Cannes 08 In Short


 Cannes Lions 2008

To summarize another year of great communication… here are some favorites of mine form the 08 Cannes Lion show.

…and the award goes to – the winners (complete list)

Entrant Company, City: DROGA5, New York
Country: USA

“Re-brand scholastic achievement for New York City’s 1.1 million public school students by re-enforcing the connection between academic performance and future success. Instead of crafting a traditional advertising campaign, we chose to recognize and reward students’ personal achievements with something they actually wanted. By partnering with Verizon and Samsung, we developed the world’s first communication device fueled by academic performance. The Million is a free cell phone with free talk time and text messaging rewards for excellent attendance, behavior, classroom participation, homework and grades. The more students excel in school, the more they get out of their phone. Learning is earning.”


The power of understanding your audience, pushing the envelope and being present where the audience are with the right set of tools. Impressive and revolutionary with a greatly important cause – education.


Advertiser/Client: MICROSOFT
Product/Service: HALO 3 GAME
Entrant Company, City: McCANN WORLDGROUP, San Francisco
Country: USA

“The marketing idea needed to be big enough to matter to our broadest group; but feel genuine and authentic to our core. At the center of the Halo universe is a simple story focused on a hero, Master Chief. As his story unfolds through the trilogy, it is full of tales of bravery, duty, sacrifice, friendship, and selflessness. These themes are consistent with the qualities of real heroes and classic storytelling throughout history, they are universal and timeless – they speak to all of us.”

Grand! Even for a non gamers like myself this launch has really got me interested (which was its intent)… Great execution, strategy – the human side, and media mix… now, anyone that want to play – I am game (as long as you have an XBOX and the game;).

Advertiser/Client: BURGER KING
Product/Service: BURGER KING
Entrant Company, City: CRISPIN PORTER + BOGUSKY, Miami
Country: USA“To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the WHOPPER®, BURGER KING® created an innovative media campaign in which America’s favorite burger, the WHOPPER®, was removed from the menu for a day and hidden cameras captured customers candid reactions. The first component of the campaign explored deprivation to see what would happen if America’s most beloved burger was removed from the menu without any announcement. The social experiment was taken to another level when in lieu of the WHOPPER® customers were given competitors’ burgers. When the customer returned to the counter to discuss the problem with the manager, the King presented the customer with a Whopper and revealed the hidden cameras.”

Another great show form the boy’s from Miami and BK. Love the concept, and the reactions. Hey, it would piss me of as well. But dude, where are the links to BK on the campaign site, just talk no linking…

Advertiser/Client: TRENT REZNOR/NIN
Entrant Company, City: 42 ENTERTAINMENT, Pasadena
Country: USA
Advertising/Web Design Agency, City:  42 ENTERTAINMENT, Pasadena
Country: USA

“The ambitious Year Zero alternate reality game (ARG), a work of cross-media art involving websites, emails, phone calls, album packaging, tour t-shirts, thumb drives, music videos, murals, interactive games and live concert events with the new music of Nine Inch Nails at its core. Playing out over 10 weeks, the Year Zero ARG engaged over 2.5M participants. It started with a message hidden in the back of a concert t-shirt that lead to online websites, ultimately over 29 websites discovered over several months, 7.5M page views, 7M forum postings, 2M phone calls and thousands of original art submissions.”

Viral cross-media art/music the way it should be played.  Kudos to NIN for driving these kind of ideas.

Advertiser/Client: MINI CANADA
Product/Service: BMW MINI
Entrant Company, City: TAXI 2, Toronto
Country: CANADA
Advertising/Web Design Agency, City: TAXI 2, Toronto
Country: CANADA

“MINI has made several advancements to reduce environmental impact and increase efficiency. On a global scale, MINI wanted us to highlight these technologies in a simple, innovative, and efficient way. Hence, MINIMALISM: A microsite that provides users with a waste-free way to learn about the MINI in the amount of time they have available, down to the second. After selecting a feature, users are treated to a series of vignettes – ranging from 60 seconds down to one – that explain these complex technologies using minimal animations. That way we don’t waste anything, including people’s time.”

Simple and ingenious.

Advertiser/Client: V&S ABSOLUT SPIRITS
Product/Service: ABSOLUT VODKA
Entrant Company, City: GREAT WORKS, Stockholm
Country: SWEDEN
Advertising/Web Design Agency, City: GREAT WORKS, Stockholm
Country: SWEDEN

“Following the work ABSOLUT’s been doing within the spheres of art, fashion and music, the brand this time decided to explore the intersection between art and cutting edge technology. To explore what it would be like if machines were creative just like us, ABSOLUT invited Dan Paluska and Jeff Lieberman, from the prestigious science and technology institute MIT, and the Swedish team, ‘Teenage Engineering’, to create one creative machine each. For the first time ever, website visitors are invited to interact with the machines, which are situated in gallery spaces in Stockholm and New York, right from their web browsers. Judges: Please Watch it in Firefox”

Great use of technology, interactivity and art.

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