The jury chaired by Isabel Massey, global media director, marketing, Diageo, also awarded three Special Awards for particular areas of expertise:
The Grand Prix has been awarded to Mindshare Sydney for 'Monty - The World's first AI predictive commentator', a game-changing campaign for Australian pay-TV brand Foxtel to encourage people to pay to watch cricket, a product they'd previously enjoyed for free.
Realising they had to deliver more value and transform the viewing experience, Foxtel invested heavily in data to train a custom machine learning model capable of predicting when wickets would fall in live games. Monty delivered an 18% increase in average weekly sales, while Fox Cricket became the number-one channel for share, beating the full-year performance of every other channel.
Commenting on the Grand Prix winning campaign, jury member Rosh Singh, managing director EMEA, Unit9, said: "What I liked about it is that consumers don't need to know anything about the tech, so there are no barriers to go through - it's additive to that piece of media."
The winners of the 2019 Warc Media Awards - Effective Use of Tech category are as follows:
Additional information on the 2019 Warc Media Awards - Effective Use of Tech winners, as well as winners of the Best Use of Data and Effective Channel Integration categories, is available here. The winners of the Effective Use of Partnerships & Sponsorships will be announced shortly.
The top winning papers across all categories of the Warc Media Awards share a $40,000 prize fund.