WARC Awards for Asian Strategy
Welcome to WARC’s search for the best strategic thinking from Asia’s marketing industry.
Looking ahead with the next generation
Previously known as the WARC Prize for Asian Strategy, the Awards were launched in 2011 to showcase Asia’s smartest marketing thinking, highlighting breakthrough ideas from across the region. Now in its eleventh year, the Awards remain free to enter and are open to clients and agencies in any marketing discipline.
This year’s Awards aim to celebrate strategy as a marketing discipline and career, looking ahead to how the next 10 years will be shaped by new thinking and talent.
The Awards focus on strategic thinking, but we also need to know that the strategy worked. We want to reward strategic thinking that helps clients solve real-life problems and provides a base for future growth. Entrants need to show a link between their strategies and the effectiveness of the marketing activity.
The set-up remains simple: use the Entry Form to tell the story of a great piece of marketing strategy. Each campaign or initiative should be entered just once to qualify for the medals on offer as well as the Special Awards.
Open for entries until 14 July (9am BST).
There will be a Grand Prix awarded to the best paper, plus five Special Awards recognising specific areas of excellence. The Special Awards for 2021 are:
The E-Commerce Excellence Award
for the best use of e-commerce platforms and features to further amplify brand objectives.
The Early Adopter Award
for the best example of a brand using a new innovation or emerging tech or platform.
The Long-Term Strategy Award
the best strategy designed to build a long-term brand platform, executed over a period of three years or more.
The Customer Journey Award
for the best example of a brand creating a compelling path to purchase.
The Research Excellence Award
for the best use of research in the development of strategic ideas.
The judges will nominate entries they think deserve to be considered for these Special Awards.
A judging panel of industry experts, chaired by Lynette Pang, Assistant Chief Executive, Marketing Group, Singapore Tourism Board, will be reading the entries.
The impact that insightful and strategic thinking can bring to the table should never be underestimated. As Asia moves determinedly forward to bounce back strong from the changes wrought by the global pandemic, the role of strategists and strategic marketing becomes mission-critical. I am thrilled to be the Jury Chair for this year’s WARC Awards for Asian Strategy and look forward to seeing compelling entries that will serve as both a showcase of, and guiding light for, Asia's next generation of strategists and the ongoing evolution of what strategy means.
Assistant Chief Executive, Marketing Group, Singapore Tourism Board
Key Dates 2021
Call for Entries
The WARC Awards for Asian Strategy are open for entries from
|14th April 2021|
Enter your case study for the 2021 Awards
|14th July 2021|
Shortlisted campaigns will be announced
|15th September 2021|
The winning campaigns from the shortlist will be announced
|25th October 2021|
Insights & Inspiration
Asian Strategy Report 2020
Lessons from the WARC Prize for Asian Strategy
More about the Awards and its categories, and the Terms & Conditions
Getting to know Asia's young strategists
See our interviews with Asia's up-and-coming strategist
10 Year Retrospective
Recollections and reflections through the lens of past winners, judges and members of the WARC team
There were 18 winning case studies in the 2020 competition, with UCash & Shwapno: Project AgroBanking, through Grey Bangladesh, taking the Grand Prix.
United Commercial Bank used video, on-ground activity and OOH to launch a platform that enabled farmers in Bangladesh to sell excess produce at a fair rate to retail chain Shwapno.
AgroBanking reached more than 100 locations and 122,000 new bank accounts were opened.
Commissioning Editor, Case Studies