I am extremely honored to have been nominated for the Journalist of the Year Award by the folks of Cannes Lions Dominicana. It's very flattering to be considered for the first edition of an award that values the efforts of all those whole love the industry and enjoy writing about it.
One can't help feeling tremendously grateful and motivated!
In less than a month, the world of brands will come together for what is the biggest celebration in the industry of advertising. A place where everyone working in the field of communications - from agencies, to media specialists, to marketers - are inspired by a week of nothing but ideas. Or as Marcelo Serpa, Partner and Chief Creative Officer at AlmapBBDO once said: "Cannes is the worst enemy of indifference. It is here where we gather each year to share the only antidote we have for the indifference of consumers overloaded with information - ads, films and campaigns - creativity."
Here's a review of the campaigns that rocked the 2013 Cannes Lions:
Channel 4 - "Meet the Superhumans"
Agency: 4 Creative London | Country: UK
Awards and categories: Grand Prix in Film Craft | Gold in Film
Procter & Gamble - "Proud Sponsor of Moms"
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, Portland | Country: USA
Awards and categories: Gold in Media | Gold in Titanium and Integrated Content
Intel - "The Beauty Inside"
Agency: Pereira & O'Dell | Country: USA
Awards and categories: Gold in Integrated Content and Cyber (Best Copywriting) | Grand Prix in Branded Content and Entertainment, Cyber and FIlm (Internet Series)
Nike - "Find your Greatness"
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy, Portland | Country: USA
Awards and categories: Titanium in Titanium & Integrated
Google + Hangouts - "Same Sex Marriages"
Agency: Ogilvy | Country: France
Awards and categories: Gold in PR
Dove - "Camera Shy"
Agency: Ogilvy + Mather, London | Country: UK
Awards and categories: Gold in Film
Samsung Life Insurance - "The Bridge of Life"
Agency: Cheil Worldwide | Country: South Korea
Awards and categories: Gold in Promo & Activation (Ambient) | Gold in Promo & Activation (Public Health and Safety) | Titanium in Titanium and Integrated
Leica - "Soul"
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi | Country: Brazil
Awards and categories: Gold in Film Craft (Cinematography)
Coca-Cola - "Share a Coke"
Agency: Leo Burnett Chicago | Country: USA / India / Pakistan
Awards and categories: Gold in Creative Effectiveness | Creative Marketer of the Year
Getty Images - "Life Cuts"
Agency: AlmapBBDO | Country: Brazil
Awards and categories: Gold in Film Craft (Editing)
Dove - "Sketches"
Agency: Ogilvy Brazil | Country: Brazil
Awards and categories: Gold in Branded Content & Entertainment, Integrated Content, Cyber, Film, Media, PR (Social Media), PR (Integrated Campaign), Promo & Activation, Titanium & Integrated | Grand Prix in Titanium & Integrated
Metro - "Dumb Ways to Die"
Agency: McCann Melbourne | Country: Australia
Awards and categories: Gold in Branded Content & Entertainment (Music), Integrated Content, Cyber (Music Sound & Editing, Video, Viral Advertising, Online Video), Direct (Digital Marketing & Social Media, Public Health & Safety), Film Craft (Music), Film (Viral Film), Media, PR (Social Media), Promo & Activation (Social Media, Public Health & Safety) | Grand Prix in Direct, Film, PR, Radio, Titanium & Integrated
Pablo Alzugaray, advertising superstar, Cannes Lions winner and CEO of Shackleton, provided a Master Class during this year's Young Lions Academy, organized by the team of Cannes Lions in the Dominican Republic.
According to Alzugaray, when it comes to advertising, we are in the business of asking ourselves: Who do we want to think what? A brief should be the answer to this question. Our job in advertising is to influence and inspire, not just make ads. So how do we get people to think of a brand in a specific way? The answer to that would be to have the brand behave in that way. Just as in life, our reputation is the result of what we do, not of what we say we are. In essence, what we do and what we don't do is the biggest kind of statement in the world of communications that we could think of.
Here are 5 take-aways from his unforgettable master class:
1) Communicate with facts.
Do. Experiment. Integrate facts and real people in your advertising efforts.
Case: "Experimento Comparte" for Acción Contra el Hambre (Video in Spanish)
2) Think of the "what" before the "how"
Define what you need people to think and then focus on how to construct and deliver your message.
Case: "Miravete de la Sierra" for Conect (Video in Spanish)
3) Be relevant
We work in an industry in which relevance is key if we do not wish to go unnoticed.
Case: "Un equipaje inesperado" for Spaniar (Video in Spanish)
4) Language is the message
Language - visual, spoken or physical - is universal.
Case: "No te rindas nunca" for FSC Inserta (Video in Spanish)
5) The risk is not to risk
More things may be accomplished if we dare to risk with our ideas.
The race to the 2014 Cannes Lions has officially begun, and it seems like it was only yesterday when Yasser Mármol and I were getting ready for the opportunity of not only attending, but also representing the Dominican Republic in the Young Lions Marketers Competition. Inspired by the experience we were about to live, a series under the name of "Road to Cannes" was published in order to capture the spirit of what could possibly be considered as the most exciting and mind-bloggling event in the life of an advertising or marketing executive.
Twelve months and countless posts later, this girl is back and ready for more. As we approach the big day of the festival, the folks of Cannes Lions in Dominican Republic have already started the quest of finding this year's representatives for four of the Young Lions categories: Marketing, Film, Cyber and Design. In the Young Marketers category, each team of two is asked to produce a brief for a charity or cause and create a product, service or movement based on the topic. The ideas are presented in front of a jury over the course of (and no more than) 5 minutes.
This year's winning duo is Jennifer Terrero and Victoria Feliz, who presented a campaign for the office of the First Lady of the Dominican Republic, under the name of "Programa 360." The proposal included a strategy and plan of action supporting the prevention of domestic violence in all sectors and levels of society.
Up next is a video on what went down that day. Stay tuned for upcoming posts as the winners of the other categories are announced.
Agency giant, Ogilvy, is no stranger to the subject of big ideas.
In 1947, David Ogilvy, mastermind and founder of Ogilvy & Mather, set out to build one of the largest advertising networks in history. His audacity and success were only surpassed by a business acumen and ability to voice concepts that have served as inspiration and a guiding light for professionals in the field of advertising and marketing. When he spoke, we listened. And that we have done for over half a century.
Ogilvy founded his philosophy on three basic pillars: quality and diversity of the people, quality and class of the operation, and last but not least, belief in brands. From here stems that age-long conviction of the development and cultivation of the intangible aspects that make companies (and those responsible for it) unique. "Our history is the evolution of one man's thoughts, talents, and work ethic translated into a company culture, a defining business strategy, a destiny." We must make advertising that sells, but first, make advertising that builds brands.
So when it comes to ideas worth spreading, what could be better than to share them through social media? The team at Ogilvy has done a great job in creating a platform that both informs and celebrates the passion for ideas set forth by none other than its brilliant founder. For the past year, I've been fascinated with amazing entries featuring infographics, quotes, rankings and facts on the subject of business, advertising, brands, and life.