Small Budgets - Services

Cases eligible for this category must represent the only communications efforts for this brand (brand defined as listed in the “brand” question of the Effie entry form) during the time period that the effort entered ran. 

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Robocalls from Humans

ALS is a devastating disease that deteriorates your body, before ultimately taking away your voice. The Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act ensured that ALS patients would be provided with the expensive Speech Generating Devices they rely on to speak, but it was set to expire in October 2018. To build support for this bill, we used the very technology ALS patients use to “reverse robocall” politicians, and break through the political noise. Constituents, too, could go online to ask Congress-members for support. Ultimately, we helped pass this important law, permanently.


Brand: Team Gleason
Client: Team Gleason
Agency: Ogilvy

$450 million: Selling Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

True artistic mastery will always command high prices, but appealing to emotion and ego can create a bidding war for the record books. In this case, the sale of “The Last Da Vinci”, or Salvator Mundi, for $450 million. The highest price ever paid for a piece of art.


Brand: Christie’s
Client: Christie's New York
Agency: Droga5

Prescribed to Death

How can you get Americans to take the threat of prescription opioids seriously when they don’t believe addiction can happen to them?  This was National Safety Council’s challenge as they sought to combat the surging prescription opioid epidemic. To maximize their small budget, they invested in a live and virtual memorial, believing it would earn more media attention than they could afford in traditional channels. The risk payed off; the program earned media fame for NSC and gave over 1 million Americans a life-saving tool to protect themselves from addiction.


Brand: National Safety Council
Client: National Safety Council
Agency: Energy BBDO

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2019_us_2019_e-3904-453_hero_1 Seneca Park Zoo Visit the zoo, it’s good for you
2019_us_2019_e-4077-382_hero_1 Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware Choose Blue Hen
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