The international AME Awards Grand Jury awarded the following: AME Best of Show (Grand Award), four Regional Platinum Awards, one Green Award, 25 Gold, 31 Silver, 39 Bronze, and 30 Finalist Certificate Awards for their ground-breaking results-driven work.
Seven.One AdFactory / Creative House / White Rabbit Budapest / WallDecaux was honored for innovative work “#flutwein – Our Worst Vintage” with the top AME honor Best of Show (Grand Award) and the AME Platinum – Europe. The campaign, created for client Flutwein, also earned three Gold Tower Awards.
“Flutwein” (Flood Wine) was created by the catastrophic flood that destroyed more than 50 wineries in the Ahr Valley, Germany. 200,000 bottles of wine soiled with mud and dirt survived the disaster and became the newly created #flutwein brand, uniting over 50 independent wineries from the Ahrweiler region under one label. #flutwein bottles were available on the crowdfunding platform Startnext in exchange for a donation, making it Germany’s most successful crowdfunding campaign.
Impressive results include 100,000 euros donated after the first day. After the first week, the goal of 1 million euros was reached. The value of the wine rose by 4500% and collected more than 4.4 million Euros. Flutwein reached twice the effectiveness of the most successful German crowdfunding campaign to date. Press coverage reached a total of over 800 million gross contacts.
“It is a great honor for us to conclude the first year of our new agency department “Creative House” with such great international recognition. Creativity matters, and when it comes to disasters, creativity can be a game changer with a huge impact on society. We are proud of our friends and partners WallDecaux and White Rabbit Budapest, as well as Startnext and many others who have walked this path with us for the Ahr Valley. Now we look forward to our next campaign for the region, which will start in a few weeks,” said Tom Schwarz, managing director, and Daniel Koller, director of strategy content & creation, from the Seven.One AdFactory / Creative House.
“We strongly and truly believe that creativity can be and must be effective. [The] Flutwein campaign is a brilliant example of that. We feel extremely honored to be part of it,” shared Levente Bálint, CEO of White Rabbit Budapest.
Additionally, four prominent international agencies were recognized by the AME Grand Jury with 2022 AME Regional Platinum Awards:
Special New Zealand earned the 2022 AME Platinum Award – Asia Pacific for “David’s Unusables” for Motor Neurone Disease New Zealand. The agency also earned two Gold trophies for the campaign.
To increase awareness of the debilitating disease that causes muscle deterioration, Motor Neurone Disease, Special NZ utilized a media-led idea that charted the “real-life” decline of David Seymour by selling items he could no longer use on NZ’s leading e-marketplace – Trade Me (a NZ version of Ebay). The TradeMe store – David’s Unusables, showcased 33 items listed in a timeline relative to David’s physical deterioration and told the story of David’s loss. This auction also became a vehicle for storytelling. Results include 41 individual PR articles worth over $230,000 (USD) and 7.9 million impressions (duplicated reach).
“It’s fantastic to see that David’s Unusables has been recognized by our peers around the world for its achievement in raising awareness of the nature of Motor Neurone Disease amongst a huge proportion of New Zealanders. Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to the wonderful judges for volunteering their time,” Rory Gallery, chief strategy officer of Special New Zealand.
Middle East & Africa
Havas Middle East was awarded the AME Platinum Award – Middle East & Africa for “Liquid Billboard” for client adidas. Liquid Billboard earned three additional Gold Towers.
To launch adidas’ new inclusive line and inspire women to embrace water with confidence, the agency designed and created the Liquid Billboard, the world’s first swimmable media space. The five-meter high and three-meter deep billboard doubled as a fully usable swimming pool capable of holding 11,500 gallons of water. The billboard invited women to dive in and become the heroes of the campaign and the new inclusive line. This resulted to the activation sparking social conversations about making swimming more inclusive as a sport across 60 countries in six continents, and earned organic PR in over 40 languages reaching 350+ million people with $6 million earned media. The campaign resulted in a 70% sell-through of the new inclusive line within four weeks.
