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MX Takatak, Mindshare, Kinnect, Aditya Birla Capital, Ultratech and Affle get top honours at MMA’s Smarties India 2021 Awards

75% marketers expect a spike in mobile budgets in 2021 — a 20% increase since 2020, led by social media and m-commerce technologies, stated MMA WARC Report Unveiled at the awards

MMA India concluded the 10th edition of Smarties 2021. MMA also unveiled the state of the mobile ecosystem in India report and martech maturity e-guide, equipping marketers with the right tools to move in the post-pandemic era.

The event featured a line-up of 77 award recipients across 23 categories along with industry-focused categories, celebrating achievements and effectiveness in the mobile marketing ecosystem.

MX TakaTak was recognised as the ‘Publisher of the Year’. Mindshare India was awarded as ‘Media Agency of the Year’; Kinnect was awarded ‘Creative Agency of the Year’, while Aditya Birla Capital grabbed the ‘Marketer of the Year’ award. The ‘Brand of the year’ went to Ultratech Cement and ‘Enabling technology company of the year’ was bagged by Affle. The award for the new category on ‘Contextual/Native Advertising’, introduced this year, was won by Hindustan Unilever Limited/Boost.

A new report titled ‘The Use of Mobile in Digital Marketing Mix’ was unveiled by MMA in collaboration with WARC during the event. The report analyses mobile marketing capabilities, growth in m-commerce and social marketing, and the impact of technologies such as AI, IoT, ML and voice on improving marketing efficiency.

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Key highlights of the report:

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*        Two-thirds (69%) marketers have adopted a mobile-first approach – a 10% increase since 2020, demonstrating mobile marketing’s growing position in the greater modern marketing picture.

*         55% marketers use engagement metrics followed by business metrics (51%) to measure mobile effectiveness in 2021.

*       75% marketers are expecting an increase in mobile budgets in 2021 – a 20% increase since 2020, led by social media and m-commerce technologies.

*        Social media leads in marketers’ (86%) strategies, followed by mobile web display (50%) and in-app display (47%). 56% of Indian consumers engage with social media ads – highest among any country.

*         89% respondents agree that mobile plays a significant role in the purchase journey. With the e-commerce boom, 82% marketers have accelerated their m-commerce capabilities and 81% are embarking on shoppable media, which is becoming a business avenue.

*        62% marketers believe that the 'death of cookies' will significantly impact marketing strategies. Furthermore, ad fraud continues to hinder mobile growth for 33% marketers followed by consumer privacy concerns and metrics (25%).

*        Nearly 37% marketers are spending more than a quarter of their budget on martech, while 35% are spending less than 10%.

*       With 37% marketers using AI and ML capabilities in 2021 – 42% expect these to be the top technologies over the next two years, followed by IoT (25%) and voice (24%).

Moneka Khurana, MMA India Board Member; Country Head, India, MMA, said, “The 2021 Smarties India Awards is our 10th edition and a milestone in several ways. We saw a 40% increase in submissions this year and a remarkable shift in the use of mobile capabilities, interactivity, and personalised communication. At Smarties, we are not only celebrating the powerhouse of talent in the industry but also creating benchmark work that inspires the industry as well as showcasing new and path breaking opportunities that are shaping the future of marketing.”

“As more businesses recognise the value of mobile and modern marketing, creating outstanding campaigns becomes crucial. The Smarties Awards encourage marketers and agencies to think outside the box. Year after year, the standards and creativity displayed continue to astound us. I also believe that the Smarties serve as an excellent springboard for new ideas, which we will see evolving in the coming years,” added Amit Jain, Managing Director, L’Oréal India and Chairperson of MMA India Board.

Hemant Malik, Divisional Chief Executive, Foods, ITC and Jury Chair at Smarties 2021, stated, “In this year’s edition I have seen some incredible work done. I was impressed by how each of the winners leveraged mobile as a platform to drive business objectives. This year we witnessed never-done-before approaches inspired by new behavioural consumer journeys. I applaud the winners who truly deserve the Smarties recognition — an appreciation of pioneering work done to shape the future.”

MMA with Hansa Cequity launched a ‘Modern Marketer’s e-guide to Martech Maturity’ outlining martech maturity levels across sectors, understanding the current tools, the gaps with insights on governance of martech stacks and skilling best practices.

Access the full report here

The winners were selected by a panel of judges comprising senior level brand marketers who deliberated over the submissions across four categories— marketing objective, media channel, technology, and creative awards wherein business impact was given the highest weightage.

126 entries were shortlisted from across 23 categories under the above-mentioned key themes. Submissions were received from various sectors, including FMCG, OTT, retail, BFSI, technology among several others. Smarties this year in India witnessed a 40% increase in entries as compared to last year.

The full list of the winners:

Industry Awards

Media Agency of the Year

Mindshare India

Creative Agency of the Year

Kinnect

Best in Show

Swiggy - Delivering happiness at your doorstep!

Marketer of the Year

Aditya Birla Capital Ltd.

