CNN, Tastemade and ForwardPMX are Digiday Marketing and Advertising Awards Europe shortlisters

October 27, 2020

As an unprecedented health crisis has swept across the globe, shutting down businesses and impacting workflows, marketers and advertisers across Europe have been forced to communicate with consumers in unprecedented ways. But even as businesses have contracted and productions have become monumentally difficult, marketers and advertisers have found ways to keep the trains moving.

This article originally appeared in Digiday. 

First, they’ve done so by hitting on the messages that resonate most with consumers — from women’s health to natural disasters to the well-being of frontline workers. But they’ve also had to master technical challenges, especially at a moment when traditional production has become harder and consumer attention has become fragmented across countless digital and social platforms.

Simply put, in 2020, data is still king. As targeting and advertising become more challenging, technological innovation is kicking into overdrive. The European marketers and advertisers that thrived most in 2020 were the ones that focused on what mattered to consumers — and did so with an analytical spirit.

Here are some highlights from the shortlist:

CNN International Commercial mastered in-housing

CNN International Commercial is shortlisted for Best Use of Video for their work with DHL on their 50th anniversary, Best Use of Native Advertising/Sponsored Content for their work with Vodafone and Best In-House Content/Brand Studio for the Create team.

A major luxury auto company tapped Create, the global brand studio for CNN International, to publish a variety of digital assets such as articles and video content. This was a particularly tough proposition, as the pandemic had shut down traditional productions. But Create single-handedly kept the campaign on-track, with the studio spearheading remote video conferencing to keep teams connected over the entire creative process.

But that wasn’t all. In a different partnership, with travel restrictions intensifying, Create kept production moving on a branded-content film focused on Korean fashion by working quickly to find a local team that could produce up to CNN’s standard while ensuring safety. Similarly, with the UK still in lockdown, the team also set about creating a film in partnership with a tourism organisation from afar.

In each case, Create mastered the art of keeping production up and running while in-person shoots were largely down and out — and doing so safely.

Tastemade and Castello took episodic content to a delectable new level

Tastemade and Castello — shortlisted for Best Use of Social, Best Branded Content Series (B2C) and Best Media Plan — amplified brand equity and awareness in equal measure across their projects. The cheese brand Castello turned to the digital media company to develop a bespoke, episodic series that depicted Castello as the ultimate foodie hack — a cheese with the ability to be reshaped and reinvented in a variety of ways, day after day after day.

Tastemade’s goal was to showcase Castello as an everyday indulgence. The partnership used storytelling and social media to masterfully execute that message — and to reach consumers across an expansive social media landscape. Moreover, the message was endlessly repurposable across the U.S., Europe and Australia — another major focus of the campaign.

ForwardPMX synthesized all the right data

Global agency ForwardPMX — shortlisted for Best Search Campaign and Best Use of Data for their work with the Tommy Hifiger brand, as well as Agency of the Year — combined insights and strategy across digital channels throughout the wider Tommy Hilfiger business.

The agency’s greatest innovation — and its heaviest lift — was the successful combination of multiple data sources. ForwardPMX accomplished its goal by turning to Stage, its own in-house tech platform, which imported data in every major format and enabled the agency to create custom reports and interactive dashboards. As a result of these innovations, Tommy Hilfiger gained a detailed view of multiple areas of ROI. It was a goal the brand had long been striving for.

Next up, the announcement of this year’s winners will take place on Thursday, December 3 at 2:30 p.m. GMT. Presented by MoPub, this announcement will take place virtually on our site. Register here to attend.




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