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Millward Brown South Africa announces the Best Liked Ads of 2012

Millward Brown's Best Liked Ads list celebrates the countries favourite TV commercials and their advertising agencies in South Africa. These are the ads that have been rated as the 'most liked' by the South African audience, whom we believe to be the most important critics. There are lots of awards out there, but this one is chosen by the consumer - the person who ultimately chooses to buy your brand or not.
Millward Brown South Africa announces the Best Liked Ads of 2012

1Spur - 'Sign Writing' Haas Advertising
2Wimpy - 'Missing Lunch' Draftfcb
3Vaseline Total Moisture Body Lotion - '3 Layers'The Hardy Boys
4Volvo S60 T3 - 'Wolf' The Arnold Team, Boston
5Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - 'Creativity'Cheil USA
6MTN - 'Lullaby' Metropolitan Republic & Jupiter Drawing Room (South Africa) Johannesburg
7Nando's - 'Reason 2 (Anthem)' Black River FC
8Debonairs Pizza - 'Master Piece'Morris Jones
9Romans Pizza - 'School Kids with Barry Hilton' Blue Planet
10Pantene Pro V - 'Mends Instantly with Liv Tyler'Grey
11Bells Whisky - 'The Search'King James
12Samsung Galaxy Notebook - 'New Way'Cheil USA
13Nando's - 'Reason 15 (Fire)' Black River FC
14South African Reserve Bank - 'New Bank Notes (Nelson Mandela)'The Jupiter Drawing Room (South Africa) Johannesburg
15Johnsons African Nurture Products - 'Beauty Secret'140 BBDO
16BMW - 'Connected Drive E-mails'Kirschenbaum, Bond, Senecal & Partners
17Lexus RX 300 - 'Amazing' Draftfcb
18Castle Lite - 'New Cold Rush' The Jupiter Drawing Room (South Africa) Johannesburg
19Nando's - 'Reason 24 (Close to Europe)'Black River FC
20Wimpy - 'Grand Grillster' Draftfcb

Millward Brown South Africa announces the Best Liked Ads of 2012

2012 appeared to be 'the year of the fast food outlet/quick service restaurant (QSR)', with eight out of the top 20 ads falling within this category, and five out of the top 10. Looking at 2009 to 2011, only one QSR ad made the top 10 list each year.

Could the huge increase in the number of QSR ads on the list be a sign of the times? The economic environment is still quite tight post the 2009 recession, and consumers are searching for small, affordable treats for their families - relevance is therefore key in engaging the South African public and some categories are more relevant than others.

Regardless of the category, some of the key ingredients in great advertising that we see are humour, kids, animals and celebrities. Of all the QSR ads on the list, humour is the common thread - something that the South African market tends to resonate with quite strongly. TV ads are increasingly seen as 'entertainment' and if you can make us smile or laugh, you are entertaining us. And if you entertain us with a brand that is very relevant, you may just have a winning combination...

Millward Brown South Africa announces the Best Liked Ads of 2012

One way to ensure relevance is to 'localise' the ad - all of the QSR ads on the list had a distinct South African flavor. MTN, Bells and Castle Lite were also very strong in this regard. This isn't to say that locally produced ads are better than internationally produced ads, we just need to caution the importance of the ability of the ad to 'travel'.

Congratulations from Millward Brown to the marketers and their agencies on this great achievement!

Footnote: Adtrack™ is Millward Brown's proprietary advertising testing system, evaluating the impact and liking of all brand advertising in South Africa over the last 29 years. The resultant database stands at almost 75,000 TV adverts tested, and more than 1.1 million interviews conducted, making this database one of the largest of its kind in the world.

11 Mar 2013 08:10


Kim Stoner
Interesting that 50% of the top ten are for fast food outlets!
Posted on 19 Mar 2013 12:05