Effie Awards Europe 2023 Winners Announced

Brussels, 6 December 2023: The winners of the 2023 Effie Awards Europe were announced in Maison de la Poste in Brussels last night. Outstanding entries were awarded the Gold Effie, McCann Worldgroup scooped the Grand Effie and got the Agency Network of the Year title.

Over 140 industry professionals from more than 20 European countries contributed their time and insight to identify the most effective workof the year. The jury, co-chaired by Ayesha Walawalkar, Chief Strategy Officer, MullenLowe Group UK, and Catherine Spindler, Deputy CEO of LACOSTE, awarded 50 trophies to almost 40 agencies from 16 countries across Europe.

McCann Worldgroup was awarded the Agency Network of the Year title, winning 4 Gold and 3 Silver trophies for their outstanding work for IKEA, Aldi UK & Ireland, Vodafone and Getlini EKO.

Fernando Fascioli, President, McCann Worldgroup, Europe & UK and Chairman, LATAM, said: "At McCann Worldgroup Creative Effectiveness is in our DNA – it’s what we deliver with the Truth Well Told. This is our North Star and this focus is reflected in our network being named the most creatively effective network in this region for 8 years. We truly understand the transformational power of creativity to grow brands and businesses, and we believe our clients’ success is our success. I am so proud of our teams and our clients who have been recognised in this way,” said."

The prestigious Grand Effie Jury, moderated by Leonard Savage, Chief Creative Officer at McCann Prague, decided that "Kevin versus John - How a humble carrot usurped a national treasure to win the UK’s Christmas Ad crown" campaign for Aldi UK & Ireland was the single best case submitted this year and proclaimed it as the Grand Effie Winner. By consistently investing in Kevin for 6 years, and not being seduced by the desire for novelty and innovation, Aldi took on the established giants John Lewis and Coca-Cola to become the UK’s most effective and favourite Christmas advertising. Kevin was declared ‘The Nation’s Favourite Christmas Ad’ in 2020, and again in 2021, even surpassing the iconic ‘Coke Truck’. Most importantly Kevin helped to deliver a 6-year value share growth of 54%, £618m in incremental revenue and an overall ROMI of 241%.

Jamie Peate, Global Head of Effectiveness & Retail, McCann Worldgroup, commented:“We are absolutely delighted & honoured to win the 2023 Grand Effie. Kevin shows the power of entertaining & humorous work to attract & hold the attention of people. To feel a connection with advertising you don't have to literally see yourself in it, but you have to feel yourself in it, and that is exactly what Kevin manages to do.”

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Ahead of the Awards Gala, the organiser hosted the Effie Forum, a flagship event conceived to further champion marketing effectiveness and help promote and inculcate the effectiveness culture within clients and agencies. One of the event highlights was Kantar’s Věra Šídlová, Global Creative Thought Leadership Director, presenting the results of "The secrets behind ideas that work" research. The study draws out five key lessons for creating effective advertising from Effie Europe winning ads:

  • Release your inner David – Marketers need to invest in identifying how people see their brand and the key barriers to growth. With a laser-focused strategy, creativity can make smaller budgets punch above their weight.
  • Embrace your brand – Many of the ads examined in the study leverage a key aspect from the brand’s heritage or existing associations to set it apart from others. Marketers should commit to this via a long-term strategy to strengthen their brand.
  • Shock with substance - To drive positive change, advertisers need to go beyond shock for shock’s sake. Surprising audiences in an educational manner is a surefire way to engage hearts and change minds.
  • Create cultural moments – Brands can intrigue and captivate audiences with content that transcends marketing, by creating the song that gets stuck in their heads, the show they can’t wait to watch or a music video they can’t turn away from.
  • Bring funny (business) back – Marketers shouldn’t overlook the power of making people smile. Humour is effectiveness dynamite, and is underused in the broader marketing landscape.

Věra Šídlová, Global Creative Thought Leadership Director – Creative, Kantar, said: “Kantar is proud to join forces with Effie Awards Europe. Both organisations have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to creative effectiveness; so we are natural allies in the quest to make marketing deliver results. Using Link AI, Kantar’s AI-powered ad testing solution, we were able to assess hundreds of Effie winning ad creatives to learn from the best how to make creative that works. One of the standout findings is that many of the ads we evaluated aren’t just great standalone pieces of work, but draw on the brand’s heritage and strengths. It’s a powerful reminder for marketers that consistency and embracing their brand’s unique assets and associations is key to creative that stands out from the crowd.”

Read the full report.

The Effie Awards Europe are organised by the European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA) in partnership with Kantar as the Strategic Insights Partner, Google, The European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA), ACT Responsible, Adforum.com, OneTec&Eventattitude, and The Hoxton Hotel.


For further information, please contact Kasia Gluszak, Project Manager at kasia.gluszak@eaca.eu.

Notes to Editors

About the Effie Awards Europe

Introduced in 1996, the Effie Awards Europe were the first pan-European marketing communications awards to be judged based on effectiveness. Effie leads, inspires and champions the practice and practitioners of marketing effectiveness through education, awards, ever-evolving initiatives and first-class insights into marketing strategies that produce results. Effie recognises the most effective brands, marketers and agencies in Europe and is considered as global symbol of achievement, while serving as a resource to steer the future of marketing success. EFFIE® and EFFIE EUROPE® are registered trademarks of Effie Worldwide, Inc. and are under license to EACA.  All rights reserved.  Find us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About EACA

The European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA) represents more than 2 500 communications agencies and agency associations from nearly 30 European countries that directly employ more than 120 000 people. EACA members include advertising, media, digital, branding and PR agencies. EACA promotes honest, effective advertising, high professional standards and awareness of the contribution of advertising in a free-market economy and encourages close co-operation between agencies, advertisers, and media in European advertising bodies. EACA works closely with EU institutions to ensure freedom to advertise responsibly and creatively. For more information, visit www.eaca.eu. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn.

About Kantar

Kantar is the world’s leading marketing data and analytics business and an indispensable brand partner to the world’s top companies. We combine the most meaningful attitudinal and behavioural data with deep expertise and advanced analytics to uncover how people think and act. We help clients understand what has happened and why and how to shape the marketing strategies that shape their future. For more information, please get in touch with press@kantar.com.

About The Secrets Behind Ideas That Work study

Kantar evaluated 200 creative assets awarded by Effie Awards Europe in 2022 and 2023, using Kantar’s Link AI solution. Link AI is Kantar’s AI-powered ad testing solution, which is backed by 250,000 real-world ad tests and trained on 35 million human interactions - the largest normative creative database in the world. It predicts how effective a digital or TV ad will be in as little as 15 minutes, allowing advertisers to make faster creative decisions with confidence. Kantar’s creative experts drew out lessons for advertisers from the Link AI test results.