Dentsu Aegis – South East Asia Campaign Creative & Media Agency of the Year 2016

Since 1994, the Campaign Agency of the Year Awards is the Asia Pacific region’s most prestigious advertising industry awards, recognizing inspired leadership, management excellence, outstanding business performance and overall achievements in advertising and communications industry.

With results tabulated by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) it is the only awards program that honors agency performance at both a local and regional level. This year’s Agency of the Year Awards judging panel included 93 client marketers from key business categories across Asia-Pacific, all of whom gave generously of their time and expertise to review and pick out the best amongst a record-high 955 contending creative and media agencies.

Dentsu Aegis Asia Pacific had it’s been showing last night since Dentsu Inc. acquired Aegis Group business in 2013.

Dentsu Aegis - South East Asia Campaign Agency of the Year 2016

Dentsu Aegis – South East Asia Campaign Agency of the Year 2016

Dentsu Brand Agencies new brand proposition of delivering Innovative Business Solutions created in 2016 certainly produced the goods. Brands in Southeast Asia did fabulously with Dentsu media Thailand scoring two Golds for both Creative and Media Agency of the Year and Dentsu Jayme Syfu winning a Gold for Philippines Creative Agency of the Year.

Stemmed from a spectrum of Dentsu’s numerous capabilities, the work produced across the region spans many different forms – from the creation of music to movies and the management of sports to events.

Driven by ideas, technology and a strong sense of entrepreneurship, Dentsu Brand Agencies has positioned itself this year as more than a creative agency – it is a creative leader providing a full suite of innovative business solutions beyond advertising.

Aligned to Dentsu Aegis Network’s overarching vision of ‘Innovating the way brands are built’, Dentsu Brand Agencies’ new brand proposition is set to move people to move businesses as we head into  2017.

Nick Waters, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network APAC said; ‘This is a tremendous collection of awards, recognizing the strength and quality of our agencies and teams throughout Asia Pacific over the course of this year – many congratulations to all of the winners’.

Isobar Interactive Agency Network of the Year
The biggest win belongs to Isobar, who was awarded Digital Network of the Year for Asia Pacific, the brand’s fifth win within a span of six years. Awarded Gold in the Greater China region, Carat Hong Kong won Hong Kong Media Agency of the Year while Media Palette Taiwan was awarded the title Taiwan Digital Agency of the Year. Dentsu Aegis Network also emerged as Winner in the Greater China Digital Agency of the Year category.

Vizeum Malaysia took home the title of Malaysia Media Agency of the Year, and Dentsu Aegis Network Southeast Asia rounded the awards up by securing the title of Southeast Asia Creative Agency of the Year.

Our Dentsu Aegis leaders did tremendously well too: Ruth Stubbs, Global President of iProspect, and Ashish Bhasin, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network South Asia, celebrated their second consecutive win as Digital Asia Pacific Agency Head of the Year and South Asia Agency Head of the Year respectively.

Sean O’Brien, CEO of Carat Asia Pacific, won Media Asia Pacific Agency Head of the Year for the second time (his first win was in 2012) while Chris Chen, CEO and Executive Creative Director of Trio Isobar China, won Greater China Agency Head of the Year.

