On Wednesday night Big Brand Ideas and Trunk joined some of the North's top digital talent at the Northern Digital Awards, where collectively we were nominated in five categories!

We were absolutely delighted to win the award for Best Low Budget Campaign for an integrated pro-bono campaign for not-for-profit fundraiser ‘The C-Word’. Our friends over at Trunk were also highly commended in the Small Digital Agency of the Year category - a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work they've put in over the year since they were founded.28239049139_10d8013955_k-1

‘The C-word’ campaign resulted in a viral video which clocked up more than 12 million views and helped raise over £30,000 for 10-year-old Isabella Lyttle, who has high risk neuroblastoma, a form of cancer.

As her options for treatment in the UK were running out, the family’s plight was brought to the attention of Big Brand Ideas and Trunk through creative Twitter community, One Minute Briefs. We created the hard-hitting ‘C-word’ video, with no budget, based around the idea that at 10-years-old, Isabella shouldn’t know the ‘C-word’.

The controversial content gained 12.1 million views, over 88,000 shares, including Unilad, Viral Thread and The Hook and sparked 23,000 comments. It also reached more than 430 million people through an extensive PR campaign which secured coverage in the likes of Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Channel 5 News and BBC Midlands Today.

The judges said of the campaign: "A tear-jerking story and amazing cause, every parents' worst nightmare and a courageous little girl. Fantastic use of video and great strategy, a strong, worthy winner in this category."40022454461_c5661efd45_k39990948202_40ae182ec3_k

Big Brand Ideas, Managing Director, Jon Butler, said: “To have our campaign recognised as one of the best in the North is incredible. The ‘The C-word’ campaign was a crucial part of Isabella’s fundraising efforts and we’re glad the judges were impressed with our creativity and results.

“The integration between ourselves and our content arm Trunk, shows that we have developed an award-winning business model too. We have the ability to combine content experts with marketing and engagement experts and this is what results in this type of high calibre campaign.”

We also had the pleasure of presenting two awards, one for Digital Marketing In House Team of the Year and another for Search Agency of the Year.39119965655_2e2c061150_k

We had a fantastic time celebrating our win and meeting all the other hard-working agencies and brands in attendance. A big thank you to Don't Panic and Prolific North for putting on a great night!39986459202_720c69fed9_k

The campaign to get Isabella the treatment she needs isn't over, you can still donate to the JustGiving page here.

By Cara Churchman

PR and Outreach Account Manager

Us Engagement