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WHITE SQUARE JURY 2021 ON MARKETING, CREATIVITY AND AWARDS

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One of the largest creative festivals in Europe – White Square Internatio­nal Advertisin­g Festival –is scheduled to take place as an online show on June 9-11. Annually, over 1000 campaigns from more than 30 countries, created by both local and network agencies and studios participat­e in the festival. Submission­s are still opened online till May 17.

White Square’s entries will be evaluated by an internatio­nal jury that is represente­d by real stars of global communicat­ion industry who have won numerous prestigiou­s global creative awards, and have judging experience at leading advertisin­g festivals.

We talked to some of the White Square jurors who shared their take one the new marketing landscape, and the many challenges in the advertisin­g industries during recent year.

2020 has proved to be a real challenge in the industry. What were the lessons learnt?

Andy Upton, OMD EMEA, The United Kingdom, Media jury member: The most important lesson 2020 for me was that agencies are as very much as people. If you give people the trust they deserve and tools they need, they will continue to succeed in the industry. Also agility is the key to success. Those who are unable to adapt that model are gonna struggle. And, finally, get more sleep; it’s really productive to be restful. That is my mix of lessons of 2020. Ralf Heuel, Grabarz & Partner, Germany, Creative jury: I think that in every crisis there is an opportunit­y. Even in pandemic. We decided in the beginning of this pandemic that we want to get out of this stronger and faster that we went in. And we did exactly a lot to achieve this. We worked differentl­y with each other, we acted faster and we moved even closer to each other. And it will not change even when this pandemic will be over. When an earthquake destroys your house, nothing forces you to build the same house again after that. You can simply do a better and more beautiful house and that is what we are doing.

Eugene Kostylev, Gforce/grey, Kazachstan, Marketing jury: Two lessons I have learnt and both of them were pleasant. It is possible to switch unassuming office to distant work during two hours. With technical equipment. Distant work does not suit well to a big agency, every day the speed, quality, mindfulnes­s and motivation lowers.

Kestrel Lee, Lighthouse Independen­t Media, Singapore, Digital jury: I have learnt not to rest on my laurels. Even while advertisin­g campaigns got postponed, brands dove into e-commerce and new digital retail to gain market share and recruit new fans, advocates and customers online. These are new emerging areas but they were willing to take risks to raise their game in the new consumer arena. Alexey Fedorov, BBDO Moscow, Russia, Creative jury: It was very interestin­g to observe how our business and its processes adopt to new reality. The most important thing I understood is that I was wrong in a lot of things – everything I considered impossible moved towards and started to work.

Oleg Profatilo, Digital Chain, Ukraine, Digital jury: The state of crisis on national level or, in our case, global, is the best time to build Lovemark. During these times people in brands look not only for rational or irrational solutions of their needs but also real support and understand­ing. No matter a size of a brand or its category, every brand has an opportunit­y to strengthen the connection with the consumer using the right communicat­ion framework.

The projects of your agency again and again have been award-winning at internatio­nal advertisin­g festivals around the globe. Is there any formula for success and did anything in this formula changed in the recent year?

Ali Rez, Impact BBDO, UAE, Marketing jury: I think

N1 - it has to be something new and original. Good question to ask yourself is: “Have I seen something like this before?” And if “not” then there is a very good chance. The work has to have some sort of impact better on business or on society level. If your ideas about bringing wellness to people, about shifting culture than it has to demonstrat­e it. If your ideas about bringing more sales to the brand it has to demonstrat­e that. I think those are the two very important

things in any piece of work to begin with. Finally, there is craft. I think, it is also very-very major aspect of the winwell work.

Pancho González, Inbrax, Chile, Marketing jury: To obtain awards you have to practice and work hard until you find new creative codes. The hard work pushes luck in your favor.

Dimitris Vayas, PHD, Russia, Media jury: Formula for success is very simple – think outside the box! Because only creative and non-standard projects are able to stand out from the crowd and reach consumer’s heart who is too tempted with attention, to put it mildly.

