FPTA Transit System Marketing Awards
All entries must be received by 6:00pm (EST) on Friday, July 14, 2023.
Late entries will not be accepted (no exceptions).
Submission of Entries
- All entries must be submitted using our online entry form by 6:00pm (EST) on Friday, July 14, 2023.
- Image files must be embedded into a .pdf file for upload. There is no limit to the number of images files you can include on (1) .pdf upload, but the maximum file size is 10MB.
- Please note that only the first 10 minutes of video submitted will be considered in the judging process for Electronic Media/TV entries. In any other categories where video is include as part of the entry, please note that only the first 5 minutes of video submitted will be considered in the judging process.
This year’s FPTA Marketing Award winners will be announced virtually via zoom on Thursday, October 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All submitters are welcome to register to attend.
Then on Tuesday, October 10th during the FPTA reception at the APTA TRANSform conference, winners will be able to pick up their trophies. The following day, Wednesday, October 11th, the Best of the Best/Judges Choice will be announced at the Awards Luncheon.
All Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA) member transit agencies are eligible to enter the Marketing Awards Competition. All work submitted must have been created, published or implemented by, or for, an FPTA member between September 1, 2022 and July 1, 2023.
An independent panel of professionals will judge the entries. Decisions will be final and based on the following criteria:
25% Production Quality
25% Overall Effectiveness
Pick 3 out of the 7 categories to submit entries. Then, submit only one entry for each of the three (3) categories you select.
All entries are free for everyone.
First-place awards will be presented for each category, in each class. “Best of the Best” Awards will be chosen from among first-place winners and presented to the single best entry or campaign submitted for each class.
Classifications are based on the size of the transit system’s operating budget, consistent with FPTA’s membership tiers.
- Class 1 – Member Tier 1 (Annual Budget over $36 million)
- Class 2 – Member Tier 2 (Annual Budget between $4 million and $36 million)
- Class 3 – Member Tier 3 (Annual Budget under $4 million)
- Class 4 – All Trolley Systems and non-fixed route, Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC).
Transit system ENTRY Categories
Any single printed advertising or non-advertising piece designed to deliver a message for a product or service.
This category includes any interior or exterior bus advertisement, or interior ad card, and must be designed by the transit agency. Interior ad cards can support an advertiser or be self-promotional. System-related signage can identify a transit administration, operation or customer facility, transit information kiosks/signs at transit stations/stops for the purpose of publishing transit maps/schedules, transit stop signs, or any other instructional or informational sign used by a transit system.
Any comprehensive transit system marketing campaign lasting longer than two (2) months. Entry should include a minimum of (3) campaign elements. Examples of elements: Print/digital ads, vehicle wraps, collateral, web landing page, social media posts, etc. If video is submitted as part of this entry, please note that only the first 5 minutes of video submitted will be considered in the judging process.
Any event, lasting one (1) month or less, created by, or for, an FPTA member to promote transit system awareness or to increase ridership. Entry should include a minimum of (2) elements. Examples of elements: Event photography, event ads, promotional items, media coverage, etc. If video is submitted as part of this entry, please note that only the first 5 minutes of video submitted will be considered in the judging process.
Any transit system social media platform or digital campaign used to promote transit and engage the consumer. This can include any social media campaign. If video is submitted as part of this entry, please note that only the first 5 minutes of video submitted will be considered in the judging process.
Any transit system commercial, interview, speakers bureau presentation or social media video created by, or for, an FPTA member. Please note that only the first 10 minutes of video submitted will be considered in the judging process.
Any transit system website, app, and/or blog created by, or for, an FPTA member.