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Paradise Advertising Wins 4th District ADDYs

Celebrated agency brings home two gold and four silver advertising awards

Paradise Advertising and Marketing has been recognized at the American Advertising Awards competition with six district-level ADDY Awards for its multi-platform “Vacationauts” campaign for Space Florida. Paradise scored big at February’s AAF Tampa Bay ADDY awards, where it took home 14 awards for “We Are Go Vacationauts,” including Best of Show.

The 2017 winning ADDY awards for Paradise Advertising on behalf of our client, Space Florida are:

• Gold: “We are Go—Vacationauts,” Cross Platform, Integrated Advertising Campaign Regional/National – Consumer
• Gold: “We Are Go—Vacationauts,” Online/Interactive Mobile App for Space Florida
• Silver: “We are Go—Vacationauts,” PR lunchbox for Space Florida (Sales Kit/Product Information Sheets)
• Silver: “We are Go—Vacationauts,” Posters for Space Florida (Out-of-Home, poster campaign)
• Silver: “We are Go—Vacationauts,” Website Takeover for Space Florida (Online/Interactive, banner ad)
• Silver: “We are Go—Vacationauts,” TV spots for Space Florida (Online Film Video & Sound, Internet Commercial Campaign)

The awards, handed out by the American Advertising Federation and among the most coveted in the industry, were announced at a ceremony in Miami on Saturday, May 5. Paradise’s work was recognized in the AAF’s 4th District, signifying that the agency produced some of the year’s finest creative in Florida and the Caribbean. The District win(s) propels the agency’s awards momentum. Paradise now takes its District win to the national ADDYs, which will be awarded on June 10 at a ceremony in New Orleans.

The “We Are Go Vacationauts” campaign, designed for Space Florida, is the world’s first multi-media space tourism campaign. It was created to encourage individuals to make space a part of their Florida vacation. Full of rich imagery — evocative of 1960s travel advertising — paired with clever calls to action, the campaign taps into the consumers’ desire for adventure. The campaign includes television, social media, an interactive app and digital ads. Please find campaign imagery and videos here.

Space Florida is the state’s aerospace and spaceport development authority.

Paradise Advertising Hits the Ground Running in ‘17

A deluge of awards, exciting developments, new clients and more.

ADDYs — On Thursday, Feb. 16, Paradise scored big at the Tampa Bay American Advertising Awards Gala, taking home 14 ADDYs — including the coveted Best of Show — for our “We Are Go Vactionauts” campaign on behalf of Space Florida. The multi-media initiative, created to encourage individuals to make space part of their Florida vacation, includes television, social media and digital ads. It also features an interactive app that includes games, quizzes, polls and the like, and allows users to move up through the Vacationaut “ranks” and win badges. Promotional materials like a ‘60s-style lunchbox and limited-edition posters made a big impression on the judges. In addition to Best of Show, the campaign won a bevy of Gold, Silver and Best of the Bay ADDYs. (See full list is below.) “What this ultimately means is that Paradise produced the best creative in the Tampa Bay area in 2016,” Chief Creative Officer Tom Merrick told the staff during a morning “donut toast”. “There are a lot of really creative shops around here, so it’s quite an achievement.”

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Adrians — On Feb. 21, Paradise won eight awards in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 at the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International’s Awards Gala in New York City. The Adrian Awards are regarded as the “Oscars” of the travel and hospitality marketing industry. Paradise’s eight medals were awarded to five different clients — Daytona Beach Convention & Visitors bureau; Collier County CVB; Orlando North, Seminole County CVB; Space Florida; and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. They included wins across the television advertising and digital/web categories. (See the full award list below).

Santa Rosa County — Paradise extended its Florida client reach into the Panhandle by signing the Santa Rosa County Convention & Visitors Bureau as a full-service account. It joins Paradise’s ever-growing list of destination, travel, attractions and lifestyle clients. Navarre Beach, the county’s jewel, is a getaway situated between the more bustling beach towns of Destin and Pensacola. The Paradise Creative Team has presented its first campaign, which received glowing feedback from the CVB and tourist development council. The PR team built a new press kit and aggressively pitched the little-known destination, landing quick placements in MSN, Florida Travel & Lifestyles magazine, Trailblazer magazine (Dallas), and mom.com. A New York Times travel piece is on the way.

