The MENA Digital Awards (MDA) are a bespoke awards show whose purpose is promote digital innovation and media in the MENA region. It is the first awards show to honor digital efforts in the region.
Coupled with the Digital Media Forum (DMF), the MDA offers the ideal platform recognize excellence in the use of digital technologies and media and honor the people and brands behind this progress that takes the communication industry to the future. The DMF and MDA are the brainchild of Mrs. Najla Mazboudi, the well known 27 year communication and media veteran and renowned figure in MENA.
The MDA is guided by international standards in the judging and award processes to ensure only the best work is recognized. Entry categories allow for all forms of technical and creative digital work from any communication discipline to be entered. Moreover, given the nature of digital, results and impact play an important role in the success of the entry and naturally solidify the validity of digital as a worthy marketing channel.
The MDA ensures that the jury is comprised from international and well known digital experts. It is also the only award show with an official independent “audit” partner. Participation is open to all digital players from client to agencies to producers. Any entity with valid digital work that aligns with the entry categories is encouraged to participate and let their work be known.
The first MENA Digital Awards Ceremony was held in 2014.
NEW in MDA 2017
They have added new categories to allow more digital innovative work to participate in the awards:
Best use of Cross-platform Digital Content
Best Use of Technology
Best Use of Social Media Category is divided into 3 sub-categories based on the budget spent: Small, Medium and Big Budget.
New Group of Categories: “Group 7: Best Use of Digital by Sector”
B. Financial and Banking
E. Travel, sport and entertainment
G. Charity, NGO or NFP
The categories for the MENA Digital awards are clustered under seven groups: Performance, Mobile, Social Media, Integrated, Special, Digital Assets and Digital by Sector. Entries are evaluated by the judges based on the entry form and case study video/presentation. The Entry form comprises of 4 sections: strategy, creativity/innovation, execution and results. The weight of each section in the form is different based on the group you are entering in. The group description identifies which sections of the entry form carry more weight in the evaluation.
GROUP 1: PERFORMANCE
Performance categories honor work done utilizing a data and analytics driven approach to marketing communications where the strategy and results influence the overall success of the entry.
Best Search Marketing Campaign
This category awards the best campaigns in driving more and better qualified internet traffic to brands’ online presence through natural search engine result page listings, paid advertising placement, and/or mobile. The strongest entries feature a clear, innovative ‘search’ strategy that connects more consumers to the brand based on a pre-defined success metrics to create a highly profitable search marketing campaign.
Best Use of Data
This category awards the optimized use of data analytics to solve business problems and provide new business opportunities across the marketing/communication spectrum. The strongest entries feature a clear approach to insight mining from the set data and how these insights contributed to positive impact on the campaign and brand.
Best Performance Campaign
This category awards successful campaigns that demonstrate a sound lead generation strategy with proven results to deliver on pre-set objectives. The strongest entries feature a clear approach and execution with tangible results of digital media strategies across platforms.
NEW: Best use of Cross-platform Digital Content
This category awards successful ideas in creation of omni-channel digital content across different digital platforms and devices to continue & enhance meaningful consumer engagement.
GROUP 2: MOBILE
Mobile categories honor work done to further the brands’ engagements of audiences via mobile devices, technologies and platforms where the execution and results influence the overall success of the entry.
Best Application (Mobile/Tablet)
This category recognizes the best mobile apps on any platform (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry) that demonstrate originality, newness, and innovation either as a standalone development or part of a bigger campaign. The strongest entries feature a flawless execution starting with the build to the final launch and adoption of the app with tangible results that support the pre-set objectives.
Best Use of Mobile
This category recognized the most successful use of mobile devices ( such as media, content, and engagement tactics on this platform) as a means to achieve campaign objectives. The strongest entries highlight innovation, creativity and engagement in campaign execution with tangible results.
Best Use of Mobile Commerce
This category recognizes efforts made in the foray of B2B and/or B2C mobile payment services (such as but not limited to NFC, SMS Mobile payments etc.). The strongest entries highlight the contribution and impact made to evolving consumer behavior beyond traditional retail and e-commerce across industries.
GROUP 3: SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media categories honor work done to further the brands’ engagements of audiences to build communities of content and conversation across any and all social media platforms. The strongest entries are those that demonstrate creative and innovative/creative approaches to social media strategy and channel planning with tangible impact.
