The German Search Marketing Award, SEMY, brings together the best of the best in the industry to honour outstanding achievements in the categories SEO, SEA and search personality.

To see the nominees at one glance click here.


Members of the Jury for the 2017 SEMY Awards

Bastian Grimm
Bastian Grimm

President Organic Search

Jens Fauldrath
Jens Fauldrath

Founder and CEO

Philipp Klöckner
Philipp Klöckner

External Search Consultant

Christoph Baur
Christoph Baur

Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter

Nina Baumann
Nina Baumann

Linkbuilding & SEO Specialist


Björn Wagner
Björn Wagner

Teamleiter Audience Development und Datenanalyse

Sven Käppner
Sven Käppner

Head of SEO

Dr. Christoph Röck
Dr. Christoph Röck

Managing Director

Marcel Prothmann
Marcel Prothmann

President Paid Search

Machiel Schepers
Machiel Schepers

Online Marketing Specialist

Sebastian Grebasch
Sebastian Grebasch

Marketing Director

Thomas Hertkorn
Thomas Hertkorn

Head of Online Marketing

Christopher Gutknecht
Christopher Gutknecht

Head of Online Marketing

David Schlee
David Schlee

PPC, SEM, SEA Consultant

Marc Höft
Marc Höft

Biz Dev Data & Performance

Sandra Finlay
Sandra Finlay

Conference Director SMX Munich

Categories and Nominations



Online marketing personalities:

Search Personality of the year

The nominees are

Thomas MindnichThomas Mindnich

Sebastian ErlhoferSebastian Erlhofer
mindshape GmbH

Markus HövenerMarkus Hövener

more information
Newcomer of the year

The nominees are

Justin KeirathJustin Keirath
JK Digitale Medien

Gianna Brachetti-TruskawaGianna Brachetti-Truskawa
bold ventures

Daniela MalzerDaniela Malzer

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Info / FAQ

The German Search Marketing Award, SEMY, brings together the industry to honour outstanding achievements in the categories SEO, SEA and online marketing personality. For the applicants SEMY provides the unique opportunity to show that they are the best in their field.

Submissions are accepted from 04/09/2017 to 15/12/2017.

General information and important dates

The German Search Marketing Award, SEMY, brings together the best of the best in the industry to honour outstanding achievements in the categories SEO, SEA and search personality. On Tuesday, 20th March 2018 the lucky winners will be announced and celebrated in the historic “Wappenhalle” in Munich.

The fourth annual edition of the SEMY award will take place on the evening of the first day of the leading conference for search marketing, SMX Munich. With over 3,200 attendees, including many top-tier decision-makers in SEO and SEA, SMX offers the ideal platform for the presentation of the SEMYs.

Submission start: 04/09/2017
Submission deadline: 15/12/2017
Announcement of the shortlist: 18/01/2018
Award ceremony: 20/03/2018

Why submit?

  • You receive recognition from the industry.
  • You have the possibility to prove that your department/team performs outstandingly within the company.
  • By being nominated for or winning the SEMY, you give potential customers the chance to identify you as one of the best providers.
  • You show your existing customers that you do an exceptionally good job
  • You have the opportunity to meet the „who’s who“ of the industry and expand your network.

Who can submit?

Agencies, companies, associations, NGOs, political organizations and individuals who are active in the Online Marketing field.

A submission is possible in the 14 following categories:

SEO Software Innovation
Best SEO Tool
Best SEO/Content Marketing Campaign
Best Small-Sized SEO/Content Marketing Campaign
Best SEO Agency
Best Small Sized SEO Agency

SEA Software Innovation
Best SEA Suite
Best Specialized SEA Tool
Best SEA Campaign
Best Small-Sized SEA Campaign
Best SEA Agency

Search Personality:
Newcomer of the Year

There is no limit on the number of applications you may submit. You may submit multiple projects/campaigns/persons in one or even in different categories. The jury reserves the right to assign entries to a different category.

The organizer reserves the right to verify that the entries are suitable for the German Search Marketing Awards. There is no right of appeal. All submitted entries must be lawful. Inappropriate material will be excluded.

The submissions are treated strictly confidentially. Only the jury and the organizer Rising Media has access to the submitted materials.

How much is the submission fee?

A fee is payable for submission to the German Search Marketing Awards. The fee per entry is € 100.00 excl. VAT for your first submission. Further submissions by the same company, agency or institution are free of charge. For freelancers and companies with fewer than five employees, entry is free of charge. Upon receipt of the application documents you will receive an invoice.

When will the shortlist/nominees be announced?

The shortlist in each category includes 3 nominees who have the chance to win the German search marketing prize. The shortlist will be announced on 18/01/18 on the SEMY website www.semyawards.com. The nominees will also be notified by email.

Per nomination, one free ticket for the award ceremony is offered (max. 3 per company).

What happens during the award ceremony?

The fourth annual edition of the SEMY award will take place on the evening of the first day of the leading conference for search marketing, SMX Munich. With over 3,200 attendees, including many top-tier decision-makers in SEO and SEA, SMX offers the ideal platform for the presentation of the SEMYs.

To realize the full networking potential of these two top events the SEMY after-party allies with the SMX after-party (SMX After Dark), at the “Wappenhalle”. This stylish venue is located close to the International Congress Center Munich, the SMX location, so that SMX delegates can easily attend the awards ceremony and join in the after-party to eat and drink together, establish valuable contacts and celebrate the online marketing scene.


If you have questions, please contact us anytime. Your contact for all SEMY matters is Lisa: lziegler@risingmedia.com.

Tickets for the award can be purchased here.


Interested in our exclusive sponsoring option?
Please contact Claudia Finlay for more information.

Claudia Finlay
Business Development Europe
Rising Media Ltd.
Phone: +49 (0) 89 7670 4459
Fax: +49 (0) 89 921 85034
Mobile: +49 (0) 172 8267 364
Email: claudia.finlay@risingmedia.de

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SEMY Award ceremony

March 14, 2017, Wappenhalle Munich

Wappenhalle Munich,
Konrad-Zuse-Platz 8
81829 München

Phone: +49 (0) 89 – 89080 – 888

Wappenhalle Munich

Description of how to get there:

U2, Station “Messe-West”
More information you can find here. (Journey Planner from MVV Munich).

By car:
(Highway/Autobahn) A94, exit 5 (ICM Messe München-Riem)

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