The IPA Effectiveness reward and showcase the commercial power of ideas. They are the only awards ceremony where the entries have to prove that communication ideas actually delivered a return on investment. Beyond this they provide learning on how communication ideas work.
Over the last 20 years the awards scheme has been successful in generating over 1,000 rigorous proofs of advertising ideas. In 2002 the awards scheme broadened to include entries from other communication disciplines such as PR, DM and media. Thus, the database now includes case histories on how ideas manifested in packaging and sponsorship had the power to deliver profitable growth and also how integrated communication ideas have worked.
In the continual development of the Effectiveness Awards programme, two main changes have been made in 2004. These are in the areas of the Special Prizes and Entry Rules and Conditions. To encourage entries from a variety of disciplines and to forge even greater co-operation between our sister industry bodies, the PRCA and the MCCA, the Effectiveness Awards are now open to non-IPA member agencies. This year's Special Prizes reflect the IPA's drive to encourage broader participation and new learning, without diluting the Awards' fundamental focus on effectiveness and commercial return.