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WARC Media Awards 2018 announces Best Use of Data winners

Mindshare India wins Grand Prix for Lifebuoy’s 'The Adaptive Data Lighthouse' campaign. Four Gold, three Silver and four Bronze have been awarded in the Best Use of Data category, recognising the role of data in an effective communications strategy

IHOP, KFC, Lifebuoy, Toyota, UNIQLO and Virgin Trains are among the winners of the Best Use of Data category of WARC's global Media Awards 2018, recognising communications planning, which has made a positive impact on business results.

Twelve winners — One Grand Prix, four Gold, three Silver and four Bronze — have been awarded in the Best Use of Data category, recognising the role of data in an effective communications strategy.

The jury, chaired by Nicole Kane, VP of Media & Performance, Epsilon, also awarded three Special Awards for particular areas of expertise: Personalisation Award for the best example of a campaign that used data to segment effectively; Attribution Award for the best example of a channel attribution model; and Data-Driven Insight Award for a campaign where data helped to identify the right audience at scale.

The Grand Prix winner is Mindshare, India, for 'The Adaptive Data Lighthouse' campaign for Lifebuoy, India's soap brand owned by Hindustan Unilever.

Lifebuoy continued to face problems reaching rural consumers, working with the challenges of low literacy rates and low traditional media penetration. The brand created an infection warning system by crunching government data to predict outbreaks, and then targeted marketing on a micro-local level to spread awareness of the importance of hand hygiene. As a result, Lifebuoy increased its rural brand metrics, penetration and sales, and helped to reduce infection rates.

Commenting on the Grand Prix winning campaign, Ian Forrester, SVP, Research and Analytics at Whalar, said, “It was a lovely story. There is a lot of social value around what they're doing and it's a complex model that was implemented by calling people up on the phone, which is what you need to do India. That was a nice mix of old and new.”

The full winners list of WARC's Media Awards 2018 — Best Use of Data:

Grand Prix

The Adaptive Data Lighthouse, Lifebuoy, Hindustan Unilever Limited, Mindshare, India


Hot Spots and Hell Spots, Virgin Trains, Manning Gottlieb OMD, United Kingdom + Data-Driven Insight Award

A data-fuelled solution that rises to the occasion, IHOP, Dine Brands Global, Initiative, North America

Finding a buried treasure, SAP, PHD Singapore, Asia + Personalisation Award

Flu Tracker, Theraflu, GlaxoSmithKline, MediaCom Russia, GlaxoSmithKline Healthcare, Russian Federation


The Power of Data, KFC, YUM! Hearts & Science, MENA + Attribution Award

If you can dream it, you can Pylox it, Nippon Pylox, Nippon Paint Malaysia, Ensemble Worldwide, Malaysia

Hijacking the largest shopping festival in the world, UNIQLO, Fast Retailing Co.  Mindshare China, China


We Choose Hybrid, Toyota, Toyota Motor Europe, m/SIX, Europe

Smart Search, Big Bazaar, Future Retail Limited, MediaCom, India

A full media mix based on machine-learning technologies, First Ukrainian International Bank (FUIB), OMD Media Direction Ukraine, Ukraine

Belanja Berbagi, 1001 Inspirasi Ramadhan, Unilever, Unilever Indonesia, Mindshare Indonesia, Indonesia

More information on this year's WARC Media Awards — Best Use of Data winners is available at  (

The winners of the Effective Channel Integration, Effective Use of Partnerships & Sponsorships and Effective Use of Tech categories will be announced later this month.

The top winning case study papers of the WARC Media Awards will share a $40,000 prize fund.

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