WARC Media Awards 2019: Best Use of Data  winners announced
Posted on January 09, 2020

Campaigns for a wide range of brands, including Booking.com, Nike, TalkTalk and Uber are among the winners of the Best Use of Data category of WARC's Media Awards 2019, a global case study competition recognising communications planning which has made a positive impact on business results.

A total of nine winners - one Grand Prix, two Golds, three Silvers and three Bronzes - have been awarded in the Best Use of Data category that highlights the role of data in an effective communications strategy.
The jury, chaired by Scott Marsden, SVP, Head of Marketing, Parachute, also awarded three Special Awards for particular areas of expertise: the Personalisation Award, for the best example of a campaign that used data to segment effectively; the Attribution Award, for the best example of a channel attribution model; and the Data-Driven Insight Award, for a campaign where data helped to identify the right audience at scale.

The Grand Prix, as well as the Personalisation Award, has been awarded to Starcom and MRY in the US for the 'Not Just One Creator' campaign for footwear and clothing brand Vans.
Capitalising on the increased customisability of its shoes, Vans used influencers to successfully broaden its appeal among teens and young adults in the US, generating both brand awareness and revenue.
Commenting on the Grand Prix winning campaign, jury member Benoit Weisser, Chief Strategy Officer, Ogilvy Asia, commented: "Vans went niche but also maximised a commercial audience, and data played a central role in unlocking that."

The full winners list of the 2019 WARC Media Awards - Best Use of Data category is:

Grand Prix
    •    Not Just One Creator · Vans · VF Corporation · Starcom, MRY · United States + Personalisation Award
Vans used influencers to broaden its appeal among teens and young adults in the US, generating revenue and brand awareness.
Sixteen influencer communities were turned into programmatic audience segments, within which 48 pieces of content were promoted through targeted, personalised social media posts.
The campaign increased ad awareness and word of mouth exposure by 22% and 24% respectively, directly generating $895k in revenue and an ROAS of 390%.

Gold
    •    Next% - Speed is your currency · Nike · Mindshare China · China + Data-Driven Insight Award
Nike created buzz around its fastest running shoe, the Next%, by making its 'Dare to Be Faster' message powerful enough to have a halo effect.
    •    Digital Window Shopping · Sport Chek · FGL Sports · Touché! · Canada
Canadian online retailer Sport Chek used cart data to create a mass retargeting campaign to drive sales on Black Friday.

Silver
    •    Econometrics optimisation · TalkTalk · m/SIX, The&Partnership · United Kingdom + Attribution Award
    •    From Couch to Coast · Central Coast · Tourism Central Coast · AFFINITY · Australia
    •    Uber Legends · Uber · FP7 McCann Dubai · Jordan, United Arab Emirates

Bronze
    •    Real-Time Infection Alert System · Lifebuoy · Unilever · Mindshare Vietnam · Vietnam
    •    Data-proofed social campaign · Booking.com · Mindshare · China
    •    Using Google Search ads as a real-time news portal · ZEE5 · ZEE Entertainment Enterprise Ltd · Publicis Media, Equinox Digital · India