About the Awards


Marketing research sits at the center of the goal of integrating the customer’s voice into every aspect of an organization. Yet even as customer-centricity grows in importance as a business best practice, the marketing research and insights function still doesn’t get all the acclaim it deserves.  

The Excellence Awards are here to change that.

Powered by Quirk’s Media – the industry’s most respected provider of content, events and resources for marketing researchers – the awards will shine a much-deserved spotlight on the researchers, vendors and products and services that are adding value and impact to marketing research. 

The actual awards will be given out in a red-carpet, black-tie gala in New York. We feel it is import to give the best in the business a place to be celebrated and recognized face-to-face by the industry.


The Marketing Research & Insight Excellence awards consist of 16 categories covering both individual and team achievements as well as awards for best projects, MR tools and those that give of their talents to make the world a better place. View the nomination packet to learn more.


Whether you’re an agency or a client-side researcher, if you win, you’ll bask in the adulation and approval of a ballroom full of your peers and go home with a beautiful award as proof of your achievement. Even if you’re nominated but don’t win, you’ll be part of an event designed to boost the visibility and value of marketing research by celebrating some of the people and organizations that are raising the bar for the whole profession.

Questions? Contact Steve@quirks.com for more information.

Event MC

Moody McCarthy


 Moody McCarthy is an American stand-up comedian who has made multiple network TV appearances. McCarthy was raised in Syracuse, NY, the 6th of 7 children, and graduated from Corcoran High School in 1984, before attending New York University.

Moody began his comedy career in Syracuse in 1992 and from 1994-95 covered sports on WYYY's ("Y94FM") morning show. He is still a regular guest on WTKW ("TK99") with "Gomez & Dave in the Morning".

McCarthy has made appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman" July 12th, 2012 and September 5th, 2014. His first network appearance was on the re-vamped "Star Search" in 2003. Moody also appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in 2004, and was a semi-finalist on "Last Comic Standing" in 2006. In 2014 he advanced to the 2nd round of "America's Got Talent" but was not shown performing in the telecast.

His debut CD, "The Night it Went Well", has received play on satellite radio.