Good news: the Creative Press Challenge will be held again this year. The event was initiated last year by Thijs Biersteker and newspaper de Volkskrant to put print ads on a pedestal. With the copy ‘Bad ideas can’t hide in print’ the best creatives in town were invited to make an ad for Free Press Unlimited. The winning ad, by Luuk van de Put and Jurre van de Ven (Alfred), will be sent to Cannes. This year the charity is The Foundation for Refugee Students UAF. According to de Volkskrant a good match, since the topics education and social participation are important to the paper. The charity supports highly educated refugees studying in the Netherlands and subsequently finding an occupation. In October the briefing will be handed out and again. Since we’re mediapartner again (together with Creatie and Marketing Tribune), we’ll be following the event closely.
Yesterday, at the ADCN clubhouse, the light bulb (or ‘lamp’ in Dutch) nominations were announced. The big winners were DDB & Tribal with 35 nominations, TBWA with 29, and N=5 with 22 nominations. Especially for N=5 this is quite an accomplishment, since it is by far the smallest agency of the three. The most successful (digital) production agency was MediaMonks with 23 nominations. On the client side KLM is the big winner with 14 nominations. It is what happens when you ask every agency in town to create some sort of activation. Or rather, that’s what happens when you write inspiring briefings and choose the right agencies to work for you. Sweetie, created by Lemz for Terres des Hommes, won three nominations – a concept that is so BIG that it will probably win at every award show around the world. Two important things have changed this year; all ADCN members are allowed to vote and the ADCN has introduced a bronze light bulb, to decrease the gap between a nomination and an actual award. We can imagine that this is a tempting thing to do, handing out more light bulbs, but it will only cause inflation – that’s not us being critical, but simply how economics work. Then again, we live in the age of (digital) democratization, so maybe it’s just a natural course. The accessibility of the awards is probably also why this year, for the first time, we are allowed to leave our black ties at home when the definite winners are announced in Paradiso on 31 March. You can find the complete list of nominations here.
With 1 Gold (Interactive), 4 Silver (Interactive, Design and Mobile) and 3 Bronze (Interactive and Promo & Activation) one of our personal favourites, KLM Space by DDB & Tribal and Rapp was the big winner during this year’s Eurobest – from Dutch point of view that is. DDB & Tribal themselves was the agency which stuck out already with its amount of nominations on the short list and now with its awards: seven times Silver and four times Bronze. Rapp is part of DDB & Tribal so there were even more awards to take home: another Gold and Bronze. DDB & Tribal also got awarded 3 Silver for three different commercials for Inshared and it’s nice to see that the Netherlands are back in the film category (last year we won zero in film). Another one of our favourites that we dubbed digital concept of the year Achtung!’s GTI Bannerbahn for Volkswagen left Lisbon with 2 Silver and 1 Bronze in Interactive and Promo & Activation. They also were the only winners in…radio with a Silver award for their Porsche Cayenne Kilometer - proving they’re not just a digital agency. Ogilvy’s contribution for Dela (“why wait until it’s too late”) scored the second Dutch Gold in the category Branded Content & Entertainment and 2 Bronze in Promo & Activation and Media. Last summer they already won a Media Grand Prix in Cannes. We are quite pleased with the results: in total there were 24 Dutch winners this year, compared to 19 awards last year we did better, especially in digital.
Èwa Oduguwa and Jolien Kappert, both students at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, won this year’s ADCN workshop. During this one day workshop 18 teams (a mix of junior agency teams and students) worked on an outdoor concept for Unilever brand Unox, a brand with a rich heritage, especially loved for its ‘rookworst’ (smoked sausage), traditionally eaten with ‘boerenkool’ (kale-potato stew) in the winter season. After a briefing by Martijn Morsink (Sr brand manager Unox) the teams were coached by a group of mentors: Arjen de Jong (Animal Farm), Annemiek den Uil (freelance), Stephan Gonnissen (Etcetera and ADCN), Maarten Vrouwes (JWT) and Geert Ploeger (freelance). At the end of the day the jury, consisting of Marc van Amerongen (JCDecaux), Martijn Morsink (Unilever) and ADCN board member Peter van Leeuwen chose Èwa and Jolien’s concept. Their idea was based on the infamous Damn You Auto Correct fuck ups. Since Unox is a decent brand, this autocorrect doesn’t talk about “shaved pussy” when “shaved pork” was really meant; instead granny talks about ‘rokwiet’ (dress ganja) instead of rookworst – showing in a nice way how Unox works for all ages. Besides the branded beanies and 15 seconds of fame, the two also won the ADCN yearbook 2013 – to be officially released on 28th of november. Congrats!
