The best people to tell you about The Pitch are our previous judges, sponsors and student teams. Each year we are delighted to partner with leading global brands and industry leaders, to host a unique marketing competition showcasing the talent of aspiring marketers nationwide. Here you’ll be able to gain an insight into The Pitch and discover the real life experiences of those involved.
Evie Johnson, Winner of The Pitch, 2017
“Graduates can’t afford to take a back seat in marketing and as placements become more and more common, they need to find other ways to have an edge..."
Sam Willan, Marketing Manager, StudentUniverse
"Partnering with the CIM for The Pitch, as sponsors in 2017 and as a judge in 2018 has been a hugely valuable experience for StudentUniverse..."
Sarah Wood, Marketing Director, Wilkinson Sword
"It’s been a revelatory day for me. According to the returning judges, the standard of the pitches was higher than ever before..."
Rhys Plater, Winner of The Pitch 2016
"Standing out as a graduate is not easy. However through being a part of The Pitch and winning in 2016, I was able to go straight into the industry as a Marketing and Development Officer..."
“Graduates can’t afford to take a back seat in marketing and as placements become more and more common, they need to find other ways to have an edge. I think The Pitch is a great start and it’s good fun. The money has come in really handy for my relocation too”.
"Partnering with the CIM for The Pitch, as sponsors in 2017 and as a judge in 2018 has been a hugely valuable experience for StudentUniverse. Hearing fresh, innovative ideas from talented young marketers, who are also right in our target demographic allowed us to gain unique brand insights, that continue to inform our marketing strategy and campaigns. Be prepared for an honest critique of your brand's shortcomings but with twice as many ideas on how to overcome them.
It also allowed us to develop some great collaborative working relationships with students who had been part of the campaign. Siobhan Glover, who was runner up in 2017, and her partner went on to set up and run an Instagram account @backpacksandbeyond. We recently worked with as part of a partnership campaign with Visit Victoria, who approached to help position the state as a student backpacker destination. We knew Siobhan and Andy were perfect candidates for the job, to get off the beaten track and show us everything the state had to offer through Instagram stories and their own authentic approach to influencer marketing. We had the added bonus of them already knowing the StudentUniverse brand through The Pitch - it certainly won't be the last time we work with them.
Being a part of this initiative has also led to us reviewing our hiring policy, and as a business will be looking to bring in marketing staff at a graduate level for the first time. The future of marketing is in safe hands!"
“It’s been a revelatory day for me. According to the returning judges, the standard of the pitches was higher than ever before. For me, the level of professionalism was there – some of the ideas were better than we might expect from an agency. The pitches that really worked well were insightful and used targeted market research, with considerations of our audience, to go the extra mile. Those were the concepts I can see us using in the future”.
“Standing out as a graduate is not easy. However through being a part of The Pitch and winning in 2016, I was able to go straight into the industry as a Marketing and Development Officer. Gaining the experience of presenting my marketing plan to a panel of experts, gave me a great understanding of the real world of marketing and confidence in my ability as a young marketer”