Best Use of Social Media
This category recognizes all social media efforts in standalone or part of a campaign that were utilized to build successful brands. The strongest entries demonstrate well thought out channel and content strategies that work in synergy to achieve campaign objectives. This category is divided into 3 sub-categories based on the budget spent:
Best Use of Social Media – Small Budget –< USD 20,000 Best Use of Social Media - Medium Budget USD 20,001 - USD 100,000 Best Use of Social Media - Big Budget > USD 100,001
Best Use of Video
This category recognizes the innovative new use of video (such as pre-rolls, mobile video, social ‘snackable videos’, co-creation etc.) as standalone or part of a bigger campaign. The strongest entries should demonstrate how their use of video has effectively contributed to an overall social media campaign success.
Best Viral Campaign
This category recognizes campaigns that have generated buzz and awareness in record time with emphasis on utilizing digital/social platforms.
GROUP 4: INTEGRATED
Integrated categories honor the synergy and effectiveness of communications to deliver holistic brand experiences to consumers from all aspects of planning, ideation, messaging to creativity/innovation and media amplification. The most successful integrated campaigns are evaluated with equal emphasis on strategy, innovation/creativity, execution, and results.
Best Integrated Digital Campaign
This category recognizes best holistic digital campaigns that demonstrate how at least two digital platforms and media channels work together to achieve results. The strongest entries are those that showcase seamless synergy of the campaign elements on strategy, innovation/creativity, execution, and results.
Best Integrated Media Campaign
This category recognizes the best holistic integrated media campaign encompassing both online and traditional media. The strongest entries are those that showcase seamless synergy of the campaign elements on strategy, innovation/creativity, execution, and results.
GROUP 5: SPECIAL
Special categories recognize work in digital across industries and marketing disciplines either as a tactical effort or an integrated campaign that involves one or more digital technique. The most successful special categories are evaluated with emphasis on strategy and results.
This category recognizes Public Relations communications that utilize digital techniques. The strongest entries showcase the evolution of traditional PR activities to include digital/social platforms to engage stakeholders with tangible impact.
Digital Cause Marketing
This category recognizes efforts in all areas of CSR / cause marketing where the campaign includes any and all forms of digital techniques and channels. The strongest entries highlight the role of digital media and platforms in supporting the cause’ goals.
This category recognizes efforts in digitally driven brand, product or service activations (either as one-offs or as part of a campaign) and credits their results in driving the brand/business.
GROUP 6: DIGITAL ASSETS
Digital Assets category recognizes the best digital innovation in online by the best use of technology mixed with UX/UI design in order to create the best digital assets. Here we will honor the best mix between solid back-end and technology use with cutting edge UX/UI and design, mix that results in innovative digital assets. The most successful Digital Assets Categories are evaluated with emphasis on Creativity/Innovation and Execution.
Best Web Platform
This category recognizes outstanding web platforms (such as Websites, Microsites and Web Apps, etc.) provided for a brand/product/services or being part of a campaign. Here we will look at the build quality of the website, UX approach, technology selected, degree of customization, multi platform adaptation, utility etc.
Best Online Banner
This category recognizes the execution of online banners either as a standalone execution or part of a bigger campaign. Here we will look from original approach towards banner usage (from live streaming in banners up to real time data usage in banners etc.) up to the contextual value of the banner (message and execution synergy with media space bought)
Best Digital Point of Sales
This recognizes the stand-out piece in how the channel conveniently connects the consumers thru digital point of sale (such as BTL, Events, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality). Here we will look at how digital has been used to enhance the BTL brand presence and overall consumer experience.
Best Mobile App
This recognizes the best mobile app which exhibit how an original or advanced the mobile or tablet application has been useful to its users. The app should be accessible and efficient to the customers and also demonstrate originality in technology used, UX design and design in general, device sensors usage (if the case), after download and after campaign usage (long time usage) etc.
Best Facebook App
This recognizes the best use of Facebook in a marketing campaign. Submissions must demonstrate the efficacy of the campaign and the originality in the app mechanics, UX and build.
Best Game App
This category recognizes the best gaming experience of any handheld device, Mobile sites or apps, Free to play games and Social games as well as most traditional games in the industry.The jury will mainly look at the execution of the game in terms of game idea, game mechanics, graphics, overall user experience (both visual and techincal wise), engagement and also technologies used.
NEW: Best Use of Technology
This category awards the innovative use of tech. The best work should emphasise on how technology is used to deliver action orientated communications or experiences that have a tangible effect.
NEW: GROUP 7: BEST USE OF DIGITAL BY SECTOR
Best Use of Digital by Sector Categories honor the synergy and effectiveness of using digital platforms and channels to deliver holistic brand experience in their sector. The best entries should provide evidence of how the work/campaign stands out from its sector peers. In this category, entries are evaluated with equal emphasis on strategy, innovation/creativity, execution, and results.
Financial and Banking
Travel, sport and entertainment
Charity, NGO or NFP