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Apex Grand Prix for Ogilvy Joburg

Ogilvy was king of the Apex Awards last night, Thursday, 27 May 2010, with Ogilvy Johannesburg scoring the Apex Grand Prix, one Gold and two Silvers, and Ogilvy Cape Town two Silvers and two Bronzes. Special awards went to Saatchi & Saatchi for its WWF SA Earth Hour campaign (most successful submission for non-profit or charity organisation or cause 21 Awards) and to TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris Johannesburg for its Trillion Dollar campaign for The Zimbabwean (most ingenious response to limited advertising or research funds).
Founded in 1995, the Apex Awards promote greater accountability in the industry by rewarding campaigns that work, sell and resonate in the minds of their target audiences, and in so doing, deliver results. The adjudication process is notoriously stringent, as entrants must provide evidence of the effectiveness of their marketing communications - and in so doing, prove that their entries have achieved performance excellence by contributing a measurable return on investment. This year's ceremony marked the first true annual cycle of the awards.

Ogilvy Johannesburg receiving its 2010 Apex Grand Prix.
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The winners were awarded in one of three categories: Launch, Change, and Sustain. Launch recognises brands or services that are less than 12 months old with no significant history of advertising. In Change, new campaigns from previously advertised brands which resulted in significant short-term effects on sales and/or behaviour (short-term being within a period of no more than 18 months) are recognised and awarded. Sustain is for campaigns that benefited a business by maintaining or strengthening a brand over a long period, eg 36 months.

All the winners

Grand PrixOgilvy JohannesburgKFC Finger Lickin' GreatKFC
Special AwardThe most ingenious response to limited advertising or research fundsTBWA\Hunt\Lascaris JohannesburgTrillion DollarThe Zimbabwean
Special AwardThe most successful submission for non-profit or charity organisation or cause 21 AwardsSaatchi & SaatchiWWF SA Earth Hour 'The power of one hour'WWF SA
LaunchNo Gold awarded
LaunchSilverDDB South AfricaMcDonalds BreakfastMcDonalds
LaunchSilverColey Porter Bell SAPackaging RedesignFairview Cheese
LaunchSilverOgilvy Cape TownStimorol 3-PieceCadbury SA
LaunchSilverWundermanDiscovery 4 LaunchLand Rover
LaunchBronzeZoom AdvertisingUN EP Finance Consider UsUN Sustainability Forum Cape Town
LaunchBronzeThe Jupiter Drawing Room Cape TownBushmills BromotionBrandhouse
LaunchBronzeSaatchi & SaatchiWWF SA Earth Hour 'The power of one hour'WWF SA
LaunchBronzeOgilvy Cape TownVW New GolfVolkswagen SA
ChangeGoldTBWA\Hunt\Lascaris JohannesburgTrillion DollarThe Zimbabwean
ChangeSilverDDB South AfricaMrs Balls ChutneyUnilever
ChangeSilverOgilvy JohannesburgKFC HopeKFC
ChangeSilvermorrisjones&coInnoxa Neck & Bust 'Show it off'Innoxa
ChangeSilverOgilvy Cape TownGoodbye CitiVW SA
ChangeBronzeNet#work BBDO Cape TownDavid vs the GoliathsCapitec Bank
ChangeBronzeOgilvy and PublicisLunch BarCadbury SA (which submitted the campaign directly)
ChangeBronzeOgilvy Cape TownDentyneCadbury SA (which submitted the campaign directly)
ChangeBronzeNet#work BBDOWoza WhenevaCell C
ChangeBronzeEuro RSCGTalent WarPNet
SustainGoldOgilvy JohannesburgKFC Finger Lickin' GreatKFC
SustainSilverOgilvy JohannesburgDStv Compact 'Making less so much more'MultiChoice
SustainBronzeJoe PublicSustaining growth in a mature marketTracker

Before the announcement of the Apex 2010 Grand Prix.
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The list of winners tells a tale of a year in which campaigns had to be truly exceptional to overcome the challenges presented by a global recession, according to the organisers.

"One only has to look at the remarkably high caliber of entries to realise that this year's winners each produced something phenomenal," said Odette Roper, CEO of the Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) and host and MC for the night. "Agencies were faced with small budgets, sceptical clients, and a disillusioned consumer, yet many still managed to create transformative and hugely effective campaigns during 2010."

"Unlike other awards, an Apex symbolises a demonstration of both strategic and creative effectiveness - and positions award winners as true leaders in their field," added Roper.

The ecstatic Ogilvy Johannesburg and Ogilvy Cape Town teams.
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According to 2010 Apex keynote speaker and judge Geoff Whyte, who is outgoing commercial director: Africa, Middle East at Cadbury SA, the "general standard of Apex entries this year was extremely high - and the campaigns that [picked up] awards [last] night of any colour are all truly exceptional.

Whyte continued: "And reviewing the winning case studies there was a clear pattern for me: Where there was great marketing thinking, great creativity followed. And where these two elements aligned, the impact on sales was significant and sustained.

"But, perhaps more importantly, where campaigns were really successful the client and agency had had the courage to do something different. So let's all be brave enough to stand up for what we believe in, challenge every conventional wisdom and aim to be world class. Let's be driven by our ambition for greatness, not by fear."


  • Andy Rice - chairman of Yellowwood Future Architects and chair of the 2010 APEX adjudication panel
  • Ivan Moroke - group MD of Yellowwood Future Architects and vice chair of the 2010 APEX adjudication panel
  • Geoff Whyte - outgoing commercial director: Africa, Middle East at Cadbury SA
  • Nicola Lawson - CMO at Yum! Restaurants Africa
  • Natasha Velen - marketing manager of Oracle Airtime Sales
  • Emmet O' Hanlon - MD of DDB SA
  • Lynn Madeley - CEO of Euros RSCG SA
  • Neil Higgs - director: innovation & development of TNS Research Surveys
  • Charles Foster - MD of Millward Brown
  • Lou Boxall-Davies - head of planning at morrisjones&co
  • Jason Knight - strategic director at Brand Activation
  • Pepe Marais - ECD of Joe Public
  • Sandile Mkhasibe - ECD at Momentum McCann

Four student bursaries

Four bursaries of R10 000 each were also awarded to two students from the AAA School of Advertising in Johannesburg, and two from the AAA School in Cape Town. This is the first time that funding from the APEX Awards has been directed toward skills development, and the ACA is exploring the possibility of making it an annual initiative.

According to Ludi Koekemoer, principal and MD of the AAA School, there is a great need for additional financial support for students, and the AAA School is proactive in applying for funding from various institutions every year. In addition to the APEX bursaries, the AAA School has secured financial aid from MAPPP-SETA and the National Arts Council for 2010.

"These four students are all highly deserving of this award, and I have no doubt that they will make the most of it and continue to excel," said Koekemoer.

The 2010 Apex Awards, tickets for which sold out a week before the white tie event, took place at the Vodadome, Vodaworld, in Midrand, Gauteng. Comedian and ventriloquist Conrad Coch had the audience of advertising professionals, industry captains, key stakeholders from Government and the media.

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