That is, this news is good news for Luuk van de Put and Jurre van de Ven (Alfred), since they won the Creative Press Challenge (click image for full version). The idea behind the challenge was to show that bad ideas can’t hide in print – and vice versa – and the briefing was to make an ad for Free Press Unlimited – an organization that supports journalists in countries where there’s hardly any press freedom and thus no access to reliable information. The jury, consisting of Leon Willems (CEO Free Press Unlimited), Chris Buur (chef ‘V’ de Volkskrant), André Matarazzo (ECD Sid Lee), Alvaro Sotomayor (CD W+K) and David Snellenberg (Copywriter Dawn) chose this winner from 50 entries – all presented as a sketch to the jury. During yesterday’s Cannes Lions Show (24 hours of advertising) this one was revealed as the winner. The print ad will be featured in de Volkskrant and entered into the Cannes Lions competition. Some quotes from the jury report: “The saying ‘no news is good news’ is turned around smartly and it makes the core mission of Free Press Unlimited tangible in an outstanding way.” (Willems) “There’s something terribly catchy in this tiny variation of a well-known saying, and these five words are a spot on description of what gives Free Press Unlimited its urgency.” (Buur) “Arresting visually, stopping at an almost empty page in a crowded newspaper.” (Matarazzo) “The winner is, as always, the simplest idea. The stopping power is key.” (Snellenberg) The other participants who made the top 5 were: Huub Haarhuis and Matthijs Vrooijink (Havas Worldwide), Wesley Visseren and Vincent Beijersbergen (Etcetera), Kai Nobbe and Rick van de Ven (Red Urban) and sharing the 5th place Joost van der Schoot, Marten Meijboom (The Oddshop), Bas Derks and Rob Voortman (Ogilvy). Congrats to all.
Koroko… Korokoko… Kokoro – yesss, got it – invited us to ‘feel fabulous with them’ and celebrate their Best New Kid on the Block title. The party took place in their office situated in a convent – yes, an actual convent. It is hidden somewhere in an armpit of the Beatrixpark and regardless the route description on Facebook we had a really hard time finding it. Fortunately we were eventually guided in the right direction by the loud music. After a little chat with the founders of Kokoro Rik Heijmen, Wouter Vanhaeren and Merlijn Van Vliet about their goal to connect the hearts of brands to the hearts of consumers (Kokoro means heart in Japanese, you see), we followed our hearts to connect with others at the bar. Heijmen at some point showed a Powerpoint about the outdoor project they won with their ‘Best New Kid’ title, but most people by then didn’t have the courtesy to listen. Highlights of the evening? The confetti-confessional, a laser printer that could decorate your iPhone, a closet filled with Turkish bread – which seemed an interior designer’s choice – and the fridges that were relentlessly refilled with Heinekens and white wine. Photos can be found here.
Ladies and gentlemen of the press, we got them…the cheeky thugs stealing the Cannes Lions from no less than 15 offices, which we revealed yesterday. It is a stunt from Orange Lions a body that propagates the Cannes brand in the Netherlands. The agencies will get their Lions back when they send their young talent to the 24 Hours of Advertising. The concept was conceived by RA*W and Jonge Honden and executed by Caviar/L-A-D-A.
Last Friday THEY and digital design agency Momkai won two Best of the Best awards at the Red Dots Awards in Berlin with ‘Play your future’ for Aegon in the categories ‘Interface Design’ and ‘Online Communication.’ For the latter they also won a Grand Prix (which you should probably then call ‘the best of the best of the best’). According to the jury the case was awarded because the online platform “manages to tell stories by following a highly interesting approach. Thanks to its interactive features, it allows users to change the story and thus decide on the best personal solution. The complex topic is visualized in a clear and easy-to-understand manner and thus be-comes more transparent.” The maths behind the site were done by EPG, the character design by Comic House, and the ‘game design’ by Subatomic.
Production agency MediaMonks won the majority of Dutch prizes at the Lovie Awards; 17. That’s quite a feat – though we have to add that the “People’s Lovies” (7 out of the 17 awards) are mostly about collecting votes among the crowd. On agency-level DDB & Tribal did best with 3 Gold, one Silver, and one Bronze. On project-level we very much liked KLM Space (DDB & Tribal / MediaMonks). We also liked The Big Internet Museum (TBWA / MediaMonks), about which we did a special piece - it won two awards, as well as two People’s Lovies. Here you can find the complete list of Amsterdam winners. And here you can find all winners with case-links. The relatively new Lovie show is in its third year now and celebrates, according to the website, “the most resonant and pertinent stories in Europe, those inside and outside of the prevailing trends.” That sounds pretty generic for an award show. But the event is actually quite focused – except for the shit load of categories. After all, it is named after Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first algorithm, and thus stands for technologically advanced concepts – so, basically, you could call it the European Webbies. In any case, congrats to all!
After having hosted three editions in Buenos Aires, Ciclope Festival, the international festival of craft, relocates to Berlin. The only global festival honoring the craft skills in the advertising production industry will take place 6-8 November. Francisco Condorelli, founder and executive director about the move: “It´s always good to keep moving, right? Berlin is a hot spot, lots of art, history, diversity…and Europe has been always a reference in terms of craft, so I think it makes a lot of sense for us to establish it there for the next years“. The program offers international speakers, seminars, workshops and the 2013 Ciclope awards ceremony (and party), making the festival the meeting point for the industry. Amsterdam is well represented in Berlin: jury members and speakers from the Netherlands include Saskia Kok (Bonkers Amsterdam) , Sybrig Andringa (CZAR), Wesley ter Haar (MediaMonks), Bart Mol and Pol Hoenderboom (both (Tribal DDB). The festival takes place in Kino International, a film theatre in former East Berlin, on a street that says it all: Karl-Marx-Allee. The deadline for entries is next week (27th of September), so if you want to submit, hurry up.