Cannes Lions Bolsters Creative Effectiveness with Hands-on Help

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Advisory scheme teams entrants with experts to showcase results

24 February 2015 – As part of its commitment to assisting clients and their agencies demonstrate the value of creativity, Cannes Lions, in association with The Effectiveness Partnership, has introduced the Creative Effectiveness Advisory Scheme.

The Scheme offers entrants into this year’s Creative Effectiveness Lions a consultation with senior, multi award-winning industry thought-leaders, strategists and analysts to help them craft a submission.

The Creative Effectiveness Lions have entry requirements and a judging process that differ from other Cannes Lions categories. The Scheme helps entrants navigate these rigors and gives them the best possible chance of success within what is viewed as the most challenging category.

“The Creative Effectiveness Lions are robust because winners are held up as examples of the power of creativity to drive business results,” said Simon Cook, Head of Entries Development, Cannes Lions. “The Creative Effectiveness Advisory Scheme will play an important role in helping clients to work with their agencies in showcasing these results and, ultimately, ensuring they are an inspiration for greater creative bravery.”

Cannes Lions will introduce entrants wishing to take advantage of the Scheme to a member of the expert panel, who will provide practical, independent guidance on the structure and presentation of submissions.

Commenting on crafting a successful entry, one of the Advisors, Karl Weaver, CEO, Data2Decisions, emphasised the importance of building a ‘case for creativity’. “Anchor your entry in hard data to prove your work had a commercial impact and tell a simple, engaging story that’s enjoyable to read will set winners apart.”

Fellow Advisor, Andrew Sharp, Consultant Business Analyst, The Effectiveness Partnership, echoed the guidance, saying, “Try to show that it was only the creativity that made the difference – not price, distribution etc. Convince us it was the creative idea that made an exceptional difference – not just the weight of money behind it.”

Other Advisors include:
Merry Baskin – Partner, Baskin Shark Ltd
Paul Feldwick – Consultant and Author
Tracey Follows – Chair, Account Planning Group

The Creative Effectiveness Advisory Scheme is available from now until March 6 to eligible, confirmed entrants – that is, any shortlisted or winning entry from the last 3 years of the International Festival of Creativity. Access can be gained by emailing creativeeffectiveness@canneslions.com

Further information is also available via the Cannes Lions website, including downloadable guidelines on how to strengthen an entry.

62nd Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, 21-27 June 2015, Cannes, France
The International Festival of Creativity, also known as Cannes Lions, is the world’s leading celebration of creativity in communications. Founded in 1954, the Festival takes place every June in Cannes, France.

As the most prestigious international annual advertising and communications awards, over 35,500 entries from all over the world are showcased and judged at the Festival. Winning companies receive the highly coveted Lion trophy, a global benchmark of creative excellence, for Film, Print, Outdoor, Interactive, Radio, Design, Product Design, Promo & Activation, Film Craft, Mobile, Branded Entertainment and Integrated advertising, as well as the best Media, Direct, PR, Titanium, Creative Effectiveness, Creative Data and Innovation ideas. The Festival is also the only truly global meeting place for advertisers, advertising and communication professionals. More than 12,000 delegates from 95 countries attend a week-long programme of exhibitions, screenings and talks by worldwide thought leaders. As the networking and learning opportunity of the year, Cannes Lions is the must-attend event for anyone involved in brand communications.

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