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Batter up Buttercup

A slew of awards perch proudly on the reception desk in the AMPM foyer. Each day they greet me. A dozen times a day, they shine and glisten as I hustle past them from one end of the building to the other. Over the years, I have volleyed back and forth on the importance of awards. Beauty contests? Just for the client?

In a recent article in Adweek, Per Pedersen, Chairman of the Grey Global Creative Council says, “Awards are so much more than trophies. The world needs award-worthy ideas now more than ever… awards can offer more than a stage on the night of the gala, they can embrace the role of idea incubators and be a yearlong stage on which great ideas can stand proudly…”

While most of us in small agencies don’t often get the chance to produce campaigns that will garner national attention (and create substantial change), awards of any size remind us that if we swing for the fences, we may by golly, hit it out of the park.

For me personally, they represent the proverbial creative carrot. They, as Per puts it “are beacons for anyone who wants to challenge the boundaries of creative thinking.”

Having those beacons winking and blinking at me a dozen times a day motivates me to keep spitting in my glove and adjusting my cap.

What about you – do awards motivate you?


Julie FosterJulie Foster

Account Executive

While the majority of Julie’s experience is in the marketing and advertising field, she’s blundered her way through roles for which she felt extremely out of her element: makeup artist, costume designer and props master.

Lindsay HenryLindsay Henry

Lindsay Henry has over 12 years of communications and professional writing experience across several industries. Her keen understanding of the written word and establishing voice through copy is a major asset in achieving key communication objectives with clarity and creativity.

Greg BranchGreg Branch

When Greg started writing advertising, state-of-the-art meant sticks and clay tablets. For over 40 years, he never seemed to run out of new ways to say things. Greg unexpectedly passed away in 2019 after serving as AMPM’s brand strategist for eight years. His quick wit, gentle demeanor and talent with words is sorely missed, but we are all grateful to have worked with and called him our friend.

Julie BattleJulie K. Battle

There are few roles Julie hasn’t held in the advertising agency business. Everything from copywriter, account executive, creative director, film director, agency owner and several she won’t admit to.

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