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Mindshare and Diageo win big at the Mobile Marketing Association SMARTIES™ India awards 2017

Chennai, October, 2017 – The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) has announced winners of its 2017 SMARTIES™ India Awards, returning for its sixth edition this year at The Leela in New Delhi. The annual gala saw a full line-up of 42 awards in mobile strategy and industry-focused categories, celebrating innovation, creativity, and success across the mobile marketing ecosystem. Diageo was crowned the prestigious ‘Marketer of the Year’, while Mindshare was recognised as ‘Agency of the Year’.

This year, Mindshare leads the most wins, receiving 19 awards over 11 categories, ranging from Brand Awareness, Mobile Native and Programmatic, amongst others. Sony Entertainment Channel’s ‘Waltzing across TV: How 300,000 people switched channels to Super Dancer’ by Zapr Media Labs was recognised as ‘Best in Show’.

In addition, the following were presented with two Gold awards each in their respective categories:

· Liva’s ‘#NoFilterNeha Campaign’ by Saavn – Cross Media, Mobile Audio
· Sony Entertainment Channel’s ‘Waltzing across TV: How 300,000 people switched channels to Super Dancer’ by Zapr Media Labs – Brand Awareness, and Product/ Services Launch.

Other brands awarded Gold include Godrej Greens, Iodex, Mars, PepsiCo, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt Ltd., Reckitt Benckiser, and Castrol Activ. A full list of winners is available in Appendix 1.

“All our winners have demonstrated the ability to communicate their brand’s story with mobile using creative concepts and innovative technology that lead to real business impact. The SMARTIES™ India Awards are our way of recognizing outstanding key players in the industry, and we hope that through sharing their campaigns, we can inspire marketers across India to harness the power packed in this tiny device. We’re optimistic about where the industry is headed in India, and look forward to seeing what next year’s SMARTIES™ India Awards has in store for all of us.” said Rohit Dadwal, Managing Director, MMA Asia-Pacific.

In an ongoing partnership with Knowledge Partner, Kantar Millward Brown, the research-based consultancy presented industry trends and characteristics of the winning campaigns.

Commenting on the winners, Shaveta Bhardwaj, Senior Executive Director, Kantar Millward Brown said, “We saw very interesting entries in comparison to last year; scale stood out for winning campaigns. Measuring brand outcomes is critical to success. It is important to think what ‘mobile’ can do for your ‘brand’ rather than what ‘brand’ can do on mobile.”

The winners were selected by a panel of judges comprising senior brand and agency marketers through a rigorous process, who deliberated over the submissions across four criteria – strategy, execution, creativity and business impact. The Jury comprised:

D Shivakumar, Chairman, MMA India
· Siddharth Banerjee, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Vodafone India Ltd.
· Prasun Basu, President, South Asia, Nielsen
· Rohit Dadwal, Managing Director, Mobile Marketing Association Asia Pacific Limited
· Shireesh Joshi, Founder CEO, Priism Consulting
· Hemant Mehta, Managing Director, Media, Digital & Retail, Kantar IMRB, Chief Strategy Officer, Kantar South Asia
· Sidharth Shakdher, Senior Vice President, Hotstar
· Ravi K Shharma, SVP and Head of Sales, SAAVN
· Gunjan Soni, Head of Jabong, Chief Marketing Officer at Myntra
· Amrit Thomas, Chief Marketing Officer, United Spirits Limited, Chairman, Royal Challengers Bangalore

Pre-screeners were conducted by 52 senior brand and agency marketers from around the region.

This year, MMA partnered GUNN report and WARC to launch the first-ever Business Impact Index. The SMARTIES™ Index will identify, rank and award the marketing industry’s agencies, marketers and brands that are delivering the highest level of business impact by analysing finalist and winner data from all the SMARTIES™ programmes around the world.

The high quality of entries for this year’s SMARTIES™ India Awards demonstrates the increased awareness of mobile marketing and its potential in India, with the country boasting over 1 billion mobile subscribers, and 79% of internet traffic originating from mobile, compared to 50% globally.

Submissions for SMARTIES™ India Award 2017 featured 64 nominations across 18 categories covering marketing strategy, channel/media, enabling technology, creative and industry awards.

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’Oréal, MasterCard, McDonalds, Microsoft, Mondelez 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.

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