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Burger King, Mastercard top performers in AdForum rankings

The AdForum Business Creative Report sees Burger King and Mastercard as top performers, Bodyform and Thai Airways shattering convention, and Burberry proving that beautiful made film will always perform well.

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The report, that ranks the most creative campaigns, brands and agencies by business sector, sees Burger King as a top performer in both the Retail and Food categories, with the continuing success of the “Moldy Whopper” and several new campaigns. These come from a variety of agencies, confirming once again that an advertiser with a taste for creativity drives award-winning work.

Another multiple award-winner, Mastercard, in the Finance category, saw its ground-breaking “True Name” initiative from McCann New York resonated with juries worldwide.

The most awarded work tends to shatter conventions and “Wombstories” for Bodyform from AMV BBDO in Health & Beauty, and the “Stay Home Miles Exchange” from Thai Airways and Wunderman Thompson in Transport & Tourism (which rewarded customers for going precisely nowhere) did exactly that.

But there is still room for a beautifully made film, such as Burberry’s “Festive” by Riff Raff Films, which tops the Luxury ranking.

Unique ranking

Now in its fifth year, the AdForum Business Creative Report is a unique ranking of the world’s most awarded campaigns by specific industry sector rigorously compiled from the results of the leading awards shows around the world.

After a tumultuous 2020, when the awards calendar was turned upside down, last year saw the return of many competitions. This year’s report is based on the results of 40 leading awards shows, both global and local.

These include Cannes Lions, D&AD, the Epica Awards, the One Show, Eurobest, LIA, The Andy’s and the Shark Awards, among others. The latest edition also integrates specialist awards such as Clio Health, FAB Awards, Best!N Food, Best!N Beauty & Care, Autovision and the World Luxury Awards. It allows advertisers and agencies to measure their creative impact against peers in the same industry.

The report covers eight categories:

  • Automotive
  • Finance
  • Food & Beverages
  • Health & Beauty
  • Luxury
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Transport & Tourism

See the best awards show performers in each category here

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