Based on the WARC Media Awards, we have the chance to learn more about how to create top-notch media strategies

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WARC has released its 2019 Media Strategy Report, highlighting key trends and themes for an effective media strategy based on insights drawn from the winners of the global WARC Media Awards. The key insights recognized in the latest report are:

Imaginative phasing can reach elusive audiences

Effective Channel Integration winners in the 2018 WARC Media Awards show how to reach elusive audiences through imaginative phasing and leveraging the right combination of paid, owned and earned media. Grand Prix winner, Droga5’sDundee campaign for Tourism Australia, shows how a massive media moment can be successfully leveraged and how a breakthrough creative concept, when combined with a full-funnel, orchestrated approach, can unlock true effectiveness.

TV is a flexible tool for successful partnerships

TV proved to be an agile channel in the Effective Use of Partnerships and Sponsorships category. In its quest to appeal to millennial women, the Grand Prix winner, ‘Suzuki Ignis: An Ignis Adventure’, by the7stars London, created an entire TV show from scratch when it couldn’t find the right programme to partner.

Tech can create new channel opportunities

Tech is entering new territory, enabling brands to communicate their unique propositions. And context is playing a key role. Grand Prix winner The National Safety Council’s ‘Prescribed to Death’ initiative by Energy BBDO used 3D printing to put the faces of real victims of opioid overdoses onto pills – but then used a memorial as the backdrop for a compelling art installation.

Data is key to encouraging behaviour change

Many Effective Use of Data winners showed the vital role for data in instigating positive behaviour change. Grand Prix-winning ‘Lifebuoy: The Adaptive Data Lighthouse’ by Mindshare Mumbai, used a data-driven algorithm to promote hand hygiene and increase sales in rural India.

Summing up, Lucy Aitken, Managing Editor, Case Studies at WARC, says: “Against a backdrop of greater automation in the media landscape, the rise in search budgets and the inexorable rise of Amazon as an ad platform, the 2018 WARC Media Awards winners were an impressive combination of data-driven insight, precision targeting and well thought-out strategy.”

A sample version of the 2019 Media Strategy Report is available to download here. The full report is available to WARC subscribers on warc.com.