Carat Melbourne wins Nova’s Smooth Creative Challenge competition

Carat Melbourne’s Connect team has won the smooth Creative Challenge, a trade campaign pitch competition run by Nova Entertainment, for its Medibank  My Music Month submission.

Smooth Creative Challenge

The announcement:

NOVA Entertainment today announced Medibank as the winner of the smooth Creative Challenge; a trade promotion designed to showcase the creative and commercial potential of the Smooth environment.

The winning idea, My Music Month has been designed as a month long campaign celebrating the healing power of music. Bringing together two powerful, positive and authentic brands, smooth and Medibank, to lift, inspire and transform so the audience can collectively say “I am Better”. The idea was the perfect fit for the smoothfm environment and seamlessly integrates across the full suite of smooth platforms; on-air, online, social, activations and music events.

Kate Day, NOVA Entertainment National Commercial Strategy Director for CREATE said, “Although there could only be one winner, we were so inspired by many of the entries that we hope we have the opportunity to see them happen in the future. The quality and originality of the ideas was beyond expectation and no doubt the judges had a tough time deciding on a winner from our very worthy finalists. We’re all looking forward to bringing My Music Month to life together with Carat Connect & Medibank – not only because it epitomises the sort of work we’re passionate about doing, but also because we know our audience will love it.”

NOVA Entertainment asked the best minds in the business to submit their most creative idea in order to win an advertising campaign on smooth’s platforms. Following an overwhelming response from the industry, with entries from media agencies, creative agencies and advertisers, four finalists were selected based on suitability to the smooth brand and the quality of the idea and entry. The finalists, in no particular order, were Jacob’s Creek – Vizeum (Sydney), Campbell Arnotts’ Tiny Teddies – MEC (Sydney), Frank Health Insurance – The Royals (Melbourne), and Medibank – Carat Connect (Melbourne).

The finalists worked with NOVA Entertainment’s CREATE team to further shape their idea from concept to a fully-fledged campaign ready to go live if they were selected as the winner. The final campaign pitches were then judged by an industry panel consisting of Russel Howcroft – Network TEN Executive General Manager, Penny Rowland – The Australian Ballet’s Director of Marketing, Andre Eikmeier – Vinomofo CEO and co-founder and Tony Thomas – NOVA Entertainment’s Chief Marketing and Digital Officer. 

Russel Howcroft, Network TEN Executive General Manager said, “All finalists really demonstrated great strategic and creative skills. It’s not easy to be on brief, original, and effective. And all entries gave this little conundrum a red hot go.”

Mediabank My Music Month will receive a $500,000 integrated campaign including media and production across smoothfm’s on-air, digital and experiential platforms.


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