The Hashtag Sports Awards set the benchmark for effective fan & consumer engagement. Taking place in the midst of our annual conference in New York City, the awards push top trends and proven practices in fan engagement to the forefront to inspire the global sports media & marketing industries and raise the bar on results.
Individuals and organizations who win Hashtag Sports Awards will be viewed as experts in engaging the modern sports fan—a highly coveted consumer. Winning one of our awards will future-proof your organization in the increasingly digital sports landscape by showcasing engagement expertise and proving your work’s effectiveness in driving revenue & achieving business results—not to mention opening up the door for industry-wide exposure, new business, and more.
Entries opened in November 2019 and will close March 20, 2020. The early entry period will end January 20, resulting in a fee increase. Judging will begin April 10 and finalists will be announced in May.
The Hashtag Sports Awards will feature over thirty categories spread across eight topics: Content, Campaigns, Experience, Partnerships, Entertainment, Digital & Social, Good, Athletes & Creators. View a full list of categories with their descriptions here.
We have assembled a diverse group of judges to review entries for each panel. Judges include brand marketers, league CMOs, media luminaries, agency heads, athletes and creators. Together, the judging panels comprise the Engagement Academy of Sports & Entertainment, a prestigious group designed to put the fan first and push the industry forward.
Judges will review and score entries based on the following criteria: engagement; creativity & innovation; and results & impacts.
Yes! After creating an entry, you can save your progress and return to it later or edit it after submitting if needed. The deadline for all entries is March 20, 2020.
Of course! In fact, we encourage you to enter multiple categories—even for the same work. Our most prestigious award for organizations is the Outstanding Achievement in Overall Engagement. This award honors the single organization who is most-awarded and highly-rated that year so it is beneficial to be in the running across multiple categories. Consider it our “Best in Show.”
You will receive a 20% discount on fees for all entries after the first entry. This discount is automatically applied upon checkout. If you’re entering the same work into multiple categories, all entries will be judged separately for each category it is entered into.
All entries require basic information about the entrant organization, engagement objectives and results, and samples of the work (for categories related to content or campaigns). We also require all entrants to submit an image (minimum 2400 x 1200 pixels) representing the entry for use in our winner’s gallery and public display of finalists on our website.
If selected as a finalist, your content/campaign will be displayed in our gallery and shown during the live show. In order to maintain the highest resolution, we ask you to upload the original video file or provide a way for us to download the original file. For ease of uploading, we highly recommend uploading the video to Vimeo or Dropbox. If the video has the be password protected, make sure to submit the password within your entry and ensure the download link is not set to expire.
Yes, this is an option. You can upload the .mov or .mp4 file directly into our entry portal (maximum 500MB). However, please keep in mind that upload times are dependent upon your internet connection. If you already have the original file uploaded to Dropbox or Vimeo, it will likely make for an easier entry process to provide the video URL.
If you have all your information ready, the application should take no more than 15-20 minutes. This does not include attachment upload time. Please ensure you have a strong and stable internet connection if uploading attachments.
You will receive a confirmation email within a few hours of submitting your entry which contains your entry ID. Use this if you need to make any additions or changes to the entry. Judging will not begin until after the last entry date (March 20, 2020). After the deadline has passed, you will receive an email from our team if you have been selected as a finalist.
Due to a high volume of expected entries, we may not be able to notify all entrants of their standing. Finalists will be notified in May via email.
Yes, Hashtag Sports prides itself on it’s large (and growing) international community. Submissions outside the U.S. are eligible in all categories.
We welcome content or campaigns that are produced in other languages. However, the entry form itself must be completed in English. We also highly recommend all non-English entries have subtitles or dubbing to aid our judges.
The fee for submitting a single entry is $350 during the regular entry period. A 20% discount is applied to every successive entry thereafter. Entry fees will increase in February.
Yes, if you submit more than one entry, a 20% discount is automatically applied to each subsequent entry.
No. If you enter at the current entry rate, each entry that follows the first will be $280 each.
Yes. The discount will apply automatically when entering more than one awards category under the same user account. Please reach out to email@example.com with your first entry’s ID if you run into issues, and we’re happy to provide a special discount code for checkout.
You can reach out to our awards team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask if your specific organization or company has already entered. Note that the email must come from an official company email and not a personal account; we will not disclose any information to personal accounts. If your organization has already entered, we will provide a discount code for the equivalent amount. We can not, however, provide retroactive discounts or refunds.
You will be charged the price for the period during which you successfully submit your work. The starting date of the actual entry does not matter when it comes to entry fees.
For example: If you started entering your entry on the last day of the first deadline but did not submit it until the second deadline, you will be charged the second deadline entry fee since that is when you submitted your entry to be put in the running for judging.
Your credit card will be charged at the end of the entry process.
Invoices are available for download on the confirmation page after submitting your entry. To request an invoice, contact us with the following information with your entry ID and the name on the account. Please note that requests may take up to two weeks to process based on entry volume.
Entries may only be withdrawn if there is an issue due to copyright, hateful/hurtful language, inappropriate images, or other legal restrictions. We generally have a no refund policy. If you have any additional questions on this, please reach out to email@example.com.
Yes, entries will be open for changes until March 20, 2020. You can adjust any entry field or add additional file uploads up until that date by logging into the entry portal.
No. Hashtag Sports does not provide compensation for travel or expenses. However, we do have a hotel partnership that offers our community discounts on hotel rates near the venue. Click here to access our hotel portal.
For all shortlisted entries (including winners), the following will be displayed on our gallery: Entrant Organization(s); Entry Title; Entrant Image; Video Content (if applicable); Individual Credits; Engagement Strategy/Results.
While attendance is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged. The Hashtag Sports Awards will take place in a blockbuster ceremony in New York City. The live, invite-only show will be as engaging as the creators, content, and campaigns it celebrates. Winners who attend will be recognized onsite, although not all awards may be given or publicized in the same manner.
Please contact a member of our team and we’ll make the appropriate arrangements for your award.
Yes, we will publish a press release announcing the finalists (after they have been individually notified) and showcase their work in a gallery—featuring case studies—on our website.
Yes, follow along with #HSAwards to stay up-to-date and join the conversation!