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Industry seeks out Search Superstars

To find the most creative, innovative and effective paid search practitioners across agencies and clients and to promote the search marketing sector, the IPA and Google, in conjunction with Campaign magazine, are launching a new Search Superstars competition.


Celebrating the craft and the creativity of search marketing

The IPA and Google want the industry to re-evaluate the craft of search marketing and the evolution of skills required to be a great search marketer, as well as the role of paid search marketing: search is not only about data, numbers and keywords. It’s also about creativity and engagement, and should be at the heart of any marketing plan.

Says Matt Bush, Director of Performance, Google: “Having led our agency business in the UK for the last four years, I’ve watched search drive emotions, tell stories and most importantly, deliver results for brands time and time again. Search is integral to all well executed media campaigns - of course I’m biased - and has evolved over 16 years like no other channel to deliver some of the most sophisticated marketing in the industry today. With this, I’m delighted to be announcing our Search Superstars initiative in the UK in partnership with the IPA and Campaign to celebrate what I believe is one of the most important crafts in media, that of the search practitioner."

Says Paul Mead, Chairman, IPA Search Group and CEO, VCCP Media: “Search is the glue that binds campaigns together – from the insights it delivers in planning to the response it drives at the bottom of the funnel. It’s a role that goes way beyond day to day optimisation of a search campaign. The new breed of search marketers needs to understand every aspect of the communications strategy and interface directly with many elements of it. This new initiative is great way to celebrate our search superstars and promote all the things that make search such an exciting career.”

Criteria for entry and selection

Nominations can be made online, through the Campaign website here, and a jury featuring search marketing experts from Google, the IPA and Campaign will select a monthly Search Superstar to be featured in Campaign’s magazine.

People can nominate their colleagues through a form hosted on the Campaign website, which will cover:

  1. Skills: unusual career journeys, how do they keep learning and developing their product and industry knowledge, what is special about their approach.
  2. Work: what great campaigns have they worked on, how were those campaigns particularly creative, innovative and effective.
  3. Personality: do they have an interesting background, who did they learn from, who do they admire, what are they passions?


  • Matt Bush, Performance Director, Google
  • Alexina Knight, Search Industry Manager, Google
  • Paul Mead, Chairman, IPA Search Group and CEO, VCCP Media
  • Member of IPA Search Group on rotational basis
  • Campaign representative


Nominations open on 22nd June and close on 30th July.

To learn more about search engine marketing, from planning a PPC and an SEO campaign through to ongoing search engine optimisation strategies and integrated media planning, book a place to take the IPA Search Certificate.

Last updated 30/07/2015

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