Enabling Technology Company of the Year

Affle

Publisher of the Year

MX TakaTak

Brand of the Year

UltraTech Cement

 

GOLD

1

 

India - Brand Awareness / Experience

Google Assistant - Bolne Se Sab Hoga

Google India

MullenLowe Lintas Group

2

India - Consumer Promotions

Google Pay- Go India Game

Google India

MullenLowe Lintas Group

3

India - Lead Generation

Swiggy - Delivering happiness at your doorstep!

Swiggy

Swiggy In Association With Affle's RevX Programmatic Platform

4

India - Product / Service Launch

Launch of Puncture Safe Tyres

Ceat Tyres

Kinnect

5

India - Product / Service Launch

Airtel Safe Pay

Airtel Payments Bank

Airtel Payments Bank

6

India - Social Impact / Not-For-Profit

Pepsi Save Our Restaurants

Pepsi

Mindshare India

7

India - Programmatic and Machine Learning

Swiggy - Delivering happiness at your doorstep!

Swiggy

Swiggy In Association With Affle's RevX Programmatic Platform

8

India - Video Advertising

UltraTech Cement - Baat Ghar Ki

Aditya Birla Group / UltraTech Cement

Mindshare India

9

India - Innovation

Fossil - your favorite fashion store now on WhatsApp

Fossil (India)

Fossil in association with Affle's Vizury Platform

10

India - Mobile Audio / Voice

Kia Sonet Revs up with Interactive Voice Ads

Kia India

InMobi

11

India - Mobile Audio / Voice

Bandish Bandits Gets Fans Singing to Their Tune

Amazon Prime Video

Interactive Avenues - A Reprise Network Company

12

India - XR Technology - (AR/VR/MR)

Mooh Band Rakho

HDFC Bank

Kinnect

13

India - Best use of vernacular language in mobile advertising

Nurturing Bollywood Badshahs In Every Lane

MX TakaTak

MX TakaTak in association with Affle's MAAS platform & GroupM

14

India - Best use of vernacular language in mobile advertising

How UltraTech leveraged multiple mobile channels to establish itself as a Home Building Companion

Aditya Birla Group/UltraTech Cement

Mindshare India

15

India - Cross Channel Integration

Dove #StopTheBeautyTest

Hindustan Unilever Limited/ Dove

Mindshare India

16

India - Gaming / Gamification & E-Sports

Raktanchal x PubG

MX Player

MX Media & Entertainment Pte Ltd

17

India - Social Media Marketing

Rajasthan Royals - Rise of the Royal Admin

Rajasthan Royals

Interactive Avenues - A Reprise Network Company

18

India - Mobile App (includes mCommerce Solutions)

Fossil - your favorite fashion store now on WhatsApp

Fossil (India)

Fossil in association with Affle's Vizury Platform

19

India - Contextual / Native Advertising

Boost Stamina Meter - A new currency in town!

Hindustan Unilever Limited/ Boost

Mindshare India

20

India - Best use of Branded Content

Boost Stamina Meter - A new currency in town!

Hindustan Unilever Limited/ Boost

Mindshare India

21

India - Best use of Branded Content

Baat Ghar Ki - The Wikipedia of home building

Aditya Birla Group/UltraTech Cement

Mindshare India

22

India - Best Brand Experience in Mobile Rich Media

Bandish Bandits Gets Fans Singing to Their Tune

Amazon Prime Video

Interactive Avenues - A Reprise Network Company

23

India - Best Use of User Generated Content for Advertising

My India

MakeMyTrip India Pvt. Ltd.

The Glitch Media Pvt. Ltd.

24

India - Best Data Driven Display Creative

Swiggy - Delivering happiness at your doorstep!

Swiggy

Swiggy In Association With Affle's RevX Programmatic Platform

 

Silver

1

India - Brand Awareness / Experience

Boost Stamina Meter - A new currency in town!

Hindustan Unilever Limited/ Boost

Mindshare India

2

India - Brand Awareness / Experience

Making Dreams Come True

Aditya Birla Capital Ltd.

Aditya Birla Capital Ltd.

3

India - Consumer Promotions

Break the ice with Mentos Say Hello

Perfetti Van Melle/ Mentos

Creativeland Digital Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

4

India - Lead Generation

Monsoon Safety Campaign

CEAT Tyres

Kinnect

5

India - Product / Service Launch

Making Dreams Come True

Aditya Birla Capital Ltd.

Aditya Birla Capital Ltd.

6

India - Social Impact / Not-For-Profit

Be Kind to Your Mind

Google Search

Toaster

7

India - Programmatic and Machine Learning

Motivating People to Re-engage With Their Money

Aditya Birla Capital Ltd.

Aditya Birla Capital Ltd.

8

India - Connected Devices / The Internet of Things

Discovery+ Connecting the disconnected worlds of TV & Mobile

Discovery+

Discovery+, in Association with Affle's mediasmart's platform and Merkle Sokrati

9

India - Video Advertising

Purvanchal Ke Samachar - Mirzapur 2

Amazon Prime Video India

SoCheers Infotech Pvt. Ltd.

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