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The advertising ecosystem today is inventing smart, unique campaigns that use the latest interactive advances to engage consumers. The results are powerful.  With audiences bombarded by marketing messages in every medium, advertisers are pushing the envelope to get attention and creating a truly dynamic marketplace as they surprise, delight, and win followers.

In response, we’ve added seven new categories to this year’s IAB MIXX Awards to make sure the best, most forward-thinking work gets noticed. Through the global IAB MIXX Awards, the IAB recognizes the talent that crafts this innovative, leading edge and high impact creative. The new categories give the digital industry more opportunities to showcase how brands and agencies move their business - and the advertising industry - forward.

Iab-mixx-awards-2013-logo.jpgBranded Utility
A successful branded utility campaign has the power to embed the use of the brand into consumers’ everyday behavior—Nike+ FuelBand, the 2013 IAB MIXX Awards Gold winner in Digital Integration—is the perfect example.  David’s Bridal recently got media attention for its app that lets brides make wish lists, interact with bridesmaids, keep track of their bridal purchases, plan the wedding party, show her current mood through an icon, upload images, log-in via Facebook and send invites to friends through the social network.  Those newlyweds might then move on to using the Chip It! app from 2012 IAB MIXX Awards’ “Best in Show” winners Sherwin Williams and McKinney that lets you match real world colors with paint colors. 

Content Marketing
Content marketing is increasingly recognized as a new channel for brand marketers.  At least two major agencies recently announced new units devoted to helping clients with content marketing development.  American Express is well known for its “OPEN” Forum dispensing advice of all kinds to small businesses.  Lincoln Motor Company’s “Lincoln Now” site features content that celebrates design, technology and art, and in the process, the company’s 90-year history of making cars.

Augmented Reality
Augmented reality campaigns take advantage of consumers’ addictive smartphone behavior by creating often game-like apps that communicate brand messages in clever ways.  How do you get an adult audience to rekindle their love of Lucky Charms cereal?  This year Lucky Charms agency Saatchi and Saatchi created an augmented reality app that sent customers on a “Chase for the Charms,” complete with a $10,000 “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow.

Custom Mobile Rich Media Display  AND IAB Standard Mobile Rich Media Display

With mobile advertising skyrocketing by 111% in 2012 as reported in our recent study, brands are out to take advantage of the landslide shift of eyeballs to mobile. Major publishers like USA Today, New York Times, ESPN and more are hosting rich media ads on their mobile apps, and platforms like Google, Twitter, Facebook and Pandora are drawing huge mobile audiences.  Last year the IAB established its first-ever mobile ad standards — the Mobile Rising Stars.  Agencies are expressing great creative ideas through these new formats with great consumer and business effect.  For example, Dunkin’ Donuts and Celtra used Facebook for a mobile ad using rich media and HTML5 to let users customize their perfect drink.

Retail brand marketers are using interactive in significant ways to drive traffic to their brick and mortar stores.  Macy’s created an all-purpose Black Friday app last November that enabled shoppers to preview and get push notification on Black Friday specials, create lists to share with friends and family, direct shoppers toward local store specials and preview exclusive items.  The app’s debut coincided with Macy’s holiday broadcast campaign featuring spots with Justin Bieber, Carlos Santana, Martha Stewart and Taylor Swift.  The IAB MIXX Awards honor not just creativity but impact and nowhere is ROI felt more immediately than in a retail environment

What’s next? We’ve added one final category to find out:

Can’t be Contained!  - Any execution so experimental and innovative that it defies categorization in the IAB MIXX Awards!
Technology is moving fast, and cutting edge agencies and brand marketers are keeping up with it.  “Can’t be Contained” offers agencies and brand marketers the chance to submit their campaigns using the latest most experimental, groundbreaking technology.  No doubt there are even more forward thinking digitally savvy campaigns on the horizon.

Learn more about the global IAB MIXX Awards at

About the Author 

Peter Minnium
As the Head of Brand Initiatives at IAB, Peter Minnium leads a series of initiatives designed to address the under-representation of creative brand advertising online. He can be reached on Twitter @PeterMinnium.

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The international IAB MIXX Awards has always been focused on advancing the cause of interactive advertising by celebrating groundbreaking digital work. Never has this task been more exciting and dynamic. As the advertising industry continues to shift and transform with the growing digital marketplace, we see more creative and impactful work than ever before.

As we accept entries for the 8th annual international IAB MIXX Awards, we asked our esteemed judging panel to share which campaigns* from the past year impressed them most. Here are four campaigns that are early stand outs:

1. IBM Smarter Planet
MIXX Awards Judges Alan Schulman (@DIGschulman) of SapientNitro NY and Brad Brinegar (@bradbrinegar) of McKinney both find IBM’s Smarter Planet campaign to be smart and well-executed. Created by the team at Ogilvy New York, Smarter Planet encouraged innovation through technology. “The Smarter City” element of this campaign won the 2011 GOLD Business-to-Business MIXX Award.

2. Nike+ Fuelband
The Nike+ Fuelband, which recently won both the Titanium Grand Prix and Cyber award at Cannes Lions, was released earlier this year — with its tracking capabilities and social integrations, the Fuelband quickly became the must-have accessory for gadget lovers and fitness fans alike. Lori Senecal (@digitalori), Chairman and CEO of kirshenbaum bond senecal, recognized this campaign from Wieden + Kennedy as an example of “brand ideas that take positive action and create new behavior, [giving] valuable returns for both the brand and the consumer.”

3. KONY 2012
The controversial KONY 2012 viral video was created by the founders of the non-profit Invisible Children in order to draw attention to their campaign for the arrest of Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony. It took the Internet by storm in March and piqued the interest of MIXX Awards Judge and Chief Creative Officer at Digitas North America Lincoln Bjorkman (@viabjorkman). “KONY 2012 showed the power to be had from bold integrated campaigns in the hands of people and causes, not just agencies and brands,” he said.

4. Ready Pa’ Tu Mundo
Ready Pa’Tu Mundo” was created by Zubi Advertising for Ford to help to relaunch its Fiesta model. Ford decided to focus on a young, bilingual audience and utilized a variety of digital platforms to do so. MIXX Awards Judge Marla Skiko (@mskiko) of SMG Multicultural, recognized this campaign as successfully “incorporating great bilingual content across social and mobile. Custom content came in from urban Latinos who epitomize their young, trendsetting target. The design of the website allowed them to ‘slide’ between English and Spanish versions, or a blend of the two—exactly how they see their day-to-day world.”

Does your digital advertising work have what it takes to catch the eye of the MIXX Awards judges? It’s not too late to enter the international IAB MIXX Awards! The Extended Entry Deadline is July 20. Enter now at

*These campaign selections are independent of the MIXX Awards competition. They may or may not have been entered in the 2012 program.

About the Author

sp_keller_tracy.jpg Tracy Keller
Sr. Manager, Events Marketing, Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)

Tracy is responsible for the strategy and execution behind marketing all IAB events, including managing marketing partnerships.