Great news! For the sixth consecutive month, we’ve won nothing!
In fact, we’ve won nothing all year, a performance equalling our record-breaking haul in 2015. And 2014 and 2013. We’re basically a machine when it comes to this stuff. If there’s an award out there, you can pretty much guarantee we haven’t won it.
It’s not that surprising in a way, because we haven’t actually entered anything for years. You can absolutely rely on us for that too. “Typical LYD,” we say, “never the bridesmaid, never the bride.”
It’s kind of our USP actually. Or so it seems judging by all the bragging emails shouting for attention in my inbox. Award-winning design agencies, digital agencies, email agencies – you name it, they’ve won it and they want to tell me all about it. If there was an award for winning awards, they’d all probably have won that too.
Basically, it looks like everyone’s a winner. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Getting first prize is sometimes a great achievement. But only sometimes.
Win the top rosette at the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards, The Drum Marketing awards and DMA awards, and all credit to you. Worthy winners of something worth winning, selected by judges who explain exactly why the work is exceptional with strong analysis and a clear rationale.
But most of them? Meaningless. There are so many out there that the criteria for bagging a ‘Best FAQ 2016’ is just to fill in the relevant web form then turn up at the glitzy dinner. Grab that awards jpg, then plaster it all over your website.