Australia Media Agency of the Year:
Bronze: Carat Australia

New Zealand Media Agency of the Year:
Silver: Vizeum New Zealand

Australia Digital Agency of the Year:
Bronze: Isobar Australia

Indonesia Creative Agency of the Year:
Silver: Dentsu Indonesia

Philippines Creative Agency of the Year:
Gold: Dentsu Jayme Syfu

Thailand Creative Agency of the Year:
Gold: Dentsu Media Thailand

Vietnam Creative Agency of the Year:
Silver: Dentsu One Vietnam

Southeast Asia Creative Agency of the Year Winner:
Dentsu Aegis Network

Malaysia Media Agency of the Year:
Gold: Vizeum Media Malaysia

Thailand Media Agency of the Year:
Gold: Dentsu Media Thailand

Vietnam Media Agency of the Year:
Silver: Dentsu Media Vietnam

Indonesia Digital Agency of the Year:
Bronze: Dentsu Digital Indonesia

Malaysia Digital Agency of the Year:
Gold: Isobar Malaysia

Philippines Digital Agency of the Year:
Bronze: Dentsu Jayme Syfu

Singapore Digital Agency of the Year:
Bronze: Isobar Singapore

Southeast Asia Integrated Agency of the Year:
Bronze: Dentsu Media Thailand

Digital Network of the Year:
Winner: Isobar Asia Pacific

Asia-Pacific Programmatic Agency of the Year (Sponsored by The Trade Desk):
Silver: Amnet Asia Pacific

Asia-Pacific Agency Head of the Year (Media):
Winner: Sean O’Brien | Carat Asia Pacific

Asia-Pacific Agency Head of the Year (Digital):
Winner: Ruth Stubbs | iProspect Asia Pacific

Asia-Pacific Corporate Communications Team of the Year:
Runner-up: Marketing and Communications Team
Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific

Cannes 2016 – Festival of Advertising and now Technology

Cannes Advertising Awards 2016It’s been ten years since I have attended the International Festival of Creativity, the Cannes Lions Festival.

Somethings are exactly the the same. The abundance of awards, drinking, dinners, parties and the networking events held on large yachts.

Dentsu Group companies (Dentsu Inc., Carat (London), 360i (New York), Dentsu Young & Rubicam (Tokyo) and Drill (Tokyo)) were awarded a total of thirty-one Lions (one Grand Prix, one Gold, twelve Silver, sixteen Bronze and one Product Design) at the 63rd Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (June 18-25), Lions Health Festival (June 18-19), Lions Innovation Festival (June 21-22) and the inaugural Lions Entertainment Festival (June 23-24) held in Cannes, France.

The Dentsu Group Grand Prix Lion winner was “Life is electric” for Panasonic Corporation.

The insight for this work is very powerful. What if we could see electricity? It managed to use the power of design to change the perception of a product that has become a commodity, by bringing storytelling in—in every space. It creates a bridge between the digital tools and the analog world. A great piece of work.

Dentsu team with the Grand Prix Design Lion

Dentsu Inc: – Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
Cyber:    Two Silver, one Bronze
Design:    One Grand Prix, one Gold, six Silver, one Bronze
Direct:    One Bronze
Film:    One Silver
Film Craft:    One Bronze
Media:    One Silver, one Bronze
Mobile:    One Silver, one Bronze
Outdoor:    Three Bronze
PR:    Two Bronze
Product Design:    One Product Design

Lions Health Festival
Pharma:    Three Bronze

Lions Innovation Festival
Creative Data:    One Silver, two Bronze

The three minute award entry show reel continues to drive what entities are awarded and what isn’t.

If you can’t tell a three minute video led story on why your work should be awarded, you have no chance of finding a jury judge interested, no matter how effective your results were for your client.

What is very different for me is how much Cannes has turned into a tech show. A Consumer Electronics Show crossed with a watered down SXSW festival.

I remember ten years ago Microsoft just starting to make a presence on the ad scene. Now it’s all about the big showy setup from Google, Facebook and Twitter and a thousand other tech venders attending all shouting for attention. Advertising has certainly transformed from a festival celebrating print, radio and film to an event all about digital advertising tech led solutions.

So many talks seem to be about promoting tech and the benefits of big data, virtual reality and audience demand generation platforms rather than a celebration on how a big strategic and creative idea can deliver brand impact and business growth.

What has also changed is how separated the creative and media agencies are in operation, focus and collaboration with each other. Creative agencies are now creating ideas with a no canvas approach but it often does not support the media agencies approach to an endless amount of platforms both online and offline to push the message. Too often the creative idea is not made for the media channel to amplify.

This is very apparent at the Cannes event itself.

Advertising messages are planted everywhere. Sure it’s a ad event but the ads themselves are not for client brands but rather have been purchased by tech ad vender solutions.

