4As REVAMPS KANCIL AWARDS

Petaling Jaya, 20 September 2016: For the first time in 20 years, the annual Kancil Awards will take a break this year to institute transparency and inclusiveness in a transformative revamp.

Prior to 1995 when the awards was christened the Kancil Awards, the advertising industry’s creative excellence awards event was known as the 6As Awards.

The revamped Kancil Awards, now scheduled to take place in the first quarter 2017, aims to celebrate creativity that enhances the relationship between brands and consumers by recognising the agencies’ problem-solving skills showcased through advertising campaigns. The new date for the Kancil Awards also ensures that the full body of work created by agencies this year is eligible for judging.

Says Tan Kien Eng, Kancil Awards Creative Council Chairman: “Apart from creating healthy and transparent competition, and the push-pull factors between advertisers and agencies, the revamp also aims to align the Kancil Awards with the industry’s continual transformation – the use of big data, convergence of multiple disciplines and media platforms, disruptive technological advancements, accessible information, and social media active consumers.”

Notable changes include revamping the categories as Business, Channel, Craft, and Special Awards instead of confining it channel-based categories, as a means to recognising all parties involved in the creation of a campaign.

The Business category (Automotive, F&B, Consumer Services, etc.) aims to elevate creativity to overcome the growing complexity of marketing. The Channel category recognises the importance of using the right channels and effective targeting. The Craft category aims to distinguish good crafting and its values towards brand building and storytelling. The Special Awards category applauds all talents who are key to building enduring brands, including Insights and Strategy, Public Relations, Technology, and Big Data.

“We recognise the urgent need to refresh the Kancil Awards to remain relevant and adaptable to stay attuned to emerging new business models,” explains Dato’ Johnny Mun, 4As President. “The 4As collectively agreed to restructure the Kancil Awards to be more inclusive to all business sectors and talents, and be transparent in the work submissions and the judging process.”

For Kancil Awards 2017, agencies can either submit the creative work as a Single Entry or as a Campaign to reflect how a big-scale campaign versus one-off creative work solved the brand’s challenge. In short, a five-piece work submitted for a Campaign cannot be re-submitted as five Single entries.

“To re-establish the credibility of the Kancil Awards, we will upload all submissions online for public viewing one month ahead of the judging,” confirms Tan. “The public is encouraged to share their constructive opinions and raise concerns if they encounter any suspicious submissions to allow the 4As to investigate and take appropriate action before judging commences.”

Apart from international and local creative leaders, the revamped Kancil Awards will also include one client representative in each judging panel as a means to fostering a better understanding of good and great work.

“The main objective of the revamp is to recognise the expertise involved in creative problem solving,” reasons Mun. “We strongly believe that the refreshed Kancil awards will meet international standards in celebrating creativity.”

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About the 4As

The Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia (4As), formed in 1971, is the Malaysian advertising industry’s foremost body engaged in promoting the value of advertising agencies in the Marketing Communications industry to advertisers, media, suppliers, government, and the public.

The association encompasses more than 90 home-grown and international member agencies who are the key players in Malaysia’s advertising industry.

The association helps grow the business of the member agencies and advance individual careers through the provision of professional development services, industry awards, advocacy, and support.

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