Complete List of Paradise’s 2017 Tampa Bay ADDY Awards
Gold / Best of the Bay / Best of Show – Cross Platform/Interactive Campaigns – Consumer Campaign – National
Gold / Best of the Bay – Best Print Advertising – Full Page – Single Unit
Gold / Best of the Bay – Best Interactive – Apps – Mobile Apps
Gold / Best of the Bay – Best Cross-Platform Campaign
Gold – Sales and Marketing – Sales Promotion – Sales Kit or Product Information Sheets
Gold – Film & Video
Gold – Out-of-Home & Ambient Media – Out-of-Home – Poster – Campaign
Gold – Elements of Advertising – Photography – Campaign
Silver – Online/Interactive – Social Media – Single Execution
Silver – Online/Interactive – Web Banner Ad or Website Takeover

Complete List of Paradise’s 2016 HSMAI Adrian Awards
Gold:  Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium — Oh Baby: Life Cycles of the Sea $6 Saturdays (Category: Web Ad)
Gold: Space Florida — We Are Go website (Category: Web Site)
Silver: Collier County — A Taste of Paradise landing page(Category: Web site)
Silver: Daytona Beach CVB — The Original American Beach campaign (weather.com) (Category: Web Ad Series)
Silver: Orlando North, Seminole County Tourism — PlayOrlandoNorth.com(Category: Web Site)
Bronze: Collier County — Emeril’s Florida Dining video(Category: Television, Consumer)
Bronze: Daytona Beach CVB — The Original American Beach campaign (TV/In-state cable uploads)(Category: Television, Consumer)
Bronze: Orlando North, Seminole County Tourism — Play Orlando North email campaign(Category: Email series)

About AAF – Tampa Bay — The American Advertising Federation – Tampa Bay exists to support its members, the community and the advertising industry. Its mission is to promote fellowship, education and career enhancement among members of the advertising community; foster and recognize excellence in advertising; champion public service causes; build an understanding of the role and benefits of advertising at all levels; and encourage advertising self-regulation and continuous improvement to raise industry benchmarks. The Tampa Bay Addy’s are awards given to highlight creativity, originality and success in advertisements created by agencies in the Tampa Bay area. The winners of this competition participate in the District-level Addys.

About HSMAI — The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners, and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals & their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as HSMAI’s MEET, Adrian Awards, and Revenue Optimization Conference. HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at www.hsmai.org, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Paradise Wins National ADDY Award

Agency receives national recognition for public relations campaign

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (June 7, 2016) – Paradise Advertising was awarded a National ADDY Award today at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) National Conference in Anaheim, California. Claiming a Silver ADDY for its “Manaphin” Case Study Video for Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, the agency builds off of its Gold and Best in Show awards at the Florida/Caribbean District ADDY’s.

“It is a tremendous honor to be awarded a national ADDY,” said Cedar Hames, President and CEO of Paradise. “I am incredibly proud of my team and that we are one of only two agencies from Tampa Bay area awarded at the national level. It’s a fantastic feeling to be recognized alongside some of the most talented people in our industry.”

The American Advertising Awards is the ad industry’s largest and most entered competition, receiving over 40,000 entries per year. In a three-tiered, national competition, entrants must place at the local and district levels before gaining entrance to the national competition. Winning an award at the national level is regarded as one of the most prestigious awards to earn within the ad community.

Paradise’s “Manaphin” Case Study Video for Visit St. Pete/Clearwater — an April Fools Day stunt that touted the discovery of a half-manatee/half-dolphin in Gulf waters and went viral internationally — grabbed Gold and Best of Show in the Online Interactive category at its district-level competition in Tampa, Fla. Paradise also earned a Gold in Cross Platform (advertising across all media) for its winter campaign on behalf of the Naples/Marco Island/Everglades convention & visitors bureau.

“Winning a national ADDY award speaks volumes about the appeal and effectiveness of our agency’s creativity,” said Tom Merrick, VP and Chief Creative Officer at Paradise. “If your work is good enough to win three times in a row, you have reason to be proud of the work and the team that created it.”

Paradise Advertising Wins Six Medals at Tampa Bay Addy Celebration

On the heels of its national success at the Adrian Awards in New York City earlier this week, Paradise Advertising & Marketing took home six ADDY Awards Thursday night at the 2016 American Advertising Awards Tampa Bay Chapter Awards Show Gala.

Paradise was the only local agency to win a Gold ADDY for a nationally integrated campaign — for its 2015-16 winter program on behalf of the Naples/Marco Island/ Everglades convention & visitors bureau.

The gala, which took place at the Cuban Club in Ybor City, celebrated the best in marketing creativity throughout Tampa Bay.

Paradise’s six medals included work for the Daytona Beach convention and visitors bureau; Naples/Marco Island/Everglades CVB; Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater; the Women and Girls Cancer Alliance; the Juvenile Welfare Board; and Remember Honor Support.

