IBM, LEVI STRAUSS, OGILVY SNARE TOP GLOBAL ACCOLADES. U.S. LEADS PACK: 1ST 'ADVERTISING AGE INTERNATIONAL' RANKING HONORS HUMOR, PERSUASION AND INTERACTIVITY

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Ogilvy interactive and its largest client, IBM Corp., are the world's biggest winners of new-media awards for creative work.

In an exclusive ranking compiled for Advertising Age International by Richard Mellor of the winning entries from 10 leading new-media companies shows during the last 18 months, OgilvyOne's Ogilvy Interactive's New York office scored almost twice as many points as any other agency.

A spectacular online campaign for IBM catapulted Ogilvy Interactive to the top of the first-ever international ranking of new-media winners. The series of interactive banners imaginatively highlights IBM e-business solutions for companies such as Charles Schwab & Co., Yamaha and Vespa and allows users to play a piano keyboard and take part in a tennis tournament.

EDUCATING PEOPLE

"IBM calls its strategic vision for the future of technology e-business, a metaphor for customers, employees, vendors and suppliers to all be connected," says Mr. Mellor, compiler of the rankings and executive creative director, Hyperinteractive, London. "Ogilvy Interactive created an interactive banner campaign for IBM e-business solutions -- educating people about e-business opportunities, conveying the stature of the e-business vision and positioning IBM as the business technology leader for the next millennium. This three-part offering has all the qualities of an all-time classic: humor, persuasion and interactivity."

'LEADING LIGHTS'

The agency's creative director, Jan Leth, is "without question, one of the leading lights of new media," he said.

"OgilvyInteractive was the global advertising agency with a dedicated interactive capability and is now the largest integrated interactive agency in the world," Mr. Mellor said.

Just last month, the IBM campaign picked up the Cyber Grand Prix at the International Advertising Festival in Cannes, and also scooped two of the other eight Cyber Lions awarded, for rich media banners and a "beyond the banner" category including interstitials, minisites and push technology.

"This is definitely the best online campaign of the year and will go on to dominate the awards circuit," Mr. Mellor said.

IBM, LEVI STRAUSS LEAD PACK

The ranking of advertisers that commission the most winning work is led by IBM and Levi Strauss, but also includes global brands such as Nike, Microsoft and Disney.

Other key findings from the ranking:

The U.S. dominates the ranking of the top 30 award-winning new media agencies. Twenty-four are American, the majority based on the West Coast. Just three are from the U.K.: Hyperinteractive (owned by Mr. Mellor), Bates Interactive's London office and The Hub Communications.

After the U.K., the Germans are the new media leaders, with Elephant Seven Multimedia, Hamburg, ranked No. 7. Elswhere in Europe, Dutch agency CyberLAB/Euro RSCG, Amstelveen ranked No. 24. Outside the U.S. and Europe, only Brazil's DM9 DDB Publicidade, Sao Paulo, made the Top 30. DM9 DDB has the country's best agency new media department, headed by 25-year-old Paulo Jorge Pereira.

Two of the Top 30 creative award-winning new media agencies are actually clients. Disney Interactive and Microsoft Corp. rank as Nos. 10 and 12 respectively with creative work produced inhouse.

Euro RSCG and US Web/CKS are the only agencies with more than one office among the Top 30. Agencies were ranked as individual offices rather than on a network basis. But if US Web/CKS' San Francisco and Portland offices had been added together, the agency would have ranked No. 2 after OgilvyInteractive. Similarly, if Euro RSCG DSW Partners in Salt Lake City and CyberLAB/Euro RSCG, Amstelveen had been combined, Euro RSCG would have been No. 3.

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