Midas Touch: Pi Communications wins gold & silver for Aditya Birla Financial Services

27 Jan,2017

By A Correspondent

Mumbai-based marketing services agency Pi Communications has bagged a gold and silver award at the coveted 2016 Midas Awards, regarded the Oscars for financial services advertising. Both awards have been won for Aditya Birla Financial Services Group. The two metals bagged by Pi and ABFSG are the only metals won by India at the 2016 Midas Awards.

While the Gold Midas has been bagged for Aditya Birla Housing Finance Limited for ‘The Incomplete Nameplate’ in the Use of Medium competition under the Direct Mail/Collateral category, the Silver Midas has gone to Birla Sun Life Insurance for ‘Salary Slip of 1985’ also in the Use of Medium competition under the Direct Mail/Collateral category.

Rakhshin Patel

Ajay Kakar

Said Rakhshin Patel, Managing Director, Pi Communications: “We have had a fairly consistent track record at winning in the Midas Awards.Our clients at Aditya Birla Financial Services have always been encouraging and supportive of great traditional Direct Marketing ideas that deliver excellent results and ROI.What makes this win even more special is that this is our first Midas win since our name change to Pi Communications and the fact that we reign as leaders in the world in Direct Mail communication.”

Ajay Kakar, Chief Marketing Officer – Financial Services, Aditya Birla Group was delighted with the news. “Across our Aditya Birla Financial Services Group businesses we aspire to do work that wins recognition of the industry and business.We are indeed humbled to have won consistently at the Midas Awards, New York. These awards are special because they are compared and rated against the best of best from within the financial services industry, from across the world,” he said adding: “This year having won a Gold and Silver, as also, being the only winners from India, is indeed recognition that makes us extremely proud. I am thankful to Pi Communications for bringing us this enviable recognition and for making us so proud.”

Meanwhile, FP7 / DXB (a part of McCann Worldgroup) and MediaVest Spark earned the Midas Award for Innovation for “The AC Vests” for client Emirates NBD. This award honors the highest scoring entry that showcases a leading-edge idea or execution.McCann Worldgroup earned the number one ranking in the first annual Midas Network Report, cumulatively achieving the most points in this year’s competition. Publicis Worldwide, earned the number two slot, followed by R/GA, Wunderman and Havas Worldwide.

Agencies from around the world competed for top spots in this year’s Midas Awards Agency Report; FP7/DXB Dubai (Part of McCann Worldgroup) was in the spotlight, ranking number one on the Midas Agency Report with a robust 190 points. McCann New York ranked number two this year with 90 points and the Jupiter Drawing Room (South Africa) Johannesburg earned the number three spot with 86 points.

Also, for the third year running, Mastercard scored first place with a staggering total 229 points in the Midas Brand Rankings due to the combined creative efforts of the following global agencies: FP7/DXB; McCann Canada, McCann XBC, McCann Worldgroup. Absa/ Barclays ranked second place for the third year in a row, they received 89 points for their innovative work created by Jupiter Drawing Room (South Africa) Johannesburg.  Emirates NBD, whose award-winning campaigns were created by FP7/DXB (Part of McCann Worldgroup), ranked third place for third consecutive year.

Founded in 2001, the Midas Awards recognises excellence in financial advertising and marketing on a global scale. Indian entrants have a good run in the awards except last year when they drew a blank.



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