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AmEx, Digitas win ACE Awards 'Best in Show'

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New York—American Express and its agency Digitas, Boston, won Best in Show for AmEx's "Small Business Saturday" campaign at the 30th annual ACE Awards, presented by the New York chapter of the Business Marketing Association. The awards, presented Wednesday at a ceremony here, recognize excellence in b-to-b marketing communications.

The "Small Business Saturday" campaign supported the AmEx-invented holiday held the Saturday after Thanksgiving to support small and local brick-and-mortar businesses. In addition to Best in Show, Digitas took first place honors for the same campaign in two other categories: B2B2C campaign and integrated marketing campaign, $1 million and more, and was recognized as well for its social media support of the campaign.

Other top ACE awards winners included Ogilvy & Mather, New York, for its "IBM Capabilities" campaign in the $250,000 budget and over category, and Eric Mower & Associates, Syracuse, N.Y. for its "Domtar Paper Because" ad, in the single ad category ($250,000 and over).

For best integrated marketing campaigns, budget of $250,000 to $1 million, co-winners were The Barbarian Group, Boston, for "The GE Show" and Hawkeye, Dallas, for its "PNC Commercial Multi-Phase Campaign." The top integrated marketing campaign, $250,000 and under, went to PJA Advertising+Marketing, Boston, for its "GE Healthcare IT Centricity" program.

Here is a list of all winners in the 2012 ACE Awards:

Best-in-Show: American Express for “Small Business Saturday”

Agency Promotion Campaign: Stein+Partners Brand Activation

Agency Promotion Single Ad: PJA Advertising+Marketing, for Business to Buyer Video

B2B2C Campaign: Digitas for "Small Business Saturday"

B2B2C Campaign Single Ad: Mobium for “Gladiator Essence”

Best Concept Killed By A Client: Stein+Partners Brand Activation for “Chicago Board Options Exchange”

Brand Design/Corporate Identity System: Siegal+Gale for "Breathing New Life Into A Healthy Brand"

Brand Design/Brand Name: Stein+Partners Brand Activation for “IPC Unigy”

Brand Identity/Logo Design: Mojiva for “Mojiva”

Broadcast Advertising/Radio Campaign: Gyro for Lincoln Financial Group “HQ”

Broadcast Advertising/Radio Single Spot: Stein+Partners Brand Activation for Chicago Board Options Exchange “SPXpm Fast Talker”

Broadcast Advertising/TV Campaign: Doremus for “Corning Gorilla Glass”

Broadcast Advertising/TV Single Spot: Bader Rutter for “Dow AgroSciences Mycogen Night Harvest”

Collateral/System: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for “IEEE Media Sales”

Collateral/Single Brochure: Eric Mower & Associates for “2010 Corporate Sustainability Report”

Content Marketing/Individual Piece: Stein+Partners Brand Activation for “PEO White Paper”

Content Marketing/Multiple Piece Program: Campbell-Ewald for “USPS Deliver Program”

Digital Sales Enablement: Ogilvy & Mather for “IBM Business Agility AQ Video & Assessment tool”

Direct Marketing/Dimensional: BMO Capital Markets “Chinese New Year Mailing”

Direct Marketing/Single Mailer: OgilvyOne Taiwan for “IBM Watson DM Pack”

E-Direct Marketing/Single: Stein+Partners Brand Activation for “D-Link No Joke SAN Promotion”

Employee Branding/Engagement : Gyro for “Lincoln Financial Group Promoted Poster”

Event Marketing/Booth Design Under 500 sq. ft. : Bader Rutter for “Johnson Controls Panoptix Interactive Wall at Greenbuild”

Event Marketing/Booth Design Over 500 sq. ft. : Ogilvy & Mather for “IBM Smarter Cities”

Event Marketing/Integrated Marketing: Stein+Partners Brand Activation for “The Ladders”

Integrated Marketing Campaign / $250,000 Budget and under: PJA Advertising+Marketing for “GE Healthcare IT Centricity”

Integrated Marketing Campaign/$250,000—$1 Million Budget: The Barbarian Group for “The GE Show” and Hawkeye for “PNC Commercial Multi Phase Campaign”

Integrated Marketing Campaign /$1 million and over : Digitas for “Small Business Saturday”

Integrated Marketing Media Plan/$250,000—$1 Million Budget: Bernstein-Rein Advertising for “MetLife Employee Benefits”

Integrated Marketing Media Plan/$1 Million Budget and over: MediaCom for “The Power To Do More”

Microsite/Landing Page Under $25,000 budget: Mobium for “Climate of Achievement Landing Pages”

Microsite/Landing Page Under $75,000 Budget: Eric Mower & Associates for “Lenox Speed Slot Hole Saw Product Launch”

Microsite/Landing Page Over $75,000 Budget: Ogilvy & Mather for “IBM Retail Interactive Experience”

Mobile Marketing: Campbell-Ewald for “USPS Mobile Marketing”

Multichannel Demand Generation Campaign : Ogilvy & Mather for “IBM System Storage Q4 2011 Cross Server Campaign”

Online Advertising/Banner Ad Campaign: Stein+Partners Brand Activation for “PR Newswire”

Online Advertising/Banner Single Ad: Stein+Partners Brand Activation for “PR Newswire Twitter Bird”

Online Advertising /Rich Media Campaign : Doremus for “Glass is Life (Celine, Pellegrino and Geir)”

Online Advertising /Rich Media Single Ad: Doremus for “Celine In-Banner Video”

Out-of-Home Campaign : Ogilvy & Mather for “Siemens U.S Sustainable Cities”

Out-of-Home Single : Bader Rutter for “Dow AgroSciences Sentricon Termite Tongue Ad”

Print Advertising Campaign/$250,000 Budget and under: Eric Mower & Associates for “Valve Animals”

Print Advertising Campaign/$250,000 Budget and over: Ogilvy & Mather for “IBM Capabilities”

Print Advertising Single Ad/$250,000 Budget and Under Campaign: Bader Rutter for “Pfizer Animal Health Excede – Healthy Cows Work Harder”

Print Advertising Single Ad/$250,000 Budget and Over Campaign: Eric Mower & Associates for “Domtar Paper Because”

Public Relations/Employee Communications Campaign: Weber Shandwick for “Fuel Smart”

Public Relations/Service PR Program: Digitas for “Big Break for Small Business”

Social Media/Blog: Stein+Partners Brand Activation for “SPBA Brand Activator Blog”

Social Media/Facebook Fan Page: Mobium for “Mobium Face”

Social Media/Integrated Social Media Campaign: Stein+Partners Brand Activation for “PR Newswire Agility at Work”

Social Media/LinkedIn Campaign: Stein+Partners Brand Activation for “PR Newswire LinkedIn Campaign”

Social Media/Lead Generation Campaign: Mason Zimbler for “IBM Social Selling Campaign”

Social Media/Twitter Campaign: Ogilvy & Mather for “IBM Social Business Twitter”

Tagline: Doremus for “Glass is Life”

Video: Doremus for “Corning…A Day Made Of Glass”

Website/Under $50,000: Stein+Partners Brand Activation for “uTest”

Website/Under $250,000: Gyro for “Sailor Jerry”

Website/Under $500,000: Frog for “Bloomberg Corporate Website”

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