This means all the outdoor advertising is very average creative work. It is a very polluted ad environment as no brand is making an impact on the audience. It would seem every iconic building in Cannes has some type of tech vender ad message screaming out for attention.


This to me is a miss opportunity. Cannes should be a celebration of beautiful brand client advertising rather than a place to showcase bad ad executions from partners and venders.
Sure I get the event is a money making exercise, but I find the work so bad and disturbing and such a  missed opportunity to program the event as showcase for the power of great advertising to our clients.

While the event is held over seven days I think that is too long to hold people’s attention.  You can feel very contraphopic within 24 hours of arriving as their are so many limited ad themes to speak about. There is so much overlapping talk on Big data, virtual reality, experience design being talked about without any real authority or case examples.

The event attempts to bring in other industries to pad out the ad talk. All the agencies tend to invite big name guests from the film, music and business industries to flesh out their points of view.

Over the last ten years I have elected to attend SXSW for my creative inspiration over Cannes, and I think based on this years experience it continues to be a wiser choice. There is much more diversity and authority in Austin over Cannes in how to grow brands and business using innovation.

As I was only six weeks into my new job as CDO in the Dentsu Aegis Network I found the timing of Cannes very convenient to meet up with colleagues from around the globe and receive a debrief on our network strategy and capabilities and our journey to 100% digital.

When not in meetings I attended the conference hall seeking out inspirational talks. One highlight was a conversation with Brian Eno and Dentsu Lab Tokyo on their project to explore whether machine intelligence (MI) can acquire the creativity that is innate to human beings. Brian hired Dentsu to work on his latest project called The Ship.

Brian Eno-talks-about-using-artificial-intelligence

I have always had a man crush on Eno the musician, producer, visual artist, creative thinker. I remember when I first heard U2’s The Unforgettable Fire when I was about 15. I was so amazed with the abstract sound on that album. It was so different to U2’s previous albums like War. I remember reading the album credits and seeing for the first time the names Brian Eno, Producer and Daniel Lanois, Sound Engineer. 

Eno changed how music was recorded. He mastered the multi track technique. His work with Roxy Music, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Ultravox were the soundtracks of my life. I studied in sound engineering and manipulation because of this man so it was great to meet him after the talk.


BBDO Tops The Gunn Report for Record Sixth Year in a Row

The Gunn Report, created in 1999, is based on a simple idea. It combines the agency winners’ lists from all of the world’s most important award contests, thus to establish the annual worldwide league tables for the Advertising industry. Some of these are global contests, some regional, some national.

BBDO was the top agency network on 180 awards, beating DDB on 125, Ogilvy & Mather on 124 and Leo Burnett on 121. On the heels of being ranked the most awarded agency network in the world across every marketing communications discipline as published in the Directory Big Won won at the start of the year, and the Most Effective Network in the world, according to the global Effies.

This is the sixth year in a row that BBDO has topped The Gunn Report and the ninth time in the 13-year history of these rankings.  No other agency network has won more than twice.  Twenty-six (26) BBDO agencies from every geographic region contributed to the network’s success.

For this years winners for 2011 work it would seem campaigns taking an integrated approach across television and the digital received the greatest recognition. Mark Tutssel, chief creative officer of Leo Burnett and guest editor of the Gunn Report, said. “People today have technology at their fingertips and are in complete control. In the ongoing battle for attention, brands are no longer competing against each other but with the whole of popular culture. Creativity is key to winning the battle,”

Five well awarded peices in digital (not from BBDO) that I would like to point out were;

1. Nike’s “Write the Future”, tied to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and developed by Wieden+Kennedy. It picked up 38 awards in all. This work made extensive use of social media and reached 120m people on Facebook and took 12 awards for its digital component.

2. Old Spice’s “Responses” campaign from W+K, Portland which saw Isaiah Mustafa, the pitchman from “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” ad answer questions from internet users, led the charts with 15 awards.

