Today, TED Curator Chris Anderson announced the second cycle of Ads Worth Spreading at the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s MIXX conference in New York.
This year’s Ads Worth Spreading is searching to find the 10 most compelling campaigns of 2011, driven by this belief: that the smartest, strongest ads don’t just sell a product or brand, but express an idea.
TED’s mission is ideas worth spreading. The dream behind the Ads Worth Spreading initiative is to find companies that want to communicate ideas to their consumers in the same way that TED wants to communicate with its audience.
Revealing the way a company thinks tells consumers what that company is and what it stands for. In last year’s contest, one of our final selections, Chrysler’s “Born of Fire” campaign, spoke to people because it communicated an incredible idea — steel is born of fire, and cities that go through hard times aren’t dead forever.
“In our brave new interconnected world, the rules of marketing are changing fast,” says Anderson. “Ambush advertising is broken. We think there’s a better way, based on sharing powerful ideas. Most companies are teeming with amazing ideas that the rest of the world never gets to see. By letting some of those ideas out into the world in an authentic way, companies have a shot at transforming the way they are perceived. We’re looking forward to another fantastic round of entries from forward-thinking companies and people.”
We’re combining curation and crowdsourcing to find the best ads from every corner of the globe. There are four ways for a campaign to make it to the final selection:
• Agencies, brands, producers and individuals are invited to submit work that expresses a clever, compelling or infectious idea. TED will open submissions on October 15, 2011, and close on December 31, 2011.
• Six nomination teams of two — made up of one renowned TED speaker or Fello and one rising star from the advertising industry — will tap their networks to seek out and nominate compelling ads from specific areas of interest.
• TED’s 24 Advocates from the advertising industry will make valuable suggestions and nominations.
• YouTube’s Ad Blitz will help in sourcing all Super Bowl ads.
YouTube will help promote and showcase the Ads Worth Spreading selections online, as well as celebrating all final selections at TED2012 with an artistic installation. Other Ads Worth Spreading industry supporters include Contagious Magazine, AICP, the 4As, IAB, IAA, the Art Directors’ Club, and NiceSpots.
We hope you’ll also support us in this search for innovation, ingenuity and intelligence in advertising — the ads that people want to see, and share with their friends.