WARC Awards: MediaCom India secures Silver in Effective Use of Partnerships

A campaign for Suzuki by UK independent media agency, the7stars, has won the Grand Prix in the Effective Use of Partnerships & Sponsorships category, the final category to be announced of the 2018 WARC Media Awards.

Suzuki needed to stand out and appeal to women in their twenties who are looking for adventure, independence and achievement.

Drawing on these values for the 'An Ignis Adventure' campaign, Suzuki co-created a TV show with broadcaster Channel 4 to engage young women and increase sales of its Ignis model in the United Kingdom. The car was fully integrated into the TV series, which followed celebrities learning to drive and demonstrated the freedom driving gave them.

As a result of the campaign, sales exceeded the target by 5% in a declining market, and Suzuki's market share increased.

Jury member Sean Stogner, Connection Strategy Director, Huge - and former Grand Prix winner in this category for M&M's in 2017 - said: "Creating an entire TV show was clearly successful and, from a results perspective, they over-delivered on what their target was, despite the whole category being down. It was very impressive for a small brand in the UK and the way they went to market was pretty innovative."

Fellow judge David Robertson, Senior Director, Global Brand Insight, Universal Music Group, added: "This was a really clever and fantastic use of branded entertainment - it was quite out-of-the-box thinking for the car industry."

Alongside the Grand Prix, a further three Golds, five Silvers, four Bronzes and three Special Awards have been awarded by the Partnerships & Sponsorships jury led by Jerry Daykin, EMEA Media Director, GSK.

A Gold and the Effective Native Award - for the best example of a native campaign that helped a brand meet its business objectives - has been won by Droga5, UNESCO, for American newspaper The New York Times by drawing attention to the need for a functioning free press in the US through a multichannel strategy around World Press Freedom Day.

OMD Italy, Publicis Italy, won a Silver and the Successful Sponsorship Award - for the best example of a brand effectively aligning itself with, for instance, an entertainment property or a sporting event - for 'The Auction' campaign for Renault's Dacia. The car brand used old football shirts donated by fans and worn during the Serie A match between Udinese and Lazio to communicate its 'Much more than you expect' strategy in Italy.

A Gold and the Collaboration with an Influence Award - for the most effective partnership with an influencer appropriate for the target market - has been awarded to PHD Taiwan for SKODA. For its 'CoinciDance' campaign, the car brand used a series of viral videos to increase brand awareness in Taiwan.

The full list of winners Effective Use of Partnerships & Sponsorships category - WARC's Media Awards 2018 are:

Grand Prix

  • An Ignis Adventure · Suzuki Ignis · Suzuki Cars · United Kingdom


  • The Loneliness Documentary · Age UK · Manning Gottlieb OMD · United Kingdom
  • World Press Freedom Day · The New York Times · Droga5, UNESCO · North America + Effective Native Award
  • Gamers' Playground · KFC · Yum! China · Mindshare China · China


  • The Welcome Drink · Diageo · Diageo Australia · Spark Foundry Australia, Leo Burnett Sydney · Australia
  • Bums don't lie · Pampers India · Procter & Gamble · MediaCom Communications · Malayala Manorama, Anandabazar Patrika, Eenadu · India
  • The Auction · Dacia · Renault · OMD Italy, Publicis Italy · Italy + Successful Sponsorship Award
  • Unveil Saudi · Saudi Telecom Company · J. Walter Thompson · Saudi Arabia
  • Advertising On Demand · John Lewis · Manning Gottlieb OMD, adam&eveDDB · United Kingdom


  • SKODA x Handsome Dancer - CoinciDance · SKODA · PHD Taiwan · Taiwan + Collaboration with an Influencer Award
  • The Talk · Procter & Gamble · Hearts & Science, BBDO · North America
  • Mobile voice pack · Rexona · Unilever · Mindshare Philippines, MullenLowe Philippines · Philippines
  • Bring Out the Bold - Listerine and The Voice · Listerine · Johnson & Johnson · UM, J. Walter Thompson São Paulo · Latin America

The WARC Media Awards reward pioneering communications planning which has made a positive impact on business results for brands around the world. The Grands Prix and Special Awards share a total prize fund of $40,000. 


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