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Three Indian campaigns in Gunn Report’s Cases for Creativity 2016

BBDO’s Share the Load, Last Words by Medulla Communications and Mindshare’s 6-Pack Band are in the global list of 15 cases

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | March 8, 2017


The Gunn Report has released Cases for Creativity 2016, a round-up of the campaigns that have achieved the highest accolade in advertising by winning both a Cannes Gold Lion for creativity and a Gold Effie award for effectiveness. Cases for Creativity is an annual study by James Hurman, author and founder of innovation consultancy ‘Previously Unavailable.’

Three Indian cases are a part of the list – Last Words’ campaign by Medulla Communications, BBDO’s Share the Load and Mindshare’s 6-Pack Band. Representing the ultimate industry achievement, 15 campaigns accomplished such a feat in 2016. Six of the 15 cases are for commercial brands. The others are not-for-profit or corporate social responsibility campaigns.

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James Hurman, Author, Cases for Creativity, said, “Two of this year’s group are retrospective effectiveness awards, acknowledging the success, over many years, of Old Spice and John Lewis. These feel like proper creative advertising. Campaigns that have taken two brands that by rights should have been as dull as dishwater, and made them transcend their natural order. Made leaders of them.”

“But looking at the other, more recent campaigns, I worry that we’re losing the ability to do that. We’re in danger of becoming overly seduced by anything that's trying to save the world. And our commercial campaigns look less like efforts to make brands transcendent and more like attempts to follow a fashion of being so real and authentic that we actually kind of avoid creativity,” he added.

Hurman further said, “While these campaigns can be disarming to the consumer, I’m not sure it's really creative. Most troubling, these campaigns all feel just a bit too similar. Like we've stopped awarding work that's different and started awarding work that's the same. As the gold Effies prove, these campaigns are effective, but we mustn’t lose the ability to set brands apart with big shiny ideas as we are in danger of losing the magic that creative agencies can add to brands.”

The Cases for Creativity 2016 are:

  1. ‘#whoistheking’ for Burger King by Buzzman, France
  2. ‘Breast Cream’ for New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation by Colenso BBDO, New Zealand
  3. ‘Groceries Not Guns’ for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America by Grey Toronto, Canada
  4. ‘Last Words’ for Indian Association of Palliative Care by Medulla Communications, India
  5. ‘Lifepaint’ for Volvo by Grey London, UK
  6. ‘Manboobs’ for MACMA by DAVID Buenos Aires, Argentina
  7. ‘Multiple campaigns’ for John Lewis by adam&eveDDB, UK
  8. ‘Multiple campaigns’ for Old Spice by Wieden + Kennedy Portland, USA
  9. ‘Radiometries’ for Exito Foundation by Sancho BBDO, Colombia
  10. ‘Save our Songbirds’ for Natura 2000 NGO Coalition by Jazz, Romania
  11. ‘Share the Load’ for Ariel by BBDO Mumbai, India
  12. ‘The 6-Pack Band’ for Brooke Bond Red Label by Mindshare Mumbai, India
  13. ‘The Bulletpen’ for Ministry of National Education by McCann Bogotá, Colombia
  14. ‘The Madden Giferator’ for EA Sports by Heat, USA
  15. ‘World Gallery’ for Apple by TBWA\Media Arts Lab Los Angeles, USA


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