It’s that time again folks the panel members are gathered and poised like a coiled spring ready to pounce on your entries for this prestigious award. Last year the prize was grabbed by the Trolls (oooh sounds painful!) beating off stiff competition from Thunderbirds, Ab Fab, and the superb Epic Skeletor from Money Supermarket. So it’s probably time to remind everyone to get their campaigns in.

Remember this award goes to the best use of a licensed brand when it’s promoting another product or service. It could be a charity, a drink, yoghurt, financial services or anything other than itself. For example Top Cat promoting Halifax – tick, Star Wars on a cereal pack – also tick.

So what’s going to win it for you?

The most important things to be able to show is that the licence was used effectively – one of the ways this has been shown in the past is where the character has acted totally out of, well, character. Think of Postman Pat knocking Greendale down, Mr. Happy not being very happy, He-man and Dirty Dancing  – you get the idea.

But this doesn’t have to be the case – a couple of years ago the Gruffalo walked away with the prize with a campaign that was totally in keeping with the character of the brand. This was simply because the campaign was so effective. It had clear measurable objectives and it delivered in spades.

There are two stages to our judging process – firstly on-line after which we eliminate all but ten entries – these go through to the panel discussion where we nominate our top 5 and pick an overall winner.

Is important to write your entry so that you get through stage one – be clear, succinct but sell the idea – assume the judge know nothing, and most importantly – don’t just say it was great – say why it was great!

The entry page is open and if you need any advice don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be more than happy to help richard@pinkkey.co.uk




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