“This has truly been a special week for Paradise and its partners,” said Cedar Hames, CEO and Chief Strategy Officer of Paradise. “So much goes into developing all of our work, I want to salute the talented team we have built here at Paradise. Each and every member of our group brings great passion to their work and take great pride in our story-telling efforts.”

Here is a complete run-down of Paradise’s ADDY awards:

- Naples/Marco Island/The Everglades: Winter Campaign 2015-16 — Gold

- Daytona Beach CVB: “Authentic” — Silver

- Remember Honor Support: 4th Annual Patriot Day Breakfast Video — Silver

- Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater: Manaphin Case Study Video  – Silver

- Women & Girls Cancer Alliance: Panty Pledge Campaign — Silver

- Juvenile Welfare Board: Logo & Identity Package — Silver

Paradise Wins 18 Medals, Including 9 Gold, at Global “Oscars” of the Travel and Hospitality Industry in New York City

Evaluated and awarded by a top panel of more than 200 international judges under the guidance of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI).

Paradise’s 18 medals for five different clients — Amelia Island CVB; Orlando North, Seminole County CVB; Paradise Coast (Naples, Marco Island and Everglades CVB); Space Florida and Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater — included wins across the advertising, digital/social media and public relations categories.

In the past three years, Paradise has won 103 medals at the annual gathering.

“This is a great honor for all of us at Paradise and a tribute to our talented team and our driven partners who are leading the way in this age of storytelling,” said Cedar Hames, CEO and Chief Strategy Officer of Paradise. “Our focus is on creating world-class ideas through stories that consumers talk about and fall in love with, no matter where and how they might encounter them. The­ power of stories is at the core of everything we do.”

Out of more than 1,300 entries submitted, Paradise’s work was judged to be exceptional by experts in hospitality, travel, tourism and media. According to HSMAI, judges were asked to evaluate each entry based on its own merit and success in achieving its objective.

Paradise Wins 41 Medals, Including Platinum and 20 Gold, At Global Creative Festival In New York

On the heels of winning 35 medals from worldwide creative festivals over the past year, including four Best of Shows for three different clients, Paradise Advertising, Digital and Entertainment was honored again in New York last night with a record-breaking 41 more medals, including 20 Gold across all media and platforms and the coveted Platinum Award for the World’s Best Integrated Campaign, at the Adrian Awards, the global “Oscars” of the travel and hospitality industry.

The awards were presented at the New York City Marriott Marquis and showcased the best in creativity from the Who’s Who of worldwide travel and hospitality brands by the top global advertising and public relations agencies.

Celebrating creative innovation, inspiration, and effectiveness in marketing communications from across the globe, the annual event is the world’s largest advertising, digital marketing, and public relations competition in the industry. Thousands of entries from more than 35 countries are carefully evaluated and awarded by a top panel of over 200 international judges under the guidance of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI).

“The soul of Paradise has always been about growing our client’s brands through game-changing strategic and creative thinking,” said Cedar Hames, CEO and Chief Strategy Officer of Paradise. “We are honored to win 41 Adrian Awards, and especially 20 Gold and the prestigious Platinum for the World’s Best Integrated Campaign. This a tribute to in our talented team and forward-thinking marketing partners who are leading the way in the digital, mobile and social media age.”

Paradise’s record-breaking 41 medals for five different clients include major wins across advertising, digital/social media and public relations categories. The Tampa/St. Petersburg based agency placed first for Best Television, Best Web Videos, Best Web Series, Best Website, Best Outdoor Campaign, Best Transit Campaign, Best Magazine Campaign, Best Loyalty Campaign, Best Public Relations Television Feature, and Best Complete Integrated Advertising Campaign.

“We are all stunned, shocked and thrilled to dominate the Adrian Awards for the second year running, “ said Larry Tolpin, President and Chief Creative Officer of Paradise. “I would like to thank everybody who made this possible: our clients for their courage and trust; our agency team for their hard work, long hours and brilliant transmedia storytelling; and the Adrian Awards Festival for championing and honoring creativity, innovation and advertising ideas that work.”

Some of the marketing partners of Paradise who brought home top Adrian Awards this year include Amelia Island CVB, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB, St. Petersburg/Clearwater CVB, and Seminole County CVB.

“There is a clear, proven, correlation between creativity and effectiveness,” added Tolpin. “That’s why these awards matters and why we have a relentless focus on delivering the best work and best results for our clients, day-in and day-out, campaign by campaign.”