Advertising Age has extended the deadline for entries to its Small Agency Awards to April 22. This year's awards will be judged by some of our own Small Agency Diary bloggers as well as some of the most-well-known names in the industry, including Dan Wieden of Wieden & Kennedy; Lee Clow of TBWA Worldwide; Mark Waites of Mother; and Joyce King Thomas of McCann. Get your entries in immediately.
It's important to keep this honor accessible, so unlike the expensive fees for other shows, the entry fee for the Small Agency Awards ranges from $150 to $250, depending on the size of the shop. And this year we created three different size categories, for shops with 1-10 people, those with 11-75 people and those with 76-150 people. Shops of all sizes will be eligible for the overall Small Agency of the Year award, which last year went to Arkansas-based Rockfish Interactive, which also was named to Ad Age's 2009 Agency A-List. (For Rockfish CEO Kenny Tomlin's take on what it was like to win, check out this post.)
And this year, we're adding a little something extra: a conference. Together with Creativity, we hope to "deliver a first of its kind conference for small and mid-sized agencies to gather and discuss the unique challenges faced by this market." The event is slated for July 14-15 in New Orleans.