Campaigns that use the brands’ platform to promote a cause or social issue to benefit society and give back for the greater good. This can include social, political, economic and/or environmental campaigns addressing a new program or expanding on an existing program.
Campaign ranging from contests and coupons to special offers, sweepstakes, and POS/Merchandising to support the sales and marketing of a product or service. Includes demos, coupons, rebates, exhibitions/trade shows, and games. Sales promotions can be directed at either the customer, sales staff, or distribution channel members (such as retailers)
Use of customer data, analytics, and technology, that play an integral role in the development and execution of a campaign to develop a meaningful relationship with a specific audience or community. Detail the role that data had within the campaign strategy in achieving the brand and business goals (targeting, engaging, customer loyalty, retention, etc.).
Work that launched or re-launched a product or service to address the unaddressed needs of customers, remain competitive and achieved growth and measurable success. Be specific as to what made this launch effective. Ex: product/service innovation, change in packaging, design, technology, operation change, etc.
Campaigns for not-for-profits or government agencies that create significant social change and/or deliver against a public service. Includes lobbying, fundraising, expanding, informing or positively changing attitudes and behaviors. Show how your approach added value to your customers and benefitted your organization.
Advertising on a website which allows your brand to fit into – and not disrupt – the audience experience. The ads follow the natural form and function of the user experience in which it is placed or is relevant to the page’s content. Includes in-game, in-video, behavioral advertising, or native advertising.
Campaigns which integrate a minimum of 3 mobile applications or mediums (i.e., apps, mobile web, messaging, video, display, search, etc.). Submissions for this category should hit the above marks and be strategically customized for each experience.
Gaming apps, gamification applications or e-sports activities that are either a part of a broader marketing strategy or a stand-alone brand experience. Please be specific in describing how the brand is positioned in the gaming environment. If you have a branded gaming app, please submit to the Mobile App category.
Smarties X – Mobile App (includes mCommerce Solutions)
Any application that provides information, entertainment, utility, or commerce for the customer. The mobile app can be part of a broader marketing strategy or a stand-alone brand experience. Category also includes in-app purchasing, mobile banking apps, mobile commerce apps, loyalty apps, etc.
Creative social activity which uses social platforms to impact business objectives and/or to enhance relationships with a brand, community, or consumer. Includes social trends (emojis, memes, hashtags, GIF’s etc.) to leverage brand communication with an audience or community.
Campaigns that used voice recognition technology, audio identities, or other audio advertising to create consumer demand and engagement, enhance the consumer experience, or reinforce your brand identity. Includes audio logos, audio branding, voice assistant devices, such as Alexa, Google Home, and audio platforms Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, etc.
Smarties X – Connected Devices / The Internet of Things
Any technology, device or wearable that sends and receives data via mobile-driven internet to engage customers or enhance the experience. Includes hardware, software, wearables, smart watches, digital health products, smart TV’s, appliances, etc. Products can be in the market, exist as a prototype or in an incubator stage.
Digital out of home advertising is the integration of offline out-of-home advertising with digital elements. This includes any out-of-home (OOH) display, digital billboard or digital signage that can change its advertising content remotely using addressable electronic, LED, and screen technology but excludes TV advertising and radio advertising. It does not include vinyl or static billboards, bus shelters or other static displays or panels.
Innovative and transformative ideas, devices, methods, or unique marketing concept that push the boundaries of modern marketing, resulting in significant business impact for a brand. Includes new or groundbreaking techniques or an unconventional/creative use of existing technology.
Use of GPS, geolocation and/or proximity technologies to connect to customers with the most relevant message when and where they are most likely to act. This category can include one-off executions or longer-term campaigns but must include specifics on impact against your marketing goals.
Campaigns using creative applications of mobile-based intelligent technology. This can include, but not limited to work that uses AI in creative, dynamic content optimization (DCO), conversational marketing, chat-bots, facial recognition, etc.
Smarties X – User Generated / Influencer Marketing
Content related to a brand created by consumers or influencers and shared through social media to increase brand engagement, sales, create buzz about a product or service, and boost website conversions, etc. Content could be images, videos, text, audio, etc.
Campaigns demonstrating how video advertising was used to create consumer demand and engagement or provide an immersive experience for the viewer. Includes 360° video, shoppable video, personalized video, etc.
Work that uses technology to enhance the visual experience of a brand, product, service, or message. Includes augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality. Can be a stand-alone experience, or an extended reality which combines all three technologies.