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APEX Awards 2016 – Winners of the ‘work that worked’ announced

By in Awards, Fashion, Lifestyle on July 11, 2016

On the 7th July at a prestigious black tie event held in Bryanston, the Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) hosted the annual APEX awards.  The celebration of communications campaigns effectiveness attracted host of captains of industry and brand barons to recognise those campaigns that delivered tangible and measured returns.

This year, the APEX awards launched the first NeXt Level of Thinking Master Class that was held in the morning on of the 7th of July, prior to the awards ceremony.  The Master Class provided an essential perspective for all professionals in the business of marketing, advertising and communications. Five highly respected industry leaders each presented the latest trends and thought leadership in various disciplines across the value chain.  Each presentation was followed by a hard-hitting, investigative question and answer session led by Jeremy Maggs.

“The Master Class was an inspiring learning opportunity for those who attended.  Each speaker provided insights, thought leadership and very useful information on the latest trends in campaign measurement, the do’s and don’ts of effective creative campaigns, the use of media, breaking through clutter and digital marketing to name a few.  The Master Class was an excellent introduction to the awards ceremony that was held later the same day,” says Odette van der Haar, ACA CEO.

APEX Categories

The APEX awards recognise communications campaigns’ performance excellence across three key categories:

1. Launch – sponsored by the SABC, for brands or services that are less than 12 months old with no significant history of advertising;

2. Change – sponsored by Unilever, for new campaigns from previously advertised brands that resulted in significant short-term effects on sales and/or behaviour (short term i.e. 18 months); and

  1. Sustain – also sponsored by the SABC, for campaigns that benefited a business by maintaining or strengthening a brand over a long period, i.e. 36 months;

Additionally, this year the jury awarded two special awards – they are:

  1. Special Award for campaigns that demonstrated the most ingenious response to limited advertising or research funds sponsored by Millward Brown; and
  1. A Special Award for the most successful campaign for a non-profit or charity organisation or cause sponsored by Alexander Forbes.

The full list of 2016 APEX winners is as follows:

APEX CATEGORY:  LAUNCH
APEX Submission Name Client Name of Agency Award
One-up!ping the competition Volkswagen South Africa Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town Silver
 APEX CATEGORY:  CHANGE
APEX Submission Name Client Name of Agency Award
Savanna Premium Cider Redefining Normal Distell Group Limited FCB Cape Town Bronze
The Better Gift Challenge South African National Blood Service DDB SA Bronze
1818: Lighting Up Moments to Ignite Sales Brandhouse Beverages (Pty) Ltd J Walter Thompson Cape Town Bronze
“Africa is Absolut” Pernod Ricard South Africa Native VML Silver
Iliadin® “Man Flu” Merck (Pty) Ltd South Africa Joe Public Ignite Silver
 

APEX CATEGORY:  SUSTAIN

 

APEX Submission Name Client Name of Agency Award
Brothers for Life Medical Male Circumcision Drive Centre for Communication Impact Joe Public and Mediology Bronze
Nedbank Savvy Nedbank Joe Public Silver
 SPECIAL AWARDS
APEX Submission Name Client Name of Agency Award
Brothers for Life Medical Male Circumcision Drive Centre for Communication Impact Joe Public and Mediology The most successful submission for non-profit or charity organisation or cause
The Better Gift Challenge South African National Blood Service DDB SA The entry that demonstrates the most ingenious response to limited advertising or research funds

“An APEX represents more than just a trophy – it is a symbol of efficacy and represents the contribution that an agency and its winning campaigns make to a client’s bottom line.  It also demonstrates an agency’s ability to be both strategically and creatively effective.  APEX winners are therefore positioned as true leaders of the profession, with the entire profession benefitting from this recognition,” says Odette van der Haar, ACA CEO.

APEX awards 8 bursaries

It was announced at the 2016 APEX awards ceremony that 8 bursaries were being awarded to deserving students from the AAA School of Advertising.  This brings the total number of APEX bursaries awarded since the programme launched in 2010 to 60. Four bursaries were awarded to students from the AAA School’s Johannesburg campus and four to students from the Cape Town campus. The AAA School of Advertising is the official tertiary institution of the profession and is regarded as the birthplace of brilliant.

“It is with honour and privilege that we applaud the winners, finalists and bursary recipients of the 2016 APEX awards – an opportunity made possible through the investment, generosity and support from APEX key partner SABC and sponsors Alexander Forbes, Millward Brown and Unilever.

The APEX awards programme reinforces and continues to bring credibility to, and confidence in, the business of advertising and communications. In association with our partner, sponsors and contributors on APEX 2016, the ACA celebrates the efficacy our profession delivers, and thanks all involved for the opportunity to provide a brighter future to the young bright minds on the cusp of entering the profession,” concludes van der Haar.