Money Makers

At the heart of SMTE is the annual Money Makers Competition. This competition allows the sales teams of TV stations the opportunity to exchange their proven and successful sales promotion ideas with other small and medium market stations through friendly competition.

TV stations submit their best sales promotion ideas in the months leading up to SMTE. Through several rounds of voting, the Small Market Television Advisory Committee selects up to 25 finalists, who are named and recognized as Money Makers. They will then present their entries onsite throughout the conference. SMTE attendees vote live onsite to select the Best of Round winners and overall Best of the Best winner. All finalists and winners receive cash prizes, trophies, certificates, and recognition at the conference.

Ultimately, SMTE attendees will walk away with proven revenue-generating sales to take back to their stations, plus a compilation of all the ideas submitted to the competition. It’s a win-win opportunity for everyone!

Best of Money Makers 2020

This year, the Money Makers Competition will be featured in an exciting new way with a Best of Money Makers special. The special will recognize past Money Makers with superlative honors and feature panel discussions with past winners.

Attendees will hear directly from past winning stations to learn more about their successful campaigns and forward-thinking strategies for future campaigns in the new normal.

The Best of Money Makers special will honor the following stations for their accomplishments over the past five years:

Winningest Money Makers


Top Money Makers


Most Talked About Campaign

“Scared of Santa” Baby Photo Contest – KNVN/KHSL – SMTE 2017