Ensemble Worldwide Malaysia and McCann Worldgroup India win WARC strategy gongs

Nick Kendall.jpgMcCann Worldgroup India and Ensemble Worldwide Malaysia have both won accolades at the WARC Awards in the Effective Content Strategy category,

FP7/Cairo, part of McCann Worldgroup, won the Grand Prix in the Effective Content Strategy category, rewarding branded content strategies that can demonstrate a business outcome, for its Coca-Cola campaign 'Hijacking the African Cup'.

Working on a variety of fronts, online and on the ground, Coca-Cola used an imaginative integrated campaign, hijacking the African Cup of Nations in Egypt without being the official sponsor and managing to outshine its competition on all awareness and brand parameters.

The results saw Coke's content shares numbered 111,000 vs Pepsi's 51,000; the Coke hashtag usage was 165,000 vs Pepsi's 55,000; awareness for the football association went up by 10% and brand love grew by 5 points in just a month.
The Grand Prix-winning campaign also won the Best Multiplatform special award for a content strategy that has successfully used a range of different communication channels.

McCann Worldgroup India won Silver for "Ask Again" for The Live Love Laugh Foundation and Ensemble Worldwide, Initiative Malaysia also wins Silver for 4G Films, Maxis, Maxis Berhad.

Bronze awards also go to McCann Worldgroup India for "Fair Sex Fair Say" for i-can for Piramal Healthcare and Ensemble Worldwide Malaysia for "If you can dream it, you can Pylox it" for Nippon Pylox Nippon Paint.

Commenting on the Grand Prix winner, jury member Nick Kendall, Founding Partner of media broker Electric Glue (pictured above), said: "Saliency is so important to Coke and that's what they achieved - mental presence. They placed themselves on the fans' side and, most importantly, in their songs and therefore in their hearts."

The judging panel of 16 chaired by John Dokes, Global Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of AccuWeather Network, awarded a further four Golds, four Silvers and four Bronzes and two more special awards to campaigns that ran in Brazil, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Malaysia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and United States, for brands including Antarctica, EGBank, Orange and Whiskas.

The WARC Awards' Content Strategy winners are:

Grand Prix
Hijacking the African Cup · Coca-Cola · The Coca-Cola Company · FP7/CAIRO, Part of McCann Worldgroup · Egypt + Best Multiplatform Award

Gold
Slow Trends · Connect · TBWA\RAAD · Lebanon + Smart Spender Award
Unveil Saudi · Saudi Telecom Company · J. Walter Thompson · Saudi Arabia + The Long-Term Idea Award
The Hammam Fighter · Orange · FP7/TUN · Tunisia
The Chronicles of Oufa · EGBank · FP7/CAIRO, Part of McCann Worldgroup · Egypt

Silver
Escape the Dating Apocalypse · Hinge · Justin McLeod and various individual investors · the STUDIO · United States
Ask Again · The Live Love Laugh Foundation · McCann Worldgroup · India
4G Films · Maxis · Maxis Berhad · Ensemble Worldwide, Initiative Malaysia · Malaysia
Web Series · Antarctica · AB InBev · AlmapBBDO · Brazil

Bronze
Fair Sex Fair Say · i-can · Piramal Healthcare · McCann Worldgroup · India
Dear Younger Me... · Emirates NBD · Momentum Egypt · Egypt
Kitten Kollege · Whiskas · Mars Petcare · AMVBBDO · United Kingdom
If you can dream it, you can Pylox it · Nippon Pylox · Nippon Paint · Ensemble Worldwide · Malaysia

All winners for the annual WARC Awards, a global case study competition in search for next-generation marketing effectiveness that focuses on the effective use of emerging marketing disciplines, have now been announced and can be viewed here.

The WARC Awards 2018 Report, providing an in-depth analysis, learnings and trends from the winners will be published in September 2018.

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