Since increasingly we are all chasing ideas big enough to translate across communication channels, this year we called for entries that investigated the power of integrated ideas. Our authors rose to the challenge with aplomb. The majority of submissions were integrated cases and we saw a five-fold increase in jointly written papers to boot. In fact, the winners of both the Grand Prix and the Charles Channon Award demonstrate in very different ways that the more integrated a communication idea is, the more powerful it becomes. The Grand Prix shows how VCCP's fully integrated and highly visual idea helped to transform BT Cellnet from a troubled business into the highly successful and vibrant O2 brand. The Charles Channon prize went to DDB London for Arla Foods ,which established Cravendale as a premium milk brand worth £41 million. It is the first time a paper has isolated the long- and short-term effect of integrated activity in such depth.
There is more to be learned about integrated ideas from the 2004 entries, with The Central London Congestion Charge, Tobacco Control, Lynx, Honda and British Airways papers being of particular note.
Finally, thank you to the lifeblood of these Awards, the authors and the clients that support them. Without you and people like you over the past 25 years, there would not be more than 1,000 cases in the IPA dataBANK.
The dataBANK offers a wealth of learning and inspiration on how brands communicate. It is always a fantastic reference point for any communications challenge one may face.
Submitting a case is a rewarding if time-consuming task and it's encouraging to see that more agencies are up for it than ever before. In addition to the long-standing regulars, more than 20 new clients and agencies entered in 2004, increasing the number of participating agencies by 50 per cent.
Long may the enthusiasm for creating, and proving, the commercial power of ideas continue.
Alison Hoad Planning partner, Campbell Doyle Dye, Convenor of judges 2004
INDUSTRY SPECIALIST JURY
John Bartle - Founder, Bartle Bogle Hegarty
Will Collin - Partner, Naked
Wendy Gordon - Partner, Acacia Avenue
Glenn Granger - Associate partner, Accenture
Mike Hall - Chief executive, Hall & Partners
Roger Ingham - Managing director, Data Alive
Iain Jacob - Chief executive, Starcom Mediavest
Nigel Jones - Chief executive, Claydon Heeley Jones Mason
Caroline Marshall - Executive editor, Campaign
Mark Ritson - Associate professor, London Business School
Roderick White - Editor, Admap
Bob Willott - Editor, Marketing Services Financial Intelligence
Joe Yasin - Partner, The Planning Business
Niall FitzGerald KBE - Chairman of judges and Chairman of Reuters,
formerly Chairman of Unilever
Sly Bailey - Chief executive, Trinity Mirror
Bernard Balderston - Associate director, UK media, Procter & Gamble
Karen Crowshaw - Head of HR (Central), Halifax Bank of Scotland
Adam Crozier - Chief executive, Royal Mail
Jon Florsheim - Managing director, sales, marketing and interactive,
Ben Hughes - Worldwide advertising director, Financial Times
Tim Kaner - Director of marketing communications, Sony Europe
Amanda Mackenzie - Vice-president, marketing, EMEA, Hewlett Packard
Scott Morrison - Marketing manager UK and Ireland, Levi Strauss (UK)
Andrew Nebel - UK director of marketing and communications, Barnardo's
Nick Ratcliffe - Marketing director, Mercedes Car Group, Mercedes-Benz
Syl Saller - Director, global brand innovation group, Diageo
Miles Templeman - Chairman, Eldridge Pope
Alison Hoad - Convenor of judges, Planning partner, Campbell Doyle Dye
Laurence Green - Deputy convenor of judges, Planning partner, Fallon