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DMA Kicks Off 2008 International ECHO Awards; Deadline for Entries is April 24
Jay Leno to Present Honors at DMA08 in
New York, NY, January 30, 2008 — The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has kicked off its 2008 International ECHO Awards competition. Submissions for this year’s honors — which recognize the world’s outstanding direct marketing campaigns based on excellence in innovative strategy, creativity, and results — will be accepted until April 24, though fees for entries received before April 14 will be discounted by 25 percent.
Hosted by Emmy Award-winning “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, the 2008 International ECHO Awards Ceremony & Gala will take place on Tuesday evening, October 14 at The Bellagio, during the DMA08 Conference & Exhibition at the Las Vegas Convention Center (October 11-16).
DMA’s 2008 ECHO call-for-entries campaign was created by MRM Gillespie,
“Last year, a record-breaking 1,124 campaigns vied for ECHO honors — including 650 entries in five new categories: email and instant messaging, mobile, search engine marketing, Web advertising, and Web development,” said Barbara J. Parker, DMA’s director of award programs. “We anticipate that even more campaigns will be submitted this year. Certainly, it will be very competitive — and exciting.”
Campaigns will be entered and categorized in a dozen primary business media: alternative/insert media, catalog, direct mail, email and instant messaging, mobile, print, search engine marketing, telemarketing, TV/video/radio, Web advertising, Web development, and “other.”
Campaigns submitted for this year’s ECHO competition will be judged and presented in 12 business categories: automotive, business and consumer services, communications and utilities, financial products and services, information technologies, insurance, nonprofit, pharmaceutical and healthcare, product manufacturing and distribution, publishing and entertainment, retail and direct sales, and travel and hospitality/transportation.
In addition to Gold, Silver, and Bronze ECHO Awards, six special awards will be presented this year: the Diamond ECHO, which is presented to the single campaign that is judged to be “best-in-show”; the A. Eicoff Broadcast Innovation Award; the Digital Award; the Henry Hoke Award; the Search Marketing Award; and the US Postal Service Gold Mailbox Award.
As in years past, judging for the 2008 ECHO honors will be conducted in three rounds. Round-one judging will take place in three cities around the globe:
Reflecting multichannel direct marketing’s growing influence on the global marketing landscape, in 2007, DMA presented a total of 130 ECHO awards to multichannel direct marketing campaigns from the
About the 2008 International ECHO Awards
Since 1929, DMA’s International ECHO Awards have recognized the world’s outstanding direct marketing campaigns based on excellence in innovative strategy, creativity, and results. The 2008 awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 14, at The Bellagio during the DMA08 Conference & Exhibition at the Las Vegas Convention Center (October 11-16). To learn more about the 2008 ECHO Awards, please visit www.dma-echo.org.
About DMA08 Conference & Exhibition
DMA08 Conference & Exhibition, the largest gathering of multichannel direct marketing professionals, is DMA’s annual conference and exhibition. DMA08 will feature keynote presentations, educational sessions, roundtables, case studies, white papers, and research reports. DMA08’s exhibit hall will feature hundreds of exhibiting companies. For more information, or to register for the six-day multichannel marketing event of the year, please visit www.dma08.org or call 1.866.486.0734.
For exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at DMA08, contact Donna LoPorto at 212.768.7277, ext. 1468 or email@example.com.
About Direct Marketing Association (DMA)
The Direct Marketing Association (www.the-dma.org) is the leading global trade association of businesses and nonprofit organizations using and supporting multichannel direct marketing tools and techniques. DMA advocates standards for responsible marketing, promotes relevance as the key to reaching consumers with desirable offers, and provides cutting-edge research, education, and networking opportunities to improve results throughout the end-to-end direct marketing process. Founded in 1917, DMA today represents nearly 3,600 companies from dozens of vertical industries in the
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