Dubai, UAE, 4 May, 2014: Leading media agency Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) MENA swept the top honors at the recently-held Middle East Sports Industry Awards 2014 (SPIA), at which two of the group’s clients – Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM) and adidas – received industry-wide recognition. Yas Marina Circuit won Gold in Best Social Media in Sport and Bronze in Best Sport CSR categories, while adidas took home Gold for Best Sport Brand, for the second consecutive year.
“We are delighted to have won such accolades as recognition for the innovative communications solutions we deliver to our clients,” said John Antoniades, Chief Executive Officer of SMG MENA. “Sports campaigns targeted at youth demand a strong blend of creativity and strategic thinking. For both clients, we aimed to produce powerful content that would set the brands apart from competition – and drive engagement amongst consumers.”
adidas is on a winning streak – in 2014, the sports giant scooped awards at the Dubai Lynx and the recently held Festival of Media Global Awards in Rome. This winning streak continues from 2013 with wins at the MENA Cristal, SPIA, Dubai Lynx and Effie MENA festivals. In effect, adidas’ recent campaigns have strengthened the brand’s position in the market – by building truly meaningful experiences for its consumers. In recent years, the brand has tapped into other passions of its youth target audience, such as music, fast cars and running – connecting with youth at a grassroots level.
As the host of one of the biggest, most anticipated annual events in the UAE, the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, ADMM had the challenge of establishing all channels as the authoritative voice and source for all information pertaining to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Social Media Hub that was developed was a first for ADMM, and could potentially provide a blueprint for all events in the UAE and beyond. The Social Media Hub drives efficiency in the delivery of communications, contributing to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix garnering record sell-out status, as well as achieving #AbuDhabiGP as the fifth highest trending global hashtag on Twitter, amongst other achievements.
About Starcom MediaVest Group
Starcom MediaVest Group MENA is the Human Experience Company. We believe experiences matter. They enhance lives and build brands. We bring brand experiences to life through SMG’s three global award winning agency brands: Starcom, MediaVest and Spark. Ranked the number one global media network in billings in the world by RECMA, SMG (www.smvgroup.com) encompasses an integrated network of human experience strategists, investment specialists, content creators and digital & technology experts. With over 8,000 employees in 130 offices worldwide, SMG partners with the world’s leading companies including The Coca-Cola Company, Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble (P&G), Samsung and Walmart, among others. The network has enjoyed annual double-digit growth across the MENA region since its launch in 2000. Among its regional clients are P&G, Samsung, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Almarai, Saudi Telecom, Tiffany & Co., Emirates NBD, adidas and Kraft Foods. In 2013 and 2014, SMG was named Dubai Lynx Media Agency of the Year. In 2014, SMG was awarded the Festival of Media Global Network of the Year award for the second year in a row. SMG is part of Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40], one of the world’s leading communications groups.