Iceland’s Tjarnargatan Nominated for European Excellence Award

Iceland’s Tjarnargatan Nominated for European Excellence Award

Icelandic creative production agency Tjarnargatan has been nominated for the European Excellence Award for an ad campaign released in Norway earlier this year. The campaign is called HoldFokus.no, or “Keep Focused,” and aims to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while distracted by a mobile device. Tjarnagatan worked in collaboration with Norwegian agencies PR-Operatørene for Trygg Trafikk and Gjensidige to bring this important issue to the public eye.

The ad, released online, is only accessible by viewers in Norway. However, it was based on a similar ad campaign launched in Iceland by Tjarnargatan in 2013, which went viral, garnering more than 36,000 shares and over 250,000 views in a nation with a population of 330,000. According to Capacent Iceland, the original campaign successfully affected the usage of mobile devices while driving in Iceland’s youth, and a positive impact on the image of the sponsor, Síminn Iceland.

The current HoldFokus.no campaign in Norway has also had considerable success, with more than 30,000,000 impressions and nomination for best Corporate Social Responsibility Campaign in the European Excellence Awards alongside such heavy hitters as Microsoft, Unilever, Allianz and Trygg-Hansa. Norwegian media has described it as “the most innovative advert this year,” and “a wild social experience.”

According to the director and co-founder of Tjarnargatan, Arnar Helgi Atlondres, the production agency “could not be happier with the success of this project, and how viral it has become in Norway.” Co-founder and CEO Einar Ben, stated “We are currently seeking out similar partnerships in order to expand this life-saving campaign into other countries, where it will hopefully have the same impact as in both Iceland and Norway.”