Newcomer, 8909, wins 4 awards at the 2022 Bookmark Awards

Newcomer, 8909, wins 4 awards at the 2022 Bookmark Awards
Newcomer, 8909, wins 4 awards at the 2022 Bookmark Awards

The 14th annual Bookmark Awards was held at Summer Place in Johannesburg last week and 8909  walked away with 4 awards.

The digital agency, which was named a finalist for all 23 categories it entered, walked away with the following accolades:

  • Best Use of Data – #ILoveEatingRussians for Eskort (Gold)
  • Online Video Series – “Who got chowed on Twitter” for Eskort (Gold)
  • Social Media Campaigns – #ILoveEatingRussians for Eskort (Silver)
  • Social Paid Advertising – #ILoveEatingRussians for Eskort (Bronze)


This was the first year 8909 has entered the Bookmark Awards, which rewards excellence in digital and recognises the powerful impact interactive has on the overall marketing mix. 

Ciaran Mckivergan, CEO of 8909, is ecstatic with the wins, and notes that it speaks volumes for the work the agency is doing, as well as to the powerhouse team they have built alongside their brave clients who always push 8909 for excellence. “To have entered 23 categories and named finalists in all of those 23 categories was an achievement in itself and really shows how much our team has grown. None of these awards would have been possible if not for our trusting clients and the relationship we have with them. Great work is only achieved when you and your client work as partners towards the same goal, as opposed to the traditional client-supplier relationship. For this I thank them, from the whole 8909 team, and I can’t wait to achieve even greater things with them. To our partners MetropolitanRepublic who have catapulted our growth and allowed us to spread our data-driven digital wings, we salute you. The future is bright and we can’t wait to take our promise of Quantified Creativity to even greater heights in the years to come,” Mckivergan says.

Founded in 2015 by Mckivergan, 8909 is a digital agency that believes that human behavioural psychology and meaningful digital data should be the starting point for any effective marketing campaign, and data should be used as a continual benchmark to evaluate ongoing success. The agency’s unique approach to Quantified Creativity, and the value and return that this approach brings to clients, is what sets them apart from other agencies. The agency, which covers all aspects of the digital marketing ecosystem (including, but not limited to: research, strategy, creative, media buying and influencer and community management), has clients in Africa, the Middle East, the UK and the US, and most recently welcomed Paramount (Comedy Central, BET, Nickelodeon, MTV) into their portfolio alongside their other clients such as GSK (Med-Lemon, Aquafresh, Grandpa), Flora, Eskort and many more.