B2B Beat: 8 B2B Campaigns That Took Home Cannes Lions Awards
July 5, 2015
Let’s face it: The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is an overwhelming B2C event. The creative work for the Nikes, Cokes, and PlayStations of the world take home most of the awards at the festival, which took place June 21-27.
But B2B agencies and marketers did not go home empty handed this year, proving once again that B2B and creativity are not mutually exclusive. Here are eight B2B campaigns that won either Grand Prix or Gold recognition at Cannes Lions:
Marketer: Volvo Trucks
Agency: Forsman & Bodenfors
Campaign: Live Test Series
Award: Grand Prix
Category: Creative Effectiveness
Volvo Trucks’ “Live Test Series” answered the question, “How do you get people all over the world to talk about trucks?” The answer was using live demonstrations of the trucks’ strengths to get cyberspace talking. The live demos began with Volvo’s president standing on a truck suspended from a helicopter to prove the strength of the truck’s towing hook. This demo and others built Volvo Trucks’ social media following by more than 1,000 percent, which helped the grand finale – Jean Claude Van Damme spread-eagled between two trucks to demonstrate their precise steering – to go viral. Super viral. Volvo Trucks garnered 100 million views on YouTube and, most importantly, saw an increase of 46 percent in consideration among truck buyers.
Agency: Goodby Silverstein & Partners
Campaign: Dream On
For Photoshop’s 25th anniversary, Adobe and its agency created a crowdsourced video titled, “Dream On” and set to the Aerosmith classic of the same title. The visuals in the video were created entirely in Photoshop, and the video itself was a Photoshop file, which, of course, went viral, featuring as it did, dragons, a baby with a moustache, and a close of up Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler’s mouthy mouth. The campaign even merited a Tweet from Mr. Tyler’s Twitter handle, @IamStevenT: “Happy, happy 25th birthday, Photoshop.”
Marketer: Hewlett-Packard Brasil
Agency: FCB Brasil
Campaign: Print for Help
Hewlett-Packard formed a partnership with Maes Da Se, an organization in Brazil that helps relatives of people (especially children) who have gone missing. The partnership, called Print for Help, uses HP’s ePrint mobile printing technology, which allows posters of the missing to be printed automatically on HP printers whose owners have signed up for the program and who reside in specific zip codes. This campaign also won a silver Cannes Lions in the Promo and Activation category.
Agency: BBDO Russia Group
Campaign: The Banner That Makes You Like Banners
In this campaign for Post-It Notes, 3M created a new take on the retargeting banner ad. With its banner ads for Post-It Notes 3M enabled viewers of the ads to interact with them and create virtual Post-It Notes. Viewers could type messages to themselves – “Dad’s B-Day Today,” “Book Tickets,” or “Change Tires” – and then, using retargeting technology, these virtual Post-It Notes would then “retarget” the viewers as they browsed the Web.
LISNR is a mobile technology that uses “smart audio tones,” inaudible to the human ear but loaded with data, to send useful information to smart phones. An early LISNR customer is Budweiser, which used the technology at a music festival it hosted to send updates and concession deals to users. Major League Baseball has also used LISNR to enable fans to sync with video scoreboards to see game highlights on their phones.
Agency: TBWA\Media Arts Lab
Campaign: World Gallery
Award: Grand Prix
The iPhone6 is a hybrid B2C and B2B product; our mobile phones are the dashboards of both our personal and work lives. So we’ll include Apple’s “World Gallery” campaign, which featured converted astonishing iPhone photographs shot mainly by amateurs into billboards, in this list of B2B Cannes Lions winners. With 10,000 installations around the globe, this campaign highlighted the amazing camera built into the Apple device and featured the tagline, “Shot on an iPhone6.” Four individual Apple iPhone6 billboards won separate Gold Cannes Lions awards.
Campaign: Photoshop Halloween Murder Mystery
Since moving its Photoshop into a broader Adobe package, affinity for the software brand has declined. So Adobe and Edelman created a Photoshop Halloween Murder Mystery, which created a game within a Photoshop file that challenged people to solve a fictional murder. Social media was a part of the program with players able to ask questions on Facebook of the suspects, who answered in character. The game garnered 4.8 million impressions in three days and boosted brand affinity from 15 percent to 76 percent.
Category: Product Design
To detect crop diseases, farmers had to rely on physical signs or mail in samples for DNA testing, which could take five days, in which time the disease could have spread among the crop and to other farms. Diagenetix invented the BioRanger, which is a portable DNA lab, which delivers results to farmers via an app in about 20 minutes. The BioRanger currently has about 250 million acres under protection across the globe.
We hope you B2B marketers out there are inspired by these winning examples and are preparing your own campaigns that will be shortlisted for Cannes Lions awards in 2016.
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