WARC reveals Effective 100 Rankings 2022: the world’s most awarded campaigns

FP7 McCann Dubai ranked as the top creative agency with five campaigns ranked in the top 100 including three in the top ten.

The final WARC Ranking, Effective 100, the ultimate independent global benchmark of the world’s most awarded campaigns and companies for effectiveness, is now announced. From the region, FP7 McCann Dubai ranked as the top creative agency.

Compiled by WARC, the international marketing insights company, the Effective 100 Ranking is produced by combining the results of the industry’s most important effectiveness award shows around the world throughout 2021, and acts as a benchmark for excellence in effectiveness, allowing marketers to compare their performance with that of their peers.

The awards tracked are determined by a worldwide industry survey and in consultation with the WARC Rankings Advisory Board.

#1 Campaign: Crazy Dreams for Nike by Wieden+Kennedy Portland / Publicis Sapient Seattle

Sportswear brand Nike celebrated its 30th anniversary of the Just Do It campaign by refreshing its original sense of rebellious self-belief. Starting with a tweet from Colin Kaepernick, it showed how athletes today were using that same spirit to move sport forward, and the world with it.

In second place is A Dad’s Job by FP7 McCann Dubai and Initiative Cairo for Home Centre. The furniture retailer tackled the taboo topic of single mothers to create impact with its Father’s Day campaign in the United Arab Emirates. In third place is Meddle in the New Zealand Election by Special Auckland for Every Kiwi Vote Counts. The campaign harnessed the power of social networks to mobilise overseas New Zealanders to vote in the country’s 2020 election.

#1 Creative agency: FP7McCann Dubai

FP7 McCann Dubai retained its top place for a third consecutive year with five campaigns ranked in the top 100 including three in the top ten, for Home Centre, Babyshop, Donner Sang Compter, Mastercard and Spinneys / Lebanese Breast Cancer Foundation / American University of Beirut Medical Center.

Tarek Miknas, CEO, FP7McCann MENAT, said: “Nothing pleases me more than FP7McCann winning for creative effectiveness. As a commercial art, by definition, we need to deliver on both Creativity and Effectiveness or we are not doing our job. There is no greater honour than to be recognized for both. I thank our brave partners and our incredible agency talents that together made this come to fruition.”

Ogilvy Sydney rises from #7 last year to claim second place, with five campaigns ranked for Whitelion, KFC (x3) and Huggies. Wieden+Kennedy Portland in 15th place in North America in 2021, takes third place globally with its hugely acclaimed Crazy Dreams campaign.

#1 Media agency: Zenith Bogotá

Zenith Bogotá is up from #36 last year to claim pole position. PHD Auckland, last ranked #34 in 2019, is now in second place globally. PHD New York is up from its previous position of #43 in 2021 to claim third place.

#1 Digital/Specialist agency: Publicis Sapient Seattle

Having worked on the top campaign Crazy Dreams, Publicis Sapient Seattle is in first place. Edelman New York takes second position having last been ranked #7 in 2020. Newcomer to the Rankings is InHype Dubai, straight in at #3.

#1 network: McCann Worldgroup

For the fourth consecutive year, McCann Worldgroup retains its #1 ranking as the most effective network. Eight creative and digital/specialist agencies in the top 50 contributed to its total points, including FP7 McCann Dubai and McCann Manchester which ranked #1 and #8 in the creative agency list.

Suzanne Powers, Global President & Chief Strategy Officer, McCann Worldgroup, said: “It’s incredible to see, once again, our teams’ passion, smarts and ingenuity as they drive the most impactful work in the world in partnership with our clients. We are so proud of all of them and honored by this recognition”

Climbing up the network ranking is Ogilvy, up from #4 in 2021 to claim second place. BBDO Worldwide is in third place.

#1 Holding company: WPP

WPP is ranked #1 for a fourth consecutive year. Omnicom Group remains in second place, a position held since 2019. Interpublic Group is in third place for six years in a row.

