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It’s less than a week to go until the Marketing and Digital Recruitment Awards kick off, and we can’t stop talking about it!

We’re beyond excited to sponsor the category for Best Online Marketing, especially given the high calibre of finalists this year. These coveted awards welcome entries from all UK recruitment firms with a specialism within marketing, advertising, social media, digital, events and PR sectors.

We want to shout out the companies in our category so we asked them what sets them apart and what they're looking forward to on the night! You can find out more about the finalists below and how excited they are for the awards: 

ASG International 

We have been nominated for five awards this year - Best Online Marketing, Best Offline Marketing, Best Use of Mobile, Best International Agency and Best Agency-Side Recruitment Team. I would need to ask the judges why they selected us, but I’d like to think it’s because our passion and pride in the work we do came through in our applications.

Becoming a finalist for the Marketing and Digital Recruitment Awards is a real point of pride for us. It’s a reward for all the hard work our team has put in over the last year. To be acknowledged alongside the other fantastic agencies who have been shortlisted is a great honour.

To win would be phenomenal! The calibre of finalists this year is extremely strong so just being nominated is really exciting. There would be a party in the office I’m sure!

ASG was nominated for Best Recruitment Website last year. Although we were pipped to the post by the brilliant team at Aspire, we had a great night. They know how to host an event, that’s for sure! This year,

I’m looking forward to meeting new people, enjoying the entertainment and hopefully coming home with an award! (Fingers crossed)

Applause IT

Being a finalist is a great achievement, we are very proud to have been recognised. We are a small but dedicated team; we feel this reflects the genuine hard work, commitment and attitude of the whole team at Applause IT.

We were nominated to allow us to highlight our successes and build on them. We also wanted to show our team how proud we are of our achievements as a business and how each one of them has contributed to the growth.

We would obviously be delighted to win but recognise that the competition is strong. We’re only a small team so for us, getting this far is a great achievement.

We’re looking forward to the buzz and anticipation in the air. It will be a great opportunity to network with other recruiters across a range of sectors to see how we can grow and learn from some of their approaches.

It would be a tremendous honour to take home the award and a great thank you for the whole team to be recognised for their passion, hard work and dedication to helping build the business.

Whatever the outcome is, it’s going to be a great night.

The Candidate

As we target digital marketers, our own digital marketing needs to be cutting edge. We employ the best social marketing skills, content activity and search engine focus to deliver a very successful digital marketing strategy. We’ve brought a creative angle to recruitment agencies online and people see us as having a digital marketing agency vibe

As the biggest regional player in digital marketing, the whole team are over the moon with the nomination. It only adds to our successes that we’ve seen since launching the business little over 3 years ago. It’s a great achievement

It would be an independent endorsement of our digital marketing activities. The digital strategy is already very successful in attracting candidates and clients and to receive recognition at this level would be the icing on the cake. It proves that all the efforts the whole team, including consultants, have out into the strategy have truly paid off.

We’re all looking forward to relaxing after the winner has been announced!


We partner both with clients and candidates in their search. We focus on providing only relevant CVs for the client to look at whilst ensuring they have choice. For the candidates, we are there to help, advise and support during their search

We felt that our campaign was making a difference so wanted to put this in front of our peers.

If we won it would be an endorsement of our business model and approach to recruitment 

It’s the first awards we have entered so to be a finalist is fantastic!

Cranberry Panda

We were nominated for the performance of our annual salary survey campaign. Following on from our offline launch event in May, the report - and promotions surrounding it - have generated a great deal of roi as well as kudos from ecommerce enthusiasts across the globe.

Thousands of people and brands (including accounting firms!) have downloaded copies of the report and the unique content it provides has played a leading role in our content marketing, email marketing, SEO, outreach and social media marketing activities. It has also generated a great deal of positive publicity and exciting partnership opportunities for us.

As a recruitment business, being a finalist means a lot. It's like a pat on the back for giving something valuable back to our community, which is exactly what we're here to do.

We love shouting about our passion for the industry, but it's one thing to say something and another to show it. For us, this nomination is proof that we're doing what we say!

Winning would make us very happy! Everyone at cranberry towers and all of the honorary pandas and brands we work with have played a massive role in helping bring our strategy and the salary survey campaign to life. Getting an award would be a great way to thank them all for their dedication, support and hard work throughout the year.

We’re all looking forward to celebrating being pandas as a team!


Lisa Jones and Wayne Barclay

We’re delighted to be sponsoring this award and cannot wait to meet everyone on the night!

It is more important than ever for recruiters to market themselves. It's such a competitive market - where even clients and talent are competing against agency recruiters. 

The high calibre of finalists across every category is exciting and we’re looking forward to spending the evening catching up and celebrating - read more about our plans for the night here!

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