Categories for 2014 Smarties Expanded to Include Wearables, Cross-Screen & Native Advertising
New York, NY, July 9 2014: The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), the leading global trade association for the mobile industry, today announced that Daniel Bonner, Global Chief Creative Officer of Razorfish will serves as the jury chair for the 10th annual Smarties awards program. A recognized creative mover and innovator, Bonner will lead a formidable jury of over 20 agency and brand leaders who are all committed to inspiring the advancement of mobile marketing.
Celebrating its 10th year, the Global Smarties honors those stakeholders who are leveraging the power of mobile as the ultimate storytelling platform pushing the boundaries with innovation and measurable results. This year, regional Smarties Awards have also been launched in EMEA, LATAM and North America as well as country awards in South Africa, Turkey and the UK. Judging around the world including the Global Smarties, which takes place in New York, will happen on August 18th.
“I am tremendously excited to see how brands and agencies are creating an emotional connection with their consumers and pushing innovation through their mobile campaigns,” said Bonner. “The Smarties Global Awards is a great opportunity to see first hand what is now possible with mobile and my focus as jury chair will be to help identify those campaigns that are breakthrough in creativity and effectiveness delivering a brand experience that is both meaningful and useful.”
“We are honored to have Daniel bring his incredible experience, insight and creative gravitas in leading this wonderful group of jurors as they identify groundbreaking work across the myriad of mobile marketing categories in the Smarties,” said Sheryl Daija, Chief Strategy Officer of the MMA. “Now in its 10th year, the winners of the coveted Smarties have become a north star for mobile marketing, guiding and inspiring other brands and their agencies to transform their strategies and campaigns by placing mobile at the core.
Joining Daniel Bonner as 2014 Smarties jurors are:
Donald Chestnut, Chief Experience Officer, SapientNitro
Renato de Paula, Chief Executive Officer, Havas Worldwide Mexico
Pedro Del Priore, Chief Executive Officer, Agency Ginga
Mark Egan, Chief Strategy Officer, Maxus Global
George Felix, Mobile Marketing Strategy & Innovation, Procter and Gamble
2014 marks the third year the Smarties’ award categories have expanded to reflect the growth and innovation of the mobile ecosystem. New competitive categories this year include:
Wearables: The medium is the product and the product is mobile. The Smarties will recognize innovations that brands are bringing to market through new products and services embedded in wearables.
Cross-Screen Advertising: The Smarties will look at campaigns designed to create meaningful consumer connections across all-sized screens.
Native Advertising: The Smarties will recognize mobile marketing campaigns designed and executed specifically for the mobile web or mobile apps.
The finalists and winners will be honored at the Global Smarties Gala, which culminates the leading SM2 Mobile Innovation Summit during Advertising Week on October 1 at the Highline Stages in New York.
Last year’s Smarties Awards included many of the pre-eminent brands around the world including Coca-Cola, Colgate Palmolive, Dreamworks, Ford Motor Company, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Levis, Mercedes Benz, Nestle, Nike, Samsung, Unilever, Toyota and many more.
Due to its clever and creative use of mobile, Leo Burnett and Arc Worldwide were awarded the coveted “Best in Show” for their campaign, “Will and George Come to Life,” which was the perfect demonstration of how mobile invites and involves consumers to live within the brand story.
About the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA)
The MMA is the world’s leading global non-profit trade mobile marketing association comprised of more than 800 member companies, from nearly fifty countries around the world. Our members hail from every faction of the mobile marketing ecosystem including brand marketers, agencies, mobile technology platforms, media companies, operators and others. The MMA’s mission is to accelerate the transformation and innovation of marketing through mobile, driving business growth with closer and stronger consumer engagement. Anchoring the MMA’s mission are four core pillars; to cultivate inspiration by driving the innovation for the Chief Marketing Officer; to build the mobile marketing capabilities for the marketing organizations through fostering know- how and confidence; to champion the effectiveness and impact of mobile through research providing tangible ROI measurement; and advocacy. Additionally MMA industry-wide committees work collaboratively to develop and advocate global best practices and lead standards development.
Mobile Marketing is broadly defined as including advertising, apps, messaging, mCommerce and CRM on all mobile devices including smart phones and tablets. Members include, American Express, AdChina, Colgate - Palmolive, Dunkin’ Brands, Facebook, Google, Group M, Hewlett Packard, Hilton Worldwide, Kellogg Co., L’Oreal, MasterCard, McDonalds, Microsoft, Mondelēz International, Inc. Pandora Media, Procter & Gamble, R/GA, The Coca-Cola Company, The Weather Company, Unilever, Visa, Vodafone, Walmart, xAd, Zenith Optimedia and many more. The MMA’s global headquarters are located in New York with regional operations in Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA), Latin American (LATAM) and Asia Pacific (APAC). For more information about the MMA please visit www.mmaglobal.com.