2019 Content Marketing Award Winners & Top Finalists Revealed

The Content Advisory | July 24, 2019

The Content Marketing Institute (CMI) just announced the 85 category winners as well as the finalists for the top seven prizes in the prestigious 2019 Content Marketing Awards. The Content Marketing Awards, produced by the Content Marketing Institute, is the largest and longest-running international content marketing awards program in the world. This year’s panel of all-star judges reviewed nearly 1,100 entries to choose the best of the best in content marketing excellence, recognizing all aspects of content marketing, from strategy to distribution, and from editorial to design. “All I can say is WOW,” shares Stephanie Stahl, general manager, Content Marketing Institute. “The content marketing excellence showcased by this year’s winners and finalists is remarkable. It’s not just the level of creativity and innovation that’s so exciting to see, but the success brands and agencies are having with their distribution, strategy and ROI says so much about how the industry has matured and grown over the years.” Additionally, CMI revealed the finalists for the top seven Content Marketing Award prizes (see below). The winners will be announced and celebrated at a live awards ceremony during Content Marketing World, Wednesday, September 4, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio.

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CubiOs Inc | June 23, 2022

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As online video traffic surges to ever-greater volumes, the emergence of 4K UHD as the next generation in display resolution makes it clear that current modes of online video distribution will be inadequate to meet consumer expectations once 4K usage takes off.No one understands the need to stay ahead of this curve better than Akamai, which led the development of a CDN infrastructure that has made video the force it is today.

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