M&C Saatchi Direct & Digital Communications wins a Gold and a Silver medal. Radio Mirchi hits a Gold
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | December 21, 2012
The Midas AwardsÂŽ, for the Worldâs Best Financial Advertisingâ˘,Â announced theÂ award winnersÂ for the 2012 competition.Â This yearâs Midas Grand JuryÂ awarded one Grand Midas, 26 Gold Ingots, 46 Silver Ingots, and 63 Finalists. The 2012 Midas Awards competition received entries from 28 countries and is the only international competition that recognizes excellence in financial services communications on a global scale.
India earned 3 medals at the 2012 Midas Awards including 2 Gold and one Silver. M&C Saatchi Direct & Digital Communications a Gold and a Silver medal for its campaign for Birla Sun Life Insurance in Direct Mail category. Radio Mirchi bagged a Gold medal for Reimagining Radio in Annual Report category.
JWT Mumbaiâs Keep Counting campaign for Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund remained Midas Finalist Winner.
King James Cape Town earned the coveted Grand Midas Trophy in Investment Advisors for âBack at Yaâ for their client Santam Insurance.Â In 2012, Santam launched an ad featuring Sir Ben Kingsley.Â NandoÂ´s Fast Food Chicken produced a parody of the ad, which immediately became a massive viral hit. Santam responded within days of Nandoâs parody with their own award-winning spoof, challenging the fast-food chain to deliver a party sized dinner order to the Johannesburg Childrenâs Home with a 4pm Thursday deadline.Â Exposure for the Santam brand resulted in âBack at Yaâ becoming the most viewed South Africa video on YouTube in the 2 days after going viral. It also topped the most mentions on Twitter on the day of launch, trended after the first hour, and remained there until Nandos delivered on the challenge. Satamâs page takeover on News24 â resulted in 940,696 impressions and 11,440 clicks generating a CTR (Click-Through-Rate) of 1.2% - the CTR benchmark in SA is 0.25%.
âI'm on record for often saying that our goal as an agency is to create the best work in the category for our clients. I obviously had our own market in mind, so winning this award is spectacular overkill. We are thrilled. I know our client will also be. Kudos must go to Santam for this. Our response to Nando's was one of those spontaneous bolts of creative lightening that are so easily passed over because they don't fit a media schedule or a broader strategic purpose. This client put a good idea ahead of all other factors and that is rare these days.â Alistair King - Creative Partner King James Cape Town.
King James Cape Town was honored with 2 additional Gold Ingots for Santam Insurance; âBack at Yaâ received the Gold Ingot in Television Commercial, and âSir Sneakyâ for Financial Planning. The agency also garnered a Silver Ingot in the Investment Advisors category for âTime Fliesâ for client Allan Gray Limited.
U.S. agencies took the lead this year by earning 7 Gold Ingots. Publicis New York was honored with 2 Gold Ingots, the first in the Credit Card category for âCiti JFK/AAâ for Citi Executive AAdvantage card, and the second in Customer Service for âClear Checksâ for Citibank. RG/A New York received 3 Gold Ingots for Client MasterCard, 1 Gold Ingot in Place-Based Media for âCheck In to the Ballgame,â and âRugby World Cupâ earned 2 Gold Ingots in Sponsorship. The Martin Agency Richmond was awarded a Gold Ingot in the Website category for Morgan Stanley âFollow the Money,â and XO Group Inc. New York was recognized with a Gold Ingot in Credit Card âGet What U Want Out of Lifeâ for client Chase Blueprint.
Belgiumâs Mortierbrigad Brussels was awarded 3 Gold Ingots.Â The agency received 2 in Banking, and an additional Gold Ingot in Recruiting for âWhat if...â for client Deutsche Bank.
The following German agencies were honored with Gold Ingots:Â Agenta Werbeagentur GmbHÂ MĂźnsterÂ received a Gold Ingot in Sponsorship for âThrow! But Donât Throw Your Smartphone!â for ING-DiBa;Â Heimat Werbeagentru GmbH Berlin was honored with a Gold Ingot in Banking for âWe Clear The Wayâ for Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken; and Strichpunkt GmbH Stuttgart took home a Gold Ingot in the Annual Report category for âTogether We Win - Annual Report 2011â for client Adidas AG.
Australian creative work was recognized with 2 Gold Ingots:Â Bengar Films Prahran was awarded a Gold Ingot in Sponsorship for âNAB Schools Firstâ for client NAB; and Lavender Communications GroupÂ Sydney received a Gold Ingot in Online Advertising for âCar Loansâ for Westpac.
Brazilâs Artplan Rio De Janerio garnered two Gold Ingots, the first in Event Promotion/Marketing, and the second in Point-of-Purchase for âThe Social Home Tourâ for Carvalho Hosken.
The following agencies were recognized with Gold Ingots for their outstanding work: Rahofer Werbeagentur Salzburg, Austria earned a Gold Ingot in Annual Report for âThe Most Flexible Annual Report Everâ for client Palfinger AG; TBWA\Digital Arts Network Auckland, New Zealand earned a Gold Ingot in Public Service for âANZ Poppydayâ for ANZ Bank; Pristop Ljubljana, Slovenia was awarded a Gold Ingot in Banking for âRhyme with Zlatkoâ for client Sveta vladar (The ruler of the world); 41? 29! Istanbul, Turkey garnered a Gold Ingot in Electronic Banking for âDenizBank Facebook Bankingâ for client DenizBank; and Havas Worldwide London, UK received a Gold Ingot in Sponsorship for âMetamorphosisâÂ for Credit Suisse.
The MidasÂ Grand JuryÂ is comprised of client and agency leaders from the creative and marketing disciplines, as well as internationally recognized experts in financial policy and communications. Midas Jury Panels award Gold and Silver Midas Ingots to the highest scoring entries in each category. The Grand Midas Award is recognized as the âBest of Showâ by the Board of Judges and Advisors.