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Marine Marketers of America (MMA) today announced the winners of its 2016 Neptune Awards for Marine Marketing Excellence during the Miami International Boat Show Industry Breakfast.

“Marine marketers gave us their best for this year’s highly competitive contest,” said Wanda Kenton Smith, president of MMA. “There was a wonderful variety of submissions and participating companies, from small businesses to global corporations, from in-house marketing teams to boutique and full-service agencies, representing all aspects of the industry.”

The annual competition, now in its ninth year, was open to any organization producing and publishing marine industry marketing materials between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016.

In total, 30 marketers from throughout the marine industry were involved in the judging process. The field drew 99 entries in 16 categories covering all areas of marketing, from national magazine ads and newsletters to video, product literature and diversity initiatives.

In addition, 10 “Honorable Mentions” were presented to companies whose submission scored within a prescribed range of the category’s winning entry, a first in Neptune history.

“The quality of the work proved that 2016 was a great year for innovation and creativity in the boating marketplace,” said Sally Helme, MMA vice president and Neptune Awards chairperson. “The Neptune Awards are judged on the basis of marketing excellence with a variety of criteria and benchmarks for each category.


This year, many categories were hotly contested, evidenced by the addition of 10 honorable mentions. Also, as this year’s results clearly reveal, every company – no matter its size – had an equal chance to win.”

2016 Neptune Award Winners

Best Advertising Series
Hell’s Bay Boatworks, “Skiff Life” Series;
created by Markham & Stein

Best Advertising Spread
Hatteras Yachts, “Motoryacht”; created by Adventure Advertising

Best Single Page Advertisement
Boston Whaler, “Core Confidence”; created by Dino Publishing

Best Brand Promotional Video
Boston Whaler, “Outrage Family Launch” Video; created by Dino Publishing

Best Brand Promotional Video Series
Simrad, “Go with Confidence”

Best Event Marketing or Sales Promotion
Volvo Penta, “A New Direction of Fun” Campaign; created by Cramer Krasselt

Best Product Literature
The Moorings, Product Brochure

Best Social Media Campaign
Grady White, “Night Before Christmas” Video;
created by Adams and Longino, and Buzzadelic

Best Web Advertising-Banner Ads
Volvo Penta, “A New Direction of Fun” Campaign; created by Cramer Krasselt

Best Web Advertising-Native Advertising
T-H Marine, “Churning News and Making Waves”;
created by Bevelwise

Best Website
Boston Whaler
created by Dino Publishing

Best Print Newsletter
Kadey-Krogen Yachts, “Waypoints”

Best Digital Newsletter
Boston Whaler, “Navigator”;
created by Dino Publishing

Best Marketing Innovation
Nautique, “Launch of Super Air Nautique GS20”

Best Diversity Initiative
RBLC New Markets Task Force,
“Proven Strategies for Engaging New Markets”

2016 Neptune Honorable Mentions

Advertising Series
Bayliner,“Experience the Evolution” Series

Brand Promotional Video
Galeon, Promotional Video;
Created by MarineMax

Brand Promotional Video Series
Volvo Penta, Boating Challenge

Event Marketing or Sales Promotion
Mercury Marine, 2016 Mercury Edge

Print Newsletter
Yamaha Watercraft, “Prosales”

Product Brochure
Hatteras Motoryacht and Sportfish Brochures

Social Media Campaign
Yamaha Watercraft, “My Yamaha Memories”

Web Advertising-Banner Ads
Regal Boats, 2016 Web Campaign

Web Advertising-Native Advertising
Volvo Penta, “A New Direction of Fun”

Chaparral Boats

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