Whybin \ TBWA and OMD young'uns take out Fairfax Spike glory

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  • July 25, 2012
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Whybin \ TBWA and OMD young'uns take out Fairfax Spike glory

Six teams teams of young media and creative agency whippersnappers were named as place getter in last night’s inaugural Fairfax Media Young Spikes Media and Integrated Competitions, but it was the Whybin \ TBWA and OMD teams that took out the winning spots, and each will now represent New Zealand at the Young Spikes competition held in Singapore in September.

Fairfax New Zealand joined Drogra5’s Creative Spirit programme only four months ago, which aims to provide employment for disabled people in the creative sector, so it’s little surprise the campaign brief was centred around building awareness of the programme and encouraging businesses in the creative sector to join it. The entrants were asked to develop media strategies or integrated advertising campaigns for Creative Spirit. 

General manager of sales and marketing for Fairfax Media, Sandra King, was one of the judges in the Media competition, and described the quality of the work as testament to the energy and passion of the future of the industry. 

“It was wonderful to be able to review that work with the other judges and we were all encouraged that the New Zealand industry’s future is in good hands.” 

In the Integrated competition, judges were impressed overall with the broad range of approaches the teams took, exploring the rich creative territory Creative Spirit provided. But it was Whybin \ TBWA’s Thomas Darlow and Lucy Morgan (pictured) who took out the category with their ‘Be what you say’ campaign. Judges commented:

“What a powerfully provocative way of engaging the creative industry – to challenge what they say about themselves. It borders on emotional blackmail, or at least guilt marketing, but no creative business wants to be seen to be bullshitting about its creative beliefs. By individually targeting each creative business using their own creative philosophy, values, or principles, the work immediately connects with its audience and dares them to back it up by committing to Creative Spirit. By taking the idea beyond the direct audience to a wider public audience, staff of the targeted creative businesses become involved in putting 'pressure' on the company bosses to do the right thing. Simple and brilliant. Well done to the team.”

In the Media competition, judges commented the entries were of high quality with a generally clear argument and logic. 

The entries that initially stood out demonstrated a degree of empathy for the subject matter and displayed a human/consumer insight as it relates to Creative Spirit. The top three entries were chosen largely by the fact they had insight, leading to a clear connection idea which was carried right through the campaign. 

But it was OMD’s Abigail Morrish and Lauren Siemer (pictured) that triumphed with their ‘If nothing is more creative than being different, let’s act different’ campaign. 

Judges described the entry as very mature with fabulous insight  generation and a clear link through to execution. 

"It clearly linked to internal decision makers in the creative sector. The  supporting document was impressive and showed the ability to articulate thinking as well as completing it. The strategy tapped into our target audience with the thought  ‘there is nothing more creative than being different’. All around this was a very impressive entry. Congratulations to Abigail and Lauren from OMD for a wonderful entry. Best of luck in Singapore."

The second and first runner-ups for each category were: 

Integrated Competition

Second Runner-Up: Colenso BBDO’s Wawa Wang and Shakira Twigden for ‘More of what you love’

Judges commented: 

“Good specific focus on a single audience – the office manager/CEO PA, who will most likely be a major gatekeeper on the decision. By locking into this audience the ideas became a lot more focused. The idea had a really clear 'What's in it for me factor' that was motivating. The inclusion of an innovative app that measured their daily workload, which was a great way to help the audience realise the extra help from someone from Creative Spirit would help them do the things they love more.” 

First Runner-Up: DDB’s Jennie Liddell and Julia Ferrier for 'Wear your disability

Judges’ commented: 

“Getting people in a creative business to all show off their weakness by putting it on a t-shirt was a brilliant way of creating wide empathy for people with 'real' disabilities. By getting the whole company engaged in the issue there is a greater chance of the whole organisation embracing the idea of adopting the Creative Spirit programme. It seemed like an innovative way to target companies and get them involved in a creative way.” 

Media Competition 

Second runner-up: MEC’s Michaela Fenton and Darelle Paniora for ‘The same thing that drives me.. Is what drives me too’

Judges commented:

“This entry identified a clear truth around the influence of others they respect and that those who may partake in the CS programme are not that different from those making the decision to employ them. The truth was leveraged to a central theme. The entry showed how this thinking could then come alive creatively supported by a media strategy that demonstrated the relationship between an executive and a Creative Spirit employee."

First runner-up: Spark PHD and PHD IQ’s Fou Brown and Brendan Hewitt for ‘The Application’

Judges commented:

“The amount of work that went into this very smart interpretation of the need to change perceptions is obvious. The strategy was nicely summed up by the thought of hire to understand to understand to hire. This entry understood the need to connect with the target audience in a currency they understood – an idea. This thinking was brought alive via a clear device that could be used across all channels and was supported by an amazing video. The idea at the centre of their strategy was the job application process and this was brought alive creatively and through the selected channels. Congratulations on a really strong strategy, execution and packaging.”

The judges

 Sandra King, GM of Sales and Marketing for Fairfax Media, and for the Media competition; Alistair Jamieson, CEO, Starcom, Barry Williamson, Media Director, MEC and for the Integrated Competition; James Mok, GroupExecutive Creative Director Australasia, Draft FCB and Jose Alomajan, Digital Partner, Droga5.

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