DDB NZ ranked #5th effective agency in the world in 2019 Global Effie Effectiveness Index; Special Group ranked #3 most effective indie agency

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DDB NZ ranked #5th effective agency in the world in 2019 Global Effie Effectiveness Index; Special Group ranked #3 most effective indie agency

DDB NZ has ranked #5th most effective agency in the world in the 2019 Global Effie Effectiveness Index, which is the agency’s first debut into the top 5, ranking third across Asia Pacific behind McCann Worldgroup India (#1) and Ogilvy india (#2). Colenso BBDO has ranked in at #4 across APAC, followed closely by PHD Auckland in fifth spot, Special Group in 10th spot and BCF Dentsu in at #17.


Special Group has ranked third most effective independent agency in the world, making it the #1 independent agency across Asia-Pacific. Other Kiwi agencies in the indie agency APAC rankings include True in at #4, Many Minds and Platform 29 have both ranked in at #15, whilst Shine Limited has ranked in at #21.

DDB NZ ranked #5th effective agency in the world in 2019 Global Effie Effectiveness Index; Special Group ranked #3 most effective indie agency

The Effie Index is the objective global marketing effectiveness ranking, compiled from the insights of experienced juries of industry peers throughout the world.

Says Traci Alford, CEO, Effie Worldwide: “Despite the pace and rate of change that we are experiencing as an industry, effectiveness remains at the heart of everyone’s business objectives. The marketers ranked in this year’s Effie Index have achieved great results against challenging business goals and continue to raise the global gold standard of marketing effectiveness. On behalf of Effie Worldwide, I offer my sincere congratulations to the top ranked teams around the world on this achievement.”

Unilever, Coca-Cola, WPP Group, McCann Worldgroup, Sancho BBDO and Jung von Matt topped the lists in their respective categories (Marketer, Brand, Agency Holding Group, Agency Network, Agency Office and Independent Agency). Highlights from each Effie Index ranking are listed below.

Most Effective Marketers:
Unilever, Nestlé, The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s and Procter & Gamble

Unilever retained its title as the most effective marketer in 2019, the sixth time since 2011 that it has held the top spot.  Nestlé moved up one spot as the second most effective marketer (based on its success across more than two dozen markets). The Coca-Cola Company ranked third, followed by McDonald’s and Procter & Gamble respectively. PepsiCo dropped four spots to sixth, while global brewers AB InBev (#7) and Heineken (#9, tie), along with Mars (#8) and Yum! Brands (#9, tie) all land in the top 10.

Most Effective Brands
Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Vodafone, KFC, IKEA

Coca-Cola returned as the most effective brand in 2019, unseating Pepsi. This is the fifth time Coca-Cola has held the top spot since 2011. McDonald’s retained its second-place spot, with Vodafone jumping one spot to third. KFC took the fourth spot, its first appearance in the top five thanks to its success in the APAC region, followed by IKEA ranking fifth. Eighth-ranked Pepsi (last year’s most effective brand) along with Burger King, Chevrolet, Nescafé, MasterCard and Movistar landed in the top 10.

Most Effective Agency Holding Groups
WPP Group, Omnicom, IPG, Publicis Groupe, Dentsu

The top five most effective holding groups is unchanged from 2018. WPP Group remains the most effective holding company for the eighth consecutive year, followed by Omnicom, IPG, Publicis Groupe and Dentsu.

Most Effective Agency Networks
McCann Worldgroup, BBDO Worldwide, Ogilvy, Wunderman Thompson, DDB Worldwide
McCann Worldgroup retained its title as the most effective network in 2019, followed by BBDO Worldwide in second and Ogilvy in third. WPP’s new network, Wunderman Thompson ranked fourth with DDB Worldwide rounding out the top five.

Most Effective Agency Offices
Sancho BBDO (Bogotá), FP7/DXB (Dubai) McCann Worldgroup (New Delhi), Ogilvy (Mumbai), DDB Group (Auckland)

Sancho BBDO (Bogotá) held its title as the most effective individual agency office in 2019 behind its success for brands like Bancolombia, the Colombia Red Cross and Postobón, among other regional and global brands. Dubai-based FP7/DXB follows at number two, behind success for regional and global brands including Babyshop, Dubai Properties, OMO, Puck and Uber. McCann Worldgroup’s New Delhi office entered into the top five, ranking third. Ogilvy (Mumbai) jumped one spot to fourth, followed by DDB Group New Zealand – also its first debut into the top 5. The top 20 effective agency offices continue to feature a globally diverse mix of agencies, including those from Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Israel, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Turkey, UAE, and the United States.

Most Effective Independent Agencies
Jung von Matt (Hamburg), Interaction (San José, Costa Rica), Special Group (Auckland), Medulla Communications (Mumbai), Rafineri (Istanbul)

German agency Jung von Matt is the top-ranked independent agency in 2019 for the first time, followed by Interaction (San José, Costa Rica) at number two and Special Group (Auckland) in third. Mumbai-based Medulla Communications and Rafineri (Istanbul) round out the top five.

This year’s Index rankings were determined by the cumulative success of 46 national, regional and multi-national Effie Awards competitions from 2018, encompassing 3,753 worldwide Effie winners and finalists announced between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

Every brand and company featured in the Effie Index has undergone rigorous evaluations of their case studies by expert industry judges, who examine and debate each case’s strategic communications challenges and objectives, the idea, how the idea was brought to life through creative, and what makes an Effie an Effie: strong results.

Click here to view the Most Effective Agencies 2019 rankings in APAC.

Click here to view the Most Effective Independent Agency rankings for APAC.