FAQ

1. How To Submit Entries?

Entry is simple. Submit work online conveniently, using our five-step process:

  1. Register - or login if you are already a registrant.
  2. Select an appropriate category(s). Enter all your submissions: title, category, client if applicable, & URL if applicable.
  3. Paste in the URL of your Image, Website, Audio or Video. Provide a brief as a PDF link, if needed.
  4. Add to Cart. Then, add more categories or checkout and pay.
  5. Upload your supporting materials and thumbnails

ONE entry may be submitted to more than one category at an additional cost. For campaign categories, include a plan or report, submit the materials you presented to your client. If one is not available, offer a brief summary of objectives, challenges and solutions. For audio, video or web entries, submit the link or URL. Most formats are acceptable.

2. Submissions:

3. Submission Format

Upload Now / Upload Later:

Website & Web Video:

Paste the URL link into the URL field.

Website and Web Video entries must be submitted with a direct URL that will take judges to the specific work. If password protected, you must provide a username and password for judging purposes. Web Videos are judged solely on the content provided. Upload a PDF brief if explanation is required before evaluation of the work.


Audio/Video/Television:
Upload video/audio to Vimeo/YouTube/Youku.
Paste the URL link into the URL field.

Web Video entries must be submitted with a direct URL that will take judges directly to the work. If password protected you must provide a username and password for judging purposes. Web Videos entered are judged solely on the content provided. Upload a PDF brief if explanation is required before evaluation of the work.


Mobile Sites/Apps:

Mobile entries must be submitted with a direct URL and accessible by a mobile phone, PDA or other mobile device as they will be evaluated on such devices. If password protected, you must provide a username and password for judging purposes. Mobile Websites are judged solely on the content provided. Additional supporting documents are not permitted. For Mobile Apps, submit a URL that leads to a demonstration of the application features and components, or a direct link for downloading.


Interactive Multimedia:

Please provide the direct URL link and any required username or password.


Interactive Campaign:

Entries must be a combination of work from at least 2 mediums. Entries should consist of 2-5 pieces.


Marketing Effectiveness:

When submitting your entry for consideration, we do ask that you submit all materials on a single URL that will include a Summary/Brief as well as the creative elements that were used to promote your idea or product.


Social Media Campaign:

Social media entries must be submitted on a single HTML page containing the creative work for that entry only. If password protected, you must provide a username and password for our judges. For social media entries containing many components, provide a direct link to one page that includes all elements to be evaluated.


4. What do I include in my entry?

Let your work speak for itself - the final product is all you need. Explanations, although not encouraged, can be uploaded and will be read by judges. In the case of strategic communications, such as a marketing plan or campaign, send us the materials that were presented to your client. If that is not applicable, write a brief summary of objectives, challenges and solutions.

5. Can I enter a publication that was produced in 2016 but distributed in 2018?

Yes, as long as the publication was produced in 2016, it is eligible.

6. Who Is Eligible?

7. How We Choose GlobalTrend Award Winners?

Entries are judged at random with comparison to other entries in a category. Work is evaluated on criteria determined by the job's requirements (see Judging Criteria). Freelancers are not compared to design firms in the same category.

To ensure high standards of high quality, a category may have multiple winners or no winners. Work is critiqued rated by consensus, with the panel-faq of judges determining a rating on a scale of 100 points. Winners with a score between 85 and 100 points are Triumph Winners. Entries with a score between 70 and 84 points are Ascent Winners. Entries with a score between 60 and 69 points are Quest Winners.

Winners are informed within 2 weeks after the competition & judging process concludes. All registered participants can then login to see the winning works.

8. Entry Fees & Deadlines

Early Bird Entry is $75 for each work or $150 for each campaign or plan. If a work is submitted in more than one category, an additional entry fee for each category is required. Each entrant is charged a $30 administration fee.

9. Levels of Winning and Number of Winning Entries

What are the levels of winning and how many awards are given in the GlobalTrend Awards competition?

There are three levels of achievement in the competition:

The number of awards presented by GlobalTrend Awards is determined by the number of submissions in a given category, the scoring range and the number of tie scores.

10. Judging Criteria

Judging is blind. All entrant information is removed from entries to prevent bias/conflict of interest. Judges score on a scale of 1-100, based on the work's demonstrated creativity, concept & writing, integration, quality of craft, visual design, execution and overall experience.