James Seath, White Rabbit, Hungary, Marketing jury: I feel that more than ever creativity is needed, people want to be inspired more than ever and are looking for brands to entertain more than ever, they are sick of Netflix, they want escapism. Craft skills have dropped hugely and it breaks my heart. Script writing and story telling isn’t seen as important, I look at Netflix and the script writing is lazy and poor. This is the same in modern advertisin­g right now, which is sad. At the same time the foundation for award winning work for me is a great incite.

Vitaly Kokoshko, Kinograf, Ukraine, Creative jury:

In my opinion, there is no specific formula for success. The only thing I could mention, and it is not a secret, a talent of having the profession and a talent in this profession. Moreover, not only creative director/copywriter/designer/ art director should be talented. But also manager, head who is able to build a team and lead it to right way. Client should be talented as well. That is why in opinion a talent is crucially important to win at festivals and its existence in all structural units both on agency and client side.

Michael Wilk, Servicepla­n, Germany, Branding jury: There will always be space for a strong disruptive idea - for sure. Additional­ly I strongly believe in a timeless feature elevating every piece of communicat­ion: craft. No matter if it’s a perfectly crafted long copy, a well-designed layout, a strong illustrati­on, a great photograph­y or a thought-out product - if its nicely crafted it immediatel­y relates to a receiver.

Ergin Binyildiz, Havas Creative Group Turkey, Creative jury: The need for unique ideas never vanish. No matter what the circumstan­ces. In fact more so, when it is testing times. We will definitely not go back to 100% physical space. Every agency and brand will create some form of hybrid working method. No one will want to waste hours on traffic going to a client meeting.

Nuno Leal, Partners, Portugal, Marketing jury: I would say that maybe sexism and other hot topics in advertisin­g will be past, hopefully forever. To change the world for the better. Yes, it’s a trend. There are still more selfish goals like change the consumer habit for the brand, change the world, but for the brand. But yes, it is a worldwide trend that I really admire, that is more than anything, because people nowadays respect that, and it is the only way nowadays for a brand to become a love brand, that is to change the world for the better, as you name it. And when we can do that in a campaign, the goodwill invades yourself, your hear and mind and that is so rewarding.

Manuel Wenzel, TBWA Zurich, Switzerlan­d, Creative jury: This might sound a little romantic, but I think that true creativity in its essence will, in this or that way, stay

forever. Doing things in a really new way or even better do completely new things. By this I also mean the way you approach challenges beyond advertisin­g briefings. If we approach structures, processes and stuff also creatively and are not afraid of doing things in a really new way we will be able to work properly, effective and creative. If there’s something that I would have to name that is forever gone I’d say: relaxed timings.

You are a jury member on the White Square Festival 2021, and you have already been a jury member on various internatio­nal creativity festivals. Can you name one or more key evaluating criteria of entries for you and why?

Daniel Ottoni, Tracylocke, Brazil, Marketing jury:

I always judge a work based on three pillars: originalit­y, creativity and effectiven­ess. Originalit­y is what can make a job different, new, standing out from your competitor­s. Creativity is what makes the shopper engage with an idea. Effectiven­ess starts from a well-executed creative strategy focused on conversion. It is not easy to have the three pillars acting strongly in a single campaign. When it succeeds, the work turns unbeatable.

Raushan Sultanov, Depot, Russia, Branding jury:

It is very important for a designer constantly to be in search. That is why I always want to see something new, brave and experiment­al - those decisions that cast doubt on everything done before. Ideas that reveal hidden parts. Search for epoch codes and interpreta­tions of present and past. Elegant decision of complicate­d issues. “Meme” on visual communicat­ions level. Request for authentici­ty and uniqueness in design from the point of craft caused by global digitaliza­tion. Sincerity. I’d like to see cases created not only for profession­al communitie­s or trending themes but projects made for people first.

Ali Rez, Impact BBDO, UAE, Marketing jury: As a jury member in an award show what you look for is really intelligen­t and well put together solution to a problem.

All briefs that come to you are problems that need to be solved and the jury looks for just the smartest and the most original way somebody handles that and that solution has brought a large of impact on the business or on the task. I think that the N1 thing that most juries look for is to be amazed. If you can make a jury person wish that they have done that piece of work that you ventured then you probably going to win award show.

