2014 Winners & Shortlists


CategoryConsumer Services
Entrant Company IMPACT BBDO Beirut, LEBANON
Advertising Agency IMPACT BBDO Beirut, LEBANON
Media Agency OMD Beirut, LEBANON

Results and Effectiveness

15% market share in year 1 of the launch of the product – a clear increase over the initially forecasted 10% market share Product of the year from Visa International – an annual award provided by Visa International to celebrate the best performing Visa product in Lebanon PR buzz in all major Lebanese newspapers at launch stage in addition to social and business magazines

Creative Execution

Credit cards are in general a mass product – hence our communication strategy was built to cater for the masses. Multiple TV spots using characters of a typical Lebanese family were created, and ran on key Lebanese channels as well as in Middle East Airline planes. An extensive outdoor campaign highlighting the word Mayyil and the types of cards available was also implemented – locations varied from high traffic areas to airport signs. Newspaper ads were also created highlighting also the key benefits of the product versus its competitors. In branch activation such as posters, flyers, ATM screens, card mailers were also developed.3.

Insights, Strategy and the Idea

The Lebanese market has always been dominated by 1 major player in the Miles card category – the Bank Audi Cedar Miles. Due to lack of proper competition, Bank Audi subsequently monopolized the market in terms of demand and supply. In 2012/2013, BankMed introduced the new MedMiles credit card which offered features that are far and above its direct competitor. Being a new product in the market, it was essential that the launch campaign created enough awareness and generated enough buzz to get consumers to shift their attention from the already existing market leader to the new MedMiles. The campaign was based on 2 local insights: - All miles programs promote touristic travel ignoring a major need: most families are torn with children or parents living abroad. - Lebanese like to extrapolate, amalgamate words from various languages and dialects. One word that carries a double-meaning; Mayyil: accumulate miles and travel.


Name Company Role
Walid Kanaan Impact Bbdo Regional Creative Director
Julia Aoun IB2 Creative Director
Elie Choueiri IB2 Art Director
Dany Aouad IB2 General Manager
Christelle Chamaa IB2 Account Manager
Rawad Keyrouz Impact Bbdo Tv Producer