Ogilvy Adds Two More Grand Prix—in Outdoor and Media

Paris wins for IBM boards, Amsterdam for funeral insurance ads

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CANNES, France—After winning the Promo Grand Prix on Monday, Ogilvy & Mather picked up two more Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions festival here tonight, with its Paris office earning the top prize in Outdoor for its IBM billboards and Amsterdam topping the Media Lions with an innovative campaign celebrating life and love for funeral-insurance company Dela. 


Ogilvy Paris's outdoor campaign consisted of three billboards that function as a bench, a shelter and a ramp over stairs. Those small improvements to the cityscape serve as a metaphor for IBM's larger effort to make cities smarter through technology. The ads wonderfully embody the brand promise, and represented just a starting point—they urged passersby (and the much larger audience that would see the work online) to visit people4smartercities.com and submit their own, presumably larger ideas for civic upgrades.


U.S. agencies won two Gold Lions, one Silver Lion and four Bronze Lions in Outdoor.

One gold went to Draftfcb in Chicago for a Sharpie Ultra Fine Point markers campaign featuring sketches made on microscopic objects. The other gold was won by Saatchi & Saatchi in Los Angeles for its Toyota stunt in which a Tundra pulled the Space Shuttle Endeavor. See both campaigns here:

Alma DDB in Miami won silver in Outdoor for its "Glad Tent" effort for Glad Forceflex bags. And the bronzes went to Anomaly in New York for a Converse campaign; La Comunidad in Miami, also for Converse; Young & Rubicam in New York for Land Rover; and JWT in New York for Macy's.

See the Media Lions Grand Prix winner, and all the U.S. winners from the Media Lions category, after the jump.


Ogilvy Amsterdam's Grand Prix-winning Dela campaign—themed "Why wait until it's too late?"—urged ordinary people to say something wonderful to someone they love, while they still can. It aimed to position Dela as a company that not only believes in a dignified farewell for everyone, but in people being there for each other today.

Ogilvy executed the idea across a range of media channels. It made TV spots using hidden-camera footage of people's public expressions of love; newspaper ads with the single word "Lieve" (meaning "Dear") at the top, encouraging people to fill in the rest of the page with letters to their loved ones; personalized outdoor posters; and live speeches on a specially commandeered TV channel.

The work helped Dela become one of the 10 best-known brands in the Netherlands, with its insured capital growing by 50 percent. "But the best result is that Holland grew a bit more beautiful," Ogilvy says.


U.S. agencies won two Gold Lions, two Silver Lions and four Bronze Lions at the Media Lions ceremony tonight.

The golds went to Carat in New York for its "Thank You Mom" Olympic campaign for Procter & Gamble; and Starcom MediaVest Group in Chicago for its "Save 11" work for Allstate. SMG also won a bronze for the "Save 11" campaign.

Picking up silver were Leo Burnett in Chicago for Secret deodorant's "Meanamorphosis" anti-bullying campaign; and Draftfcb in New York for Oreo Daily Twist.

The other bronzes were awarded to Digitas in New York for American Express's "Small Business Saturday"; Grupo Gallegos in Huntington Beach, Calif., for its "Bedtime Stories" campaign for the California Milk Processing Board; and MediaCom in New York for Volkswagen's "Beetle Shark Cage."

@nudd Tim Nudd is a former creative editor of Adweek.