Your 2019 Hashie Awards Finalists

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries for The 2019 Hashie Awards! We received 110 inspiring and creative entries this year, which meant that judging was a tall task. We received great feedback from judges about the quality of entries, and the competition continues to grow every year.

First, we want to take a quick moment to give a shout out and thanks to our very generous SPONSORS:


In case you missed our Facebook Live announcement on Tuesday, below are the category finalists listed below are shuffled in order. Final results will be shared at The 2019 Hashie Awards ceremony on August 23 at Jasper Winery. Get your tickets today if you have not already!

Without further ado, here are your #Hashies2019 finalists!

Facebook: Best Business:

  • VintCo – Happy Medium
  • West Bank 
  • RackHouse Whiskey Club – New Tribe Media
  • Hightower-Reff Law – OBI Creative


Facebook: Best Non-Profit:

  • Des Moines Arts Festival – Ism Public Relations
  • Animal Rescue League of Iowa
  • Iowa Donor Network – New Tribe Media


Twitter: Best Non-Profit:

  • YMCA of Greater Des Moines
  • Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council – Strategic America
  • One Iowa


Instagram: Best Business:

  • Kreg Tool Company
  • Equipment Technologies, Apache Sprayers – Lessing-Flynn
  • Hobart Corporation – Two Rivers Marketing


Instagram: Best Non-Profit:

  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Des Moines Public Library
  • Des Moines Arts Festival – Ism Public Relations


Best Use of Video:

  • RackHouse Whiskey Club – New Tribe Media
  • Strategic America
  • City of Newton


Best YouTube Channel:

  • Snaadt Media Group, LLC
  • Miller Electric Mfg. LLC – Two Rivers Marketing
  • Intoxalock


Best Use of Live Video:

  • Iowa Events Center
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Bubba, Orchestrate Hospitality


Best Business Blog:

  • Zinpro Corporation – Two Rivers Marketing
  • Bobcat Company – Two Rivers Marketing
  • Blue Compass


Best Use of Snapchat:

  • Bank Iowa – Lessing-Flynn
  • Des Moines Arts Festival – Ism Public Relations


Best Use of Pinterest:

  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
  • Strategic America
  • Blue Compass


Best Podcast:

  • The Moonlight Graham Show
  • Melissa Burkheimer Studios
  • Unmasked


Excellence in Social Media by a Student:

  • Drake Student Activities Board (SAB)
  • Drake University Student Alumni Association


Best Influencer Campaign:

  • First National Bank of Omaha – OBI Creative
  • On Painted Street – Drake University
  • “Real Mom Bods” – Des Moines Moms Blog


Best Overall Social Media Presence:

  • National Pork Board – Lessing-Flynn
  • Strategic America
  • This New Old House


Social Media Campaign of the Year:

  • Bank Iowa – Lessing-Flynn
  • Des Moines Arts Festival – Ism Public Relations
  • Dorothy’s House – Strategic America


Best Social Media Customer Service:

  • Miller Electric Mfg. LLC – Two Rivers Marketing
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Old Chicago – Strategic America


Social Media Professional of the Year – Silver:

  • Sam Hoyle – Founder of New Tribe Media and Co-Founder of RackHouse Whiskey Club
  • Danielle Rogers – Community Marketing Manager at City of Newton
  • Shari Saunders-Behnke – PR Social Media Account Manager at Strategic America


Social Media Professional of the Year – Gold

  • Josh Fleming – VP, Marketing Director at Bank Iowa
  • Laura Kivlighan – Digital Engagement Manager at Sculpt
  • Alison Cate – Digital Marketing Manager at ARAG Legal Insurance


Trailblazer Award:

  • Brand Launch
  • Strategic America
  • Two Rivers Marketing


Please help us give a special thank you for our 2019 Hashies judges:

  • Ali Sabkar | SMC global board of directors & SMC Bahrain, Bahrain | @alisabkar
  • Kevin Loder | SMC global board of directors, Portland, OR | @kevin_loder
  • Jeremy Pepper | SMC Los Angeles | @jspepper
  • Daniella Peting | SMC Chicago | @dnpeting
  • Brian Rudolph | SMC Atlanta | @brianrudolph
  • Charles Purnell | SMC St. Louis | @charleslpurnell

Be sure to connect with them on social media and share your thanks!

Our judges certainly had their hands full, and we did our best to make adjustments to give them plenty of time without sacrificing our timeline. It was truly a collaborative effort made possible by a committee of new and returning judges this year.

I want to thank our judges for pulling off an incredible feat of judging approximately 55 entries each. They put in some hours to make sure our entries were carefully reviewed and scored, and we are so thankful for their time and effort.

Thanks again to our sponsors, judges, and members of our Hashies Committee for their continued support of our program and for making this year even better than the last. 

We hope you’ll join us on Thursday, August 22 at Jasper Winery to celebrate! Even if you aren’t a finalist or didn’t participate at all, we still throw one heck of a celebration for Des Moines & Iowa’s best and brightest social media professionals. 

Ceremony tickets are available at here.

Members of Social Media Club will enjoy an exclusive VIP Members-Only Happy Hour from 5-6pm before doors open so you can network and connect with your fellow members, along with our sponsors and special guests. BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!

See you next week!

– Hashies Committee