The FCS Portfolio Awards Call for Entries will open January 12, 2022
with a firm deadline of Tuesday, March 1 at 5:00pm ET.
To submit an entry for this year’s competition, you must register and create an account with a password. (Note: this is NOT your FCS membership password; you must create a separate account.)
Celebrating our 28th year, the FCS Portfolio Awards honors creative excellence financial marketing and communications.
All categories are judged by a panel of senior marketing executives from leading financial brands and agencies.
All entries are reviewed in one of four groupings:
Business to Business
Employee Communications (Financial Institutions Only)
A. Are you entering the work by a financial institution?
Enter FINANCIAL INSTITUTION
Examples: asset management firms, consumer banks, credit card companies, investment banks, brokerages and exchanges, insurance companies, mutual funds, ETFs, hedge funds, accounting firms, clearing corporations and commercial banks.
NOTE: For insurance companies, only life insurance and investment products/services are eligible. Healthcare/medical, P&C, auto etc. are not eligible.
B. Are you entering the work by a fintech company, professional association, agency, media company?
Enter FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Includes marketing, advertising, communications, PR, digital and media-buying agencies; resource providers dedicated to financial services clients; industry focused media outlets.
Based on the entry’s target audience, choose one Group. [An entry can be entered in only one Group.]
B2B: Targeting a corporate, institutional, or intermediary audience
Consumer Retail: Targeting a B2C, end consumer audience
Corporate Image: Targeting audiences across B2B and B2C
Employee Communications: Targeting an internal audience AND/OR recruiting new employees
Note: This Group is open to Financial Institutions only.
Should your entry be considered for a Best-in-Show Award for Multicultural or Corporate Social Responsibility?
Multicultural: Targeting a specific audience based on language, ethnicity, gender, or community
Corporate Social Responsibility: Promoting your company’s messaging/actions in support of a specific cause(s), mission(s), charity(ies), etc.
ELIGIBILITY:In addition to all financial institutions, we welcome entries from companies who specialize in or serve the financial marketing industry. These ‘Financial Industry’ partners include associations, agencies, fintech firms, and media companies. They are invited to enter their best work in any of the categories below (except for Employee Communications). Here are a few examples:
· A media company’s virtual panel discussion featuring financial speakers can be entered under Event Marketing.
· A financial association’s advertising campaign with print, digital and OOH executions can be entered under Integrated Marketing.
· A fintech firm’s new logo can be entered under Visual Identity.
· A media buying agency’s dedicated to financial services clients can enter its new website under Websites.
Entries can be submitted in the following categories:
Branding & Advertising:
Display / Rich Media
Social Media: Paid Advertising
· Identity System
Social Media: Organic
· Annual Reports
· Digital Collateral
· Print Collateral
Apps and Tools
Copy & Design
Employee Communications: (Financial Institutions Only)
Intranet (Internal Website / Employee Portal)
Integrated (Any 3 Of The Above)
1. All work must be new/revised in Calendar 2021.
2. The entry must have appeared in the U.S. and/or Canada during Calendar 2021.
Gold, Silver and Bronze trophies will be awarded in each category, based on the judges’ criteria for creative excellence.
There will also be Best in Show Awards for Business to Business, Consumer Retail, Corporate Image, Multicultural, Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Communications
The Judges’ Choice award is given to the best overall work.
all entries: $395
$20 discount per entry for current Corporate Members
(To confirm your company’s membership, email FCS Admin Coordinator Marisa Jago at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Deadline Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Finalists will be contacted the week of March 28.
For technical questions about submissions and required material, please contact:
Anniken McKeon 516-270-8147 email@example.com
For questions related to the FCS Portfolio Awards competition (e.g., eligibility) or Awards Gala (including Sponsorship), please contact:
Kevin Windorf kevin@theFCS.org