Prism Awards

#Prisms2017 winners: Positive Dialogue Communications

The Public Relations Institute of South Africa's (Prisa) Prism Awards is Southern Africa's premier awards for public relations excellence. The Awards are presented to public relations and communication professionals who have successfully incorporated strategy, creativity and professionalism into public relations and communication programmes and strategies that showcase successful public relations campaigns.
Posiive Dialogue Communications team

I chatted to some of the gold winners following the 2017 awards ceremony...

All the 2017 Prisa Prism Award winners!

Winners of the 2017 Public Relations Institute of South Africa's (Prisa) Prism Awards were announced at a ceremony at The Park House of Events on 6 May 2017 following its two-day annual conference...

6 May 2017

Positive Dialogue Communications (PDC) won gold at this year’s Prisa Prism Awards for the ‘Public Relations on a Shoestring’ category. MD Tracy Jones tells us what winning the award means for the agency and what they plan to do going forward to keep winning these types of prestigious awards.

Bizcommunity Congratulations on scooping gold at the 2017 Prisa Prism Awards! Tell us more about this year's win for the company.

In 2014 and 2016 we won gold for 'Best Small PR Consultancy of the Year', this year we won gold for the 'PR on a Shoestring', a hotly contested category which saw 14 agencies in total entering. The reason we were so pleased with this particular win is that people often assume that award winning campaigns can only be done if clients have big budgets. But this category goes to show that a strategically creative idea, that in this case, provided a win-win solution to two parties, executed seamlessly, can result in a gold category win. That’s the main reason we were so proud of this particular award – it speaks to our level of creative and strategic thinking – which is a key value of our agency philosophy.

Bizcommunity What are the entry and judging criteria for the ‘Public Relations on a Shoestring’ category?

The entry criteria for category needed to state the business problem, what research was conducted, what campaign planning was done, how it was executed and how the success of the campaign was evaluated or measured against direct business results (AVE’s are not considered a form of measurement). Our gold winning entry was able to show that as a result of our weFix Shark Spotters PR campaign we were able to decrease false shark sightings through the red flag system by 50% through the introduction of drone technology, which increased swimmer safety, and achieved a combined audience of 40 million people with an increased beach safety message across print, radio, and TV. In addition, weFix trebled their drone sales in the 2 month campaign period of November and December 2016.

Bizcommunity This isn't the first time you've received recognition at these particular awards. Please tell us about your company's previous Prism Award wins.

In 2014 we won gold for 'Best Use of an Event to Build a Reputation', for our Robben Island Balloon Run campaign with Matt Silver-Vallance harnessing himself to 55 helium filled balloons and rising off Robben Island and ‘flying’ to Big Bay Lifesaving Club in order to raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Childrens Hospital. That campaign raised R1m in funds, achieved R55m in editorial coverage, with over 800 international pieces of coverage that firmly established Matt’s reputation as being a social change activist.

Bizcommunity What's your winning recipe?

Passion for what we do, and the clients we are privileged to represent; collaboration and teamwork (internally and externally) and, being relentless in our determination to conceptualise creative campaigns that deliver meaningful business results for our clients.

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