Mark Read, CEO, WPP, said: “The real success of great ideas lies within the results they produce. Our strong agency representation across the three rankings – including MediaCom NY named top media agency, Ogilvy and Mindshare coming first creative and media networks respectively, and WPP topping the media and effectiveness holding company rankings – is testament to the hard work of our amazing teams who are delivering the tangible outcomes that our clients demand.”

#1 Brand: McDonald’s 

Fast-food chain McDonald’s is the most effective brand for the third consecutive year, with two campaigns ranked in the top Effective 100 for two markets – US and New Zealand. Burger King, up from #6 last year, now takes second place. KFC is third place, down from #2 last year.

Morgan Flatley, Global Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald’s, said: “We are beyond excited to be ranked as #1 most effective brand in the world by WARC. Receiving this recognition for the third year in a row is especially meaningful, as it underscores our relentless effort to deliver effective marketing, powered by brave creative choices and underpinned with genuine human insight. At McDonald’s, our marketing community is focused on delivering “Feel-Good Moments” to our fans in a way that builds both our Brand and our business. I’m proud to work alongside a team of world-class marketers and agency partners that show creative courage, every day and are focused on building deeper and more meaningful connections with our customers. This is an important recognition of all of their hard work.”

#1 Advertiser: AB InBev

Following its success as #1 advertiser in the Creative 100, the brewing giant AB InBev also now takes top position as the most effective advertiser, rising up from seventh position last year. Unilever is ranked #2, and Restaurant Brands International climbs to third, up from #17 last year.

Pedro Earp, Chief Marketing Officer, AB InBev, said: “We are honoured to be recognized as number one in both creativity and effectiveness. Anyone can have ambition but systemizing it throughout an organization on a global scale requires more than just ambition. It requires a change in culture, supported by a system of processes, tools and capabilities, along with an ecosystem of strong creative partners, in order to pull it off. I’m proud of what our team has accomplished by addressing real consumer and customer needs and delivering strong business results.”

#1 Country: USA

USA retains its place as the most awarded market in the world for effectiveness, a position held since the introduction of the WARC Effective 100. China and India remain second and third respectively, the same positions held for the past two years.

The top ten most highly ranked campaigns and companies in the 2022 WARC Effective 100 are:

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Top ten world’s most awarded campaigns for effectiveness

Rank Campaign Title Brand Agencies Points
#1 Crazy Dreams Nike Wieden+Kennedy Portland / Publicis Sapient Seattle 100.0
#2 A Dad’s Job Home Centre FP7 McCann Dubai / Initiative Cairo 94.6
#3 Meddle in the New Zealand Election Every Kiwi Vote Counts Special Auckland 57.6
#4 Moldy Whopper Burger King INGO Stockholm / DAVID Miami / Publicis Bucharest 51.4
#5 Project AgroBanking UCash / Shwapno Grey Dhaka 50.6
#6 Rephrasing Parenthood Babyshop FP7McCann Dubai / InHype Dubai 44.9
#7 Blood Unity Donner Sang Compter (DSC) FP7McCann Dubai / McCann Health Dubai / FP7McCann Beirut 44.3
#8 TheTravis Scott Meal McDonald’s Wieden+Kennedy New York / Narrative Los Angeles / OMD Chicago / Burell Chicago / The Marketing Store Chicago 44.2
#9 Rooftops Farms Knorr FP7McCann Cairo / Magna Cairo 43.6
#10 #ChickenWars Popeyes GSD&M Austin 43.3

Top ten world’s most awarded creative agencies for effectiveness

Rank Agency Points
#1 FP7McCann Dubai 234.6
#2 Ogilvy Sydney 115.5
#3 Wieden+Kennedy Portland 113.0
#4 Special Auckland 99.4
#5 Ogilvy Mumbai 94.2
#6 Colenso BBDO Auckland 89.5
#7 FCB New York 85.8
#8 McCann Manchester 79.0
#9 Publicis Bucharest 71.5
#10 BBDO New York 71.3

