2020 Spring MAXI Competition: Cancelled

Unfortunately, the DMAW/EF has made the difficult decision to cancel the Spring MAXI given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and student learning transferring away from school campuses. 

We would like to thank the teams for entering: Christopher Newport University, George Mason University, Salisbury University and Virginia State University.  And we wish all the seniors well!

The Collegiate MAXI Oral Case Competition for the Mid-Atlantic region offers student teams the opportunity to create an Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) plan for specified nonprofit challenges. We are able to accept up to eight (8) teams for the competition.

The Case Competition

The student team is to respond to the challenge from the organization. The team should describe the goal of the campaign and audience segment(s) that the team seeks to reach, including the segment/audience profile(s). The team should provide a brief SWOT assessment of the organization (based on publicly available information). The team should describe its overall creative strategy, explaining how this strategy builds on the SWOT assessment.

The team should provide the following in their presentations:

  • A clear outline of their proposed strategy that includes a solid, measurable goal regarding the team’s proposed marketing efforts. The strategy outline should state where the organization is presently – then where the team feels the organization would be because of the team’s campaign.
  • A sample of the team’s proposed creative campaign copy and design for print or online components, sample digital ads and sample social posts for Facebook, Twitter and/or other optional social channels. Please note the intended audience segment/target for each creative element.
  • An expense budget and projected revenue for the campaign. The team’s budget can be generalized, if necessary. Example campaign costs and response rates are listed later in this document for use.

Other communication approaches are also encouraged. For example, the team might also propose developing a mobile, video or DRTV campaign that may be used to reach specific segments of the team’s identified target segment or sub-segment, if this approach seems appropriate. Regardless, the target audience selected by the team should drive the organization’s unique focus, but, depending on the organization’s goals, does not need to reflect all the segments targeted by the organization.

Top teams will win monetary awards for competing. The awards will be announced at the end of the oral competition and checks will be mailed to one recipient from each team to be distributed among the team members.

“Case Competition” documents will be posted as they are available prior to competitions.

The Case Competition for Spring 2020 has been cancelled.