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Open to all 2023 Gold & Grand Effie winners from Effie’s local programmes.

No Effie programme in your country? You can still enter this track if your effort ran between 1 January 2022 and 31 March 2024.

In 2019, as part of Effie’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Effie Europe introduced a special recognition – Best of the Best Europe – to recognise the most effective marketing efforts in the region. This track was open to past Gold/Grand Effie winners. In order to celebrate effective work across all of Europe, the programme is now open to entries from countries without an Effie programme as well.

The 2024 Best of Europe Awards welcomes 2023 Gold/Grand Effie Winners from local Effie programmes, as well as entries from countries without an Effie programme that have run between 1 January 2022 and 31 March 2024. The category is split into an Effie Partner track (for the 2023 Gold/Grand Winners) and a track for the non-Effie markets. Campaigns can be entered into a maximum of two categories. Of those two categories, only one category submission may be an industry category. You are not required to enter an industry category – you may enter two specialty categories instead. If you’re not sure, or if you don’t see your product or service category listed here, contact us and we’ll try to help.

Best of Europe - Effie Partner Track: any 2023 Gold/Grand Effie-winning campaign from a local Effie programme in Europe may be submitted:

  • 2023 Gold Effie winners at the national level are asked to transfer their winning case into the Best of Europe Entry Form and select an overarching category from the Best of Europe category list that best fits the campaign.
  • Please note you are required to update your case to the eligibility time period for Best of Europe. The eligibility period is 1 January 2022 - 31 March 2024.
  • All European Effie programs can be seen here.

Best of Europe – non-Effie markets: countries without an Effie program are welcomed to participate as well. Any effective marketing effort that ran in a country in Europe that you can tell a great results story about should be considered. Specifically, any campaign that ran between 1 January 2021 and 31 March 2023 may be submitted.

Work may have started running before 1/01/22 and it may continue running after 31/03/24. All presented work must have run at some point during the eligibility period and the results score will be based on data within the eligibility period. Including results beyond the end of the eligibility period is grounds for disqualification. It is encouraged to include prior year data for context.


Best of Europe: Automotive

This category includes vehicles as well as aftermarket.
• Vehicles includes cars, trucks, motorcycles, vans, both brand and model advertising.
• Aftermarket includes: gasoline, motor oil, tires, batteries, paint, quick-lube, oil change, muffler, transmission, windshield wipers, enhancements, etc.

Best of Europe: Electronics, Gaming & E-Sports

Devices may be aimed at consumers or businesses - TVs, radios, mobile devices, home entertainment, laptops, tablets, cameras, computer hardware, game consoles, drones, external or integrated VR/AR devices, sound systems, etc. All forms of e-sports and single and multi-player video games, including virtual reality, arcade, console, mobile, online & computer games.

Best of Europe: Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)

Fast-moving consumer goods including household goods, office products, beauty and personal care, fashion & accessories, pet care, etc.

Cleaning products, waxes, detergents, floor-care products, fabric softeners, paper products, domestic services, mowers, fertilisers, lawn care, gardening services, pet care.

Products and services focused on beauty, which includes cosmetics, fragrances, hair products, nail products, etc.; beauty services such as salons, spas, etc. Personal care products such as soap, dental products, face & body lotions and cleansers, cotton swabs, deodorants, feminine hygiene products, razors, shaving cream, diapers, etc.

Fashion & Accessories: apparel, accessories, jewellery, styling services, clothing rentals, eyewear and footwear.

Best of Europe: Food & Beverage Service

All food and beverage products, including fresh, packaged and frozen food; snacks; desserts; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Best of Europe: Government & Public Service

Municipal or state economic development, lotteries, utilities, civil, diplomatic or armed forces, parks, libraries, public services, etc. Includes political messages and recruitment efforts.

Best of Europe: Health & Wellness

Health and wellness products and services that can be directly purchased by a consumer with or without physician involvement. Efforts may also be targeted to physicians or healthcare professionals. Also including work related to health insurance, dental and medical care services. Additionally, work that focuses on health education and disease awareness programs for healthcare professionals, patients and/or consumers.

