Top 5 Cannes Lions winners: purpose-driven campaigns top the Creative Data Awards shortlist

From public apologies to anti-hijacking, the campaigns that were creative with data served their consumers with a focus on equality, sustainability and mental health awareness.

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This year at the Cannes Lions Awards 2022, the campaigns that stood out put their consumer at the front with an emphasis on purpose. Here are a few of our favourites and the full shortlist below.

The Black Elevation Map – won Data Visualisation and Data Integration, shortlisted for Data-enhanced Creativity, Data Storytelling

Travel company Black & Abroad partnered up with Performance Art, the creative-data ad agency, to launch a data-led travel platform that spotlights Black cultural contributions entitled The Black Elevation Map

Designed by Tré Seals, founder of diversity driven foundry Vocal Type, the map visualises cultural data, including Black population data, historical markers, Black-owned businesses and social media activity, as points of interest on a dynamic, searchable elevation map of the United States.

Ian Mackenzie, chief creative officer at Performance Art said: “We know the data we’re visualising represents just a fraction of actual Black cultural contribution. We see this as part of an ongoing conversation, and a conceptual counterpoint to a long history of maps created with harmful and unacknowledged biases.”

Green Light Signal – won Use of Real-time Data, shortlisted for Data-driven consumer Product, Data Technology

A shocking 38% of UK adults feel hopeless about climate change and worry about the future of the planet, National Grid research from 2021 reveals. This is fuelled by an ‘energy awareness gap’ with 42% of Brits mistakenly believing that Britain only gets up to 10% of its electricity supplied by zero and low carbon energy sources, when it’s actually 55%.

Carbon jargon is making it more difficult for Brits to engage on the issue with many having never heard of terms like carbon neutral (42%) or net zero (61%). Only 10% of UK adults have heard of COP26 – the UN climate conference that was hosted in the UK last November. 

To help Britain understand where it gets electricity from, the National Grid launched the Green Light Signal, a low-energy light bulb that glows green when the electricity supply at home is cleanest so people can make smarter energy choices. 

John Pettigrew, Chief Executive of National Grid, said: “Climate change is the biggest crisis humanity faces. As a Principal Partner of COP26, we want to give people hope by making them aware of the transformational changes taking place in the energy sector as we move towards a clean energy future.

We know there is still lots to do, but by showing people the progress that’s been made and bringing them together to better understand energy consumption with tools like the Green Light Signal, collectively we can make a real and significant impact in the fight against climate change.” 

Apologize the Rainbow – won Social Data and Insight, shortlisted for Data-driven targeting

In 2013, Skittles replaced its lime flavour with green apple, causing distress and outrage amongst the lime flavour fans. The brand has now launched a tongue-in-cheek ‘apology tour’ to ‘say sorry’ to the 130,880 fans that aired their disgruntlement on social media and to more importantly, bring back the green apple flavour.

“It’s no secret that lime has been a hot topic for Skittles fans since we replaced them with green apple back in 2013. Green apple has had a good run, but the fans have spoken and it’s time for lime to return to the rainbow,” Fernando Rodrigues, senior brand manager at Skittles’ parent company Mars Wrigley, said in a statement last year. 

The ‘Apologize the Rainbow’ ad was live streamed on Twitch and TikTok in March, featuring a Skittles executive apologising to all the disgruntled tweets from lime fans for 35 minutes.

The brand also broadcast a campaign ad on a billboard in Times Square. The Skittles’ ‘Lime is back’ artwork also adorned Nascar driver Kyle Busch’s vehicle at the Nascar Cup Series race in Austin, Texas.

Vodacom’s anti-hijack ads – won Data-driven Targeting, shortlisted for Data-enhanced Creativity

Vodacom used ad space on WAZE to help drivers avoid hijacking hotspots when navigating South African roads. Vodacom worked with VMLY&R to design the anti-hijack ads campaign. 

More than 800,000 people navigate South Africa's roads everyday using the navigation app WAZE according to Vodacom.

But the quickest route to a destination is not always the safest, so Vodacom decided to use the advertising space that WAZE offers to post ads that help drivers navigate safely. 

Ryan McManus, chief creative officer at VMLY&R, says, "We all live and drive on the dangerous roads in our cities, and we felt it was time for a smarter solution. We came up with an idea that uses data, technology and the power of Vodacom's network to help keep drivers safer."

Using available crime data, they identified zones with a high rate of hijackings, and placed warning ads around these spots in the WAZE app.

"We worked alongside the brand and used the advertising functionality WAZE offers to create geo-located ads that warn people of a dangerous car hijack zone before they enter it, and then use WAZE existing functionality to reroute them safely with a single click," McManus adds.

Croatia AI Anxiety Meter – shortlisted for Data Technology

Croatia Insurance, Bruketa&Zinic&Grey and Go2Digital created the AI Anxiety Meter, a digital citylight measuring anxiety levels of passers-by. The campaign aimed to highlight dangers of long-term emotional stress and consequences of not taking care of mental health in light of recent events including earthquakes, a high rate of COVID deaths and the war in Ukraine.

They used cameras in existing digital DOOH locations and paired them with the use of AI-based mood recognition algorithms that were able to perform facial coding and measure anxiety levels of passers-by.


