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Research Live Award

Best In-house Team

This award seeks to find the equivalent of Best Agency but on the client side; put simply, the best in-house research team. The winner will be the research or insight team from within an organisation – public or private sector – that can best demonstrate how they have developed and delivered outstanding work which has helped transform their organisation, its approach, products, services or bottom-line performance.

Judges will look for:

• evidence of a body of research work which has genuinely affected an organisation’s strategy, orientation, business or focus

• practical demonstration that the research/insight team's wider contribution to the organisation led directly to a stronger campaign, programme or way of working/delivering

• working and influencing across departments – to include marketing communications disciplines but also to go beyond them – to deliver tangible bottom-line results

• demonstration that the resources available/used – both internal and external agency support – have been well managed to deliver the best value and most relevant insight

• innovative approaches focused on partnership (both within and outside the business) and mutual improvement

• demonstration of how research has been used beyond traditional marketing channels to further the business. This could be in communications, public affairs, HR or commercial aspects of the business/organisation.

• flying the flag for the research sector – give examples of where you have presented research to a wider audience than just your in-house clients e.g. at conferences, industry events etc.

How to apply

A valid entry will comprise:

  • one copy of the submission document
  • one copy of the entry form
  • one piece of supporting material (see below)
  • a high resolution copy of your company logo (in jpg format)

Entries should be sent to by 10am on Monday 10 July 2017.

Submission format

The submission document grants you 500 words (max) to state why you should win the award plus three 100-word supporting statements from the team/senior colleagues in the organisation/external and business agencies/consultants (these must be attributed).

You are permitted to provide one piece of supporting material. This can be either:

1) A video or audio file of no longer than 3 minutes

2) A PowerPoint presentation of no more than 10 slides

3) An infographic

Please make it clear in your written submission what the supporting material is intended to illustrate.

Only electronic applications in the required format will be considered for this award.

  • Download and complete the Word submission document and entry form. 
  • You must send a high resolution version of your company logo in print quality jpg format (300dpi) to be used for publicity purposes if your entry is shortlisted for an award.
  • The submission document, entry form, supporting material and company logo should be sent as attachments to the same email with the subject line Best In-house Team Award Entry.

Rules of entry – Best In-house Team

  • Only in-house teams are eligible for this award, not research agencies.
  • The work referred to must have been done in the 12 months up to 1 July 2017.
  • You must nominate a primary contact on your Entry Form who will take overall responsibility for the entry.
  • The primary contact must ensure that permission to enter the Awards is obtained from all parties involved including any clients or suppliers.
  • The judges’ decisions are final. The judges will not enter into correspondence about why an entry is not selected as a finalist.
  • Entries must be received by 10am on Monday 10 July 2017 to qualify. 

There is an entry fee for this award:

MRS Member/Company Partner
£500 + VAT (£600) for first entry
£250 + VAT (£300) for each additional entry, in any category

£750 + VAT (£900) for first entry
£250 + VAT (£300) for each additional entry, in any category

Reduced fees for non-profit organisations
Non-profit organisations are eligible for a reduced entry fee of £150 plus VAT. Submissions must be solo authored by the non-profit organisation and the non-profit organisation must be the only named organisation both in the body of the submission and the title.

You will be invoiced after the closing date. Failure to pay by 1 September 2017 will lead to your entry being withdrawn.

One ticket to the Awards Dinner on 4 December will be allocated per shortlisted entry. Additional tickets can be purchased nearer the time at the standard advertised price.

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