Coke scoops top awards for campaign
Dubai, December 27, 2012
Coca-Cola has announced that its latest music-focused campaign ‘Coke Studio Middle East’ has scooped up four awards at Gemas Effie Mena 2012 and The Cristal Festival Europe.
Coke Studio Season One won three awards in three categories including Best Youth Marketing Campaign (Silver), Best FMCG Campaign (Silver), and Best Use of Social Media (Bronze).
Sharing the spotlight at the Gemas Effie Mena 2012 and making a 2nd year comeback to the awards was the Sprite Cricket Stars Championship, which won two awards including Best FMCG Campaign (Silver) and Best Use of Corporate Social Responsibility (Bronze), a statement from the company said.
Judd Labarathe, chairman of Gemas Effie Mena 2012, creator of the Asia Pacific Effies, and advisor to the Effie Worldwide Board, said: “In an Effie year where big ideas were rare, and the best campaigns were those where the media idea and the creative were impossible to separate, Coke Studio stood out.”
"‘Branded content’ is (just) a buzzword in many places, but this effort shows how to do it right - namely, by developing an original idea, putting it on an audience-relevant platform, and then getting out of the way so the audience can appreciate the idea (or not) on its own merits. ‘Terrific work.’”
Coke Studio also celebrated winning an Emerald Cristal during The Cristal Festival EuropeCristal for its achievements as a strategic, innovative and engaging branded content platform in the Middle East.
The Cristal Festival Europe is an international festival for professionals of the communication, advertising and creative worlds, held in the Swiss Alps every year and bringing together juries of agencies and advertisers.
There is unique international award category dedicated to brand entertainment and contents that recognises original, engaging and entertaining content implemented via original distribution channels and content platforms, encouraging consumer engagement.
Imad Benmoussa, general manager of Coca-Cola Middle East, said: “Winning five Effies for Mena solidly marks the sound, creative and effective campaigns we strive to achieve. We celebrate with our team and share these awards with our partners across the Mena region.”
“We are on an incredible path as the industry has consistently shown appreciation towards our strong campaigns, further proving the company’s dedication in achieving our business goals.”
TolgaCebe, region marketing manager for Middle East said: “It is a great pleasure to see that our key marketing initiatives are generating both strong business results and high recognition from the advertising industry with five Effies awards complementing the eight Lynx trophies that we received in early 2012.”
“It is definitely a special encouragement for our brand teams and our agency partners that comes with the accountability for even more impactful campaigns in 2013.”
Gemas Effie Mena is the regional version of the world’s globally renowned awards for marketing excellence. The Effies celebrate Ideas That Work – marketing ideas that click, bring home the results, and meet organisational objectives.
The entries are judged upon real, quantifiable and measurable results from marketing campaigns that have run in one or more Mena countries. The rigorous yet prestigious competition provides a platform to showcase creativity, compete with the very best, and gain marketing acumen, the statement said.
The Cristal Festival Europe is held to promote European advertising creativity and showcase a variety of work from the international creative industries as inspiration, by means of a diverse range of competitions and through the sharing of knowledge.
The Cristal juries are made up of both agencies and advertisers. Over 1,000 people attend the festival every year coming for its debates, conferences, and workshops that are held about the latest topics, trends and developments in the industry, always led by keynote speakers. – TradeArabia News Service