A third of all passers-by interacted with the ad, meaning 8% of the Croatian urban population measured their anxiety level in two flights of the activation.

The average interaction with the ad was measured at 18.8 seconds, which exceeded the average dwell time around a DOOH ad by 817%.

See the full shortlist here:

Data-enhanced Creativity

Title

Brand

Product / Service

Entrant / Idea Creation

Location

WINNER: Shah Rukh Khan-my-ad

Cadbury Celebrations

Cadbury Celebrations

Ogilvy

Mumbai, India

KFCopyPaste

KFC

KFC

PS21

Madrid, Spain

Vodacom Anti-hijack ads

Vodacom

Vodacom

VMLY&R

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Black Elevation Map

Black and Abroad

The Black Elevation Map

Performance Art

Toronto, Canada

Data-driven targeting

Title

Brand

Product / Service

Entrant / Idea Creation

Location

Data for store

Quilmes

Bees retailer app

draftline

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Myhooman

Mars

Mars

Colenso BBDO

Auckland, New Zealand

Shah Rukh Khan-my-ad

Cadbury Celebrations

Cadbury Celebrations

Ogilvy

Mumbai, India

WINNER: Hetzjaeger. Antifascist algorithms

Laut gegen Nazis E.V.

Hetzjaeger

Philipp Und Keuntje

Hamburg, Germany

WINNER: Aami rest towns

Aami

Aami car insurance

Ogilvy

Australia, Melbourne

WINNER: Vodacom anti-hijack ads

Vodacom

Vodacom

VMLY&R

Johannesburg, South Africa

Apologize the Rainbow

Skittles

Skittles lime

DDB

New York, USA

Data-driven Consumer Product

Title

Brand

Product / Service

Entrant / Idea Creation

Location

Green Light Signal

National Grid

National Grid

Edelman

London, UK

WINNER: Data Tienda

Wecapital

Data tienda

DDB 

Mexico City, Mexico

WINNER: Music Liberates Music Mixtape

Bacardi

Bacardi

BBDO

New York, USA

Data Storytelling

Title

Brand

Product / Service

Entrant / Idea Creation

Location

WINNER: The-day-after-women’s-day newspapers

Raparigas da bola

Raparigas da bola

Havas

Lisbon, Portugal

Mind Race

Asics

Sound mind sound body

Golin

London, UK

Monopoly of Inequalities

L’observatoire des inegalites

Monopoly of inequalities

Herezie

Paris, France

Black Characters

Revista raça

Revista raça

FCB Brasil

São Paolo, Brazil

The Black Elevation Map

Black and Abroad

The Black Elevation Map

Performance Art

Toronto, Canada

Data Visualisation

Title

Brand

Product / Service

Entrant / Idea Creation

Location

The Cost of Inequality

Fondation des femmes

Fondation des femmes

Edelman France

Paris, France

WINNER: The Black Elevation Map

Black and Abroad

The Black Elevation Map

Performance Art

Toronto, Canada

Data Technology

Title

Brand

Product / Service

Entrant / Idea Creation

Location

Green Light Signal

National Grid

National Grid

Edelman

London, UK

AI Anxiety Meter

Croatia Insurance

Health Insurance

Bruketa & Zinic & Grey Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia

Use of Real-time Data

Title

Brand

Product / Service

Entrant / Idea Creation

Location

The 9th Lane

Lacoste

Lacoste

BETC

Paris, France

Billy the Watcher

Pony malta

abinbev

Leo Burnett

Bogota, Colombia

WINNER: Green Light Signal

National Grid

National Grid

Edelman

London, UK

Bad Movie Index

Draken Film

Streaming Service

Forsman & Bodenfors

Gothenburg, Sweden

WINNER: The Real Airdrop

Garena

Free Fire

AKQA

São Paolo, Brazil

Social Data and Insight

Title

Brand

Product / Service

Entrant / Idea Creation

Location

React for Real

ICRC

Charity

Wunderman Thompson

Dubai, UAE

Billy the watcher

Pony malta

abinbev

Leo Burnett

Bogota, Colombia

Aami rest towns

aami

Aami car insurance

Ogilvy

Australia, Melbourne

WINNER: Black Characters

Revista raça

Revista raça

FCB Brasil

São Paolo, Brazil

WINNER: Apologize the Rainbow

Skittles

Skittles lime

DDB

New York, USA

Creative Data Collection and Research

Title

Brand

Product / Service

Entrant / Idea Creation

Location

The Gaming Profile

Bancolombia

Bancolombia credit card

Sancho BBDO

Bogota, Columbia

Gaming Away to College

Estacio

Education

Artplan

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Mindsets Paper

Canadian Down syndrome society

Canadian Down syndrome society

FCB Canada

Toronto, Canada

A Letter From the World

Write for rights

Amnesty International

VMLY&R

Bogota, Colombia

Data Integration

Title

Brand

Product / Service

Entrant / Idea Creation

Location

This is Our Shot

Walgreens

COVID-19 Vaccine

The Pharm

Chicago, USA

Fertility Finder

Baby Quest Foundation

Fertility Finder

VMLY&R

New York, USA

WINNER: The Black Elevation Map

Black and Abroad

The Black Elevation Map

Performance Art

Toronto, Canada


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