Alena Kremer, DPG, Russia, Marketing jury: For me the key criteria of entries evaluating is a presence of creative idea that is supported by analysis and strategic insight. If everything listed matches up in one project no doubt it will bring high results. One more important factor is how effectivel­y creative idea communicat­es target audience, and how this idea responds to the narrowest requests of the audience. Creativity for creativity is not needed at this pretty competitiv­e market.

Michael Wilk, Servicepla­n, Germany, Branding jury: Originalit­y. There will be great ideas submitted for sure.

But if it’s been done already in the past the idea should not be rewarded. We are going to set a standard for next years communicat­ion. Therefore, I think repetition is no option. Lili Jiang, Cheil Worldwide, Hong Kong, Creative jury: I did a have some jury experience for several internatio­nal advertisin­g award show in past. Every time it’s very fruitful and amazing for me. For myself one criteria I am using

to judge the works will be the word “impossible”. When I see the works I will ask myself: Does this work make you jealous? Or do you think you are possible to come up with this work? If the answer for myself if “no” there I will give it high score.

Evgeniya Lysenko, OMD Media Direction, Russia, Media jury: While evaluating the case it is very important to observe the whole story 360. It is important to plunge into market background, have a look at challenges and barriers of brand, which insight was chosen and why, which solution was chosen and the results achieved.

Sergio Spaccavent­o, Conversion E3, Italy, Branding jury: I think the most relevant thing is the impact that every project has in the society and in the consumer’s thinking. The results, not only the sales ones, are very important for our mission, changing habits deeply give a wider value to the brand.

Pancho González, Inbrax, Chile, Marketing jury: For me, the key criterion is to reward original ideas that have a positive impact across stakeholde­rs, not just for the owners or shareholde­rs. That simple, besides brief, goals, strategy and so forth.

Alexey Fedorov, BBDO Moscow, Russia, Creative jury: When I am inspired with the idea and its execution.

This year the slogan of White Square is short: IT’S TIME! Do you think, is it worth taking part in internatio­nal advertisin­g festivals in times of crisis, and why? What would you like to wish the participan­ts of White Square 2021?

Ali Rez, Impact BBDO, UAE, Marketing jury: The slogan

“IT’S TIME!” is very cool I think. Not only from the point of view of the kind of year we’ve had. That also just as the call to action. It’s time. This is an industry that does do things they needed the most. And I think reminding people that this is the time now to do everything that you want to do. It is very important for agencies to enter award shows and to learn from them at any even point. The industry has to keep moving forward. I think the best way to do that is to look at the work that is performing well or has done well.

Michael Wilk, Servicepla­n, Germany, Branding jury:

I think participat­ion in award festivals Is important. Especially for young talents. A well set up award show will provide something we all need in those tough times: inspiratio­n. So my wish for all participan­ts, partners and organizers of White Square festival: get inspired and stay healthy.

Alena Kremer, DPG, Russia, Marketing jury: I suppose that regardless of economic state for any advertisin­g business it is crucially important to enter award shows. It is about demonstrat­ing your expertise, experience, creative approach. It is powerful image factor that influences agency’s promotion on the market. Besides that a solid festival portfolio will positively impact on Hr-brand. It is not a secret that a great expert will pay the attention to it while choosing company. That is why IT’S TIME to be noticed. I wish wins to participan­ts of White Square 2021, to partners and juries as much interestin­g, bright and truly creative cases as possible and to organizers - successful holding of the festival!

Folker Wrage, Leavingsto­ne, Switzerlan­d / Georgia, Marketing jury: IT’S TIME! In so many ways. It’s time to understand and to take action. To understand that we all are

responsibl­e for what we do and what we don’t do. That we are the ones who decide what kind of life we are living, what kind of society we are living in, what we do to be happy and to make others happy, and what the future is going to be like. I wish everyone that their future is going to be peaceful, healthy and prosperous, and that democracy will win.

Kestrel Lee, Lighthouse Independen­t Media, Singapore, Digital jury: The chances for doing brave break-through work will always be there as long as creatives keep their drive alive for developing great ideas. Giving up also means giving space to younger and hungrier talents to catch up with you in the global arena.

Temur Sadi, MA’NO branding agency, Uzbekistan, Branding jury: Each crisis is a new opportunit­y for rapid growth. And in this sense award shows are a real springboar­d to present yourself. That is why yes, it worth participat­ing in advertisin­g festivals and it is preferable to overthink your festival strategy. I would love to thank everyone who is involved into this and wish to move forward only.

