Participation in the competition this year reached unprecedented figures!
United Arab Emirates: The MMA SMARTIES Awards are an annual competition to honor the extraordinary innovations, creations and successes in modern marketing and their tremendous impact on business. These awards are best known as the only global mobile marketing pricing program that honors leaders, brands, agencies, and providers that use technology to initiate new approaches to modern marketing.
The competition for the MMA SMARTIES Awards program opened on March 1 in the Middle East and North Africa region and soon entries reached a record number compared to previous years.
Noting that this year SMARTIES Awards will be given in a special edition of unique NFT signs called “SMARTIES MENA INTO THE METAVERSE”, the first symbolic awards in the region. Istanbul-based artist Evi Balon will create 4 exclusive animated works of art representing the Smarties Cup categories (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Sector Awards), each winning a unique work of art.
In this regard, Melis Artem, Regional Director of the Mobile Marketing Association in the Middle East and North Africa, said: “We are pleased to be the first NFT token prices in the region. With the third digital transformation of the internet, we believe that metavers represents the future of the Marketing Association and most industry leaders think it is the biggest marketing opportunity since the advent of the mobile phone. We are also pleased to be able to provide SMARTIES Awards both in physical form and in NFT format. On this occasion, I want to thank all the agencies, brands, networks and technology providers that have applied to compete in our pricing program, where we will witness the rise of a new level of creativity and innovation! ”
The campaigns participating in the MMA SMARTIES MENA Awards will be judged by a prestigious jury of 45 MENA marketing thought leaders from the region’s most prominent brands, agencies and experts.
Voting categories will be divided into four different groups of commission members, to reduce conflicts of interest. Campaigns will also be evaluated in four main areas: media, marketing objectives, technology and business transformation.
1. Jury votes – Brand experience, key generation, product / service launch, virtual reality / augmented / mixed, gender equality.
The categories are:
· Alaa Abu Khalaf, Regional Director of Mobile Advertising in the Middle East and North Africa, NBD Emirates
· Asmaa Shabab, Innovation Strategy Consultant, Accenture
· Abeer Khaled, Head of Accounts Foundation, Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, Zoom Middle East
Mayank Garg, Head of Digital Partnerships, CaST and Creative Partnerships, GSK
Banali Luthra Malhotra, Marketing Director, RAKBANK
Christine Harb, Vice President of Marketing, Visa, Eastern and Central Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa
Alperin Ozkan, Chief Marketing Officer, Johnson & Johnson
Claire Fletcher, Head of Client Engagement, OMD Middle East and North Africa
Cath Huff, Customer and Account Manager, Genealogy
Guzia Weikert, Regional Director, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey – Digital Media and Partnerships, Mediabrands
Riad Khalil, Sales Manager, Middle East and North Africa, ADJUST
Imran Yousef, Vice President – Regional Marketing Manager, Reckitt
2. Jury Votes: Consumer Promotion, Social Marketing, Mobile Search, Inter-Channel Integration, Customer Experience, Local Contextual Advertising, E-Commerce (Pandemini-based), Social Commerce. The categories are:
· Asif Hussain, Director, Silverbush
Jessica Machaalani, Senior Director of Strategic Marketing Investments at OMD UAE
Imran Khaled, Media Director, Sparks Foundry
Jessica Moini, Sales Director, Inmobi
Nadim Ibrahim, Director of Digital Division, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UM
Soha Haddad, Environmental Systems Partnership Manager, META
Esra Ezebay, Head of Digitalb, Middle East, Reckitt
Hussain Muhammad Dajani, Digital Transformation and Customer Experience, Africa, Middle East, India, Turkey and Oceania, Nissan Motor Company.
James Dutten, Regional Digital Director, UM Middle East, North Africa and Turkey
Johnny Saad, Head of Sales, AddColony
Oleksi Razik, Head of Experimental Corporate Marketing, Global Business Solutions, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, TikTok
3. Jury members vote: location-based services, e-commerce, mobile applications, games / sports application / campaigns, inclusion (during pandemic), and social commerce.
The categories are:
Eric Bellingham, Managing Director, EMEA, Latin America, AdColony
Urfa Muhammad, Head of Digital Media, Middle East, RB
· Goulrez Alam, Head of Investment and Strategy, Arabi Ads
Alex Brunori, Head of Creative, Google
Pinar Togko, Senior Director, Digital Platforms, Eurasia and the Middle East, Coca-Cola Company
Vanessa Hinton, Chief Marketing Officer, Dubai Entertainment Holding
· Abdul Nabi Aladdin, Director of Digital Division – UAE, UM Middle East and North Africa
Devrim Milik, Senior Vice President, Strategic Division, OSN
TJ Laitwala, Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa, Experimental Services, Accenture Interactive
Osama Baraka, Marketing Team Leader, Business Transformation Services, IBM
Gavin Payne, Chief Innovation Officer, First Abu Dhabi Bank
Jessica Ossenbauer, Director of Diversified Products, Services and Partnerships, OMG Middle East and North Africa
Gaurav Idasani, CEO of Cosmos Group
4. Jury votes: Analytical data / opinions, video advertising, innovation, marketing generated by users / influencers.
The categories are:
Crenio Cristaras, Head of Media for the Middle East and North Africa, Mondelez International
· Ehab Al-Yaman, Co-Founder and CEO of Memob
Gabriel Karam, CEO and Head of Digital Marketing, National Bank of Kuwait
Syed Mansour Hussain, Head of Marketing, Almarai
George Achkouti, Head of Digitalb at OMD
Sarush Sohail, owner of Alter Communications
· Nameer Amir, Senior Director of Marketing Strategies and Research, Nielsen IQ
Devrim Milik, Senior Vice President, Strategy at OSN
Melissa Matlum, Head of Marketing, AddColony
Kinda Al-Essa, Head of Content Solutions and Global Business Solutions, Middle East, Turkey, Africa and Pakistan, Tik Tok
Abd al-Rahman al-Agha, Head of Digital Marketing Practice for the Middle East and North Africa, Accenture Interactive
The jury convened and the shortlist was published on the global website. Can be found here.
Winners will be announced at the SMARTIES Luxury Gala in Dubai on May 17th.
For more information, please visit the following website – https://www.mmaglobal.com/smarties/awards
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