What Were 2020’s Best Marketing Moments? Cast Your Votes

Adweek's bracketed Ad of the Year tournament lets you choose the year's best spot, campaign, stunt or savvy social response

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UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations to Oreo, along with agencies 360i and The Community, for the fan-favorite Global Oreo Vault. You can read more here about how this fascinating stunt came together. Our original article announcing the bracket appears below.

It was certainly a year of uncertainty, leaving marketers with an ever-evolving list of obstacles to navigate. Once the Covid-19 pandemic began to hit in the spring, all the realities of business life and consumer behavior were upended, while sensitivity and empathy became more vital than ever.

So which brands and agencies navigated the unpredictable and choppy waters of 2020 best?

As we at Adweek prepare our list of the year’s best ads, we’re curious to hear what readers like you would pick as the year’s best marketing moves.

To bring a little structure (and perhaps some well-deserved fun) to the process, we’ve created a bracketed tournament in which your votes over the coming weeks will determine which ads, campaigns, stunts or savvy social responses deserve to advance to the final rounds—with one to rule them all.

To join in the voting, simply make sure you’re following Adweek on Twitter and Instagram, where we’ll be posting daily polls and links to help you revisit each campaign or learn more about ones you might have missed.

Please note: Winners are determined by the total votes on Adweek’s Twitter and Instagram polls, so while a Twitter poll might show a campaign as a winner, the final vote count once Instagram is included could tilt the win toward the other contender. (This has already happened a few times, so we wanted to be sure to clarify that it’s always a possibility.)

Here’s the timeline for the Adweek Readers’ Choice Marketing Moments of the Year:

Nov. 30 – Dec. 3: Round 1 voting
Dec. 4-6: Round 2 voting
Dec. 7-8: Round 3 voting (quarter finals)
Dec. 9-10: Round 4 voting (semifinals)
Dec. 11-13: Round 5 voting (final matchup)
Dec. 14: Winner announced on Adweek.com

@griner david.griner@adweek.com David Griner is creative and innovation editor at Adweek and host of Adweek's podcast, "Yeah, That's Probably an Ad."