Annual Report Awards

How Best Annual Report Award Winner IDEXX Showcases Success

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 @ 09:09 AM

IDEXX Laboratories of Westbrook, Maine, USA won a Stevie® Award in the corporate literature and annual report awards categories of The 2011 American Business Awards for Best Annual Report - Online/Electronic. (The 2012 American Business Awards, the premier business awards program in the U.S.A., are now accepting entries. Download your entry kit here and submit entries by the March 28 deadline.)

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is the global market leader in diagnostics and information technology solutions for animal health and water and milk quality. Wanting to showcase annual successes in an engaging way, the business awards winner decided to create an online report. Throughout the annual report, IDEXX successfully conveys how the company:

  • Achieved and sustained market leadership,
  • Exceeded customer expectations,
  • Empowered and rewarded customers,IDEXX Logo
  • Innovated with intelligence,
  • Cultivated entrepreneurial spirit and,
  • Contributed to communities.

Distributed in 2011, the annual report award winning piece highlights the company's personal, financial, and technological successes to both customers and investors through their interactive, easy-to-read communications awards winning online annual report.

See the corporate awards winning submission here.

About IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is the global market leader in diagnostics and information technology solutions for animal health and water and milk quality. Headquartered in Maine, IDEXX employs over 4,700 people in more than 60 locations around the world. IDEXX's largest business helps more than 50,000 veterinary practices worldwide advance medical care, improve staff productivity, and increase practice profitability. IDEXX accomplishes their goals through the use of portfolio of pet-side diagnostic tests, point-of-care instruments, reference laboratory services, digital radiography, and practice management solutions. Additionally, IDEXX is the world leader in microbiology testing technologies that ensure safe water, and is also the top provider of diagnostic tests and health-monitoring systems for milk safety and production for animal health.

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How Marketing Awards Winner Increased Donations 30% for a Non-profit

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 @ 11:28 AM

DAWSON + MURRAY + TEAGUE Communications of Dallas, Texas won a Stevie Award in the corporate literature and annual report awards categories of The 2010 American Business Awards for Best Marketing or Sales Brochure or Kit.

The Retina Foundation of the Southwest (RFSW), located in Dallas, Texas, is a nonprofit institution whose mission is to prevent and restore vision loss through innovative research and treatment.  RFSW annually distributes an appeal letter to donors, prospective donors, and friends of the organization, and asked DAWSON + MURRAY + TEAGUE Communications (D+M+T) to design and produce the 2009 letter.

Norris MurrayD+M+T’s goal was to design an attention-grabbing piece that would engage donors’ interest, demonstrate the impact of their contributions on RFSW and its patients, and increase the overall amount of donations gained from the annual appeal.  D+M+ T partners Roslyn Dawson Thompson, CEO, and Norris Murray, Creative Director, applied their experience in nonprofit fundraising and marketing, and their understanding of the RFSW audience, to develop the concept and execute it.  Distributed in November 2009, the D+M+T-designed annual letter resulted in a 30% increase in donations over the prior year’s annual appeal.

See the award-winning package here.

“We like the challenge of making an organization like RFSW stand out, especially at a time of year when virtually every nonprofit is asking for a year-end contribution,” said Norris Murray, D+M+T Creative Director.  “We were very pleased that our work produced such significantly improved results for our client.”

About D+M+T Communications
For 25 years, D+M+T Communications has served national, regional, and local clients, providing comprehensive marketing communications and public relations services.  The agency’s clients span a broad array of industry sectors, from technology and telecommunications, legal and financial services, industrial services and mining, to corporate philanthropy and nonprofit organizations. For further information, visit

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2 Marketing Lessons From One of the Biggest Secrets of World War II

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 @ 12:04 PM

Sun Life Financial, Inc., of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, received a Stevie® Award for Best Marketing or Sales Brochure or Kit in the publications and annual reports awards categories in The 2010 American Business Awards.

Two lessons to be learned from this case study:

  1. No form of communication today is immune from the requirement to be compelling and immediate.
  2. The message still determines the medium.  Printed sales collateral will continue to be an invaluable tool, in the right context.

Dawn McDermottThe objective for Sun Life Financial’s U.S. creative team was to provide a conversation piece for the firm’s sales force that would capitalize on Sun Life's important connection with Great Britain and Winston Churchill.  They wanted to create a one-of-a-kind commemorative piece that highlighted both Sun Life's wartime mission with Great Britain and Winston Churchill's endorsement of insurance.

The piece, in the form of a parchment scroll, described Winston Churchill’s decision to transport Britain’s wealth to Canada.  In 1941, fearing an invasion, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the wartime Cabinet decided to send the wealth of the British Treasury out of England. Billions in foreign securities were secretly loaded onto a merchant vessel and sent to Canada for safekeeping. The securities were deposited in specially built vaults deep beneath the Sun Life Canada offices in Montreal.

The handsome scroll was an instant hit with the Sun Life sales force and went to reprint within less than one week of its release in January 2010. Additionally, other business areas of Sun Life requested the piece so that, while originally developed for the U.S., it now sees worldwide distribution.

On accepting the Stevie Award, Dawn McDermott, Associate Marketing Director and writer of the piece, said: “In realizing the magnitude of the trust Britain placed in Sun Life through this historic decision, I was honored to write the piece, and our designer really brought it to life visually.”

Sun Life won a second Stevie Award in 2010 for Best Sales Presentation in the live event awards categories with its Sun Executive Universal Life Client Seminar Program.  “It has been extremely gratifying to see our marketing pieces recognized by our peers,” said Roberta Ruel, Creative Director of Sun Life’s Creative Services. “The Stevie Awards recognize top achievements and contributions across the spectrum of American businesses, and we are pleased to be honored alongside so many other significant organizations.”

About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial-services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth-accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Chartered in 1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, and Bermuda. As of September 30, 2010, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of US$442 billion. For more information please visit

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