3. Google Chrome’s “Speed Tests” out of BBH/Google Creative Lab for its Chrome web browser – measuring how quickly it worked compared with
everything from a sound wave to a gun firing a potato – scooped 13

4. Mini Countryman’s “Mini Getaway Stockholm” from Jung von Matt, Stockholm.

5. Uniqlo’s “Uniqlo Luck Line” for Dentsu Tokyo.

Proximity China Digital Agency of the Year at Digital Media awards

The Digital Media Awards celebrates the best that Asia’s digital marketing industry has to offer.

At this year’s awards held in Beijing, Proximity was the most awarded agency network and Proximity China was named Digital Agency of the Year with Goodstein & Partners.

Five Proximity agencies combined to win 17 awards for clients Volkswagen, Mars, FedEx, Levis Strauss, Mountain Dew, Aviva and Westpac Bank.

Proximity China led the way, winning three Golds and three Silvers, along with the Platinum Award for Best Digital work for Volkswagen’s “People’s Car Project.”

This was the fourth year in a row a Proximity agency had taken out the Platinum Award for Best in Show digital piece for the entire region. Check out the winners from 2010 and 2009.

Below are links to four of these winning pieces that have been featured on this blog during the year. I think each one of these campaigns are good examples of digital marketing that has innovation embedded to the core of the idea so they are created to drive participation, and deliver a brand user experience that people want to share.

A big congrats must go to Richard Fraser, MD of Proximity Asia and his team for such an outstanding result.

Platinum Best in Show
Gold Automotive category
Gold B2C category
Gold Website
Silver Online Marketing category
Silver Best Integrated category

Gold Financial Services category
Silver Mobile category

Gold Online Marketing category
Silver Website category

Gold Best Integrated category

Colenso BBDO B&T Interactive Agency of the Year

Colenso BBDO has won for the second time in three years the Interactive Agency of the Year title at the B&T Awards.

The B&T Awards are designed to recognise excellence in all areas of marketing, media and communications. The Awards are an all encompassing Australasian industry event with 23 categories.

The Chaser’s War of Everything stars Chris Taylor and Craig Reucassel once again presided over proceedings attended by 750 people at the AJC Royal Randwick in Sydney on December 3rd. The ceremony also celebrated B&T’s 60th anniversary of publishing.

More than 260 entries were received across a total of 23 categories, Colenso BBDO received five finalists in total which were Agency of the Year, Interactive Agency of the Year, Experiential Agency of the Year, Advertising and Digital Campaign of the Year.

Colenso BBDO converted two of the five nominations. The Interactive Agency of the Year title having won this in 2008, and also scored the Best Advertising Campaign for its ‘Yellow chocolate’ campaign that saw an ordinary Kiwi tasked with making chocolate that tasted of the colour yellow by using only Yellow’s print, online and mobile directories.

Other winners on the night were Clemenger BBDO Proximity Melbourne who won the Victorian Agency of the Year category. 

Three Drunk Monkeys were the big winners being named B&T’s Grand Prix Communications Agency of the Year. The agency, founded by Mark Green, Justin Drape and Scott Nowell just four years ago also picked up the highly sought after Advertising Agency of the Year title.

Full list of winners below;

Grand Prix Communications Agency of the Year: Three Drunk Monkeys

Media Agency of the Year: Ikon Communications

Advertising Agency of the Year: Three Drunk Monkeys       

PR Agency of the Year: Mango

Highly Commended: One Green Bean               

Interactive Agency of the Year: Colenso BBDO

DM Agency of the Year: MercerBell

Promotional Marketing Agency of the Year: Apollo Marketing

Highly Commended: BMF

NSW Agency of the Year: M&C Saatchi

Victorian Agency of the Year: Clemenger BBDO Proximity Melbourne

Queensland Agency of the Year: Junior

Specialist Agency of the Year: e2 Experiential Environments

Emerging Agency of the Year: Special Group

Experiential Agency of the Year: e2 Experiential Environments

Digital Services Company of the Year: Big Mobile

Employer of the Year: Ikon Communications

Young Achiever of the Year: Stefan Burford, MediaCom

Highly Commended: Nic Hodges, MediaCom     

Marketing Team of the Year: Bank of Queensland

Media Sales Team of the Year: SBS

Media Brand of the Year: TorchMedia

Best Advertising Campaign: Colenso BBDO, Yellow, ‘Yellow Chocolate’