11. Judging Practices

GlobalTrend values our reputation for excellence - and yours. Our blind judging process is guided by rigorous standards to ensure that only the very best work receives recognition. The categories are judged by such considerations as:


12. The Juries

The prestige of the GlobalTrend Awards competition relies in large part on the high caliber of the juries that convene each year to review submissions. The International Awards Associates (IAA) seeks to assemble juries that represent the breadth of the profession, including private, public, institutional, and academic practice, and exemplify diversity in professional experience, geography, gender, and ethnicity.

13. Are materials submitted to the GlobalTrend Awards public?

All entries submitted to the awards program become the property of the GlobalTrend Awards and may be used for promotional purposes. Unless otherwise requested in writing by entrant, client company will be included in winner's list. The last file that is uploaded for each entry will be the file that represents the work on our Winner page.

14. How and when do we get the results?

All winners will be announced and results will be posted to your My Account within 2 weeks after judging is complete, or after final deadline. Since entries are judged against a standard of excellence and not each other, some results will be posted prior to the final deadline. An email will automatically be sent when results are posted to your My Account.

15. Trophy/Statuette & Certificate Shipping Time

Winner awards are custom-made. Statuettes and certificates ship directly from the manufacturer. Please allow 6-8 weeks for statuettes, 5-8 weeks for certificates. Shipping time may be longer during off-season. Statuettes may be ordered from our online store once winners are announced.

16. The GlobalTrend Marketing Awards Sponsors?

This awards program is conducted by International Awards Associates (IAA). The IAA is not tied to any advertiser, magazine, trade association, ad club or other outside influence.

The IAA is an independent, international organization focused on creating a community of marketing creativity, effectiveness and excellence. It conducts impartial, 'blind' judged competitions and, once completed, it recognizes, celebrates and promotes creative, effective and marketing excellence in those winning companies and individuals.

Its judging process is designed to be impartial and free from outside influences by withholding both the names of the judges on its panel-faqs as well as the contestant's names throughout the entire evaluation process. Both judge and contestant names are withheld until after award winning entries are selected. This anonymity shelters all involved from any vested interest which may attempt to influence the judges' opinions or the judging process.

17. What do the winners receive?

Each year, the GlobalTrend (GT) Awards seeks the trendsetting talent that moves the marketing and communications world. Winners receive:

18. Why must winners' trophies be purchased?

The GlobalTrend Awards mission is to recognize outstanding creativity in marketing and communications that otherwise are overshadowed by large firms' budgets, which dominate most other marketing communications competitions. We also want to extend and encourage students to enter and compete on their own level, gaining valuable experience before entering the profession of digital media.

The GlobalTrend Awards maintains affordable entry fees (the lowest in the marketing awards industry) to allow start-ups, one-person firms and young people the opportunity to enter, as well as firms from countries where the exchange rate or the economic conditions would otherwise make entering impossible.

If an entrant is recognized as a winner, there is no additional fee. Many other awards programs charge an acceptance fee. With the GlobalTrend Award's, once you've won, you've won; there is no additional fee.

If a winner decides they want a statuette, the GlobalTrend Awards makes them available for purchase and orders them from its manufacturer. This offering process allows the Awards to maintain low entry fees and prevent non-winners' subsidy of winners.

Some winners choose not to receive a physical memento. Their priority is the prestige of recognition and the exposure the comes with it. Others choose to order statuettes and/or certificates for individuals on their creative team as well as their client. It's all up to the winners!

19. Terms and Conditions

GlobalTrend Awards assumes all entries are original and the entrant either owns the submission or has permission from a client or other appropriate party to enter the work, with all rights granted therein. In the event that an entrant without such rights submits an entry, the entrant will not be eligible for the competition. GlobalTrend Awards is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant. Submission of any entry acknowledges the right of GlobalTrend Awards to use it for exhibition and publication in any medium, however work entered into the competition can remain private upon written request from the entrant.

Timely submission of an entry meeting the eligibility requirements and payment of the entry fee as stated herein ensures that an entrant's work will be reviewed and considered for recognition. No other representation or warranty is made by GlobalTrend Awards concerning entries and all implied warranties are hereby expressly disclaimed.

If an entrant's submission receives an award, the manner and details of announcing such nomination and award is strictly within the discretion of GlobalTrend Awards. Entrant understands that all awards may not be given or publicized in the same manner or form.