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International AME Awards Announces 2013 Winners; DDB Tribal, Germany Earns AME Grand Award & Regional Platinum Award/Europe

March 21, 2013


DDB Canada, Vancouver and PHD China Awarded AME Regional Platinum Awards; AME Green Award Goes to Heimat Werbeagentur GmbH, Germany

New York, NY – March 20, 2013: The International AME Awards® for the World’s Best Advertising and Marketing Effectiveness™ announced the 2013 competition award winners. The Grand Jury presented the prestigious AME Grand Award and Regional Platinum Award/Europe to DDB Tribal Germany. DDB Canada, Vancouver/North America and PHD China/Asia-Pacific also earned AME Regional Platinum Awards.

The 2013 AME Grand Jury awarded 17 Gold AME Awards, 20 Silver, and 23 Bronze Awards to entries received from 27 countries worldwide. Celebrity-focused brand interaction was a huge trend, with campaigns employing actual celebrities or creating contests where the consumer or their ideas would be the star. Entries submitted into newly launched categories, including Social Benefit, Branded Entertainment, and Use of Discipline/Low-Budget also scored Gold Awards for multiple campaigns.

DDB Tribal Germany was honored with the AME Grand Award and AME Regional Platinum Award/Europe for “Don’t Make Up and Drive,” for client Volkswagen AG. The campaign exposed women to the danger of applying make-up while driving by partnering with online make-up star, Nikkie, whose tutorial is interrupted by a crash delivering an impactful, life-saving message. The campaign mobilized community support to persuade women that life’s not worth risking, even for the most beautiful make-up, scoring 2 Gold AME Awards, as well as 1,364,000 views, thousands of re-tweets, blog posts, and world-wide PR.

“We are as happy as we are proud to achieve the highest recognition for “Don´t Make Up and Drive” not only at the most important creative shows but also at the most prestigious shows that judge effectiveness,” said Eric Schoeffler, Chief Creative Officer, DDB Tribal, Germany. “We are grateful to have the creative talent and a client that really motivates us to explore new forms of creativity. The AME means a lot to us.”

The AME Grand Jury awarded two global agencies the AME Regional Platinum Award: DDB Canada, Vancouver received the Platinum AME Award/North America for “Canada. Keep Exploring” created for the Canadian Tourism Commission. The campaign employed consumer participation and leveraged the power of peer-to-peer influence by presenting real journeys documented by fellow travelers. The marketing effort shifted perceptions amongst international travelers propelling Canada to the #1 country brand two years in a row, and reversed the decline in international visitation to Canada. The campaign also earned an AME Gold and Silver Award.

“If you think the work's good, wait until you see the country,” said Cosmo Campbell, Creative Director, DDB Canada, Vancouver.

PHD China earned the Platinum AME Award/Asia-Pacific for “Dive Into Love” for Cornetto. The campaign targeted young lovers in China, and was designed to help Chinese teens and young adults navigate modern love. The campaign employed a series of four 12 minute films focused on different aspects of love with Cornetto ice cream as the star, using product placement and branding woven into the story lines. The results: Cornetto doubled their sales over a two year period, and the medium launch generated a total of 320 million video views, and over 2.8 million posts on Sina Weibo.

“I think it demonstrates the power of a great idea, well executed, that allowed us to build a meaningful connection between our brand and our target customers, ultimately delivering fantastic business results,” said Mark Heap, CEO, PHD China.

Heimat Werbeagentur GmbH, Germany was honored with the 2013 AME Green Award for “CNN Ecosphere”. CNN International created an interactive digital ecosystem based on Twitter where politically and environmentally active opinion leaders around the globe could take part in a worldwide debate on climate change during COP17. The motto: “Plant a thought, watch it grow”. Every Tweet containing #COP17 was added to a visualized discussion on the ECOSPHERE micro site and became part of a worldwide debate on climate change. CNN ECOSPHERE gathered more than 227,000 tweets, generating more than 6.7 million unique media impressions around the globe. “CNN Ecosphere” also scored 2 AME Gold and 2 Silver Awards.

“Instead of bringing the Climate Change Conference to the world we brought the world to the Conference - with the power of a hashtag,” commented Myles Lord, Creative Managing Director for Heimat Berlin.

This year, celebrity-focused campaign themes scored high. DDB Hong Kong “McDonald’s Chinese New Year McGreeting” featuring comedic duo Soft Hard earned 2 Gold AME Awards and 3 Silver; DDB Chicago’s “GED Pep Talk Center” for the Ad Council, featuring celebrities such as Christopher Lloyd and Terry Crews, was honored with 3 Silver AME Awards; and Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO’s “Going from Good to Great” for PepsiCo/Walkers, starring British comics Stephen Fry and Jimmy Carr, received a Silver AME.

To view 2013’s AME Award Winners: http://www.ameawards.com/winners/2013/ and for more information: www.ameawards.com

All press inquiries should be directed to Gayle Mandel: gmandel@internationalawardsgroup.com.

About the AME Awards for the World’s Best Advertising and Marketing Effectiveness™: Founded in 1994, the AME Awards® honors work that demonstrates ground-breaking solutions to challenging marketing problems. To earn a coveted AME Award, an entry must exhibit specific marketing goals and objectives accomplished through creative execution and strategic planning. Entries are judged by an international panel of top interactive and multidisciplinary marketers, media planners, strategy directors, social media experts, and creative directors.

About International Awards Group: Founded in 1957, IAG organizes advertising and programming competitions for the following brands: AME Awards® for Advertising Marketing Effectiveness; Midas Awards® for Financial Services Communications; The Global Awards® for Healthcare Communications; NYF International Advertising Awards®; NYF International Television & Film Awards®; and NYF International Radio Programs & Promotions Awards®. Entries to each of the competitions are judged by international panels of professionals considered experts in their respective industries. For more information, go to www.internationalawardsgroup.com.