The Innovation SABREs were created as the In2 (Insight and Innovation) SABREs in 2013 as a vehicle for recognizing the expanding scope of the public relations profession, from content creation across multiple channels—paid, earned, shared and owned—to the increasing use of data and analytics to inform, enhance, and evaluate campaign success.
In the decade since then, the range of content created by public relations agencies and in-house professionals has only increased, taking advantage of new digital and social platforms and developments in technology—from articifical intelligence to augmented reality to the emergence of the metaverse—to help their clients engage with employees, consumers, shareholders and every conceivable stakeholder group.
The Innovation SABREs serve two primary purposes: (1) to celebrate the full breadth and scope of the creative content produced by modern public relations professionals and (2) to recognize innovation—and innovators—in a wide range of categories essential to the future development and direction of the public relations profession.
Winners from the Innovation SABRE Awards competitions are automatically entered into consideration for the Global SABRE Awards, which countdown the 40 best public relations programs in the world. The global awards will be presented at the Global PR Summit each October. And winning Innovation SABRE Awards also helps agencies earn a place in our Global Creative Index.
What we care about....
Most awards competitions look for the same things—big, bold creative ideas; flawless execution; an impact on business results. We value those things too, but the Innovation SABRE Awards judges will ask several additional questions as they review your entries:
Was it inclusive? The best public relations campaigns take into account the media consumed by a diverse public and makes an effort to engage with people of all races, cultures, and orientations. Our judges will look for evidence that some thought was given to issues of diversity and inclusion in the planning and execution of winning campaigns.
We have always taken the view that great work can originate anywhere. Big ideas don’t necessarily originate with big agencies, or for big clients. And they don’t necessarily require big budgets.
Over the 25 years of SABRE Awards, we have seen plenty of work from giant multinational agencies, tiny boutiques, and in-house teams. We have seen great work designed to promote blue-chip consumer brands and obscure business-to-business companies that few people had even heard of—before someone had a great marketing or PR idea.
And in the digital and social media age, the playing field is more level than ever. It doesn’t matter where a great idea originated; how big the budget was; who the client is; or whether the agency working on the business defines itself as a PR firm, an ad agency, or a digital and social specialist—all that matters is the quality of thinking, the thoroughness of the execution, and the ultimate outcome.
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