Wilson Hartnell wins four awards at PR Awards for Excellence

The winners of the 2015 PR Awards for Excellence were announced at a gala event in the Shelbourne Hotel Dublin. This year saw the highest level of entries in the 22 year history of the Awards. The Awards recognise the key role PR plays in helping organisations achieve their business objectives across 20 categories. Best Young Communications Professional Martyn Rosney, Wilson Hartnell

The winners of the 2015 PR Awards for Excellence were announced at a gala event in the Shelbourne Hotel Dublin. This year saw the highest level of entries in the 22 year history of the Awards. The Awards recognise the key role PR plays in helping organisations achieve their business objectives across 20 categories.
Best Young Communications Professional
Martyn Rosney, Wilson Hartnell

Friday, June 26th saw a true celebration of the PR industry in Ireland as over 300 people from 39 agencies or in-house communications teams and representing some 60 individual client companies gathered for the 2015 Awards for Excellence in Public Relations. Celebrating 22 years in 2015, these coveted awards set the industry benchmark for excellence across all areas of PR. They are prized the length and breadth of Ireland by the agencies and organisations who win them – for the value they add to current and future client relationships, and also because they are a boost to the morale of employees and colleagues who have proven their tremendous understanding of the power of public relations.

Wilson Hartnell Managing Director Brian Bell said: “Having already set a new record for the highest number of short-listed entries, we won three of the main PRCA awards for #womeninsport on behalf of Liberty Insurance, the An Post Cycle Series and safefood’s Childhood Obesity Campaign. In addition, Martyn Rosney in our Corporate practice deservedly took the accolade for Young Communications Professional of the Year, while our very own Sharon Murphy chaired the proceedings on behalf of our industry as PRCA Chairman. On behalf of the company, I want to offer my heartiest congratulations to everyone who helped win these awards on behalf of WH and our clients, to all the teams who worked so hard on our short-listed entries and to everyone in the company who gave their wholehearted support.”

Wilson Hartnell takes home two awards at PR Awards for Excellence

Wilson Hartnell was delighted to win two awards at the recent PR Awards for Excellence that were held in The Conrad. WH picked up awards for its work on Calor and Electric Ireland.

Robert Marshall, Account Director – Public Affairs, Wilson Hartnell, and Sharon Nolan, Strategic Planning Manager, Calor Gas pictured with An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Nigel Heneghan, PRCA Chairman

Robert Marshall, Account Director – Public Affairs, Wilson Hartnell, and Sharon Nolan, Strategic Planning Manager, Calor Gas pictured with An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Nigel Heneghan, PRCA Chairman

Calor won the award for its Calor Community Champion initiative in the “Best corporate campaign in support of organisational values” category. The judges deemed that the winner demonstrated a thoughtful and energetic approach to achieving their objectives. Alongside the excellent PR practice, the dimensions noted by the judges were: the well-integrated, strong, geographical reach achieved; the focus on social media and establishment of new connections; and the successful link which was made between the company’s business and giving back, locally, around the country.

Electric Ireland and Wilson Hartnell at the PR Awards for Excellence

Lynne D'Arcy, Account Director – Sports Marketing & Sponsorship , Wilson Hartnell, and Sean Walsh, Electric Ireland pictured with An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Nigel Heneghan, PRCA Chairman

Electric Ireland scooped the “Best use of sponsorship” award.  The judges found that the sponsorship campaign from Electric Ireland was an outstanding example of a sponsorship achieving results which reverberated across all aspects of the brand communications. The judges found it a positive and appealing sponsorship – and the PR execution was creative, tactical, and well considered. The dynamic imagery created to launch the campaign became part of a fully integrated campaign, above and below the line. And the sponsorship achieved a real connection with consumers, the media and the company’s own employees – with post activation research showing that all objectives set were met, and far exceeded!

Wilson Hartnell wins big at Social Media Awards 2013

Wilson Hartnell was delighted to be part of two client wins at the recent Social Media Awards 2013. The awards, popularly known as “The Sockies”, are hotly contested, so it was great to come away with two gongs on the night.

Emer Lawn, Radical, Eleanor Murphy, The National Lottery, Nicola Timmons, BlueCube and Martyn Rosney, Wilson Hartnell

Emer Lawn, Radical, Eleanor Murphy, The National Lottery, Nicola Timmons, BlueCube and Martyn Rosney, Wilson Hartnell

The National Lottery won for Best Social Media Only campaign. Its Facebook page is the National Lottery’s primary interaction with fans of the brand and the campaign was designed to reward fans with a fun app that would not only reward these fans but also raise awareness of an upcoming EuroMillions Super Draw. The app, Peggy’s Pad,  was a fun online game which saw people virtually visit the home of the star of the EuroMillions adverts and compete to win €500 each day. The campaign involved a multi-agency approach. We wanted fans of the page to feel affinity with the brand, and also to play the game more than once all the while raising awareness of  the EuroMillions Super Draw. The campaign was very successful generating a 16% increase in page likes, almost 13,000 players and almost 750,000 open graph impression during the five days of the campaign. Be sure to like the National Lottery on Facebook.

As part of the global Ogilvy network, WH has access to a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of digital. Here at WH we have a team of digital strategists embedded across all of our six practice areas; corporate, consumer marketing, lifestyle, health, public affairs and sports marketing. We work on all aspects of digital from strategy and channel planning through to content creation, app builds and influencer engagement.

Donal McSharry and Fabio Molle from Funky Christmas Jumper

Donal McSharry and Fabio Molle from Funky Christmas Jumpers

Funky Christmas Jumpers won for Best Online PR campaign. WH was tasked with developing and implementing a PR campaign to support the launch of Funky Christmas Jumpers 2012. A series of engaging tactics were created to drive awareness and sales including a launch event held in the pop up boutique on South William Street, Dublin. Online activity was driven through the use of high profile celebrities including One Direction’s Niall Horan and Harry StylesRosanna Davison and Scott Disick. Funky Christmas Jumpers also ran an online campaign to find Ted, the Funky Christmas Jumper’s mascot which was missing in Dublin and popped up in all sorts of places! Funky Christmas Jumpers became the go to option for the ultimate high quality Christmas jumper with features on The Late Late Toy Show and TV3’s Xposé secured among many others. Follow Funky Christmas Jumpers on TwitterFacebook or The Funky Christmas Jumper Blog.