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Spikes Asia Honours Metro with Advertiser of the Year 2013 Award
Leah Waymark, General manager Corporate Relations, to Accept the Accolade

SINGAPORE, Sept 10, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - The Spikes Asia Advertiser of the Year Award honours a brand that is currently setting itself apart through the quality of its campaigns with consistently high creative communications whilst encouraging and nurturing innovative marketing techniques produced by their agencies.

Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity, the annual regional creative advertising and communications event for Asia Pacific, is proud to present this year's award to Metro, Melbourne's train system, which has been winning a record number of international awards for its public service announcement 'Dumb Ways to Die' campaign.

Created by McCann Melbourne, the campaign was launched to engage and teach young people to be careful around trains. 'Dumb Ways to Die' was designed to be instantly likeable and shareable. Featuring a catchy theme song, black-humour and colourful blob characters which die in a variety reckless ways, such as "poke a stick at a grizzly bear", "keeping a rattlesnake as a pet" and "selling both kidneys on the Internet," the ad culminates in train-related deaths that are described as "the dumbest ways to die".

The campaign became an internet hit achieving more than 20 million views on YouTube during the first week of being released, through Tumblr it became the third most viral ad campaign of all time, the song charted on iTunes in 28 countries, schools now use it as a teaching tool, it became the most shared public service campaign in history with a million people pledging to be safe around trains, and most importantly, young people all over the world are talking and singing about train safety.

"It is remarkable what Metro and its agency have achieved with the "Dumb Ways to Die" campaign. This is the best use of creative communications that we have seen recently. Not only has it captured the imagination and engaged the public through multimedia platforms - radio, outdoor, gaming, social media, etc. - but it has also been effective in achieving a change in people's behaviour," says Terry Savage, Chairman of Lions Festivals. "This is exactly what this award represents, as such we are proud to present the Spikes 2013 Advertiser of the Year to Metro."

Commenting on the award, Leah Waymark, General Manager Corporate Relations at Metro Melbourne says, "What a great honour! The past year has been an incredible journey for Metro and the evolution of our brand. As our operational performance has improved, we have increasingly been able to be more creative and make light of what are usually pretty dull topics. Out task now is to keep the conversation about train safety alive so we can change behaviours among our next generation of customers."

The Advertiser of the Year Award will be presented to Leah Waymark during the Spikes awards on Tuesday 17 September.

For more information about Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity or register to attend, please visit www.spikes.asia.

The Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity celebrating and inspiring Asia-Pacific creativity in communications. Suntec City, Singapore, 15-17 September 2013.

Building on 26 years of the illustrious Spikes Awards, the Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity is the result of a collaboration between Lions Festivals, organisers of Cannes Lions, Dubai Lynx and Eurobest, and Haymarket, publishers of Campaign Asia Pacific. The Festival provides the region's growing creative and advertising industry with a platform to network and exchange ideas, bringing together some of the finest creative thinkers from across the region and around the world.

Spikes Asia, attended by over 1,800 delegates from 28 countries in 2012, offers a challenging programme of seminars and workshops focusing on creativity and learning, exhibitions of creative work from Asia-Pacific, networking events in the evening and the Spikes Asia award show.

The Awards, judged by leading international and regional creatives, honour the best creative work in the categories of Film, Print, Outdoor, Radio, Digital, Integrated, Direct, Promo & Activation, Media, Print Craft, Film Craft, Design, Mobile, PR and Branded Content & Entertainment.

Key 2013 Dates
Delegate Registration: Open
Festival Dates: 15-17 September 2013

About Spikes Asia

The Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity, celebrating and inspiring Asia-Pacific creativity in advertising. Suntec City, Singapore, 27-29 September, 2017. Building on 30 years of the illustrious Spikes Awards, the Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity is the result of a collaboration between the organisers of Cannes Lions and Haymarket, publishers of Campaign Asia Pacific.

The Festival provides the region's growing creative and advertising industry with a platform to network and exchange ideas, bringing together some of the finest creative thinkers from across the region and around the world. Spikes Asia, attended by over 1,800 delegates in 2016, offers an inspirational programme of seminars, tech talks and forums, focusing on creativity and learning, exhibitions of creative work from Asia-Pacific, networking events in the evening and the Spikes Asia award show.

The Spikes Awards, judged by leading international and regional creatives, honour the best creative work in the categories of Film, Print, Outdoor, Radio, Digital, Integrated, Direct, Promo & Activation, Media, Print Craft, Film Craft, Design, Mobile, PR, Branded Content & Entertainment, Healthcare and Innovation.

Incorporating Tangrams Effectiveness @ Spikes brings 15 years of celebrating Effectiveness and Strategy under one roof. The Tangrams celebrate the latest thinking in marketing effectiveness and showcase the very best examples of effective brand building from Asia Pacific. The Tangrams awards honour clients and their agencies for marketing strategies that deliver solid results to transform businesses and brands in categories for Effectivenss, Digital Strategy, Media Strategy, Data & Analytics and e-commerce.

Ascential Events

Ascential powers the prestigious Cannes Lions festival for the branded communications industry, the world's premier payments and financial services congress Money20/20, Spring Fair/Autumn Fair, the global fashion trend forecasting service WGSN, environmental risk data business Groundsure, e-commerce analytics provider One Click Retail and advisory and business services firm, MediaLink.

Ascential Events is part of Ascential plc, which transforms knowledge businesses to deliver exceptional performance. Ascential plc is a global business-to-business information company that informs and connects the business world in 150 countries through market-leading Exhibitions & Festivals and Information Services. Ascential's premium products enable focus, growth and value. The company provides customers with world class content and connections empowering their businesses to be the best informed and best connected. www.ascential.com

About Haymarket Media Group

The Haymarket Media Group established in 1957 is the largest privately-owned magazine publisher in the UK, and one of the fastest growing media companies globally. The principal business is centred around its consumer, business, professional and customer publications. These are complemented by digital platforms and live events, including extensive exhibitions, conferences and awards. The Group's global expansion comes from wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and extensive licensing of key magazines to other publishers.

In Asia from their offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai and Singapore, Haymarket Media Ltd publish market-leading titles Campaign Asia-Pacific, Finance Asia, Asian Investor, CEI Asia Pacific and Campaign India. In addition Haymarket organise a number of the region's leading industry awards and conferences relating to the communications and finance sectors. For more information about the Haymarket Media Group see www.haymarket.com.

Contact:
Amanda Benfell, Head of PR & Press 
Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity
33 Kingsway, London WC2B 6UF, United Kingdom 
Tel: +44-20-3033 4000
[email protected]  
Tel: +44-20-3033 4000 
www.spikes.asia/


Source: Spikes Asia

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