Best Use of Design
This category is open to entry by place leadership and marketing teams, and by the brand and design consultancies who work with them. Our Jury will be looking for evidence that the development of design around brand identity is rooted in the process of research and planning for place brand strategy and for a creative approach that works for the long term and across key audiences. We will want to see examples of the brand identity in use and to understand how it is contributing to the strategic approach to engage citizens, attract talent, attract investment and/or tourism.
Best Citizen Engagement
This category is all about the people factor – a place brand is obviously as much about the people as it might be about government policy, infrastructure, natural attractions, culture, trade or tourism. Our Jury are keen to hear from place brand teams who have proactively engaged with the citizens – to understand the essence of their place brand, to ensure buy-in for the place brand strategy and / or to harness the power of the people to promote the place brand attractions.
Best Use of Social Media
A place’s brand in the digital world can be a very true or significant reflection of the place brand in the real world. How a place uses social media to engage citizens, to promote policy, to attract tourism, talent or investment can make the effective difference to a place brand strategy – our Jury will be looking for creative, innovative and strategic approaches to social media. Entries which tell a clear story and can demonstrate effective results will be favoured by the judges – whether entered by the place brand team or by the agency who supports them in social media strategy.
Best Communication Strategy
The strategic communication of place brand values should be about so much more than a single objective advertising campaign. Our Jury will be looking for great place brand story telling – for effective partnerships and collaborations between departments or teams, or between media channels and place brand teams; for communication campaigns which deliver against clear branding objectives and deliver results. Open to entry by place brand teams, by communication consultancies or advertising agencies or by media owner partners.
Place Brand of the Year
This category is intended to recognise the achievement of place branding teams who bring everything together effectively – who are able to demonstrate a committed approach to building team structures to support a long term strategic approach to managing and promoting the place brand, who have established a clear framework and both short and long term objectives and who, over the past year (July 2015 to July 2016) have implemented a project, or strategic endeavour, or capitalised on an event, or achieved a particular goal – or perhaps even demonstrated how a strong place brand can provide resilience in a crisis.