Last month, Into the West Blogger Network was a placed as a finalist in the 2016 Accenture Digital Media Awards. The Accenture Digital Media Awards are the most prestigious Digital Awards in Ireland.The Accenture digital Media Awards were held in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road (formally the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel) on Friday 19th February in Dublin. They recognise creativity and innovation across multiple areas of an ever-evolving sector, which includes digital content creation, advertising and marketing, social networking, web design and development. The category we made finalist in was ‘Best Company Using Digital‘. As Creative Director of Into the West Blogger Network, this was a huge honour for me. Sure, Ive been in design and media for almost ten years but I hadn’t ever entered into nor been nominated for an award.
Over the past two years I have put everything I have to created a fresh, young, interesting and ever-evolving brand for Into the West Blogger Network. Every single aspect of its design and branding, from fonts to colours and photography have spilled from my brain and into the universe and so, to be up in a category with such brands as Jameson, Danone Aptaclub, Fáilte Ireland, Permanent TSBand Twin Strangers was such an honour!!
Dresscode: Black Tie and Neon Bling!
Sinéad and I headed up to Dublin early that morning with dresses, handbags, shoes and all things girlie in tow. We stayed DoubleTree by Hilton for the night which was such an experience in itself! Warm Cookies and a smile on arrival was just what we needed, thank you Hilton! After a quick bite, chat and some tweeting at the B Bar, we ran upstairs to get made over!
I wore a stunning Magenta (hello BRANDING!!) raw silk skirt I bought in Thailand last summer teamed with a simple, elegant black top, black Kurt Geiger shoes and pearl earrings beside my black plugs. Sinéad then did my makeup and I felt like a goddamn princess for the evening! Sinead wore a dazzling black and beaded gown from new Galway based store Ellie & Dal – she turned a few heads for sure!
We headed down to the event, where we then met up with our friends from An Púcan who were up for Best Start Up Using Social Media and we all represented for the Mighty West for the evening. Being the only fab ladies at a table with the most dapper men in the room was as always, brilliant fun!
The event itself was a show stopper!! Think ‘Party Like A Hilton’ vs 90’s Rave scene!! I kid you not, the theme for the evening was Neon Rave!! Im talking glowsticks, UV paint and 90’s dance music (the old raver in me certainly came out!!). There were photo-booths, competitions (of which we won two – one for best group photo and one for best selfie – Doug from An Pucan won this one, the handsome git!). There were fire dancers, hoola-hoop performers and much more. The awards were given out during out four course, lavish meal complete with endless wine and bubbly! After the awards, the house band Good Times absolutely killed it with the tunes as we danced the night away on the sparkly dance floor, followed by Podge back on the decks with a 90’s set for us old skool ravers! (ME!)
And the Winner is…
Okay, so we didnt win but Im not surprised not am I upset in any way! Um, hello!! We were up against massive competition and to be really honest, making finalist and having a much need night out was a winner for me! Sinéad and I were long overdue an evening out to let out hair down and where better than at the Hilton! The start of this year has been super tough for me personally so being able to attend this event really brought me some much – needed happiness!
Huge congrats of course goes to the boys at An Pucán who won bronze in Best Start Up Using Social Media category and Matt Healy (Whiskey Blogger) who also won bronze for his blog Potstilled and the guys and gals at Maximum Media who won Media Brand of the Year! We made lots of new friends, danced the night away and had a wonderful time. Definitely the highlight of my year so far and I cannot wait to see what else it brings! Roll on Accenture Digital Media Awards 2017!
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** NOTE: The Double Tree Hotel is now the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road.