Couldn’t make it to the KCDMA AMBIT Awards this year? We’ve recapped the night of Oscar-worthy marketing campaigns below. Don’t forget to check out Facebook for photos from the night, courtesy of Ridpath Creativae!

KCDMA Special Award Winners

Young Direct Marketer of the Year

Krissy Head, emfluence

Bob Stone Direct Marketer of the Year

Corey Morris, Voltage

Lifetime Achievement Award

Debbie Roth and Cory Funk, Japs-Olson Company


The 2019 AMBIT Award Winners

Business-to-Business Digital Media

Gold Winners:

Dice Hack this Billboard, Barkley

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Center Virtual Tour, Red Fuse Communications

Business-to-Business Direct Mail

Gold Winners:

ARAG Legal Action Hero Mailer 2018, Barkley

4INFO Big Cup Campaign, Walz Tetrick Advertising

Business-to-Business Email

Silver Winners:

Huttig Building Products/Therma-Tru Expressions, ER Marketing

Bronze Winners:

YRC Freight Advantage Lead Nurture, emfluence

Masonite MAX Configurator, ER Marketing

Huttig Building Products/Masonite Heritage Display Promotion, ER Marketing

MCH Customer Reactivation Email, MCH Data

Business-to-Business Integrated Marketing

Gold Winners:

ARAG Legal Action Hero Campaign 2018, Barkley

emfluence Web Dev ABM Campaign, emfluence

Silver Winners:

Behavioral Health Solutions Campaign, Sizewise

Bronze Winners:

800 Square Feet of Visual Impact, ER Marketing

Business-to-Consumer Digital Media

Gold Winners:

Wingstop 4/20 High-atus, Barkley

Bronze Winners:

Bariatric Center of Kansas City Seminar, MBB Agency

Kansas Speedway (Hollwood Casino 400), Trozzolo

Business-to-Consumer Direct Mail

Silver Winners:

Our Lady of the Lake Pediatric Reminder, LionShare Marketing


Business-to-Consumer Email

Bronze Winner:

DQ Mobile App Launch Email, Barkley

Business-to-Consumer Integrated Media

Gold Winners:

Work TV Campaign, DEG & DRI DUCK

Silver Winners:

Proven Winners 1 Billion Impressions, emfluence

2018 Sporting KC Integrated Campaign, Kazoo Media

Dordt College B2C Digital Media/Advertising, Voltage

Bronze Winners:

Equine Ulcer Awareness Month, Sullivan Higdon & Sink

Taste of the Wild PREY Launch Campaign, Woodruff

Email Marketing: Automated Series

Silver Winner:

DaVinci Lead Nurture, DaVinci Roofscapes

Bronze Winner:

Post University New Inquiry Nurture Series, Thruline Marketing

Non-Profit Email

Gold Winner:

Giving Tuesday, DEG & The Salvation Army

Non-Profit/Fundraising Direct Mail

Silver Winner:

KVC Gala 2018, REACTOR

Organic Search Engine Marketing (SEO)

Gold Winners:

Tension Corporation SEO, emfluence

Bayer Animal Health Search-Driven Content, VMLY&R

Bridgestone Americas Global Brand SEO, VMLY&R

Silver Winners:

Local Listings Enhancements, DEG & Ferrellgas

Bronze Winners:

Gallagher HRCC SEO, ER Marketing

MIQ Logistics 2018 SEO, Voltage

Paid Search Marketing (PPC/SEM)

Gold Winners:

Paid Search 2018 Campaign, Hallmark Cards

Ligature-Resistant Products Kit, Sizewise

Mars Wrigley Confectionery Paid Search, VMLY&R

Silver Winners:

Nazdar SourceOne Shopping Campaign, emfluence

Rumba Meats Paid Search, Sullivan Higdon & Sink

ACU Paid Search Marketing, Thruline Marketing

Baker Paid Search Marketing, Thruline Marketing

Kicksite 2018 Campaign, Voltage

Bronze Winners:

Overhead Door Corporate PPC Campaign, ER Marketing

Wayne Dalton Corporate PPC Campaign, ER Marketing

Dordt College 2018 PPC Campaign, Voltage

Response-Driven Web

Silver Winner:

Proven Winners eCommerce Development, emfluence

Bronze Winners:

Good Chemistry Registration Page, ER Marketing

Design Connection Website Redesign, Lure Creative

Kicksite 2018 Web Campaign, Voltage

Social Media

Silver Winners:

Social Content, DEG & HUB International

QTS New Customer Acquisition Paid Social, MBB Agency

Bronze Winners:

Groundhog Day Social Campaign, DEG & Ferrellgas

MSA Search LinkedIn Campaign, ER Marketing

JWU Build Your Future Here, Thruline Marketing

Dordt College 2018 Social Media Campaign, Voltage

The Night’s Top Winners Are…

Consistent Achiever…goes to VMLY&R’s Bayer Animal Health Search-Driven Content Campaign

Most Innovative…goes to Barkley’s Dice Hack This Billboard Campaign

Most Bang for the Buck…goes to VMLY&R’s Mars Wrigley Confectionery Ecommerce Campaign

Best of Show…goes to Barkley’s Wingstop 4/20 High-atus Campaign


And a Final Thanks to the AMBITS Sponsors, including

Grapevine Designs, Awards Sponsor

Kingston Printing, Print Sponsor

Creative Circle, Design Sponsor

Ridpath Creative, Event Photographer

KC Wineworks, Wine Sponsor

Lifted Spirits, Liquor Sponsor

Brancato’s Catering

And the agencies who made our Lifted Spirits Cocktail Menu fun and tasty:




Thruline Marketing