ECHO Gala & Ceremony to Take Place Tuesday, October 28

New York, NY, October 9, 2014 — The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) today announced the Diamond ECHO finalists for the 2014 International ECHO Awards competition, which will take place during the DMA2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.  The Diamond ECHO finalists are: Colenso BBDO (finalist in two categories), Republik New Zealand, and Saatchi & Saatchi Stockholm.  The ECHO awards will be presented Tuesday, October 28, during the ECHO Gala & Ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m., at the San Diego Convention Center, hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick. The winner is selected by the ECHO Board of Governors from the Gold winning campaigns.

“This most prestigious Diamond ECHO award is considered the best-in-show prize of the International ECHO Award competition. It is awarded to the top campaign that has taken strategic thinking to a whole new level — encompassing strategy, creative, and results — the three pillars of ECHO,” said Jenny Abreu, DMA’s director, awards & recognition programs.  “All four of these impressive campaigns truly raise the bar when it comes to the “wow” factor — not only in creativity and innovation — but in demonstrating outstanding, measurable results.”

Diamond ECHO Finalists
Campaign Title: Motel Burger King
Agency: Colenso BBDO
Advertiser: Burger King
Country:  New Zealand
Category: Retail/Direct Sales

Campaign Title: HOME INVASION
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi Stockholm
Advertiser: Elmsta 3000 Horror Fest
Country: New Zealand
Category:  Publishing/Entertainment

Campaign Title: The Smart Phone Line
Agency: Colenso BBDO
Advertiser: Samsung New Zealand
Country: New Zealand
Category: Consumer Products

Campaign Title: Wide War One
Agency: Republik New Zealand
Advertiser: Fuji Xerox
Country: New Zealand
Category: Information Technologies

Also, for the first time in recent history of the ECHO competition, ECHO-winning campaigns from this year’s International ECHO Awards will be featured in DMA2014 programming. A Fast Forward session titled “Data-Driven Marketing Genius: Google, Xerox and a Foreign Film Festival” will include brand, agency, and ECHO Board of Governors representatives who will describe a campaign that generated 100% response, an innovative business-to-business personalization marketing campaign, and a Google marketing effort that brought applause from this year’s judges.  The session takes place Monday, October 27, at 11:45 a.m., PT.

For more information about the International ECHO Awards, please visit www.dma-echo.org.  To register, or for additional information about DMA2014, please click here

About DMA’s International ECHO Awards

The DMA International ECHO Awards honor excellence in creativity, marketing strategy, and response results in data-driven marketing campaigns. With more than 1,000 entries submitted by agencies and advertisers worldwide, DMA’s ECHO Awards recognize every type of media used in direct and interactive marketing campaigns. The ECHOs – the world’s top advertising and marketing competition solely dedicated to data-driven marketing – were first established in 1929, originally focused on direct mail.

For more information about the International ECHO Awards, which will be presented Tuesday evening, October 28, 2014, during the DMA2014 Conference and Exhibition, please visit www.dma-echo.org.

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About DMA Awards

DMA recognizes and celebrates the premiere achievements of the data-driven marketing world’s most strategic and creative talent, and honors the leading innovators of our time – and of all time. Doing great work? Know a company that deserves recognition? Nominate yourself, your company or anyone in the industry. Our Awards celebrate the world’s best response marketing campaigns, creative excellence in direct response and campaigns that have raised the bar in data-driven strategy, creativity and results.

For information about DMA Awards, please visithttp://thedma.org/awards/.

About DMA2014 Conference & Exhibition

The DMA2014 Annual Conference & ExhibitionThe Global Event for Data-Driven Marketers is the world’s largest gathering of data-driven marketing professionals.  At DMA2014, which will be held October 25-30 in San Diego, the focus will be on igniting customer engagement.  We’ll help you discover innovative ways to engage customers and drive response, via leading-edge case studies from global brands; more than 70 conference sessions designed for team development; premier networking events; the 2014 Exhibit Hall featuring hundreds of the world’s top companies; and much more.  Through strategic partnerships with top marketing organizations, DMA2014 delivers the most cutting-edge, relevant content to all areas of focus and interest.  For additional information, or to register for the six-day data-driven marketing event of the year, please visit http://www.dma14.org.

For information about DMA2014 exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Wilson Vargas at 212.790.1468 or wvargas@the-dma.org.

About Direct Marketing Association (DMA)

The Direct Marketing Association (www.thedma.org) is the world’s largest trade association dedicated to advancing and protecting responsible data-driven marketing.  Founded in 1917, DMA represents thousands of companies and nonprofit organizations that use and support data-driven marketing practices and techniques. DMA provides the Voice to shape policy and public opinion, the Connections to grow members’ businesses and the Tools to ensure full compliance with ethical and best practices as well as professional development.

In 2012, the Data-Driven Marketing Economy (DDME) added $156 billion in revenue to the U.S. economy and fueled more than 675,000 jobs.  The real value of data is in its exchange across the DDME:  70 percent of the value of the DDME – $110 billion in revenue and 478,000 jobs – depends on the ability of firms to exchange data across the DDME.

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