to help our readers to make informed decisions and by showcasing effective PR executions, we can promote the people and businesses behind the best work.  We want to get you noticed by potential partners.

Our global positioning means that we are constantly being approached to media partner major events and we work with the likes of Cannes, SXSW, DMexco, CES, New York Festivals, Advertising Week, Clio Awards, etc.


The Drum Agency Business Awards US (formerly The Drum Network Awards) aims to celebrate the very best run agencies.

Why is this important? Because clients want to know the businesses they depend on for advice, are well managed in their own right.  Not only that but this event give you the chance to give your key back office team - who perhaps don’t normally feature in awards - the recognition they deserve. And of course winning an award for being a well run business is a strong statement about what a great place to work you are - an ideal way of positioning yourself to attract the best talent.

It will also allow The Drum - one of the world’s largest marketing platforms - to help keep its readers up to date with best practice, the best companies and the best people, helping them identify the best partners. In other words, if you win, we will tell the world about it.

Agencies are amongst the best run businesses in the industry. So let us celebrate that fact and remind the world that your expertise includes running great businesses as well as great marketing campaigns.

Who can enter?

You can enter if you are an agency or brand within the marketing mix disciplines.  The awards are global, so there really are no barriers to enter.

Why enter?


Picking up an award proves that all the hard work was worth it. It gives your team the energy to keep pushing boundaries and raising standards.

Client relationships

It's good to remind your clients why they work with you from time to time. Having the work you've done for them recognised by the industry is powerful stuff. Even more so if you bring them along to the awards night to pick up the trophy with you.


If you pick up awards, it also picks up the interest of new talent. You can expect smart people to be knocking at your door to see if you have a desk for them.

New business

Good clients who are after good work keep an eye out for the good businesses who are winning awards. A few extra trophies can give you a real advantage when you're hunting for new business.


There's no better way of getting publicity than for being excellent. The Drum will cover all of the shortlisted work on thedrum.com. With over 1 million unique visitors and over 200,000 social followers, that’s no small deal. And we recommend that you use an award win for further PR opportunities too (but we don't need to tell the PR industry that!). If you achieve something this special, you really should make a noise about it.​

Knees up

Then, of course, there's the awards show. And our awards shows are legendary. They're a great opportunity to reward your staff, pamper your clients and let your hair down.

Key dates

Put these in your diary right away...

Early bird deadline: June 12,  2020
Official Deadline: details coming soon
Extended deadline: on request, with late fee  

Awards Ceremony: November 12 2020, New York City 

How much does it cost to enter?

Details on entry prices coming soon

  • You may enter as many categories as you like, however each entry must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each.
  • In order to get the discounted rate for any additional entries, please ensure you enter them all at once.
  • If you are a member of The Drum Network, you will receive 10% off your entries, and if you are a charity you will receive 40% off your entries.
  • If you are a Drum Network Member, please see The Drum Network subpage to find out how to claim your 2 free entries.
  • If you aren't a Drum Network member but would like to join. Please contact memberships@thedrum.com

Entry rules

Your Agency Business entry must adhere to the rules below:

  • Entries must be received no later than the published deadline date. 
  • All submissions must be made online. 
  • Entries must have been live to market at some point between January 2019 and June 2020Entries do not have to be created within this timescale.
  • Do not include password protection or if essential, include passwords for judges to access.
  • All entries must be supplied and conform to the category rules/submission formats.
  • Work entered into more than one category must be treated as a completely separate entry.  Multiple entries can be made but separate payment must be made for each.  Please note: you will ONLY receive the 2nd entry rate if you enter all your submissions at the same time. Leave your entries in your basket until you are sure they are complete. Refunds will not be given.
  • The judging panel will only read and use the entries/reports for the purposes of the judging and are required to sign NDAs.
  • The judges reserve the right to re-allocate entries that in their view are entered in an incorrect category. The judges also reserve the right to remove categories where entries do not meet the standard for nomination. These entries will not be refunded as they will have been judged accordingly.
  • The judges’ decision is final. 
  • Due to the number of entries received, the awards cannot give feedback on individual entries.
  • The organisers reserve the right to verify that all entries have been commercially produced for a commercial client where relevant.
  • All entries submitted must be legal. Any entries containing offensive material will be disqualified. Any entry that has a complaint upheld against it by the Advertising Standards Authority will be disqualified.

Entry tips

•  Give each entry a unique title to grab the judges' interest - try to avoid generic names.

• When writing your report, don’t assume the judges have seen the work or campaign. Give clear concise answers on the brief, objectives and results. Figures should include the starting point and any increases in numeric terms, not just in percentages.

• Only use additional password protection if it’s absolutely necessary.

• Please include usernames and passwords, if required, for the judging; i.e. a private YouTube video and make sure the links work.

Entry templates

There are four groups of categories in 2020 and certain categories require specific entry templates, there are multiple opportunities across all groups and you can enter as many as you wish

Your entry template is your entry report, once completed you must convert to PDF and upload under the Entry Report section at the time of submitting.

  • Agency Business Awards - Business Performance Categories Entry Template
  • Agency Business Awards - Overall Agency of the Year Categories Entry Template
  • Agency Business Awards - Talent and Culture Categories Entry Template
  • Agency Business Awards - The Work Categories Entry Template

Tempaltes available for download soon

About the Drum Network

The Drum Network is an organisation that helps make marketing service agencies more successful – by giving them the skills and tools to build a higher profile and the knowledge to increase their profits.

This is the Drum Network Awards and anyone can enter! But only if you are as passionate about great marketing as us… we throw a kick ass party to celebrate it too!

For one low annual membership fee, The Drum Network helps get its agency members on to the radar of potential clients, recruits and other business partners by giving them access to The Drum’s wide range of on and offline editorial products and channels; these include the UK’s largest marketing website, visited by more than 600,000 marketers a month, and the UK’s Business Magazine of the Year 2013.

On another level membership also plugs ambitious independent agency owners into our vast range of contacts, helping to facilitate their development and the honing of the key business skills that are vital to winning in today’s fast moving agency sector.

Contact Chris.Morton@thedrum.com if you are interested in joining...

Drum Network Members - How to get your free entries

Drum Network Members

If and only if you are Drum Network members, as part of your package, you are entitled to two free entries. Your membership will be active on the website already, therefore all you have to do is head to check out.

You can enter as many entries as you would like, simply pop them in the basket alongside your free entries.

Awards ceremony

The Agency Business Awards US is not only an awards presentation but it provides suppliers to the industry with the perfect platform to network with potential clients and those they wish to do business with.

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Venue: New York
Time: details coming soon