About the Effie Index

The Effie Index identifies and ranks the marketing industry's most effective agencies, marketers and brands by analyzing finalist and winner data from 50+ Effie Awards competitions, spanning 125 markets, worldwide.

Launched in 2011, the Effie Index reveals the most effective agencies, marketers and brands globally, regionally, in local markets, and across industry sectors. The Index provides an insightful glimpse into who is delivering Ideas That Work across the globe.

Eligibility Time Period

For the 2023 Effie Index rankings, data from Effie Awards programs announced between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 qualify.

*Please note: In 2023, Effie Costa Rica, Effie Hellas, Effie Switzerland, and the biennial Global Multi-Region Effie Awards did not hold a competition during the 2023 Effie Index qualifying period.

How the Rankings are Compiled

We have established a ranking system that recognizes Effie winners and finalists. All winner and finalist data has been provided by Effie's global network of worldwide partners. Only Effie finalists and winners that have met Effie-approved judging criteria are eligible for inclusion in the Index. An overview of the Effie judging model can be found here.

Finalists in the Rankings

All Effie finalists and winners must achieve a minimum score in order to be selected as a Finalist, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Grand Effie winner. Effie finalist status and trophies are awarded in each category at the discretion of the judges' scores. It is possible that a category may produce no finalists, if no case meets the minimum cut-off for finalist status in that category. Similarly, it is possible to have one or two winners of any level or perhaps no winners at all in a category, depending on whether a case meets the minimum cut-off for each level of award. Achieving finalist or winner status in the Effie Awards is a significant achievement. Only a small percentage of cases are finalists each year and of these, a fraction are winners.

Lead vs. Contributing Companies

Contributing companies receive half as many points as Lead companies in the Effie Index, so companies receiving 24 points for a Grand Effie; 12 points for a Gold Effie; 6 points for a Silver Effie; 3 points for a Bronze or 1 point for a Finalist recognition, were originally credited as a Contributing Company.

Point Structure

Points for the 2023 Effie Index are distributed as follows:

Lead agencies, marketers and brands receive:

Grand Effie Winner48 Points
Gold Effie Winner24 Points
Silver Effie Winner12 Points
Bronze Effie Winner6 Points
Effie Finalist2 Points

Contributing companies receive:

Grand Effie Winner24 Points
Gold Effie Winner 12 Points
Silver Effie Winner6 Points
Bronze Effie Winner3 Points
Effie Finalist1 Point

The point structure was updated in 2022 (reflected in the 2021 Effie Index). More information is available here.


  • When multiple agency offices are credited on a single winner/finalist record, agency networks and holding companies will receive only one set of points towards their respective ranking.
  • A single winner record receives index points only for the highest award won; for example, if a Gold winner moves on to win Grand, it only receives Grand index points (not both Gold and Grand).

Companies Included in the Index

Finalist and winning companies featured in the Index also include production companies, post-production houses and media owners, among others.

Agency Network and Holding Company Classifications

Agency network and holding company affiliations have been provided by the entrant, supplied by the official worldwide Effie partner or identified through research of key industry resources. Research occurred between December 1, 2023 and April 15, 2024.

The credits submitted at time of entry to an Effie Awards program are considered final and will not be changed for any reason, including if agency and/or client experience a name change and/or merger after the time of entry.

Independent Agencies

Agencies that are not majority-owned by a holding company are categorized as "Independent" in the Index. Please note that the ownership of individual agencies may have changed since the data was compiled.


An agency is considered a single agency office located in a specific city. For example, the New York office of Agency ABC, the Singapore office of Agency ABC and the Los Angeles office of Agency ABC are considered different agency offices. Each office is recognized as a separate, individual agency and receives its own set of points in the Index Agencies ranking. Crediting of agency office is based on which agency office(s) did the work for the winner or finalist case – if two agency offices did the work, both should be credited per the Index requirement to credit all main strategic and creative partners. The Agencies ranking includes both majority-owned holding company agencies as well as independent agencies. Please note that the ownership of an individual agency may have changed since the data was compiled.

Marketer Classifications

In some instances, credits for global marketers included their local affiliation, like Coca-Cola Hellas in Greece. For consistency purposes, we have attributed the points to the global advertiser, in this case The Coca-Cola Company.

Industry Sector Classification

Industry sector information has been sourced either from the official Effie Award partner program or identified through industry research. In some instances, we have made necessary judgments about how certain types of campaigns should be categorized to ensure consistency across all Effie programs.

Geographical Classifications

Throughout the Index, 'Country' and 'Region' refer to where a campaign ran, not the location of the agency or marketer responsible for it.


As a global Index of marketing effectiveness, there are instances where data was provided in the program's local language. We have done our best to translate as much information into English as possible. If you find inconsistencies, please let us know.

Year to Year Comparisons

Effie Index rankings are a result of Effie Award Winner/finalist point aggregation over a single year. Rankings are not cumulative year over year. To explore the previous year rankings, use the "Filter by Year" function located in the upper left-hand side of each page.

Database Research

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the Effie Index, Effie Worldwide cannot accept liability with respect to errors or omissions. If you notice inconsistencies or errors with the data, please let us know. Rankings are updated periodically in order to correct inconsistencies, errors or omissions.

Tell us what you think

Our aim is to make the Index as insightful as possible, so we encourage your feedback. Comments, suggestions and feedback can be sent to index@effie.org.