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2019 New York Festivals AME Awards Announces Finalists

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Leo Burnett, Happiness, Zulu Alpha Kilo and BBH Shanghai recognised

New York Festivals AME Awards for the World’s Best Advertising and Marketing Effectiveness has announced the finalists for the 2019 competition.

The 2019 AME Grand Jury, representing five regions from around the globe, evaluated entries to select this year’s finalists from entries submitted from 26 countries.

With an impressive 20% increase in entries this year, entries moving on to the medal round drove engagement for brands and achieved market share via a variety of strategies. Campaigns achieving finalist status employed user-generated content, crowd-sourcing, branded entertainment, experiential engagement, technology, cause marketing, public responsibility and event marketing. For a complete list of the 2019 finalists, click here.

For 2019 AME launched numerous new categories and including a new category group, 'Creativity for Positive Impact'. Finalists within the new category group include: 'Save the Food - Phase Two' (Environment and Sustainability) Publicis Sapient for the Ad Council; 'share' (Philanthropic appeals) created for and by share GmbH; 'Disgusting Stories' (Promotion of Health & Human Services) TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno for Bahay Tuluyan; 'Uber Mom’s' (Collaboration/Partnerships) Zulu Alpha Kilo for Uber Canada; 'Human Rights Campaign' (Promotion of Peace/Human Rights) Havas Champagne Company Ltd. for Human Rights Cambodia; 'Pink Triangle Issue' (Civic/Social Education) Serviceplan Group for Vangardist; 'Responsible Drinking Campaign - Lost and Found Museum' (Civic/Social Education) BBH Shanghai for Harbin Beer; and 'BlindMeters' (Promotion of Health & Human Services) Happiness / An FCB alliance for OVK / PEVR (Parents of Road Victims).

Innovative ideas engaged consumers while delivering quantifiable results, with finalists including ADK Taiwan’s 'Rhythm of Love Wall' for 7-Eleven Taiwan. The project encouraged consumers to donate spare change via an interactive installation wall with 12 pairs of realistic hands capable of creating 200,000 continuous rhythms to applaud donations. Donations were also collected via the mobile website, consumers created their own clapping rhythm online and the user-generated content was transmitted back to the installation and heard in store. Results - donations raised up 200%, hitting a record-breaking high and earning $9,680,000 in media impressions.

Kamp Grizzly’s 'Kamp Grizzly - adidas 747 Warehouse St.' for adidas created an immersive brand experience during NBA Allstar week. The two-day unified brand event showcased basketball culture, and fashion for streetwear natives. Installations and interactive content resulted in over 1.5 million registered consumers at event landing page, 25,000 consumer sign-ups, 18,000 attendees over the course of two days, 94,815 product-raffle scans and over $850,000 in merchandise sales

Branded Content/Entertainment raised awareness and increased brand affinity. Finalists include: 'Cheer Up Losers' FP7/BEY for McDonald’s. It captured market share during the World Cup by targeting the losers after each game with gifts, offers and cheering them up with mascot, Mr. Cheers. 'MOVIE DEW-OVERS' by Viacom Media Networks for MTV and TV Movie Awards amplified the launch of Mountain Dew Ice by utilising star power with Winston Duke (Black Panther) in a movie parody-themed content series. 'The Away Game' by Zulu Alpha Kilo for client Tim Horton demonstrated the chain’s love for ice hockey. To reinforce the brands credentials as a champion of hockey in Canada they brought the Ice Lions, Kenya’s only hockey team, to Canada to play the game of their lives.

Prominent brands employed technology to achieve marketing goals. 'Oreo Box' by Inspire Communications Group utilised AR to turn every Oreo into a virtual game. Oreo went viral with a push from music celebrity Wang Yuan. 'The McDelivery Pin' by Leo Burnett Manila erected a 14-foot landmark linked to the McDelivery app allowing customers to order food online with the Pin as the delivery point. 'VW China | Play Share Connect' by Beijing DDB Needham Advertising (Shanghai Branch) Co., Ltd for VW employed gamification to engage young Chinese mobile users to showcase VW’s new features. 

Social Media/Social Video campaigns amplified brand engagement. Entries advancing include 'For every bachelor and bachelorette: How we shifted the narrative around the marriage equality plebiscite' by Leo Burnett for Australian Marriage Equality; 'Singapore Tourism Board (STB) - Why Gamble with Your Holiday?' by TBWA\Singapore for Singapore Tourism Board; and 'Kamp Grizzly - adidas P.O.D. System' for adidas.

To view all 2019 AME Awards Finalists, click here.

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