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About MDA d Awards

The d Awards is organized by the Malaysian Digital Association to recognize and honor the talents and brands that embrace and use digital technologies. MDA is looking for innovation and media in designing building, managing, marketing or promoting digital campaign that leads to a difference in the way the consumers   perceive and consume brands.

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.

Participation is open to all digital natives from clients, digital creative agencies, media agencies, technology companies, publishers, media owners and any company that is part of the digital marketing ecosystem. Any entity based in Malaysia with valid digital work that aligns with the entry categories is encouraged to participate and let their work be honored.

Awards & Categories

We have eighteen categories designed to highlight the key areas of growth and development in our digital industry. The awards reflect the wide scope of skills being employed in the region, whether that be technological development or digital delivery.

The awards will allow relatively mature companies to show off their work as well as highlight the important embryonic work being carried out by imaginative companies and individuals. A project/campaign can be entered into a maximum of three (3) categories.

The award categories are as follows:

  1. Best Digital Publisher of The Year
  2. Best in E-commerce Marketing Campaign
  3. Best Influencer Marketing Campaign
  4. Best Integrated Media Campaign
  5. Best Performance Campaign
  6. Best Platform Development
  7. Best Search Marketing Campaign
  8. Best Tech Developer
  9. Best Use of Data
  10. Best Use of Digital Innovation
  11. Best use of Digital Innovation – Non-Profit / Pro-bono Campaigns
  12. Best Use of Mobile
  13. Best Use of Social Media
  14. Best Use of Video

This year, the d Awards has introduced a new category:

How Businesses Beat Covid

This category will recognize and reward creative and innovative thinking/swift action, where a business can demonstrate a change in model/product to enhance experiences or in response to Covid 19 open to brands/agencies/ publishers who have pivoted their business.

There will be three (3) People Categories this year,

  • Influencer of the Year

– Entries will need to demonstrate how levels of engagement, social reach and the creative use of social networks & platforms, brand ambassadors and influencers led to translating business goals (briefs) to commercial success.

  • Digital Person of the Year

– an individual above the age of 30 (born on or after Jan 1, 1991)

  • Rising Star

– an individual under the age of 30 (born on or after Jan 1, 1991)

These awards will recognize an individual who demonstrates exceptional measurable results in Digital advertising and media. Business owners, executives, and managers are encouraged to submit nominations for their key team members and/or account leaders who have been the major force in building digital product/service, or executing a campaign/idea/concept, that was successful, popular or profitable through digital media and marketing.

The Live Pitch

In an all-day Final Judging, the shortlisted candidates will pitch their projects/campaigns to the group of Jury. The short presentation is an integral part of the application process and is, therefore, a prerequisite for winning the d Awards. The winners in all categories will be announced in the evening at the Award show on 16th March 2022.

Entries Eligibility:

All projects/campaigns submitted must have been implemented and executed between 1st July 2020 and 31st December 2021 in Malaysia and shown substantial measurable progress during the entry eligibility period. When entering a campaign that may exceed this period, a minimum of two thirds must fall within this window.

People nominated must be a full time employee of the company or agency/network within (or part of) the period of 1 st July 2020 and 31 st December 2021.

Why Enter?

RECMA recognition

d Awards has been listed in the Malaysia report. d Awards won will contribute towards an agency’s ranking by RECMA from 2020.

Promote your success among peers and to your clients

Winning d Awards improve your brand awareness and promotes your business to potential clients.

Gain invaluable industry recognition

d Awards set you apart from the competition and delivers a positive message to your client base.

Increase your professional credibility

d Awards win can be seen as a third-party endorsement of your business.

Professional Development

The application process can often help you to view your business from a new perspective, especially as you match up with competing entries.

Attract new talent

d Awards can attract new recruits to your business. Awards also help internally, raising team morale and energy.

Industry Leadership

d Awards can give your business a credibility boost. For example, being recognized for unique concepts or best design practices can give you additional standing in your industry.