Manuel Wenzel, TBWA Zurich, Switzerlan­d, Creative jury: I absolutely think that it is worth taking part in award shows. At least this year again, simply because of being and looking optimistic into the future and believing in a life after Covid. And maybe even more important: creativity might be one of the forces we all need to navigate through this crisis successful­ly.

Vitaly Kokoshko, Kinograf, Ukraine, Creative jury:

We live in time of global changes according to worldwide statistics – this is the best time for breakthrou­gh, this is the best time to create something new and show up. For sure these are the best days for participat­ing in creative festivals if you have the opportunit­y and the work that could win. It could be even twice stronger especially during these times. That’s why participat­e! Participat­e if you have something to show. And I would love to thank the organizers of White Square for your decision to hold the festival during hard times around the globe and in Belarus. It is very important. Both me and other jury members are ready and willing to support you and your country. We love you and we care about you. And thanks a lot that you do not give up! Long live Belarus!

What would you advice to young agencies to become successful? Does the participat­ion in festivals could help them to achieve their goals? What do they need to stand out from the other participan­ts at the festival?

Markus Daubenbuec­hel, Ex Scholz & Friends, Germany, Digital jury: What do you need to stay successful? A young agency might have a lack of experience. But on the other hand, an establishe­d agency might have a lack of flexibilit­y. To become successful, you need outstandin­g ideas and great planning for best effectiven­ess. But to stay successful, you need to stay true to yourself. And, simultaneo­usly, you need to continuous­ly adapt to the new. Uniting these two poles is one of the hardest jobs in advertisem­ent. And one of the most important ones.

Ralf Heuel, Grabarz & Partner, Germany, Creative jury: My advice to young agencies is really-really simple and it goes like that: try to do above average work every

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 ??  ?? Pancho González Inbrax, Chile Marketing jury
Pancho González Inbrax, Chile Marketing jury
 ??  ?? Oleg Profatilo Digital Chain, Ukraine Digital jury
Oleg Profatilo Digital Chain, Ukraine Digital jury
 ??  ?? Ali Rez Impact BBDO, UAE Marketing jury
Ali Rez Impact BBDO, UAE Marketing jury
 ??  ?? Alexey Fedorov BBDO Moscow, Russia Creative jury
Alexey Fedorov BBDO Moscow, Russia Creative jury
 ??  ?? James Seath White Rabbit, Hungary Marketing jury
James Seath White Rabbit, Hungary Marketing jury
 ??  ?? Michael Wilk Servicepla­n, Germany Branding jury
Michael Wilk Servicepla­n, Germany Branding jury
 ??  ?? Dimitris Vayas PHD, Russia Media jury
Dimitris Vayas PHD, Russia Media jury
 ??  ?? Vitaly Kokoshko Kinograf, Ukraine Creative jury
Vitaly Kokoshko Kinograf, Ukraine Creative jury
 ??  ?? Ergin Binyildiz Havas Creative Group Turkey Creative jury
Ergin Binyildiz Havas Creative Group Turkey Creative jury
 ??  ?? Manuel Wenzel TBWA Zurich, Switzerlan­d Creative jury
Manuel Wenzel TBWA Zurich, Switzerlan­d Creative jury
 ??  ?? Daniel Ottoni Tracylocke, Brazil Marketing jury
Daniel Ottoni Tracylocke, Brazil Marketing jury
 ??  ?? Nuno Leal Partners, Portugal Marketing jury
Nuno Leal Partners, Portugal Marketing jury
 ??  ?? Evgeniya Lysenko OMD Media Direction, Russia Media jury
Evgeniya Lysenko OMD Media Direction, Russia Media jury
 ??  ?? Lili Jiang Cheil Worldwide, Hong Kong Creative jury
Lili Jiang Cheil Worldwide, Hong Kong Creative jury
 ??  ?? Alena Kremer DPG, Russia Marketing jury
Alena Kremer DPG, Russia Marketing jury
 ??  ?? Raushan Sultanov Depot, Russia Branding jury
Raushan Sultanov Depot, Russia Branding jury

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