Best of Europe: Media, Entertainment & Leisure

TV stations/networks, websites (entertainment, lifestyle, news, trade, etc.), magazines, newspapers, consumer or trade media, radio stations, broadcasters, etc.

Plays, museums, immersive experiences, music organisations and festivals, concert series, cultural festivals, theater festivals.

Includes all forms of entertainment. e.g. apps, movies, programming (TV, online, radio), books, DVDs, video games, board games, etc. Sporting events such as Wimbledon, sports teams, etc.

Recreational, sporting, and camping goods/services and other items/services intended for leisure activity.

Best of Europe: Product/Service Launch

For a campaign which has achieved a highly successful product or service launch. The marketing must have been key to the success of the launch.

Best of Europe: Retail

Open to all retail companies (online and/or brick & mortar) with general or specific merchandise, including department stores; online retailers; clothing, fashion, shoes or jewelry stores; food retailers; movie/book stores; furnishings and design retailers, discount/bulk retailers; home & garden stores, pet care; toy stores; specialty stores; convenience stores, etc.

Best of Europe: Services

Financial products and services including: overall corporate/brand image and capabilities of a financial institution; specific products or services including credit cards, charge cards, debit cards, home banking, loans, mobile payment services, mortgage, mutual funds, etc.

Includes services such as delivery services, consulting, accounting, legal, employment, realtors, domestic services, etc.

Best of Europe: Travel, Transports and Tourism

All modes of transportation such as air, train, bus, taxi, subway systems, rideshares services, bike shares, car rentals, ferries, as well as all forms of travel/tourism including cruises, hotels, resorts, amusement parks, travel websites and booking services, travel tours, tourism campaigns, etc.


Best of Europe: Artificial Intelligence (AI)

This category aims at recognising the use of AI technology
to improve marketing effectiveness.
The use of AI in a campaign may concern the creative
process, implementation, content creation,
personalization of communication, audience targeting,
analytics and innovation. Entrants should illustrate how
AI drove effectiveness, from initially motivating audiences
to ultimately driving consumer behaviour.

NB: Employing content generated in Midjourney or similar
tools without strategic justification is inadequate for
entering a specific campaign into this category. The same
principle applies to the use of solutions that optimise
media campaigns.

Best of Europe: Brand Experience

This category is not for efforts that focused on TV, radio or print ads to connect with an audience. It is meant to showcase how you can create a brand experience beyond traditional advertising.

Only work that truly brought a brand or product to life - either literally or virtually - and interacted with a specific audience to achieve desired objectives should be entered.

You may have re-invented the product demo, re-imagined the pop-up store, or led a bricks and mortar retail overhaul; you could have created a new game or interactive film experience that effectively showcases a new product or brand personality - it could have been anything. As long as you can prove it truly came alive and worked.

The winners of this award will be the work that shows how advertisers are reaching out to their audiences to establish meaningful relationships, memorable, engaging experiences, and unique connections with their brands.

Entrants must address how the brand experience related back to the overall brand strategy.

Best of Europe: Business-to-business

This category is for marketing efforts from businesses targeting other businesses. Business-to-business efforts for any type of product or service, from any marketplace segment, are eligible to enter.

Best of Europe: Commerce & Shopper

This award will honour the most effective integrated efforts designed to engage the shopper and guide the purchase process online and / or in-store.
• Eligible efforts include those for single or multiple brands, and/or for a category solution.
• All media channels are eligible for inclusion: mobile, digital, TV, video displays, magazines, social media, sampling programs, in-store signage and displays, etc.
• The award will be given to the efforts that best demonstrated how they effectively connected with the shopper, influenced along the path to purchase, and inspired to become a buyer.

Best of Europe: Corporate Reputation

This category is for efforts that promote corporations, not exclusively their products. Includes sponsorships, image & identity. In addition to presenting metrics related to the reputation, entrants are encouraged to also address how these metrics relate to the business of the brand and why they are important.