“The Liquid Billboard campaign is a great example that good creativity drives business results. One outdoor placement, a global reach of millions of people, and a very successful launch of a new product, while also contributing to adidas maintain its position amongst the top creative brands in the world,” said Fabio Silveira, general manager of Havas Middle East.
Alma DDB USA’s “Better With Pepsi” scored the AME Platinum – North America. The campaign also earned two additional Gold Towers.
As a challenger, brand Pepsi shined a light on the unspoken cultural truth that was tapped into for the campaign, which is that for over 30 years, the top three US burger chains have denied consumers the opportunity to enjoy their burgers with Pepsi due to exclusivity deals with Coke.
The core building block of the initiative was the paper artwork that uncovered Pepsi’s logo in the wrappers of the top burger chains. With three key images, the campaign was simple, yet unforgettable. Impressive results were that Adweek claimed it as the brand’s best work in years, 3.6 billion impressions including OOH, Twitter, programmatic (TMZ, Radar Online, Perez Hilton), and print. 1.3 million Twitter engagements at an 11% engagement rate, 720% higher than the typical Pepsi trademark benchmark of 1.34%. The OOH drove 1.16 million impressions across NYC, LA, Dublin OH, Miami and Chicago, with the New York Post print driving an additional 181,000 impressions, and led to a 29% increase in brand consideration.
“It’s an incredible honor for all of us at alma to be awarded the AME Platinum Award for North America, especially for a campaign like Better With Pepsi that exemplifies the power of simplicity, craft, and an undeniable cultural tension. I couldn’t be more proud of our team and thankful for our partners at Pepsi for their collaboration that led to such a globally celebrated campaign, and one that can hopefully continue to remind us of the influence print advertising still has in today’s fast-paced consumer culture,” shared Alvar Suñol, co-president and chief creative officer.
AME Green Award
AMVBBDO UK earned the prestigious AME Green Award for “Hope Reef” for client Sheba. The campaign also earned an AME Gold and two Silver trophies.
Sheba restored the habitats that fish call home and launched the world’s largest coral restoration program. This 10-year commitment started with Hope Reef off Indonesia and has spread to five more countries. Sheba transformed the site of the dead coral into a new reef the size of two Olympic swimming pools, viewed from the air it spells out – HOPE. Sheba’s Hope Reef was given Historical Landmark status and became discoverable on Google Earth, Maps and StreetView. The reef is thriving with 70% coral coverage, and over 300% fish abundance.
Results garnered included having 1 million people explore Hope Reef on Google Maps; Sheba’s “Reef Star” System has been adopted by 5 more countries.;20 million views on its YouTube channel have raised enough funds for a new crowdfunded reef; Global PR includes 2.5 billion earned impressions (BBC, Forbes, and National Geographic) and a 276% increase in positive social conversations about reef restoration. Finally, brand awareness grew +17%, purchase intent by +14%.
“At a time when the threats faced by the environment feel insurmountable, we wanted to give visual proof that there is still hope. As a cat food brand, that exists to give cats what they love, Sheba couldn’t stand by and watch coral reefs and all the fish that rely on them go extinct,” stated Emily Brydon, strategy director of AMVBBDO and Denise Truelove, global VP Brands of Mars Petcare.
“We embarked on the world’s largest coral reef restoration and planted Hope Reef – a new reef on a previously barren site of dead coral. As a landmark discoverable on Google maps, Hope Reef became an emblem that proved there can be man-made solutions to man-made problems. The image and message traveled the world through global news outlets and as of today, five more countries are building new reefs with us. Hope Reef was a true collaboration between not just agencies or agencies and clients but with the scientific and local island communities and we couldn’t be prouder of seeing such teamwork recognized by our industry in such a highly regarded award,” the statement added.
The results of the AME Grand Jury are parsed in an annual rankings brief, The AME Report, a creative ranking system based on overall points earned for winning entries and provides an account of the highest-ranking agencies and brands within this year’s competition.
To view the 2022 AME Awards winner’s showcase, visit here.