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Cannes 2018: highlights from day three
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While we slept, Colenso BBDO added to its gong collection, with four Lions awarded to Pedigree’s ‘SelfiStix’. Saatchi & Saatchi also made the scoreboard with a Bronze Lion and New Zealand’s success looks to continue with more finalists announced.

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Cannes Lions 2017: highlights from day one
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Day one of Cannes generally sets the scene for the rest of week, with the finalists across six categories all holding their lucky charms close as they wait to see if they convert their shortlists into silverware. Here’s a rundown of which local agencies are in the running for glory.

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The StopPress Podcast #4: Simon Kemp, Contagious
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However you say it, and whatever you think of it, Cannes has become the high water mark of global commercial creativity and pretty much every agency (and, increasingly, every tech company) worth its salt seeks validation through victory at this huge annual festival in the South of France. This year, there were more than 43,000 entries and more than 15,000 attendees, celebrating both the best ideas and the fact that the company is paying for their potentially debauched and very expensive trip. Contagious, which, according to its blurb, helps brands across the globe to achieve the top 1% of marketing creativity, was there, as it is every year, and Simon Kemp, the head of its consulting division Insider in the Asia Pacific region, looked at some of the themes linking the award-winning campaigns. He visited recently as a guest of FCB and he sat down with Ben Fahy, the publisher and editorial director of StopPress and NZ Marketing, to discuss the impact of technology, advertising as a fashion show, the declining impact of creativity, the idea of purpose washing, and plenty more.

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Cannes day two: a Grand Prix and gongs of all colours
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France is the place to be for creatives as Lions were served up over night at the International Festival of Creativity. This year saw a record-breaking number of entries and 70 countries making the shortlists. As the industry stars gathered on the red carpet, New Zealand had reason to celebrate. Local agencies took home Lions of all colours including a Grand Prix as Y&R’s ‘McWhopper’ continues to dominate the awards.

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Cannes 2015: gold and grand prix winners in the Cyber category
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In the past, much of the emphasis at advertising awards events has been placed on television advertising on account of the fact that this has traditionally been the area that attracts the biggest chunk of ad spend. But as more money shifts to the digital, the categories that have a digital element are attracting more attention. One such area is the cyber Lions category, which encompasses branded online, digital, and technological communications.

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The Cannes case study template
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There were over 40,000 entries to the Cannes Lions this year, and while there is currently much excitement and hedonism in the South of France, there also seems to be a growing sense of cynicism about the importance placed on the awards, with Tom Goodwin’s thought-provoking article in The Guardian questioning the industry’s reality distortion field and inward-looking nature. And for the cynics who think these clever ideas on display are all a bunch of arse that are unlikely to solve real business problems, you’ll probably enjoy the Grand Prix Generator.

Opinion
And another thing: how to win an award at Cannes
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Advertising awards are very important. We know this because there are a lot of them and agencies spend a fortune entering them. Almost all of this money is wasted, says Paul Catmur, so here are some are some insider tips for those wishing to improve their odds.

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Cannes Lions 2013: Day 2, with DraftFCB and DDB in the metal—UPDATED
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The first winners have been announced, and there are a few Kiwi agencies in the money, with DDB NZ winning a prestigious Creative Effectiveness Lion for Steinlager’s ‘Believe’, DraftFCB NZ picking up seven lions so far for Driving Dogs and Call Girl and Colenso BBDO winning gold for Amnesty International’s Trial by Timeline. Plus: more Kiwi agencies on shortlists.

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My, what a big Lion
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60 years ago there were 130 delegates at the first year of the Cannes Lions and no entries from New Zealand). This year it’s estimated there will be 12,000 attendees and, if last year is anything to go by, a few Kiwi winners. And to celebrate the evolution of the world’s pre-eminent marcomms festival, Sapient Nitro created this infographic.

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Cannes Lions 2013: Day 1
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There were a record 35,765 entries from 92 countries for the 60th Cannes Lions. Of course, we’re small-minded and patriotic so we’re focusing on the Kiwi contenders and here are the seven agencies in the running after the first shortlists for Creative Effectiveness, PR, Promo & Activation and Direct were announced.

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Leonine opportunity costs
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Come next week, throngs of industry folk will touch down in Cannes to pat backs, sip rosé and try to be inspired. Agencies and their holding companies invest huge sums to take part. But duo Michael Middelkoop and Sharif Elmawla, who are currently working at Saatchi & Saatchi Amsterdam, decided to find out what else the entry money would be able to buy with their website www.insteadofalion.com.

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The Axis Awards points table
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The Cannes Lions are looming and, as Colenso BBDO’s managing director Nick Garrett said in a recent interview about the refreshed Axis Awards, “something has a better chance at the end of a 12 month cycle if it’s had exposure and has started to do well at international awards”. So can we predict how the Kiwi agencies might do at the world’s most prestigious industry awards? Here’s a league table from the Axis Awards based on the same points system used by Cannes (and CAANZ), with one point for a finalist, three points for bronze, five points for silver, seven points for gold and ten points for grand prix.

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Movings/Shakings: 3 April
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The MA announces its board members, Andrew Reinholds gets the Cannes call-up, Hauraki adds a couple of comedians, Impact PR shacks up with House of Travel, Kiwi expat Tom Markham heads to New York, and Prodigy signs Samuel Bennetts.

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