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Purpose, technology and emotion, 3 main themes of the world’s best creative campaigns

Purpose, Technology, and Emotion – recurring themes in world’s best creative campaigns

Purpose, technology and emotion are three main recurring themes of the world’s best creative campaigns finds Gunn Report, the global index of creative, effective and media excellence in advertising.

Following an analysis of the recently published Gunn 100, a ranking of award-winning campaigns based on their creative excellence in more than 40 of the world’s top advertising shows, three global creative directors – Susan Credle, Tham Khai Meng and Mark Tutsell – take a closer look at each of the themes to provide learnings from creative successes.

A year of ‘purpose’: Purpose does not have to mean saving the world. Purpose-driven marketing dominates the Gunn 100 but is notable for the number of brands (as opposed to charities or not for-profit organisations) using social or environmental causes in their advertising.

Summarising the role of ‘Purpose’ amongst this year’s top ranking campaigns, Susan Credle, Global Chief Creative Officer, FCB, says: “The best creators are focusing on big ideas and instead of asking “what’s next?” they’re asking “what’s human?” This question creates more purpose-driven work, which rises above the rest.

Susan’s stand-out campaigns for ‘purpose’ are: Meet Graham, Fearless Girl and Child Replacement Programme. Creativity meets tech: Tech connects most when it makes human dreams come true. Whilst the idea is always at the core of creative marketing, more frequently developing technology is allowing for greater innovation in bringing ideas to life by embedding a powerful sales message inside a wonderful experience.

Exploring the campaigns in the Gunn 100, which successfully merge a great idea with digital technology, Tham Khai Meng, Co-Chairman and Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy & Mather says: “As advertisers we will become purveyors of alternative realities and experiences, but they have to be experiences people genuinely want.

“It all comes down to great ideas. Those wonderful, elusive pieces of magic called ideas lie at the heart of all great advertising. In the digital age it still holds true. Special effects will never compensate for the lack of an idea, but when combined with a great idea the result can be breath-taking.”

Khai’s stand-out campaigns for creativity meets tech are: The Enter Sandbox VR Experience, Nike Unlimited Stadium and The Virtual Crash Billboard. Emotion drives film-led work: The rise of multi-sensory ideas. A recurring theme in Gunn 100 campaigns is the combination of high production values and technology to stimulate emotional engagement. Groundbreaking technology is delivering breakthroughs for modern neuroscience reinforcing emotion’s role in brand communications.

Taking a look at the game-changing collection of campaigns within the Gunn 100, Mark Tutssel, Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett Worldwide, says: “It’s reassuring to see the Film work in this year’s collection is bound by a common thread: Pure emotion.

“Emotion is at the heart of storytelling, and there’s still no better storytelling method than film. With the proliferation of screens of all sizes filling our lives, it’s never been a better time to be working in this inspiring medium.”

Mark’s stand-out campaigns for emotion drives film-led work are: We’re The Superhumans, Evan, Buster The Boxer and Ostrich. A shift from mass to precise media: Tailored creative is on the rise – but the role of creativity remains the same. As the industry looks ahead to innovation opportunities and priorities, there is a widespread concern that creativity is being lost as the focus of companies shift from mass to precise media, which requires a different approach to planning and creating work.

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