2018 IABNZ Awards finalists unveiled

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With 69 entries across 15 categories, 37 finalists have been named for the 2018 IABNZ Awards, with winners set to be recognised across Digital Media Sales Excellence, Ad-Operations Excellence, Digital Product of the Year and Creative Facing categories.

This year, a new category has been introduced, the Rising Star Award, to acknowledge the emerging talent of the industry.

Winners in the Sales Excellence and Ad-Ops categories will be considered for the Grand Prix Award. The Grand Prix winner will win a trip to Barcelona, Spain to attend the Mobile World Conference in February 2019, a prize worth $2500.

“The Digital Agency of the Year will be announced on the night.”

And all winners of the individual categories will receive a ticket to ad:tech Sydney worth AU$1300.

IABNZ ceo Adrian Pickstock said ‘we were blown away by the level of interest and the quality of entries this year. In particular, the Best Use of Native and Best Use of Video categories are very close.

“We now have a short list of some of the best operators in the country and we can’t wait to applaud these champions of our industry at the Awards night.”

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Motat Aviation Hall in Auckland on Thursday 30 August.

The finalists are:

Digital Media Sales Excellence Award – Mobile:

  • Michael Buhagiar, Big Mobile
  • Sarah Atkinson, NZME
  • Natasha Judson, Exponential

Digital Media Sales Excellence Award – Display:

  • Elise Falgueirettes, Stuff
  • Mel Graham, MetService

Digital Media Sales Excellence Award – Video

  • Katrina Collinson, MediaWorks
  • James Rogal, MediaWorks
  • Laura Craig, MediaWorks

Digital Media Sales Excellence Award – Search

  • Steve Crowe, This Side Up
  • Rachel Crocket, NZME

Ad-Operations Excellence Award – Junior Ad-Ops Person of the Year

  • Caleb Williams, Stuff
  • Charlotte Startin, NZME
  • Tianze Yu, Big Mobile

Ad-Operations Excellence Award – Senior Ad-Ops Person of the Year

  • Christine Jones, Stuff
  • Jonathon Devereux, KPEX
  • Hydia Razavi, MediaWorks

Digital Product of the Year:

  • S.L.I.C.E Digital Affiliate Network, S.L.I.C.E Digital
  • AdTrek Advanced HTML 5 Ad Server, Electric Art
  • Audience Insights, Trade Me

Best Use of Mobile

  • Melbourne – A Twist at Every Turn Campaign, Big Mobile/OMD
  • Pak’ n Save Fridgemas Campaign, Sense Data/FCB

Best Use of Data

  • Manukau Institute of Technology – Flexible Study Courses Campaign, Arnaud Calonne and Team, Yahoo Platforms
  • Church Road TOM 2013 Vintage Launch’ Campaign, Scott Hughes and Team, NZME/Grab One
  • Harrisons Group’ Campaigns, Steve Crowe and Team, This Side Up

Best Use of Native

  • Lincoln University – Influencing the Influencers Campaign, Katy Atkin and Kristy Rosby, Stuff
  • Tui – Catch A Million This Summer Campaign, Mel Graham, MetService
  • The Survivors Collection Campaign, Freddie Leckie and Team, NZME

Best Use of Video

  • September – Cerebral Palsy Campaign, Simon Soulsby and the NZME Vision Team
  • Bookabach Campaign, Sam Abraham, NZME
  • HP – The Reinventors Campaign, Jacqueline Fraser, Bauer Media
  • Sensodyne – The Morning Brush Up Campaign, Matt Kum and John Farrell, Stuff
  • BNZ – The hardest working video Campaign, TVNZ/Mediacom

Digital Agency of the Year

  • To be announced on the night

Trading Desk of the Year

  • OMD Programmatic
  • Acquire Online

Rising Star Award

  • Andrew Crowe – This Side Up
  • Jeff Lloyd – Mediaworks
  • Harry Sturt – Sense Data

Council Member of the Year

  • To be announced on the Night
  • OUR IMAGE: Is Living with Cerebral Palsy: Geneva’s Story, a finalist in Best Use of Video
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