MullenLowe Sri Lanka Strikes Gold at the Effies Yet Again Posted on


MullenLowe Sri Lanka has once again taken home the Gold Award in the Foods category at the recently concluded 2016 Effie Awards for their innovative and inspired work on Marmite’s “Mealtime Magic” campaign. The ceremony, which was held at the Water’s Edge, saw only four Gold Awards being handed out on the night. The full service agency was also awarded a Bronze Award in the Personal Care category for Rexona’s “A Lesson in Body Odour” and adjudged as finalists in the Home Supplies & Services category for their Surf Excel “Raja Weda Poddo” and Vim “Diviyata Disne” campaigns, respectively.

Our recognition at this year’s award show is a testimony of the agency’s commitment to meaningful, hard working campaigns. Awards are not a result of an agency team’s effort alone, but a true partnership with likeminded clients who collaborate to bring the best out of us,” said Thayalan Bartlett, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), MullenLowe Sri Lanka.

Marmite’s “Mealtime Magic” was conceived to update the brand’s image for a new generation. This was done by creating “mite” combos by giving everyday dishes a delicious twist by adding Marmite. Rexona’s “A Lesson in Body Odour” sought to tackle the under-penetration of deodorant in the country by educating the public in its necessity. This was done through a social experiment that placed people in a familiar situation and proved the need for deodorant. Surf Excel’s “Raj Weda Poddo” tried to take children away from their modern gadgets and back to the creativity of the playground by asking them to think differently. They were asked to build a toy out of waste items found around the home and Surf Excel packs and tag the photo on Facebook. Vim’s “Diviyata Disne” was born to empower homemakers, the unsung heroes of the family. Vim helped these homemakers hone their skills through workshops so they would be able to supplement their income.

It is an honour to see our work continue to be recognized at the Effies. We are especially thrilled on bringing home a Gold Effie yet again. These awards further underscore the effectiveness of our clutter breaking, creative campaigns in engaging consumers,” said Dilshara Jayamanna, Senior Vice President / Executive Creative Director, MullenLowe Sri Lanka.

MullenLowe had won a Gold in the ‘Packaged Food’ category for Marmite, a Silver in the same category for Knorr, and a Bronze in the ‘Finance’ category for LOLC and took home the coveted “Most Effective Agency of the Year” title at the Effies last year. As it stands, the agency holds two of only eight Gold Awards that have been awarded in the history of the Effies in Sri Lanka.

A global symbol of achievement with award programs honouring effective marketing communications in 42 countries and 6 regions, the Effie Awards have been held in Sri Lanka in partnership with the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) since 2008.

MullenLowe Sri Lanka is the local office of the MullenLowe Group, a member of the US$7.6 billion Interpublic Group (IPG) – one of the world’s leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies headquartered in New York.  Seeing great potential in the Sri Lankan market, in 2015, IPG further strengthened its commitment by acquiring a 100% stake in the agency which had started its operations in the country as LDB Lintas in 1993 and was subsequently known as Lowe LDB. A majority of MullenLowe’s business comes from FMCG giant Unilever. In addition, it works with some of the country’s leading brands including  Akzo Nobel (Dulux), Ceylon Cold Stores, Dialog, FairFirst Insurance, Hemas, Keells Foods, Laugfs, LOLC, Maliban, Mastercard, Nations Trust Bank, Samsung, and Softlogic Life to name a few.