Top ten world’s most awarded media agencies for effectiveness

Rank Agency Points
#1 Zenith Bogotá 68.5
#2 PHD Auckland 63.1
#3 PHD New York 58.3
#4 MediaCom Sydney 58.2
#5 Wavemaker Mumbai 44.8
#6 Havas Media Lisbon 40.2
#7 Mindshare Shanghai 37.1
#7 Wavemaker Chicago 37.1
#9 Carat New York 36.8
#10 Mindshare Moscow 36.4

Top ten world’s most awarded digital/specialist agencies for effectiveness

Rank Agency Points
#1 Publicis Sapient Seattle 100.0
#2 Edelman New York 52.1
#3 InHype Dubai 34.6
#4 Arc Worldwide Chicago 33.7
#5 Digitas Chicago 32.7
#6 Havas Sports & Entertainment Paris 30.0
#7 Twiga Digital Kyiv 28.7
#8 BlueFocus Digital Beijing 28.6
#9 Symmetry Digital Karachi 28.0
#10 Digital Moscow 26.7

Top ten world’s most awarded networks for effectiveness

Rank Network Points
#1 McCann Worldgroup 863.6
#2 Ogilvy 777.6
#3 BBDO Worldwide 702.7
#4 Dentsu International 510.5
#5 DDB Worldwide 471.6
#6 IPG Mediabrands 419.7
#7 OMD Worldwide 419.0
#8 TBWA Worldwide 368.4
#9 Leo Burnett 341.2
#10 VMLY&R 318.9

Top ten most awarded holding companies for effectiveness

Rank Holding company Points
#1 WPP 2162.8
#2 Omnicom Group 2018.8
#3 Interpublic Group 1700.9
#4 Publicis Groupe 1377.2
#5 Dentsu 531.3
#6 Havas Group 382.6
#7 Stagwell 153.6
#8 BlueFocus 108.9
#9 Accenture 96.2
#10 ADK 7.1

Top ten world’s most awarded brands for effectiveness

Rank Brand Points
#1 McDonald’s 313.1
#2 Burger King 271.2
#3 KFC 212.5
#4 Nike 117.5
#5 Aldi 102.7
#6 Home Centre 94.6
#7 Dove 79.9
#8 Mastercard 79.6
#9 IKEA 69.8
#10 Pepsi 69.2

Top ten world’s most awarded advertisers for effectiveness

Rank Advertiser Points
#1 AB InBev 436.2
#2 Unilever 409.1
#3 Restaurant Brands International 316.8
#4 McDonald’s 313.1
#5 Procter & Gamble 272.7
#6 Yum! Brands 239.6
#7 PepsiCo 236.7
#8 Mondelēz International 192.6
#9 Landmark Group 141.7
#10 Nestlé 131.1

Top ten world’s most awarded countries for effectiveness

Rank Country Points
#1 USA 1649.3
#2 China (Mainland) 997.2
#3 India 607.1
#4 Colombia 491.6
#5 New Zealand 460.2
#6 Russia 454.7
#7 United Kingdom 440.2
#8 Australia 403.5
#9 United Arab Emirates 389.5
#10 Canada 377.2

Summing up, David Tiltman, SVP, Content, WARC, said: “A common theme in this year’s Effective 100 was a desire to go beyond educating or engaging consumers. We see judges awarding effective campaigns that change behaviour and encourage participation, across both commercial and not-for-profit campaigns. Nike encouraged young athletes to Dream Crazy; Every Kiwi Vote Counts got New Zealanders living abroad to vote; UCash / Shwapno convinced Bangladeshi farmers to convert fresh produce into money; and Donner Sang Compter reinvented bloodletting to enable donations.”

The WARC Effective 100 has been compiled by applying a rigorous, unbiased and transparent methodology.

The WARC Effective 100 Ranking can be viewed in full here. It includes the world’s top 100 awarded campaigns for effectiveness, top 50 creative, media and digital/specialist agencies, agency networks, brands, advertisers, countries and top holding companies. The campaigns, case studies, credits and subsequent insights reports are available to WARC Rankings subscribers.

The WARC Effective 100 is part of a suite of Rankings, which includes the WARC Creative 100and the WARC Media 100 announced earlier this week.