The Marketing Hall of Fame is the only award which recognizes individual marketers (not companies or campaigns) who have made outstanding contributions to the field of marketing. Eligible individuals include:

  • Corporate CMOs and other heads of marketing
  • Marketing VPs or Directors
  • Founders and CEOs
  • Agency marketers: advertising, branding, research, data analytics etc.
  • Academics, journalists, and other marketing experts
  • Others who are believed to have contributed substantially to marketing

Nominees must have been in the marketing or related profession for at least 10 years and be a current practitioner. Our primary focus is on, the U.S., but our remit is global.



An open call for nominations is made annually.  We welcome nominations for marketers who have made outstanding contributions to one of more of the following categories. These are the criteria used in the selection of Inductees:

1. Marketing That Works

  • Innovations that have transformed organizations through purpose and had a dramatic impact on business results 

2. Raising marketing’s profile

  • Increasing the influence of marketing, e.g. getting a seat on the board, expanding marketing’s remit to include innovation and growth strategy

3. New marketing tools and approaches

  • Pioneers of new marketing technologies and new ways of measuring the impact of marketing

4. Developing marketing leaders

  • Inspiring, educating and mentoring future generations of marketers

5. Prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)

  • Spearheading meaningful change, with industry-wide initiatives that celebrate differences and create inclusive environments

6. Promoting sustainability

  • Initiating actions and programs that positively impact our culture, our planet and our people.



Round One Voting

After semi-finalists have been selected, the Marketing Hall of Fame Academy casts ballots to determine the 12 finalists. The academy is a voting body of senior marketing professionals invited by the AMA New York Board of Directors from the corporate, agency, academic, research and data worlds. For more information about the academy, visit here.


Round Two Voting

Once a Marketing Hall of Fame Induction Nominee has reached this stage, they have gone through two rounds of evaluation. In this final round, a judging panel made up of an elite group of marketing thought leaders, executives, review and vote on the finalists.

Once nominees have been selected, an announcement is made public early in the New Year.



The health and safety of our community are of the utmost importance to us. In response to the evolving public health concerns around COVID-19, the 2020 Marketing Hall of Fame event scheduled for April 21st is temporarily postponed. A new date will be announced at the earliest opportunity.