Kellogg’s, LEGO and Michelob Ultra are Digiday Content Marketing Awards winners

The 2022 Digiday Content Marketing Awards spotlight brands and agencies at the forefront of innovation in the branded content space. Over the past 12 months, these companies have demonstrated expertise in creating content across numerous channels and platforms to engage their audiences and achieve business goals effectively. 

This year’s winners, in particular, have excelled at producing video, audio and experiential content and using influencers and user-generated content to drive online engagement and sales. Concurrently, winners also made strides using social media to launch standout marketing campaigns and data to inform more personalized marketing messages. 

Honorees include brands in the fashion and beauty industry and companies in the CPG, media and entertainment space. 

Kellogg’s: The CPG company uses virtual and in-person events as vehicles for education and brand awareness. Kellogg’s hosted a virtual event to create a dialogue on childhood hunger for World Food Day. Additionally, the company’s Pop-Tarts brand launched an interactive pop-up shop that combined art and clothing designed for Gen Z audiences. 

LEGO: The toy company partnered with Nickelodeon for a branded podcast for girls ages 4–12. The podcast is hosted by influencers who share real stories and discuss various topics designed to authentically communicate how LEGO playsets encourage expressive play and build friendships. 

Michelob Ultra: The beer brand used experiential marketing and real-time streaming video to welcome people back to social activities as quarantine restrictions eased. The brand hosted a hybrid cycling class and live concert, which was streamed to six cycling studios worldwide and boosted by a paid media campaign. 

Scroll down to see all of the 2022 Digital Content Marketing Awards winners below. You’ll find a brief overview of the campaigns and insights into why they won and what marketers can learn from them. You can also download the complete guide here

Full winner list below:

Best Advertising Partner for Brands

  • First Media and Factor – Performance Marketing Launch

Best Agency/Client Collaboration

  • LADbible Group x Disney + x Publicis

Best Brand Publication – Print and/or Digital

  • Mahlab – transforming the water industry bible.

Best Brand/Influencer Collaboration

  • PPK and The Florida Lottery – Week For Life Wellness Series

Best Branded Content Series – B2B

  • EY – Leadership in Action

Branded Content Series – B2C

  • Digitas, KitchenAid & Vox Creative -Design Minded

Best Branded Content Site – B2B

  • Attentive

Best Branded Content Site – B2C

  • Google Shopping  x PAPER – 21 of 21 Partnership

Best Branded Podcast

  • LEGO® and Velocity, ViacomCBS

Best Campaign Pivot

  • Barkley – Delta Faucet Real Life Showroom

Best Community Building Campaign – NEW

  • Fenty Beauty & Barbarian — Fenty Eau De Parfum Ghost Stores

Best Direct Response Campaign

  • Mars Pet Care – Cesar Wholesome Bowls- BestieBowls – Weber Shandwick, Chicago
  • First Media and Factor – Performance Marketing Launch

Best Experiential Marketing Campaign

  • Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts – Pop-Tarts Frost Shop  – Weber Shandwick, Chicago

Best In-House Content/Brand Studio

  • ViacomCBS Streaming – Candy Factory

Best Influencer-Generated Content

  • eos x Mischief @ No Fixed Address – Cooch Blessings Campaign

Best Interactive Content Piece or Series

  • McKinsey & Company – The Asian Century, two years on: A look back

Best Multi-Channel Content Distribution Strategy

  • Anheuser-Busch – Reventón de Verano

Best Multi-Channel Content Distribution Strategy

  • So Yummy and Walmart – 360º Social Commerce Campaign

Best New Product or Launch Campaign

  • Hertz – Launch of Let’s Go!

Best Use of Data

  • Tremor Video + Universal McCann (Detroit) + Pure Michigan

Best Use of Native Advertising/Sponsored Content

  • theSkimm – Virtual Holiday Village

Best Use of Real-Time Streaming Video

  • Movement Live by Michelob ULTRA – The Ultimate Ride: A Cycling Experience & Live Concert

Best Use of Social

  • American Eagle
  • e.l.f. Beauty, Chipotle, Movers+Shakers, D1A

Best Use of TikTok – NEW

  • eos x Mischief @ No Fixed Address – Cooch Blessings Campaign

Best Use of Video

  • Merck – Uncovering TNBC: Stories of Resilience

Best User-Generated Content

  • COPA90 X Pepsi

Best Virtual Event – NEW

  • Insider Studios + Kellogg’s: Bringing People Together to Combat Childhood Hunger

Content Marketing Partner of the Year

  • Manifest

Most Effective/Measurable Campaign

  • e.l.f. Beauty, Chipotle, Movers+Shakers, D1A

Most Engaged Brand Community

  • Fenty Beauty & Barbarian — Fenty Eau De Parfum Ghost Stores

Most Innovative Use of Content

  • McKinsey & Company – McKinsey for Kids: K-pop, culture, containers, and why Asia’s where the action is

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