Best of Europe: Crisis Response / Critical Pivot

This award is for brands that effectively pivoted their marketing programme or business activities in response to significant structural and cultural shifts and moments of crisis (e.g. pandemic, social justice movement, political events, etc.). These shifts can be internal to the business or external. Entrants will need explain the shift to the judges, how it has impacted the business, frame for the judges how the business approach has changed in response and how has the marketing strategy adjusted to secure a successful outcome for the business/brand. It will be important for the entrants to demonstrate the effectiveness of the action for the brand. Examples can include a pivot in positioning, a change in portfolio management, a digital acceleration, etc.

Best of Europe: Marketing Innovation Solutions

In this category, innovative single marketing & business activities or entire marketing programmes will be awarded. You can submit any actions or business idea that has had an exceptionally positive impact on the market position of a brand, product or service. If communication was a significant element of marketing mix, work should be submitted in another competition category of Effie.

Examples of eligible activities in this category include: product/service innovation; change in packaging, both in terms of its appearance and size; design, technology or ux innovation; consumer involvement in product development; operation change; introduction/change of a loyalty program, introduction of a new distribution channel, etc.

Best of Europe: Media Strategy & Idea

This category recognises those efforts that were lead by media thinking. The award honours media led strategic thinking and ideas that are powerful enough to become the genesis of the communications programme itself. The line between what constitutes a creative idea and a media idea is blurring. There are occasions when the media idea or media strategy drove the entire effort. All efforts driven by the media strategy and/or idea are eligible to enter.
• Media Strategy – Cases where media planning and strategic approach spearheaded the effort.
• Content Led – Cases led by a content idea.
• Data Driven Insights – Cases led by a data driven insight.
• Tech Led – Cases led by a technology idea.
• Media Idea Led – Cases led by a Media Idea other than those listed above.

Best of Europe: Positive Change

Positive Change – Brand: Recognising brands that are
making the world a better place by using the power of
their marketing platforms for "good." This category
celebrates for-profit brand efforts that effectively
combined business goals with a social and/or
environmental/sustainability cause (health,
education, community, family, etc)

Positive Change – non-profit: Recognising non-profit
organizations and associations whose marketing
efforts have effectively driven positive change for
society and/or the environment and successfully
contributed back to the organization's purpose.

Best of Europe: Seasonal/Current Events

Seasons, holidays and current events allow marketers the opportunity to build strategic marketing efforts based on the time-based interests of their target audience. This category will honour those efforts that effectively capitalized on a season, holiday, or cultural event to drive results for their business. This category also includes efforts that effectively leveraged immediate relevance, interest or importance via a targeted marketing/PR strategy around current events (e.g., elections, World Cup, Olympics, economics, etc.).

Best of Europe: Small Budget

Cases eligible for this category must represent the only communications efforts for this brand during the qualifying time period. To be eligible, an entry may not be for a line extension, a sub brand, or have an overarching brand campaign to support it. Value of donated and non-traditional media as well as activation costs must be included. This category is all about what you were able to achieve with a small media budget, rather than small production and creative budget. Budget eligibility is as follows: €1 million.

Best of Europe: Social Media

This category is for efforts that set out with the explicit purpose of using social as the primary touch point or have social at their heart. The kind of idea that is specifically designed to take advantage of the socially connected consumer and the influence of social. This could include efforts that effectively worked with key influencers to reach their target audience to achieve short or long-term marketing goals.

Judges are looking for campaigns that begin with a social idea, as opposed to advertising or integrated campaigns with a social media element. They will need a clear rationale for why social was the right way to tackle the brief, and evidence of how social activity measurably and materially drove the commercial result. It is not enough to count the number of impressions, likes or shares. You will need to measure and prove the commercial value of social through the direct effect it had on audience behaviour or perceptions and demonstrate correlation with the achieved business results.

Best of Europe: Sustained Success

Product or service marketing efforts that have experienced sustained success for 3 or more years are eligible for entry.
Entries must have a common objective in both strategy and creative executions; with a continuation of core executional elements (e.g. spokesperson, song, theme, tagline, etc.) that demonstrates effectiveness over time.