No doubt you’re familiar with the Academy Awards, given to films and film artists, planners, and scientists. Or the Emmys, given for television, or the Grammys and Tonys, for recorded music and Broadway theatre. You’ve maybe heard of the Clios, which we think of as the Oscars of advertising, but that category is more broadly defined on the Clio website as “advertising, design, interactive and communications.” And there are the Effies, for “marketing communications” — given to marketers by the marketing industry.
G.I. Joe won a silver Effie in 1987.
To be more specific, ad agency Griffin Bacal won a silver Effie for a particular ad campaign it created for its client, Hasbro. Borrowed from the Effie website, here’s a recent shot of some statuettes. Imagine small black letters inscribed on the front.
The ’87 Effies had almost 100 judges, individuals from pharmaceutical companies (Bristol-Meyers), to financial institutions (Americal Express), to educational institutions (Pace University) and, well, ad agencies (D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles). And they gave awards in a wide range of categories, including airlines, apparel, beverages, corporate image, household cleaning products, and theme parks. The list is tremendous. But don’t forget toys and games!
Cropped out of the above image is Ogilvy & Mather, taking bronze for Mattel’s M.U.S.C.L.E. Our favorite Real American Heroes and those tiny, monochromatic athletes lost out to a Chiat/Day campaign for Worlds of Wonder, citing the agency’s ability to “establish Teddy Ruxpin as the first and only singing, talking, animated plaything, and to create a ‘rage’ and force demand to exceed production capacity.”
I don’t know how far beyond the ’86 TV commercials “Live the Adventure” extended, as there was this toy pack-in promotion, which netted winning code breakers a certificate and an iron-on patch. Whether or not the ad agency worked on this, it’s fair to say the television ads were the main thrust. Let’s watch one.