Best Media Campaign: Mindshare, Land Rover Defender 90, ‘Road to the pro’

Best Use of Sponsorship: Universal McCann, Coles, ‘Coles & Masterchef’

Best Digital Campaign: Leo Burnett Sydney, Canon, ‘Canon World of EOS’

Best PR Campaign: PPR, Freemasons ‘It’s no secret’

Yellow Chocolate wins Best in Show at Asia Digital Media Awards

Clemenger Group received eight awards including the Platinum Best in Show and Yellow being awarded Digital Brand of the Year at last nights Asian Digital Media awards in Beijing.

Yellow and its agency Colenso BBDO/ AIM Proximity took out Best in Show, Most Innovative Media and Integrated categories for the Yellow Chocolate campaign.

“This award highlight’s Yellow’s commitment to online and digital development as a core part of our business model,” says Kellie Nathan, Marketing Director at Yellow.

“We are making a significant investment in enhancing and multiplying our digital presence this year. Yellow has an enviable programme of new developments online and we are looking forward to offering our customers continued innovation and integration.”

“Recognition for these awards deservedly goes to Colenso BBDO / AIM Proximity for devising very clever campaigns for Yellow Chocolate and also for Yellow Treehouse which last year also received the Platinum Best in Show award. The commitment and creativity shown by the agency has been superb,” she says.

Last year the Digital Brand of the Year award went to IBM.

Richard Fraser (right), Proximity Asia Managing Director and I celebrating the win

The Digital Media Awards is the largest digital media award show event for the Asia Pacific region now in its fourth year.

It’s a show that celebrates the best Asia Pacific digital marketing industry has to offer. The awards attract over 600 entries featuring some of the region’s best digital work from Japan, China and Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Full list of Clemenger group winners are outlined below;

Best in Show Platinum
Yellow Chocolate
Colenso BBDO/AIM Proximity

Digital Brand of the Asia Pacific Region
Yellow Pages Group
Colenso BBDO/AIM Proximity

Gold Best Integrated
Yellow Chocolate
Colenso BBDO/AIM Proximity

Gold Media Innovation
Yellow Chocolate
Colenso BBDO/AIM Proximity

Silver Automotive
Smart Australia ‘Pop What Your Not’
Clemenger Proximity Melbourne

Bronze FMCG
Bare All Mars Chocolate Australia

Bronze Financial Services
Missing Pictures’ Tower
AIM Proximity

Bronze B2B
TVNZ Virginity Map
AIM Proximity


More Gold’s and Grand Prix awards at Spike Asia

Colenso BBDO won the Grand Prix for the launch of the Pacific TV mini series in the Outdoor category and the Grand Prix for Yellow Pages in the Media category. Yellow also won silver in Digital, a gold in the Integrated category, and in Direct and Sales Promotion a silver. They secured a silver in Outdoor for The Blob a campaign for The New Zealand Breast Cancer Federation and a gold in the Design category for Alzheimer’s New Zealand.

Colenso BBDO also won two silvers in the Media category – one for Frucor Beverages and one for TVNZ. And a gold and a silver in TV/Cinema Craft for the New Zealand Book Council as well as another silver in the TV/Cinema category for the same campaign.

Aim Proximity in New Zealand won a bronze in Digital and a bronze in Direct and Sales Promotion for the Go Girls Virginity Map for TVNZ.

CHE in Melbourne, which is a part of the Clemenger Group, won a silver in TV/Cinema for Nature’s Organics.

Clemenger BBDO Adelaide won a silver for the Motor Accident Commission of South Australia in TV/Cinema.

In the special awards Clemenger BBDO finished as the runner up Agency of the Year overall, with Colenso BBDO coming third.  Colenso BBDO was also named Media Agency of the Year, with BBDO India the runner up. In all, BBDO was the third most awarded network at the show, matching our performance last year.