Here's a semi-hilarious promotion
for Canada's National Advertising Challenge
brings to light an all too prevalent problem in the ad industry -- an overzealous focus on awards. But the promotion promotes just that -- an overzealous focus on awards, and in this case, awards for
non-client ads developed simply to win those awards.
Yes, this is what you brands are paying for. Because you know the creatives in the agency you've hired are going to be doing this work
in the office, conceivably on your dime. But, hey, when you dangle the chance to win a trip to Cannes as the prize for this contest, you're going to have creative salivating like dogs in heat.
Of the Challenge, NAC Marketing and Communications Manager Ellie Metrick said: "We have big aspirations for the NAC, but we were facing a serious comprehension issue within the creative
community. This year's online video goes a long way in explaining that we offer creatives an opportunity to do original work in exchange for a chance to go to Cannes."
But because I know
all you creatives are just jonesing for this, the briefs go live March 2 and the work must be completed by March 30.